Vet Vacation CE Rate

Waikiki Honolulu, Hawaii 2021

July 22 - 24, 2021

$925.00 $865.00

Ophthalmology - Dr. Bob Larocca
Behavior – Dr. Christine Calder

NO PASSPORT REQUIRED! Learn about veterinary ophthalmology and animal behavior while on your beach vacation in the Hawaii. The Alohilani Hotel is right across from the beach and has everything you need for snorkeling, kayaking, surfing and more.


July 22, 2021
Registration 12:30pm-1pm
Conference 1pm-6pm
Cocktail Reception 6:15pm-7:15pm

July 23, 2021
Breakfast 7am-8 am
Conference 8am-1pm

July 24, 2021
Breakfast 7am-8am
Conference 8am-1pm

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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

Alohalani Hotel

Call in: 800-367-6060 Toll Free
Referring Code/Group Name: Vet Vacation CE 2021
Room Rate: Voted #1 Best New Hotel by Reader's Choice Hawaii Magazine. Room Rate: $275 (plus 4.712% excise tax, 10.25% transient tax and $9.95 porterage fee)). Children 17 and under stay free. Each additional person is $100 per person per night. Upgrades are available through the link.

Self-Parking $40 per night, Valet $45 per night
There is also an on-site car rental
$45 resort fee has been waived for the group.
The resort fee includes Wireless high speed internet access
Access to Island Club and Spa's Fitness facilities including complimentary fitness classes for resort guests
$20 Spa credit per room per stay
Hawaiian cultural class
Aqua Fit classes
Swell Pool Deck Amenities
Eco Friendly water bottle, refillable at purified water stations
Kuerig coffeemakers in every room
Surfboard storage
Unlimited local calls and 60 minutes of long distance and international calls
Children 5 and under eat free at the Breakfast buffet and kids 6-12 eat for half price
Daily local Newspaper available at the front desk
Children's check-in experience and welcome gift
Educational Tank talks with an Oceanarium diver
Live Entertainment
Portable phone chargers
$50 off when you open $250 at Trina Turk located in the International Market place
Self-parking for the first night of your stay will be upgraded to Valet for the first night of your stay
Complimentary gift with the purchase from Maile Organics
Complimentary access to the Honolulu Museum of Art - Present your room card

Getting There

Distance from Airport: 20 minutes from Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (HNL). Many US carriers serve the Honolulu airport.

Animal Behavior

Dr. Christine Calder ACVB

A graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Calder has lived and practiced veterinary medicine in both her home state of New Jersey, and Maine for many years.
In addition to general practice, Dr. Calder has worked at the San Francisco SPCA, Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and Louisiana State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine. Most recently, she was an Assistant Clinical Professor in Community Veterinary Services and Veterinary Behavior at Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Health Center. As a general practitioner, she has always had an interest in animal behavior especially clinical veterinary behavior and in 2016, she finished a residency with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. In 2017, she became a Diplomate with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (DACVB). Dr. Calder’s special interest is in shelter behavior, feline behavior, and shy/ fearful dogs.

Presentation Synopsis

1. Behavior: It is Everywhere - Behavior is a part of everyday practice. Behavior friendly practices raise the standard of care and improve client compliance. We will discuss how to incorporate behavior into every day practice from why it is important to do so along with awareness, history taking, client education, and the prevention of behavior problems in every day practice.
2. How to Approach Behavior in Practice - Behavior cases don't have to be complicated. We will discuss how to approach behavior cases in practice, rule out medical differentials, and create a short term and long term treatment plan.
3. Medications and the Behavior Patient - Medications are part of the treatment of behavior problems in practice. We will cover the different medications available for behavior, how to decide when to prescribe, what to prescribe, and potential side effects.
4. Let's talk Canine Aggression: Case Studies - Aggression is a normal form of communication in dogs. Case examples will be used to discuss the different causes for aggression and common treatments.
5. Anxiety in the Canine Patient: Case Studies - Anxiety comes in many different forms. Case examples will be used to discuss different types of anxieties and common treatments for these patients.
6. The Feline Patient: The Litterbox and Beyond - House soiling and aggression are the two most common behaviors presented in general practice. They are also a common reason why clients choose euthanasia or surrender to shelters. We will discuss some common causes for both house soiling and aggression and how to treat and manage these cases.


Dr. Bob Larocca DVM,ACVO

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.

Presentation Synopsis

1. Glaucoma: Canine vs Feline Acute and Chronic Treatment
2. The “Black and White” of ocular surface disease
3. Corneal Ulcer Management: When to debride or refer ?
4. Cataracts: Diagnosis and Treatment.
5. The Fundic Exam: unveiling the mystery
6. Acute Blindness: Diagnostic Differentials
7. Practical ophthalmic surgical procedures: techniques and tips