Vancouver, Canada – The Listel Hotel

August 07 - 09, 2018

Dr. Marie Kerl ACVIM Internal Medicine and ACVECC Critical Care

Dr. Marie Kerl graduated from the Auburn University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. Following 2 years of general practice in Columbus, GA, she completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York, NY. She remained at AMC for her residency in internal medicine and obtained board certification from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Internal Medicine) in 1995. She remained on staff at the AMC, where she completed a residency in Emergency and Critical Care Medicine, until 1999. She completed degree requirements for Master of Public Health in 2010 at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Kerl joined the faculty of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, the University of Missouri in 1999. Her duties as Teaching Professor include clinical rotations in the internal medicine and critical care services, instruction of professional degree students, interns, and residents, and didactic teaching at the professional and graduate levels. She has served as president of the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society, and chair of the examination committee of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care.  Dr. Kerl has received the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as two Golden Aesculapius awards during her tenure at the University of Missouri. Dr. Kerl is a member of veterinary disaster response teams at a national and state level and has responded for veterinary disaster management following Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, and the Joplin tornadoes. Particular professional interests include renal and urinary disease, infectious disease, fluid and electrolyte disorders, hospital biosecurity, and veterinary disaster response.


1. Feline Urinary Obstruction: Emergency Management
2. Feline Urinary Obstruction: Post-obstruction Complications
3. Developing a Hospital Infection Control Plan: Protecting your Patients and Staff
4. Hemorrhage and Transfusion
5. TLC in the ICU
6. Respiratory Emergencies
7. Hypoadrenocorticism Updates
8. Pain Management in the ICU


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


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


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