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, 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

John E Owens, Esq.

Julie Reck, DVM

Angela Witzel, DVM, PhD, DACVN

Jennifer Steele, DVM, DACVIM

David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

Lunch Sessions

Monday, April 9, 2018: Laser Therapy Simplified: Practical Answers for Effective Implementation by David S Bradley, DVM, FASLMS, Veterinary Medical Director, K-LASERUSA - Sponsored by K-LASER

Tuesday, April 10, 2018:  Top 3 things that affect your clinics "Word of Mouth Branding" by Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist - Sponsored by 3 Sided Media

 

Tentative Schedule

Fall Foliage

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Registration open 10am-6pm

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

Speaker

Location/Time

Topic

Louise Dunn & Eric Garcia

Sponsored by Care Credit

Ash & Beech

1-3pm

3:15-4:30pm

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

Locust

1-3pm

3:15-4:30pm

4:45-6pm

Going Needle Free, What’s the Point?

Veterinary Oncology: Education Over Fear Part 1 and 2


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

Sponsored by All Vet Imaging

Hickpry

1-3pm

3:15-4:30pm

4:45-6pm

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 resistatnts, the beast of our own creation Extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) production, What is it


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

Oak

1-3pm

3:15-4:30pm

4:45-6pm

Pain Pathways & Syndromes:  What Do I Need to Know and Why Do I Need to Know It?

What’s New in Opioid Formulations & NSAID:  A 2018 Update

Beyond NSAID & Opioids:  Facts, Fiction, Myth-busting Pt. 1


Elizabeth Drake, DVM, DACVD

Maple

1-3pm

3:15-4:30pm

4:45-6pm

Dermatology

The Itchy Cat

The 7-step Approach to Otitis Success

Deciphering Dermatology Diagnostics


Monday, April 9, 2018

Registration Open 8am

Greens Creek Breakfast Buffet 8am

Exhibit Hall Open at 8am-4:30pm

Lunch Session: David S Bradley, DVM, FASLMS, Veterinary Medical Director, K-LASERUSA

Laser Therapy Simplified: Practical Answers for Effective Implementation

Laser therapy is the fastest growing modality in veterinary medicine; this lecture will help you understand why.  Dr Bradley simplifies the science behind Laser therapy and will cover the most up-to- date research and clinical cases associated with laser therapy. He will cover everything from how to choose the right laser for your practice to how to price, package, and promote/prescribe the new modality. Attendees will understand the cellular and biological mechanisms behind the healing properties of therapeutic Lasers. All wavelengths, power ranges, and frequency modes of delivery will be reviewed. Then practical solutions to simple protocols and pricing guides will be presented. The attendees will leave with an understanding of the broad range of clinical applications for therapeutic lasers, and how the important parameters of wavelength, power, and frequency modulation are used to optimize clinical results.

Sponsored by K-LASER

Speaker

Location

Topic

Todd Cooney, DVM

Hickory

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

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

Maple

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

Dermatology

8:30-11:30am : Dermatology A – M

11:30-1pm : Lunch

1-4:30pm : Dermatology N – Z

**These are mini-topics - essentially 15 minutes per topic from A – Z


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

Oak

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

Beyond NSAID & Opioids:  Facts, Fiction, Myth-busting Pt. 2

Do You Have the Nerve?  LocoRegional Anesthesia & Techniques You Should Be Using

Pulling It Together: An Evidence-Based Approach to Periop & Chronic Pain Management 

Case Studies in Pain Management

Coming Soon? Pain Management Modalities in the Pipeline


Louise Dunn

Sponsored by Care Credit

Locust

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

Build the Best Team and Culture for Business Success

Description:  “Culture Trumps Strategy” – this phrase is often heard when management is trying to figure out the subtleties of why something is not working in the team.  Team culture is a strong force driving the decisions and actions of every member of your hospital team.  Do you know what culture is driving your team?  Do you spend any effort in building a great team and creating a culture that supports business strategy?  The time is now to find out what is really the driving force behind team activity and change what is not working.

Learning Objectives:

  • Employ proven techniques to build a better team and change the culture
  • Identify how your culture can affect your Circle of Care
  • Effectively utilize steps to change your culture

What Every Owner and Manager Needs to Know-How to Avoid the 14 Fatal Errors of Leadership

Advancing Beyond Performance Evaluations

Description:  If we were all honest, we would all say that we really do not like conducting the annual performance review and would prefer to drop the entire process.  However, how can a business get the right people on the bus, in the right seats, performing the right jobs…without some form of performance evaluation?  Turns out, many companies are dropping the annual review for a better, more flexible model.  Develop your new model to save you time and build a better team.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify what is sabotaging your current review system
  • Analyze different methods for use with your team
  • Develop a new performance system

Rewards & Control: What Really Motivates Employess

Description:  Many of those responsible for human resource management will tell you that employee engagement is the # 1 challenge facing their organization today.  Most organizations employee 4 or more generational groups – from the traditionalist and baby boomer, all the way down to the Millennials and the Gen Z’ers.  What works for one generational group does not work for the other.  So how do you motivate multigenerational workforces?

Learning Objectives:

  • Take the guesswork out of managing your workforce
  • Determine the best motivation, training and consequences for your team mix
  • Bridge the gap between the generations for improved team performance

Creating a Drama Free Work Practice

Description:  Drama is great when it is part of a TV show or stage production, it is not so great when it is part of your daily work environment.  It takes a conscious effort to address the root causes of team drama and effectively create a drama free culture. Develop the skills necessary to nip drama in the bud and enable the team to flourish in a drama free environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve work team relationships
  • Gain insight into the different strengths of people and how they interact at work
  • Develop confidence in dealing with difficult communications

Looking for Profitability-KPIs that tell the Truth

Description:  It is common to hear “KPIs” in many discussions about business actions and profitability.  It is also common to hear many managers complain that they spew out a bunch of numbers that seem to mean nothing when it comes to managing the practice.  Is it paralysis due to an over-kill of numbers, or, is it a poor choice of numbers and the lack of clarity about which numbers determine what action is needed?  If you want to improve profitability, you need to have a clear structure of KPIs you want to follow.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize past indicators of results and performance that tell you how you have done
  • Distinguish which indicators are needed to guide you on what you need to do to increase results, performance, and profitability
  • Design action plans to monitor, communicate to the team, and take action for positive results

Jenny Cassibry Fisher RVT, VTS-Oncology

Sponsored by PractiVet

Ash

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

Oncological Emergencies and Paraneoplastic Syndromes

Technicians Role in Therapeutic Radiation Therapy

Chemotherapy Safety

Fine Needle Aspirates: Tips & Techniques


Beckie Mossor, RVT

Beech

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

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

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

Location

Topic


Eric Garcia

Ash & Beech

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

How to Stand out in an Oversaturated Market Place

Digital Marketing & Communications

Social Media

Reputation Management


Julie Reck, DVM

Sponsored by Fear Free

Locust

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

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

Maple

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

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

Hickory

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

Pet food facts and fallacies

Feeding dogs with chronic kidney disease: what the evidence can and can't tell you

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


Jennifer Steele, DVM, DACVIM

Sponsored by IDEXX

Oak

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

Kidney disease in dogs & cats: How to make the most from an early diagnosis

Urinalysis Interpretation: Catching the stream of diagnostic information in your practice

IFA, MIC, PCR...The ABC's of diagnosing infectious disease

Diagnostic update for practitioners Case presentations


Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Steve Dale, CABC

Sponsored by Purina

Maple

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

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


John E Owens, Esq.

 

8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) Saying You’re Sorry Without Losing Your Shirt

The power of an apology should not be underestimated. But care must be taken to keep yourself from getting into hot water with your apology. Me. Owens will discuss the legal issues involved with apologizing and will help attendees develop the systems necessary to establish a safe apology policy for their practice.

10:15am-11:30am (1.25 hrs) Legal Hot Topics in Veterinary Medicine

Gain insight into some of the hot legal topics in veterinary medicine today! Topics will include, equipment leases, social media issues, telemedicine, and more.


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...


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

As a Microbiologist and Board Certified Medical Technologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologist, and the National Certifying Agency for Clinical Laboratory Scientists, Tim began his Microbiology career in the US Air Force in the clinical laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force base in Dayton OH, and Holloman Air Force base in Alamogordo NM, and serving in desert storm doing field microbiology.

After discharge from the Air Force, Tim began his veterinary research career at the New Mexico Regional Primate research center.  The world’s largest (at the time) primate research and breeding facility.  During his time at the primate research facility, his role was in clinical care and the diagnostic wellbeing of the research and breeding colonies of multiple species of research primates.  This work centered on clinical trials for development of diagnostic assays, root causes of diseases both human and animal, FDA studies and various other intellectual properties.

After leaving the Primate research center, Tim went into private practice specifically in the arena of clinical diagnostics.  As owner and director of MBF Laboratories, Tim built a thriving enterprise serving and consulting with veterinary hospitals in the daily functions of a clinical reference laboratory.  MBF Laboratories was later acquired by IDEXX Reference Laboratories to become one of the laboratories in the IDEXX network.  Tim stayed on with IDEXX for two years to manage the operations of the reference laboratory.

After leaving IDEXX, Tim took the roll of Clinical Director and Director of Technical Operations for AViD Laboratories.  In this role, he ran the daily technical operations of a busy reference laboratory as well as directed and conducted numerous product development and evaluations along with multiple clinical trials.  AViD later was also acquired by IDEXX to become an addition to the IDEXX Laboratory network.

Currently, Tim has taken the role as Director of Clinical evaluation and Product development for both MicroVet Diagnostics and Veterinary Diagnostic Solutions.  Tim also does independent consulting, educating and training in the areas of clinical diagnostics, product development and evaluations, while collaborating on several publications specifically geared toward education and training of veterinary professionals in the area of clinical diagnostics.


 

David S Bradley, DVM, FASLMS Veterinary Medical Director, K-LASERUSA

David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS graduated from UF in 1987. He has practiced for over 30 years in Mixed, SA, Equine, and Exotics with a special interest in surgery. Dr. Bradley began using Lasers in private practice in 1999. Shortly thereafter, he began training and education in Laser physics and tissue interaction. He is a well-respected laser consultant and is a Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. He has authored numerous articles and a chapter in the recently published Laser Therapy text by Wiley. Dr. Bradley’s years of laser experience includes working with all the major Laser companies currently marketing to the veterinary community as well as many human companies. He has had the opportunity to use many different types of surgical, dental, aesthetic, and therapeutic Lasers. He has consulted with dozens of Laser specialists and hundreds of veterinary and human physicians. Dr. Bradley has lectured nationally and internationally on veterinary laser use and will cover the science and practical application of laser therapy in veterinary medicine.


Todd Cooney DVM, MS, CVH

Todd Cooney DVM, MS, CVH was born and raised in Indiana, and received a BS in Wildlife Science, MS in Veterinary Parasitology, and DVM from Purdue University. He worked in private mixed practice, served as a veterinary officer in the US Air Force and Army, and also worked as a USDA veterinarian. After 22 years of conventional practice, he took Dr. Richard Pitcairn’s Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy, which changed the way he viewed health and disease. Dr. Cooney began to use homeopathy in his practice right away, and now treats nearly all cases this way. His practice in northern Indiana keeps him busy, as well as serving as one of the instructors for the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy (pivh.org), and board member / President of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (theAVH.org). He is also a regular contributor to articles in Integrative Veterinary Journal, Dogs Naturally Magazine, and presents seminars and webinars on holistic veterinary topics.

EDUCATION - Purdue University

  •  1981 – BS Wildlife Science
  • 1986 – Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
    1989 – MS Veterinary Parasitology
    2006 – Training in Tuberculosis, Scrapie, Chronic Wasting Disease testing Import / export of animal products (USDA Veterinary Services)
  • 2009 - Completed course in Professional Veterinary Homeopathy with Dr. Richard Pitcairn DVM, PhD
  • 2010 – Certified in Veterinary Homeopathy by AVH
  • 2011 – became instructor for the Course, now called Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • 1986-88 Mixed animal practice Holmes County Ohio
  • 1988-90 US Air Force Public Health Officer – Lackland AFB , Texas
  • 1990-93 US Army Veterinary Officer – Kaiserslautern, Germany; Military Working Dog Referral Hospital for Europe; 51 st Medical Detachment
  • 1993-95 Mixed animal practice, Kokomo Indiana\
  • 1996-97 Mixed animal practice, Holmes County Ohio
  • 1997-2006 Small animal practice, Kokomo Indiana
  • 2006-07 USDA Veterinary Medical Officer, Western Ohio
  • 2007-present Mixed animal practice, focus on Homeopathy; Kokomo Indiana

Publications / Presentations:

  • 2013, 2014, 2015 - Presenter at Annual Meeting, Saguaro Lake Ranch AZ
  • 2014 Dogs Naturally Magazine – Parvo article
  • 2014 Integrative Veterinary Journal – Cancer and Homeopathy (co-author)
  • 2015 Presenter – AVH Annual Meeting, Sweet Briar, Virginia; President-elect
  • 2016 Presenter – AHVMA Annual Meeting; Columbus, Ohio
  • 2017 Dogs Naturally Magazine – Orthopedics and Homeopathy article

Steve Dale, CABCSteve Dale, CABC

Steve Dale, CABC (certified animal behavior consultant), reaches more pet owners than any other pet journalist in America.

Steve writes a twice-weekly syndicated newspaper column (Tribune Content Agency, since 1995); He is the host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute (together heard on over 100 radio stations, syndicated Black Dog Radio Productions, since 2005). He’s also a special contributor and program host, Steve Dale’s Pet World, on WGN Radio, Chicago. And he formerly hosted nationally broadcast Animal Planet Radio.

For five years, he was a Chicago Tribune blogger, and he contributes blogs on various other websites, including for Victoria Stilwell.

On TV he’s appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show; National Geographic Explorer; Pets Part of the Family (PBS). Fox News, various Animal Planet Shows and many others. For several years, Steve was a regular contributor to Superstation WGN-TV morning news, then appeared regularly on WMAQ-TV, Chicago. Currently, he’s a contributor to syndicated HouseSmarts TV.  Steve’s also a frequent host of satellite media tours.

In print, he’s been quoted in, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Redbook, various veterinary publications and dozens more.

Steve co-edited “Decoding Your Dog,” written by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014). Steve’s the author of ebooks, “Good Dog!” and “Good Cat!” (Chicago Tribune, 2011). He’s the author of several other books including “DogGone Chicago” and “American Zoos.” He’s written introductions or contributed chapters to over 20 books, including “Bonding With Your Dog,” “Dog Spelled Backwards,” “The Compassion of Dogs,” “Raising My Furry Children,” “Christmas Cats” and “Angel Animals and the Kids Who Love Them.” 

Steve was a contributing editor USA Weekend (2002 to 2014), and regular columnist at Cat Fancy magazine (2006 to 2014), and has written for a long list of magazines, from People to Dog World (where he was a columnist). He’s currently a columnist for CATster and Rescue Proud. 

He was an external reviewer for “Feline Behavior Guidelines” (American Association of Feline Practitioners, 2005), and is a contributor to the textbook “The Cat: Clinical Medicine and Management” (edited Dr. Susan Little, 2011). He’s the primary author of the CATegorical Care: An Owner’s Guide to America’s Number #1 Companion (reviewers include AVMA, SAWA), published American Humane Association/CATalyst Council, 2010). He co-authored (with Dr. Sagi Denenberg) the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement on Breed-Specific Legislation (2014).

Steve is a founder of the CATalyst Council and served on the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2012. He’s also on the Board of Directors of the Winn Feline Foundation, and Tree House Humane Society in Chicago. In 2012, after six years, he cycled off the Board of the American Humane Association and served as a National Ambassador. He also serves the advisory board for national animal assisted therapy organization Angel on A Leash.

Steve is also a part of an AVMA/AAHA initiative to encourage preventive care veterinary care, called Partners for Health Pets.  In 2014, Steve co-founded Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills. Steve in a member of the Pet Partners Human-Animal Bond National Advisory Board (2015).

In Chicago, Steve created the Chicago Task Force on Companion Animals and Public Safety (2000-2010), where three-times proposed breed bans were over-turned and twice over-turned proposed mandated pediatric spay/neuter, as well as proposed pet limit laws. The Task Force also created guidelines for ‘doggy day care.’ As a pet advocate, Steve has testified many times against breed specific bans, pet limit laws, etc. Steve personally advised Illinois Governor Pat Quinn regarding pet-related issues.

Among Steve’s many awards, the AVMA Humane Award (the only AVMA honor bestowed to a non-veterinarian), Editor and Publisher syndicated newspaper Feature Writer of the Year Award, AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award, HSUS Pets for Life Award, and has been honored with over 15 Maxwell’s Awards from the Dog Writer’s Association of America and over 15 Muse Awards from the Cat Writers’ Association of America. He’s also been honored by the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and was the first recipient of the Winn Feline Foundation Media Appreciation Award, and many others.

In 2012, Steve became the youngest person ever inducted into the Dog Writer’s Association of America Hall of Fame. 

After his beloved cat Ricky passed away in 2002 of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Steve created a fund to raise money to research this often-fatal disease. He’s raised well over $100,000 – and as a direct result a genetic test was created to determine if a gene defect for HCM exists for two breeds.

Steve’s a regular speaker at veterinary and shelter conferences around the world, and for shelter fundraisers, and other special events. Steve’s presented at each of the major U.S. veterinary conferences (numerous times), and several times for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. He’s also spoken at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Conference, Caribbean Veterinary Conference and many others.

Steve’s persistence convinced the Chicago White Sox to allow dogs at a major league baseball game – today, ball parks around America have periodic “dog days” promotions. In 2004, he suggested Mercury Skyline Cruiseline create “The Canine Cruise,” a dog-friendly architecture cruise for dogs on Lake Michigan/Chicago River, also replicated in other cities.

Two of Steve’s favorite honors: Commencement Speaker at Madison Square Garden for Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (2008), and appearing (in 2012) as 59 across in a TV Guide Crossword Puzzle (pet journalist Steve _ _ _ _).


Louise S. DunnLouise S. Dunn

After twenty one years of managing in the veterinary field, Ms. Dunn started Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting, which provides technical assistance to practice teams to meet their strategic plans. Snowgoose works with a wide variety of practices. They range from large specialty hospitals with 100 plus team-member companion animal referral centers, to mixed animal hospitals, to single veterinarian practices.

Ms. Dunn conducts practice management workshops at numerous veterinary schools and works with many of the VBMA clubs. She has also contributed to a number of books including bothe editions of the 5 Minute Consult, Pathways to Ownership and Veterinary Clinics of North America. She has two new books One co-authored with Ross Clark available on Open Book Management with scorecards. The second book co-authored with Katherine Dobbs on HR

She speaks internationally and nationally on various veterinary management topics at meetings including TNAVC, WVC, ACVIM, VSIPP, CVC, AAHA and AVMA . Over the years she has received numerous awards as including Practice Management Educator of the Year at WVC 2007 and The Life Time achievement Award in January 2016.

She was  selected as one of the keynote speakers at the 2011 WSAVC in Korea and spent a month last year consulting and speaking in Columbia.

Ms. Dunn is on the BOD of the Society of Veterinary Medical Ethics, and a member of the AAHA LINC Leadership Advisory Committee, excutive board of Fear Free, the program chair of the NAVC conference,  a founding member, past board member and officer of Vet Partners formerly the Association of Veterinary Practice Management Consultants and Advisors (AVMPCA, the. national VPI Leadership Council, the past vie president of VESPA (Veterinary emergency and specialty association)and is a member of the  VHMA and AVMLA. She attended Hartford College for Women, Trinity College and AAHA’s Veterinary Management Institute at Purdue University. Ms. Dunn brings a unique combination of business, -in-the-trenches experience, and knowledge to the veterinary industry.

Besides all aspects of practice management and mentoring, Louise’s passions include her husband Joel, Zuri the wonder English mastiff , kayaking, opera and New England Patriot’s football.

You can learn more on www.snowgoosevet.com


Eric D. Garcia CEO  IT & Digital Consultant  Simply Done Tech SolutionsEric D. Garcia CEO | IT & Digital Consultant | Simply Done Tech Solutions

IT expert. Digital marketer. Industry thought leader. When it comes to helping veterinary practices streamline their technology and attract and retain clients, Eric Garcia has a proven track record of educating the industry and producing results. Eric is an IT and Digital Marketing consultant working exclusively with veterinary practices. In addition to a long list of satisfied clients, Garcia’s work has been recognized throughout the industry. Eric is an active advisory board member with the American Association of Feline Practitioners and marketing columnist for Today’s Veterinary Business, an NAVC publication. He speaks regularly at conferences all throughout the world.

 

 


Beckie Mossor, RVT and LaylaBeckie Mossor, RVT

Beckie is a Registered Veterinary Technician living in Wilmington, NC. She is a 2007 graduate of Central Carolina Community College in North Carolina.

She is co-host of the podcast Veterinary Viewfinder, Volunteer VP of Operations with 3K9 Working Dogs and professional responder with the ASPCA Field Investigations Response Team.

She works as a Master trainer with K9 Fit Club helping to improve the health of pets and their owners; and in support of her profession, Beckie is proud to serve on the State and National Technician Boards as well as the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics.

 


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

Mrs. Fisher is one of 19 board certified veterinary oncology nurses in the world, with the AIMVT academy. Jenny spent 14 years as the head oncology nurse at LSU Veterinary teaching hospital, where she lectured to undergraduate and graduate students. Her lectures cover topics including animal restraint, oncology overview, lymph node cytology, closed system transfer devices, chemotherapy safety, nursing management of acute radiation toxicity and many more. Jenny has lectured at many technician programs throughout the southern US. Her main clinical interests are chemotherapy delivery safety and SRS. Jenny has spent time at multiple universities and private practices educating veterinary team professionals and covering oncology service floors for relief work. Jenny lives in Baton Rouge with her husband, step-daughter and a menagerie of pets.

Sponsored by PractiVet


Julie Reck, DVMJulie Reck, DVM

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

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

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

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


Angela Witzel, DVM, PhD, DACVNAngela Witzel, DVM, PhD, DACVN

Dr. Angela Witzel Rollins performed her DVM, PhD, and residency training at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Witzel is a Diplomate and former President and Chair of the Board for the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Nutrition at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center. Her areas of research interest include adipose hormones, body composition, and obesity management.

 

 


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:

3 Sided Media

K-Laser USA

Simmons & Associates

All Vet Imaging

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Services

Snyder Mfg

Care Credit

Purina

Southeast Medical Books

Companion Animal Health by LiteCure

PractiVet

Sunnex Lights

Diamondback Drugs

QuickPACS Technologies

QuickPACS

The Natural Vet/ Vet Assured Company

Fear Free

Sedecal USA Inc

Idexx Laboratories

ServiceVet Technologies

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

International Win, Ltd

Signtronix

 

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!