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Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

November 14 - 18, 2018

"A Great Fall Conference in Asheville, North Carolina"

 

 


On-Site Registration Will Open Soon!

You will register Online or On-Site by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment - Coming Soon

Veterinarians $

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

November 14 - 18, 2018

 Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina

 

Reservation Instructions:

Please make your reservations before 10/16/2018 at midnight to receive the block rate, as long as rooms are available.  Room rates start at $160 plus tax and any applicable fees.  Please contact the Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville as early as possible, but no later than the room release date to receive the special group rate.

Booking Guest Rooms:

 

Speakers

Richard B. Ford DVM, MS, North Carolina State University

Jenny Fisher - Tech Session

Nicole Mayo - Tech Session

Jeff Mayo, DVM

Howard Seim, DVM

Lynne Swanson, DVM

Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA

Lab

 

 

Friday's Lunch Session:

 

To all Alabama attendees, this Conference has been approved by the Alabama Veterinary Medical Board

To all Florida attendees, this Conference has been approved by the Florida Veterinary Medical Board

To all West Virginia attendees, this Conference has been approved by the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Board

 

Tentative Schedule

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Registration Open 4-8pm (Laurel Foyer)

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Registration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

Continental Breakfast 8am (Biltmore Foyer)

Exhibit Hall Open 2pm (Overlook)

Welcome Reception 6-8pm (Overlook Room)

Speaker

 

Topic

     

Howard Seim, DVM

   

Lynne Swanson, DVM

8:30-11:30 am : Communicating with Canines: Going beyond “Good boy!”

Dogs communicate with each other primarily through posture, position, movement and energy, and they are as aware of our posture, choice of position, movement and energy (in quality and quantity) as they are of each other’s. Veterinarians and staff who understand common canine social rules and who utilize their body language well (whether or not they are holding a leash) are in a good position to bring out the best in their dogs.

Verbal communication has its place, but knowing how and when to use it is important. Used the wrong way, it can actually promote behaviors you hope to prevent!

After this seminar, participants will better understand the whats, the hows and the whys of canine communication, and they will be ready to try what they have learned with the dogs in their care.

1:00-4:00 pm : Canine Aggression: Deciphering the "bad" dog

Aggression isn't aggression isn't aggression. As a means of canine communication, it can be rooted in fear, hormones, prey-drive or (much less commonly) dominance. More often than not, it is situational and therefore reversible. Identifying the underlying problem is pivotal in each and every case. Seminar participants will learn about different types of canine aggression and how to address and prevent each one quickly, safely and humanely.


     

   

 

Welcome Reception at 6:00 pm - with Complimentary food and drinks; compliments of the exhibitors

 

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Friday, November 16, 2018

Registration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

Continental Breakfast 8am (Overlook Room)

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm (Overlook Room)

 


Richard B. Ford DVM, MS, North Carolina State University

 

2018 VACCINES AND VACCINATION: 20 Questions…and the “Must Know” Answers

This presentation is a “behind-the- scenes” look at principle issues surrounding Canine and Feline Vaccination, including the recently released AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines, that have direct impact on practicing veterinarians today. Discussion centers on the selection & use of vaccines and includes the most controversial vaccine-related issues facing veterinarians: eg, annual v. triennial vaccination, legalities of “off-label” vaccination, protocols for overdue patients, new vaccines (oral Bordetella, Leptospira, canine Lyme disease), emerging “therapeutic” vaccines, and more…

(2.5 hours)

ANTIBODY TITERS v. VACCINATION: Applications in Practice

As the interest in performing “Vaccine Titers” increases within the profession, commercial laboratories are now offering serology panels for dogs/cats specifically to address the immune response following vaccination. More recently, the introduction of Point-of- Care Titer Tests (in-hospital kits) allows veterinarians to assess “Vaccine Titers” of individual patients at the time of the appointment. This presentation addresses the 2 most fundamental issues facing veterinarians regarding the use of antibody titer testing to assess patient response to vaccination: 1) what are the indications for performing “vaccine” titers on individual patients? and… 2) what do the results really mean?

(1.5 hours)

FELINE VIRAL UPPER RESPIRATORY DISEASE…Why it Persists!

Despite the routine use of vaccines against viral upper respiratory disease in cats (feline herpesvirus-1 and calicivirus) these 2 viruses are still recognized as the cause of over 90% of respiratory disease affecting cats. While acute-onset feline viral upper respiratory disease in commonly seen among kittens housed in multiple cat household/shelters…it is the adult chronic carrier cat that poses the greatest threat to the population of susceptible cats and kittens. This presentation addresses the clinical identification of chronic carrier cats (you see them regularly in practice), long term management options, and the role of vaccination in preventing infection…Why are so many cats infected…yet so many cats are vaccinated? Are vaccines effective today against the current strains?

(1 hour)


Howard Seim, DVM

 

Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA

 

8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Leadership and Team Building for Practice Success

10:30am-12pm (1. 5 hrs) : Vision, Mission, Values, Standards of Care—Your Practice’s Foundation

1-2:30 (1.5 hrs) : Working ON Not Just Working IN Your Practice – Part 1

3-4pm (1 hr) : Working ON Not Just Working IN Your Practice – Part 2


Jenny Fisher - Tech Session

   

     

     

   

 

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Registration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

Exhibit Hall Open: 8am-4pm (Overlook Room)

Continental Breakfast: 8am (Overlook Room)


Jeff Mayo, DVM

   

Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA

 

8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Mapping and Controllng the Client Experience

10:30am-12pm (1.5 hrs) : Education Marketing Leads to Client Retention

1-:2:00pm (1.0 hrs) : Hire Slow Fire Fast

2:30-4pm (1.5 hr) : Teamwork It Makes the Dream Work


Nicole Mayo- Tech Session

   

     

Practice Management

     

     

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Sunday, November 18, 2018

   

     

Please Note The Following:

*Times and Presenters Subject to Change

* Please turn off or silence cell phones in sessions



Conference Map

On-Site Registration Will Open Soon!

You will register Online or On-Site by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment - Coming Soon

Veterinarians $

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!

 

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Speaker Bios...

Richard B. Ford DVM, MS, North Carolina State UniversityRichard B. Ford DVM, MS, North Carolina State University

Dr. Richard Ford is Emeritus Professor of Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Ford practiced small animal and equine medicine for 4 years. Subsequently, he held teaching positions at Michigan State University and Purdue University.

He is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is an honorary Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Ford is the Lead Editor of the 2017 AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines and a co-author on the AAFP Feline Vaccine Guidelines.

Currently, Dr. Ford, in conjunction with the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, is leading the National Rabies Awareness Initiative, a State-by- State assessment of rabies immunization and law impacting veterinarians in private practice.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Ford spent 28 years with the US Air Force as a Biomedical Scientist. He retired from the USAF Reserve as a Brigadier General, where he was assigned to the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General at the Pentagon.


Lynne Swanson, DVMLynne Swanson, DVM

Lynne Swanson, DVM (Cornell ‘86) has shaped and lived with psychologically healthy and happy groups of ten to forty dogs for three decades, and she is proud to be part of an educational effort recognizing the many things we can learn from our canine companions (when we are open to the possibilities). In 2005, she helped to create Safe Harbor Farm K9 Rescue & Rehabilitation Center in coastal NC, and in 2013, she helped develop the Learning "DOG" project for animal shelters.

She is the author of two books: “Learning DOG” (2015 - for shelters, boarding and training facilities) and “SMILE! and other practical life lessons your dogs can teach you (while you are training them)” (2017 - for everyone).

Positive, practical and proactive, SMILE! explores canine and human psychology from a uniquely canine perspective. It is about reducing tension, communicating clearly, leading the way and honoring pivotal differences. It is about the energy we share and the state of mind behind that energy. It is about letting go of the stuff that isn’t working, and it is about teamwork. It is about practicing kindness, dumping bad habits and finding happiness. (After all, if you aren’t happy, your dogs can’t be their best.)

Table of Contents and chapter excerpts at: www.givesmiles.us


 


 


 


 


 


 

 


 


 


 


 


 

On-Site Registration Will Open Soon!

You will register Online or On-Site by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment - Coming Soon

Veterinarians $

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!

What our Attendees Say!

Just want to give an awesome shout out in regards to the technician program offered. Michelle [Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT] was extrodannaire! One of the best tech speakers I have heard lecture. She was energectic, entertaining and well spoken. Thank you! James A satisfied attendee ... read more

James A ChatmanJames A Chatman | Attendee - CHATMANJAMESA@AOL.COM

What our Speakers Say!

Thank you for having me speak this year at Sun N Fun; What a GREAT show! I have thoroughly enjoyed the kindness and hospitality shown by all. Great organization, great location, and great session topics! I urge all veterinary professionals to attend Sun N Fun next year, and not miss out on this fantastic CE event! ... read more

Running Paws Pet Hospital, McKinney, TXJenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS | Speaker - jenny@practivet.com

What our Attendees Say!

I would like to extend a sincere "Thank You" to Howie and all those involved in hosting the Colonial Veterinary Conference in Colonial Williamsburg this December 2015.  We attended a few years ago and were sold on this meeting for our ContEd   This meeting has it all!  Great speakers, wonderful hotel,  delicious food, kind staff and lotsa' coffee!  Howie makes sure everyone is comfortable and enjoying themselves.. The biggest impression our first time here years ago was not just the speakers, topics, and location.. but the obvious love this group has for one another AND for our Lord... read more

Running Paws Pet Hospital, McKinney, TXDr. Donna M Gage | Running Paws Pet Hospital, McKinney, TX

What our Speakers Say!

I've been a speaker for at least a dozen meetings hosted by Veterinary Association Management in the last twenty or so years. The meetings are always well organized and managed. More importantly, the attendees are always eager to learn and happy to be there. The Lee family and all the staff are welcoming and the atmosphere is very family-friendly... read more

Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, CVT, LATMargi Sirois, EdD, MS, CVT, LAT | Speaker

What our Speakers Say!

Veterinary Association Management conference are intimate and interactive. As a presenter, I have the opportunity to talk about behavior issues – a significant reason for relinquishment, and also how to speak with clients about these concerns, as well as getting pets to vets, including Fear Free and Cat Friendly Practices.

Steve Dale, CABCSteve Dale, CABC | Speaker

What our Attendees Say!

I've been going to Veterinary Association Management's Veterinary Conferences for 16 years.  They are by far my favorite.  The quality and choice of speakers always suits my needs. I feel that I get the most up-to-date and thorough information.  Lectures focus on practical advice we can actually use - no ivory towers here... read more

Melanie Bene, DVMMelanie Bene, DVM | Attendee

What our Attendees Say!

My family and I have always enjoyed Veterinary Association Management's (Ralph Lee's) continuing education courses.  We have been attending them now for well over twelve years.  We are always very delighted to attend the courses and conferences that Veterinary Management Association hosts.  The benevolence of the Lee Family always shines forth, and they make my family feel more than welcome.  The veterinary courses are extremely relevant to practice, and much of the information obtained can be put into effect the day we return.  The speakers are of the utmost quality and ... read more

Mercy Animal Hospital, Monroe, NCDrs. Charles and Dawn Jones | Mercy Animal Hospital, Monroe, NC

What our Speakers Say!

Thank you so much for allowing me to speak at this past weekend's Sun N Fun conference in South Carolina. It was a great experience. Howie, Martha, Dawn and the entire Veterinary Association Management team always knows how to make a speaker feel welcomed! The conference was so well organized which is a testament to the VAM team. Thank you so much for all your kindness. It was a true honoring getting to speak to the technicians at the conference. It was a great group who stayed engaged throughout! Thank you again. I hope you are all home getting to relax a little after working so hard to make the conference so successful. ... read more

Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC)Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) | Speaker

What our Attendees Say!

I have been a veterinarian in NC since 1982.  33years.  I have been getting my continuing education hours with Ralph Lee’s Veterinary Management for 28 years.  My wife is a registered vet technician and we both must get yearly CE hours to continue our licenses.  We have come to Ralph Lee’s Great Smokies Veterinary Conferences for last 20 years.  I appreciate through the years the dedication to providing quality continuing education year after year.  We enjoy the excellent speakers on subjects that are useful in regular day to day practice; comprehensive wet labs; and very affordable CE... read more

Emerywood Veterinary Hospital, High Point, NCJ. Michael Beck DVM and Jane Beck VMT | Emerywood Veterinary Hospital, High Point, NC

What our Speakers Say!

I've participated in several Veterinary Association Management continuing educational meetings and they are all top notch. Each meeting has it's own look and feel. The one consistent thread is excellent speakers and great topics/content being presented. I will be planning a family vacation around Fun N Sun veterinary conference. It's a must do for anyone looking for good CE and creating great memories with the family... read more

Veterinary Consultation Services, LLC Paul Camilo, CVPM | Veterinary Consultation Services, LLC

What our Exhibitors Say!

The Center of Veterinary Expertise has had the pleasure of participating in Colonial Veterinary conference on several levels, sponsorship, vendor as well as providing speakers over the last three year.  Howie and his team always ensure a positive, warm, and successful experience.  We look forward to supporting the Colonial Veterinary Conference for many more years to come.

the COVE, Suffolk, VADanielle T. Russ | LVT, BS, BA, AS, Hospital Manager, the COVE, Suffolk, VA

What our Attendees Say!

It is not a small thing when gathering your CE credits that the meetings be orderly, well presented, convenient, accessible.  Cudos to the Colonial Team.  It was an all-around good experience.

Palmetto Vet Hospital, Ridgeland, SCRob McBrayer, DVM | Palmetto Vet Hospital, Ridgeland, SC

What our Exhibitors Say!

I have been a equipment manufacturing design consultant for Snyder Mfg. for over 30 years.  I have been attending the Ralph Lee's meetings for over 20 years of that time.  The Ralph Lee's meetings are different than the standard veterinary conference meetings that are available.  The meetings are designed to be very family friendly.  The attendees and exhibitors are treated with more respect than any other of the veterinary meetings I attend.  The smaller venue will  also give everyone an opportunity to build long term relationships in the industry.

Snyder Mfg., New Sharon, IARalph Ihde | Snyder Mfg., New Sharon, IA

What our Attendees Say!

I plan each year's continuing education requirements around Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veteirnary Conference.  The program venue is especially nice, this time of year, in Asheville, N.C.  The Lee family (Howie, Martha and the crew) are most accommodating.  They've always made this a pleasurable, meaningful experience.  I secure a copy of the conference notes each trip.  These notes serve as valuable information for me as I care for my patients on a daily basis.  The saddest part, for me, is when the meeting concludes.  Soon, I'll be planning for the 2016 conference.

Central Veterinary Hospital, Knoxville, TNDr. William “Bill” Martin | Central Veterinary Hospital, Knoxville, TN

What our Exhibitors Say!

The Lees' vet meetings are some of the best...and I attend a lot of them! As both a veterinarian and an exhibitor I get the best of both worlds at these events.... Great Continuing Education and Great attendance to the exhibit booth. I attend every one I possibly can.

Vet Assured, Unicoi, TNDr. Dan Moore, DVM | Vet Assured, Unicoi, TN

What our Speakers Say!

I have lectured for Veterinary Association Management for the last 4 years and they consistently have wonderfully organized, informative and practical conferences for practicing small animal veterinarians. With a relatively small group of attendees ... read more

Charleston Veterinary Referral CenterKristin Welch DVM, DACVECC | CRITICAL CARE, CHIEF OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE

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Exhibitors At The Conference

 

Please visit these Exhibitors at the Conference to see the latest and best products and services for your veterinary practice:

  • All Vet Imaging

  • Companion Animal Health by LiteCure

  • DVM Solutions

  • Figo Pet Insurance

  • IDEXX

  • In Touch Communications

  • Intrauma

  • K-Laser USA

            K-LASER

            QuickPACS Technologies

            ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

  • Simmons & Associates

  • Snyder Mfg. Co

  • Southeast Medical Books

  • Sunnex LIghts

  • Vet Assured/Natural Vet Companies

  • Vet Cor

 

Sponsors

Roadrunner Pharmacy

Click here to download the 2018 Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference Exhibitor Contract - Coming Soon

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Conference Hotel Information

The Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf ResortCrowne Plaza Resort Asheville

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville

Nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, NC is more than just a peaceful mountain retreat...

"With a privileged location just a mile from downtown Asheville, our hotel makes a convenient home base for exploring the area. From whitewater rafting to museums, plenty of excitement awaits our hotel's guests. In Asheville, NC, the spectacular Biltmore Estate is a must-see, while a Gray Line trolley tour offers an interesting look at the city's history. We are just minutes from the excellent dining and shopping at Grove Arcade. Elegant facilities and an ideal location make us "The Place to Meet" in Asheville. ..."

 

Reservation Instructions:

Please make your reservations before 10/16/2018 at midnight to receive the block rate, as long as rooms are available.  Room rates start at $160 plus tax and any applicable fees.  Please contact the Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville as early as possible, but no later than the room release date to receive the special group rate.

Booking Guest Rooms:

Crowne Plaza Asheville Resort

Crowne Plaza Asheville Resort Floorplan

Crowne Plaza Asheville Resort

On-Site Registration Will Open Soon!

You will register Online or On-Site by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment - Coming Soon

Veterinarians $

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!

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Area Information

The Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate (Photo Courtesy of ExploreAsheville.com )

Asheville, North Carolina

"Asheville is that type of unique, special place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memories for years to come. The city's rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect retro-urban backdrop to the edgy energy that emanates from the locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues. Known as an art colony, a healing resort and a home to notable luminaries, statesmen and bohemians, Asheville is one of the most welcoming, vibrant cities in America."

Discover Asheville, N.C. at http://www.ExploreAsheville.com. And remember who you really are. Because there's more to life than the climb. There's the view that takes your breath away, the refreshing mountain air and the fresh flavors of the Blue Ridge. (Video Courtesy of ExploreAsheville.com )

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Fall Foliage near Asheville, North Carolina (Photo Courtesy of Cynthia L. Drury)

The Groove Arcade in Asheville, NC

The Groove Arcade in Asheville (Photo Courtesy of ExploreAsheville.com )

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Fall Foliage near Asheville, North Carolina (Photo Courtesy of Cynthia L. Drury)

 

On-Site Registration Will Open Soon!

You will register Online or On-Site by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment - Coming Soon

Veterinarians $

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!