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IRIS Renal Week

  • Monday, March 16, 2020
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • UC Davis

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IRIS Renal Week and Boot Camp 2020

Renal Week: March 16-19, 2020
Renal Boot Camp: March 19-21, 2020
Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
Location: Gladys Valley Hall, UC Davis | Davis, CA
CE: (pending approval)


The International Renal Interest Society (IRIS) presents the 3rd Biennial IRIS Renal Week on March 16-19, 2020.  The 2020 Renal Week will once again be held in northern California on the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine campus. Over the past 16 years Renal Week has become recognized internationally as the premiere educational offering for kidney diseases in animals. 

The formal Renal Week meeting is followed by a two-and-a-half-day Boot Camp (March 19-21, 2020) for those seeking an introduction to extracorporeal therapies.  Both Renal Week and Boot Camp provide extended hands-on opportunities for laboratory sessions demonstrating intermittent and continuous hemodialysis procedures, therapeutic apheresis, and evaluation of diagnostic kidney biopsies. 

The 2020 IRIS Renal Week and Boot Camp provide an outstanding opportunity to interact and engage with fellow colleagues with a devoted interest in nephrology and extracorporeal therapies.  Renal Week will stimulate the novice and the advanced learner. 


Webinar: A webinar option will be available for Renal Week and Boot Camp LECTURES ONLY (no labs). The webinar will be live (Pacific Standard Time) and interactive; it will count for full CE credit. No recording will be available for viewing after the event. If you have never attended a Zoom webinar before, test your computer or mobile device here.

RENAL WEEK (March 16-19, 2020) ONSITE: Lecture Only WEBINAR: Lecture Only
DVM: $570.00 $510.00
RVT $375.00 $300.00
Trainee $375.00 $300.00
Cost per Lab (Max of 4 labs per participant) $25.00 N/A
BOOT CAMP (March 19-21, 2020) ONSITE: Lecture and Labs WEBINAR: Lecture Only
DVM $350.00 $290.00


$260.00 $290.00
TRAINEE $260.00 $290.00

Scholarships are available. View Scholarship and Abstract Submission details below.

Change and cancellation policy:

  • Course cancellations and requests for course refunds received by email no later than February 16, 2020 (11:59 p.m. PST) will be processed with a $75.00 processing fee.
  • Course additions or changes (not cancellations) received by email no later than February 16, 2020 (11:59 p.m. PST) will be processed with a $20.00 processing fee.
  • All requests must be made in writing. Submit course cancellation request via email to

Renal Week Program: March 16-19, 2020

Renal Week Schedule (.pdf)


View Lab Descriptions (.pdf)

A highlight of Renal Week is the presentation of diverse laboratory/discussion sessions to compliment the lecture programming.  These interactive sessions provide direct demonstration of the principles and applications of extracorporeal therapies and procedural aspects of nephrology. 

This year there are 12 laboratory/discussion options presented on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Due to the limited space for most sessions, attendees are invited to enroll in 4 of the 12 options on a first-come-first-serve availability at registration. We regret that everyone will not be able to participate in some sessions, so register early to secure availability for your interest.

The three-and-a-half-day Renal Week program features topical issues including:

  • Phosphate and Calcium Feline Kidney Health
  • Juvenile Onset Chronic Kidney Disease
  • New Concepts on the Progression of CKD
  • Management of the Anemia of CKD
  • Exciting New Concepts in Extracorporeal Therapies
  • Updates on Agendas in Veterinary Nephrology

Extracorporeal Boot Camp: March 19-21, 2020

Boot Camp Schedule (.pdf)

The Extracorporeal Boot Camp is a traditional complement to Renal Week providing an introduction and overview of hemodialysis, CRRT, and therapeutic apheresis to the newcomer with a burgeoning interest or curiosity about extracorporeal therapies. This year, Boot Camp will immediately follow the Renal Week program: Thursday, March 19-Saturday, March 21, 2020.

The 2 ½-day program features lecture instruction on:

  •  Principles and indications for extracorporeal therapy
  • Extracorporeal modalities and fundamentals of dialysis prescription
  • Vascular access and anticoagulation
  • Introduction to therapeutic apheresis
  • Complications and outcomes of hemodialysis
  • Water requirements for hemodialysis

The lecture instruction will be available as a webinar to those who cannot attend in person. (Webinar option does not include labs).  For those who attend onsite, the instruction will be enriched by a series of interactive laboratory sessions on Friday and Saturday afternoon illustrating the principles, techniques, and equipment of modern veterinary hemodialysis, hemoperfusion, and therapeutic apheresis.  Attendees for Boot Camp are encouraged to register for Renal Week for additional topics, instruction, and interactive sessions in nephrology and extracorporeal therapy. Some of the laboratory sessions for Boot Camp are similar to those presented at Renal Week, which will have limited registration.  Boot Camp attendees will have expanded opportunity to explore these additional laboratory offerings at Renal Week. 


On behalf of the International Renal Interest Society (IRIS)UC Davis Hemodialysis Academy and Nephrology Knowledge, the 2020 IRIS Renal Week is pleased to announce the availability of scholarship opportunities  to support travel cost and registration for trainees engaged in nephrology or extracorporeal therapies at the 2020 Renal Week and Boot Camp. Deadline to submit for both scholarships and abstract submissions is January 15, 2020.

There are two opportunities for trainee support:

  • RENAL WEEK SCHOLARSHIP (click to expand)


Share your research at Renal Week with opportunities for poster or oral presentations. IRIS Renal Week invites submission of abstracts pertaining to kidney disease or extracorporeal therapies from all attendees. The deadline for abstract submission is January 15, 2020. 

  • ABSTRACT SUBMISSIONS (click to expand)


TURKOVICH WINERY SIGNRenal Week Attendees: Join us for an elegant, yet relaxed, dinner at a local winery in beautiful Winters, CA. Chartered transportation (included in your ticket price) will be provided to the Turkovich Family Winery, located just 25 minutes from Davis, with beautiful views of the Vaca mountains. The winery produces “quality small-lot wines from the best vineyards in Western Yolo County.” Read more at the Turkovich Family Wines website.

The evening will begin with appetizers and a selection of Turkovich Family Wines for tasting. Following the tasting, their wines will be paired with a 4-course dinner, provided family style in their barrel room. 

Space is limited to 70 people, first come, first served. Renal Week attendees, and up to one guest, can select this option during online registration.

We hope you will join us for this special event!


The Renal Week and Boot Camp is held at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, in Davis, CA, USA. The UC Davis campus provides an exceptional venue for delivery of the state-of-the-art presentations and diverse laboratories offered at Renal Week.  Located in the heart of northern California, UC Davis also provides break away opportunities for the Napa and Sonoma wine valleys, San FranciscoLake TahoeYosemite National Park, and the beautiful north coast of California.  The excitement of the educational content will be complimented by the camaraderie of fellow nephrologist and a variety of extracurricular activities. 


Discounted group lodging is available at the following local hotels. Use the group link to book your discounted reservation by the cut-off date.

Aggie Inn
Group rate: $154.00/night; book by 2/2/2020; Make a reservation

Best Western Plus Palm Court Hotel
Group rate: $189.00/night; book by: 2/20/2020; Make a reservation

Hyatt Place UC Davis
Group rate: $182.00; book by 2/16/2020
Call hotel  (530-756-9500) and ask for the "Renal Week and Boot Camp" group rate.

University Park Inn
Group rate: $134.00/night; book by 2/2/2020
Call hotel (530-756-0910) and ask for the “Renal Week” group rate.

Other Lodging Options:
Find additional info on lodging here. Find information on visiting UC Davis here.


Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the course, as well as during the course. Additional transportation options and directions can be found here.


For information on the program content, please contact Dr. Larry D. Cowgill, DVM, PhD, DACVIM,  IRIS Renal Week Chair. Questions regarding the course logistics: contact the Center for Continuing Professional Education.

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