Small Animal Lake Louise Powder Adventure

Small Animals

Date: Sat 29th Jan 2022 - Thu 3rd Feb 2022
Venue: Fairmont Château Lake Louise, Alberta ****
Location: Lake Louise, Banff National Park, AB (Calgary International Airport)
Contact Hours: 20 (RACE approval pending)
Event Language: English
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
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1 Vet – 5-Day Half-Board & Lectures USD 2690.00
USD 2960.00
1 Vet & 1 non-Vet Guest - 5-Day Half-Board USD 3540.00
USD 3890.00
2 Vets - Shared room, 5-Day Half-Board & Lectures USD 4490.00
USD 4940.00
1 Vet – Happy Hours & Lectures USD 1270.00
USD 1395.00
1 Vet & 1 non-Vet Guest – Happy Hours & Lectures USD 1550.00
USD 1695.00
Early Booking Deadline: Sunday 12th September 2021
Registration Deadline: Thursday 30th September 2021

* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending events abroad and for all attendees when attending events in the UK.


Sat 29 Jan - Thu 3 February, 2022 - 5 Days of Lectures, Practical Sessions & Amazing Skiing



Riding untamed drifts of deep, untouched powder is the Holy Grail for most skiing/snowboarding enthusiasts.  Canada’s Rocky Mountains are known for huge annual snowfalls, great powder-producing conditions and long seasons.  Surrounded by some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world, the iconic Fairmont Château Lake Louise**** is nestled in a secluded location deep within Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The Château is enveloped by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake with the natural beauty of this destination permeating every nook of the historic resort. 

With 139km/87miles of slopes, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in the Rocky Mountains (1646m - 2637m / 5,400ft - 8,650ft) and the first Downhill race of the annual FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup circuit.


The unique layout allows families and groups of varying abilities to ski together; there are beginner, intermediate and expert runs down from every chair. Beginners and intermediate skiers have access to an abundance of gentle slopes and long cruising runs. Experts can explore endless powder chutes, glades, gullies and remote bowls in some of the Rockies’ most challenging terrain. 

VetPD has combined an exhilarating 5-day Powder Event combining a total of 5 days of skiing/snowboarding/alternative outdoor activities, cutting-edge lectures / case discussions and practical sessions / wetlabs on on live dogs & specimens  for attendees to choose from. This will provide attendees with a total of 20 hrs of CE (RACE approval pending).  The following internationally renowned speakers will be responsible for the lectures/wetlabs that are aimed at experienced general and advanced practitioners: Dr. Ross Palmer, DACVS (Colorado State University), Dr. Bobbi Conner DACVECC (University of Florida) & Dr. Ryan King DACVR (Tufts University).

From Sunday – Wednesday attendees can choose from two streams of lectures between 7.00 - 9.00am, which will be followed by skiing/snowboarding/alternative outdoor activities between 9.00am - 4.00pm.  Every day there will be a Powder Happy Hour between 3.30 - 4.00pm as a preamble to the two streams of lectures and wetlabs that will unfold between 4.00 - 7.00pm.  Evenings will be reserved for leisurely wining and dining, to meet up with old friends and to make new ones.

During the event open and frank discussions are encouraged and the speakers will share helpful tips & tricks and their personal experiences with attendees, be it successes or failures.  There will be plenty of opportunities to discuss diagnostic/therapeutic strategies and cases with the speakers during the lectures or the dedicated case discussions.

The practical sessions will give attendees plenty of opportunity to put theory into practice on live horses in small groups, all under the supervision of the specialists.


  • Fractur Treatment in General Practice
  • Point of Care Fast Ultrasound
  • Thoracic Radiography
  • Cruciate Ligament Disease & Extracapsular Suture Stifle Stabilization
  • Abdominal Ultrasound
  • Emergency & Critical Care
  • Abdominal Radiography
  • Orthopedics
  • Interactive Emergency & Critical Care Case-Discussions
  • Interactive Ultrasound & Radiography Case-Discussions


  • Point of Care Fast Ultrasound 
  • The Complete Abdominal Ultrasound Exam 
  • Emergency & Critical Care Procedures
  • Extracapsular Lat. Suture Stabilization of the Stifle 

*  Subject to minimum number of wetlab participants. The limited wetlab spaces are charged separately and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

The event will finish on Thursday morning, allowing attendees to fit in a 5th day of skiing before flying out from Calgary in the evening.  

Alternative Outdoor Activities on offer include:

  • Backcountry Off-Piste Excursions
  • Heliskiing
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Ice Skating / Hockey
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snow Trekking / Winter Hiking
  • Dog sledding in Banff National Park
  • Sleigh rides
  • Sledding, Tobogganing & Tubing  
  • Banff Upper Hot Springs
  • Horse Back Excursions
  • Ice Climbing/Walking
  • Ice Fishing 
  • Winter Paragliding

The event fee includes 5 nights of accommodation, half-board (breakfast & dinner, incl. one soft drink per meal), lecture refreshments, daily Powder Happy Hour incl. alcoholic drinks, transfers to and from the ski slopes, all lecture attendance.  The event fee does not include wetlab attendance, ski pass, costs for alternative outdoor activities, airport transfers or flights. Attendees can choose to stay in a single room or can share a room with another attendee at a reduced price.  Vets are also welcome to attend the event with a partner/guest (special guest price available). Early event registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places. If attendees wish to extend their stay, contact for prices.

Ski-Pass Prices 2019/2020

Ski-Pass Type   Lake Louise only    The Big 3 (Lake Louise, Banff Sunshine Village & Mt. Norquay)
3-Day     $350
4-Day     $450
5-Day     $545




Additional Terms & Conditions:

  1. VetPD Ltd, accepts liability for the event program only (lectures & practical sessions)
  2. Liability for accommodation, meals, happy hour, ski slope transfers and all other pre-booked components rest with the Fairmont Château Lake Louise. Cancellation of these components of the event is subject to the Terms and Conditions of the Fairmont Château Lake Louise (see here for further details).
  3. Attendees are expected to take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance in the event of unforeseen circumstances leading to attendees falling ill, suffering a skiing accident or having to cancel their trip.


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    Bobbi Conner
    DVM, Dipl.ACVECC

    American Specialist in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care
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    A professor of Veterinary Medicine and Critical Care at the University of Florida, Dr. Bobbi Conner is passionate about keeping animals healthy. Bobbi is ACVECC board-certified in veterinary emergency and critical care and specializes in emergency care for small animals. Bobbi also loves spending time with her cat, Moter. As both an animal lover and veterinarian, she offers invaluable insight into determining the optimal care for all your furry family members.

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    Ross Palmer
    DVM, MS, Dipl.ACVS

    United States

    American Specialist in Veterinary Surgery
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    Dr. Palmer's research is directed toward disease/injury of the canine/human knee, cartilage repair and bone healing. He has mentored numerous recipients of the Best Clinical Research Award and Mark Bloomberg Resident Research Award from the Veterinary Orthopedic Society. He has research collaborations with Harvard Childrens’ Hospital, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, the University of Colorado, the University of Kansas as well as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) and numerous human and veterinary corporations. He is a board member of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, the North American Veterinary Conference and the Veterinary Surgery Journal. He has been an invited speaker at conferences throughout the US, Europe, South America, Africa, Russia and China. He is the founder of the Complete Course on External Skeletal Fixation now in its 20th year of educating veterinarians from around the world.

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    Ryan King

    United States

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    Ryan King, a loyal and eternal Canadian, got his DVM degree from Atlantic Veterinary College in 2002 before migrating to the Boston area for a rotating internship at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine.  Tufts appears to have been suckered into keeping him for a residency, which he completed in 2006. Being a glutton for punishment, he joined the faculty and has not been able to find his way out. 

    Since 2006, Ryan has been working at a Tufts owned referral hospital as well as at the main campus. He is heavily involved in the residency training program, clinical rotation teaching, and lectures to the 1st and 2nd year DVM students. 

    Ryan has lectured and guided labs nationally and internationally for over 200 hours on radiography and ultrasound for general practitioners and specialists including VMX, CVC, WVC, VOS, VCS, and ACVECC meetings.

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Event Program

Fairmont Château Lake Louise, Alberta ****


Fairmont Château Lake Louise
111 Lake Louise Drive
Lake Louise
AB, T0L 1E0


Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
111 Lake Louise Drive
Lake Louise
AB T0L 1E0

Phone: 403-522-3511

Fax: 403-522-3834




Calgary International Airport (approx. 2h drive)


  • Take Airport Exit road to the first set of lights.
  • Turn left at the first set of lights. (Barlow Trail)
  • Turn left at the next set of lights. (Airport Road)
  • TransCanada Highway #1. You will exit from the right onto this exit ramp.
  • Continue on Highway#1 until you reach the Banff National Park entrance gates.
  • Once you have passed through the park gates, continue driving West until you reach the Lake Louise exit.
  • Turn left towards Village of Lake Louise, continue driving straight on Lake Louise Drive until you reach Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
  • A National Park Pass is required when entering Banff National Park. You can purchase your pass in advance here.

“A once-in-a-lifetime experience combining continuing education with adventure - very professional and flexible organisers.”

Tore Malmei, Veterinærene Nyland & Malmei, Norway

“Very well-organized event with superb wetlabs supervised by highly-dedicated speakers. Great spouse program!”

Päivi Nussbaumer, Clinique du Vieux Château, Swizterland

“Well organised, small initmate course with great academic content.”

Angela Rogers, Blue Hills Veterinary Hospital, South Africa

“Super meeting with vets all over the world, real holiday atmosphere, a congress I would book again anytime, Super staff and service of your team and Mongena, we really enjoyed it and still do.”

Michael Saxer

“Very good quality conference with amazing outside activities, great accommodation & food which made it a very enjoyable week. It is easy to very nice to meet the other attendees.”

Mailys Giradoux