VetLaw Canadian Veterinary CE at Sea Conference - 7-Night Alaska Cruise, round-trip Vancouver, B.C., CA - September 16 - 23, 2018
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VetLaw Canadian Veterinary CE at Sea Conference

7-Night Alaska Cruise Conference
Round-trip Vancouver, B.C., CA
September 16 - 23, 2018

This conference has already sailed, but that doesn't mean you have to miss the boat! Click here to see our complete schedule of upcoming programs.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CURRENTLY ACTIVE PROGRAM.

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Holland America's Westerdam

9 Hours of Accredited Veterinary CE* **
Seminars from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Course Fees:
$150 CAN per attendee.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the CEI meeting group through Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® at 800-422-0711 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.
Target Audience
Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians
Program Purpose / Objectives
Agenda
Seminars from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Date Port Arrive Depart Seminar Topic
Sept. 16, 2018 Vancouver, B.C, CA 4:30 PM No Seminar
Sept. 17, 2018 Scenic Cruising The Inside Passage Case Studies in Veterinary Legal Issues (Jack)
Sept. 18, 2018 Juneau, Alaska, US 1:00 PM 10:00 PM Hospital Valuation Principles and Tips,(Tait)
Sept. 19, 2018 Skagway, Alaska, US 7:00 AM 9:00 PM Hospital Human Resources Management,(Stinson)
Sept. 20, 2018 Glacier Bay 7:00 AM 4:00 PM Legal Aspects of Veterinary Ethics,(Jack)
Sept. 21, 2018 Ketchikan, Alaska, US 10:00 AM 6:00 PM Effective Veterinary Communication (Adams)
Sept. 22, 2018 Scenic Cruising The Inside Passage Tax Tips for Veterinarians,(Wallace)
Sept. 23, 2018 Vancouver, B.C, CA 7:00 AM No Seminar


Day One:
  • "Tales from the Trenches"
    Case Studies in Veterinary Legal Issues
    Douglas C. Jack

    Veterinary practitioners are faced with a number of varied legal issues on a day - to-day basis, many of which can lead to compromises is effective hospital management. Through the presentation of a number of case studies, participants will review common legal issues including the form and content of medical records management, obtaining and documenting informed consent to treatment, strategies to ensure that appropriate veterinary medical standards of care are maintained, responding to client complaints and general matters of regulatory compliance.
Day Two:
  • "What is this Practice Worth?"
    Principles of Veterinary Practice Valuation
    Dr. John Tait

    Every practice strives for peak efficiency and effectiveness, the results which are optimum profitability and practice value, and the best position for eventual succession. Propelling the best practice performance are a number of value drivers. Acumen and understanding of the means to achieve expertise in practice value drivers will drive your practice into the upper tiers of profitability and value .This talk will identify and discuss how to manage value drivers for ideal productivity and results.
Day Three:
  • "Culture of Choice: Unleashing your team's full potential"
    Veterinary Hospital Human Resources Management
    Kathy Stinson

    Even the best of veterinary teams can fall victim to day-to-day workplace stresses. Without effective mechanisms in place to correct course early, morale can suffer. Morale and team culture greatly impacts risk of burn out, staff turnover, client service and ultimately overall business potential. Even small morale drops can have huge, long-lasting impacts in the practice's success; therefore, it is vital to manage it well. This lecture will teach you how to identify and resolve workplace toxins and other common barriers to achieving and maintaining a happy and healthy workplace culture. Support materials/templates will be provided.
Day Four:
  • "Horns of Dilemma"
    Legal Aspects of Veterinary Ethics
    Douglas C. Jack

    Notions of veterinary ethics and the regulatory rules governing the veterinary profession are often blurred; certainly, in addition to any moral anxiety arising from breaches of established veterinary ethics, there are legal consequences that can ensue. This session will review common ethical challenges that face the practitioner on a regular basis and alert the participants to means to avoid the legal consequences. A discussion of the regulatory regime for the review of complaints and discipline matters will be undertaken.
Day Five:
  • "I'm Listening"
    Effective Veterinary Communications
    Dr. Cindy Adams

    The root of most complaints against veterinarians rests in poor communications. Dr. Adams will present a two part seminar on understanding the basic of effective communication with clients. Emphasis will be placed on best practices to avoid misunderstandings leading to complaints and lawsuits, and the fundamental skills that you can implement in your hospital. The second part of this seminar will provide practitioners with knowledge about the communication skills that are required by all the members of the hospital "team" including strategies that can be used to avoid litigation and retain client confidence.
Day Six:
  • "Having a Look at the Numbers"
    Taxation Tips for Veterinary Practitioners
    Kelsey Wallace

    All veterinary practitioners are aware that they have a silent "partner" in the practice being the relevant tax authorities. In this fast-paced lecture we will discuss owner/manager compensation strategies, maximizing and understanding tax deductions, income splitting and the use of family trusts, the taxation benefits of incorporation and planning for the purchase and sale of the practice.
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Faculty
Douglas C. Jack

Doug is a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Canada's largest law firm and the only national law firm with a group dedicated to the provision of legal services to the veterinary profession; he advises veterinary professionals on various commercial and disciplinary defense matters.

Doug is an affiliate member of the OVMA, VHMA and AAHA and a founding and charter member of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association, the only Canadian to have served as its President. He has written two books on veterinary practice management, as well as having numerous articles published in veterinary publications. Doug teaches veterinary jurisprudence at a number of veterinary colleges, and is a sought-after speaker at veterinary conferences worldwide.

Kathy Stinson

Kathy is a Registered Veterinary Technician who, after nearly a decade in companion animal practice developed a passion for veterinary management specifically leadership and team development. Kathy left practice after founding Strive Veterinary Consulting; a private firm that offers one-on-one management and leadership support to practice owners and managers.

Recognizing a need for comprehensive veterinary management and leadership training with Canadian content; Kathy developed Strive Veterinary Management School 2014. SVMS provides training on a variety of topics as leadership, workplace morale, compliance, client service, and profitability enhancement. Coming full circle, when Kathy is not speaking or consulting she is managing her husband's practice on Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

Dr. John Tait

Dr. John Tait graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1986, received his MBA in 1995 from McMaster/London School of Business in Health Services Mgt. He also received Master of Finance/Certified Financial Planner in 2001. He is a Certified Business Valuator. He has experience in private practice for ten years where he owned his own practices, multi-unit corporate medicine as Vice President for Veterinary Centers of America, academia as Director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at OVC where he is still a part time faculty member.

He was Managing Partner of the Ontario Veterinary Group from 2002 until 2014. In 2009-2010 he was President of the American Animal Hospital Association. and currently owns his own consulting business, John Tait Veterinary Consulting. He is a private consultant to health care professionals in the areas of practice mgt. and transition, career and personal financial planning.

Kelsey Wallace

Kelsey is a Chartered Professional Accountant and graduate of Brock University with an Honours Bachelor of Accounting degree which she achieved with first class standing. After graduating, Kelsey completed the Chartered Professional Accountant In-Depth Tax Course as valedictorian and in 2013 she and her husband Jason moved to Port Dover, Ontario at which time she joined the Millards' team.

In 2018, Kelsey became a Tax Partner with Millards. Kelsey is a tax specialist whose strategy is to provide innovative and practical tax solutions as well as client peace of mind. Kelsey's practice area includes advising clients on the purchase and sale of businesses, estate and succession planning, tax minimization strategies, commodity taxes, personal and corporate tax planning.
Accreditation
* Pre-approved for CE credits by CVBC, NSVMA, NBVMA, PEIVMA, OMVQ, SVMA and AbVMA
** Participants who are members of MVMA, NLVMA and CVO are required to apply to their respective regulatory body for approval for CE credit post-cruise.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Cruise Itinerary
DATE PORT OF CALL ARRIVE DEPART
Sun Sep 16 Vancouver, Canada
- 4:30 pm
Mon Sep 17 The Inside Passage - Scenic cruising
- -
Tue Sep 18 Juneau, Alaska
1:00 pm 10:00 pm
Wed Sep 19 Skagway, Alaska
7:00 am 9:00 pm
Thu Sep 20 Glacier Bay National Park - Scenic Cruising
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Fri Sep 21 Ketchikan, Alaska
10:00 am 6:00 pm
Sat Sep 22 The Inside Passage - Scenic cruising
- -
Sun Sep 23 Vancouver, Canada
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Ports of Call
Glacier Bay - If you didn't know any better, you'd think Glacier Bay ostentatious for the way it flaunts its ice.When a monumental chunk of ice splits off a glacier and thunders into the sea the impact shoots water hundreds of feet into the air. You hold your breath as you catch the moment on film. Then you wait for it all to happen again. And it does: Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world.
Inside Passage - This is one of the most famously beautiful passages in all the world. It features virtually everything you came to Alaska hoping to see, including rain forests, glaciers, fjords and white-capped peaks. All of which create a setting that's perfect for viewing whales and sea lions.
Juneau, Alaska - In Alaska's capital, you can pan for gold at Gold Creek and taste salmon baked on an alderwood fire, mush sleddogs, flightsee the Juneau Ice Field, and walk right up to the Mendenhall Glacier at the park. This charming small city also hosts an excellent zipline course. And for the less adventurous, the Red Dog Saloon is near the dock.
Ketchikan, Alaska - Immerse yourself in Tlingit Indian culture as you view the world's largest collection of totem poles; kayak the colorful waterfront. Port tips from our blog
Vancouver, British Columbia - Sophisticated. Culturally diverse, this beautiful port city brims with attractions. From Vancouver's cosmopolitan downtown to the historically renovated Gastown district and exotic Chinatown, Vancouver displays varied urban scenes. Nestled near the city center is Stanley Park, resplendent with its deep forest, totem poles, and scenic promenades.

Non-US/Canadian individuals, please Click here to determine if you'll need a visa to board this cruise which visits Canada.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Westerdam

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the CEI meeting group through Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® at 800-422-0711 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a CURRENTLY ACTIVE Program.

You may have found this page in error or been referred to this page via an outdated link. If you did come to this page from a link posted on another website, you may wish to alert the person responsible for the link that the program is labeled as inactive on our site. You are also welcome to e-mail us and report this message.

Cruise Pricing

Prices below are for the full cruise including meals and evening entertainment

STATEROOMS DETAILS
PRICING
PER PERSON
Neptune Suite (SA) - Floor-to-ceiling window/sliding glass door leading to your personal veranda, 2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed, a large sitting area, dressing room, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, no-host mini-bar and walk-in closet. Deluxe Suites include all the Superior Suite amenities, plus complimentary laundry, pressing and dry cleaning throughout your cruise, complimentary champagne and bottled water provided in suite upon embarkation, premium duvet, oversize bath towels and soft, cotton bathrobes and slippers, gorgeous corsages and boutonnieres for the first formal night, hors d'oeuvres served before dinner each evening on request, binoculars and umbrellas for your use on the cruise, cocktail party with ship officers, priority boarding for tender ports of call, special disembarkation service, priority dining and seating requests, and exclusive daily breakfast service for suite guests only. A very special amenity exclusively for guests cruising in a Deluxe Veranda Suite or Penthouse Veranda Suite, the industry-leading Neptune Lounge features a private place to relax, socialize with other suite guests and enjoy the personalized service of a concierge. The fleet-wide lounges provide worktables, large screen television, library, sofas and chairs, refreshments throughout the day and wi-fi for a small charge. One-Touch 24-hour Concierge Service is available when the Neptune Lounge is closed.
488-700 sq. ft. with veranda
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Neptune Suite (SC)- Floor-to-ceiling window/sliding glass door leading to your personal veranda, 2 lower beds convertible to 1 king-size bed, a large sitting area, dressing room, 1 sofa bed for 2 persons, no-host mini-bar and walk-in closet. Deluxe Suites include all the Superior Suite amenities, plus complimentary laundry, pressing and dry cleaning throughout your cruise, complimentary champagne and bottled water provided in suite upon embarkation, premium duvet, oversize bath towels and soft, cotton bathrobes and slippers, gorgeous corsages and boutonnieres for the first formal night, hors d'oeuvres served before dinner each evening on request, binoculars and umbrellas for your use on the cruise, cocktail party with ship officers, priority boarding for tender ports of call, special disembarkation service, priority dining and seating requests, and exclusive daily breakfast service for suite guests only. A very special amenity exclusively for guests cruising in a Deluxe Veranda Suite or Penthouse Veranda Suite, the industry-leading Neptune Lounge features a private place to relax, socialize with other suite guests and enjoy the personalized service of a concierge. The fleet-wide lounges provide worktables, large screen television, library, sofas and chairs, refreshments throughout the day and wi-fi for a small charge. One-Touch 24-hour Concierge Service is available when the Neptune Lounge is closed.
488-700 sq. ft. with veranda
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Signature Suite (SS)- Floor-to-ceiling window/sliding glass door leading to your personal veranda, 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathroom with dual sink vanity, full-size whirlpool bath, shower and additional shower stall, large sitting area, private verandah, 1 sofa bed for 1 person. Suites also include a variety of firm, medium and soft pillows, no-host mini-bar for easy entertaining, personalized cruise stationery, over-sized bath towels, one-touch telephone concierge service, fresh flowers, and a complimentary DVD library.
398 sq. ft. with veranda
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OceanView Stateroom with Veranda (VA) -Floor-to-ceiling window/sliding glass door leading to your personal veranda, 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, whirlpool bath and shower, sitting area, no-host mini-bar, floor-to-ceiling windows. Includes all the stateroom amenities, plus signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed featuring plush Sealy Posturepedic® Euro-Top mattress and finely woven cotton linens, luxurious bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerhead, 5x magnifying lighted make-up mirror and salon-quality hair dryer, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure, complimentary fresh fruit on request, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.
284-398 sq. ft. with veranda
CAD 1,760.20
OceanView Stateroom with Veranda (VB)- Floor-to-ceiling window/sliding glass door leading to your personal veranda, 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, whirlpool bath and shower, sitting area, no-host mini-bar, floor-to-ceiling windows. Includes all the stateroom amenities, plus signature Mariner’s Dream™ bed featuring plush Sealy Posturepedic® Euro-Top mattress and finely woven cotton linens, luxurious bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerhead, 5x magnifying lighted make-up mirror and salon-quality hair dryer, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure, complimentary fresh fruit on request, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.
284-398 sq. ft. with veranda
CAD 1,721.20
OceanView Stateroom (C)-Picture window, 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub and shower, luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerheads, 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure complimentary fresh fruit on request, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.
185-197 sq. ft.
CAD 1,318.20
OceanView Stateroom (D)- Picture window, 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub and shower, luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerheads, 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure, complimentary fresh fruit on request, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.
185-197 sq. ft.
CAD 1,279.20
Inside Stateroom (K)- 2 lower beds convertible to 1 queen-size bed, bathtub and shower, luxurious beds featuring Sealy® Premium Euro-Top mattresses and finely woven cotton linens, deluxe waffle weave and terry cloth bathrobes for use during your voyage, 100% Egyptian cotton towels, premium massage showerheads, 5X magnifying make-up mirrors and salon-quality hair dryers, fragrant soaps, lotions, shampoo and other bath amenities from Elemis Aromapure, complimentary fresh fruit on request, flat-panel TV and DVD player, ice service, shoeshine service and nightly turndown service.
143-207 sq. ft.
CAD 889.20
Prices are Per Person (In Canadian Dollars) , based on Double Occupancy and Subject to change. Port Charges, Taxes & Fees CAD 604.51
Deposit CAD 455 per person
Pleaase note that ground or air travel to Vancouver is additional. We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Cancellation Policies vary by cruise line, destination and sailing date.
Please check with one of our cruise consultant for policies applicable to this cruise

Important Note: Not all staterooms within each category have the same furniture configuration and/or facilities. Appropriate symbols within the rooms on the deck plans describe differences from the stateroom descriptions below. All information is subject to change.
* COMPETITIVE PRICING PROMISE: While we are not a 'cruise discounter,' we will match any price offered by the cruise line, directly to the general public, at the time of booking. This offers includes many short-term, promotional rates. All cruise line rates can be withdrawn by the cruise line at any time and are capacity controlled.
PRICING SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Although subject to change at any time, the listed prices are generally available up to about 90 days before sailing; at that time they convert to typically higher, market rates. Rates offered directly by the cruise line and quoted by our agents are also subject to change at any time, can be withdrawn at any time and are capacity controlled.
CANCELLATION PENALTY POLICY WILL APPLY: Cancellation policies vary by cruise line, itinerary and length of cruise. When reserving your stateroom, please review the policy applicable to this cruise with our staff. We strongly recommend Travel Insurance to cover the unexpected.
FUEL SUPPLEMENT: Cruiselines may implement a fuel surcharge depending on the price of crude oil.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

TravelSafe.comPlease visit TravelSafe.com for travel insurance information.

Cruise Line cancellation policies are strictly enforced. For that reason, we urge all of our travelers to carefully consider whether travel insurance is a good value for them.

Certainly, if you have reason to think that "something might come up" that might force you to cancel, travel insurance is worth the cost of the premium. Examples we've seen in the past include ill or frail family members and changes in employment causing relocation.

If travel insurance is the right choice for you, we recommend TravelSafe. To visit their site and explore your options click here or on the link above. The cruise lines also offer travel insurance and we'd be happy to help you go that route if you'd prefer.