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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"

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

November 13-17, 2019

 Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina

For Hotel Reservations:

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

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Speakers

Holly Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP and Jessica Wilson-Hess, MS, CVT, VTS (SAIM)

Paul Camilo, CVPM

Melissa Clark & Dr. Michelle Shine & Andrew Capps

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Louise Dunn

Jenny Fisher, RVT, VTS Sponsored by PractiVet & Garrett Levin, DVM, DACVS Sponsored by Steris Animal Health

Rod Finnegan, Vetinsure

Joseph Jordan, PhD, CEO, NC Physicians Health Program

Tim Loonam, DVM

Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVC

Jennifer Stokes, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist

Julie Wentzel, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP

Sessions

Friday Morning, November 15th Breakfast Session: 7:45-8:15am

Becky Zumo - “25 Years of Solving your Patients Health Issues with Innovative Compounding! Client Compliance = Healed Patient = Successful Veterinarian”

Sponsored by BCP Veterinary Pharmacy

Friday Morning, November 15th Lunch Session 11:30am - Successful Laser Implementation - Therapeutic Lasers: Keys to Clinical and Economic Success.  We know laser therapy works.  Let’s look at how to get the best results from your laser both clinically and economically.  with Dr. Chris Winkler, DVM, DABLS, Sponsored by Summus Medical Laser

 

CVM Fellowship Breakfast on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7 – 7:50AM by Dr. Bob Hott, Theme: Strong & Courageous

 

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 Closed

Online Registration is Closed, but you can still register on-site, please click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment!

You can register 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

Fall Foliage

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)

Breakfast Session 7:15-8am: Rod Finnegan (Biltmore Foyer) 

Lunch Session:  Ron Turner, FIBMS, PhD - Sponsored by All Vet Imaging

Exhibit Hall Open 2pm (Blue Ridge)

Welcome Reception 5-6pm (Blue Ridge)

Speaker

Topic

     
     

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Julie Wentzel, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP

1 - 4 pm

Drs. Dohmen and Wentzel will be hosting an herb walk. The Crowne Plaza has its own Nature Trails. We will walk these trails and discuss the plants along the way.  We will provide medicinal plant identification and uses.  This herb walk will encompass the entire afternoon session on Sunday.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water, a note-taking device, and your camera!


Tim Loonam DVM

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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


Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVC

Sponsored by Assisi

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8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Forelimb Injury and Pain - How to Diagnose and Treat Common Conditions 

Special tests can aid our diagnostic skills in determining the cause of forelimb pain or lameness. Learn easy techniques to find jammed toes, medial compartment disease of the elbow, OCD of the shoulder, and more. Once the diagnosis is uncovered many modalities including acupuncture, manual therapy, supplements, exercises, laser, ultrasound, tPEMF, and others could be utilized to treat it.  Learn how to make the best choices for each diagnosis.

10:30am-12pm (1. 5 hrs) : Rear Limb Injury and Pain - How to Diagnose and Treat Common Conditions

Special tests can aid our diagnostic skills in determining the cause of rear limb pain or lameness. Learn easy techniques to rule in or out hip luxation, cranial cruciate disease (rupture vs sprain), tarsal hyperextension, and hip muscle vs hip joint associated pain.  Once the diagnosis is uncovered many modalities including acupuncture, manual therapy, supplements, exercises, laser, ultrasound, tPEMF, and others could be utilized.  Learn how to make the best choices for each diagnosis.

1-2:30 (1.5 hrs) : Spinal Injury And Pain - How To Diagnose And Treat

Special tests can aid our diagnostic skills in differentiating areas of pain including cervical segments, rotated ribs, rotated lumbar segments, and lumbosacral vs. sacroiliac pain vs iliopsoas injury vs hip pain.  Once the diagnosis is uncovered many modalities including acupuncture, manual therapy, supplements, exercises, laser, ultrasound, tPEMF, and others could be utilized. Learn how to make the best choices for each diagnosis.

3-4:30pm (1 hr) : New Tools for Old Problems (NPAIDs- Non-Pharmaceutical Anti-Inflammatory Devices)

There are many ways to diminish or eliminate pain and inflammation, yet as vets we are mostly taught to turn to drugs. Learn about devices that can be used with or without drugs in pain and inflammation management to improve your patients’ outcomes. 


Louise Dunn

Sponsored by Care Credit

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8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : What Type of “Bus” is Your Team Riding On?

10:30am-12pm (1. 5 hrs) : Getting Your Team To Work Together Drama Free

1-2:30 (1.5 hrs) : Lessons from the Trenches to Develop Effective Supervisors

3-4:30pm (1 hr) : The Silent Productivity Killer – Incompetent Leaders


Melissa Clark

Dr. Michelle Shine

Andrew Capps

Sponsored by Lullex Pets

8:30-10am

10:30-12pm

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

The Endocannabinoid System

How to find good products, the company story and methods of application

FDA and State Regulation

CBD and Drug Interactions


Jenny Fisher, RVT, VTS

Sponsored by PractiVet

&

Garrett Levin, DVM, DACVS

Sponsored by Steris Animal Health

Steris Animal Health

See Topics

8:30-10am - Oncology Review - FIsher

10:30-11:30am - Surgical and Oncologic Approach to Common Tumor Types - Fisher & Levin

1-2:30pm - What's in Your Toolbox? Surgical pearls for orthopedic surgeries

3-4:30pm - Making the Cut In and Out of the OR - Levin

     

 

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)

Summus Medical Laser is the pioneer in Class IV laser therapyBreakfast Session: 7:45-8:15am : “25 Years of Solving your Patients Health Issues with Innovative Compounding! Client Compliance = Healed Patient = Successful Veterinarian” with Becky Zumo, Sponsored by BCP Veterinary Pharmacy

 

Lunch Session 11:30am - Successful Laser Implementation - Therapeutic Lasers: Keys to Clinical and Economic Success.  We know laser therapy works.  Let’s look at how to get the best results from your laser both clinically and economically.  with Dr. Chris Winkler, DVM, DABLS, Sponsored by Summus Medical Laser

Graduating from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2001, Christopher J. Winkler, DVM owns and operates Suffolk Veterinary Group Animal Wellness and Laser Surgery Center on Long Island, NY, where he has implemented laser medicine and surgery since 2010. Certified as a Veterinary Medical Laser Safety Officer from the American Institute of Medical Laser Applications (AIMLA), he is also one of only seven veterinarians in the world to hold certification (in Veterinary Laser Medicine and Surgery) from the American Board of Laser Surgery (ABLS). Dr. Winkler has spoken on laser surgery and laser therapy and served as an associate laser surgery wet-lab instructor for a number of national veterinary conferences including the NYVet, the NAVC, the AVMA, and the WVC. He has also conducted webinars on laser therapy and publishes articles on laser surgery for Veterinary Practice News. He is a Fellow member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), and a faculty member of the American Laser Study Club (ALSC), for which he also sits on the editorial board of its journal. Dr. Winkler receives referrals from veterinarians locally and nationally for laser surgery and laser therapy cases, continues to advise educating bodies on veterinary laser curricula, and offers his services as a laser consultant to veterinarians and equipment manufacturers. Dr. Winkler is the editor and co-author of the new textbook Laser Surgery in Veterinary Medicine (Wiley-Blackwell, 2019).


Tim Loonam DVM

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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?!


Rod Finnegan, Vetinsure

8:30-10am

10:30-12pm

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

:Destroyed in Seconds

Don’t make a million dollar mistake

Program Overview: With the growing corporatization of the veterinary industry and more vets graduating each year, it is important for your veterinary hospital to maintain a healthy bottom line and grow in an environment of increased competition. But what if something happens that drastically lowers the value of your business? Will you be able to weather the storm? What if the problem becomes too big and you are forced to close your doors?

First of all, it is important to step away from your patients and dig deeper into the business side of your hospital from time to time. Most hospitals assume the insurance they have is adequate and will be there in a time of need. Others believe coverage obtained through a national association must be the best, while ignoring the primary motivation of any association which is increasing membership revenue.

In order to improve risk mitigation and future sustainability, the hospital must get a handle on the current situation by answering a series of questions. During this presentation, we will explore those questions and identify ways to mitigate risk so that you can protect your future from financial hardships created by peril and litigation.

Program Objectives:

  • Learn how to identify risk so that you can avoid and transfer as much of it as possible.
  • Discover key areas of your business to focus on more when chosing the right insurance solution.
  • Develop a strategy and internal controls that deter problems from happening before they do.

Session 1: The millionaire mindset (50 minutes)

  • The intrinsic value of lost money
  • Uninsured problems destroy net worth
  • The truth about insurance
  • What your agent won’t tell you

Session 2: Maxims of protection (50 minutes)

  • Better strategy, better future
  • What is risk anyway?
  • The art of the transfer
  • The devil’s in the details – what to pay attention to

Session 3: Imagination supressed is blind to reality (50 minutes)

  • What is a cat?
  • The employee dilema in the age of entitlement
  • Silent killer of your business
  • Zero to closed in 1…2…3.

Session 4: Insider knowledge has its benefits (50 minutes)

  • How the insurance industry actually sees you
  • The lowest rates are there, but how do you get them?!
  • Price: the horrible barometer of value.
  • Sometimes you need to reinvest savings to buy your future

Session 5: The most important assets to protect (50 minutes)

  • Don’t unplug the ATM
  • Superman and his wheelchair
  • Net worth is more than your balance sheet
  • Bankruptcy doesn’t wipe away student loans
  • A family in debt, the legacy to avoid
  • Today’s strength can leverage tomorrow

Julie Wentzel, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP

Sponsored by

ServiceNet Medical X-Ray

ServiceNet Medical X-Ray

and

ServiceVet Technologies LLC

 ServiceVet Technologies

See Topics

8:30-9:30am (1.0 hrs) : Assessing pain in Veterinary Patients

Objective: This lecture will discuss how to identify painful patients in the clinic and with clients at home. Participants will be exposed to a variety of pain scales that can be used in practice and how to utilize these to assess the success of treatment.

10:00am-11:30am (1. 5 hrs) : Integrative Pain Management Part 1: Overview of Pain and Allopathic Options

Objective: This first lecture will discuss the premise of multimodal pain management and how to incorporate integrative medicine into your pain management protocols. Allopathic or traditional pain management pharmaceutical options will be discussed in the dog and also specifically for felines. In addition; non pharmaceutical options that can be to improve comfort and function in dogs and cats will be covered.

1-2:30 (1.5 hrs) : Integrative Pain Management Part 2: Modalities and Herbal Options

Objective: This lecture will more specifically discuss herbs commonly utilized for musculoskeletal and neurological conditions in multiple ways from building and supporting tissues to reducing pain and inflammation. Herbal monographs will evaluate the specifics of commonly utilized western herbs including indications for use as well as side effects.

3-4:30pm (1.5hr) : Assistive Devices for Handicapped and Geriatric Patients. Pain Management cases using an integrative approach.

Objective: To review environmental considerations and assistive devices for geriatric and handicapped pets. Improving mobility and ease for clients to improve pet and client quality of life at home. We will discuss when these are options and times when they may not be beneficial.  Objective: Participants will work through common rehabilitation and pain management scenarios to create a treatment plan and options for general pain management as well as post op and soft tissue injuries.


Holly Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP

and

Jessica Wilson-Hess, MS, CVT, VTS (SAIM)

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8:30am-10am (1.5 hrs) : Diagnosis and management of IMHA

10:30am-12pm (1.5 hrs) : Interpreting thrombocytopenia and coagulopathies

1:00pm-4:00pm (2.5 hrs with 30-minute break) : Don't toss that fluid!  In-clinic effustion analysis


Louise Dunn

See Topics

8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Top 5 Tips To Have The Most Efficient Practice

10:30am-12pm (1.5 hrs) : We Need to Hold People Accountable


Paul Camilo, CVPM

See Topics

8:30am – 10am: Growing Your Dental Department

10:30 – 11:30am: Finding, Treating & Charging for Dental Pathology

1pm – 2:30pm: Communicating Dentistry Like a Pro

3pm – 4pm: WOWing Dental Clients


Joseph Jordan, PhD, CEO
NC Physicians Health Program

8:30-11:30am

 Recognizing and Dealing with Substance Abuse in the Workplace (required by the NCVMB in 2019 to renew for 2020)


Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist

See Topics

1-2pm -- 5 ways to avoid being sued over your website, it is really happening. ADA lawsuits drive concerns over website accessibility; navagationg unclear rules and the changes Google has dome over the past year

2:15-4pm -- Making your clinic contagious: 6 infectious tools to market your practice


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)

 

CVM Fellowship Breakfast on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 7 – 7:50AM by Dr. Bob Hott, Theme: Strong & Courageous


Jennifer Stokes, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

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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


Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Sponsored by The Natural Vet and Purple Moon Herb Studies

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8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Using Food as Medicine

Like your morning coffee? Have a cocktail to unwind? Then you use food as medicine. This talk will teach you to do the same for cats and dogs. I will cover a few home-cooked recipes for healthy animals and chronically ill patients. I will also explain easy home-cooking techniques for clients.

10:30am-12pm (1.5 hrs) : Bach Flower Essences: Psychological Therapy

Dr. Bach believed emotional imbalances were the root of all disease, and correcting these imbalances could cure any condition. Many conditions in animals are psychological, such as inappropriate urination, separation anxiety, OCD’s, etcetera. I will discuss which Bach Flower Essences are appropriate for a variety of conditions.

1-2pm (1.0 hrs) : Introduction to Western Herbalism: (1 hour)

This lecture will enlighten the unfamiliar veterinarian with the use of Western Herbs. We will discuss how they can be used in terms of physiology, treatment modalities, safety and interactions. We will also touch on the differences and similarities with Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine.

2:30-4pm (1.5 hr) : “Simple” Herbal Extracts

An “Herbal Simple” is a single herb remedy, as opposed to a tincture that contains multiple herbs to treat an ailment. Herbal Simples address specific medical conditions effectively. In this talk, many easy to use Herbal Simples will be discussed along with their corresponding disorders.


Holly Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP

and

Jessica Wilson-Hess, MS, CVT, VTS (SAIM)

See Topics

8:30am-9:45am (1.25 hrs) : Urinalysis: Why pan for gold?

10:15am-11:30am (1.25 hrs) : Recognizing and trending inflammation through laboratory data

1:00pm-2:15pm (1.25 hrs) : Transfusion medicine

2:45pm-4:00pm (1.25 hrs) : All fed up: The importance of nutrition in nursing care


Paul Camilo, CVPM

See Topics

8:30am – 10am: Clients Gone Wild!

10:30 – 11:30am: How To Make Your “Best Medicine” The Best Option

1pm – 2:30pm: Veterinary Technology To Make Your Lives Easier

3pm – 4pm: Fear Free Dentistry


     

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 Closed

Online Registration is Closed, but you can still register on-site, please click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment!

You can register 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!

Fall Foliage

Speaker Bios...


Holly Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVPHolly Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP and Jessica Wilson-Hess, MS, CVT, VTS (SAIM)

Dr. Holly Brown received her DVM from the University of Georgia and worked in private practice in Colorado and North Carolina before returning to UGA for a residency and PhD in clinical pathology. Dr. Brown remained on as a faculty member at UGA where she served as a diagnostic clinical pathologist, instructor, and collaborative researcher. Dr. Brown then joined Metzger Animal Hospital’s general and referral practice in State College, PA as an on-staff clinical pathologist. There she sees a wide variety of diagnostic submissions and enjoys playing an important role at the interface of diagnostic testing and patient care and providing continuing educations on maximizing laboratory diagnostics.

Jessica Wilson-Hess, MS, CVT, VTS (SAIM) Jessica Wilson-Hess is a certified veterinary technician and a veterinary technician specialist in small animal internal medicine. She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science from Penn State University and her associates degree in veterinary technology from St. Petersburg College. She is currently employed at Metzger Animal Hospital in State College, PA and divides her days between clinical pathology and internal medicine specialties. This unique position allows her to combine her passion for both client and patient centered medicine with the intellectual challenges of clinical pathology.  In addition, she enjoys providing continuing education on topics focused on the interface of in-house diagnostics and medical case management. 

 

 


Dr. Laurie DohmenLaurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Growing up, Dr. Dohmen always wanted to be a veterinarian.  She grew up in a time where allopathic medicine was considered the zenith of all medicine.  All her schooling was in allopathic medicine, but she started feeling that there was something more.  In her personal life, she had been a vegetarian for years; she wanted to help animals, not eat them.  She began to use organic food and alternative medicine modalities for herself and her family.  Her family thrived on this more wholistic lifestyle, and she realized that if these things were better for her family, they would be better for her patients also.

At the same time, more and more research became available which indicated that allopathic medicine was not the be-all-end-all that western doctors had always believed.  There was even research that vaccines and medicines that have been used and prescribed for years can actually do more harm than good.  Becoming disillusioned with some areas of western medicine, Dr. Dohmen began studying alternative modalities.

Dr. Dohmen has received training in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, and most extensively Western Herbs.   She has studied with Dr. Steve Marsden, Dr.Huisheng Xie, Registered Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, and many others. She received her Masters of Therapeutic Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2014.  She recently down-sized her integrative mixed animal practice in southern Delaware.  She now lectures regularly on Western Herbal Veterinary Medicine, and other wholistic topics.  She is published frequently in journals such as JAHVMA and IVC (Integrative Veterinary Care Journal).  She is writing a hands-on course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine with Dr. Kris August slated to be offered autumn, 2017.

Dr. Dohmen is the Past President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association; as well as a member of American Herbalists Guild, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Holistic VMA and AVMA.  She is on the Editorial Board of the AHVMA Journal.  Dr. Dohmen lives on a 72 acre farm with her husband, 2 sons, and many four-legged animals.  She has her own organic herb and vegetable gardens.

You can learn more about Dr. Dohmen at www.purplemoonherbstudies.com


Rod Finnegan, VetinsureRod Finnegan, Vetinsure

Rod graduated from Augusta State University with a degree in finance, was captain of the varsity soccer team and still holds a Peach Belt Conference record for assists. He spent the first two years after college playing semi-professionally with the Atlanta Silverbacks reserves while also working for Dynex Capital, which was a publically traded real estate investment trust.

In June of 2002, Rod moved to Charlotte to join The Hartford Insurance Company as a middle market underwriter. During his tenure, he analyzed risk and underwrote countless mid-sized businesses across the United States such as manufacturers, wholesalers, restaurants, tech firms and professional service providers.

In August of 2004, Rod moved to Athens Georgia to begin managing the commercial division of an independent insurance agency, which included providing leadership and advice to young insurance agents on more effective ways to analyze risk and negotiate with insurance carriers on behalf of their clients.

In 2008, Rod met with a Oconee Veterinary Hospital in Watkinsville Georgia. He quickly discovered that most veterinary hospitals were written with his previous employer, The Hartford, through a national association. Upon examination of the policies for Oconee Veterinary, Rod was able to reduce their cost by 32% while still providing over $600,000 in additional needed coverage. With his previous underwriting experience and insider knowledge, Rod felt that he could replicate those results with other veterinarians in Georgia. As a result, Vetinsure was born.

Today, Vetinsure operates in 47 states and has saved the indepenent veterinary community tens of millions of dollars in insurance premiums while providing broader coverage, better value, and a stronger focus on education. 

Rod is currently a member of Vetpartners and The Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics.  He also enjoys time with family, coaching high school soccer, mountain climbing, traveling and speaking at veterinary conferences.


Tim Loonam, DVMTim Loonam, DVM

Dr. 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.


Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVCLaurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVC

Dr. McCauley graduated in 1992 from Colorado State SVM. After six years in general practice, she became a pioneer in the field of Veterinary Rehabilitation, designing the first underwater treadmill for dogs. Dr. McCauley started the first Rehabilitation Clinic in 1998 and was on faculty at Canine Rehabilitation Institute for 14 years. She is certified in Acupuncture and Chiropractic therapy and in 2014 became Board Certified in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. McCauley is an International lecturer and contributing author in many textbooks and journals. She was on the Board of Directors of the AHVMA for 4 years, was awarded the 2011 Iams AARV Award of Excellence in the Field of Rehabilitation and the 2015 AHVMA Holistic Practitioner of the Year Award.


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.


Dr. Julie WentzelJulie Wentzel, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP

Dr. Julie Wentzel grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, and graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Wildlife in 1998. She graduated from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004, where she pursued interests in both wildlife medicine and small animal emergency medicine. After graduation, she completed a small animal emergency medicine internship at Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic in Annapolis, Maryland, where she remained on staff for another seven years. She completed her Certified Veterinary Acupuncture courses in 2013 and became a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner and Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist in 2014.

Over the course of her career, she has become a firm believer in a whole-body approach to health both in her professional and personal life. She strives to implement an integrative approach to medicine to improve her patients' lives and assist in their return to a more comfortable and active lifestyle. She recently completed an apprenticeship in Western Herbal Medicine and is excited to offer this to her veterinary patients.

Dr. Wentzel is currently the Treasurer of the Northern Virginia Medical Association in 2017.

In her free time, Dr. Wentzel enjoys spending time with her family, as well as gardening, bird watching, volleyball, and running. She lives with her husband, their three children and one cat in Leesburg, Virginia.


Online Registration is Now Closed

Online Registration is Closed, but you can still register on-site, please click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment!

You can register 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

 

Summus Medical Laser

Summus Medical Laser is the pioneer in Class IV laser therapy

ServiceNet Medical X-Ray

ServiceNet Medical X-Ray

ServiceVet Technologies

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

3 Sided Media

ELEVET Technologies

Rode Micro Solutions

Alliance Animal Health

Elite Vet Products

ServiceVet Technologies

Antech Dianostics

Idexx

Southeast Medical Books

All Vet Imaging/Micro Vet Diagnostics

Lullex Pets

Southern Veterinary Partners

Assisi Animal Health

Medi Productions

Steris Animal Health

BCP Veterinary Pharmacy

Nelson & Associates, Inc

Summus Medical Laser

Chi Institute

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Science Inc

Supreme Digital Imaging Solutions

Clearonhold & Fragrant Solutions

PractiVet

Vetinsure

CryoProbe

Purple Moon Herb Studies

Vet Assured/Natural Vet Companies

QuickPacs/ServiceNet Medical X-Ray

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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 Closed

Online Registration is Closed, but you can still register on-site, please click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment!

You can register 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 Closed

Online Registration is Closed, but you can still register on-site, please click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment!

You can register 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!