Veterinary Association Management - Mountain Veterinary Conference, Cherokee, North Carolina

Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

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

April 7 - 10, 2019

"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
• 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


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 March 8th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $375.00 (before 3/8/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00 (before 3/8/2019)

   

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

Mountain Veterinary Conference

April 7 - 10, 2019

 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

Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM

Debbie Hill, CVPM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCFB

Jenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS (Tech Session)

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist

Lynne Swanson, DVM - Practical Canine Behavior

Julie Wentzel, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP

 

Tentative Schedule

Fall Foliage

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Registration open 10am-6pm

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

Speaker

Location/Time

Topic

Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist

Sponsored by 3 Sided Media

Ash & Beech

1-3pm

3:15-4:30pm

 

Jenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS (Tech Session)

Sponsored by PractiVet

Locust

1-3pm

3:15-4:30pm

4:45-6pm

 

 

Hickory

1-3pm

3:15-4:30pm

4:45-6pm

 

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS and Julie Wentzel, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP

Purple Moon Herb Studies

Purple Moon Herb Studies

 

Great Smokey Mountains National Park

Drs. Dohmen and Wentzel will be co-hosting an herb walk in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.

 Transportation will be provided to the Oconaluftee Visitors Center, from which we will walk the 1.5 mile Oconaluftee River Trail and discuss the plants along the way.  We will provide medicinal plant identification and uses.  The trail is an easy walk; it is mostly flat through the forest along the Oconaluftee River.  The Great Smokey Mountains National Park is known for its wildflowers (over 1500 species), especially in the early spring when the ephemerals are in bloom.  Also blooming in the spring are the red maples trees and many flowering shrubs.  For more information, go to https://www.nps.gov/grsm/learn/nature/wildflowers.htm.  This herb walk will encompass the entire afternoon session on Sunday.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water, a note-taking device, and your camera!


 

Maple

1-3pm

3:15-4:30pm

4:45-6pm

 

Monday, April 8, 2019

Registration Open 8am

Greens Creek Breakfast Buffet 8am

Exhibit Hall Open at 8am-4:30pm

Lunch Session:

 

Speaker

Location

Topic

Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM

Sponsored by Compassion First

Compassion First Animal Hospitals

Hickory

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

"Oncology Tips and Tools you can use Tomorrow in your Practice"


Jenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS - (Tech Session)

Sponsored by PractiVet

Maple

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

 

Lynne Swanson, DVM - Practical Canine Behavior

Oak

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

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

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

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

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

It all comes down to canine-centric communication and social cues (plus some well-timed smiles)! Dogs communicate with each other using posture, position, movement and energy, and they are as aware of our posture, choice of position, movement and energy (in quality and quantity) as they are of each other’s. Veterinarians and staff who understand common canine social rules and who utilize their body language well (whether or not they are holding a leash) are in a very good position to bring out the best in their dogs.

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

Seminar objectives:

This practical session will help participants understand the ‘what’s,’ the ‘how’s’ and the ‘why’s’ of communicating with canines. Participants will learn how dogs view their body language, and they will be better prepared to lead the dogs in their care.

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

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

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

Seminar objectives:

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

For practical information on canine behavior and what humans can learn from it, visit www.givesmiles.us .

     

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Purple Moon Herb Studies

Purple Moon Herb Studies

Locust

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

Western Herbal Medicine and Wholistic Food Therapy


 

Ash

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

 

 

Beech

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

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


Sue Ettinger, DVM, DACVIM

Sponsored by Compassion First

Compassion First Animal Hospitals

Ash & Beech

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

"Oncology Tips & Tools you can use Tomorrow in your Practice"


Debbie Hill, CVPM, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCFB

Sponsored by Patterson

Locust

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

 

Julie Wentzel, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVPP

Purple Moon Herb Studies

Purple Moon Herb Studies

Maple

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

Wholistic Pain Management with an emphasis on Rehabilitation


 

Hickory

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

 

 

Oak

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


 

Maple

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

 

     

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 March 8th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $375.00 (before 3/8/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00 (before 3/8/2019)

   

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

Speaker Bios...


Dr. Laurie DohmenLaurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

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

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

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

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

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


Lynne Swanson, DVMLynne Swanson, DVM - Practical Canine Behavior

Lynne Swanson, DVM (Cornell ‘86) has shaped and lived with psychologically healthy and happy groups of ten to forty dogs for three decades, and she is proud to be part of an educational effort recognizing the many things we can learn from our canine companions (when we are open to the possibilities). In 2005, she helped to create Safe Harbor Farm K9 Rescue & Rehabilitation Center in coastal NC, and in 2013, she helped develop the Learning "DOG" project for animal shelters.

She is the author of two books: “Learning DOG” (2015 - for shelters, boarding and training facilities) and “SMILE! and other practical life lessons your dogs can teach you (while you are training them)” (2017 - for everyone).

Positive, practical and proactive, SMILE! explores canine and human psychology from a uniquely canine perspective. It is about reducing tension, communicating clearly, leading the way and honoring pivotal differences. It is about the energy we share and the state of mind behind that energy. It is about letting go of the stuff that isn’t working, and it is about teamwork. It is about practicing kindness, dumping bad habits and finding happiness. (After all, if you aren’t happy, your dogs can’t be their best.)

Table of Contents and chapter excerpts at: www.givesmiles.us


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

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

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

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

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


 

 


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 March 8th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $375.00 (before 3/8/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00 (before 3/8/2019)

   

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

What our Speakers/Exhibitors Say!

“What fun! We doubled our record for the number of copies of SMILE! sold in the first day. The relaxed atmosphere at the Fun n Sun Conference makes it easy to interact with everyone.” ... read more

Lynne Swanson, DVMLynne Swanson, DVM | Speaker, Exhibitor - Safe Harbor Farm’s SMILE! Project

What our Attendees Say!

Just want to give an awesome shout out in regards to the technician program offered. Michelle [Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT] was extrodannaire! One of the best tech speakers I have heard lecture. She was energectic, entertaining and well spoken. Thank you! James A satisfied attendee ... read more

James A ChatmanJames A Chatman | Attendee - CHATMANJAMESA@AOL.COM

What our Speakers Say!

Thank you for having me speak this year at Sun N Fun; What a GREAT show! I have thoroughly enjoyed the kindness and hospitality shown by all. Great organization, great location, and great session topics! I urge all veterinary professionals to attend Sun N Fun next year, and not miss out on this fantastic CE event! ... read more

Running Paws Pet Hospital, McKinney, TXJenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS | Speaker - jenny@practivet.com

What our Attendees Say!

I would like to extend a sincere "Thank You" to Howie and all those involved in hosting the Colonial Veterinary Conference in Colonial Williamsburg this December 2015.  We attended a few years ago and were sold on this meeting for our ContEd   This meeting has it all!  Great speakers, wonderful hotel,  delicious food, kind staff and lotsa' coffee!  Howie makes sure everyone is comfortable and enjoying themselves.. The biggest impression our first time here years ago was not just the speakers, topics, and location.. but the obvious love this group has for one another AND for our Lord... read more

Running Paws Pet Hospital, McKinney, TXDr. Donna M Gage | Running Paws Pet Hospital, McKinney, TX

What our Speakers Say!

I've been a speaker for at least a dozen meetings hosted by Veterinary Association Management in the last twenty or so years. The meetings are always well organized and managed. More importantly, the attendees are always eager to learn and happy to be there. The Lee family and all the staff are welcoming and the atmosphere is very family-friendly... read more

Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, CVT, LATMargi Sirois, EdD, MS, CVT, LAT | Speaker

What our Speakers Say!

Veterinary Association Management conference are intimate and interactive. As a presenter, I have the opportunity to talk about behavior issues – a significant reason for relinquishment, and also how to speak with clients about these concerns, as well as getting pets to vets, including Fear Free and Cat Friendly Practices.

Steve Dale, CABCSteve Dale, CABC | Speaker

What our Attendees Say!

I've been going to Veterinary Association Management's Veterinary Conferences for 16 years.  They are by far my favorite.  The quality and choice of speakers always suits my needs. I feel that I get the most up-to-date and thorough information.  Lectures focus on practical advice we can actually use - no ivory towers here... read more

Melanie Bene, DVMMelanie Bene, DVM | Attendee

What our Attendees Say!

My family and I have always enjoyed Veterinary Association Management's (Ralph Lee's) continuing education courses.  We have been attending them now for well over twelve years.  We are always very delighted to attend the courses and conferences that Veterinary Management Association hosts.  The benevolence of the Lee Family always shines forth, and they make my family feel more than welcome.  The veterinary courses are extremely relevant to practice, and much of the information obtained can be put into effect the day we return.  The speakers are of the utmost quality and ... read more

Mercy Animal Hospital, Monroe, NCDrs. Charles and Dawn Jones | Mercy Animal Hospital, Monroe, NC

What our Speakers Say!

Thank you so much for allowing me to speak at this past weekend's Sun N Fun conference in South Carolina. It was a great experience. Howie, Martha, Dawn and the entire Veterinary Association Management team always knows how to make a speaker feel welcomed! The conference was so well organized which is a testament to the VAM team. Thank you so much for all your kindness. It was a true honoring getting to speak to the technicians at the conference. It was a great group who stayed engaged throughout! Thank you again. I hope you are all home getting to relax a little after working so hard to make the conference so successful. ... read more

Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC)Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) | Speaker

What our Attendees Say!

I have been a veterinarian in NC since 1982.  33years.  I have been getting my continuing education hours with Ralph Lee’s Veterinary Management for 28 years.  My wife is a registered vet technician and we both must get yearly CE hours to continue our licenses.  We have come to Ralph Lee’s Great Smokies Veterinary Conferences for last 20 years.  I appreciate through the years the dedication to providing quality continuing education year after year.  We enjoy the excellent speakers on subjects that are useful in regular day to day practice; comprehensive wet labs; and very affordable CE... read more

Emerywood Veterinary Hospital, High Point, NCJ. Michael Beck DVM and Jane Beck VMT | Emerywood Veterinary Hospital, High Point, NC

What our Speakers Say!

I've participated in several Veterinary Association Management continuing educational meetings and they are all top notch. Each meeting has it's own look and feel. The one consistent thread is excellent speakers and great topics/content being presented. I will be planning a family vacation around Fun N Sun veterinary conference. It's a must do for anyone looking for good CE and creating great memories with the family... read more

Veterinary Consultation Services, LLC Paul Camilo, CVPM | Veterinary Consultation Services, LLC

What our Exhibitors Say!

The Center of Veterinary Expertise has had the pleasure of participating in Colonial Veterinary conference on several levels, sponsorship, vendor as well as providing speakers over the last three year.  Howie and his team always ensure a positive, warm, and successful experience.  We look forward to supporting the Colonial Veterinary Conference for many more years to come.

the COVE, Suffolk, VADanielle T. Russ | LVT, BS, BA, AS, Hospital Manager, the COVE, Suffolk, VA

What our Attendees Say!

It is not a small thing when gathering your CE credits that the meetings be orderly, well presented, convenient, accessible.  Cudos to the Colonial Team.  It was an all-around good experience.

Palmetto Vet Hospital, Ridgeland, SCRob McBrayer, DVM | Palmetto Vet Hospital, Ridgeland, SC

What our Exhibitors Say!

I have been a equipment manufacturing design consultant for Snyder Mfg. for over 30 years.  I have been attending the Ralph Lee's meetings for over 20 years of that time.  The Ralph Lee's meetings are different than the standard veterinary conference meetings that are available.  The meetings are designed to be very family friendly.  The attendees and exhibitors are treated with more respect than any other of the veterinary meetings I attend.  The smaller venue will  also give everyone an opportunity to build long term relationships in the industry.

Snyder Mfg., New Sharon, IARalph Ihde | Snyder Mfg., New Sharon, IA

What our Attendees Say!

I plan each year's continuing education requirements around Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veteirnary Conference.  The program venue is especially nice, this time of year, in Asheville, N.C.  The Lee family (Howie, Martha and the crew) are most accommodating.  They've always made this a pleasurable, meaningful experience.  I secure a copy of the conference notes each trip.  These notes serve as valuable information for me as I care for my patients on a daily basis.  The saddest part, for me, is when the meeting concludes.  Soon, I'll be planning for the 2016 conference.

Central Veterinary Hospital, Knoxville, TNDr. William “Bill” Martin | Central Veterinary Hospital, Knoxville, TN

What our Exhibitors Say!

The Lees' vet meetings are some of the best...and I attend a lot of them! As both a veterinarian and an exhibitor I get the best of both worlds at these events.... Great Continuing Education and Great attendance to the exhibit booth. I attend every one I possibly can.

Vet Assured, Unicoi, TNDr. Dan Moore, DVM | Vet Assured, Unicoi, TN

What our Speakers Say!

I have lectured for Veterinary Association Management for the last 4 years and they consistently have wonderfully organized, informative and practical conferences for practicing small animal veterinarians. With a relatively small group of attendees ... read more

Charleston Veterinary Referral CenterKristin Welch DVM, DACVECC | CRITICAL CARE, CHIEF OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE

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

Signtronix

All Vet Imaging

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Services

Simmons & Associates

Care Credit

Purple Moon Herb Studies

Purple Moon Herb Studies

Snyder Mfg

Companion Animal Health by LiteCure

PractiVet

Southeast Medical Books

Diamondback Drugs

QuickPACS Technologies

QuickPACS

Sunnex Lights

Fear Free

Sedecal USA Inc

 

The Natural Vet/ Vet Assured Company

Idexx Laboratories

ServiceVet Technologies

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

Southern Veterinary Partners

Kacey Company Inc

 

Vet Classics

 

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, April 7th - April 9th) and rate guaranteed until March 1, 2019.

The group code is: S04MTVS

Guests may call either 1-800-427-7247 or 828-497-7777 and reference the code above to book within the group block.   Guests may also book their room online using the designated weblink below, built specifically for the Mountain Veterinary Seminar:

https://www.totalrewards.com/reserve/?propCode=CHE&action=FindRooms&groupcode=S04MTVS

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

Room rates start at $129 + tax (standard room, April 7th - April 9th) and rate guaranteed until March 1, 2019.

The group code is: S04MTVS

Guests may call either 1-800-427-7247 or 828-497-7777 and reference the code above to book within the group block.   Guests may also book their room online using the designated weblink below, built specifically for the Mountain Veterinary Seminar:

https://www.totalrewards.com/reserve/?propCode=CHE&action=FindRooms&groupcode=S04MTVS

 

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 March 8th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $375.00 (before 3/8/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00 (before 3/8/2019)

   

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.

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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.

 

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