Whistler, British Columbia Canada - Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

March 26 - 28, 2018

Dr. Brian Maran DVM, ACVIM Cardiology

Dr. Brian Maran is a board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Mississippi State University where he was recognized as a Wise Scholar. Following graduation, Dr. Maran completed a small animal medical and surgical internship at The University of Tennessee – Knoxville. Dr. Maran then completed graduate school and a Residency in Cardiology at Washington State University. During his residency, Dr. Maran completed research into genetic mutations of beta-receptors in dogs and cats, identifying mutations in this gene in both species. For this research, Dr. Maran was awarded the Outstanding Resident Research Award by the ACVIM in 2010 and 2011.

He is the founder of Olympic Veterinary Cardiology, LLC and lives and practices in the greater Seattle, WA area.

Dr. Maran has worked in multi-doctor specialty clinics, has served as a consultant to IDEXX Telemedicine and also served a year as a Locum Cardiologist with the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine training veterinary students and residents.

He also lectures internationally on various topics in cardiology and veterinary medicine, having lectured in Spain, Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Grenada, and Canada. He has presented numerous continuing education lectures for veterinarians in Washington, Alaska, Montana, Colorado, and California.

In his free time, Dr. Maran is an avid SCUBA diver, alpine skier and has served as a volunteer ski patroller. In the summer months, Dr. Maran can be found boating or hiking. Professionally, he also volunteers at the Seattle Aquarium and the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium when patients develop or are suspected to have cardiac disease at these institutions.


Canine Cardiomyopathy
A review of the etiology and diagnostic approach to Cardiomyopathy in dogs (DCM and ARVC). Management strategies are discussed with emphasis on the current scientific literature.

Feline Cardiomyopathy
A review of the various Cardiomyopathies seen in cats (HCM, DCM, RCM, UCM) and the diagnostic approach to these patients.

Chronic Valve Disease
A review of chronic valve disease pathology, findings, and management is discussed with current treatment recommendations (including the EPIC study) and best management practices for dogs affected with this disease process.

Aortic Thromboembolism
A review of this serious and often fatal complication with emphasis on why it happens and how we can best prevent this syndrome from developing.

Pulmonary Hypertension
A review of pulmonary arterial hypertension with emphasis placed on the vasodilatory and vasoconstrictor signal pathways and reasons for dysregulation. Available medications are explored and the utility of these medications in veterinary medicine discussed.

Pericardial Effusion
A review of pericardial effusion etiologies, pathophysiology, and case management including acute stabilization and chronic monitoring. Anatomic landmarks for urgent pericardiocentesis are discussed and long-term therapeutic options are explored including a discussion of the risks vs. benefits of surgical intervention.

Management of Congestive Heart Failure
A review of the pharmacology of cardiac drugs with emphasis on rational use and current evidence- based medicine in regards to therapy. The emphasis is placed on canine management, following the ACVIM Consensus Panel on Mitral Valve Disease, with discussion regarding feline variants explored. Following the pharmacology discussion, emphasis is shifted towards clinical response to therapy, follow up diagnostics, and appropriate monitoring and medication adjustments considering each patient's response and status.

A Review of Antiarrhythmic Therapy
A review of antiarrhythmic agent classification (Vaughn-Williams) with a focus on the clinical effects of the agents. Frequently encountered arrhythmias are reviewed with specific agents and doses discussed. Disease specific considerations (and contraindications) are discussed with each arrhythmia to ensure the appropriate agent is initiated in each patient.


Dr. Rob Swinger, ACVO

Dr. Robert Swinger completed his undergraduate work and received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois in 2003. After completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Veterinary Specialists of South Florida in Cooper City, he went on to complete both an ophthalmology internship in 2005 and residency in 2009 at the Animal Eye Specialty Clinics in Miami, Deerfield Beach, and West Palm Beach. Soon thereafter, he joined the VCA Aurora Animal Hospital outside of Chicago and developed a successful ophthalmology service where he continues to actively consult. In 2011, Dr. Swinger launched Animal Eye Guys (AEG) and joined the Hollywood Animal Hospital veterinary team. In 2012, AEG expanded it's services, offering two satellite locations in Miami Beach and South Miami. Dr. Swinger is board certified and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists. 


1. New Developments in Veterinary Ophthalmology
2. Feline Ophthalmology
3. Glaucoma in Veterinary Medicine - Surgical and Medical Management
4. Corneal Ulcers - Why some just won't heal!
5. Veterinary Ophthalmology Emergencies
6. Pain Management in Veterinary Ophthalmology
7. Extraocular Surgeries and Instrumentation for your practice

Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

Call in: (604) 932-1982 or (800) 515-4050
Referring Code/Group Name: Vet Vacation CE Inc
Room Rate: $295 CAD Premier King Studio with pull out sofa and kitchenette

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

Arrangements have been made so you can extend your vacation 3 days before or after your destination seminar at the same rate as long as rooms are available at the property. This hotel will book out, so you need to reserve early!


Getting There

  • Vancouver International Airport
    Arthur Laing Bridge, R to Granville St, over bridge, to Seymour St, left onto Georgia St. W Vancouver Exit to Marine Dr, right on Taylor Way, left at Hwy 99 N, R on Vlg Gate Blvd, R on Whistler Way. Hotel on Left.
    Distance from Hotel: 120 km.
    Drive Time: 2.5 hr.
    Type Typical Minimum Charge
    Bus Service 72.00 CAD
    Limousine 400.00 CAD
    Rental Car 200.00 CAD
    Taxi 265.00 CAD
    Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
    I-5 N, Granville St exit to Granville St brdge, to Seymour St exit to Georgia St lft, cross brdge to W Vancouver Exit onto Marine Dr, rt onto Taylor Way to Hwy 99 N Exit lft to Whistler, R on Vlg Gate Blvd, R on Whistler Way. Hotel on left.
    Distance from Hotel: 175 mi.
    Drive Time: 5 hr.

Lecture Schedule

March 26
Registration and Breakfast 6:30 am-7 am
Lecture 7 am to 9:30 am and 4:30 pm to 7 pm

March 27
Breakfast 6:30 am to 7 am
Lecture 7 am to 9:30 am and 4:30 pm to 7 pm

March 28
Breakfast 6:30 am to 7 am
Lecture 7 am to 12 noon


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


10% of your registration fee is non-refundable.  Cancellation 30 days prior to the start of the destination seminar will result in your ability to choose a 90% refund or the transfer of the registration fee to another destination seminar. If you can cancel within 30 days, you may transfer the registration fee to another destination seminar. Refunds or registration transfers are not available once a seminar begins.

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