Expired Managing the geriatric dog and cat

Turks & Caicos in the Fall

  |   November 30th - December 2nd, 2023

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Sheilah Robertson BVMS, (Hons), Ph.D.

Senior Medical Director, Lap of Love
Gainseville, FL

Mary Gardner D.V.M.,

Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice
Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer

Lap of Love

Seminar Schedule:


Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Welcome Reception:

Thursday, Nov. 30 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm



Thursday, Nov. 30

Friday, Dec. 1 


Saturday, Dec.2

1.30pm – 6.30pm

7.30am – 8.00am – breakfast in seminar room
8:00am – 1:30pm
1.30pm – 7.00pm

Travel day

Sunday, Dec. 3  

Seminar Topics:

Topics will include:

  • Who and where are your senior and geriatric patients?

  • How to create a geriatric safe clinic environment

  • How to live well while being old – Practical care for the geriatric patient(incontinence, cognition, seeing, hearing, pain, dental disease, decubital ulcers, smelly bodies etc…)

  • Old and older: ready or not here they come (anesthesia for geriatric pets)

  • Case study: Fix the fixable, palliate what’s not 

  • Case study: managing mobility issues in dogs

  • Raising awareness of osteoarthritis in cats and treatment options

  • Palliative care and hospice

  • Getting it down and keeping it down – dealing with inappetence, nausea and vomiting

  • Assessing Quality of Life

  • Navigating euthanasia appointments 

  • Just say no to needles – alternative routes for pre-euthanasia sedation

  • Cultural and religious beliefs surrounding death and dying


The 5 Elements of Hospice

Veterinary hospice care is a unique case approach centered around education, preparation, and support for the pet and the client. Understanding what this service includes and what it does not include will help veterinary professionals solidify their role as animal advocators, strengthen the human animal bond, and maintain the highest level of client care.

Getting it down and keeping it down – dealing with inappetence, nausea and vomiting

Nausea, vomiting, inappetence and anorexia are common clinical complaints in hospice dogs and cats. There are multiple reasons and causes for each problem and many different approaches to treatment including pharmacological and non-pharmacologic. Careful choices based on the underlying etiology can lead to success. Preventing caregiver aversion during these events is essential.

Assessing Quality of Life

Assessing the quality of life of a family pet is a delicate balance between managing client emotions, the progression of the disease, and the happiness of the pet. These key issues are not always in harmony and it is the job of the veterinary professional team to manage and balance each party’s interests with the natural developments of biology. Understanding common trends in both people and their pets helps better identify their needs, address their concerns, and make a decision that does the “most good” for all involved.

Managing mobility issues in geriatric patients: case study

Mobility issues caused by osteoarthritis, degenerative myelopathy, GOLPP (geriatric onset laryngeal paralysis polyneuropathy) are common in specific age groups and breeds of dog. There is no cure for these diseases, but we can help these pets and their owners. Treatment must be multimodal and integrative to address both the source of problems but also the secondary changes that have occurred(e.g. central sensitization because of pain, and muscle weakness). Drugs play a role, however physical modalities, diet, addressing anxiety and making the patient’s home environment easy to navigate are equally important to overall improvement of Quality of Life for these pets. This session will use a case to highlight how treatment choices are made and altered over time.

Top Tips for Creating a Geriatric Safe Clinic

Senior and geriatrics are a large part of the pet population. If you can demonstrate that your practice is senior friendly it will be attractive to a lot of clients. These sessions will provide you with tips that facilitate visits for this special population from start to finish. This includes 3 key areas and times: 1. Before the visit, the arrival, and the waiting areas 2. Beyond the waiting room and behind the scenes: procedure areas, accommodation, operating rooms, and recovery areas and 3. the “send-off”. Many are simple fixes, for example making access easier for dogs with osteoarthritis, preventing slips and falls and ensuring correct positioning during procedures.

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Seminar Speakers

CE Hours

This seminar is approved for 16 CE hrs. by AAVSB RACE.  

This program has been submitted for 16 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 16 CE hrs by the AAVSB Race program


The Sands Resort at Grace Bay

The Sands Resort at Grace Bay

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The Sands at Grace Bay couldn’t be in a better location in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This gracious six-acre four-star resort is situated on famous Grace Bay Beach, a 12-mile expanse of white powder sand considered to be one of the best beaches in all of the Caribbean. The beauty of the beach and its companion turquoise clear water is complimented by the resort’s lush garden courtyard with three free-form swimming pools. The pools are adorned by a cascading waterfall, a relaxing Jacuzzi and small grottoes. An additional circular swimming pool is beachside. Guests take in the sun while relaxing on chaise lounges and stay cool under oversized canvas umbrellas. Fresh terry cloth pool towels are made available for guests’ daily use during their stay.

  • Hemingway’s Restaurant & Bar – oceanfront location serving breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Beach & pool cocktail service
  • Tour & excursion desk
  • Concierge service for car rental, taxi and all other reservations you may require
  • On-site dive shop by “Caico’s Adventures”
  • 18-hole championship golf course – less than five minute drive
  • 3 swimming pools with waterfall connected via canals
  • Outdoor in-ground jacuzzi
  • On site massage therapy and spa treatments by Spa Tropique
  • Fully air-conditioned fitness center
  • Convenience store
  • Hospitality center
  • Jewelry shop
  • Tennis court
  • Coconut grove with hammocks

Junior suite Gardenview

Maximum Occupancy is two (2).
Master bedroom with King sized bed and full bathroom, sitting area, a view of the garden, with private screened balcony.

Junior suite  Oceanview

Maximum Occupancy is two (2).
Master bedroom with King or Queen sized bed, full bathroom, private screened balcony with oceanview.

Price: Group rooms are sold out. Please contact our office at 800-487-5650 for current availability

Resort Rates: 

  • Junior suite Gardenview: $293.00 dbl/night
  • Junior suite Oceanview: $338.00 dbl/night
  • One Bedroom suite Gardenview: $428.00 dbl/night
  • One bedroom Oceanview suite: $495.00 dbl.night -based on availability only.

There is a 3 night deposit required on all reservations as this is the popular season.

Plus 12% tax, 5% facility fee and 10% service charge, which includes bellman, maid, parking, internet and access to fitness center.

More than 2 people?  One, two & three bedroom suites with a variety of views also available upon request. Extra person charge is $54 per day



A 3 night deposit will be due at the time of booking.


No penalty for cancellations made prior to 90 days to arrival.

Cancellations made 90-30 days prior, deposit is forfeit.

Cancellations made 30-0 days prior will be charged for the complete scheduled stay. No-shows and early departures will also be charged for the complete scheduled stay.

We highly suggest purchasing travel insurance.  Please call IVS for a quote

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Area Attractions

Providenciales, or more commonly known as “Provo”, covers an area of 38 miles and is the most developed island in Turks and Caicos. It is here where most international flights arrive at the Providenciales International Airport (PLS). Surrounded by beautiful white sand beaches, Provo has been ranked “Best Beach” by Conde’ Nast magazine and by the World Travel Awards for several years running. Found on the western end of the island chain, Provo offers all modern conveniences, including luxurious hotels, villas and condos, numerous restaurants, spas and shopping facilities, a championship caliber golf course, and full service grocery store. Although Provo is the most developed of the islands, it is still a destination for those who want to escape their busy schedules and relax.

On the north shore of the island, near Grace Bay, you will find the most beautiful beaches, as well as a long coral reef, which is rich in aquatic life. This main stretch is home to the majority of the island major resorts and tourism services.

Towards the south of the island you will find Chalk Sound, a large lake with striking turquoise water and an array of small cays. Islands Magazine described Chalk Sound as “Beneath the radar: Untouched and off the beaten path, the pristine islets in Provo’s Chalk Sound provide an ideal backdrop for expansive thoughts.” Along the south side of the island in areas such as Sapodilla Bay, Copper Jack, Discovery Bay, Turtle Tail and Long Bay you will find many private villas available for rent. The island’s commercial port, South Dock, is found east of Sapodilla Bay and has the capability to deal with containerized goods.

Enjoy open air dining of the daily fresh catch in a casual, relaxing atmosphere at a variety of inviting, restaurants. For restaurant information

Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

The Turks and Caicos Islands are surrounded by one of the most extensive coral reef systems worldwide (65 miles across and 200 miles long). As a result, the islands are consistently ranked as one of the premier diving locations in the world.

Excellent visibility (up to 200 feet), pristine reefs, abundant tropical flora and fauna, fish and other marine life, quality diving services and easy conditions make the Turks and Caicos Islands a world class diving destination. There is exceptional wall diving starting in shallow turquoise water and dropping off into the deep blue giving a real thrill. The reef is relatively close to the beach, which makes for accessible beach dives. Shipwrecks, old and new further increase the multiplicity of the islands as an outstanding diving destination. More diving information

Enjoy a variety of fishing charters offered in the area, including sport fishing, deep sea, reef, bonefish, fly fishing and. More fishing information

A great way to experience The Turks and Caicos Islands is through fun tour adventures, such as fishing, snorkeling, island hopping, boat charters, private excursions, eco-tours, site-seeing, exotic and more. More tours information

For some nightlife fun in the Turks & Caico Islands check out the casinos, gaming lounges, dance bars, and sports bar. More nightlife information

Getting There


Many airlines fly into Provo Airport. For a list of airlines and flight times, go here

Entry Requirements

All US Citizens traveling by air to the Turks & Caicos Islands will be required by the US Government to have a valid US passport.  For more on US requirements click here.

USA & Canadian Passport holders do not need a visa to enter.

All visitors must hold a round trip ticket

Visitors are allowed to stay for 30 days; this is renewable one time only

For luggage restriction, individual airlines should be consulted


Constant easterly breezes keep life comfortable, with the coolest months averaging in the 70s in the winter and the warmest months averaging in the low 90s in late summer. An average annual rainfall of 40 inches or less assures us plenty of sunny days. For additional information please go to our weather page.


Pack light! Cool, casual, comfortable resort and leisure wear is acceptable everywhere. Overexposure from the sun can happen quickly, sunscreen is strongly recommended. A hat and cover-up for extra protection is advisable. Swim wear worn other than poolside or at the beach is frowned upon. It is a rare occasion to need a light sweater at night. Just a few restaurants require “proper attire”.



There are no rules about tipping but it is customary to add 15% for good service. Some restaurants will add a 10% service charge to your bill, please check before automatically adding your tip. Your taxi is independently owned and operated by the driver. There is no rule about tipping taxis but it is generally given for personable service. Your driver can direct you to all the places and restaurants you will want to visit and an informative tour around the Islands is often offered.


Registration Fees:

Please note that due to the limited size of the meeting room,  it  will be set theater style with chairs but no tables.


Early Bird:  $1085.00

Register by:  Oct. 31, 2023

Advanced:  $1105.00

Register by:  Nov. 25, 2023

Regular:  $1125.00

Register after:  Nov. 25, 2023

Special Pricing:

Veterinary Technicians receive an $80 discount using promo code “techsaver”. Enter the code during checkout in the  submit promotion code box.

Registration Includes:


  • 16 CE hours

  • Complete seminar notes

  • Reception on Thursday-family welcome

  • Breakfast in seminar room on Friday for attendees

  • Snacks and beverages on Thursday and Saturday afternoons

  • Submission of attendance to AAVSB RACEtrack program

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  • Turks & Caicos Fall
     November 30, 2023 - December 2, 2023
     12:05 am - 5:00 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.