Aspen, Colorado - The Gant Hotel

July 10 - 12, 2019

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 patienting
  2. Endocrinopathies and the skin
  3. Bacterial biofilm: A major contributor to resilient infections
  4. Dermatologic conditions of the paw
  5. Managing otitis externa
  6. Update on Immune-mediated Dermatoses: Lupus Erythematosus
  7. A round table on topical therapy in veterinary dermatology

Benjamin Brainard DVM, ACVA Anesthesia and ACVECC Critical Care

Benjamin Brainard is the Edward H. Gunst professor of small animal critical care, in the Dept. of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia.  He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and VMD from the University of Pennsylvania.  He completed dual residencies at the University of Pennsylvania and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia and the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.

His clinical interests are critical care medicine, pain management in the ICU, long-term ventilation, and coagulation disorders. His research interests focus on platelet biology and thrombosis in many species, in addition to coagulation assessment and antithrombotic and antifibrinolytic drugs.  Dr. Brainard is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.



1. Monitoring the anesthetized patient
2. Anesthetizing patients with respiratory disease
3. Safe sedation of patients in the emergency room
4. Choosing anesthetic protocols for emergency patients
5. Diagnosis and therapy for the dyspneic cat
6. Transfusion triggers
7. Traumatic brain injury
8. DIC: treat, don’t retreat!


The Gant Mountain Resort and Hotel

Call in: 800-345-1471
Referring Code/Group Name: VETVACAY19
Room Rate: $285 for King or 2 Double beds based on availability

This rate is available 2 days before and 1 day after the conference. To make your reservation, go to The Gant website using the link below. Enter the Group Code in the Promo Code section. Group Code is VETVACAY19. For any issues, please call Melissa Kaeding at 970-920-6063 to book your room!

ROOM BLOCK IS FULL!! Please call Melissa to see what rooms and prices are available.


Getting There

Aspen is served with an aiport with daily flights on Delta, American and United. Vail is only a ninety (90) minute drive. Denver International Airport is a three and half (3 1/2) hour drive through Independence Pass. 

Lecture Schedule

15 Hours of RACE approved CE for Veterinarians and Technicians.

July 10
Registration 12:30pm-1pm
Conference 1pm-6pm
Cocktail Reception 6:15pm-7:15pm

July 11
Breakfast 7am-8 am
Conference 8am-1pm

July 12
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 $925less 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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