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”!
Schedule: Fri. – Sun., Aug. 4 – 6
Friday Aug. 4th
6:30-8:30 pm Social
Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at St. Clair Country Club, 2300 Old Washington Rd, Pittsburgh, PA and hear GHI’s President and Executive Director speak about the accomplishments of 2016 and the goals set for 2017. RSVP is required.
Dress attire is business casual.
Live and Silent Auctions
Each bid helps further The Greyhound Health Initiative’s mission to improve Sighthound health on a global scale. Your gift could help mend a broken legs, provide life-saving
educational opportunities, or even help find a cure for cancer. (payment options for auction items include PayPal, Cash, Check, and Credit Card. All transactions are in USD).
Saturday Aug. 5th
|8:00 AM||Registration with Coffee, Tea, Juice & Fresh Fruit|
|8:30 AM||Speaker: Brian Collins GHI Executive Director.
Topic: The Greyhound Health Initiative Program Updates
|9:00 AM||Speaker: Dr. Guillermo Couto, DVM, DACVIM
|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
Topic: 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: Is the Scottish Deerhound just “a big greyhound”? breed standard lists its various points in order of importance. First on the list is this: “A Deerhound should resemble a rough-coated Greyhound of larger size and bone.” From a health perspective, this has led many people to think of Scottish Deerhounds as essentially big Greyhounds. I will speak to that assumption and point out ways in which it is true, and ways in which it isn’t.
|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
Topic: Q&A Session with Quest Speakers
|5:45 PM||Adjourned – Evaluations & Certificates
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 of the Greyhound Health Initiative Conference allowing everyone to stretch their legs and mingle. RSVP is required.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
Tickets include the Friday evening Social, the Greyt Roo Happy Hour, and a private tour of UVS, but please add the free RSVP tickets to your cart so we can keep an accurate headcount.
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: https://www.crowneplaza.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=cp&localeCode=en®ionCode=1&hotelCode=PITSO&_PMID=99801505&GPC=HOU&viewfullsite=true
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, instructions on each greyhounds acceptability’s with other dogs & breeds is left to the responsibility of each greyhound owner who makes a reservation.
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:
“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.”
“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!”
“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.”