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Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary ConferenceAsheville, North Carolina November 14 - 18, 2018 Scheduled Speakers: Howard Seim, DVM, DACVS, Visceral Organ Biopsy; The 15 minute Gastropexy; Principles of GI Surgery; The 4 Ligature Splenectomy; Intestinal Anastomosis - Tips to make it easier; Surgical Management of Cystic and Urethral Calculi - Canine; Canine Urethral Surgery; Chronic Vaginitis and Incontinence; Can Surgery Help?; Surgical Management of Abdominal Trauma, Julie Reck, DVM, Fear Free: What Is It & Why It Works?; Fear Free Pet Body Language; Fear Free: Exam Room Updates; Fee Free: Staff Equipment & Case, Studies; Keep your Practice as healthy as your patients: Learn Essential Processes to Create a Functioning Veterinary Practice, Sponsored by Aspire, Lynne Swanson, DVM, Practical Canine Behavior, Sponsored by Safe Harbor Farm’s SMILE! Project, Jenny Cassibry-Fisher, RVT, VTS-Oncology and Nicole Mayo - Tech Sessions, Thursday Nov. 15, 2018 Early Cancer Detection; New Standards of Care; Fine Needle Aspirates; Basic Cytology; Achieving Diagnostic Quality; Sample Preparation and Sample Submission, Nicole Mayo - Tech Sessions, Friday, November 16, 2018, Review of Orthotics, Braces & Splints for the Veterinary Patient; Autologous Cancer Vaccine, Jeff Mayo, DVM - Sponsored by Jorgenson Labs, Newest topics in Small Animal Medicine, Regenerative Therapies, and Clinical results using the latest Bone Plating Technologies, Richard Ford, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVPM, 2018 Vaccines and Vaccination: 20 Questions... and the “Must Know” Answers, Antibody Titers v. Vaccination: Applications in Practice; Feline Viral Upper Respiratory Disease...Why it Persists, Peter Weinstein - Practice Management, Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist, Sponsored by 3 Sided Media, Luncheon Session, Thursday, November 15, 2018 – 11:30 - 1:00pm, Bruce Klink, VMD, Sponsored by Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc. Technical Services Veterinarian, Nutramax Laboratories; Immune health support for dogs of all ages, Luncheon Session, Friday, November 16, 2018 – 11:30 - 1:00pm, David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS, Sponsored by K-Laser, Laser Therapy Simplified: Practical Answers for Effective Implementation

November 14 - 18, 2018

"A Great Fall Conference in Asheville, North Carolina"


Online Registration is Now Available

Register by October 15, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

You will register Online or by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail 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 14 - 18, 2018

 Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina

 

Reservation Instructions:

The rooms at the Crowne Plaza are sold out, overflow rooms available at the Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Asheville, 22 Woodfin St., Asheville, NC  28801 and reservations can be made by calling  the Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown, at 828-253-1851 or 1-800-325-3535 and mention group name Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference.

 

Speakers

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

Jenny Fisher - Tech Session

Nicole Mayo - Tech Session

Jeff Mayo, DVM

Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist

Julie Reck, DVM

Howard B Seim III, DVM, DACVS

Lynne Swanson, DVM - Practical Canine Behavior

Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA

Classes

Thursday, November 15th at 8:30 - 11:30am: Pet CPR & Certification Program (Upon completion of this class participants will be certified in Canine & Feline CPR & First Aid)

Lunch & Learns

Thursday, November 15th at 11:30am - 1pm - Immune health support for dogs of all ages by Bruce Klink, VMD, Technical Services Veterinarian, Nutramax Laboratories

Friday, November 16th at 11:30am: "Successful Laser Implementation Workshop - A detailed guide to successful implementation of laser therapy in your practice." by Aaron Bakken, Sales Director, Sponsored by K Laser USA

Saturday, November 17th at 11:30am - 1pm: "Parvo or marketing which would you rather deal with in your clinic?" by Robbie van Mullem, sponsored by 3 Sided Media

 

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 Available

Register by October 15, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

You will register Online or by

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

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

   

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

 

Tentative Schedule

Fall Foliage

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)

Lunch & Learn: 11:30am - 1pm: "Immune health support for dogs of all ages" by Bruce Klink, VMD, Technical Services Veterinarian, Nutramax Laboratories

Exhibit Hall Open 2pm (Blue Ridge)

Welcome Reception 5-6pm (Blue Ridge)

Speaker

 

Topic

     

Howard B Seim III, DVM, DACVS

Video Vet

 

Visceral organ biopsy 1hr 8:30-9:30am

This seminar will include the authors’ approach to a variety of biopsy techniques of visceral organs. Discussion will include biopsy techniques used to acquire diagnostic samples of small intestine, liver, and pancreas. Novel ideas of abdominal closure technique will also be discussed. Video will be used to illustrate surgical techniques.

The 15 minute gastropexy ½ hr 9:30-10:00am

This seminar will focus primarily on the authors’ technique of performing an incisional gastropexy and how it can be successfully completed in 10-15 minutes. Video of a clinical case will be used to illustrate the technical aspects of this ‘15-minute gastropexy procedure.

Principles of GI Surgery 1hr 10:30-11:30am

Basic principles of GI surgery in dogs and cats including suture materials, suture patterns, suture needles, antibiotics, lavage solutions, postoperative feeding as well as the authors’ preferred technique for gastric and intestinal surgery. Video will be used to clearly illustrate operative techniques used.

The 4 ligature splenectomy ½ hr 11:30-12:00pm

Years ago the anatomist suggested that in order to safely remove the spleen the left gastroepiploic artery and vein must be preserved or the gastric blood supply would be put at risk. We now know this is not true! I will suggest a way to use this new anatomic information to safely remove the spleen in a non-GDV patient with 4 (maybe 5) ligations. We will then utilize this new knowledge of anatomy to develop a ‘plan’ to rapidly and safely remove the spleen in a dog that is bleeding to death!

Intestinal anastomosis – tips to make it easier 1hr 1:00-2:00pm

When performing an intestinal resection and anastomosis by yourself (i.e., no assistant to help!) there are several ‘tips’ that may make life easier for you. I will suggest a number of alternative techniques that you can consider incorporating into your current technique to make this common procedure easier and safer. Video of clinical cases will be used to illustrate these techniques.

Surgical management of canine calculi ½ hr 2:00-2:30pm

A ‘never fail’ technique for retropulsion of calculi lodged in the urethra of male dogs will be presented. Surgical management of cystic calculi will be discussed and a new protocol will be demonstrated that will eliminate the possibility of leaving a stone behind whilst performing a cystotomy. Video of clinical cases will be used to illustrate all techniques.

Surgical management of canine calculi ½ hr 3:00-3:30pm

Canine urethral surgery 1hr 3:30-4:30pm

Occasionally calculi completely obstruct the urethra and cannot be retropulsed into the bladder. A urethrotomy or urethrostomy procedure may be necessary. This session will illustrate the technique used for removal of urethral calculi from male dogs via urethrotomy. The authors’s preferred technique for permanent urethrostomy will also be illustrated. Video of clinical cases will be used to illustrate all surgical techniques.


Lynne Swanson, DVM - Practical Canine Behavior

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

Wish your dogs were calm, relaxed and interested in following your lead?

Want to prevent common canine issues before they occur? (for example: stranger-reactivity or anxiety)

Want to offer clients behavioral help that doesn’t involve medication and isn’t dependent upon trainers?

It all comes down to canine-intuitive communication and social cues (plus some well-timed smiles)! Dogs communicate with each other using posturepositionmovement 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 very good position to bring out the best in their dogs.

“But talking is oh-so-very human!”  That’s true, and verbal communication has its place, but knowing how and when to speak is important when you’re working with dogs. Used the wrong way, what you say and how you say it can actually promote behaviors you want to prevent! Let us show you what to do, instead…

Seminar objectives:

  1. This very practical session will help participants understand the ‘what’s,’ ‘how’s’ and ‘why’s’ of communicating with canines.
  2. Participants will learn how to respond to shy, unsure and reactive dogs in ways that bring out every dog's best.

1:00 – 4:00 pm Troubleshooting Barking and Aggression…Deciphering the “bad” dog

A bark isn’t a bark isn’t a bark. To set limits on (or totally eliminate) unwanted barking, it helps to understand what a dog is trying to tell you. Dogs bark for a number of reasons, and one response doesn’t fit all. How we identify and respond can determine whether it takes the form of one bark or two, a three- dog discussion or a ten-dog, ten-minute canine chorus.

Aggression isn't aggression isn't aggression. As a means of canine communication, aggression is most often situational and therefore reversible. Identifying the underlying trigger and a dog’s state of mind is pivotal in each and every case. Are his actions defensive (as in fear aggression), offensive (as in dominance aggression), an element of his DNA (think hormones or prey drive) or simply a response to his circumstances? Is his mind ‘in the moment,’ or are his actions rooted in prior associations? Misinterpret the underlying issue or a dog’s state of mind, and your response can increase his aggression and not decrease it! Let us help you troubleshoot what’s really going on.

Seminar objectives:

  1. Participants will learn why ‘a bark isn’t a bark isn’t a bark’ plus calm positive responses to common kinds of barking.
  2. Participants will learn thirteen situations where canine aggression commonly occurs and proven, practical, positive ways to prevent dogs from crossing the line. This includes resource guarding, a situation that is easy to address once certain concepts are understood.

For more information, please visit www.givesmiles.us


Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist

Sponsored by 3 Sided Media

8:30-10am

10:30-12pm

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

Morning - Making your clinic contagious: 6 infectious tools to market your practice

Afternoon- how to use social media to stand above your competition 


Jenny Cassibry Fisher & Nicole Mayo

8:30-10am

10:30-12pm

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

Early Cancer Detection; New Standards of Care

Fine Needle Aspirates

Basic Cytology; Achieving Diagnostic Quality

Sample Preparation and Sample Submission


Pet CPR & Certification Program

8:30 - 11:30am

Upon completion of this class participants will be certified in Canine & Feline CPR & First Aid

 

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

 

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Friday, November 16, 2018

Aaron Bakken, Sales DirectorRegistration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

Continental Breakfast 8am (Blue Ridge)

Lunch & Learn Session 11:30am - "Successful Laser Implementation Workshop - A detailed guide to successful implementation of laser therapy in your practice." by Aaron Bakken, Sales Director, Sponsored by K Laser USA

Aaron Bakken has an extensive background in business development, management, and marketing. He has helped integrate laser therapy into hundreds of veterinary hospitals in the areas of staff presentation, client compliance, pricing strategy, workflow, and marketing.

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


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 B Seim III, DVM, DACVS

Video Vet

Feline PU – a novel approach ½ hr 8:30-9:00am

Feline perineal urethrostomy has classically been approached with the patient placed in a perineal position. Although this positioning is awkward for the surgeon it has become the standard approach. This lecture will suggest taking another look at patient positioning. Placing the cat in dorsal recumbancy allows for a much more ‘ergonomic’ approach for the surgeon and enhances visualization of the regional anatomy. Video of this novel approach will be used to illustrate its advantages to the perineal approach.

Surgical management of brachycephalic syndrome ½ hr 9:00-9:30am

This session will discuss the management of upper airway obstruction in brachycephalic breeds. Emphasis will be placed on nasoplasty technique, soft palate resection, and removal of everted laryngeal saccules. Videotape will be used to illustrate surgical techniques.

Anal sacculectomy – a novel approach ½ hr 9:30-10:00am

Anal sacculectomy is frequently performed in veterinary practice. It can be tricky to get all of the anal sac epithelium and preserve the external anal sphincter muscle and caudal rectal nerve. A ‘novel’ technique has been suggested that allows the surgeon full control of the anatomy and thus preservation of vital structures during anal sac resection. This technique facilitates complete removal of the anal sac while encouraging protection of caudal rectal nerve fibers and external anal sphincter muscle. Video showing this technique in a clinical case will illustrate its potential usefulness in practice.

Surgical repair of diaphragmatic hernia 1hr 10:30-11:30am

This session will discuss the three most common types of diaphragmatic hernia; acute traumatic, chronic traumatic, and peritoneopericardial. Video of clinical cases will be used to illustrate techniques used to surgically repair each type of hernia. Management of chronic atelectatic lung lobes and the incidence of re-expansion pulmonary edema will be discussed.

Surgical management of salivary mucocele ½ hr 11:30-12:00pm

Rupture of the mandibular and sublingual salivary duct occasionally occurs in the dog resulting in salivary mucocele and rannula. Treatment is surgical resection of the offending salivary glands and excision or marsupialization of the rannula. This session will discuss salivary gland and rannula resection using videotape of clinical case material to enhance participant understanding of surgical technique.

Wound management secrets 1 hr 1:00-2:00pm

Think of the most difficult location to bandage a wound……this seminar will suggest a method of how you can ‘bandage that wound’! Can you force a wound to continue to contract?……Oh yes you can! Videotape of these selected ‘secrets’ to facilitate wound management will be discussed.

Chronic vaginitis and incontinence; can surgery help? ½ hr 2:00-2:30pm

Occasionally young female dogs present with chronic vaginitis, frequent UTI’s and intermittent urinary incontinence. Vulvar conformational abnormalities can be the underlying cause of all three. Surgical correction of the vulvar abnormality may be curative. This session will deal with the author’s vulvarplasty technique. Video of a clinical case will be used to facilitate understanding of the technique.

Surgical management of abdominal trauma 1 hr 3:00-4:00pm

This session is designed to expose participants to a typical case of abdominal trauma. A brief discription of the case history and initial work-up will be presented however, the lecture will focus on the ‘surgical’ management. Participants will be encouraged to consider how they might manage the case, then the instructor will show how the case was ultimately managed. Video of the trauma case will be used to illustrate all techniques.


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


Nicole Mayo

Technician Session

Sponsored by KVP International

KVP International

8:30-10am

10:30-12pm

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

Review of Orthotics, Braces & Splints for the Veterinary Patient, Part 1

Review of Orthotics, Braces & Splints for the Veterinary Patient, Part 2

Autologous Cancer Vaccine, Part 1

Autologous Cancer Vaccine, Part 2


   

 

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference 

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Registration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

Lunch & Learn: 11:30am - 1pm: "Parvo or marketing which would you rather deal with in your clinic?" by Robbie van Mullem, sponsored by 3 Sided Media

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

Continental Breakfast: 8am (Blue Ridge)


Jeff Mayo, DVM

Sponsored by Jorgensen Labs

8:30-10am

10:30-12pm

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

 

Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA

Sponsored by Care Credit

 

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


Julie Reck, DVM

Sponsored by Aspire - Fear Free

Aspire - Fear Free

8:30-10am

10:30-12pm

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

Fear Free: What is it & Why it works?

Fear Free: Pet Body Language

Fear Free: Exam Room Updates

Fear Free: Staff Engagement & Case Studies


     

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Julie Reck, DVM

Sponsored by Aspire - Fear Free

Aspire - Fear Free

8:30-9:30 am

10-11:30 am

Keep Your Practice as Healthy as your Patients: Learn essential processes to create a high functioning veterinary practice


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 Available

Register by October 15, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

You will register Online or by

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

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

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

Fall Foliage

Speaker Bios...

Jenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS-oncology, Veterinary Oncology Technical Consultant - PractivetJenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS-oncology, Veterinary Oncology Technical Consultant - Practivet

Mrs. Fisher is one of 19 board certified veterinary oncology nurses in the world, with the AIMVT academy. Jenny spent 14 years as the head oncology nurse at LSU Veterinary teaching hospital, where she lectured to undergraduate and graduate students. Her lectures cover topics including animal restraint, oncology overview, lymph node cytology, closed system transfer devices, chemotherapy safety, nursing management of acute radiation toxicity and many more.

Jenny has lectured at many technician programs throughout the southern US. Her main clinical interests are chemotherapy delivery safety and SRS. Jenny has spent time at multiple universities and private practices educating veterinary team professionals and covering oncology service floors for relief work. Jenny lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, step-daughter and a menagerie of pets.


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.


Nicole LaForest RVT, LVT, CCFT

Nicole LaForest is a Registered and Licensed Veterinary Technician serving as the current President of the Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians. She spends a majority of her time managing Mayo Veterinary Services, the largest specialty, ambulatory practice in the US; based out of the Seattle Area and primarily specializing in orthopedics and regenerative medicine therapies. Nicole currently holds degrees in Human Healthcare Management, Psychology and Veterinary Medicine. She is also the founding member and President of the Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Regenerative Medicine (AVTRM), an organization committed to making Regenerative Medicine a specialty in veterinary medicine.


Robbie van Mullem, BSRobbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist

Robbie van Mullem is President and Chief Executive Officer of 3 Sided Media and Review Retrievers companies which develop websites, manage social media, and protect the reputation of over two hundred veterinary practices and businesses throughout the Southeast and along the Eastern Seaboard. These companies represent both large and small veterinary clinics, mixed animal practices, and specialty hospitals, ultimately reaching millions of clients and prospective customers each year. Robbie Van Mullem was raised in the Hammond, Louisiana area, where he received his Bachelor of Science from Southeastern Louisiana University, while serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Robbie began his career in the animal health industry in 2003 with IDEXX Laboratories, where he earned the prestigious President’s Club Award, and was promoted to manager for the Gulf States Region of IDEXX. Robbie van Mullem saw a significant void of veterinary-specific online management companies, and created his own in early 2010. He currently resides in Louisiana with his wife and two children.

3Sided Media


Julie Reck, DVM

Dr. Reck is a veterinarian with passion for creating new communication avenues with pet owners. She believes that enhancing the communication capabilities of the veterinary profession will foster a stronger connection with pet owners and create an enjoyable professional environment for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and receptionists.

In 2010, Dr. Reck published Facing Farewell, a book dedicated to providing pet owners with information to assist them with making difficult end of life decisions for their pet. Facing Farewell was awarded the Maxwell Medallion of Excellence for the best book in pet care and health by the Dog Writers Association of America at the 2010 Westminister Dog Show.

In 2011, Dr. Reck opened the Veterinary Medical Center of fort Mill. The practice quickly flourished and is now home to 4 full time associate veterinarians.

In 2016, Dr. Reck launched a revolutionary approach to veterinary wellness care called the Healthy Pet Happy Pet ExperienceSM. It is a two step approach that divides the wellness visit into a one-on-one medically focused veterinary consultation and then separate seminars on key topics of pet care: grooming, nutrition, and training. Dr. Reck is passionate about positive culture development in veterinary practices.


Dr Howard B. Seim III, DVM, DACVSDr Howard B. Seim III, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Seim graduated from Washington State University, completed an internship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, and a surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1983. He is currently on the surgical staff at Colorado State University. He was recipient of the Merck AGVET Award for Creative Teaching, the CSU Award for Instructional Innovation and selected as the North American Veterinary Conference’s Small Animal Speaker of the Year in 2009. Dr. Seim is founder of VideoVet a Veterinary Surgery Continuing Education video series. www.videovet.org 


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


Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA

Dr. Peter Weinstein attended Cornell University undergraduate and the University of Illinois to receive his DVM. After graduation, he worked as an associate for three years before opening his practice.

As he was running his practice he identified the need for increased business acumen to make his practice successful. Thus, while managing and practicing full time, he attended University of Redlands to receive his MBA.

As a result of the MBA, he was able to relocate, expand and sell his practice to a corporate consolidator.

Politically, he served as President of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association, California Veterinary Medical Association and VetPartners.

Dr. Weinstein has provided small business and corporate consulting via his company, PAW Consulting

Presently, Dr. Weinstein is the Executive Director for the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association.

Most recently, he co-authored with Michael E Gerber, “The EMyth Veterinarian- Why Most Veterinary Practices Don’t Work and What to Do About It”.


 

Online Registration is Now Available

Register by October 15, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

You will register Online or by

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

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

   

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

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 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

 

Click here to download the 2018 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. ..."

 

Reservation Instructions:

The rooms at the Crowne Plaza are sold out, overflow rooms available at the Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Asheville, 22 Woodfin St., Asheville, NC  28801 and reservations can be made by calling  the Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown, at 828-253-1851 or 1-800-325-3535 and mention group name Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference.

Or click the link below to make reservations online:

https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1810023804&key=391611DE

Crowne Plaza Asheville Resort

Crowne Plaza Asheville Resort Floorplan

Crowne Plaza Asheville Resort

 

Online Registration is Now Available

Register by October 15, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

You will register Online or by

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

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

   

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 Available

Register by October 15, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

You will register Online or by

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

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

   

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