Miami Beach – Miami, Florida – SLS Hotel

January 24 - 26, 2018

Dr. Chris Pachel ACVB Behavior

Christopher Pachel, DVM, DACVB received his veterinary degree from the University of MN in 2002 and worked as a general practitioner for two years in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area prior to the start of his residency program.  He operated a house-call behavior practice in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area until 2010 and became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, also in 2010. 

He is currently the owner of the Animal Behavior Clinic in Portland, OR, lectures regularly throughout the US and Canada, and has taught courses in veterinary behavior at the University of MN and at the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  He has published research on feline water consumption preferences, wrote a book chapter on Intercat Aggression for the May 2014 issue of Veterinary Clinics of North America: Small Animal Practice, and is co-author of a book chapter on Pet Selection for Animal Assisted Therapy. 


1. Incorporating behavior into patient care
2. Windows of opportunity - canine socialization
3. Impact of family dynamics on behavior cases - improving client compliance for recommendations
4. Intercat aggression
5. Risk assessment of aggression cases
6. Feline inappropriate elimination
7. Psychopharmacology
8. Separation anxiety


Dr. Robert Novo ACVS Surgery

Dr. Novo received his DVM from the University of Florida, completed a Small Animal Medicine and Surgery internship at the University of Minnesota, followed by a Small Animal Surgery internship at the Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Orlando, Florida.  He returned to the UofM for a residency in Small Animal Surgery, and received Diplomate status at the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2001.  Dr. Novo remained at the UofM as an Associate Clinical Professor and became the Head of the Small Animal Surgery Department.  In 2010 he left Minnesota and moved to the west coast.  He joined Columbia River Veterinary Specialists in Vancouver, Washington, a busy emergency and specialty hospital.  Dr. Novo has authored publications in veterinary journals and chapters in the Current Veterinary Therapy XIV and XV.  He continues to serve as a reviewer for the Veterinary Surgery journal.


1.Medical and Surgical Management of Urinary Incontinence
2. Laryngeal Paralysis: Is this the first sign of a greater neuromuscular disease?
3. Ovariectomy vs. Ovariohysterectomy: Should the uterus stay or should it go?
4. An Algorithm for Management of Traumatic Wounds
5. If I tell you … I’ll have to kill you: Tricks, tips, and ideas for common reproductive procedures.
6. TPLO, TTA, Extracapsular Suture and Tightrope … Oh My!
7. Incorporating Behavior into Patient Care: Joint Perspectives From a Surgeon and a Behaviorist, Part I&II


SLS Hotel

Call in: (855) 757-7623
Referring Code/Group Name: Call-in: Vet Vacation Group
Online group code: 180123VETV
Room Rate: $315 for a King bed, single or double occupancy

$345 for 2 double beds, if you require 2 double beds you will need to call the hotel directly 855-757-7623.  Doubles are very limited.

Accommodations are limited at this special rate. Please book and register early!

A Resort Fee of $35 per day, per room is WAIVED with our group.  The fee includes Wi-Fi access throughout the entire resort, two beach chairs, access to our Fitness center, turndown, water and daily coffee at the front desk.

The beachfront hotel welcomes small pets under 15 pounds. A nonrefundable fee of $200 dollars per pet per stay will be added to all reservations with pets (subject to change). A pet waiver form must be completed at check-in. Pet fee does not apply to service animals. 

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


Getting There

Airport Distance:  20 minutes from  Miami International Airport (MIA)

60 minutes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

Transfers are very simple via Taxi, Uber or Lyft.  It is also very easy to get around in South Beach with Taxi, Uber or Lyft

Lecture Schedule

January 24
Registration 12:30pm-1pm
Lecture 1pm-6pm
Cocktail Hour with Hors d’oeuvres 6:15pm-7:15pm

January 25
Breakfast 7am-8 am
Lecture 8am-1pm

January 26
Breakfast 7am-8am
Lecture 8am-1pm


Early Bird Fee (booked 90 days ahead): $725
Regular Fee (booked less than 90 days ahead of time) : $795


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