Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

Bluegrass Veterinary Conference at the beautiful Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and CasinoAugust 1-4, 2019, August 1-4, 2019 Scheduled Speakers Stephen Cital, RVT, RLAT, SRA, VCCS, VTS-LAM (Research Anes.) Sponsored by PractiVet Practical Blood Transfusions; Veterinary Cannabis Therapy; Anesthesia Overview: Reducing the Anesthetic Gas Burden; Excellent Pain Management in the Opioid Crisis Lynne Swanson, DVM, Sponsored by givesmiles.us Communicating with Canines (Going Beyond “Good Boy!”); Trouble-shooting Barking and Aggression; Canine Culture, Commonsense and Behavior Liza W. Rudolph, BAS, RVT, VTS (CP-CF, SAIM) RECOVER: Standardizing Veterinary CPR; USP 800: Chemo in the Clinic Transfusion Medicine in Small Animals; Ticks and Tick-Borne Disease Richard Ford, DVM, DACVIM, DACVPMS Vaccines and Vaccinations; Infectious Disease Updates; The Most Know Issues Todd Cooney, DVM, CVH, Sponsored by AHVMF Homeopathy in Veterinary Practice: Introduction and Practicalities with Case Examples Gary Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP Feline Weight Loss Symposium: Hyperthyroidism I; Feline Weight Loss Symposium II & Renal Disease I Feline Weight Loss Symposium: Chronic Renal Disease II Feline Weight Loss Symposium: Chronic Small Bowel Disease I Jenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS - Oncology (Tech Session) Sponsored by PractiVet Education Over Fear - Veterinary Oncology What You Need to Know Chemotherapy Gumbo - Chemo in the Clinic Fine Needle Aspirates - Tips and Tricks; Tumor Two-fur - Lymphoma and Mast Cell Tumors Updates in Hazardous Drug Handling - USP 800 Louise Dunn, Sponsored by Care Credit What you need to Know & Do in Your Practice to Have the Best Year Ever! Topics to be presented include: Getting Your Team To Work Together Drama Free, How You Lead Your Practice to Profitability and What Numbers You Need to Know and How to Get Them There. Plus the Top 5 Tips to Have the Most Efficient Practice Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 7:30-8:20am CVM Fellowship Breakfast Lauren Charles, DVM Strong and Courageous: Faith Through the Veterinary Profession

August 1-4, 2019

"At the beautiful Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino"

 

  

 

  

 

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Online Registration is Now Open

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 July 20th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $375.00 (before 7/1/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00 (before 7/1/2019)

   

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

Bluegrass Veterinary Conference

August 1-4, 2019

 At the beautiful Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino, Elizabeth, Indiana

 

Room rates start at $115 + tax (standard room) and rate guaranteed until July 20th, 2019. Room reservation can be made by calling Horseshoe at 866-766-2671 and refer to group code S07VET9 or book online using the weblink created for this conference https://www.totalrewards.com/reserve/?propCode=UEL&action=FindRooms&groupcode=S07VET9

 

Scheduled Speakers

 

Stephen Cital, RVT, RLAT, SRA, VCCS, VTS-LAM (Research Anes.) Sponsored by PractiVet

Catharine Scott-Moncrieff, MA, Vet MB, MS, MRCVS, DACVIM

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Lynne Swanson, DVM, Sponsored by givesmiles.us

Liza W. Rudolph, BAS, RVT, VTS (CP-CF, SAIM)

Richard Ford, DVM, DACVIM, DACVPMS

Todd Cooney, DVM, CVH, Sponsored by AHVMF

Gary Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP

Andrew (Andy) Loar DVM, DACVIM (IM and Oncology) - Co-CMO, Co-Founder and ZNHub Lab Director

Jenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS - Oncology (Tech Session) Sponsored by PractiVet

Louise Dunn, Sponsored by Care Credit

Brandon Hess, CVPM, CCFP

 

Welcome Reception on Thursday, August 1st at 5:30 - 6:00 pm, sponsored by KindredBio

KindredBio - Best Medicines for our Best Friends

 

Activities

Thursday, August 1, Lunch Session: Topic: “The Evolution in Point of Care Diagnostics” Description: A closer look at the advancements, complexities and expansion of in-clinic laboratory testing. by Tim Baum MS, MT(ASCP), NCA(CLS)

Thursday, August 1; 1-5 pm: Dr. Dohmen will be hosting an herb walk at the Campbell Woodland Nature Trails.

Breakfast Session Friday, August 2: Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialists, Sponsored by 3 Sided Media: "3 ways to avoid being sued over your website, its really happening!"

Friday, August 2 lunch session: David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS - Therapeutic Lasers: Keys to Clinical and Economic Success.  We know laser therapy works.  Let's look at how to get the best results from your laser both clinically and economically.  Sponsored by K-Laser

CVM Fellowship Devotional Breakfast on Saturday, August 3, from 7:15-8:00am in the Las Vegas A & B Room
Speaker: Lauren Charles, DVM - Topic: “Strong and Courageous; Faith Through The Veterinary Profession.”

 

Tentative Schedule

HORSESHOE SOUTHERN INDIANA HOTEL

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Registration open 10am-6pm

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

All Vet Imaging and Micro Vet DiagnosticsLunch Session:

Topic: “The Evolution in Point of Care Diagnostics”

Description: A closer look at the advancements, complexities and expansion of in-clinic laboratory testing.

By Tim Baum MS, MT(ASCP), NCA(CLS)

Sponsored by All Vet Imaging and Micro Vet Diagnostics

Speaker

Time

Topic

     

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Sponsored By

Purple Moon Herb Studies

Purple Moon Herb Studies

1-5 pm

Dr. Dohmen will be hosting an herb walk at the Campbell Woodland Nature Trails.

Transportation will be provided from the conference center to the Campbell Woodland Nature Trails, from which we will walk the trails and discuss the plants along the way.  We will provide medicinal plant identification and uses.  The area is known for some unlikely trees and plants, even cacti! This herb walk will encompass the entire afternoon session on Thursday.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water, a note-taking device, and your camera!


Richard Ford, DVM, DACVIM, DACVPMS

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

2018 VACCINES AND VACCINATION: 20 Questions…and the “Must Know” Answers

ANTIBODY TITERS v. VACCINATION: Applications in Practice

FELINE VIRAL UPPER RESPIRATORY DISEASE…Why it Persists!


Stephen Cital, RVT, RLAT, SRA, VCCS, VTS-LAM (Research Anes.)

Sponsored by PractiVet

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

Practical blood transfusions

Veterinary cannabis therapy

Anesthesia overview: reducing the anesthetic gas burden

Excellent pain management in the opioid crisis


Louise Dunn

Sponsored by Care Credit

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8:30-10am : Top 5 Tips To Have The Most Efficient Practice

Description:  Running a successful veterinary practice involves more than just delivering medical services.  It takes a keen business sense – relying on strategic planning, leadership, culture, accountability, and communication.  Inefficient processes will not fix themselves. Pay attention to these five tips and inspire your team.

Learning Objectives:

  • Master the art of strategic planning
  • Strengthen your practice culture
  • Cultivate an effective leadership team
  • Communicate your position for better team accountability
  • Make client communication effective

10:15-11:30am : 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? It 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

1-2:30pm : What Numbers You Need To Know And How To Get Them There

Description: Every practice has some favorite metrics they routinely watch and use to evaluate how well the practice is doing. However, are these all the metrics you need? Are you struggling to make improvements in your practice and aren’t sure how to identify what is going well and what needs to change? And then how to measure success? Changes in the profession lead to changes in the measurement of operations. This session will discuss both old and new metrics that are most useful in practices today.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate your current metrics and the usefulness of the information they give you
  • Identify effective next-generation metrics for your practice
  • Learn how to gather and use this information to make the changes you want in your practice

2:50-4:30pm : How You Lead Your Practice To Profitability

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 lead your practice to 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 to increase profitability
  • Design action plans to monitor, and lead the team to positive results

Lynne Swanson, DVM - Practical Canine Behavior

Sponsored by givesmiles.us

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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 .


Liza W. Rudolph, BAS, RVT, VTS (CP-CF, SAIM)

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8:30-10am : Flexible GI Endoscopy

10:20-11:30am : Monitoring the diabetic patient

1-2:30pm : Ticks and Tick-Borne disease

3:00-4:30pm : Bringing Vaccination Guidelines to Life


Welcome Reception on Thursday, August 1st at 5:30 - 6:00 pm, sponsored by KindredBio

KindredBio - Best Medicines for our Best Friends


Friday, August 2, 2019

Registration Open 8am

Breakfast Session: Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialists, Sponsored by 3 Sided Media: "3 ways to avoid being sued over your website, its really happening!"

Breakfast Buffet 8am

Exhibit Hall Open at 8am-4:30pm

Lunch Session: David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS - Therapeutic Lasers: Keys to Clinical and Economic Success.  We know laser therapy works.  Let's look at how to get the best results from your laser both clinically and economically.  Sponsored by K-Laser

Speaker

Time

Topic

Todd Cooney, DVM, CVH

Sponsored by AHVMF

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

Intro to Homeopathy; Treating Acute cases/emergencies

Orthopedics & Homeopathy, does it work?

Vaccines & Vaccinosis & Chronic Disease

Epidemics & Homeopathy/Role of Natural Immunity


Catharine Scott-Moncrieff, MA, Vet MB, MS, MRCVS, DACVIM

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8:30-10am : Update on diagnosis of Canine Cushing’s syndrome: What dogs to test and which test to choose.

10:15-11:30am : Treatment of Canine Cushing’s syndrome: How to tailor a unique treatment plan for each patient.

1-2:30pm : Typical and atypical Addison’s disease: What’s different in diagnosis and treatment?

3-4pm : Canine adrenal disorders case discussions: Learn from varied case presentations and bring your own puzzling cases for discussion!

 

Louise Dunn

Sponsored by Care Credit

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8:30-10am : Getting Your Team To Work Together Drama Free

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

10:15-11:30am : We Need to Hold People Accountable

Description: Many of the businesses in those docu-reality series deal with a business suffering from poorly orchestrated operations and misdirected strategic plans, but to a larger degree, it showed poor team efficiency and lack of accountability. This session will present common issues with team accountability and will offer options to rescue the hospital and improve team performance. This session will cover how to effectively utilize information from other hospital rescues to assess your own hospital; develop an action plan to boost team efficiency; and gain a deeper understanding of accountability snafus and how to mitigate the risk.

Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize the Info from other rescues
  • Develop an Action Plan for team efficiency
  • Mitigate the risks · Understand snafus

1-2:30pm : Workplace Productivity Killers

Description: They sneak up on us throughout the day, the text message or email that consumes a few minutes here and there, the office gossip whispered a few times here and there, by the end of the day, a few minutes add up to a few hours. Being aware of productivity killers is the first step, and tackling their voracious appetite of our precious minutes is the next step. Improve your team’s ability to handle the most common time killers and enjoy better productivity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the productivity killers active in your workplace
  • Cultivate an awareness of productivity killers in everyone on your team
  • Prepare action steps to take against workplace productivity killers

Liza W. Rudolph, BAS, RVT, VTS (CP-CF, SAIM)

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

Chemotherapy Handling & Administration in a USP 800 world

Principles of transfusion medicine

RECOVER: Standardizing Veterinary CPR Part I

RECOVER: Standardizing Veterinary CPR Part II


Saturday, August 3, 2019

Registration Open 8am

Breakfast Buffet 8am

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm

CVM Fellowship Devotional Breakfast on Saturday, August 3, from 7:15-8:00am in the Las Vegas A & B Room
Speaker: Lauren Charles, DVM - Topic: “Strong and Courageous; Faith Through The Veterinary Profession.”

Speaker

Time

Topic


Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

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8:30-10am Symposium on Weight Loss in the Cat: Hyperthyroidism 1.5 hrs

10:15-11:30am Symposium on Weight Loss in the Cat: Chronic Renal Disease II 1.25 hrs

1-2:30pm Symposium on Weight Loss in the Cat: Chronic Renal Disease II 0.75 hrs

The Vomiting Cat I 0.75 hrs

3-4:30pm Symposium on Weight Loss in the Cat: The Vomiting Cat II 1.5 hr


Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Sponsored By

Purple Moon Herb Studies

Purple Moon Herb Studies

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Using Food as Medicine: (1.5 hours)

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

Bach Flower Essences: Psychological Therapy: (1.5 hours)

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

Introduction to Western Herbalism: (1 hour)

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

“Simple” Herbal Extracts: (2 hours)

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


Lynne Swanson, DVM - Practical Canine Behavior

Sponsored by givesmiles.us

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CANINE CULTURE, COMMONSENSE and BEHAVIOR

Join us to explore canine behavior from the perspective of the dogs. We’ll discuss nine elements of canine culture and commonsense, all of which have practical applications in practice (and in life as a whole). They are:

1 – Dogs understand energy. (And so many things come down to energy, both in quantity & quality…)

2 – Dogs get moving, to move on physically and psychologically. (All about using movement to communicate)

3 – Dogs appreciate teamwork. (What your posture and positions say about you)

4 – Dogs don’t speak, as a rule. (Put your non-verbal communication skills to work)

5 – Dogs avoid tension. (Tension & frustration, however justified, will always work against you.)

6 – Dogs tend to live in the moment. (And herein lies a few lessons for us all)

7 – Given a positive path, dogs will take it. (The power and practicality of well-timed positive reinforcement…and by that we don’t mean dog biscuits)

8 – Dogs like to follow. (But they prefer to follow good decision-makers.)

9 - When addressing canine behavioral issues, think canine psychology (that is, how dogs think and how their behavior reflects K9 culture & social cues) before canine psychiatry (in other words, medication)


Catharine Scott-Moncrieff, MA, Vet MB, MS, MRCVS, DACVIM

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8:30-10am : Feline Diabetes mellitus: Keys to exceptional case management

10:15-11:30am : Canine Diabetes mellitus: What’s different in pathogenesis, diagnosis and management?

1-2:30pm : Feline Hyperthyroidism: Update on pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment.

3-4pm : Unusual and underdiagnosed feline endocrinopathies: What could you be missing?


Andy Loar, DVM, DACVIM & Kelsey P. Legendre, DVM, MS, DACVP

Sponsored by ZN Labs

ZNLabs Veterinary Diagnostics

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

Putting the Clinical Back in Clinical Pathology: An internist, an oncologist and a clinical pathologist join up to discuss selected topics in cytology, interpretation of reference laboratory testing and the ups/downs of Point-of-Care (POC) equipment (Plus a little histopathology).


Jenny Cassibry Fisher

Sponsored by PractiVet

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

Education over fear - Veterinary Oncology What you need to know

Chemotherapy Gumbo: Chemo in the Clinic

Fine Needle Aspirates Tips and Tricks

Tumor Two-Fur: Lymphoma and Mast Cell Tumors Updates in Hazardous Drug Handling - USP 800


Brandon Hess, CVPM, CCFP

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8:30 am - 10 am : Veterinary Professional Wellness Part 1

10:15 am - 11:30am : Veterinary Professional Wellness Part 2

1 pm - 2:30 pm : Measuring & Improving Practice Culter Part 1

3 pm - 4 pm : Measuring & Improving Practice Culter Part 2


Sunday, August 4, 2019


Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

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8:30-10am Symposium on Weight Loss in the Cat: The Diabetic Cat 1.5 hrs

10:15-11:30am Heartworms in Cats: Really? Really! 1.25 hrs 


Please Note The Following:

*Times and Presenters Subject to Change

* Please turn off or silence cell phones in sessions


Online Registration is Now Open

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 July 20th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $375.00 (before 7/1/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00 (before 7/1/2019)

   

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


Stephen Cital, RVT, RLAT, SRA, VCCS, VTS-LAM (Research Anes.)Stephen Cital, RVT, RLAT, SRA, VCCS, VTS-LAM (Research Anes.)

Stephen originally started college to become a registered human nurse but did not enjoy working with humans as patients. Instead Stephen became an RVT and then obtained certification as a Surgical Research Anesthetist through the Academy of Surgical Research followed by the designation of a Registered Laboratory Animal Technician through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science soon after. Most recently he became on of the first Veterinary Cannabis Counselor Specialists in the country while continuing to educate veterinary professionals on safe and effective use of cannabis in the clinical setting. Stephen is the Executive Director for the Academy of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians and Nurses, holding a VTS credential in Research Anesthesia. His regular daytime position is at Silicon Valley Veterinary Specialists, as well as a private contractor for several research organizations and two local Zoo's.

He occupies his remaining time writing book chapters, is a column coordinator for one of Nature’s journals, blogs and lectures internationally. He enjoys teaching and serves on advisory boards for local Vet Tech colleges, is on the Aratana Technician Council of Pain Experts, is a consultant for ElleVet Sciences, Beryl Therapeutics, COO for the Veterinary Anesthesia Nerds and Veterinary Cannabis Academy Facebook and webpages. Stephen has served as the President for the Society of Laboratory Animal Veterinary Technicians, Vice President for the California RVT Association and member at large for the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America. Stephen is currently the Chair-elect for the Committee of Veterinary Technician Specialities

 

Sponsored by PractiVet


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

Dr. Gary D. Norsworthy has been in private practice for 47 years, including 22 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 veterinary colleges.

 

 

 


Dr. Andrew (Andy) Loar DVM, DACVIM (IM and Oncology) - Co-CMO, Co-Founder and ZNHub Lab DirectorDr. Andrew (Andy) Loar DVM, DACVIM (IM and Oncology) - Co-CMO, Co-Founder and ZNHub Lab Director

ZNLabs Veterinary Diagnostics

Andy has served on the clinical staffs at the veterinary schools of Virginia Tech and the University of Wisconsin, as well as the West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Center. He received dual board certification with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM: Internal Medicine {’84} and Oncology {‘94}). He was the first veterinary oncologist to practice in southern California and operated oncology referral clinics in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties from 1985-1995. Dr Loar completed additional training in clinical pathology at Oklahoma State University.

 

During his more than 30 years in various veterinary diagnostic spaces Andy has served as a cytologist and oncology/internal medicine consultant at Veterinary Reference Laboratories, Professional Animal Laboratory (now ANTECH), IDEXX Laboratories, Ethos Diagnostics and Animal Reference Pathology (ARP).  Andy recently moved to Louisville, KY to oversee all clinical operations of the ZNHub. He is otherwise a frequent world traveler; has many fine leather-bound books and knows people you know.


Brandon Hess, CVPM, CCFPBrandon Hess, CVPM, CCFP

Brandon is a full-time associate consultant at VetSupport. He began working for Tassava Consulting part-time in 2014, and joined the VetSupport team on a full-time basis in May 2016. With a degree in Psychology, and a background in managing companion animal practices, as well as an award-winning AAHA-accredited emergency and specialty practice, Brandon brings a great deal of hands-on experience to the VetSupport team. Other facts about Brandon include:

He earned his certification as a compassion fatigue professional (CCFP) in 2016.

Brandon and his wife, Michelle live in the Cincinnati area with their 3 dogs and 4 cats.

When he’s not working, you can find him pursuing his other passions of snorkeling and scuba diving.

 

 


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


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.


 

 


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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 - Diamond Sponsor

All Vet Imaging - Diamond Sponsor

Christian Veterinary Mission

givesmiles.us - Silver Sponsor

K-Laser USA - Diamond Sponsor

Kindred Bio - Gold Sponsor

Natural Vet Companies/Vet Assured

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc - Bronze Sponsor

PractiVet - Gold Sponsor

Purple Moon Herbs and Studies - Silver Sponsor

Purple Moon Herb Studies

QuickPACS Technologies

QuickPACS

Rose Micro Solutions

Rx Honing (Sharpening) Machine

ServiceVet Technologies

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

Southeast Medical Books

Van Beek Natural Science

Vet Kare Products

Weave

ZN Labs

   

 

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Conference Hotel Information

Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino

Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino

Our deluxe hotel rooms at Horseshoe Southern Indiana are the perfect well-deserved indulgence for the most discriminating guests. All of our traditional, resort-style amenities are included, and of course the exceptional, attentive service for which Horseshoe has always been known.

 

Room rates start at $115 + tax (standard room) and rate guaranteed until July 20th, 2019. Room reservation can be made by calling Horseshoe at 866-766-2671 and refer to group code S07VET9 or book online using the weblink created for this conference https://www.totalrewards.com/reserve/?propCode=UEL&action=FindRooms&groupcode=S07VET9.

 

Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino

 

Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino Ball Room

 

Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino ROom


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Area Information

Things to Do neaar Elizabeth, Indiana

Churchill Downs

This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875.

Churchill Downs

 

Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum, where every day is Derby day, is the official tour provider of historic Churchill Downs. When you visit the Museum, you will find yourself immersed in the next best thing to actually being at the Derby! As the exclusive tour provider for the track, various tours are offered throughout the year even when the track isn’t in session with live racing. General admission includes two levels of family-friendly interactive permanent & temporary exhibits, "The Greatest Race," a 360-degree immersive sound and visual experience that'll get your heart racing and emotions soaring, Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack, access to the Gift Shop, Kentucky fare in the Derby Cafe Express and much more!

Kentucky Derby Museum

 


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