Glacier National Park in Whitefish, Montana 2021

June 14 - 16, 2021


Anesthesia - Dr. Lysa Pam Posner
Ophthalmology - Dr. Robert Swinger

Learn about veterinary anesthesia and ophthalmology surrounded by mountains and the pristine water of Whitefish Lake. Our lodging is only 30-minutes from Glacier National Park and 10-minutes from the myriad of fun summer activities at Whitefish Mountain Resort.

June 14, 2021
1-1:50pm Eye Oh My: Ocular Emergencies Dr. Swinger
2-3:15pm What’s New in Veterinary Ophthalmology Dr. Swinger
3:30-4:20pm Pain Pathway: when it’s good and broken Dr. Posner
4:30-5:20pm Analgesic drugs: the old and the new Dr. Posner
5:30-6pm Treatment of Chronic Pain Dr. Posner

June 15, 2021
Breakfast 7am-8 am
8-8:50am Ocular Procedures and Surgery Dr. Swinger
9-9:50am Feline Ophthalmology Dr. Swinger
10-10:50am Glaucoma Surgical and Medical Dr. Swinger
11am-11:15am BREAK AND SNACK
11:15am–12noon Local Anesthetics Dr. Posner
12:10-1pm Anesthesia Induction Agents: What’s New? Dr. Posner

June 16, 2021
Breakfast 7am-8am
8-8:50am Sedation/Anesthesia for Critical Patients Dr. Posner
9-9:50am Fluid Therapy: what kind and how much Dr. Posner
10 –10:50pm Anesthetic monitors: why bother? Dr. Posner
11 -11:15 am BREAK AND SNACK
11:15-12noon Corneal Ulcers Dr. Swinger
12:10-1pm What’s on your shelf: Rx and OTC Dr. Swinger

Save with Early Registration

Super Saver Rate: $795 with 90 days advanced registration
VetVacationCE Rate: $865 from 89 days to 30 days advanced registration
JetSetter Rate: $925 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

The Lodge at Whitefish Lake is sold out

Sunset view from the Lodge
Call in: 844-863-1900, ext. 1 for the Firebrand or 844-887-4026 Sold Out The Lodge at Whitefish Lake
Referring Code/Group Name: ID: VETVAC21 | Password: WHITEFISH
Room Rate: The Firebrand Hotel (Sister property) will be offering 10% off the lowest current rate if you call in and use the code above when booking. The Rooms at the Lodge at Whitefish Lake are SOLD OUT! $224+12% taxes for Classic King or 2 queens, upgraded rooms at a higher rate are available upon request. Accommodations are limited at this special rate. Please book and register early!

You can extend your vacation 3 days before or after at Whitefish Lodge at the same rate as long as rooms are available.

Complimentary transportation is available to downtown Whitefish the Firebrand Hotel and to the Whitefish Lake Golf Course.
There is free parking and complimentary wireless internet.

Getting There

Airport Distance: 16 minutes from Glacier International Airport (FCA). Many domestic airlines serve FCA.

Complimentary transportation is available from the Glacier Park International Airport (FCA) and the Amtrak Station with 24 hour advance notice.


Lysa Pam Posner, Dipl., DACVAA

Dr. Posner has a BS in biochemistry from Purdue University. She completed her DVM at Cornell University and spent 9 years in private veterinary practice. She returned to Cornell to complete a Residency in Anesthesiology and completed her board certification with the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. She was on Faculty at Cornell for 5 years and has been on Faculty at North Carolina State University since 2005. She is currently a Professor of Anesthesiology, the Director of Anesthesia Services, and Anesthesiology Residency Program Director.

Presentation Synopsis

1. The pain pathway: the anatomy and physiology of the pain pathway and how to treat pain.
2. Analgesics in veterinary: new agents or novel uses for established ones
3. Chronic pain in veterinary medicine
4. Local blocks
5. Anesthesia agents: what’s new?
6. Why bother with anesthesia monitoring?
7. Anesthesia for critical patients
8. Fluid therapy and anesthesia


Robert Swinger, DVM, DACVO

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 2004, he went on to complete both an ophthalmology internship in 2005 and residency in 2009 at the Animal Eye Specialty Clinic. Soon thereafter, he joined the VCA Aurora Animal Hospital outside of Chicago before returning in 2011 to launch Animal Eye Guys. Over the past few years, Animal Eye Guys has expanded to multiple locations across South Florida extending from Miami to West Palm Beach. Dr. Swinger is board certified and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists.

In his work environment, Dr. Swinger enjoys teaching and taking active roles in the clinic’s internship/residency programs. He is an active lecturer/wet lab instructor across the nation including the Florida Veterinary Medical Association, The Gulf Atlantic Veterinary Conference, Vet Vacation CE, University of Illinois, St. Matthew’s University, and many local events for his referring veterinary community. His special interests include surgical and medical management of glaucoma, cataract surgery, and corneal physiology. Outside of the veterinary arena, Dr. Swinger enjoys spending time with his family (which includes his twins, Keegan and Francesca, and a toy poodle, Sophia) and enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and traveling.

Presentation Synopsis

1. EYE! Oh My! An Overview of Ocular Emergencies in Small Animal Patients
2. New Developments in Veterinary Ophthalmology – Surgical and Pharmacological Advancements
3. Ocular Procedures and Surgery in your Practice
4. Feline Ophthalmology
5. Glaucoma in Veterinary Medicine – Surgical and Medical Management
6. Corneal Ulcers – Why some just won’t heal!
7. What’s on your shelf? A guide to ocular pharmaceuticals and supplements.
8. What are Your Colleagues Sending? A Review Of The Top 10 Most Common Ophthalmic Referrals.