January 23-26, 2022 | Crested Butte, Colorado


Created in the early 1960s, SkiCE is one of CVMA’s longest running continuing education programs. Each January, this meeting brings veterinary professionals together to enjoy Colorado’s world-class mountain towns and to learn from some of the top minds in veterinary medicine. With education in the early morning and afternoon, attendees have plenty of time to hit the slopes, play in the snow, or just enjoy some free time. SkiCE offers veterinarians and technicians quality continuing education credit as well as a family-friendly experience at one of the world’s premier ski resorts.

NEW in 2022: Join us in Crested Butte as we hit the slopes of Colorado’s “Last Great Ski Town” for the very first time!

Thank you, sponsors!


James O. Noxon, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Iowa State University Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Dr. Jim Noxon received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University in 1976.  After two years of private practice in Denver, Colorado, he completed a residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia (1980) and then joined the faculty at Iowa State University in 1982 where he is currently a Morrill Professor (distinguished professorship in teaching) in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, a staff dermatologist in the Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center, and section leader of the dermatology section at Iowa State University. Dr. Noxon is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and a past president of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Iowa State University, he provides the core small animal dermatology lectures for Oregon State University. Dr. Noxon has received numerous teaching awards and is a two-time recipient of the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the 2015 recipient of the Frank Král Award for Achievement in Veterinary Dermatology, an award given by the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology for outstanding achievements and dedication to the veterinary profession and specialty of dermatology. His research interests lie in the area of otology and management of ear diseases.


The Lodge at Mountaineer Square
620 Gothic Road
Crested Butte, CO 81225

Located off the beaten path, Crested Butte is widely known as Colorado’s “Last Great Ski Town!” The Crested Butte ski area is known for some of the best lift-served extreme terrain in the nation and is home to first winter X Games and the longest extreme skiing competition in the world. With quirky costume events and a friendly vibe, Crested Butte is a place you want to add to your bucket list.

If you are not a skier or snowboarder, there are still many activities for you to enjoy as well- surrounded by 1.7 million acres of National Forest, you can snowshoe, fat bike, and cross country ski, right out your front door in any direction.

CVMA group rate

  • Starting at $175 + tax
  • Call to reserve at 855-332-1601, use prompt 1 for Western Resorts, then prompt 7 for Crested Butte
  • Use group code BCBCV22

Reservation deadline: December 24, 2021

(Rooms are expected to be sold out the week of SkiCE — please book early!)

Additional hotel details:

  • Garage parking is $20/day (per vehicle for self or valet parking).
  • Additional resort fee of $20/night. Resort fee provides amenities such as access to the fitness center, spa, internet, Business Center access, and slope-side ski valet.
  • Additional town center fee of 3%.
  • Full balance for room/tax and resort fee will be charged to credit card 14 days prior to arrival.

Getting to Crested Butte: 

Ready to book but not sure the best way to travel to Crested Butte? Below are two of the most popular transportation options for getting to this charmed ski town:

  • Fly into the Gunnison Airport, which is the closest airport to Crested Butte (both American Airlines and United Airlines service this airport). From Gunnison, the northbound Gunnison Valley RTA bus will take you to Crested Butte free-of-charge. The ride takes about 45 minutes. Once you are in Crested Butte, there is a local and free bus system for easy transportation while in the town itself.
  • Fly into Denver International Airport and rent a car to take you to Crested Butte. Denver is about 4.5 hours from Crested Butte.

Looking for more transportation details? Click here to visit the Crested Butte Ski Resort website.

Need a lift ticket? Vail Resorts has reduced all Epic Pass prices by 20% for the 2021-2022 ski season. Epic Passes provide access to all Vail Resorts properties including Crested Butte. Both season and day pass options are available.

Schedule & Education


12 CE hours

Sunday, January 23

3-3:45 p.m.


3:45-4 p.m.

Welcome and announcements

4-6 p.m.


Fixing Your Frustrations: When, Where and How to Make Your Diagnostic Tests Work (2 CE hours)

As Mark Twain said, “First collect the facts. You can distort them later.”  The key to success in dermatology or otology cases is to know when to perform specific tests, how to perform those tests to get the maximum benefit, and how to interpret these tests. In this session, we’ll go through the basic diagnostic procedures that are critical to success in dermatology!

Monday, January 24

6:30-7 a.m.


7-9 a.m.


Cytology as a KEY Diagnostic Tool in Dermatology (1 CE hour)

Cytology is arguably one of the key diagnostic tests in dermatology. It provides revenue for the practice while obtaining essential diagnostic information to help you with the case (win-win). There are several tricks / tips that can make this go better and provide even more value.

Microscopy 101: Proper Use and Care of the most Important Diagnostic Tool in Your Practice! (1 CE hour)

So, we’ve talked about cytology and other diagnostic tests…but many rely on a function microscope and your working knowledge of that instrument. Again, there are some very specific tricks/tips on using the scope and caring for the scope to make it a more functional instrument…and a revenue-generating monster! We’ll take a look at those things you should have learned in school about the microscope…but sadly, aren’t usually even taught. The end result will be better clinical skills for you and your staff AND increased value for your practice.

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Hit the slopes!

4-6 p.m.


Updates on Allergy Diagnosis and Management (2 CE hours)

Allergy, allergy, allergy!  These cases are everywhere and are seen every day in almost all practices. In addition, allergy, specifically atopic dermatitis, is the #1 underlying cause of otitis, pyoderma, Malassezia dermatitis, acral lick dermatitis, acute moist dermatitis…and frustration of pet owners and veterinarians!  So, we’ll talk about the options…look a bit at deciding when to test and when to treat….and also how to make decisions.

Tuesday, January 25

6:30-7 a.m.


7-9 a.m.


The Foundation for Managing Otitis: Structure and Function of the Ear (1 CE hour)

Truthfully, if you don’t understand the ear (anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology of otitis, then you will fail at managing otitis cases. So, in this session, we’ll discuss the structure and function of the ear…while relating that to the diagnosis and management of otitis. We’ll also take a hard look at the pathophysiology of otitis, the understanding of which leads to best practices in managing otitis.

Part I: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Managing Otitis Externa (1 CE hour)

The World Association of Veterinary Dermatology is supporting a world team of experts on otitis to provide clinical practice guidelines on how to diagnose and manage that extremely common problem.  In this session, we’ll go through the 7 steps identified by that working group and discuss the key and relevant points. Following these guidelines WILL make managing otitis more successful!

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Hit the slopes!

4-6 p.m.


Part II: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Managing Otitis Externa (2 CE hours)

The World Association of Veterinary Dermatology is supporting a world team of experts on otitis to provide clinical practice guidelines on how to diagnose and manage that extremely common problem.  In this session, we’ll go through the 7 steps identified by that working group and discuss the key and relevant points. Following these guidelines WILL make managing otitis more successful!

Wednesday, January 26

6:30-7 a.m.


7-9 a.m.


Common Ear Problems in the Cat (1 CE hour)

Cats are definitely not small dogs when it comes to ear problems. They have their own unique set of problems that complicate managing ear disease. So, we will talk about the issues and discuss the most common ear problems seen in cats.

Managing Difficult Otitis Cases in Dogs (1 CE hour)

There are a few issues that cause those really difficult cases of otitis in dogs. In this session, we’ll concentrate on how to manage those nasty bacterial infections, including Pseudomonas infections and severe hyperplastic ears.

Discounted transportation is available through Epic Mountain Express!

Pricing & Registration

Best price
  • AAHA & Other State VMA Member

  • $825.00

Interested in bringing a spouse, family member, or friend as a guest? Guest tickets can be selected during the registration checkout process for $80. A guest ticket provides guest access to the welcome reception and breakfast each day. Guests 12 and younger are free.

Cancellation Policy: A full refund within 90 days of purchase will be allowed on registrations if received in writing to info@colovma.org by December 24 (cancellations will be processed after January 1, 2022). Any cancellations on or after December 25, 2021 will not be refunded.


Questions? We’re here to help. Drop us a line at info@colovma.org.

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