Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

Mountain Veterinary Conference at the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

April 8 - 11, 2018

"Introducing the 1st annual Mountain Veterinary Conference at the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort"

Conveniently located within driving distance of these cities: Atlanta GA, Nashville TN, Lexington KY, Raleigh NC, Columbia SC & Burmingham AL

  

Your Conference Registration includes:
• Over 20 hours of Outstanding CE Lectures with great speakers
• Complimentary standard in-room wireless Internet for 1 device
• Room rates starting at $129.00 per night single or double occupancy excluding applicable room taxes
• Greens Creek Breakfast Buffet on Monday April 9th and Tuesday April 10th
• Complimentary self and valet parking for all conference attendees
• $20 free slot play for each attendee to be used at their leisure

  

The Mountain Veterinary
Conference carries over
20 hrs. of outstanding
continuing education
lectures

Click Here to Download the Brochure with Registration Form


Online Registration is Now Available

Register by March 7, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Veterinarians $375

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register Online or On-Site during the Conference!

Mountain Veterinary Conference

April 8 - 11, 2018

 at the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee, North Carolina

 

Room rates start at $129 + tax (standard room) and rate guaranteed until March 7, 2018. Room reservation can be made by calling Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort at 1-800-427-7247 and reference call-in code: S04MVET or book online using the weblink created for this conference:
https://www.totalrewards.com/reserve/?propCode=CHE&action=FindRooms&groupcode=S04MVET

 

Scheduled Speakers

 Tim Baum, DVM, MS, MT (ASCP), NCA(CLS)

Todd Cooney, DVM

Steve Dale, CABC

Elizabeth Drake, DVM, DACVD

Louise Dunn

Mark E. Epstein, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (C/F)

Jenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS-Oncology

Eric Garcia Beckie Mossor, RVT

Robbie van Mullem-Digital Media Specialist

Julie Reck, DVM

Angela Witzel, DVM, PhD, DACVN

 

 

Tentative Schedule

Fall Foliage

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Registration Open 4-8pm

Speaker

 

Topic

Louise Dunn & Eric Garcia

Sponsored by Care Credit

 

Profitable Digital Marketing Using Your Own Marketing Dream Team; Human Resources in the Digital World; Streamline Your Marketing Efforts; Looking for Profitability


Jenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS-Oncology

Sponsored by PractiVet

 

Going Needle Free, What’s the Point?; Veterinary Oncology: Education Over Fear Part 1 and 2


Tim Baum, DVM, MS, MT (ASCP), NCA (CLS)

Sponsored by All Vet Imaging

 

The Evolution of Clinical Microbiology; From complex to common place: Gaining a basic understanding of clinical microbiology; The "old school" complexities of microbiology; Current advancements that bring basic microbiology to the point of care; Bacteria is fighting back; mutations and adaptations in common bacteria: Antimicrobial resistance, the beast of our own creation; Extended Spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) production; What is it


Mark E. Epstein, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (C/F)

 

Hours:  4.5 hours

1-2:30 (1.5 hrs) : Pain Pathways & Syndromes:  What Do I Need to Know and Why Do I Need to Know It?

3-4:30 (1.5 hr) : What’s New in Opioid Formulations & NSAID:  A 2018 Update

5-6 pm (no break?) (1 hr) :   Beyond NSAID & Opioids:  Facts, Fiction, Myth-busting Pt. 1


Elizabeth Drake, DVM, DACVD

 

Dermatology


Monday, April 9, 2018

Registration Open 8am

Greens Creek Breakfast Buffet 8am

Exhibit Hall Open 2pm

Welcome Reception 6-8pm

Lunch Session: Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist

Top 3 things that affect your clinics "Word of Mouth Branding"

Sponsored by 3 Sided Media

Speaker

 

Topic

Todd Cooney, DVM

 

Homeopathy Overview; Homeopathy for Acute Conditions & Emergencies; Acute vs Chronic Vaccinations and Epidemic Disease Part 1 & 2; Suppression, Palliation, and Cure; Explaining & Supporting the Efficacy of Homeopathy; The Current State of Research


Elizabeth Drake, DVM, DACVD

 

Dermatology


Mark E. Epstein, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (C/F)

 

Hours:  6 hours

8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Beyond NSAID & Opioids:  Facts, Fiction, Myth-busting Pt. 2

10:30am-12pm (1.5 hrs) : Do You Have the Nerve?  LocoRegional Anesthesia & Techniques You Should Be Using

1-2:30pm (1.5 hrs) : Pulling It Together: An Evidence-Based Approach to Periop & Chronic Pain Management 

3-4pm (1 hr) : Case Studies in Pain Management

4-4:30 (30 min) : Coming Soon? Pain Management Modalities in the Pipeline


Louise Dunn

Sponsored by Care Credit

 

Build the Best Team and Culture for Business Success; What Every Owner and Manager Needs to Know-How to Avoid the 14 Fatal Errors of Leadership; Advancing Beyond Performance Evaluations; Rewards & Control: What Really Motivates Employees; Creating a Drama Free Work Practice; Looking for Profitability-KPIs that tell the Truth


Jenny Cassibry Fisher RVT, VTS-Oncology

Sponsored by PractiVet

 

Oncological Emergencies and Paraneoplastic Syndromes; Technicians Role in Therapeutic Radiation Therapy; Chemotherapy Safety; Fine Needle Aspirates: Tips & Techniques


Beckie Mossor, RVT

 

PetCPR+Certification program is designed to train the participant in canine and feline CPR and First Aid. This class is ideal for animal professionals, obedience trainers, kennel staff, pet retailers, pet sitters, animal shelter staff/volunteers, rescue personnel groomers, First Responders, Fire/EMT and pet owners. Topics covered in this class will include safe handling, restraint and transportation of sick and/or injured pets, obtaining vital signs and assessing an emergency situation, managing common medical emergencies including shock, allergies, burns, wounds and bandaging, trauma, poisoning, choking and how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Upon completion of this class participants will be certified in Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid - $85 charge


 

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

 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Registration Open 8am

Greens Creek Breakfast Buffet 8am

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm


Eric Garcia

 

How to Stand out in an Oversaturated Market Place; Digital Marketing & Communications; Social Media; Reputation Management


Julie Reck, DVM

Sponsored by Fear Free

 

Fear Free: What, How and Why Fear Free is one of the most rapid, Transformative Movements in Veterinary Medicine. Are you Ready to Learn what it is all about, how to achieve it, and why it should be incorporated into your practice?


Steve Dale, CABC

Sponsored by Purina

 

Number one reasons pets die-is bad behavior; they're relinquished to shelters as a result. Steve will discuss a greatest hit list of cat behavior problems, including a new solution for cats scratching in all the wrong places (offering still another reason not to declaw)


Angela Witzel, DVM, PhD, DACVN

Pet food facts and fallacies Feeding dogs with chronic kidney disease: what the evidence can and can't tell us Diarrhea, Vomiting, and Food, Oh My! When to Use What for Nutritionally Managing Gastrointestinal Disease; Feeding tubes: why, when, and how? Weight Loss in Cats: Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Make it Successful


   

 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Registration Open 8am


Steve Dale, CABC

Sponsored by Purina

 

Fear Free begins in homes. Steve will talk about the Fear Free Initiative - and why this increases veterinary visits, but also discuss how environmental enrichment related to pets' physical and mental health. For example, we live in a nation of brain dead fat cats, by enriching the environment there's increased mental and physical stimulation, lowering the odds of several illnesses including idiopathic feline lower urinary tract disease


Please Note The Following:

*Times and Presenters Subject to Change

* Please turn off or silence cell phones in sessions


Online Registration is Now Available

Register by March 7, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Veterinarians $375

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register Online or On-Site during the Conference!

Speaker Bios...

 

 


 

 


Online Registration is Now Available

Register by March 7, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Veterinarians $375

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register Online or On-Site during the Conference!

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

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

  • Campbell Pet Company

  • Companion Animal Health by LiteCure

  • Diamondback Drugs

  • K-Laser

K-LASER

QuickPACS

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

  • Snyder Mfg. Co.

  • Southeast Medical Books

 

Click here to download the 2018 Mountain Veterinary Conference Exhibitor Contract

Conference Hotel Information

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Where every hand is holding a very good time.

Arrowheads point to good luck, so follow them to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. North Carolina’s first casino, Harrah’s promises an electrifying adventure that’s bound to put a smile on your face and, if you’re lucky, a bulge in your wallet.

A casino and luxury hotel combined.

Harrah’s Casino is home to a 21-story, four-star, luxury hotel nestled in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. The 1,108 spacious rooms include amenities such as large baths, upscale furniture and fixtures, and 42-inch HD plasma TVs. In addition to these amenities, guests have access to an arcade, indoor pool and workout room, as well as a 15,000-square-foot conference center and several delicious restaurants. Eight unforgettable suites are located in the Mountain Tower, 21 in the Soco Tower, and 78 in Creek Tower.

Bask in the earthly pleasures of Mandara Spa.

Inspired by elements of native culture and Balinese-influenced treatments, Mandara Spa brings casino guests the highest quality of therapeutic luxury. The Mandara brand emphasizes beauty, rejuvenation, and exotic indulgence, aiming to enhance each guest’s resort experience by providing luscious opportunities for pampering.

Ease and enjoyment for all ages.

We know every moment of your time here is important so we provide convenient check-in and checkout kiosks in various locations throughout the hotel. Ask about our “Stay and Play Packages” to take advantage of every opportunity. If you are traveling with children, stay at the casino and let the kids explore the arcade while the adults hit the gaming tables, or take some time and enjoy outdoor activities like hikingbiking,tubing, and much more. Traveling with canine companions under 50 pounds? Ask about our PetStay room benefits.

More than just a casino: Harrah’s Events Center and Conference Center

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort houses a new 3,000-seat events center where acts from Hank Williams, Jr. to Lady Antebellum have performed. This unique venue option features amphitheater seating on three levels for a variety of events and programs. The main floor can accommodate everything from a dinner for 800 to a tradeshow with more than 150 booths. The casino can also host groups and meetings ranging from ten to over 3,000 people in a state-of-the-art conference facility. The large meeting space can be broken down into 7 smaller configurations to suit any event or group needs.... from VisitCherokeeNC.Com

"The luxurious 21-story Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel is set amid the beautiful mountain setting of western North Carolina and provides luxury lodging that creates an upscale experience with 1,108 spacious rooms that include breathtaking views.  Check-in/Checkout Kiosks are available in the hotel for fast service and are located on the 2nd floor of the hotel. Enjoy many amenities like the fitness room that is open 24/7, the indoor pool and our new outdoor pool featuring a zero entry pool, cabanas and bar area."

An enterprise of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort is celebrating over 15 years of operation since opening its doors in November 1997. The Casino has 150,000 square feet of gaming space and offers 3,800 slot machines and over 100 traditional table games such as black jack, roulette and craps. The property also features over 1,100 hotel rooms, the Le Fu Men gaming area, 10 restaurants, the Essence Lounge, a 3,000 seat Event Center, the luxurious 18,000 square feet Mandara Spa and eight retail shops. In addition to the 56-acre property, guests have privileged access to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation-owned Sequoyah National Golf Club, named one of Golf Magazine's best new golf courses.  

 

Room rates start at $129 + tax (standard room) and rate guaranteed until March 7, 2018. Room reservation can be made by calling Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort at 1-800-427-7247 and reference call-in code: S04MVET or book online using the weblink created for this conference:
https://www.totalrewards.com/reserve/?propCode=CHE&action=FindRooms&groupcode=S04MVET

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Creek Tower Standard Room

Creek Tower Standard Room

 

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Classroom

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Classroom

 

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Mandara Spa

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Mandara Spa

 

Online Registration is Now Available

Register by March 7, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Veterinarians $375

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register Online or On-Site during the Conference!

 

Area Information

 

Cherokee, North Carolina

 

A culture, a people, and a place that's actually a sovereign nation, Cherokee is located right in the heart of Western North Carolina. It's also base camp for hiking in the Great Smokies, arts and crafts shopping, native elk herd viewing, hours of fishing fun, and home to a history that spans millennia. Ready? Let’s go.

 


 

 

Online Registration is Now Available

Register by March 7, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Veterinarians $375

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register Online or On-Site during the Conference!