Glacier National Park Whitefish – Montana

June 15 - 17, 2020

Paul Bloom, Dipl., ACVD and Dipl., ABVP

Paul Bloom Headshot

Dr. Paul Bloom, Dipl., ACVD and Dipl., ABVP, Canine and Feline Specialty obtained his DVM with high honors from Michigan State University in 1976 and has worked in small animal medicine ever since. He obtained board certification in the American board of veterinary practitioners in 1984 and became Michigan's FIRST board-certified veterinary dermatologist in full-time private practice in 2001 when he became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. In 2016, he became a certified Fear Free practitioner. Dr Bloom also serves as adjunct faculty at the MSU veterinary college.  Some veterinary students spend their dermatology rotation at the Allergy, Skin and Ear Clinic for Pets, and he regularly visits the campus to work and interact with students and staff.  He has lectured at numerous state, national and international conferences and has written many book chapters. He serves on the scientific program committee for the ACVD and is a reviewer the professional journals Veterinary Dermatology, The Veterinary Journal, Irish Veterinary Journal, Journal of Small Animal Practice, - Journal of the AVMA and the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. When he's not working, Dr B spends his time playing hockey or relaxing at home in rural Northfield Township, Michigan with his wife and "menagerie" of animals which currently include; 3 horses, 2 mini-donkeys, 1 goat, 2 sheep, 4 cats and 1 dog.


  1. Atopic Dermatitis – The New Paradigm And How It Changes The Way We Treat It -objective - to update the practitioner about the impact that barrier dysfunction has on management of atopic dermatitis and new drug therapy for atopic dermatitis - Part I and 2
  2. Diagnosis And Management Of Otitis Externa In The Real World  -      objective - to review new drug therapy and treatments for otitis externa- Parts 1 and 2
  3. Appropriate Antibiotic Use In Small Animal Dermatology- What Should We Be Using And What We Should Avoid - objective- learn which antibiotics are appropriate to use in veterinary dermatology and how to use culture results to select antibiotics in cases of resistant bacterial infection - 2 hr
  4. What would you do- interactive, real world dermatology case presentation that requires audience participation and fun!  1.5 hrs

Holly Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP

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Dr. Holly Brown received her DVM from the University of Georgia and worked in small animal private practice in Colorado and North Carolina. She returned to UGA for a residency in clinical pathology and additionally obtained her doctorate degree in pathology, studying Cytauxzoon felis infection in domestic and wild cats. After completion of her residency and PhD, Dr. Brown remained on as a faculty member at UGA where she served as a diagnostic clinical pathologist, instructor, and collaborative researcher. Dr. Brown then joined Metzger Animal Hospital’s large general and referral practice in State College, PA as an on-staff clinical pathologist. There she sees a wide variety of diagnostic submissions and enjoys playing an important role at the interface of diagnostic testing and patient care. Dr. Brown fulfills her passion for teaching providing mentorship opportunities and continuing education lectures and wetlabs.


  1. Advanced hematology: Reading between the lines, connecting the dots, and adding a microscope Hematologic analysis of both sick and healthy patients, utilizing real cases in which appropriate interpretation of the CBC and blood film changes is key to understanding disease and case management.
  2. Laboratory diagnosis of immune-mediate hemolytic anemia (IMHA) Tips will be shared for laboratory evaluation for IMHA, including important (and sometimes subtle) CBC changes and appropriate microscopic findings.
  3. Interpreting thrombocytopenia and coagulopathies Multiple cases will be presented that emphasize the importance of understanding in-house blood work, in particular the CBC with proper platelet evaluation and coagulation testing.
  4. Urinalysis: Why pan for gold?            Challenging cases are discussed in which complete urinalysis is reviewed and provides vital diagnostic information.
  5. Tying it all together: Maximizing the diagnostic power of the minimum database and your in-clinic laboratory Minimum data base (including hematology, biochemical profiling, and the complete urinalysis) is highlighted in the diagnostic work-up of advanced cases that presented at Metzger Animal Hospital.
  6. Effusion analysis: Maximizing the diagnostic information from your non-heme fluid samples Empowering the practitioner and technical staff to appropriately handle, process, and interpret fluid samples, including cytologic and biochemical analysis as well as appropriate ancillary testing.
  7. Cytology basics: From patient to microscope Review the cytologic sample in-clinic or send to the reference lab, proper procurement and handling of the sample is essential to maximize accurate diagnostic information. Tips of the trade will be discussed, including sharing of a diagnostic algorithm for in-clinic cytology interpretation.
  8. Diagnosing lymphoid malignancies Lymphoid malignancies are commonly encountered in private practice, but lack of confident interpretation of the underlying disease process(es) and appropriate laboratory testing can stymie the accurate diagnosis. Real cases of both lymphoma and lymphoid leukemia will be reviewed, with discussion of both in-clinic laboratory findings and ancillary diagnostic tests (flow cytometry, ICC/IHC, PARR testing) performed at outside laboratories.

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake

Phone: 877-887-4026
Referring Code/Group Name: ID: VETVAC20 | Password: whitefish
Room Rate: $207 for Classic King or 2 queens, upgraded rooms at a higher rate are available upon request.Accommodations are limited at this special rate. Please book and register early! 


You can extend your vacation 3 days before or after at Whitefish Lodge at the same rate as long as rooms are available. 
Complimentary transportation is available to downtown Whitefish and to the Whitefish Lake Golf Course. 
There is free parking and complimentary wireless internet.

Getting There

Airport Distance: 16 minutes from Glacier International Airport (FCA)

Complimentary transportation is available from the Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) and the Amtrak Station with 24 hour advanced notice


Lecture Schedule

15 Hours of RACE approved for CE for Veterinarians and Technicians.

June 15
Registration 12:30pm-1pm
Lecture 1pm-6pm
Cocktail Hour with Hors d’oeuvres 6:15pm-7:15pm

June 16
Breakfast 7am-8 am
Lecture 8am-1pm

June 17
Breakfast 7am-8am
Lecture 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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