Asheville, North Carolina - Cambria Downtown

October 17 - 19, 2019

Dave Bruyette, DVM, ACVIM

Dr David Bruyette received his DVM from the University of Missouri in 1984 and completed an internship at Purdue University and residency in internal medicine at the University of California-Davis. Dr Bruyette was an Assistant Professor and Head of Internal Medicine and Director of the Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at Kansas State. Dave was medical Director at the VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital from Sept 1996 to Jan 2017. Currently, he is Chief Medical Officer at Anivive Lifesciences and President and CEO of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation and Consultation. Dr Bruyette is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.


1. Diagnosing Hyperadrenocorticism: We will review the common diagnostic tests used in the evaluation of hyperadrenocorticism in dogs and highlight the advantages and disadvantages of each of these protocols.
2. Treating Hyperadrenocorticism: In this session, we will review the current treatment options for this common disorder as well as discuss potential therapies, which may change how we manage this disease in the future.
3. Diabetes in Dogs and Cats: We will review the pathogenesis of diabetes in dogs and cats and how it relates to our management strategies. We will emphasize the goal of remission vs long-term treatment of this common feline disorder and discuss long term management of canine diabetes.
4. Insulin Resistant Diabetes: Insulin resistance is the most common cause of insulin treatment failure in diabetes. We will review the common causes and management of insulin resistance in both dogs and cats.
5. Managing Hypothyroidism in Dogs: We will discuss recent findings regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of patients with hypothyroidism and outline a logical diagnostic approach for evaluating thyroid function.
6. Feline Hyperthyroidism: In this session, we will review the pathogenesis, diagnostic approach and treatment options for this common endocrine disorder. We will discuss the pros and cons of medical vs radioiodine vs dietary management of hyperthyroidism.
7. Polyuria and Polydipsia: Polyuria and polydipsia are among the most common clinical signs seen in practice. We will review the diagnostic approach to pu/pd and discuss the management of these conditions.
8. Adrenal Disease in Cats: Adrenal disorders (Cushing’s, Addison’s disease and hyperaldosteronism) are felt to be uncommon but underdiagnosed endocrine disorders in cats. In this session, we will review the diagnostic approach and treatment options for these diseases.
9. Feline Acromegaly: We will review the clinical presentation, diagnostic approach and treatment options for this emerging feline endocrine disease.
10. Canine and Feline Calcium Disorders: We will review normal calcium homeostasis and review the diagnostic approach and management of the most common calcium disorders in dogs and cats.
11. Hypoglycemia: We will review normal glucose homeostasis in dogs and cats, outline the diagnostic approach to hypoglycemia and review the most common cause of hypoglycemia in older dogs, insulinoma.


Kacie Schmitt Felber DVM, ACVIM Cardiology

Dr. Kasie Schmitt Felber headshot

Dr. Kacie Schmitt Felber was born and raised in Cumberland, MD. She received her Bachelor of Science in Poultry Science from North Carolina State University and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She continued her education at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Dr. Schmitt completed a one-year comprehensive medical and surgical internship at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD. She continued training as a cardiology resident with CVCA, Cardiac Care for Pets and achieved Diplomate status of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology) in 2013. Her interests include management of congestive heart failure, interventional cardiology, the use of cardiac biomarkers in the emergency setting, and the use of cardiac biomarkers in the management and prognosis of congestive heart failure. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling with her husband, trying new restaurants and breweries, spending time on the water, spending time with friends and family, and horseback riding. She is a proud pet parent to Maxine, a 5-year-old French Bulldog, Buckeye, a 6-year-old Labrador, and Solo, a 26-year-old Appendix mare.



1 - Case Studies in Cardiac Therapy
2 - Cardiologist's Approach to Thoracic Radiography
3 - ECGs: A Case-based Approach to Diagnosis and Management of Arrhythmias
4 - Feline Myocardial Disease
5 - DCM: An Update and Review
6 - Pulmonary Hypertension
7 - Syncope

The Cambria Downtown

Cambria Hotel Asheville NC

THE HOTEL IS SOLD OUT! Both room blocks are booked up.  There are still a few spaces available in the conference but you will need to secure your own hotel.

Phone: 828-255-0888

Room Rate: $179 for 16th and 17th - $239 for 18th for an average nightly rate of $199

Booking Reference: VET VACATION

Accommodations are limited at this special rate. Please book and register early!

We do still have available space in the Asheville Vet Vacation. Currently, our room block at the Cambria is full. We have arranged a special block at the Hotel Indigo in downtown Asheville. The Hotel Indigo is 5 minutes from the Cambria.

The rates at the Hotel Indigo are $189 for October 16 and 17. The rate for October 18 is $249. Please call  828-239-0239 to make your reservations. We will have an on-line booking link soon!


Getting There


Lecture Schedule

15 Hours of RACE approved CE for Veterinarians and Technicians.

Oct 17 
Registration 12:30pm-1pm
Cocktail Reception 6:30pm-7:30pm

Oct 18
Breakfast 7am-8 am
Conference 8am-1pm

Oct 19
Breakfast 7am-8am
Conference 8am-1pm


Super Saver Rate $795 with 90 days advanced registration
VetVacationCE Rate $865 with 30 days advanced registration
JetSetter Rate $925 less than 30 days advanced registration

If you are a technician, call or E-mail us to get the special rate of $75 off the regular registration rate.
15 Hours of RACE approved for CE for Veterinarians and Technicians.


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