Hotel The Cheeca Lodge Islamorada

November 05 - 07, 2019

Simon Platt DVM, 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


Jenefer Stillion DVM.

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Jenefer Stillion, DVM.

Dr. Jenefer Stillion was born and raised in Colorado where she earned her veterinary degree from Colorado State University in 2004. She then went on to complete a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery and continued to practice emergency medicine in the Denver metropolitan area.
In 2012, Dr. Stillion completed a residency at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and became a board-certified specialist in small animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine. Following completion of her residency, she moved her family to Calgary and has enjoyed living next to the Canadian Rockies since. Her professional interests include treatment of trauma and shock, transfusion medicine and sepsis.  
In her free time, Dr. Stillion enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, travelling, cooking and enjoying the great outdoors. She shares her home with three very spoiled cats, two guinea pigs and one hamster.


  1. Practical approach to diagnosis and management of acute kidney injury
    There are many potential causes of acute kidney injury (AKI) in dogs and cats and prognosis can vary depending on the cause as well as the therapy. This lecture will review the pathophysiology, common causes, clinical presentation and approach to diagnosis and medical management of AKI in dogs and cats.

  2. Managing the hypotensive patient
    An understanding of the normal mechanisms that maintain blood pressure in health can help the general practitioner troubleshoot changes in blood pressure that occur with critical illness. We will discuss blood pressure measurement, hypotension and treatment options for correcting and maintaining blood pressure in our patients.

  3. Diabetic emergencies in small animals
    Life-threatening complications of diabetes mellitus include diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome (HHS).  This lecture will focus on diagnosis, treatment options and advances, and monitoring of diabetic crisis in small animals.

  4. Assessment and emergency treatment of the dyspneic cat – Do no harm!
    Respiratory distress is a common presenting complaint for cats in the emergency room.  We will focus on prompt recognition and localization of the source of respiratory distress to determine the appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.

  5. Emergency management of congestive heart failure
    Learn how to diagnose and treat congestive heart failure in small animals, including additional drug protocols for patients that do not respond to standard therapies. Recognition and treatment of common canine and feline arrhythmias will also be discussed.

  6. Evaluation and management of the brain injury patient
    Rapid recognition of the clinical signs and presentation of traumatic brain injury is paramount to successful patient outcome. This lecture will focus on evidence-based guidelines for TBI patient assessment and treatment, aimed at optimizing perfusion and limiting secondary brain injury.

  7. Local and systemic management of burn wounds
    Burn injury can result in immediate and progressive systemic consequences leading to significant patient morbidity and mortality. We will discuss emergency and intensive care of severe burn wounds, including cardiovascular stabilization, fluid therapy, pain management, respiratory support and local burn management. 

  8. Septic peritonitis: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and perioperative management
    Septic peritonitis is a surgical emergency but patient outcome depends on speed of diagnosis, initiation of appropriate therapies and patient stabilization prior to, and following, surgery. We will review the evidence behind sepsis guidelines and how they relate to our small animal patients.

The Cheeca Lodge Hotel

The hotel block at the Cheeca Lodge is full.  We are not able to secure more rooms at our discounted rate.  You may call the hotel at 800-327-2888 or email them at to see if they have any availabilty.


Getting There

The Cheeca Lodge is less than 2 hours from Miami International Airport (MIA) and 2 and 1/2 hours from Ft. Lauderdale Internation Airport (FLL). Rental car is best transportation option from either airport. 

Lecture Schedule

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

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 $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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