Islamorada 2020

November 03 - 05, 2020

Dr. Mark Acierno ACVIM

Mark Acierno received his DVM from Mississippi State University in 2000. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery, he completed an internal medicine residency at Tufts University. He is a professor at Midwestern University, a boarded internal medicine specialist and a member of the Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology.  His research interests include hypertension, kidney disease and renal replacement therapies. Dr. Acierno is the author of more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and 15 book chapters. Currently, he is developing one of the most comprehensive nephrology / urology programs in the world, which is based out of Phoenix AZ.


1. Acute Kidney Injury 
2. Improving the quality of life for cats with Chronic Kidney Disease 
3. Leptospirosis: Current Recommendations and What is the Risk to Veterinary Professionals
4. Nephrotoxicosis: Ethylene Glycol and Beyond
5. Now how do we turn off this spigot??? (Diagnosing and treating canine Incontinence)
6. Help! Help! I can’t pee!! (Feline Lower urinary tract disease)
7. Hypertension
8. Protein Losing Nephropathy
9. Canine geology (uroliths)
10. Intro to dialysis medicine  - how does it work and when to refer
11. An introduction to Acid / Base disorders


Jenefer Stillion BS, DVM, ACVECC

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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. Review the pathophysiology, common causes, clinical presentation and approach to diagnosis and medical management of AKI in dogs and cats.

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

  3. Diabetic emergencies in small animals
    Life-threatening complications of diabetes mellitus include diabetic ketoacidosis and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome (HHS).  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.  Prompt recognition and localization of the source of respiratory distress to determine the appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.

  5. 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. Review the evidence behind sepsis guidelines and how they relate to our small animal patients.

  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. Evidence-based guidelines for TBI patient assessment and treatment, aimed at optimizing cerebral perfusion and limiting secondary brain injury.

  7. Emergency management of congestive heart failure and malignant arrhythmias
    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.

The Cheeca Lodge Hotel

Call in: 800-327-2888
Referring Code/Group Name: Vet Vacation CE
Room Rate: $199

Cheeca Lodge does not have a booking link through reservations. Please call 305-664-4651 between 8:00 AM-6:00 PM EST.

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

We have made arrangements so you can extend your vacation before and/or after your destination seminar at the same rate if rooms are available at the property. The room rate to extend is $199 for weekdays and $299 for weekend days. Call early to secure your choice of rooms.
The Cheeca Lodge & Spa is known for turquoise water, towering palms and calm breezes where you can indulge in mind, body and spirit on the Atlantic Ocean in the Florida Keys. The Cheeca Lodge is located in the Sportfishing Capital of the World. The Cheeca has the longest fishing pier in the Florida Keys. Acitivities available at the luxury resort include snorkeling, sea kayaking, bicycling, and scuba diving.
The resort features world-class accommodations:
•    27 acres of lush gardens.
•    Adult and family pools
•    Three first-class restaurants on-site
•    Jack Nicklaus-designed 9-hole par 3 golf course
•    Unlimited use of fishing equipment, sea kayaks, bicycles and more
•    Camp Cheeca environmental program for kids
•    Pampering spa and fully-equipped fitness studio
•    Saltwater Lagoon for swimming and snorkeling
•    Oceanfront Tiki Bar


Getting There

The Cheeca Lodge is 1 hour and 50 minutes from the Miami International Airport (MIA) and 2 hours and 30 minutes from the Ft. Lauderdale International Airport (FLL). Both airports have non-stop from most major US and Canadian cities.  The best transportation to The Cheeca Lodge in the Florida Keys is car rental. The drive to the Cheeca is breathtaking.

Lecture Schedule

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

November 3
Registration 12:30pm-1pm
Lecture 1pm-6pm
Cocktail Hour with Hors d’oeuvres 6:30pm-7:30pm

November 4
Breakfast 7am-8 am
Lecture 8am-1pm

November 5
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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