ExpiredManaging the trauma patient – cancelled

Atlantis Resort, Bahamas

  |   November 2nd - 5th, 2020

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Unfortunately because of COVID- 19 and the associated event and travel restrictions, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this seminar.

Please contact our office if you have already registered for this seminar.  800-487-5650  or ivseminars@yahoo.com


Ross Palmer D.V.M., MS.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Professor of Orthopedics
Colorado State University

Tim Hackett D.V.M.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary
Emergency & Critical Care
Professor of Emergency & Critical Care
Colorado State University

Howard Seim III D.V.M.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons
Professor of Surgery
Colorado State University

You know how it is…everything is quiet and under control in the clinic when all of sudden you’ve got a frantic client running through the front door with a severely traumatized pet. Now is not the time to read…now is the time to act purposefully and efficiently. First, you’ve got a life to save! Don’t get too focused on the degloving injury or protruding bones just yet. You might want to hold off on the primary repairs until the patient is stable enough to handle such surgical trauma. Once you’ve managed the shock and hemorrhage we’ll take you through the second tier of patient assessment and possibly the need for emergency soft tissue surgery. For some orthopedic trauma cases you may opt to refer to a specialist for definitive treatment, but there is still an expectation and obligation for you to provide the very best first aid care for the patient. Managing pain, covering large wounds, reducing contamination, immobilizing fractures and keeping on top of expected complications will all help improve the outcome of any primary repair. For these patients, treatment of the localized effects of trauma often has both immediate and long-term benefits for the patient. Timely and effective management of shear wounds, joint luxations and fractures can relieve patient discomfort, prevent ongoing damage, and initiate the healing process.

Seminar Schedule:


Monday Nov. 2, 2020 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Welcome Reception:

Monday Nov. 2, 2020 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Breakfast for attendees:

Tuesday Nov. 3
Thursday Nov. 5

7:30 am – 8:00 am
7:30 am – 8:00 am


Monday Nov. 2, 2020
Tuesday Nov. 3
Wednesday Nov. 4
Thursday Nov. 5

2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
8:00 am – 1:00 pm
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
8:00 am – 11:00 am

Seminar Topics:

Come learn from our Trauma Team comprised of an emergency critical care specialist, a soft tissue surgeon and an orthopedic surgeon. They will guide you from life-saving care to wound care to abdominal surgery and to basic care for fractures & luxations. This team uses real life clinical cases, video examples, practical tips and audience response devices to keep the discussion lively, interactive, relevant and fun.

Come and learn the following:
1. Triage and Emergency Care
• The emergency assessment and what it means to stabilize
• Trauma’s triad of death (acidosis, hypothermia, coagulopathy)

2. Systemic Complications of Trauma
• Cardiac and pulmonary injuries
• Intracranial and spinal trauma
• Non-surgical management of intraabdominal hemorrhage
• The other intraabdominal complications: Urinary and biliary trauma

3. Anesthesia for the Critical Patient
• Principles, rational choices and monitoring

4. Managing patients with severe chest trauma
Chest drain placement
Diaphragmatic hernia repair
Managing a patient with a flail chest segment

5. Managing patients with blunt and penetrating abdominal trauma
Surgically managing uroabdomen
Big dog little dog syndrome – managing severe bite wounds
Ruptured urethra – what do I do?

6. Practical management of open wounds (with a few secrets)
• Open wound first aid
• Wound healing simplified: Clean up, grow up and toughen up 
• New wound care & bandage materials and how they work
• How a wound tells you what it needs
• Tie-over bandages – you name the wound and I can bandage it!
• Can you stretch skin to make a wound heal?

7. Traumatic Hip Luxation
• 3 ways to detect hip luxation on physical examination
• How to tell dorsal from ventral luxation
• 5 essential radiographic assessments
• Is closed hip reduction indicated?
• Step-by-step technique for closed hip reduction
• Why traditional Ehmer Slings don’t work
• New & Improved Ehmer Sling technique
• Commercial “off the shelf” Ehmer Slings: cash hog or valuable tool?
• Rats! … the hip re-luxated. Now what? 

8. First Aid for Long Bone Fractures (Temporary Bandages & Splints)
• Robert Jones Bandage
• Pre-fabricated splints
• How to custom mold a splint
• How, when and why to make a Spica Splint
• Velpeau Sling for medial shoulder luxation

9. Casting Tips for Definitive Treatment of Selected Fractures
• Case selection (& cases to avoid)
• Common errors that you can avoid
• Practical Tips for application
• Practical tips for monitoring, maintaining and changing the cast

10. Post-operative Critical Care
a. What to expect in the hours and days following trauma
b. Principles of post-operative care

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Seminar Speakers

  • Ross Palmer, D.V.M., MS. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons Professor of Orthopedics Colorado State University
  • Tim Hackett D.V.M. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Professor of Emergency & Critical Care Medicine Chair, Dept. of Clinical Sciences Cornell University
  • Howard Seim III D.V.M. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Surgeons Professor of Surgery Colorado State University

CE Hours

This seminar is AAVSB RACE approved for 18 CE hrs.   

This program has been submitted for 18 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 18 CE hrs by the AAVSB Race program


Atlantis Paradise Resort

Atlantis Paradise Resort

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While Paradise Island is full of attractions, guests at the Atlantis Resort can find plenty to do without ever leaving the premises. The facilities at the Atlantis feature restaurants, shops, pools, beaches, a spa, a nightclub, and marine habitats, just to name a few.

The resort presents a number of dining opportunities, from casual to elegant. The restaurants on the premises include Nobu, Fish by Jose Andres, Casa D’Angelo, the Bahamian Club, and Olives. For the gourmet restaurants, a reservation and appropriate attire is required.

Guests at Atlantis can experience marine life in a number of ways. Guests can interact with dolphins in an 11-acre habitat at Dolphin Cay or watch feeding times at many of the various marine habitats.

Atlantis Paradise Resort

The Atlantis Resort provides a number of activities to fill guests’ days. Besides visiting the beautiful beaches, guests can choose from a number of pools. More adventurous guests can visit Aquaventure, a newly developed, 63-acre waterscape that houses waterslides ranging from the tame river-style ride to the terrifying Leap of Faith, which travels through a shark tank.

While the resort’s tropical setting encourages water-based activities, there are many other recreational options as well. The Mandara Spa offers a number of treatments for guests at the Atlantis. There is also a movie theater that screens three shows a day, many of which are family friendly. Golfers should visit the famed Ocean Club Golf Course. The Marina at Atlantis is yet another attraction to seek out. The harbor accommodates luxury yachts, and its surrounding village offers a number of shopping and dining opportunities.

The resort also has a number of venues to visit at night. There is a casino, a comedy club, and a Vegas-style nightclub on the property.

Room Description

Coral Towers

The Coral Towers have just been completely remodeled. We are proud to unveil The New Coral, dedicated to multigenerational family fun.  

From the unconventional flavors of the Bahamas at Sun & Ice in the lobby lounge, to completely renovated rooms and the sparkling poolscape with cabanas, swim-up bar to grab ice pops and signature drinks – the NEW centerpiece of Atlantis sits beside the white sand beaches of Paradise Island. The Coral has the closest proximity to The Marina Village – filled with new Bahamian dining and cultural features, with options for 
everyone in the family. 

Unplug. Connect. Rediscover The Coral at Atlantis. 

Royal Towers

Atlantis Paradise Resort

The iconic Royal Towers are the heartbeat of Atlantis and centrally located to all of the resorts premier attractions. Included in your stay is complimentary access to The Dig & Ruins Lagoon, Aquaventure Waterpark, 11 pools and the Royal Casino. Ensconced in stunningly original architecture and Bahamian décor, Royal Towers Guest Rooms are a study in vacation elegance and luxury. Each Royal Towers Guest Room is 400 sq. ft. and features either a king-size or two queen-size beds and variety of amenities such as French balconies with terrace, harbor or water views, sitting areas and full service-bars—plus easy access to the resort’s full service spa, a beautiful private white sand beach, gourmet restaurants, a sprawling waterscape of pools, waterslides, and the Caribbean’s largest casino.

Reef Tower

Atlantis Paradise Resort

The Reef Atlantis offers luxurious, residential-style studios and suites providing vacationers with all the comforts of home. Measuring 523 sq. ft., The Reef features amazing ocean views, semi-private pool, and is just steps away from the white-sand beach and crystal-clear Caribbean. The Reef Studio is a spacious, beautifully appointed accommodation with deluxe amenities, kitchen and living areas as well as private balconies. Resort guests can enjoy the gorgeous Bahamian views surrounding The Reef.

*This is a no smoking tower

Cove Tower

Atlantis Paradise Resort

At The Cove Atlantis, indulgence is a way of life. An oasis of style and sophistication within Atlantis—The Cove tempts guests with the cuisine of star chef Bobby Flay, the exclusive adults-only ultra-pool, and luxurious ocean-view suites. The Cove Atlantis sits atop two of the most beautiful beaches in the world providing an exclusive escape that’s removed from—but still provides easy, instant access to—the wonder that is Atlantis. Sophisticated and sensual. Private and exclusive. The Cove’s Ocean Suite offers Atlantis Paradise Resort Island guests a haven, a redefined beach vacation experience. Accentuated by luxurious amenities, all the resort services a traveler could ever want from Club Cove and capped by the pure blue of a never-ending Bahamian sky. Ocean Suites offer guests a refined level of comfort and feature a host of designer amenities—including full or French balconies with ocean views, open floor plans with step-down living areas, generous walk-in closets, spacious bathrooms with marble floors, twin granite vanities with vessel sinks, frosted glass-tile enclosed shower and a custom in-room bar.


Coral Tower Group Room Rates:
Run of House: $219.00 single or dbl/night plus taxes
Coral Shores Water view: $269.00 single or dbl/night plus taxes- based on availability

Royal Tower Group Room Rates:
Run of House: $229.00 single or dbl/night plus taxes
Water view: $279.00 single or dbl/night plus taxes- based on availability

Reef Tower Group Studio Rates:
Run of the Studio: $299.00 single or dbl/night plus taxes

Cove Tower Suites: Call IVS for group rates & availability.

**Run of House or Studio, or Suite means: You will get the best available room in that category at the time of check-in.


  • European Plan (no meals), per room, per night, based on single/double occupancy.
  • No charge for children 11 years and under in the room-limit 4 persons per room
  • There is a $50 per night (plus resort charges) fee for each child or adult 12 years and older sharing the room.

Taxes explained:

  • The Resort fee of $25.00 plus tax/per room per night has been has been discounted from $49.95!!
  • 12.0% VAT (Value Added Tax) assessed on all charges, except gratuities
    • The VAT rate is subject to change depending on the rate applicable at the time the services are rendered.

    11.20% Tax (PITDA and NPIPB) assessed on nightly room rate
    • Paradise Island Tourism Development Association & Nassau/Paradise Island Promotional Board

    There is a $6.60 gratuities fee per person (over 12 years) per night for housekeeping gratuity, pool/beach attendant/Lifeguard gratuity – Includes all persons 12 years and older. At the beach, Coral and Royal Towers.

    The Resort fee is higher per person per night in the Reef and Cove Towers- for a studio.

    • $6.00 per person – one time charge for Bellmen – Includes all persons 12 years and older.
    • Fees are higher for 1 to 3 bedroom suites
    • These rates available 3 days prior to and after the seminars.
    • Two nights room and tax will be charged to your credit card to hold the reservation.
    • All charges are subject to change


The resort fee includes:  

WiFi in guest rooms and lobby for up to 4 devices per room, access to the fitness center for 2 people per day, 2 bottles of water per room per day, in room coffee and Tea, unlimited local phone calls, access to the Atlantis movie theater, casino lessons and shuttle service around the resort.

Cancellations: Two night room and tax will be charged when you book your room. This charge is refundable if you cancel as least 30 days prior to your scheduled arrival.  If you cancel within 30 days of your scheduled arrival date there is no refund of the 2 days charges plus taxes. You will be charged for your complete stay if you cancel within 14 days of your scheduled arrival or if you are a no-show or depart early.

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Area Attractions

Just off the coast of Florida, there’s a place where the beaches are breathtaking, the vegetation is lush, and the weather is as warm and inviting as the people.

Looking for attractions at the Atlantis Resort?

The Bahamas

Starting 60 miles off the coast of South Florida and stretching as far south as Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas has over 700 islands, about 30 of which have permanent settlements. Set in the most beautiful, crystal blue waters, these islands share a rich history and culture. Originally called “baja mar”, for the Spanish term meaning shallow waters or sea, the name “Bahamas” effectively means “The Island of the Shallow Sea”

December is the perfect time to visit one of the Bahama’s many spectacular tropical Islands because the weather is wonderful (averages 78F) and the rates are down!

Paradise Island, Bahamas

Paradise Island offers visitors the opportunity to experience the Bahamian culture through unique dining, shopping, and outdoor activities set to the backdrop of beautiful beaches and tropical weather.

Dining on Paradise Island allows guests to experience new flavors and ingredients specific to Bahamian culture. Restaurants prepare local ingredients, such as grouper, snapper, and conch, using spices and techniques influenced by the area’s rich British, Spanish, and West Indian history. Diners can choose the elegance of the five-star restaurant Graycliff or the comfort of many smaller restaurants.

The Bahamian culture is also evident in the shopping opportunities on Paradise Island. There are many shopping districts on the island, each offering distinct souvenirs. Marina Village houses boutiques offering resort wear. Festival Place is a wonderful place to find local crafts, including those made of conch. Straw hats and bags, woodcarvings, and other souvenirs can be found at the Straw Market. Those looking to buy luxury items, such as jewelry or perfume, should find their way to Bay Street. These items can all be purchased duty free.


Shopping and dining in the Bahamas has an added convenience for those visiting from the United States. While the official currency is the Bahamian dollar, U.S. currency is accepted throughout Paradise Island. The Bahamian dollar and the U.S. dollar are equivalent in value. Most major credit cards and traveler’s checks are also accepted.

Paradise Island is also home to beautiful early Colonial architecture. The history of British Colonial rule can be seen in many of the buildings. The Ministry of Tourism offers walking tours of the area that showcase some of the more historical sites.

For more information, please visit www.bahamas.com

Getting There


Nassau/Paradise Island – just a 2 1⁄2 hour flight from New York City and less than a 60 minute flight from Miami-Ft. Lauderdale – is served with daily non-stop service from many cities.

Local Transportation Information

After collecting your luggage and clearing immigration and customs you can proceed to a commercial taxi that will take you to the Atlantis Resort.  Please remember to tell the taxi driver which tower you are staying in.

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:  $1005.00

Register by:  September 25, 2020

Advanced:  $1025.00

Register by:  October 15, 2020

Regular:  $1045.00

Register after:  October 15, 2020

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:

  • 18 CE hours
  • Complete seminar notes
  • Includes breaks daily and breakfast for registrants on Tuesday & Thursday
  • Reception on Monday-family welcome
  • Certificate of completion


Seminar Registration:

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  • Atlantis
    November 2, 2020 - November 5, 2020
    2:00 pm - 11:00 am

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For our regular seminars, after completing your registration, 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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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.