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Registration Open Timeline:
Thursday, June 2: Priority Window
Wednesday, June 8:
** This module is now full. To be added to the module waitlist, follow the "Register Now" link below. **
(ACVIM Diplomates and candidates; previous ACVIM event attendees)
(No previous ACVIM Forum or ACE course attendance)
University of Florida | IFAS Extension Straughn Professional Development Center
2142 Shealy Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611
The University of Florida IFAS Extension Straughn Professional Development Center is conveniently located on the south side of University of Florida campus, next to the Animal Sciences Building and across Shealy Drive from the Vetmed Teaching Hospital. The Center is located 3 miles from the host hotels.
The ACVIM has negotiated rates at two local hotels near the University of Florida. Booking information will be available on your registration confirmation and on the registration website once available.
Holiday Inn Express Gainesville, I75
3370 SW 42nd Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32608
Residence Inn Gainesville, I75
3275 SW 40th Boulevard
Gainesville, FL 32608
Below are the closest airports to Gainesville, Florida:
Please view each airport’s website for further information, including ground transportation options.
The ACVIM considers the health and safety of all those who attend our ACE in-person courses our highest priority, including our attendees, sponsors and ACVIM staff. With your shared commitment and with the right processes in place, we are confident we can achieve a safe and viable return to in-person learning experiences.
The ACE Committee has been diligently monitoring the ongoing impact of COVID-19, including the latest developments around surges and variants. Although we are optimistic that we will be able to host ACE courses in-person, all courses are subject to change and/or cancellation. The ACVIM will keep all registered attendees informed should any such change and/or cancellation need to occur.
Live course participation: This program will be submitted for 16 hours of live, seminar/lecture and lab medical continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE-approval.
Sheila Carrera-Justiz, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Clinical Associate Professor and Service Chief
University of Florida
Sheila Carrera-Justiz is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida. She completed her DVM at the University of Florida in 2005, followed by a rotating small animal internship at the University of Missouri and a neurology specialty internship at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego. She then completed a residency in Neurology at Tufts University and attained board certification in 2010. She obtained the Neurosurgery Certificate of Training from the ACVIM in 2013. She spent a few years in private practice in Los Angeles before returning to UF to teach. Her professional interests lie in novel neurosurgical approaches, advanced imaging techniques and clinical teaching. In her free time, she enjoys cooking and travelling.
Bob Bergman, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology)
Chief Medical Officer, Specialty and Emergency Medicine for PetVet Care Centers
Specialist, Carolina Veterinary Specialists
Dr. Bergman received his DVM from the University of Georgia in 1997. He then completed a small animal rotating internship at the University of Georgia. Following internship, he completed a residency in neurology at Virginia Tech (Diplomate ACVIM Neurology 2001). Concurrently, he completed a master’s degree with a focus on neuroscience. He then served as a clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery at Texas A&M for two years. Currently he is Chief Medical Officer for Specialty and Emergency Medicine for PetVet Care Centers. He also continues to practice as a neurologist based at Carolina Veterinary Specialists, in Charlotte, NC.
Amy Fauber, DVM, MS, DACVS (Small Animal), DACVIM (Neurology)
CARE|Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency
Dr. Amy Fauber is a neurosurgeon at CARE|Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency in North Carolina. Prior to joining CARE she was an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Surgery and Neurology at Purdue University. Originally from Ohio, she completed her DVM degree at Ohio State University. After her internship at Oradell Animal Hospital in NJ, she completed her residency in small animal surgery at Purdue University. She became a Diplomate of ACVS in 2007. Dr. Fauber then completed her neurology residency as a joint residency at Carolina Veterinary Specialists and Purdue University. She became a Diplomate of ACVIM (Neurology) in 2012.
Gabriel Garcia, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Clinical Assistant Professor
University of Florida
Dr. Garcia received his DVM from Ross University in 2009, completing his clinical year at Auburn University. He then completed a small animal rotating internship in Miami, Florida, a surgical internship in Orlando, Florida and a neurology internship in Springfield, Virginia. Following internships, he completed a residency in neurology and neurosurgery at Mississippi State University. He received board-certification in neurology in 2017. He is currently a clinical assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Florida. He has a particular interest in seizure management and neurosurgery, including craniocervical junction abnormalities and trauma.