ISHWC — Aug. 4-6

The International Sighthound Health & Wellness Conference

The International Sighthound Health & Wellness Conference in McMurray, PA, brings together a unique group of veterinary professionals and specialists in the Sighthound community. Internationally trained guest speakers will share their wide-ranging knowledge with our attendees. You cannot see this group of speakers together anywhere else!

Presented by the Greyhound Health Initiative in partnership with University Veterinary Specialists, the conference will provide valuable medical information for Sighthound owners, veterinarians and technicians involved in the care of Sighthounds.

Note: Because CE credits will be available for Veterinarians and Technicians the conference will be presented at the level of the general veterinary practitioner. There will be a Q&A session at the end. Share this with your vet if you want them to become more “sighthound-savvy”!

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Schedule: Fri. – Sun., Aug. 4 – 6

Friday Aug. 4th

6:30 – 8:30pm Greyt Roo Happy Hour
Back by popular demand! Join us for drinks and appetizers at The Saloon of Mt Lebanon, 622 Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15228 (Roof Top Patio – Weather Permitting). The Greyt Roo Happy Hour Social is a gathering of attendees, speakers and hosts the evening before the Greyhound Health Initiative Conference allowing everyone to meet and mingle. Please add the RSVP to your cart at checkout.

Saturday Aug. 5th

8am – 6pm Lectures
Hosted at University Veterinarian Specialists (UVS) – 2810 Washington Rd, McMurray, PA

8:00 AM Registration with Coffee, Tea, Juice & Fresh Fruit
8:30 AM Speaker: Brian Collins GHI Executive Director.
The Greyhound Health Initiative Program Updates
9:00 AM Speaker: Dr. Guillermo Couto, DVM, DACVIM
10:00 AM BREAK
10:30 AM Speaker:  From UVS (TBD)
11:30 PM LUNCH (Box Lunches – Vegan Option Available)
12:30 PM Speaker: Dr. Nancy Brock DVM, DACVAA
A review of anesthesia best practices for Greyhounds with an emphasis on anxiety management, hyperthermia and hyperkalemia issue.
1:30 PM Speaker: ‏Dr. Jon Dyce DVM MA, VetMB, MRCVS, DSAO Diplomate ACVS
2:30 PM Speaker: Dr. John E. Dillberger DVM, Ph.D., DACVP, DABT, FIATP
Topic: Scottish Deerhounds – The breed standards and unique medical differences, and similarities, with Greyhounds.
3:30 PM BREAK (Piccadilly Ice Cream Social – Vegan Option Available)
4:15 PM Speaker: Dr. Guillermo Couto, DVM, DACVIM
5:15 PM Speaker: Dr. Guillermo Couto, DVM, DACVIM
Q&A Session with Quest Speakers
5:45 PM Adjourned – Evaluations & Certificates 

Photo Op

6:30 – ?
After the conference Saturday evening you will be free to explore the beautiful area of the South Hills or travel 10 minutes north to Pittsburgh to take in all of the exciting activities the city has to offer.

Sunday Aug. 6th 

9:00am Behind The Scenes Tour
Sunday all guests are invited for private, behind-the-scenes tours of the UVS facility starting at 9:00 am. Small group tours will start in 15 minute intervals based on attendance.
RSVP is appreciated.

9:30 – 11:30 Hematology Lab [Note: Times are not firm yet]
For veterinarians and technicians only. A two-hour demonstration and hands-on hematology lab (using the PCDx ProCyte and projection microscope to correlate dot plots with smears) presented by Dr. Couto and sponsored by Idexx. Limited seating available.
Separate registration is required: please email 

Guest Speakers:

  • Dr. E. John Dilberger, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP, DABT, FIATP
  • Dr. Nancy Brock DVM, DACVAA
  • Dr. Guillermo Couto, DVM, DACVIM 
  • Dr. Jon Dyce, MA, VetMB, MRCVS, DSAO Diplomate ACVS

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Tickets include the Friday evening Greyt Roo Happy Hour, all lectures and a private tour of UVS, but please add the free RSVP tickets to your cart so we can keep an accurate headcount.

Accommodation Options

Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/Southpointe
Address: 1000 Corporate Dr. Canonsburg, PA 15317
Phone: (724) 743-5000
Room Rates: $119- $129
Booking Code: GHI

Mariott Springhill Suites Mt. Lebanon
Address: 611 Washington Rd, Mt Lebanon, PA 15228
Phone: (412) 563-6300
Suite Rates: $149
Booking Code: Greyhound Health Conference (All reservation must be received no later than July 4th, 2017)
Continental Breakfast Included

Crowne Plaza Suites Pittsburgh South
Address: 164 Fort Couch Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15241
Phone: (412) 833-5300
Room Rates: $125 + Pet Deposit per Stay: 45 USD (A pet waiver must be signed at check in.
Booking Code: The Greyhound Health Initiative (All reservation must be received no later than July 5th, 2017)
On Line Booking:
Pet Friendly (Read their rules carefully. The weight limit of 50 pounds per pet has been waived for our event, max 2 pets per room.)


Pittsburgh International Airport is the closest airport to the event, approximately 24 Miles from the UVS facility.

Pet Boarding Accommodations

Pets will not be able to come to the conference itself, but there is a boarding facility just blocks from the event. Arrangements can be made directly with Nemacolin Wooflands Pet Care Center. Neither GHI nor UVS are endorsing Nemacolin, we are just providing the information as a courtesy.

Nemacolin Wooflands Pet Care Center
Address: 3109 Washington Rd, McMurray, PA 15317
Phone: (724) 942-3333

Here’s what people have said about our previous conferences:

Joseph wrote;
“Had a greyt time at this year’s event. We plan on returning next year. The presenters were fantastic making themselves available to individuals for as long as it took. FANTASTIC event.”

Beth wrote;
“The event was just great. Loved all the speakers and it was really fun to meet people I know from Facebook.”

Dr. Bill Feeman, DVM wrote;
“I just attended this conference and just wanted to share that the group did a greyt job putting together a lot of fun activities with some greyt education. Would highly recommend it for anyone for next year! Corns were discussed several times and one of the veterinarians that presented is going to try a new novel therapy that sounds promising. I would bet only those that attended the conference even know about it (and now anyone reading this). Anyway, keep it in mind for next year… greyt education and fun!”

Shelley wrote;
“LOVED this weekend … It was a highlight not just of the summer, but of the entire last year! Thanks to everyone for making this event happen.”

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