UC Davis on the Road: San Diego Fall Symposium

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Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023 
Time: 8:00am - 4:45pm (PDT)
CE Credit: Up to 7.5 hrs 
Location: Hybrid - San Diego Humane Society and Live via Webinar


Registration Deadlines
On-Site: October 8, 2023 at 5pm (PDT)
Webinar: October 19, 2023 at 5pm (PDT)



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Join the Center for Continuing Professional Education as we head down to southern California! This year's Fall Symposium will be held in San Diego at the San Diego Humane Society on October 21, 2023. We will be featuring expert speakers who will be discussing an array of topics from urinary tract infection to shelter medicine and cardiology. During the conference, the San Diego Humane Society will be providing two tours to look at their Behavior Center and San Diego Humane Society Veterinary Hospital. Pre-registration is required for the tours, register early to secure your spot!


Register early for the biggest savings!

  • ON-SITE 
    Register by September 3, 2023
    September 4, 2023 - October 8, 2023


    $249.00 $299.00
    Registered Veterinary Technician/Veterinary Assistant $199.00  $249.00
    Hospital Staff (No CE) $169.00 $219.00

    UCD SVM Employee & Student

    • Veterinarian $199.00
      RVT/Veterinary Assistant $169.00
      Hospital Staff (No CE) $139.00
      Student $25.00
    Veterinarian $199.00
    RVT/Veterinary Assistant $169.00
    Hospital Staff (No CE) $139.00
    Student $25.00
    Register by September 3, 2023
    September 4, 2023 - October 19, 2023
    Veterinarian $199.00 $249.00
    Registered Veterinary Technician/Veterinary Assistant $149.00 $199.00
    Hospital Staff (No CE) $119.00 $169.00
    Veterinary or RVT Student $69.00 $69.00

    UCD SVM Employee & Student

    • Veterinarian $149.00
      RVT/Veterinary Assistant $119.00
      Hospital Staff (No CE) $80.00
      Student $15.00
    • Veterinarian $149.00
      RVT/Veterinary Assistant $119.00
      Hospital Staff (No CE) $80.00
      Student $15.00


CCPE & 75th logo

In honor of our 75th Anniversary, we are providing the following registration discount.

San Diego County Veterinary Medical Association Members: Receive $75 off for DVM and Registered Veterinary Technician on-site registration. Please email Michelle Hornick at sdcvmaMichelle@aol.com for additional information.

UC Davis Alumni and Emeriti: Receive $75 off early bird and standard fee for DVM on-site registration. Please email the CCPE office at svmcontinuinged@ucdavis.edu for promo code.

  • Laura Harlan Backus MPH, DVM, PhD, DACVPM
  • Laura Backus

    Dr. Laura Backus completed her bachelor’s degree, master’s in public health, and veterinary medicine degrees at Colorado State University. After practicing small animal medicine for a few years, she went on to pursue a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis with Dr. Janet Foley.

    Her doctoral and post-doctoral research there focused on tick-borne diseases that are shared between humans and animals, particularly Rocky Mountain spotted fever. Through this research and related projects, she had the opportunity to work with tick-borne rickettsial pathogens of domestic dogs and wildlife throughout southern California and Baja California, Mexico. She is currently an Assistant Professor at CalPoly in San Luis Obispo, CA.
  • Jeannine Berger DVM, DACVB, DACAW, CAWA
  • Jeannine Berger

    Dr. Jeannine Berger obtained her veterinary degree and completed her doctoral thesis in Zurich, Switzerland. In 1998 she moved to California to work at UC Davis, where she held multiple positions within the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology.

    Dr. Berger is a strategic leader and one of the few veterinarians that is double boarded with the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists as well as the American College for Animal Welfare. She has over 30 years of proven experience in animal welfare with a track record of simultaneously improving animal well-being and operational efficiency. She has a passion for behavior medicine and welfare with success in public speaking, research and leadership. In 2019 she was awarded the Bronze Medal for Global Animal Welfare by the World Veterinary Association for her excellent contributions to promoting the welfare of animals.
  • Janet Foley DVM, PhD
  • Janet Foley

    Dr. Janet Foley is a veterinarian and disease ecologist who leads tick research at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine/CDC Pacific Southwest Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease. She studies the interface of human, wildlife, and domestic animal disease through field, epidemiological, and mathematical modeling approaches. Her over-arching research goals are to understand tick-borne disease persistence in ecologically complex communities, and to improve human, animal, and ecosystem health.

    Principle research projects include the ecology of RMSF at the US-Mexico border and changes to tick-borne disease ecology associated with controlled burns and wildfire. Her laboratory also aims to provide excellence in mentorship of junior scientists, particularly women and populations that are traditionally marginalized in science. She supports post-doctoral scholars, graduate students in Ecology, Epidemiology, Preventive Veterinary Medicine (PVM), and undergraduate interns; she also serves as Chair of the PVM graduate group.
    Dr. Foley has published more than 250 peer-reviews scientific papers including reviews and book chapters on numerous tick-borne diseases including RMSF. She has received and managed funding for tick-borne disease research from NIH, CDC, and private corporations and non-profit foundations. As tick lead at PacVec, she is responsible for outreach and education to the public and medical professionals, liaises with public health and vector control scientists, supervises training and recruitment of junior scientists in medical entomology and epidemiology, and performs research to advance the mission of protecting people from tick-borne disease.
  • Joao Orvalho DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)
  • Joao Orvalho

    A Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Cardiology), Dr. Joao Orvalho is a graduate of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Lisbon, Portugal. He completed a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at The Ohio State University, and a residency in veterinary cardiology at the University of California, Davis.

    After completing his residency, Dr. Orvalho joined the faculty of the UC Veterinary Medical Center - San Diego as a specialist in clinical cardiology. Dr. Orvalho’s expertise includes non-invasive techniques such as echocardiography, electrocardiography, and cardiac angiography.

    He is especially interested in interventional cardiology, including pacemaker implantation, balloon valvuloplasty, and patent ductus arteriosus occlusion. His research has been focused on real time three-dimensional echocardiography, cardiorenal syndrome and pulmonary hypertension as well as medical and surgical therapies that improve the quality of life of patients with heart disease.

  • Jodi Westropp DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Internal Medicine)
  • Jodi Westropp
    Dr. Jodi Westropp is the director of the Center for Continuing Professional Education, and the G.V. Ling Urinary Stone Analysis Laboratory. She did her undergraduate work at The Ohio State University and stayed at Ohio State to complete her veterinary degree in 1997. She then moved to NYC for a one-year internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center and returned to Ohio State for her internal medicine residency and PhD. She was board certified in veterinary medicine in 2001 and completed her PhD in 2004. She is currently a professor in the Department of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Her primary research focus is lower urinary tract disorders in dogs and cats.
  • Diccon Westworth BVSc, DACVIM (Neurology)
  • Diccon Westworth
    Dr. Diccon Westworth graduated from the University of Melbourne as a veterinarian in 1995. For the first two years, he worked in small animal private practice and then took to the wilds of Uganda to work with Chimpanzees. Later he returned to small animal practice in Australia and did a surgical internship in Sydney. Following this he completed his residency training in Neurology/Neurosurgery at the University of California, Davis. He has worked in specialty private practice since 2006 in Sonoma County. Following years of a long commute and reading Under the Sky We Make written by Kimberly Nicholas a climate scientist from Sonoma County, he soon realized the carbon impact he was having and began to learn everything he could about living and working more sustainably. Dr. Westworth is a director at the US-based Veterinary Sustainability Alliance and is leading efforts in the clinical sustainability domain to facilitate bringing people together and uniting them with a single purpose of fighting the existential problem that threatens us all - anthropogenic climate change; and most importantly highlighting methods to limit our ecological and carbon footprint, so we can all flourish sustainably.

Conference Venue Information


San Diego Humane Society

Address: 5500 Gaines St, San Diego, CA 92110

The San Diego Humane Society (SDHS) will be providing two tours during the conference at selected times. RSVP for the Behavior or San Diego Humane Society Veterinary Hospital Tour during registration. Limited spots available. Register early to secure your spot in one of the two tours!

San Diego Humane Society's mission is the desire to prevent animal suffering and promote compassion and respect to create a more humane world. In keeping with this mission, we are committed to serving a vegetarian menu at our conference. To learn more about SDHS, visit them at www.sdhumane.org.

Preferred Hotel

Kona Kai Resort & Spa

Address: 1551 Shelter Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92106

Stay at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa at a discounted group rate of $269.00 per night while you are in San Diego for the conference! Review the information below for hotel details and secure your hotel reservation now!

During your stay, you will have access to Kona Kai's resort amenities: pool, cruiser bikes (first 2 hours complimentary), private beach, and SpaTerre & Fitness Center. 

The resort is pet friendly and invites your four-legged friends to enjoy the hosPETality at their Shelter Island Oasis. They allow up to two 65 lbs dogs with a non-refundable fee of $100 for up to 3 nights or $150 for 4-7 nights. 

  • Standard Deluxe Guestrooms Rate: $269.00 per night
  • A charge of $20.00 will be added for each additional person sharing a guestroom. Children eighteen (18) years of age and younger may share the same room with their parents at no additional charge. Room rates do not include taxes or fees, which will be added at the time of payment.
  • Room Reservation Deadline:
  • Availability of hotel rooms will be limited with the discount rate and is a first come first serve. Book by Sunday, September 10, 2023.
  • Reservation Link:
  • Secure your hotel stay at Konai Kai now:

  • Check In and Check Out Times: 
  • Check-in Time: 4:00pm
    Check-out Time: 11:00am
  • Resort Fee: 
  • The above rooms are subject to a $45.00 per room, per night resort fee which includes but is not limited to:

    Wi-Fi access
    Access to complimentary cruiser bikes
    Private beach access
    Beach cabana access
    Nightly bonfires
    Pool towel service
    Fitness Center and locker room
    More than 25 weekly fitness classes
    Steam/Sauna Room Access
    Priority Reservations at SpaTerre
    Complimentary add-on service for any SpaTerre treatment booked valued at $25 or more and a glass of bubbly
    Access to Tesla charging stations
    Assorted lawn games
    Morning coffee and signature-infused water station in lobby living room
    Water refill stations
    Discounted access to the San Diego Zoo or Wild Animal Park tickets
    25% off signature S’mores Kit
    20% off the purchase of the plush Kona Kai Mascot, ‘Kona’
    20% off Cabana Rentals
    15% off Action Sports Rentals

  • Early Departure Fee:

  • Please be advised that if you depart before the confirmed departure date, a one-night room charge plus tax will be assessed. The hotel will reconfirm departure date upon your arrival.

  • Parking: 

  • Twenty-four-hour self-parking is for overnight Hotel guests with in and out privileges. Your event parking fee will be $45.00 per car, per night. Parking rates are subject to change.

  • Smoking Policy:

  • The Hotel is a non-smoking hotel. In accordance with State law, smoking is permitted only outdoors and must be 25 feet away from public entrances and air intakes.

A registration refund will be made, less a $35.00 processing fee, if the cancellation request is received two weeks before the program start date, otherwise, a refund will be made, less a $75.00 processing fee. Registration is non-refundable after the program start date. All requests must be made in writing. Submit cancellation request via email to svmcontinuinged@ucdavis.edu. 
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