2011 MVMA Winter Seminar
Vacation to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Outstanding speakers at an exciting venue
February 6-13, 2011
Back by popular demand, we return to the
luxurious and elegant Vallarta Palace Resort, located in beautiful
and exciting Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. There are few places to
experience sea, surf, sand, jungles, mountains, and rivers all in
one general location. Puerto Vallarta is one of them! The close
proximity of all these natural resources certainly qualifies
Vallarta as one of the most complete and interesting destinations in
all of Latin America. Add to this, the friendliness the city is so
famous for, the richness of the culinary offerings, and the breadth
of things to see and do, and you’re looking at one of the best
international vacations you can have! Tequila, Mariachis and charros
were all born in this exciting part of Mexico. Puerto Vallarta is
the safest city in Mexico and safer than most U. S. large cities!
One can stroll along the Malecon (boardwalk) with all of its
wonderful shops and eateries in downtown Vallarta any hour of the
day and feel completely safe. Nuerous galleries, restaurants, cafes
and unique gift shops can be found down the many cobblestone side
streets of the old town. A large flea market is located in the
center of Old Vallarta. The unique arts and crafts of the local
Indians, the Huichol, can also be purchased at their shops.
Fantastic marina’s abound just a short distance from the resort.
Situated just a short drive from the airport, the resort is located
on the longest and most beautiful beach of the entire Bay of
Banderas. To the east are the towering Sierra Madre Mountains. Here
laid back luxury and unhurried ambience blend with lavish
accommodations, exciting activities, exhilarating water sports,
delicious dining options and international nightly entertainment
offers something for everyone. The resort is all-inclusive. This
means all meals, all drinks, all snacks and a fully stocked
mini-bar, all non-motorized water sports, a miniature golf course
and tennis are all included. 24 hour room service is also available
at no additional cost. Choose from four different gourmet
restaurants and enjoy the fully equipped fitness center and spa.
Medical services are available 24 hours a day. The separate kids
club features a children’s playground and kids water sports as well
as activities such as craft making, dance classes, pool Olympics and
much more. Baby-sitters are available for infants & toddlers.
Other activities that are available at additional cost include
tours, whale-watching (which is at its height in February)
(participants on our last trip saw nearly 100 whales), sailing,
scuba, snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing, golfing at 5 different
championship golf courses, many types of excellent fishing,
horseback ridding and other activities outside the hotels grounds.
Tour Tequilatown or visit an ancient Huichol village. World class
shopping is just a short ride away. All of this and more can be
found in Puerto Vallarta.
All of the newly renovated guest rooms have ocean views, are air
conditioned, have double Jacuzzis, private terraces or balconies,
cable TV, telephones, wireless Internet services, safes, coffee
makers, hair dryers, mini refrigerators (fully stocked with soda,
alcoholic drinks and water at no cost), and full size ironing boards
A total of 20 seminar hours will be offered. The first speaker will
be Richard B. Ford, DVM, MS, Emeritus Professor of Medicine,
Diplomate ACVIM, Diplomate (Hon) ACVPM, North Carolina State
University, Raleigh, NC. Topics covered will include VACCINES AND
VACCINATION…Issues & Controversies, VACCINE-ADVERSE EVENTS,
Tick-Borne Disease: Ehrlichiosis & Lyme Borreliosis & Anaplasmosis,
Chronic Cough in the Dog, Updaate on Feline Leukemia (FeLV) and
Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), FIP: More Complex than We
Thought! , Feline Viral Upper Respiratory Infection: Why it
persists, Hyperlipidemic States in the Dog and Cat, and Infectious
The second speaker will be Bernie Hansen, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVECC,
Associate Professor, Critical Care and ICU at NC State University,
School of Veterinary Medicine will lecture on critical care and
emergency medicine including: Respiratory emergencies, interpreting
breathing, management of severe sepsis and septic shock. How to
safely perform some of the more common/important diagnostic and
therapeutic procedures in sick animals.
On February 6, 2011 participants will fly from various cities in the
United States to Puerto Vallarta. A bus or van will transport
participants from the airport to the hotel. Departure for home will
be on February 13th.
This all inclusive package price at the Vallarta Palace includes
accommodations, all transfers, service charges, taxes, baggage
handling & gratuities, all meals (breakfast, lunch & diner),
unlimited drinks, including liquor, beer, tropical coolers, house
wines, soft drinks and all resort taxes, gratuities and service
charges. It does not include airfare. We would be most happy to
arrange airfares from any city or you may make your own air
arrangements via the internet or using frequent flyer miles.
Cost of the 8 day, 7 night Winter Seminar Vacation at the
$ 1,995.00 pp double occupancy
(Ocean View Deluxe Room)
$ 995.00 pp third person over the
age of 17 sharing a room with 2 adults
$ 3,195.00 pp single occupancy
$ 675.00 pp children 4-17 years of
age sharing a room with 2 adults
$ 75.00 per child for transfers and
handling (children under 4 are free at the hotel)
Seminar registration fee is $295 for
veterinarians and $150 for recent graduates, veterinary technicians
and working spouses. This fee is applicable to those registered with
the group. Seminar fee for those not registered with the group is
Travel arrangements have been made
through Unique Seminar Destinations, P.O. Box 814, Richboro, PA
18954. Questions related to accommodations and/or flights may be
directed to USD by contacting them at 1-215-357-6820, fax
215-357-4847, or by e-mail at
Please complete the
enclosed registration form and return it
as soon as possible with the appropriate deposit check payable to
Unique Seminar Destinations. Please note on the check “MVMA Winter
Seminar”. A $750 deposit per adult and $300 per child is required to
reserve space for the Winter Seminar.
Space is limited. Please act quickly to avoid disappointment.
Last years vacation seminar was sold out.
Please read this, as it limits our responsibility.
The Maryland Veterinary Medical
Association, and Unique Seminar Destinations and/or its agents, act
only as agents for the client in all matters pertaining to travel.
They assume no responsibility nor liability in connection with the
service of any train, vessel, carriage, aircraft, motor or other
conveyances which may be used, either wholly or in part, in the
performance or its duty to the passenger; neither will it be
responsible for any act, error, or omission, or any injury, loss,
accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned by reason of
any defect in any vehicle or through the neglect or default of any
company or person engaged in conveying the passenger, or for any
hotel proprietor, or hotel service, or for any other person engaged
in carrying out the purpose of which tickets or coupons are issued.
In the event it becomes necessary or advisable for the comfort or
well being of the passengers, or for any reason whatsoever to alter
the itinerary or arrangements, such alterations may be made without
penalty to the operators. Additional expenses, if any, shall be
borne by the passengers; conversely refund will be made to the
passenger if any savings is effected thereby. The right is reserved
to withdraw any or all tours should conditions warrant, also to
decline to accept or retain any passengers as members of the tour.
All fares are subject to change do to
space availability, fuel surcharges, tariff regulations, currency
fluctuations, final itinerary and departure taxes.
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