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  |   June 20th - 27th, 2025

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Ellen Behrend V.M.D., Ph.D.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Joezy Griffin Professor emerita
Department of Clinical Sciences
Auburn University

Gary Oswald D.V.M.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Tampa Bay Veterinary Consultants
Oldsmar, FL


This combination of two internationally recognized Internists will provide you with a practical approach to the management of many common medical problems that you encounter in your daily practice. You are sure to come away with some very helpful tips!


Seminar Schedule:


Schedule subject to change:

Day Port Arrive Depart
Friday June 20 Seattle    4.00pm
Saturday June 21

At sea






Sunday June 22




Monday June 23

Endicott Arm 








Tuesday, June 24


Inside Passage





Wednesday June 25

At Sea






Thursday June 26







Friday June 27 Seattle 6:00am  


Seminar Topics:



  • Diabetics: anything new that can help?

  • Diabetic conundrums: management dilemmas

  • Trilostane: the latest on how to use it

  • A case-based approach to diagnosis of pu/pd

  • Diagnosing canine hypothyroidism: a case-based approach

  • Feline hyperthyroidism: finding it and helping your patients live longer

Cardiac disease  

  • Updates on the “The Big Three that You See” : Canine Mitral Valve Disease, Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Feline Cardiomyopathy.

    Is a heart murmur a consistent indicator of underlying heart disease? 

  • Is a heart murmur the penultimate clinical finding of heart disease in dogs and cats ?  What about other signs ?

  • How can I use radiography, cardiac biomarkers and focused echocardiography in my patients ?

  • This asymptomatic dog has a murmur. How should I approach this case and is it time to start treatment ? 

  • Treatment considerations in canine mitral valve disease vs dilated cardiomyopathy. 

  • What is the best approach for treating cardiomyopathy subclinical and CHF cats? 

  • What are the preferred thromboprophylaxis treatments in feline cardiomyopathy patients ?

  • What is the role of diet in subclinical heart disease and CHF ?

  • When to initiate and how to dose pimobendan in dogs and cats.

  • Appropriate use of angiotensin and aldosterone – ACE-inhibitors or Aldosterone antagonists in heart disease. 

  • Loop diuretic therapy in CHF – furosemide of torsemide? 
  • What role does spironolactone play in CHF patients?

  • Use of Viagra (sildenafil) in canine heart disease. 

Respiratory disease  

  • How to approach acute vs chronic coughing dogs and cats.  And a simple way to obtain bronchial lavage samples.

  • How to determine whether a coughing dog has chronic bronchitis vs airway collapse. 

  • Which drugs are considered preferred cough suppressants in dogs? 

  • Should bronchodilators be used in chronic coughing dogs?

  • When to consider surgical tracheal stenting in airway collapse. 

  • What are the preferred treatment options in asthmatic cats ?  Do I have to use ongoing corticosteroids ?

  • When would bronchodilator treatment be useful in asthmatic cats? 

  • Are human asthma drugs helpful in feline asthma patients? 

  • Should cyproheptadine or Cerenia be considered in feline asthma patients? 

  • Is immunotherapy helpful in treating asthmatic cats?  

  • Which antibiotics are indicated for bacterial and aspiration pneumonias ?

Chronic Kidney Disease 

  • Has creatinine, SDMA, proteinuria or AI become the preferred means of diagnosing CKD? 

  • Should quantitative urine protein values be routinely determined when annually screening geriatric patients?

  • When should renal biopsy be considered?

  • Should immunosuppressive therapy be considered in CKD ?

  • Is blood pressure determination really that important in renal patients? 

  • Which antihypertensive treatment is preferred in CKD – amlodipine, ACE-Is or ARBs?  
  • When should a therapeutic renal diet be started in CKD patients? 

  • This dog/cat doesn’t like oral phosphorus binders. How important is this drug? 

  • Is it just an “Ohio State thing” or are vitamin D, calcium and PTH important in CKD? 

  • Appropriate use of erythropoeitin analogs in anemic CKD patients. 

  • Appropriate use of fluid therapy and appetite stimulants in hyporexic CKD patients. 

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Seminar Speakers

  • Ellen Behrend V.M.D. Ph.D. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Professor emerita Department of Clinical Sciences Auburn University
  • Gary Oswald D.V.M. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Tampa Bay Veterinary Consultants Oldsmar, FL

CE Hours


This seminar is RACE approved for 15 CE hrs. 

IVS is also an approved provider in NY.

This program has been submitted for 15 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions, which recognize AAVSB’s RACE approval; however, participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and /or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call IVS at 800-487-5650 for further information.

IVS complies with the following guidelines:

  • Speakers are recognized specialists
  • Mandatory recorded attendance
  • Submission of attendance to AAVSB RACEtrack program
  • Complete seminar notes
  • Approved for 15 CE hrs by the AAVSB Race program


Alaska cruise aboard Celebrity Cruises

Alaska cruise aboard Celebrity Cruises "Edge"

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Celebrity Edge marks a turning point in our approach to ship design. From the very first sketches to experiencing those designs in a virtual reality setting, every step was done in 3-D. From the incredible new Magic Carpet to the private plunge pools in our new 2-story Edge Villas, we could design the most refined ship at sea. The unique outward facing design breaks from traditional ship design. Aboard, you’ll feel more connected with the sea and the places you’ll visit in a variety of spaces ranging from our Edge Staterooms with Infinite VerandasSM, to our reimagined, terraced pool deck that offers even greater views of the destinations and shimmer of ocean.

If only life on land was as good as life on Celebrity Edge.



Visit Celebrity Edge staterooms


Celebrity Cruises® suite accommodations set the standard for modern luxury. Unparalleled comfort and convenience come standard, as well as exceptional amenities and exclusive onboard experiences. From personal butler service to private restaurants and lounges, this is what it means to live The Suite Life.


The ultimate in spa-inspired experiences, these staterooms are designed to indulge at every turn. From the Infinite VerandaSM that takes the whole room right to the water’s edge to Blu, the exclusive restaurant featuring favorite dishes reimagined with a healthier twist.

Nestled close to the spa, you have unlimited, complimentary access to The Sea Thermal Suite, along with a dedicated Spa Concierge who’ll be happy to make reservations for you—or create a whole spa regimen for you to follow during your cruise. During your cruise, delight in a variety of spa-inspired stateroom touches, including: the Bossini shower panel, aromatherapy diffusers, pillow menus, daily deliveries of flavored tea and fresh fruit upon request

Concierge Class:

A dedicated concierge is always just steps away from your room to assist with your vacation needs. Attend exclusive events, including a Welcome Aboard Luncheon and Destination Seminar. Then there’s the room, the Infinite VerandaSM takes the whole room right to the water’s edge. Here, you’ll find it’s little details so meticulously thought out that they truly make a world of difference. It’s a room that’s so much more than a room—it’s an experience.


Infinite Verandas:

The most transformational aspect of our stateroom design is the introduction of the Edge Stateroom with Infinite Veranda, where with the touch of a button, your entire living space becomes the veranda, letting you walk right out to the water’s edge. These staterooms feature the latest in design and technology, and they’re 23% larger than our award-winning Solstice® Class veranda staterooms.

178 possible options of connecting staterooms make it easier than ever for families and friends to connect at sea. Combine two adjoining Edge Staterooms with Infinite VerandasSM to become one. Or connect the Edge Single Stateroom with Infinite VerandaSM, with a Deluxe Ocean View Stateroom, to create the perfect space for an accompanying grandparent, nanny, or in-law.

Another modern luxury first for us, 99% of the staterooms on Celebrity Edge have a king-sized bed, featuring the Celebrity eXhale™ bedding and the Cashmere Mattress.


Inside Staterooms:

Edge Class staterooms were designed with the modern traveler in mind. With amenities including Smart TV, 24 hour room service, and our Celebrity’s eXhale™ bedding featuring the Cashmere Mattress, rest assured you will wake up recharged and prepared for whatever adventures the next day may bring.



Please note that to register for this seminar you must reserve your cabin thru our travel company.  We request this as it allows us to provide you with quality, practical CE while you cruise to Alaska.

With the constantly changing pricing associated with cruising, please contact our office for the latest prices.

Here are some current examples based on two per room:

  • SS sky suite            per person

  • A2 aqua class         per person

  • C1 concierge          per person

  • C2 concierge           per person

  • E1 infinite balc        per person

  • D1 inside                 per person

Please call IVS for pricing & booking.  (800) 487-5650

Also now, these cruise rate includes drinks, Wi-Fi, and tips* on every sailing, in every room, every time. 




  • What is not included:

Air transportation; transfers to and from the ship in Seattle; items of a personal nature, such as shore excursions, specialty restaurant fees, some beverages, photographs, medical services, seminar registration.

Bus transfers to and from the ship (connecting to and from Seattle International Airport) can also be purchased from Celebrity- just ask the IVS office.



74-57 days prior to sailing- you will lose your deposit of $250.00 per person
56-29 days prior to sailing – you will lose 50% of cruise fare
28-15 days prior to sailing – you will lose 75% of cruise fare
14- 0 days prior to sailing- there is no refund.

We recommend Travel insurance which can be purchase through our office.

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Area Attractions




Shore excursions

Make your cruise even more personal by purchasing Shore and Land Excursions. In order to reserve excursions online, make sure you have made at least one payment towards your cruise. Please call 1-800-487-5650 for your reservation number then visit Celebrity Cruise lines shore excursions. 

The Ship

Cruise itinerary- subject to change

JUNE 21       AT SEA
JUNE 22       KETCHIKAN, ALASKA 7:00a – 4:00p
JUNE 23       ENDICOTT ARM FJORD 5:30a – 10:00a
JUNE 23      JUNEAU, ALASKA 1:30p – 10:00p
JUNE 24       SKAGWAY, ALASKA 7:00a – 6:00p
JUNE 24       ALASKA INSIDE PASSAGE 6:30P – 10:30P
JUNE 25         AT SEA

Getting There


We recommend you fly into Seattle the night before departure.


Fly to the Seattle International Airport.

Out travel office can assist you with flights to and from Seattle and answer any questions concerning when you should arrive and depart. Please call 800-487-5650

Local Transportation Information

For easy transfer to the ship- Our office can arrange bus transfer to and from the ship. Call 800-487-5650

IVS Travel Group Info

You must book your cruise thru our travel group to be able to register for the seminar.

Registration Fees:


Early Bird:  $1135.00

Register By:  March  28, 2025

Advanced: $1155.00

Register By:  April 25, 2025

Regular: $1175.00

Register After:  April 25, 2025

We have closed the online method of seminar registration.

Please note that registration is open and there is room on the ship but to register you must reserve your cabin thru our travel company- please call 800-487-5650. We ask that you do this as it allows us to provide quality, practical CE on the cruise.

Veterinary technicians are welcome- there is an $80 seminar registration discount


Registration Includes:


We have closed the online method of seminar registration- please note that there is room on the ship but to register you must reserve your cabin thru our travel company- please call 800-487-5650. We ask that you do this as it allows us to provide quality, practical CE on the cruise.

  • 15 RACE approved CE hours

  • Complete seminar notes

  • Certificate of completion

  • Submission of attendance to AAVSB RACEtrack program

  • Welcome reception for all

Seminar Registration:

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  • Alaska cruise
    June 20, 2025 - June 27, 2025
    12:05 am - 8:05 pm

Register online

Online registration is easy and fast.  

But please confirm your hotel reservations prior to completing your registration or booking flights. Many Hotels are selling out many months ahead of our seminars. If you need to book a hotel room, click the link to the online hotel registration page.  If none is available for your selected seminar, please fill out our hotel request form or contact our office at 800-487-5650.  Please note that hotel rooms are not confirmed until you receive confirmation from the hotel (if you booked online thru our group link) or from our office for hotels that do not offer the online link.

IVS is now required by AAVSB RACE to upload your completed attendance into their “RACEtrack” system. Your state of license and your license number are required for all seminars starting in January 2022. More information is available at https://www.aavsb.org/ce-services/racetrack


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Passport Information

For International Travel

Passport requirements for international travel

Please note that all passengers traveling by air to or from the United States will be required to hold a valid passport. This requirement applies to all passengers, including U.S. citizens, traveling to and from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.

When planning international travel, please be sure that you are in possession of all required documents for both outbound and return flights. Remember to allow ample time for acquiring official travel documents.

For complete information on the U.S. Department of State’s New Travel Initiative Requirements, please visit travel.state.gov.