Hotel The Cheeca Lodge Islamorada

November 05 - 07, 2019

Dr. Simon Platt ACVIM Neurology

Dr. Simon Platt received his veterinary degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1992, following which he undertook an internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph and a 2 year period in private practice in the England. Dr. Platt completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery in 1998 at the University of Florida and afterward 2 years as an assistant professor of Neurology at the University of Georgia. In 2000, Dr. Platt returned to the UK where he was Head of the Neurology/Neurosurgery service at the Animal Health Trust until 2006, from which time he has been at the Dept. of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Georgia where is currently a Professor.  Dr. Platt received the AAVC National resident of the year award in 1998, the BSAVA Blaine award for outstanding contributions to small animal medicine and surgery in 2005, the UGA Clinical Research Award in 2010 and the David Tyler Award for Innovative Teaching in 2012. Dr. Platt has authored or co-authored over 180 journal articles and 50 book chapters and is the co-editor of the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Neurology and the Manual of Small Animal Neurological Emergencies. Dr. Platt is Past-President of the ACVIM Neurology Specialty and Founder member of the South Eastern Veterinary Neurology (SEVEN) group in the USA. Currently, Simon serves as Editor in Chief of the NAVC journal Today’s Veterinary Practice



1.How to perform and use the neurological exam.
2. Head tilts in dogs and cats.
3. Spinal Pain in dogs
4. Disc disease in dogs
5. Seizures in dogs and cats
6. CNS Inflammatory disease in dogs


Dr. Lisa Powell DVM ACVECC


Lisa Powell graduated veterinary school from Texas A&M in 1995, completed a small animal rotating internship at the AMC in NYC in 1996, and then went on to a residency in small animal emergency and critical care at Tufts University, finishing in 1999.  Dr. Powell then joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota where she worked as a clinical professor for 15 years.  She is an author of more than 30 veterinary publications, and authored a book entitled “Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care: Case Studies in Client Communication, Morbidity and Mortality”.  She is currently an associate critical care clinician at BluePearl Veterinary Partners in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  Her clinical interests include mechanical ventilation, respiratory disease, colloid and fluid therapy, and sepsis.


1. Approach to the Dyspneic Patient
The objective of this lecture will be to present common causes of respiratory difficulty in dogs and cats and to discuss diagnosis and treatment of specific diseases.  The discussion will conclude with case presentations.

2. Blood Gas Analysis: Clinical Correlates
The attendees will learn how to quickly interpret a blood gas, with a discussion of causes of acid/base abnormalities.  The lecture will include case discussions involving blood gases and targeted therapy for the acid/base abnormalities.  
3. Common Toxicities
Attendees will learn how to identify and treat the most common toxicities in dogs and cats.  A discussion about decontamination, supportive care, and antidotes for specific toxins will be presented.

4. A Review of GDV
There have been many recent studies reviewing GDV, with an emphasis on lactate levels and prognosis.  This lecture will present recent evidence-based medicine related to GDV prognosis and treatment.

5. CPR: An Update
The RECOVER guidelines have helped to redefine and restructure how CPR is administered in small animal veterinary patients.  This update will include the important points of the guidelines and a discussion of successful CPR cases will be presented.

6. Fluid Therapy for Emergent and Critical Patients
Fluids are a mainstay of treatment for emergency and critically ill patients.  This discussion will include fluid therapy for emergency patients and different fluid strategies for complicated critically ill patients with co-morbidities.

7. Small Animal Transfusion Medicine
Transfusion medicine in dogs and cats will be presented, including blood typing and crossmatching, component therapy, and case presentations.

8. Management of Severe Trauma
Severe trauma can present many therapeutic challenges.  This presentation will discuss diagnostic and treatment strategies for the severely traumatized small animal patient.

The Cheeca Lodge Hotel

Call in: 800-327-2888
Referring Code/Group Name: Vet Vacation CE
Room Rate: $189 available 1 day before and after, Friday and Saturday nights rate is $289

Accommodations are limited at this special rate. Please book your room directly with the Cheeca Lodge at 800-327-2888 or email 


Getting There


Lecture Schedule

November 5
Registration 12:30pm-1pm
Lecture 1pm-6pm
Cocktail Hour with Hors d’oeuvres 6:30pm-7:30pm

November 6
Breakfast 7am-8 am
Lecture 8am-1pm

November 7
Breakfast 7am-8am
Lecture 8am-1pm



Super Saver Rate $725 with 90 days advanced registration
VetVacationCE Rate $825 with 30 days advanced registration
JetSetter Rate $925 less than 30 days advanced registration 

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