Expired Managing the Geriatric Dog & Cat


  |   September 9th - 11th, 2022

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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:

Registration: Friday September 9, 2022 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast: Daily 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Lectures: Friday September 9
Saturday September 10
Sunday September 11
8:00 am – 1:30 pm
8:00 am – 1:30 pm
8:00 am – 1:00 pm

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 AAVSB RACE approved for 16 CE hrs. 


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


Nantucket Inn

Nantucket Inn

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At the Nantucket Inn, you will find an atmosphere that will make you feel right at home on Nantucket. Built around three beautifully landscaped courtyards, you’ll find 100 spacious guest rooms and cottages, many with cathedral ceilings and fireplaces. You’ll also find extensive recreation facilities that include indoor and outdoor pools, a health fitness center, two lighted tennis courts and indoor and outdoor whirlpool spas. Or take our complimentary island shuttle to Nantucket’s quaint village.


At the Nantucket Inn, we’ve created an atmosphere that will make you feel right at home. Our hundred spacious guest rooms are built around three beautifully landscaped courtyards, offering a comfortable setting for your island experience.


Standard Guest Rooms

Nantucket Inn

Standard guest rooms offer your choice of two full/double beds or one queen sized bed. All of these rooms are comfortably finished with rich cherry furnishings, shades of terra cotta and blue fabrics and a full range of modern amenities.

Oversize Guest Rooms

Nantucket Inn

Oversize Rooms offer 75 more square feet of living space and feature one King sized bed or two full/double beds. These rooms have been newly redecorated with pillow top mattresses and quilted bedspreads in a warm burnt sienna color complimented with pale green and sea blue striped drapes. The double rooms are perfect for families that need a bit of extra space. Our oversize rooms offer the same amenities available in our Standard Rooms. King rooms provide extra amenities for the business traveler.

Cottage Rooms

Nantucket Inn

The cottage rooms offer a charming upgrade for special occasions or when just a little extra space is needed. These units are slightly separated from the other rooms and placed in pairs in each courtyard.

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

Standard Guest Room Rate:

  •  $306.48 single or dbl/night- includes taxes & breakfast for two.
  • Two full/double beds or one queen only available.

Oversized Room Rate:

  • $339.99 single or dbl/night- includes taxes & breakfast for two
  • One King or Two full/double beds only available 

Cottage Rate: Call for availability

Please note, the room rate includes lodging, lodging tax, breakfast, breakfast tax and gratuity and is based on two people in a room.


A deposit equal to 100% of your scheduled stay is required at the time of booking to guarantee your reservation(s). You have up to 14 days prior to your specified arrival date to cancel your reservation(s) and have your deposit refunded.  No refunds for cancellations less than 14 days prior to your scheduled arrival, or no-shows, or early departures.

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Area Attractions

Off the coast of Massachusetts lies the special island of Nantucket, where history lives and traditions are maintained. Nantucket is a unique and beautiful island, with miles and miles of sandy beaches, deeply wooded moors, colorful cranberry bogs, and an entire ocean beckoning from all sides. It’s also a quaint island, where worn cobblestone streets, lined with the historic residences of whaling captains, lead to one of New England’s most picturesque harbors.

Resort Amenities

Nantucket Inn is proud to offer these fine amenities for their guests. Learn more


Dining is a special experience on the island. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and discover a wonderful selection of fresh seafood, native island specialties and regional continental cuisine. Learn more


The Nantucket Inn is the Island’s only tour-friendly hotel. The Nantucket Inn offers countless opportunities for adventure, exploring, shopping and appreciation of nature’s beauty. Our sales office has designed programs and itineraries featuring attractive packages to allow you to relax during your stay on island while absorbing its abundant history. While at the Inn our friendly staff will make you feel at home as you visit the “faraway land.” Whether it is your first visit or you have been here before, you’re bound to return!

Getting There


Nantucket Memorial Airport

Driving to Hyannis
From New York follow Route 95 to Providence then Route 195 to Wareham where you’ll pick up 495 and 25 East, then take Route 6 over the Sagamore Bridge to Route 132 to Hyannis.
From Boston follow Route 3 to the Sagamore Bridge, then Route 6 to Route 132 to Hyannis.

Then By Sea

Island ferry services depart from Hyannis. So sit back, relax and enjoy the sea air as you glide across the sound and into Nantucket Harbor.

  • Steamship Authority (year-round, passengers and cars) 508-477-8600 or 508-548-5011
  • Hy-Line Cruises (year-round, passengers only) 508-778-2600
  • Freedom Cruise Lines (seasonal only, passengers only) High Speed ferry service from Harwich Port to Nantucket. 508-432-8999

Airline Service
Regularly scheduled airlines fly between Nantucket, Hyannis, New Bedford, Boston, Newark, JFK and Providence. Carriers and schedules change frequently, confirm your desired service directly with the airline or your travel agent.

IVS Travel Group Info

Please call the IVS travel group at 1-800-487-5650 for assistance. 

Registration Fees:

Early Bird:  $955.00

Register by:  July 28, 2022

Advanced:  $975.00

Register by:  August 26, 2022

Regular:  $995.00

Register after:  August 26, 2022

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

  • submission of attendance to AAVSB RACEtrack program

  • breakfast and breaks daily 

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