Chicago 2020

October 15 - 17, 2020

Robert Swinger, DVM, DACVO

Dr. Swinger HeadshotDr. Robert Swinger completed his undergraduate work and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2003. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida in 2004, he went on to complete both an ophthalmology internship in 2005 and residency in 2009 at the Animal Eye Specialty Clinic. Soon thereafter, he joined the VCA Aurora Animal Hospital outside of Chicago before returning in 2011 to launch Animal Eye Guys. Over the past few years, Animal Eye Guys has expanded to multiple locations across South Florida extending from Miami to West Palm Beach. Dr. Swinger is board certified and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

In his work environment, Dr. Swinger enjoys teaching and taking active roles in the clinic’s internship/residency programs. He is an active lecturer/wet lab instructor across the nation including the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, The Gulf Atlantic Veterinary Conference, Vet Vacation CE, University of Illinois, St. Matthew’s University, and many local events for his referring veterinary community. His special interests include surgical and medical management of glaucoma, cataract surgery, and corneal physiology. Outside of the veterinary arena, Dr. Swinger enjoys spending time with his family (which includes his twins, Keegan and Francesca, and a toy poodle, Sophia) and enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and traveling.


1. EYE! Oh My! An Overview of Ocular Emergencies in Small Animal Patients
2. New Developments in Veterinary Ophthalmology – Surgical and Pharmacological Advancements
3. Ocular Procedures and Surgery in your Practice
4. Feline Ophthalmology
5. Glaucoma in Veterinary Medicine – Surgical and Medical Management
6. Corneal Ulcers – Why some just won’t heal!
7. What’s on your shelf? A guide to ocular pharmaceuticals and supplements.
8. What are Your Colleagues Sending? A Review Of The Top 10 Most Common Ophthalmic Referrals.



Dr. Wasik Headshot photo

Dr. Brett Wasik graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003.  After graduation he completed a one-year rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Medical & Surgical Group in Ventura, California.  He was in private practice in the Chicago suburbs for a short time following his internship prior to completing a small animal internal medicine residency at VCA Aurora Animal Hospital from 2005-2008.  He became board certified in small animal internal medicine in 2008.  Dr. Wasik was a staff internist at VCA Animal Diagnostic Clinic in Dallas, Texas from 2008-2011.  He became a consultant for Veterinary Information Network (VIN) and Antech Diagnostics in 2011 focusing on canine/feline internal medicine and endocrinology.  He has also served as an ultrasound instructor for Sound Technology in Irving, TX.  Dr. Wasik completed an endocrinology post-doc appointment at UC-Davis in California with Dr. Chen Gilor in the fall of 2018, working on insulin formulations in cats.  During that time he also edited and updated chapters on hypercalcemia and hyperparathyrodism for the future edition of the “5-Minute Veterinary Consult Canine and Feline” textbook and co-authored a chapter with Chen Gilor in the upcoming version of the “Current Veterinary Therapy” textbook on monitoring insulin therapy in dogs and cats.  He remains an active endocrinology and canine internal medicine consultant for VIN and small animal internal medicine consultant for Antech Diagnostics.

Dr. Wasik’s special interests include canine and feline endocrinology, particularly adrenal focused diseases such as hyperadrenocorticism, hypoadrenocorticism, pheochromocytoma, and hyperaldosteronism.  Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Wasik enjoys traveling as much as possible, scuba diving, getting away to Grand Lake in Oklahoma and professional sports such as NFL football and NHL hockey…Go Packers and Go Blackhawks!  He spends his remaining free time with his two “atopic” French bulldogs Ruby and Stella.


  1. Update on SARDS in Dogs, an Internist Perspective - This lecture will provide a brief overview on the disease and potential association (or lack thereof) with hyperadrenocorticism and whether endocrine testing is warranted in this subset of patients.

  2. Feline Hyperaldosteronism – A Literal “Pain in the Neck” if You’re a Cat!  This one-hour lecture will focus on diagnostic clues, appropriate/available diagnostic testing, and treatment of this feline disease.

  3. Updates on Canine Hyperadrenocorticism – “To Pre-Pill or not to Pre-Pill…that is the Question?”  During this hour we will focus on diagnostic testing and interpretation, treatment, and the evolving landscape of monitoring patients medically for Cushings disease.

  4. Canine and Feline Insulin Therapy – We will talk about standard insulin choices for dogs and cats in addition to newer options such as degludec (Tresiba) and glargine 300u/ml (Toujeo).  A brief update on any cutting-edge therapies also will be included.

  5. The Incidental Adrenal Mass!  What do you do when your patient gets a routine abdominal ultrasound and the dreaded, un-expected adrenal mass is found?  We will discuss reasonable options from a clinical perspective.

  6. Canine TSH Monitoring for my Hyperthyroid Feline…What Gives?  This one-hour lecture will give a brief update on diagnosis but will focus on standard of care treatment options and monitoring for feline hyperthyroidism.

  7. Treating Canine Hypoadrenocorticism – 2020.  We will focus on diagnosis and treatment of the “Great Pretender” and discuss lower, likely more appropriate glucocorticoid therapy, alternative glucocorticoid options to standard prednisone/prednisolone treatment, and current knowledge with regards to mineralocorticoid supplementation.

  8. Atypical Cushings.  This lecture will discuss what is considered “Atypical Cushings” and the published literature that establishes the tug-of-war debate with respect to whether this is a new disease or “typical” hypercortisolemia and provide a clinical approach to treatment if/when you see this type of case.


The Warwick Hotel

Chicago Warwick Hotel

PHONE: 312-440-1500
ROOM RATE: Standard Guestroom $162      Queen Beds  $197
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Landmark Hotel in Downtown Chicago

Accommodations are limited at this special rate. Please book and register early!
Arrangements have been made so you can extend your vacation 3 days before and/or after your destination seminar at the same rate if rooms are available at the property. Call early to secure your choice of rooms.
The Warwick Chicago is in the heart of downtown Chicago and is the perfect spot to explore the legendary charms of the Windy City. The Warwick is close to premium shopping and dining along the Magnificent Mile; Millennium Park; Navy Pier; Wrigley Field, and Lake Michigan.


Getting There

O’Hare International Airport (ORD) and Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) serve the Chicago metropolitan with flights available on most domestic airlines. The Warwick is 30 minutes from both airports. The Chicago train transit system is available from both airports. The Warwick Hotel is a block from the train station.


Lecture Schedule

15 Hours of RACE approved CE for Veterinarians and Technicians.

October 15
Registration 12pm - 1pm
Conference 1pm - 6pm
Cocktail Reception 6:15pm - 7:15pm

October 16
Breakfast 7am-8 am
Conference 8am - 1pm ​​

October 17
Breakfast 7am - 8am
Conference 8am - 1:00pm


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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