ExpiredHow I manage common medical problems in practice

Nantucket Island

  |   September 10th - 12th, 2021

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Gary Oswald D.V.M.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Chief of Staff
Tampa Bay Veterinary Specialists

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

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


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:

Registration: Friday September 10 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Continental Breakfast: Daily 7:15 am – 8:00 am
Lectures: Friday September 10
Saturday September 11
Sunday September 12
8:00 am – 1:30 pm
8:00 am – 1:30 pm
8:00 am – 1:00 pm

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  

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

  • Murmurs, Gallops and Arrhythmias in cats. 

  • When should Atenolol or Diltiazem be considered for feline cardiomyopathy? 

  • What are the best treatment strategies for treating congestive heart failure in cats? 

  • Considerations in thromboprophylaxis treatment in feline cardiomyopathy patients? 

  • This asymptomatic dog has a murmur. What diagnostics should I consider? 

  • Treatment considerations in mitral valve disease vs dilated cardiomyopathy. 

  • Loop diuretic therapy in CHF – furosemide of torsemide? 

  • What role does spironolactone play in CHF patients? 

  • Reducing angiotensin and aldosterone – ACE-inhibitors or ARBs? 

  • When to initiate and how to dose pimobendan in cardiac patients. 

  • Use of Viagra in canine heart disease. 

Respiratory disease  

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

  • Which drugs are considered preferred cough suppressants in dogs? 

  • Are bronchodilators helpful in coughing dogs? Which one? 

  • When to consider surgical intervention or tracheal stenting in airway collapse. 

  • Coughing cats – How do I tell if it is feline asthma or some other respiratory disease? 

  • Do I have to give corticosteroids to feline asthma patients? 

  • What are the preferred corticosteroids options for asthmatic cats? 

  • 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?  

Chronic Kidney Disease 

  • When should renal biopsy be considered? 

  • Has SDMA become the preferred means of diagnosing CKD? 

  • Should quantitative urine protein values be determined in geriatric patients? 

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

  • Which antihypertensive treatment is preferred in CKD – amlodipine, ACE-Is or ARBs? 

  • What are the realistic goals in treating chronic kidney disease? 

  • 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. 

Urinary Tract Infection 

  • What are the preferred antibiotics in uncomplicated UTI patients? 

  • How long should antibiotic therapy be administered in uncomplicated UTI? 

  • What predisposing disorders should I look for in patients with recurrent UTI? 

  • How do I select an appropriate antibiotic in recurrent UTI patients? 

  • What follow-up testing is recommended in monitoring UTI treatment? 

  • What do I do when asymptomatic bacteruria is present? 

  • What can be done to prevent recurrent UTI development? 

  • Is oral cranberry effective? What about other drugs or supplements? 

  • Does improving vulvar and vaginal health help reduce UTIs? 

  • When to consider Phenylpropanolamine treatment in UTI patients. 

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Seminar Speakers

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

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
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Complete seminar notes


Nantucket Inn

Nantucket Inn

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

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.


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

Standard Guest Room Rate:

  •  $ single or dbl/night- includes taxes & breakfast for 2- 
  • Two full/double beds or one queen only available.

Oversized Room Rate:

  • $ single or dbl/night- includes taxes & breakfast for 2-
  • 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:  $915.00

Register by:  July 28, 2021

Advanced:  $935.00

Register by:  August 26, 2021

Regular:  $955.00

Register after:  August 26, 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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  • Nantucket
    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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