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Turks & Caicos

  |   April 27th - 29th, 2023

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Justine Lee D.V.M.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary
Emergency & Critical Care
Diplomate, American Board of Toxicology
CMO- Vetgirl

Garret Pachtinger V.M.D.

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary
Emergency & Critical Care 
Co-founder – Vetgirl

Seminar Schedule:

Please note that due to the limited size of the meeting room, we have set a maximum of 60 registrants. Also the room will be set theater style with no desks.


Thursday, April  27, 2023 1:30 pm 

Welcome Reception:

Thursday, April 27 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm



Thursday, April 27
Friday, April  28
Saturday, April 29
1.30pm – 6.30pm
1:30pm – 7.00pm
1.30pm – 7.00pm

Travel day

Sunday, April 30  

Seminar Topics:

  • Top 20 poisons affecting dogs and cats

  • Poisonous plants you must know

  • Top 5 fatal poisons in dogs and cats

  • How to treat rodenticide toxicity in dogs and cats

  • Ways to save money with your poisoning cases

  • Common mistakes to avoid in the poisoned patient

  • How to effectively induce emesis in cats

  • Outpatient parvovirus: Does it work?

  • Emergency management and treatment of the feline urethral obstruction patient

  • Common emergency room procedures you must know!

  • How to perform a thoracocentesis/abdominocentesis

  • How to perform a pericardiocentesis

  • Should you give steroids with trauma?

  • Know what the real shock dose of fluid therapy is

  • Why it’s wrong to get steroids with head trauma

  • Trauma without the drama – what’s new in veterinary trauma?

  • How to approach the respiratory trauma patient

  • How to approach the abdominal trauma patient

  • Head trauma – what’s new and how do we treat it?

  • Cardiac emergencies in the ER

  • Treatment of the congestive heart failure patient

  • Pediatrics are not small adults

  • Emergency room approach to anemia

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Seminar Speakers

  • Justine Lee D.V.M. Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Diplomate, American Board of Toxicology Medical Director- Vetgirl
  • Garret Pachtinger V.M.D. Diplomate ACVECC Co-Founder/Director of Operations - VETgirl

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 at Grace Bay

The Sands 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:  Our current block of rooms is almost sold out. Please call our office at 800-487-5650 for current availability.  Seminar registration is still available.

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, we have set a maximum of 60 registrants. Also the room will be set theater style with only chairs and no tables.

Early Bird:  $1035.00

Register by:  February 23, 2023

Advanced:  $1055.00

Register by:  March 23, 2023

Regular:  $1075.00

Register after:  March 23, 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

  • Submission of attendance to AAVSB RACEtrack program

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  • Turks & Caicos spring
    April 27, 2023 - April 29, 2023
    12:05 am - 3:05 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


For regular seminars: ivseminars@yahoo.com

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.