Santa Fe, New Mexico 2020

September 15 - 17, 2020

Kevin S. Stepaniuk, DVM, FAVD, Dipl. AVDC

kevin-stepaniukAs a Diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College, Fellow of the Academy of Veterinary Dentistry, previous faculty member and section chief of Dentistry and Oral Surgery at the University of Minnesota, he has become an invited international and national renowned lecturer and instructor. He is a journal and textbook author and reviewer for many dentistry and oral surgery publications. He is an Executive Board member of the AVDC, and past-president of the AVDS. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Calgary, DVM degree from Oklahoma State University and completed a small animal internship at Washington State University. His specialty training was in private practice. He owns Veterinary Dentistry Education and Consulting Services and works clinically at Columbia River Veterinary Specialists. He brings a practical, clinically relevant, and entertaining aspect to his energetic lectures filled with clinical photographs and radiographs.


  1. Clandestine Hidden Common Dental and Oral Disease That May Be Missed
  2. Recognition and Step-By_step Treatment of Feline Tooth Resorption
  3. Pathophysiology, Recognition, Examination, and Treatment of Periodontal Disease - The Wost Prevalent Disease in Small Animal Practice
  4. Step-by-Step Surgical Extractions of Canine and Feline Teeth
  5. Intraoral Dental Radiography - Understanding the Opacities and Lucencies
  6. Malocclusions and Common Oral Pathology - Recognition and Treatment Recommendations in General Practice
  7. Inflammation in the Feline Oral Cavity - They are not all the same!
  8. Understanding Fractured Teeth and the Appropriate Treatment Recommendations 

Steve Mehler,DVM, DACVS

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  1. The abdominal exploratory: from xyphoid to pubis Principles, client/team/OR/patient prep, systematic ex lap, biopsy indications and techniques, common abdominal procedures

  2. Advances in open wound management. The new standard of care is neither wet or dry Wound etiology, decision making tree of open or closed, techniques of debridement, lavage, and culture, moist wound healing (MWH) and moisture retentive dressings (MRD)

  3. Penetrating wounds: what lies beneath Etiology of penetrating wounds, body system approach and decision-making tree for when to go to surgery, nonoperative management (NOM), specific attention paid to bite wounds as its own “beast”

  4. Wound closure techniques- taking the tension of wound closure: When to close a wound, what happens to wound when it is under tension, different techniques for reliving tension

  5. The use and abuse of wound drains: The pros and cons of wound drains. Open vs closed drains, when to use them and when not to. How to make your own closed suction drains.

  6. Thoracic trauma: cut or punt: Etiology of thoracic trauma. The Mehler algorithm for determining if thoracic exploratory is necessary. Introduce the regional thoracic exploratory. Pendelluft was smart but was wrong-Bail on the flail and focus on the underlying pulmonary injury.

  7. Extrahepatic biliary tract surgery: it isn’t the surgery that kills them: Review of common etiologies and indications for surgery. Some pathophysiology to better understand what needs to be done well as part of preoperative and post-operative diagnostics and stabilization to improve post-operative outcomes. Review of surgical procedures based on underlying disease process.

  8. The twisted truth about GDV maybe combined with DACVECC to cover stabilization and post op care: Diagnostics, decompression technique controversy, the anatomy of the twist and the anatomy of the untwist, gastric resection, standard gastropexy technique how to’s and how not to’s

Inn and Spa at Loretto Santa Fe

Call in: 1-866-582-1646

Referring Code/Group Name: Vet Vacation CE
Group Code: 180909VETV
Room Rate: $219

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

Arrangements have been made so you can extend your vacation 2 days before or after your destination seminar at the same rate as long as rooms are available at the property. Call early to secure your choice of rooms and dates.

The Inn at Loretto offers an award-winning spa, casual and fine dining, heated garden pool, and onsite galleries and boutiques. The Inn at Loretto is in the heart of downtown Santa Fe near the historic Santa Fe Plaza, Palace of Governors and Canyon Road arts district.


Getting There

Santa Fe International (SAF): 20 minutes

Las Vegas International (LAS): 1 hour, 20 minutes 

Albuquerque International (ABQ): 1 hours,15 minutes 


Lecture Schedule

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

September 15
Registration 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Conference 1:00pm - 6pm
Cocktail Hour with Hors d’oeuvres 6:15pm - 7:15pm

September 16
Breakfast 7am - 8am
Conference 8am -1 pm ​​

September 17
Breakfast 7am- 8am
Conference 8am -1:00pm


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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