Crested Butte, Colorado 2022

February 16 - 18, 2022


Surgery - Dr. Larie Allen
Oncology- Dr. Zachary Wright

Learn about veterinary  oncology while enjoying a skiing vacation in Crested Butte, CO. The conference hotel is at the base of Crested Butte Mountain in Crested Butte, Colorado with  ski-in / ski-out access to the mountain.

February 16
6-6:45 Breakfast Buffet for Attendees Plaza Pre-function
6:45AM to 7AM REGISTRATION Plaza Pre-function
7-7:50AM Surgical Oncology: Techniques and Reconstruction (LA)
8-8:50AM Making Wound Healing Fun (LA)
9-9:50AM Unusual Findings in Routine Abdominal Surgeries (LA)
10AM-4:30PM Free Ski and Boarding Time!
4:30-5:20 PM Diagnostic Cytology of Canine and Feline Tumors (ZW)
5:30-6:20PM Canine Lymphoma: Phenotypes and Treatment Advances (ZW)
6:45-7:45 PM Cocktail Hour

February 17
6-7AM Breakfast Buffet for Attendees Plaza Pre-function
7-7:50AM Osteosarcoma: 3 legs and a kick stand (ZW)
8-8:50 AM Canine and Feline Reproductive and Urogenital Cancer (ZW)
9-9:50 AM There are really good Tumors - Welcome to Long Term Survival (ZW)
10AM-4:30PM Free Ski and Boarding Time!
4:30-5:20 PM Fracture Management: Really It’s Easy (LA)
5:30-6:20PM TPLO vs TTA: Do you really need to know the difference (LA)

February 18
6-7AM Breakfast Buffet for Attendees Plaza Pre-function
7-7:50 AM Feline Injection Site Sarcomas (ZW)
8-9:15 AM Mast Cell Tumors: The Practice Builder and Confidence Crusher (ZW)
9:30-10:45AM The Ins and Outs of Surgical Tumors (LA)
11-11:50PM Advances in Surgical Oncology (LA)
12PM Vet Vacation CE Conference Concludes

Save with Early Registration

Super Saver Rate: $855 with 90 days advanced registration
VetVacationCE Rate: $925 from 89 days to 30 days advanced registration
JetSetter Rate: $985 less than 30 days advanced registration

Technician Discount

If you are a technician, use Coupon Code TECH75 for $75 off the regular registration rate.

RACE approved CE

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

Your Destination

Elevation Hotel and Spa

Elevation Hotel and Spa
Call in: 970-251-3000
Referring Code/Group Name: Promo code VET2022
Room Rate: Base Room Rate: $179 Tax: 19.8% Resort Fee: $15 Parking Fee: $10 At Booking: 1 night deposit

Accommodations are limited at this special rate and can be extended 3 days before and after the conference at the same rate based on availability. Please book your room by January 26th as this hotel will sell out. All rooms have kitchenettes. The Elevation is pet friendly and only charges $35 per night for your pet.

The Elevation Hotel and Spa offers an ideal slope-side location with a full range of pampering amenities that reflect a combination of mountain charm and contemporary urban design. This luxury ski-in/ski-out hotel destination is Located at the base of Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado, The Elevation is a ski-in / ski-out resort. Features include slope-side dining, full-service spa, heated indoor pool, and three hot tubs.

Getting There

Fly into Montrose, Colorado (MTJ). The MTJ airport is less than 2 hours from Crested Butte. Major airlines including United and American serve Montrose. Crested Butte is only 90 minutes from Telluride.

Fly into Gunnison (GUC). The GUC airport is 40 minutes from the Elevation Hotel & Spa. Major airlines including United and American serve Gunnison.

Soft Tissue Surgery

Larie Allen, DVM, DACVS ACVS

Dr. Larie Allen is a board certified small animal surgeon. She completed her undergraduate studies at Indiana University and gained early entry into veterinary school. She earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 1993. After graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, followed by a surgical residency at The Animal Medical Center in New York City. She then pursued additional expertise in surgical oncology by completing a fellowship at Colorado State University in 1999.

While Dr. Allen’s primary interest lies in oncologic surgeries, she also enjoys performing various surgeries including: orthopedic surgeries such as, TPLOs and TTAs, fractures, advanced soft tissue surgeries, and neurosurgery. Dr. Allen is one of the few surgeons in the country included in the Veterinary Society for Surgical Oncology.

Dr. Allen is a native Floridian but has made the Rockies and Colorado home. She has been a member of the Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital team for 9 years where she is also the Associate Medical Director. She loves hiking, skiing, and traveling.

Presentation Synopsis

1. The Ins and Outs of Surgical Tumors: A review of diagnostics, staging and treatment for a variety of tumors. (90 minutes)
2. Advances in Surgical Oncology: Describing new surgical techniques and new treatment options for different types of tumors.
3. Surgical Oncology: Techniques and Reconstruction. A discussion of surgical techniques and suture material to enhance wound closure following challenging mass excisions.
4. Making Wound Healing Fun: A review of the different materials and techniques for better wound healing with case presentations.
5. Unusual Findings in Routine Abdominal Surgeries: A discussion on the variety of findings in abdominal surgeries and how to best prepare and treat.
6. Fracture Management: Really It’s Easy: An interactive review of anatomy, diagnosis and treatment of many types of fractures and the surgical/non surgical options. (90 minutes)
7. TPLO vs TTA, Do you Really Need to Know the Difference: A presentation on different types of stifle stabilizations, the basic biomechanics, advantages, and disadvantages of each.


Zachary Wright, DVM, DACVIM Oncology

Dr. Zachary Wright was raised in the DFW Area (Rockwall). He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Notre Dame and his veterinary medical. degree from Texas A & M. He completed a one year rotating small animal internship in medicine and surgery at VCA West Los Angeles Animal Hospital in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Wright completed his residency in small animal oncology at Texas A&M University and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine-Oncology in 2008.

Dr. Wright joined the staff at VCA Veterinary Care in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to open a new oncology practice. In 2012 Dr. Wright and his family moved back to North Texas to join VCA Animal Diagnostic Clinic where he now serves as Director of Oncology.

Presentation Synopsis

1. Diagnostic Cytology of Canine and Feline Tumors
2. Canine Lymphoma: Phenotypes and Treatment Advances
3. Mast Cell Tumors: The Practice Builder and Confidence Crusher
4. Canine and Feline Reproductive and Urogenital Cancer
5. Osteosarcoma Review: Three legs and a kick stand
6. There Really Are Good Tumors - Welcome to the world of long-term survival.
7. Feline Injection Site Sarcomas
8. Veterinary Oncology Ultrasound
9. Updates in Oncology