Veterinary Association Management

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Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

November 13-17, 2019

"A Great Fall Conference in Asheville, North Carolina"


Just Click Here to download the Registration Form ... Coming Soon, Print it out and bring it with payment!

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $200.00

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

November 13-17, 2019

 Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina

 

Reservation Instructions:

 

Speakers

Tim Loonam, DVM

Jennifer Stokes, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

 

Classes

 

Lunch & Learns

 

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

 


Online Registration is Now Open

You can register Online now or On-Site, Walkins are Welcome, or

click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with payment!

Register before October 15th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 10/15/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 10/15/2019)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for 200.00!

Tentative Schedule

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Registration Open 4-8pm (Laurel Foyer)

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Registration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

Continental Breakfast 8am (Biltmore Foyer)

Exhibit Hall Open 2pm (Blue Ridge)

Welcome Reception 5-6pm (Blue Ridge)

Speaker

Topic

     
     

Tim Loonam DVM

See Topics

8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Capnography and Anesthetic Ventilators: Improve Your Standard of Care!

10:30am-12pm (1. 5 hrs) : Top 5 Anesthetic Complications: Are You Ready?!

1-2:30 (1.5 hrs) : Veterinary Leadership: We Need A Hero!

3-4:30pm (1 hr) : How To Be An Exam Room Super Hero


  See Topics  

 

8:30-10am

10:30-12pm

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

 

 

8:30 - 11:30am

 

 

Welcome Reception at 5 - 6 pm - with Complimentary food and drinks; compliments of the exhibitors

 

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Friday, November 15, 2019

Registration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

Continental Breakfast 8am (Blue Ridge)

 

 

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm (Blue Ridge)


Tim Loonam DVM

See Topics

8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Diabetes Demystified

10:30am-12pm (1.5 hrs) : Anemias Made Easy

1-:2:30pm (1.5 hrs) : Practice Acquisition and Start-up: Time To Be The Boss!

3-4pm (1 hr) : Corporate Veterinary Practices: How’d We Get Here?!


   

     

 

8:30-10am

10:30-12pm

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

 

   

 

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Registration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

Exhibit Hall Open: 8am-4pm (Blue Ridge)

Continental Breakfast: 8am (Blue Ridge)


Jennifer Stokes, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

See Topics

8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Proteinuria kills: the approach to the proteinuric patient

10:30am-12pm (1.5 hrs) : Approach to the febrile patient

1-:2:30pm (1.5 hrs) : Immune-mediated disease in dogs and cats: beyond steroids

2-4pm (1 hr) : Feline medley


     

 

8:30-10am

10:30-12pm

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

 

     

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Jennifer Stokes, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

8:30-9:30 am

10-11:30 am

8:30-11:30 (2.75 hours) : Diarrhea and hepatobiliary disease in dogs and cats


Please Note The Following:

*Times and Presenters Subject to Change

* Please turn off or silence cell phones in sessions



Conference Map

 


Online Registration is Now Open

You can register Online now or On-Site, Walkins are Welcome, or

click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with payment!

Register before October 15th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 10/15/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 10/15/2019)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for 200.00!

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Speaker Bios...

Tim Loonam, DVM

Tim Loonam, DVMDr. Tim Loonam is owner of Grace Animal Hospital, a mixed-animal, American Animal Hospital Accredited practice in Lexington, SC. Dr. Loonam graduated from the University of Colorado and served as an Army officer with assignments throughout the Pacific Rim as an Airborne Ranger. Later, the Army sent Dr. Loonam to the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine were he graduated with several clinical awards. An assignment to FT Jackson brought Dr. Loonam back to the Carolinas, and in 2003 he deployed to Iraq with an Airborne Medical Detachment. Dr. Loonam was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service throughout Iraq with military working dog teams and public health missions. Besides his award –winning private practice which opened in 2006, Dr. Loonam is active with the local and state veterinary medical association and is a frequent guest lecturer at the veterinary schools and veterinary meetings throughout the country and overseas. Dr. Loonam and his three associates and their experienced staff are respected for their compassionate care and commitment to client education, and Grace Animal Hospital has been named Hospital of the Year in the Midlands of South Carolina numerous times.


Jennifer Stokes, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)Jennifer Stokes, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Dr. Stokes grew up in Virginia and earned her DVM at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Blacksburg, Virginia in 1995. After completing a rotating internship at Washington State University in 1996, she worked as a primary care veterinarian for two years in a small animal and exotic pet practice in Gaithersburg, Maryland. she completed a Small Animal Internal Medicine residency at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, and then was hired as a clinical faculty member at the University of Tennessee in 2001. Dr. Stokes became a board certified small animal internist in 2002.

Her primary interests include alimentary and immune-mediated disease, feline medicine, as well as minimally invasive procedures. Some of her non-clinical responsibilities at the University of Tennessee have included supervising the blood bank and transfusion medicine program and Internal Medicine residency program for over a decade.

She currently enjoys the company of my 2 cats and 6 backyard chickens. Additionally, she also enjoys hiking and canoeing with my cat Simon.


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


Online Registration is Now Open

You can register Online now or On-Site, Walkins are Welcome, or

click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with payment!

Register before October 15th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 10/15/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 10/15/2019)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for 200.00!

What our Attendees Say!

Mountain Veterinary Conference : I just attended the Mountain Veterinary Conference and had a great time! The speakers were the same ones you see at the huge, expensive conferences but in a more intimate, affordable setting. The local area is beautiful and lots of fun to explore - I particularly enjoyed watching the elk herds cross the roads in the mornings. The Cherokee Casino was an excellent venue - easy to navigate ... read more

Katie Gies, DVMKatie Gies, DVM | Attendee - white.goosedvm@gmail.com

What our Attendees Say!

Mountain Veterinary Conference : I've been meaning to share my very positive review of the Mountain Veterinary Conference for months -- my apologies for not doing this sooner! The Mountain Veterinary Conference was a wonderful CE experience on all levels. There were a wide variety of high quality sessions, the setting was beautiful, the food and accommodations were excellent, and the exhibitors were helpful and informative... read more

Valerie Weiss, DVMValerie Weiss, DVM | Attendee - vaweiss@ml1.net

What our Speakers/Exhibitors Say!

“What fun! We doubled our record for the number of copies of SMILE! sold in the first day. The relaxed atmosphere at the Fun n Sun Conference makes it easy to interact with everyone.” ... read more

Lynne Swanson, DVMLynne Swanson, DVM | Speaker, Exhibitor - Safe Harbor Farm’s SMILE! Project

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: Coming Soon

            K-LASER

            QuickPACS Technologies

            ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

 

Click here to download the 2019 Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference Exhibitor Contract

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Conference Hotel Information

The Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort

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. ..."

For Hotel Reservations:

Room rates start at $160 plus tax and any applicable fees and rate guaranteed until October 12th, 2019.

  • Call our toll-free number 1-844-330-0296 (24/7) and mention the group name Ralph Lee’s Vet Conference  in order to receive the special group rate.

  • Call our local number for In-House reservations during normal business hours 828-285-2603 and mention the group name.

  • Go to www.ashevillecp.com 

    • Check Availability (enter dates of stay)

    • Enter Group Code: RLQ

  • Below is the link you may use to automatically add the group code when booking online (not mobile compatible):

https://www.crowneplaza.com/redirect?path=asearch&brandCode=CP&localeCode=en&regionCode=1&hotelCode=AVLSS&

checkInDate=13&checkInMonthYear=102019&checkOutDate=18&

checkOutMonthYear=102019&rateCode=6CBARC&_PMID=99801505&GPC=RLQ&cn=no&viewfullsite=true

 

Crowne Plaza Asheville Resort

Crowne Plaza Asheville Resort Floorplan

Crowne Plaza Asheville Resort

 


Online Registration is Now Open

You can register Online now or On-Site, Walkins are Welcome, or

click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with payment!

Register before October 15th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 10/15/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 10/15/2019)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for 200.00!

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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)

 


Online Registration is Now Open

You can register Online now or On-Site, Walkins are Welcome, or

click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with payment!

Register before October 15th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 10/15/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 10/15/2019)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for 200.00!