Whistler, British Columbia, Canada 2023

March 21 - 23, 2023


Surgery – Dr. Grayson Cole
Surgery- Dr. Bronwyn Fullagar

Learn about Veterinary Surgery while enjoying a skiing vacation in Whistler, British Columbia. Our hotel at the center of Whistler village will allow you true ski in ski out access and adequate time to hit the slopes to both Blackcomb and Whistler mountain.

If the enormous runs, impeccable snow record and lively resort weren’t enough, Whistler is reaching new heights this winter thanks to new lifts, including a new Blackcomb access gondola. This ski region, which spans two enormous mountains (Whistler and Blackcomb), provides an unbeatable variety of runs, meaning beginners can feel confidents and experts can be occupied for weeks. The only problems are the crowds and lift lines, although these should be alleviated with the new lifts.

With a resort as expansive as Whistler Blackcomb you’ll be blown away by the gorgeous panoramic views at every corner. The ultimate view is from the 1,400-foot-high Peak 2 Peak Gondola, the views from above are quite simply breath-taking and give perspective of how truly enormous the resort is.

There are three primary bases: Creekside, Upper Village, and Whistler Village, which serves as the centre of the community. With a wide variety of bars and restaurants to suit most budgets as well as some fantastic shopping opportunities, the resort village provides for a perfect base.

March 21, 2023
6-6:45AM Breakfast Buffet for Attendees Mt Currie
6:45AM to 7AM REGISTRATION Just outside Mt Currie
7-7:50AM GDV: It Doesn’t Have to Make Your Stomach Turn?(BF)
8-8:50AM It’s a Linear Foreign Body – Now What (BF)
9-9:50AM Conquering the Kiwi – Surgery of the Gall Bladder Mucocele
10AM-4:30PM Free Ski & Boarding Time!
4:30-5:20 PM Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome (GC)
5:30-6:20PM Laryngeal Exam and Laryngeal Paralysis (GC)
6:30-7:30PM Welcome Mingle Chaekamus Guests Welcome!

March 22, 2023
6-7AM Breakfast Buffet for Attendees Mt Currie
7-7:50AM Diseases of the Trachea (GC)
8-8:50AM Pleural Space Disease and Management (GC)
9-9:50AM Lower Urinary Tract Surgery for the GP (GC)
10AM-4:30PM Free Ski and Boarding Time on Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains!
4:30-5:20 PM Pyothorax – A Sticky Situation (Story of Layla) (BF)
5:30-6:20PM What Lies Beneath – Managing Penetrating Thoracic Trauma (BF)

March 23, 2023
6-7AM Breakfast Buffet for Attendees Mt Currie
7-7:50 AM Guide to Wide Surgical Excision of Cutaneous Masses (BF)
8-9:15 AM Reconstruction of Large Skin Defects (BF)
9:35-10:50AM Diaphragmatic Hernia Management and Repair (GC)
11-11:50AM Nasal and Sinus Surgery (GC)
12PM Vet Vacation CE Conference Concludes: Book your Next VetVacationCE!

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Super Saver Rate: $895 with 90 days advanced registration
VetVacationCE Rate: $945 from 89 days to 45 days advanced registration
JetSetter Rate: $995 less than 45 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

Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

Call in: 604-233-3990 or 1-800-445-8667
Referring Code/Group Name: Group Name: VET VACATION 2023 Group Code: VV2023
Room Rate: ROOM BLOCK IS SOLD OUT!!!! CAD $249 for a Queen Studio + 16% tax and a $25 resort fee. Queen Studio includes a mimi kitchenette.

ROOM BLOCK IS SOLD OUT! Accommodations are limited at this special rate and are available for 2 days pre and post based on availability. Rooms will sell out. Typical room rates during this time are over $500.
Please note that reservations will be subject to availability at time of booking. Nightly, secured underground parking is currently available at CAD$37.00 per night (plus tax)
5% GST) for self-parking & $41.00 per night (plus 5% GST) for valet service.
Shuttle service between Vancouver airport and the mountain is readily available.

Getting There

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

I-5 N, Granville St exit to Granville St bardge, 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.
CADrive Time: 5 hr.


Grayson Cole, DVM DACVS CCRP

Dr. Grayson Cole received her Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology and cell science from the University of Florida in 2006, and then earned her DVM in 2010, also from the University of Florida. She completed a small animal rotating internship at the Ohio State University followed by a surgical internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists. Dr. Cole went on to complete a surgical residency at the University of Tennessee, where she also became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner in 2015. She was then in clinical practice at a specialty hospital in San Antonio and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2016. Dr. Cole focuses on soft tissue surgery and has special interests in minimally invasive procedures, vascular anomalies, and upper airway surgery. In her free time, she enjoys sailing, kayaking and hiking. She lives with her husband, stepdaughter, a blonde Labrador mix and a tuxedo cat.

Presentation Synopsis

1. Brachycephalic Obstructive Airway Syndrome
2. Laryngeal Exam and Laryngeal Paralysis
3. Diseases of the Trachea
4. Pleural Space Disease and Management
5. Introduction to Thoracoscopy for the GP
6. Introduction to Pulmonary Surgery for the GP
7. Diaphragmatic Hernia Management and Repair
8. Nasal and Sinus Surgery
9. Lower Urinary Tract Surgery for the GP


Dr. Bronwyn Fullagar BVSc, MS, DACVS-SA

Dr. Bronwyn Fullagar grew up in Brisbane, Australia and earned her veterinary degree from the University of Queensland. She started her career in mixed practice in rural northern Australia, then moved to North America to pursue a surgical residency at The Ohio State University. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2016.
Since then, Bronwyn has worked as a small animal surgeon in Canada, Australia and the United States. She particularly enjoys challenging soft tissue, surgical oncology and emergency surgery cases. Bronwyn loves to teach, helping veterinary students and practicing veterinarians worldwide to boost their expertise and confidence. She now works as the Director of Surgical Education for the Veterinary Emergency Group, where she oversees the surgical training of emergency veterinarians across the US. She also works as a locum specialist surgeon throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Bronwyn currently lives in Bend, Oregon. Outside of work, she spends as much time as possible in the mountains - backcountry skiing, mountain biking or trail running.

Presentation Synopsis

1. Reconstruction of large skin defects - tension-relieving techniques for your toolbox (*75min lecture)
2. Step by step guide to wide surgical excision of cutaneous masses
3. Conquering the kiwi - surgical indications and approach to gall bladder mucocele
4. Pyothorax - a sticky situation. The incredible story of Layla.
5. It’s a linear foreign body - now what? Tips for approaching challenging gastrointestinal surgery cases with confidence.
6. What lies beneath - managing penetrating thoracic trauma from the ER to the OR.
7. Gastric dilatation-volvulus - it doesn't have to make your stomach turn