Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

April 19 - 22, 2020


Mountain Veterinary Conference, April 19-22, 2020 at the beautiful Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

April 19 - 22, 2020

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

"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 TBA per night single or double occupancy excluding applicable room taxes

  • Greens Creek Breakfast Buffet on Monday April 20th and Tuesday April 21st

  • 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

 

For Hotel Reservations:

Room rates start at $139 + tax (standard room) and rate guaranteed until April 7, 2020. Room reservation can be made by calling Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort at 828-497-7777 or 1-800-427-7247 and reference call-in code: S04MVET or book online using the weblink created for this conference

https://www.caesars.com/reserve/?propCode=CHE&action=FindRooms&groupcode=S04MVET


On-Site Registration is Now Available!

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

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

Register before April 10th, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 4/10/2020 )

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00 (before 4/10/2020)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175.00!

Mountain Veterinary Conference

April 19 - 22, 2020

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

Scheduled Speakers

Clarke E. Atkins, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Medicine/Cardiology)

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

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

Eric Garcia

Louise Dunn

Joseph Jordan, PhD, CEO NC Physicians Health Program

Theresa L. DePorter DVM, ECAWBM, DACVB

Steve Dale, CABC (Fear Free, Practice Management/Marketing) 

Shane Gentry, Owner, Sally Said So Professional Dog Training

 

Breakfast Session

 Monday, April 20th at 7:30 - 8:20am

Speaker Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, RVT, CVT, LAT

Cannabinoids in Veterinary Medicine: Promises and Challenges

This presentation provides an overview of the  endocannabinoid system and the pharmacokinetics of certain cannabinoids . An overview of legal issues related to use of cannabinoids in veterinary medicine will be discussed as well as a summary of potential therapeutic uses of cannabinoids in dogs.  Sponsored by Nutramax Laboratories, Veterinary Science

Tuesday, April 21st at 7:30 - 8:20am

Rod Finnegan, Sponsored by Vetinsure

Mitigating risk in the Age of Entitlement

 

 Lunch & Learns

Sunday, April 19th at 1 pm, Dr. Dohmen will be hosting an herb walk in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.  Sponsored by Purple Moon Herbs & Studies

Lunch Session on Monday, April 20th at 11:45am-12:45pm

David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS presents Laser Therapy: What do we Really Know

Over lunch we will present what’s new and exciting in laser therapy and discuss the current research related to what works and why.  Sponsored by Summus

Lunch Session on Tuesday, April 21st at 11:45am - 12:45pm

Tim Baum, DVM, MS, MT (ASCP), NCA (CLS) and Ron Turner, FIBMS, PhD, Sponsored by Micro Vet Diagnostics

Revolutionary New Technology for UTI Testing in (35 minutes) not 3-4 days

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Tentative Schedule

Entrance to the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Registration open 10am-6pm

Exhibitor set up 1pm-6pm, welcome to exhibit when setup

Speaker

Location/Time

Topic

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Sponsored by Purple Moon Herbs & Studies

See Topic

1:00 Leave Hotel

1:30 Herb walk: 

This medicinal and wildflower herb walk will follow the Oconaluftee River Trail along the river.  It is an easy and lovely walk filled with native wildflowers and other medicinal plants.   We will discuss the plants and their medicine as well as their uses in pharmaceuticals.  There will be time for questions, to peruse the gift shop and walk on your own at the end of the structured walk.  Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. 

4:00 Return to Hotel


Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

See Topics

1:00-2:30 pm Confusing and New Concepts Regarding Hyperthyroidism

2:45-4:45pm Chronic Renal Disease: Diagnosing Early and Extending Lifespan

5:00-7:00pm The Diabetic Cat: Reducing Stress and Extending Lifespan with Loose Control

(6.0 hours)


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

Tech Session - 4.5 hours

Hickory

1-3pm

3:15-4:30pm

4:45-6pm

1-3pm Advanced hematology: Proper CBC interpretation for improved patient care

3:15-4:30pm Maximizing hematology diagnostics: Interpreting dot plots

4:45-6pm Cancer sucks! How you can help patients with hematology testing


Louise Dunn

Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting

Sponsored by Care Credit

See Topic

1-2:30pm - Leadership

(Marketing Message: Do you enjoy working with your team? Do you and the team stay positive at work, and overcome challenges together? Take a moment to evaluate what type of “bus” you are driving and what it takes to have energized “riders” and “drivers”.)

What Type of Bus is Your Team Riding On – And Do You Need a New Driver?

Description: You spend a lot of time getting the right people into the right seats on your practice’s “bus”. But just what kind of bus are they riding on? Is the bus limping along a bumpy road with a flat tire and a broken gas gauge? Is the driver (the leader) failing to properly navigate the road? Or is the bus traveling along with a full tank of gas and filled with energized passengers? Learn some tips from The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon.

Learning Objectives:

  • Cultivate an energized practice culture for the team on your bus
  • Deepen your understanding of what it takes to energize and lead your team
  • Apply The Energy Bus tips to strengthen your leadership skills

2:45-4:15pm - Operations

(Marketing Message: Every day the team as at war with productivity killers – things that snag operations, sap energy and motivation, and thwart efficiency. Execute a game plan that leads the team to achieve a winning score at the end of the day. )

Executing a Game Plan that Improves Your Team’s Efficiency

Description: When there is a snag in operations - when efficiency is poor, client service falters, and patient care is on the line; can you identify the productivity killers? . Improve your team’s ability to handle the most common time killers and enjoy better productivity by utilizing a team quarterback who can call the plays to thwart the activities that causing inefficiencies and killing productivity.

Learning Objective:

  • Recognize the productivity killers active in your workplace
  • Develop an SOP for the Quarterback role
  • Boost team efficiency and client satisfaction

4:30-6pm - HR

(Marketing message: Get every member of the team on the same page and release the ones who refuse to get with the program. )

Why Can’t People Do What They Are Supposed to Do – And When to Cut the Cord

Description: It is an all too familiar topic on discussion boards and meetings with a consultant – why can’t people just do what they are supposed to do, why can’t people follow the procedures and protocols we set up? When is it time to finally cut the cord and terminate the person? Instead of lamenting the behavior, change how you engage and train the team; and put a procedure in place for evaluating and terminating a poor performer.

Learning Objectives:

  • Employ 10 steps to engage the team to do what they are supposed to do
  • Utilize the steps for every situation – new hire, performance improvement, and termination protocols
  • Strengthen the management team’s skills for conducting evaluations and coaching

6:15-7pm - Finance

(Marketing Message: We all know wages and inventory are two of the biggest expenses – but what about the cost of loss opportunities with the profit centers like lab and services? Monitor the right metrics and improve the wage percentage and lab profitability to put the practice on the road to better financial health. )

Tips to Improve Practice Profitability

Description: Every practice has some favorite metrics they routinely watch and use to evaluate how well the practice is doing. Are you using the best metrics for your practice ? Are you struggling to make improvements and aren’t sure how to identify what is going well and what needs to change? Two areas that could use improvement are team wages and the lab. This session presents common pitfalls affecting wage percentage and lab profitability, and offers options to rescue the hospital from potential failure.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify effective next generation metrics for your practice
  • Gain a deeper understanding of pitfalls and how to mitigate the risk
  • Develop an action plan to restore profitability and boost business operations

Jenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS

Sponsored by PractiVet

Garrett Levin, DVM, DACVS

Sponsored by Steris Animal Health

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:15pm

4:30-6pm

6:15-7pm

Oncology review-Fisher

Surgical & Oncologic Approach to Commom Tumor Types -Fisher & Levin

What's in your toolbox? Surgical pearls for orthopedic surgeries - Levin

Making the Cut, In and out of the OR-Levin


Monday, April 20, 2020

Registration Open 8am

Exhibit Hall Open at 8am-4:30pm

Breakfast Session 7:30-8:20am 

Speaker Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, RVT, CVT, LAT

Cannabinoids in Veterinary Medicine: Promises and Challenges

This presentation provides an overview of the  endocannabinoid system and the pharmacokinetics of certain cannabinoids . An overview of legal issues related to use of cannabinoids in veterinary medicine will be discussed as well as a summary of potential therapeutic uses of cannabinoids in dogs.  Sponsored by Nutramax Laboratories, Veterinary Science

Lunch Session: 11:45am-12:45pm

David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS presents Laser Therapy: What do we Really Know

Over lunch we will present what’s new and exciting in laser therapy and discuss the current research related to what works and why.

Lecture details: The interest and enthusiasm regarding photobiomodulation are stronger than ever. This lecture will present the exciting new trends and potential uses for laser therapy. Both positive and negative studies will be reviewed to explain how to interpret the results and understand what really works and why. For those currently using lasers, it will help you better understand why you’re seeing the results you are producing. It will help you make adjustments to your protocols for those not responding. And it will help you expand the use of your laser to even more patients and conditions. For those not yet using laser therapy, it will help you make the decision whether this modality may be something worth adding to your practice or which patients may benefit from referral for laser therapy. It will also help you wade thru the marketing hype to make an informed decision as to which laser may be best for your practice.

Sponsored by Summus

Speaker

Location

Topic

Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

See Topics

8:30-11:30am The Chronic Puking Cat: Is It Really Abnormal?

(3.5 hours)


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

Tech Session - 4.5 hours

See Topics

8:30-10am Cytology basics: Maximizing sample collection, preparation, and analysis

10:15-11:30am Tick-borne disease diagnostics: Beyond the 4Dx

1-2:30pm Coagulopathies: Diagnosing the bleeding patient

2:45-4:30pm Tying it all together: Maximizing diagnostics in the in-clinic lab

 

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

See Topics

1-4:30pm (there will be a break) Bee Medicine: From Honey to Venom

Not only do bees keep our food chain intact through pollination, but they offer us a myriad of sources of medicine.  Honey is used both internally for many conditions as well as a topical wound healer.  Propolis, Pollen and Royal Jelly are all nourishing and medically active.  Lately, there is burgeoning research on the use of bee venom for pain and conditions that are associated with pain, such as arthritis.  In this lecture, we will discuss all these great medicines we obtain from bees.


Clarke E. Atkins, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Medicine/Cardiology)

See Topics

Canine and Feline Cardiovascular Disease: Diagnostics, Therapeutics, Prognoses, and Controversies.

8:30-11:30am (2.75 hours)

8:30-10am (90min) Heartworm Disease: Important Advances

10:15-11:30am (75min) Mitral Valve Disease: What’s New Based on the 2019 ACVIM Consensus Statement?


Eric Garcia & Louise Dunn

See Topics

8:30-10am

Next Level Marketing: New Ways and tools to Set Yourself Apart from the Competition

The veterinary industry is growing by leaps and bounds each year. The good news is that this means more business. The bad news? More competition. If you feel like you’re offering the same services as most other veterinary practices, that’s most likely because you are. Chances are you are also marketing yourself in the same way. Fully stocked in-house pharmacy? In-house laboratory? Unfortunately, this is now the standard and your competitors are showcasing these services in the same way too. If you’re looking to define your brand and market yourself more effectively, this is the session for you. We’ll be deep-diving into these fundamental questions of branding and identity so that you can enhance your practice and create an impact on social media, the web and locally. Spoiler alert: standing out in a saturated marketplace is actually easier than you think.


Eric Garcia

See Topic

10:15-11:30am

New Tips to Handle Online Haters

Although it takes years to successfully build your reputation (both online and off), it takes just moments for a negative online review to jeopardize it. With new tools and techniques provided in this session, you will be fully equipped to handle a variety of online negative reviews. From a simple upset client to extreme cyberbullying and everything in between! You will learn how to engage with negative reviews with honest, timely and respectful responses to earn back respect and goodwill. This session will help you to discover the fundamentals of handling online negativity and navigate the increasingly important world of online reviews.

1-2:30pm

Got Cats? Get More Feline Patients & Keep Them Coming Back & How to Engage Cat Owners in Life-Long Care —

How to Engage Cat Owners in Life Long Care - Many practices have noticed for a long time their feline visits are on the decline, but very few know what to do about it. If the number of dogs you see on any given day consistently outweighs the cats, that means it’s time to attend this session to boost feline client visits. However, increasing feline visits is just one part of the equation. The next and most crucial step is to engage them in life-long care to keep them coming back. You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of how the mind of a cat owner works and how to pro-actively communicate crucial information to feline pet owners that keeps them engaged and coming back to your practice.

3-4pm

How to Implement & Handle Client Feedback —  

Deeply analyzing client feedback can help you to meet, and even anticipate, the needs, wants and concerns of your clients. This requires you to not only capture feedback but also to manage and act upon it to improve products and services. It can be difficult to capture and follow through on this feedback effectively, so this session will teach you to techniques for creating a client feedback program that’s easy to develop, measure and understand.

4:15-5pm

Help My Practice Isn't Growing! Marketing Success Stories


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Registration Open 8am

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm

Breakfast 7:30-8:20am

Rod Finnegan presents Mitigating risk in the Age of Entitlement - Sponsored by Vetinsure

Lunch Session 11:45am-12:45pm

Tim Baum, DVM, MS, MT (ASCP), NCA (CLS) and Ron Turner, FIBMS, PhD present Revolutionary New Technology for UTI Testing in (35 minutes) not 3-4 days Sponsored by All Vet Imaging/Micro Vet Diagnostics

Speaker

Location

Topic


Clarke E. Atkins, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (Medicine/Cardiology)

Oak

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

Canine and Feline Cardiovascular Disease: Diagnostics, Therapeutics, Prognoses, and Controversies.

8:30-11:30am (2.75 hours)

8:30-10am RAAS Suppressant Therapy, Diuretics, Salt and Azotemia in the Cardiac Patient

10:15-11:30am A Breakthrough in Managing Systemic Hypertension and Proteinuria


Steve Dale, CABC

Sponsored by Vetoquinol

Maple

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

Fear Free: Be the Change

Brain Dead Fat Cats: Enriching cat's lives (feline enrichment)


Theresa L. DePorter DVM, ECAWBM, DACVB

Sponsored by Vetoquinol

Beech

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

Phermonatherapy: Fundamentals, research, videos & case examples

Feline toileting and urine marking

Psychotropic medications & Nutraceuticals for Fear Free Veterinary Visits

Pre Treatments for dogs and cats before the vet visit


Shane Gentry, Owner, Sally Said So Professional Dog Training

8:30-11:30am

Behavior Wellness, Anxiety, Nutrition and Your Safety


Wednesday, April 22, 2020


Steve Dale, CABC

Sponsored by Weave

Oak

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

Mining Millennials

Even the best veterinarians can't treat invisible clients: How to market and work social and traditional media (presented by a 30 year media professional)


Joseph Jordan, PhD, CEO

NC Physicians Health Program

Locust

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

Recognizing and Dealing with Substance Abuse in the Workplace


Please Note The Following:

*Times and Presenters Subject to Change

* Please turn off or silence cell phones in sessions


On-Site Registration is Now Available!

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

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

Register before April 10th, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 4/10/2020 )

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00 (before 4/10/2020)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175.00!

Speaker Bios...

Holly Brown, DVM & Jessica Wilson-Hess, CVTHolly Brown, DVM, PhD, DACVP (Clinical Pathology) 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.

 

 

Holly Brown, DVM & Jessica Wilson-Hess, CVTJessica 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.  All her schooling was in allopathic medicine, but she started feeling that there was something more.  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.  Becoming disillusioned with some areas of western medicine, Dr. Dohmen began studying alternative modalities. 

 

Dr. Dohmen has received advanced training in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, Aromatherapy, Ayurveda 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 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 has written a hands-on course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine with Dr. Kris August that is an annual offering. 

 

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. 


Louise S. Dunn Louise S. Dunn

Louise is a renowned award-winning speaker, writer and consultant. She brings over 40 years of in the trenches experience and her business education to veterinary management. Louise is founder and CEO of Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting. SVMC works with veterinarians who want to develop a strategic plan that consistently produces results. Most recently Louise received many awards including the WVC Educator of the Year and VetPartner’s The Life Time achievement Award in January 2016.

 

Besides all aspects of practice management and mentoring, Louise’s passions include her husband Joel, Zuri her English mastiff Therapy dog and her little sister Annabelle, kayaking, opera and New England Patriot’s football.

Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting

2996 Canter Lane, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27127   snowgoosevet.com 336-945-0208  office 336-202-3243  cell


Shane Gentry, Owner, Sally Said So Professional Dog TrainingShane Gentry, Owner, Sally Said So Professional Dog Training

Shane and his team of behavior modification specialists can help you solve a variety of pet behavioral issues.

Some of the most common canine behavior problems he can help with include barking, chewing and jumping.

Sally Said So’s Shane Gentry is a professional dog trainer, who was was certified through Canine Trade Group, employs scientifically proven training techniques and follows a philosophy of providing a consistent and fair environment for your pet.

We want to set your dog up for success to create a behaviorally balanced and happy pet.

A good dog training program is built on a foundation of mutual trust and respect.

Our training is reward-based and your dog learns to do things for you because he wants to.

 

 


Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

Dr. Gary D. Norsworthy has been in private practice for 48 years, including 23 in feline-only practice. He is the owner of Alamo Feline Health Center in San Antonio, Texas, where he practices full-time.

In addition to practice, he lectures frequently on feline diseases and is the editor and major author of seven feline textbooks.

He is a charter Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the Feline Practice Category and an Adjunct Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Mississippi State University and the Western University of Health Sciences.

He received the 2020 Distinguished Career Achievement Award by the Texas VMA.

His practice has hosted over 100 externs from veterinary schools across North America and from other countries.

 


 

On-Site Registration is Now Available!

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

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

Register before April 10th, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 4/10/2020 )

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00 (before 4/10/2020)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175.00!


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

Exhibitors At The Conference

 

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

Diamond Sponsors:

K-Laser USA

 

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences

     

3 Sided Media - Sponsor

K-Laser USA - Sponsor

ServiceVet Technologies

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

All Vet Imaging

New York Life

Southeast Medical Books

Aspire - Sponsor

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Services

Supreme Digital Imaging Solutions LLC

Christian Veterinary Mission

Patterson - Sponsor

Sunnex Lights

Companion Animal Health by LiteCure

PractiVet - Sponsor

Vanbeek Natural Science

Elite Veterinary Products

Purple Moon Herb Studies

Purple Moon Herb Studies

VetInsure - Sponsor

givesmiles.us - Sponsor

QuickPACS Technologies

QuickPACS

Vet Ray Technology by Sedecal

Idexx Laboratories - Sponsor

Respond Systems - Sponsor

Zomedica

Jorgensen Laboratories - Sponsor

Rose Micro Solutions

 

 

 

Click here to download the 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.

Resort at the Mountain Veterinary Conferece

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.  

 

 

For Hotel Reservations:

Room rates start at $139 + tax (standard room) and rate guaranteed until April 7, 2020. Room reservation can be made by calling Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort at 828-497-7777 or 1-800-427-7247 and reference call-in code: S04MVET or book online using the weblink created for this conference

https://www.caesars.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

HHarrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Mandara Spa

 

 

 


On-Site Registration is Now Available!

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

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

Register before April 10th, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 4/10/2020 )

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00 (before 4/10/2020)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175.00!


Area Information

Visit Cherokee

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.

From visitcherokeenc.com ...

Discover the fun of seeing the world through Cherokee eyes.

It might happen on a mud-spattering romp through the nearby Great Smoky Mountains. Or while hearing the creation legend in the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. You’ll be having fun in Cherokee, relaxing, and suddenly, you’re a little more in tune with the natural world. With just one visit to something as profound as the outdoor drama “Unto These Hills,” you can’t help but look at things a little differently. And you’ll certainly have more fun. How will Cherokee affect you? Plan. Play. Visit. And discover.

Adventures that go deeper.

Each place you visit in Cherokee pulses with the stories and significance of a people whose roots run deep and whose ancient wisdom is fascinating to uncover. Nestled in the lush landscapes of Western North Carolina, Cherokee invites you to smell the wood smoke and open your ears. If you listen closely, maybe you can hear the chanting of the little Nunnehi people of the mountain peaks. No need to resist Cherokee’s invitations to dive right in. Fire off a blowgun if you dare, but make sure your spouse is in the clear. As you cast your line into the trout-filled rivers or wash your face in the sweet spray of a waterfall, let the powerful feelings of Cherokee carry you. Even if it’s just for a day or two.

Open your eyes with us.

A virtual treasure trove of outdoorsy fun awaits in Cherokee. Activities gain new dimensions as you become aware of their origins, steeped in a vibrant cultural heritage. For instance, if you enjoy birding, you may never see the cardinal in the same way after learning about the legend of how it got its scarlet color–just as you may observe in a new way the copper lines in the ancient boulders along the banks of the Oconaluftee where you may be fishing, tubing or kayaking. Did you know that the wolf showed the cardinal those copper lines to paint herself with after she pecked the mud from his eyes? These are stories you and your fellow travelers will learn as you explore Cherokee.

Awaken your power animal.

Cherokee history, song, dance, and period regalia come to vivid life in sites such as the Oconaluftee Indian Village, the outdoor drama “Unto These Hills,” or the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Cherokee hosts a variety of annual cultural festivals throughout the year where you can share in the celebration of colorful customs and learn about ancient beginnings.

Let your braids fly in downtown Cherokee.

Nostalgic shops offering blowguns and tomahawks, comfy motor lodges, family fun parks, and petting zoos can all be found in downtown Cherokee, NC. If you’re looking for something extraordinary, consider playing the 18-hole Sequoyah National Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones II, then staying at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.

 


On-Site Registration is Now Available!

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

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

Register before April 10th, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 4/10/2020 )

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00 (before 4/10/2020)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175.00!