Exclusive Small Animal Ski Adventure (Austrian Alps) - 5 Days of Lectures, Case-Discussions & Powder Skiing

Thu, 23 January, 2025 - Tue, 28 January, 2025


Small Animal

Contact Hours

18 Hours (RACE Approved)

Early Booking Deadline

Mon, 30 September, 2024

Registration Deadline

Fri, 18 October, 2024




Diagnostic Imaging

Emergency & Critical Care

Internal Medicine – Endocrinology, Haematology, Infectious Diseases, Parasitology & Oncology



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VetPD has combined an exhilarating 5-day-long skiing experience at the Spa Hotel Seiblishof ****  in Ischgl, near Innsbruck in the Austrian Alps, with a total of 24+ hours of skiing and 20 hours of cutting-edge lectures & case discussions (RACE-accredited) for attendees to choose from.

The following internationally renowned speakers will be involved with this event and are aiming their lectures at experienced general and advanced practitioners: Drs. Davina Anderson (DECVS, UK),  Penny Watson (DECVIM, UK) & Dan Lewis (DACVECC/ECVECC, UK).

Experience the pinnacle of winter wonder at Ischgl, Austria's premier ski resort, where breathtaking alpine landscapes meet world-class amenities. Nestled in the heart of the Austrian Alps, Ischgl is a haven for snow enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. With its extensive network of impeccably groomed slopes, state-of-the-art lifts, and a charming village atmosphere, Ischgl sets the stage for an unforgettable event. Whether you're an avid skier or simply looking to revel in the magic of the snow-covered mountains, Ischgl offers an unparalleled setting. Discover the perfect blend of adrenaline-pumping activities, cozy alpine hospitality, and après-ski delights that make Ischgl an ideal destination for your next event. Embrace the thrill of the slopes and the warmth of Austrian hospitality in a winter wonderland like no other.

From Fri – Mon there will be a total of 6-7 hrs of skiing per day with the lectures held between 7:00 - 9:00am and 4:00 - 7:00pm.  Every day attendees can choose from two streams of highly illustrated lectures (in English) on a wide range of current topics covering:

  • The Acute Abdomen: Critical Care and Exploratory Surgery
  • Hepatic Disease (incl. Biopsies, Medical & Surgical Management) 
  • Feline Medicine 
  • Soft Tissue Surgery: Oncologic, Wound Management, Abdominal 
  • Emergency & Critical Care incl. Nutrition 
  • Internal Medicine: Pancreatitis, Infectious Diseases 
  • Surgical Approach to BOAS care medicine.

The evenings will be free 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 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.

On Tuesday there won’t be any lectures or practical sessions, which will allow attendees and their partners/guests for a final dash on the piste before heading home.

*The event fee includes accommodation, breakfast & dinner (excluding drinks), all lectures as well as extensive event notes and a certificate of attendance. Attendees can choose to stay in a single room or can share a room with another attendee at a reduced price.  Attendees are also welcome to attend the event with a partner/guest (special guest price available).  The event fee does not include flights, airport transfers, ski-passes, lunch or alcoholic drinks. Rooms are allocated at the discretion of VetPD. Early event registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available.

Additional Terms & Conditions:

  1. VetPD Ltd, accepts liability for the event program only (lectures & practical sessions)
  2. Liability for accommodation, meals and all other pre-booked components rest with the Hotel Seiblishof Ischgl.
  3. Attendees are expected to take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance in the event of unforeseen circumstances leading to attendees falling ill or having to cancel their trip to Austria.

Following graduation in 1995 from The University of Cambridge, Dan worked in mixed practice for five years, where he gained the RCVS Certificate in Veterinary Anaesthesia. In 2000, he moved to Petmedics, a large hospital-based emergency clinic in Manchester, where he remained for eight years.

In 2008 Dan embarked upon a residency at The Royal Veterinary College, obtaining his Diploma in Emergency & Critical Care in 2011. Following this, Dan spent a period in charge of the ICU at Bristol vet school before returning to Petmedics. Dan joined the Vets Now 24/7 Emergency and Specialty Hospital, Glasgow in January 2015 as part of our existing ECC team and has since been promoted to National ECC Lead.

Dan is interested in all aspects of critical care, but particularly in septic patients and poorly cats.

Davina qualified from Cambridge in 1989 and 3 years in mixed and then small animal practice before deciding to specialise in Small Animal Surgery. She returned to Cambridge and was awarded a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Scholarship. She was awarded a PhD in epidermal stem cell biology in 1997, and stayed on to complete a residency in Small Animal Surgery and later a Lectureship position at the Queen’s Veterinary School Hospital, Cambridge.

Davina became a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2000 and achieved the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Soft Tissue Surgery in 2003. In 2006 she established a small animal referral hospital in Winchester which is now a large multi disciplinary hospital with significant clinical research output and trains Specialists in several disciplines. During this time she established internship and residency training programmes and developed an interest in mentoring and business management and development.

Davina has also been an examiner for the ECVS Diploma as well as a member of the ECVS Board of Regents, President and Chair of the ECVS. She has also been involved in undergraduate and post graduate veterinary and veterinary nursing teaching and examinations.

She has experience and expertise in a wide range of soft tissue surgery, but her particular interests are in the fields of oncologic and reconstructive surgery, wound management, clinical auditing and veterinary leadership and mentoring.

Penny graduated from Cambridge in 1989 and after spending 4 years in mixed first opinion practice, she returned to the medicine department and has stayed ever since. She has RCVS and ECVIM Diplomas in small animal medicine and is an RCVS and European recognized specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She also has a doctorate on chronic pancreatitis in dogs. She is interested in all areas of small animal internal medicine, with particular focus on chronic liver disease in dogs and cats and chronic pancreatitis in dogs.

Penny’s current research is focused on chronic pancreatitis in dogs, investigating potential mechanisms of disease in cavalier king Charles spaniels and English cocker spaniels. She is also actively investigating chronic hepatitis in dogs, particularly English Springer Spaniels and other breeds. She is always interested in hearing from referring vets about cases of chronic hepatitis or chronic pancreatitis in any breed of dog.

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Pasnatschweg 1


Spa Hotel Seiblishof Ischgl****

Pasnatschweg 1

6561 Ischgl


Tel: +43 (0)5444-5425

Fax: +43 (0)5444-5425-66



Innsbruck International Airport is approx. 2 hour drive from the hotel.


Features of Hotel Resort Seiblishof, Ischgl

• Ski in Location
• 300m to town centre
• Bar
• Lounge
• Wine cellar
• Regular live music
• À la carte steak and fondue restaurant
• Mountain Winter Spa with indoor pool with hydro-flow system, kids' splash pool with slide, water games, rain and waterfall showers, Kneipp basin, Finnish sauna, herbal steam bath, salt steam bath, infrared cabin, fresh air grotto and relaxation areas
• Fitness room
• Extra charge for spa treatments
• Children's soft play area with ball pit
• Extra charge for babysitting service
• Games room with table football and pinball
• Free WiFi and internet terminal
• Lift to all floors

• Weekly activity programme
• Toni's Adventureland with climbing wall and arts & crafts area
• Soft play area with slide and ball pit
• Playground


2024 Skipass Prices are as follows:


3-day: 198€

4-day: 246€

5-day: 299.50€

2025 Prices will be advised as soon as they become available

More information can be found here:


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1 Vet – 5-Day 5-Day Half-Board & Lectures

Destination Event

USD 4530.97

USD 4119.06

1 Vet & 1 non-Vet Guest - 5-Day Half-Board

Destination Event

USD 5365.62

USD 4877.83

2 Vets - Shared room, 5-Day Half-Board & Lectures

Destination Event

USD 7576.90

USD 6937.36

5 Days - Lectures Only

Lectures Only

USD 2373.88

USD 2157.09

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