Vancouver, Canada – The Listel Hotel

August 07 - 09, 2018

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


Dr. Bob Larocca ACVO Ophthalmology

Dr. Robert Larocca graduated from Emory University in 1987 with a Bachelors degree in Biology and Psychology,   Dr. Robert Larocca attended and graduated from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, followed by a rotating small animal internship at the University of Minnesota (1993-1994).  Following the internship, he worked in a general small animal practice in Weston, Florida for 1 year.  Dr. Larocca then completed a 3-year ophthalmology residency at Auburn University in 1998.   Dr. Larocca became a Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists in 1998.   He then joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine and was a clinical ophthalmologist from 1998-2003.  During that time he became section head of Ophthalmology/ Neurology/ Dentistry.  He then started a multi-specialty practice, Midwest Veterinary Specialty Group, in Blaine, Minnesota and remained in this practice from 2003-2007.  Dr. Larocca then opened Animal Eye Specialty Center in 2007 and is currently the owner and sole ophthalmologist in this practice.  Dr. Larocca continues to practice ophthalmology on all species of animals. 

Dr. Larocca served on the ACVO Residency committee from 2001-2005, the ACVO credential committee from 2008- 2010 and then served on the ACVO examination committee from 2011-2014 and is still serving as relief committee member at this time and he has helped with the exam in 2015 and 2016.  



1. The Red Eye: New advances in diagnosis and treatment
2. Acute Blindness- Diagnostic Differentials
3. Ocular pharmacology- How to select the best drug and case studies
4. Eye Challenge You: Challenging ophthalmic cases
5. "You can't see it if you don't look", Hidden ocular problems
6. Emergency Ocular Conditions: What is a true eye emergency? The practical approach.
7. The Fundic exam: unveiling the mystery
8. Feline ophthalmology: "Sui generis"- of their own kind


The Listel Hotel

Call in: (604) 684-8461
Refering Code/Group Name: Vet Vacation CE
Room Rate:  $259 CAD

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

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

Distance from Airport: 30 minutes from Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

Lecture Schedule

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

August 8
Breakfast 7am-8 am
Lecture 8am-1pm

August 9
Breakfast 7am-8am
Lecture 8am-1pm


Super Saver Rate $725 with 90 days advanced registration
VetVacationCE Rate $825 with 30 days advanced registration
JetSetter Rate $925 less than 30 days advanced registration 


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