Glacier National Park Whitefish – Montana

September 21 - 23, 2017

Dr. Brainard 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!


Dr. Bob Larocca ACVO Ophthalmology

Dr. Robert Larocca graduated from Emory University in 1987 with a Bachelors degree in Biology and Psychology,   Dr. Robert Larocca attended and graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, followed by a rotating small animal internship at the University of Minnesota (1993-1994).  Following the internship, he worked in a general small animal practice in Weston, Florida for 1 year.  Dr. Larocca then completed a 3-year ophthalmology residency at Auburn University in 1998.   Dr. Larocca became a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1998.   He then joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine and was a clinical ophthalmologist from 1998-2003.  During that time he became section head of Ophthalmology/ Neurology/ Dentistry.  He then started a multi-specialty practice, Midwest Veterinary Specialty Group, in Blaine, Minnesota and remained in this practice from 2003-2007.  Dr. Larocca then opened Animal Eye Specialty Center in 2007 and is currently the owner and sole ophthalmologist in this practice.  Dr. Larocca continues to practice ophthalmology on all species of animals. 

Dr Larocca served on the ACVO Residency committee from 2001-2005 , the ACVO credential committee from 2008- 2010 and then served on the ACVO examination committee from 2011-2014 and is still serving as relief committee member at this time and he has helped with the exam in 2015 and 2016.  


1. The Red Eye: New advances in diagnosis and treatment
2. Acute Blindness- Diagnostic Differentials
3. Ocular pharmacology- How to select the best drug and case studies
4. Eye Challenge You: Challenging ophthalmic cases
5. "You can't see it if you don't look", Hidden ocular problems
6. Emergency Ocular Conditions: What is a true eye emergency? The practical approach.
7. The Fundic exam: unveiling the mystery
8. Feline ophthalmology: "Sui generis"- of their own kind

The Firebrand Hotel

Phone: 844.863.1900 or 406.863.1900
Refering Code/Group Name: ID: vetvaca | Password: whitefish
Room Rate: $139

Accommodations are limited at this special rate. Please book and register early! Book by July 21st

Arrangements have been made so you can extend your vacation 3 days before or after your destination seminar at the same rate as long as rooms are available at the property.


Getting There

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


Lecture Schedule

September 21
Registration 12noon-1pm
Lecture 1pm-6pm
Cocktail Hour with Hors d’oeuvres 6:30pm-7:30pm

September 22
Breakfast 7am-8 am
Lecture 8am-1pm

September 23
Breakfast 7am-8am
Lecture 8am-1pm


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


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