St. Croix, Virgin Islands – The Buccaneer

December 11 - 13, 2020

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

The Buccaneer

Call in: (800) 255-3881 Email:
Referring Code/Group Name: Vet18

Room Rate: Ocean View $199
Luxury Ocean View $330
Family Cottage Suite $438
Deluxe Oceanfront $413

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

    • Full buffet breakfast each day
    • $75 resort credit for each room booked for at least 3 nights
    • Snorkel gear, kayaks, floating mats, paddleboards
    • Welcome rum or fruit punch upon arrival
    • Wi-fi, 24-hour fitness gym and parking
    • Courtesy vans throughout the property

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. Call early to secure your choice of rooms.

The Buccaneer 340 acres of premier beachfront property features an 18 hole golf course, tennis courts, three beaches, two pools, water sports center, full service spa and salon, 24-hour fitness center, three on-site restaurants, and a shopping arcade. Acitivities available at the luxury resort include snorkeling, sea kayaking, bicycling, and scuba diving.

The three beaches at The Buccaneer are the best in St. Croix. The Mermaid and Grotto Beaches each have a water-sports center with kayaks, snorkeling gear, mats and floats, sand toys and towels available for guest use.


Getting There

Distance from Airport: 20 minutes from St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen Airport (STX)

  • The Buccaneer is 20 minutes from the St Croix airport (STX). Taxi and shuttle services are readily available from the airport. The Buccaneer offers shuttle service as well. Many domestic airlines offer daily non-stop or one-stop service to St. Croix.  American offers non-stop service from Miami and Charlotte. Delta offers non-stop service from Atlanta. Spirit offers non-stop service from Ft. Lauderdale. Jet Blue offers one-stop service through San Juan.
  • Options for transportation within St. Croix include car rental, taxi service and shuttle service.

Lecture Schedule

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

December 11
Registration 12:30pm-1pm
Lecture 1pm-6pm
Cocktail Hour with Hors d’oeuvres 6:30pm-7:30pm

December 12
Breakfast 7am-8 am
Lecture 8am-1pm

DEcember 13
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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