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Don’t Break My Heart: What’s New, Different, and Important in Heartworm and Chagas Disease?

December 4-5, 2020 │ Clarke Atkins, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine and Cardiology), Steve Jones, DVM and Roy Madigan, DVM │ Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk Downtown │ San Antonio, TX

All Veterinary Team Members Welcome

Special holiday event schedule and location!
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Vector-Borne Threats

Heartworm Disease: Are you in a heartworm rut? Attend to hear the latest research and clinical breakthroughs in resistance, heat treatment of serum for heartworm testing, Wolbachia, doxycycline and minocycline, non-arsenical adulticidal therapy, shorter melarsomine protocols, and alternative heartworm preventives. Cardiologist, Clarke Atkins, and pathology enthusiast and past American Heartworm Society President, Steve Jones, will also review the important basics of life cycle, pathogenesis, and clinical management of heartworm infection.

Chagas Disease: Hear from one of the nation’s leading experts in this devastating emerging disease. Dr. Roy Madigan will cover all aspects of Chagas disease, from prevalence to pathogenesis, diagnosis, novel treatments and environmental control. You’ll be amazed to hear what can be done to help your affected patients!

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Special Event Features

  • Optimized Holiday Schedule: Talk with our subject-matter experts Friday and Saturday 8 am to 3pm. Then spend your free-time exploring the beautifully decorated Riverwalk, enjoying an award-winning restaurant, or attending one of the many area holiday events. Sunday is a free day!
  • Location: The Embassy Suites by Hilton San Antonio Riverwalk. This 4-star venue places you directly on the banks of the San Antonio Riverwalk. Step directly from the beautiful lobby onto the Riverwalk, where restaurants, live music, shopping, the Aquarium, the Alamo and more are at your fingertips! If you’d rather dine in, try the award-winning restaurant, Range by Chef Jason Dady.
  • Marathon Weekend: Like running? Register for Sunday’s Rock & Roll Marathon! The course will run directly past our event venue


  • Ten hours CE
  • One additional hour CE if lunch and learn session offered/attended
  • Welcome packet
  • Made-to-order Breakfast Friday/Saturday, chef-prepared lunch Friday/Saturday, refreshments, and snacks
  • Digital proceedings are provided via USB

**This program will be submitted but is not yet approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 10 CE Credits, with a maximum of 10 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician.

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I enjoyed the pace of the sessions with breaks in between and the scale of the presentation to allow for personal interaction with the speaker

– Lone Star Veterinary Academy Attendee

Location and Accommodations

  • Savor the sights, sounds, and flavors of the holidays at the Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX! San Antonio is also home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, popular restaurants, parks, and shopping. Known for our food, San Antonio proudly carries the title, UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy!
  • Venue: Embassy Suites San Antonio Riverwalk Downtown
    • 125 E Houston St. San Antonio, TX 78205
  • Click here to reserve your room for December!
    • Group Rate: from $189/night
    • Please book as early as possible! Riverwalk hotels sell out every weekend during the holiday season!
  • This 4-star Riverwalk venue will complete a full renovation in spring 2020.
  • Click here to view additional information about the venue
  • Are you a runner? Stick around after the conference for the Rock and Roll Marathon! You’ll be perfectly located along the path of the race.
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Register to See Why Our Attendees Love LSVA!

Top notch, fantastic. I was really dreading this because I dislike CE environments but really enjoyed.

I learned SO much about myself and feel empowered to make real changes in my life.

I felt it was very well organized and I felt taken care of. Julie was an excellent speaker and I enjoyed the content very much.

I couldn’t imagine the program running any smoother.

More dates! More events! Love these & I will be back! THANK YOU!

Excellent conference!!! Much more intimate than the large conferences.

I love that we wrote and expressed rather than just taking in material. This was interactive for real.

It was such a well thought out conference. Well done.

Don't forget to add Guest Registrations, if you need them!

Don’t leave your friends or significant other alone all weekend! Invite them to attend the event with you. Guests with valid, paid registration are welcome to enjoy included meals, refreshments, snacks, and any included social events. Guests are also welcome to visit exhibits, but may not be permitted to enter all giveaways/contests associated with exhibits. Guests are not permitted to attend the educational program. Exceptions may be made for presentations delivered during a meal time.

*Please note, the Embassy Suites Brooks Hotel and Spa offers complimentary breakfast to all overnight guests, regardless of their conference registration status.

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December 4-5, 2020 Veterinarians
$ 325.00
December 4-5, 2020: Vet Tech
$ 244.00
December 4-5, 2020 Guest Registration
$ 75.00