ExpiredManaging the geriatric dog & cat

Duck on the Outer Banks

  |   September 10th - 12th, 2021

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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 Sept. 10, 2021 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast: Daily 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Lectures: Friday Sept. 10, 2021
Saturday Sept. 11
Sunday Sept. 12
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 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
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Complete seminar notes
  • Approved for 16 CE hrs by the AAVSB Race program


Sanderling Resort and Spa

Sanderling Resort and Spa

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Group rooms are sold out. Please call our office at 800-487-5650 for availability.


The Sanderling Resort & Spa on North Carolina ‘s Outer Banks touches the shores of both the majestic Atlantic Ocean and the serene Currituck Sound. Located near, Duck, N.C., This North Carolina resort, The Sanderling, with its luxurious spa overlooking the sound, is the Outer Banks only true resort. Its unique natural environment and secluded ocean beaches offer guests an exclusive setting in which to relax and unwind. Quite simply, The Sanderling is the ultimate Outer Banks vacation spot.

The Sanderling Resort & Spa

The low-rise, cedar shingled buildings that comprise the resort pay homage to the traditional building forms of coastal North Carolina, and provide guests with luxurious accommodations, a lavish spa, first-class conference facilities and a variety of memorable dining experiences, putting together the perfect North Carolina vacation.

Offering miles of unspoiled ocean beach just 5 miles from the charming village of Duck and adjacent to the Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary, The Sanderling is truly unique. As our guest, you’ll appreciate what seasoned travelers have always known-the enjoyment of a destination is often increased by its separation from the ordinary at this North Carolina resort.

Resort Amenities

The Sanderling offers a number of on-site recreational amenities, highlighted by a luxurious spa and a fully-equipped fitness center. Guests may also enjoy an indoor swimming pool, swim spa and Jacuzzi. During warm weather months, our Eco-Center is open to assist guests in their explorations of the Outer Banks natural environment.



Nearby recreational amenities open to guests of The Sanderling include championship-quality golf courses, the Pine Island Indoor Racquet Club, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, and the 3,400-acre Audubon Sanctuary.

Five miles from The Sanderling, the village of Duck offers unique shops and galleries specializing in art and crafts.

The Sanderling Resort & Spa

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

Group Room rates:

  • Standard Room:  $230.00 per night plus tax/resort fee
  • Sound View Room: $245.00 per night plus tax/resort fee
  • Oceanside room:  $260.00 per night plus tax/resort fee
  • Ocean view room:$315.00 per night plus tax/resort fee

Rates above are based on single or double occupancy.

Taxes are currently 12.75% and subject to change without notice.

Resort fee: $30.00 plus tax- per room per night. The nightly Resort Fee includes gratuities for housekeeping and all Guest Service staff including the bell, valet, concierge, front desk and beach. In addition, it includes wireless internet, parking, newspapers, morning coffee and tea, access to steam room and indoor pool, fitness center, beach chairs and umbrellas.


Cancellations & Deposit:
A deposit in the amount of 50% of the total reservation value is required at the time of booking. An additional deposit of 50% of the total reservation value is required sixteen (16) days prior to arrival. Cancellations outside of sixteen (16) days will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative processing fee. Cancellations within fifteen (15) days of arrival will result in a full forfeiture of the entire deposit amount. No shows or early departures are considered a full cancellation of reserved nights and deposits for these are non-refundable. 

Hurricane policy: Once an evacuation notice (either voluntary or mandatory) is issued by Dare County Officials, all room reservations from that time forward are fully refundable.

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Area Attractions

Part of the Outer Banks’s charm is the remoteness of the area. Since it’s accessible only by ferry or by driving over one of the bridges that connects it to the mainland, once you’re here, you feel far removed from the rest of the world. But it’s really not that far. Join us in Duck as we venture for the first time onto this spectacular set of islands.

Things to do:

  • Spa & Fitness Center
  • Golf
  • Audubon Sanctuary
  • Art Collection
  • Eco Center
  • Tennis
  • Local Attractions
  • Special Events

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Resort Amenities

Getting There


If you are flying in- The Norfolk Airport is about 80 miles from Duck.

Travel Tips

The Sanderling is located on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, at the mid-point of the Atlantic Coast of the United States with easy access via major north-south and east-west interstate highways.

IVS Travel Group Info

Please call the IVS travel group at 1-800-487-5650 for assistance. We can also check packages for you.

Registration Fees:

Early Bird:  $925.00

Register by:  July 30, 2021

Advanced:  $945.00

Register by:  August 20, 2021

Regular:  $965.00

Register by:  August 20, 2021

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
  • certificate of attendance
  • breakfast and breaks daily

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  • Duck
    September 10, 2021 - September 12, 2021
    8:00 am - 1:00 pm

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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.

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