IRIS Renal Week and Boot Camp 2020

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IRIS Renal Week and Boot Camp 2020 - RESCHEDULED

Renal Week: TBD
Renal Boot Camp: TBD
Time: TBD
Location: TBD
CE: (pending approval)

UPDATE 3/1/2021: Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, including adhering to social distancing and limiting public gathering, the Iris Renal Week and Boot Camp 2022 is postponed for the 2022/23 academic year. We will continue to post updated details and thank you for your understanding during this time.

UPDATE 3/16/2020: An email was sent on 3/13/2020 to all attendees with refund details. If you did not receive an email, please contact us at

UPDATE 3/7/2020: Due to the global situation with COVID-19 , the organizing committee of IRIS Renal Week has taken the difficult decision to postpone the IRIS Renal Week and Boot Camp (onsite and webinar). Attendees will receive an email with additional information. 

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2020 Information

The 3rd Biennial International Renal Interest Society (IRIS) Renal Week will be held March 16-19, 2020 on the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine campus.

The formal IRIS Renal Week meeting is followed by a two-and-a-half-day Boot Camp (March 19-21, 2020) for those seeking an introduction to extracorporeal therapies.  Both the IRIS Renal Week and Boot Camp provide extended hands-on opportunities for laboratory sessions demonstrating intermittent and continuous hemodialysis procedures, therapeutic apheresis, and evaluation of diagnostic kidney biopsies. 

The 2020 IRIS Renal Week and Boot Camp provide an outstanding opportunity to interact and engage with fellow colleagues with a devoted interest in nephrology and extracorporeal therapies.  Renal Week will stimulate the novice and the advanced learner. 


Webinar: A webinar option will be available for Renal Week and Boot Camp LECTURES ONLY (no labs). The webinar will be live (Pacific Standard Time) and interactive; it will count for full CE credit. No recording will be available for viewing after the event. If you have never attended a Zoom webinar before, test your computer or mobile device here.

RENAL WEEK (March 16-19, 2020) ONSITE: Lecture Only WEBINAR: Lecture Only
DVM: $570.00 $510.00
RVT $375.00 $300.00
Trainee $375.00 $300.00
Cost per Lab (Max of 4 labs per participant) $25.00 N/A
BOOT CAMP (March 19-21, 2020) ONSITE: Lecture and Labs WEBINAR: Lecture Only
DVM $350.00 $290.00


$260.00 $290.00
TRAINEE $260.00 $290.00

Scholarships are available. View Scholarship and Abstract Submission details below.

Change and cancellation policy:

  • Course cancellations and requests for course refunds received by email no later than February 16, 2020 (11:59 p.m. PST) will be processed with a $75.00 processing fee.
  • Course additions or changes (not cancellations) received by email no later than February 16, 2020 (11:59 p.m. PST) will be processed with a $20.00 processing fee.
  • All requests must be made in writing. Submit course cancellation request via email to

Renal Week Program: March 16-19, 2020

Renal Week Schedule (.pdf)


A highlight of Renal Week is the presentation of diverse laboratory/discussion sessions to compliment the lecture programming.  These interactive sessions provide direct demonstration of the principles and applications of extracorporeal therapies and procedural aspects of nephrology. 

This year there are 12 laboratory/discussion options presented on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Due to the limited space for most sessions, attendees are invited to enroll in 4 of the 12 options on a first-come-first-serve availability at registration. We regret that everyone will not be able to participate in some sessions, so register early to secure availability for your interest.

The three-and-a-half-day Renal Week program features topical issues including:

  • Phosphate and Calcium Feline Kidney Health
  • Juvenile Onset Chronic Kidney Disease
  • New Concepts on the Progression of CKD
  • Management of the Anemia of CKD
  • Exciting New Concepts in Extracorporeal Therapies
  • Updates on Agendas in Veterinary Nephrology

Extracorporeal Boot Camp: March 19-21, 2020

Boot Camp Schedule (.pdf)

The Extracorporeal Boot Camp is a traditional complement to Renal Week providing an introduction and overview of hemodialysis, CRRT, and therapeutic apheresis to the newcomer with a burgeoning interest or curiosity about extracorporeal therapies. This year, Boot Camp will immediately follow the Renal Week program: Thursday, March 19-Saturday, March 21, 2020.

The 2 ½-day program features lecture instruction on:

  •  Principles and indications for extracorporeal therapy
  • Extracorporeal modalities and fundamentals of dialysis prescription
  • Vascular access and anticoagulation
  • Introduction to therapeutic apheresis
  • Complications and outcomes of hemodialysis
  • Water requirements for hemodialysis

The lecture instruction will be available as a webinar to those who cannot attend in person. (Webinar option does not include labs).  For those who attend onsite, the instruction will be enriched by a series of interactive laboratory sessions on Friday and Saturday afternoon illustrating the principles, techniques, and equipment of modern veterinary hemodialysis, hemoperfusion, and therapeutic apheresis.  Attendees for Boot Camp are encouraged to register for Renal Week for additional topics, instruction, and interactive sessions in nephrology and extracorporeal therapy. Some of the laboratory sessions for Boot Camp are similar to those presented at Renal Week, which will have limited registration.  Boot Camp attendees will have expanded opportunity to explore these additional laboratory offerings at Renal Week. 


On behalf of the International Renal Interest Society (IRIS), Hemodialysis Academy and Nephrology Knowledge, the 2020 IRIS Renal Week is pleased to announce the availability of scholarship opportunities  to support travel cost and registration for trainees engaged in nephrology or extracorporeal therapies at the 2020 Renal Week and Boot Camp. APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

IRIS will follow up directly with applicants. Please contact Dr. Cowgill, if you have questions about your submission.

There are two opportunities for trainee support:

  • RENAL WEEK SCHOLARSHIP (click to expand)
  • The Renal Week/Boot Camp Scholarship covers registration fees for Renal Week and/or Boot Camp as well as up to $750.00 to each recipient to defray air travel and accommodation costs. Applications now closed. Applicants for Renal Week Scholarships must document they are actively engaged in a clinical or graduate training program and have a demonstrated interest in nephrology or extracorporeal therapies.

    Scholarships will cover:

    ► Renal Week and/or Boot Camp registration fees: Recipients will have their registration fees generously covered by the UC Davis Hemodialysis Academy.
    — Recipients who have not yet registered will receive a code to use when registering to waive their registration fee.

    — Recipients who have already registered online through the registration system will have their registration fee directly refunded to their original form of payment.  Refunds can only be made to the original form of payment.

    ► Travel expenses up to $750.00: generously mutually covered by the UC Davis Hemodialysis Academy and the International Renal Interest Society (IRIS).
    — Travel expense reimbursement requires submission of receipts covering approved expenses (airfare/lodging) directly to IRIS. Selected recipients will receive detailed instructions directly from IRIS.



Share your research at Renal Week with opportunities for poster or oral presentations. IRIS Renal Week invites submission of abstracts pertaining to kidney disease or extracorporeal therapies from all attendees. The deadline for abstract submission extended to January 31, 2020. 

  • ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS (click to expand)
  • Applications now closed.  Authors will be notified of acceptance by the first week in February.  Abstracts may be selected for oral presentation (12 minutes with 3 minutes for questions) or poster presentation.

    RESIDENTS, FELLOWS AND TRAINEES: The registration fee for Renal Week will be waived for residents and fellows (and other selected trainees) whose abstract is accepted for oral or poster presentation, courtesy of NEPHROLOGY KNOWLEDGE. 

    Residents, Fellows and Other Trainees who have their abstract submissions accepted:
    If you have not yet registered, you will receive a code to use when registering to waive the registration fee.
    If you have already registered online through the registration system, you will have your registration fee directly refunded to your original form of payment.  Refunds can only be made to the original form of payment.


TURKOVICH WINERY SIGNRenal Week Attendees: Join us for an elegant, yet relaxed, dinner at a local winery in beautiful Winters, CA. Chartered transportation (included in your ticket price) will be provided to the Turkovich Family Winery, located just 25 minutes from Davis, with beautiful views of the Vaca mountains. The winery produces “quality small-lot wines from the best vineyards in Western Yolo County.” Read more at the Turkovich Family Wines website.

The evening will begin with appetizers and a selection of Turkovich Family Wines for tasting. Following the tasting, their wines will be paired with a 4-course dinner, provided family style in their barrel room. 

Space is limited to 70 people, first come, first served. Renal Week attendees, and up to one guest, can select this option during online registration.

We hope you will join us for this special event!


The Renal Week and Boot Camp is held at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, in Davis, CA, USA. The UC Davis campus provides an exceptional venue for delivery of the state-of-the-art presentations and diverse laboratories offered at Renal Week.  Located in the heart of northern California, UC Davis also provides break away opportunities for the Napa and Sonoma wine valleys, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, and the beautiful north coast of California.  The excitement of the educational content will be complimented by the camaraderie of fellow nephrologist and a variety of extracurricular activities. 


Discounted group lodging is available at the following local hotels. Use the group link to book your discounted reservation by the cut-off date.

Aggie Inn
Group rate: $154.00/night; book by 2/2/2020; Make a reservation

Best Western Plus Palm Court Hotel
Group rate: $189.00/night; book by: 2/20/2020; Make a reservation

Hyatt Place UC Davis
Group rate: $182.00; book by 2/16/2020
Call hotel  (530-756-9500) and ask for the "Renal Week and Boot Camp" group rate or Make a Reservation. Dates available between 3/15 - 3/21/20. 

University Park Inn
Group rate: $134.00/night
; book by 2/2/2020
Call hotel (530-756-0910) and ask for the “Renal Week” group rate.

Other Lodging Options:
Find additional info on lodging here. Find information on visiting UC Davis here.


Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the course, as well as during the course. Additional transportation options and directions can be found here.

In accordance with University policy and copyright law, the University prohibits distributing and/or posting on the internet any content from this conference/symposium/session without the explicit permission of the instructor.


2020 IRIS Renal Week Corporate Partners



Hemodialysis Academy logo        IDEXX logo


Antech logo

Boehringer Ingelheim logo       


Aimalojic logo

Nephrology Knowledge



Elias Animal Health logo    Kindred Bioscience logo         MILA Logo      Purina logo    Scout Bio logo


For information on the program content, please contact Dr. Larry D. Cowgill, DVM, PhD, DACVIM,  IRIS Renal Week Chair.
Questions regarding the course logistics: contact the Center for Continuing Professional Education.