A CE Adventure

WVC presents the second Destination CE with a trip to Herradura, Costa Rica for five nights, Sept. 16-21, 2018. Stay at Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort, which is only minutes away from picturesque nature preserves and the world-famous Jaco Beach. Earn CE as renowned instructors Drs. Michael Lappin and Catriona MacPhail lead sessions on feline infectious diseases and soft tissue surgery. During downtime, enjoy fun outdoor activities including horseback riding, zip-lining, and hiking.

Arrive in Alajuela, Costa Rica – September 16 (Sunday)

Suggested departure: September 21 (Friday)

The course: In this lecture series entitled Hot Topics in Feline Infectious Diseases and Soft Tissue Surgery, Drs. Lappin and MacPhail will use a case based approach to update the participants on approximately 30 Hot Topics including diagnosis and treatment of Giardia, Tritrichomonas, Hemoplasmas, Bartonella, and URI as well as updates on a number of GI and urinary surgical diseases.

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Instructors of Feline Medicine & Surgery

Michael Lappin, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Dr. Lappin graduated from Oklahoma State University, completing an internship, his residency and Ph.D. program in Parasitology at the University of Georgia.  His principal areas of interest are prevention of infectious diseases, the upper respiratory disease complex, infectious causes of fever, infectious causes of diarrhea, and zoonoses.

Dr. Lappin is the Kenneth W. Smith Professor of Small Animal Clinical Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University and helps direct the shelter medicine program.  He is the director of the “Center for Companion Animal Studies.”  He was awarded the Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, the European Society of Feline Medicine International Award for Outstanding Contribution to Feline Medicine, the Winn Feline Research Award, the ACVIM Robert W. Kirk Award for Professional Excellence, and the WSAVA Scientific Achievement Award.

Catriona MacPhail, DVM, PhD, DACVS

Dr. MacPhail graduated from Texas A&M University in 1996. She completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at Colorado State University (CSU) followed by a small animal surgical residency. After completing her residency in 2000, Dr. MacPhail completed a two-year fellowship at CSU in soft tissue and oncologic surgery. She was board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2002.

Dr. MacPhail has been on faculty at CSU as an associate professor in small animal soft tissue surgery since 2002. Her primary clinical interest is soft tissue surgery with an emphasis on upper and lower respiratory disease, wound management and reconstructive surgery.

Registration Information

Earn 12 hours of CE in Feline Medicine & Surgery.
Space is limited and expected to sell out.

Cost of CE – $895

Registration is a two-step process:

1. Hotel reservations may be made through this portal.

Or, by contacting:
Tel: (506) 2630-9033
Email: katherine.ramos@marriott.com

Please reference WVC to receive the WVC room rate. We request that all those participating in CE with Drs. Lappin and MacPhail, book accommodation within WVC’s room block.

2. Click HERE to purchase the CE portion of your trip.

Room reservations must be booked by July 3, 2018. All individual reservations must be guaranteed by one night deposit with a major credit card. Please secure your hotel room before registering for CE to ensure you receive the special rate.

If you have any questions, please contact info@wvc.org.

Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort

We suggest you arrive Sunday, September 16, 2018, and depart Friday, September 21, 2018. Participants should plan to fly into Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in Alajuela, Costa Rica.

Room rates are double occupancy and subject to applicable local taxes. You must book in the WVC block to receive the package prices noted below.

  • Rainforest View – $380 per night ($1,900/five nights)
  • Garden Terrace – $400 per night($2,000/five nights)
  • Ocean View – $430 per night ($2,150/five nights)
  • Partial Ocean Balcony – $450 per night ($2,250/five nights)
  • Ocean Front View – $480 per night ($2,400/five nights)

Room rate includes:

  • Daily buffet breakfast at Hacienda Kitchen Restaurant
  • Daily buffet lunch with unlimited drinks (House Wines, Local Beer, Soft drinks)
  • Daily buffet dinner with unlimited drinks (House Wines, Local Beer, Soft drinks)
  • Tennis Courts / Local Calls / Fitness center / Tortuga Kids Club
  • Free internet in rooms and common areas

Additional fees charged upon check-out:

  • $2 per room, per day gratuity to housekeeping
  • $5 per person gratuity to bellman

Additional rates are per day:

  • Children 0-6 years, free
  • Children 7-12 years, $99 (plus taxes)
  • Children over 12 and additional adults $125 (plus taxes)


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Please disregard Marriott’s notice of a $25 per day resort fee.  Rooms booked through WVC’s block will not incur this charge.

Download a registration form. (PDF)

Optional Excursions

The following excursions will be offered:

Monday, September 17, 2018

ATV Tour –  9:00a &  1:00p

Zip Line Canopy Tour –  9:00a &  1:00p

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Costa Rica Horseback Riding and Waterfalls –  10:00a &  1:00p

Mangrove Tour – 7:30a & 2:00p

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Aerial Tram – 9:30a & 2:00p

Caraca National Park – 12:30p

Manuel Antonio National Park – 7:00a


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Arrival Shuttle 

  • Shuttle service from Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose to Los Sueños Marriott Hotel
  • Bilingual assistance inside of the Airport by Canatur
  • Bilingual assistance outside of the Aiport by a Swiss Travel representative
  • Bottle of water

Rate per person: $60.00 USD (minimum of 2 people)

Departure Shuttle 

  • Shuttle service from Los Sueños Marriott Hotel to Juan Santamaria Airport in San Jose
  • Bottle of water

Rate per person: $58.00 USD (minimum of 2 people)

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Swiss Travel Service will provide transportation according to the particular group needs. To ensure a high standard of services, Swiss Travel Service owns and operates a modern air- conditioned fleet of buses. Large buses are equipped with reclining seats, radio system and some of them offer restroom facilities.


What are the Terms & Conditions?

Terms of Registration

WVC requires at least one occupant from each room to be registered for the CE course.

Room reservation cut-off is July 3rd, 2018.  All individual reservations must be guaranteed by one night deposit with a major credit card.  Cancellations prior to July 3, 2018, are 100% refundable.  Cancellations after July 3, 2018, will be subject to entire length of stay.

Terms of Payment

WVC Destination CE Course fees must be paid in full by mail or fax (702-739-6420) at the time of enrollment. Should you wish to pay by check, please make check payable to Western Veterinary Conference and mail check and registration form to P.O. Box 50755, Henderson, NV 89016.

Cancellation by WVC

WVC reserves the right to cancel courses at any time due to inadequate enrollment. Every effort will be made to notify participants as early as possible of a course cancellation. A full refund of the course registration fee will be issued to the participant in a timely manner.

Hotel cancellation for the Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Gulf Resort is the responsibility of the participant.

Cancellation by Registrant

Any participant wishing to cancel their registration for the Destination CE course must make the request in writing by email, fax, or mail by July 3, 2018. A $275.00 cancellation fee will be applied. Course cancellations after July 3, 2018, are nonrefundable.

Hotel cancellations prior to July 3, 2018, are 100% refundable.  Cancellations after July 3, 2018, will be subject to entire length of stay.

Participants must cancel hotel reservations separately.

Privacy Disclosure

WVC may release your contact information to sponsoring companies. As an attendee, your image may be captured and used for future promotional purposes.

Who can register?

The CE portion is open to veterinarians only.

Graduate Veterinarians: Graduate veterinarians are welcome to register, regardless of their licensure status, employment status, or school of graduation.

How many CE hours are offered?

12 hours of continuing education are offered.

Will there be a CE Certificate? How will I receive it?

Yes, download instructions for the CE Certificate will be emailed to you after the course ends and will be found in your MyWVC account.

Will I need to bring my passport?

Yes, you will need a passport to travel to Costa Rica.