February 25 - 27, 2018

Dr. Michael Rossi DVM, MNS, ACVD

Dr. Michael Rossi was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He obtained his bachelor’s of science degree from the Southeastern Louisiana University before performing research with the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington, Louisiana. This further increased his interest in animal welfare and scientific research. He then went on to complete his Master’s degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After veterinary school, he finished a one-year rotating internship at the Regional Veterinary Referral Center in the Washington, D.C. area. Thereafter, he completed a specialized veterinary dermatology internship at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM) in Raleigh, NC. Upon completion of this internship, he participated in a two-year veterinary dermatology residency with NCSU-CVM and clinical work with the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado (VRCC) in Englewood, CO. He remained on staff at VRCC following his residency before moving back to the Gulf Coast region to head the beginning of Coastal Veterinary Dermatology. Dr. Rossi has been board certified by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology (ACVD) and is one of approximately 250 board-certified veterinary dermatologists in North America. 

Dr. Rossi is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of all skin, coat, ear and nail diseases in animals, including bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections, allergies, immune-mediated skin diseases, endocrine (hormonal) disorders, inherited skin diseases, and certain skin cancers, to name a few. He has a special interest in allergic skin diseases, fungal diseases, ectoparasites, dermatopathology, and autoimmune diseases. In addition to small animals, Dr. Rossi also enjoys working with horses and zoo animals. 

Dr. Rossi currently is “dad” to four chihuahuas named Keona, Kilee, Yoshi, and Piccola and a Caviler King Charles Spaniel named Martin. He is an avid traveler and has been to Europe on several occasions. Dr. Rossi is fluent in the Italian language. His other interests include the culinary arts, fine arts, camping, fishing, and military history.



  1. Cutaneous adverse food reactions in the canine patient (1 hr) – A discussion regarding the current understandings of the canine diet and its role in allergic disease. Pathogenesis, cutaneous signs, and clinical management will be addressed. 
  2. Endocrinopathies and the skin (1 hr) – Endocrine disease can be a major contributor to cutaneous pathology. This lecture will cover the major endocrine diseases encountered in veterinary practice and discuss ways to manage their accompanying skin issues.
  3. Bacterial biofilm: A major contributor to resilient infections (1 hr) – In many cases, the resistance of bacteria to antimicrobials can be attributed to the bacterial production of a biofilm. The discussion will address new scientific information regarding biofilms, including the clinical management of difficult infections. 
  4. Dermatologic conditions of the paw (1 hr) – Pododermatitis is one of the most difficult aspects to manage in dermatology cases. Proper diagnosis and management is key in treating these patients. This lecture will address several underlying causes of pododermatitis and ways to manage each underlying issue. 
  5. Managing otitis externa (1 hr) – Otitis externa is often a chronic, relapsing condition that causes patient discomfort. This discussion will focus on underlying causes and perpetuating factors for ear disease. Emphasis on management of otitis will be a key point. 
  6. Update on Immune-mediated Dermatoses: Lupus Erythematosus (1 hr) – New information is being compiled on several immune-mediated diseases in veterinary patients. This lecture will focus on the expanding field of the chronic, cutaneous lupus diseases, including the pathogenesis, aide in diagnosing them, and clinical management of the skin disease.
  7. A round table on topical therapy in veterinary dermatology (1 hr) – This interactive session will address the expanding field of topical options in veterinary medicine. Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and challenging cases. 

Dr. Craig Clifford DVM, ACVIM

Dr. Craig Clifford is a graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received an MS degree in Animal Science/Virology from the University of Delaware. After completing an internship and a medical oncology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, he became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Oncology) in 2003. He is a medical oncologist and Director of Clinical Studies at Hope Veterinary Specialists. He is active in clinical research within a referral setting serves as an advisory board with both industry and non-profit foundations.

Dr. Clifford is a well renowned oncologist who has authored/co-authored over 60 papers and book chapters. He is a frequent lecturer at major veterinary meetings in the USA and abroad. Dr. Clifford has served on the VCS executive board, ACVIM Exam Rating Committee, Residency Training and Credentials Committee, Oncology Pathology Working Group, Co-chair of the Standards of Excellence in Residency Education Task Force and an Examiner for the Australian Scientist’s Oncology Specialty Exam.


  1. Recent advancements in Oncology:
    This lecture will discuss the lest and greatest in oncology to include therapeutic vaccine for lymphoma and osteosarcoma, the new test for bladder cancer and immunotherapy
  2. Updates in Canine and feline lymphoma:
    This lecture will discuss the importance of phenotyping in canine lymphoma, Tanovea CA-1 and the newest histologic system for feline lymphoma
  3. Controversies in Oncology: Mast cell tumors:
    Mast cell tumors are a challenging and we will tackles some of the se aspects, namely staging, grading and the use of MCT panels
  4. Controversies in Oncology: Metronomic therapy:
    Metronomic therapy aka antiangiogenic chemotherapy, low dose therapy is a paradigm shift using ultra low dosages of chemotherapy in the fight against cancer.
  5. Palliative Care and the Oncology Patient:
    Palliative care is becoming quite common in oncology patients this lecture will discuss the role of pain therapy, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and nutrition to improve quality of life.
  6. Anorexia and Nausea and the Oncology Patient
    Oncology patients can develop nausea and anorexia through a variety of mechanisms. This lecture will discuss causes and therapies geared toward improving quality of life.
  7. Soft tissue sarcoma: are they a dime a dozen?
    This lecture discusses typical and atypical sarcomas; their biologic behavior, treatment and therapy recommendations.
  8. Tanovea: a New Drug in the Battle Against Lymphoma.
    Tanovea is a conditionally approved chemotherapeutic to aid in the treatment of lymphoma. We will discuss the drug and where it fits in against canine lymphoma.

Holiday Inn Resort Aruba

Call in: 011-297-5865165
Referring Code/Group Name: Vet Vacation CE Inc
Room Rate: $251 for King or 2 Double beds based on availability

Rate is available 3 days before and 3 days after conference. To book, registrant should email Wanetha Hazel at

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Getting There


Airport Distance: Only 21mins away from Queen Beatrix International Airport

Lecture Schedule

February 25
Registration 12:30pm-1pm
Lecture 1pm-6pm
Cocktail Hour with Hors d’oeuvres 6:30pm-7:30pm

February 26
Breakfast 7am-8 am
Lecture 8am-1pm

February 27
Breakfast 7am-8am
Lecture 8am-1pm


Early Bird Fee (booked 90 days ahead): $725
Regular Fee (booked less than 90 days ahead of time) : $795


10% of your registration fee is non-refundable.  Cancellation 30 days prior to the start of the destination seminar will result in your ability to choose a 90% refund or the transfer of the registration fee to another destination seminar. If you can cancel within 30 days, you may transfer the registration fee to another destination seminar. Refunds or registration transfers are not available once a seminar begins.

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