Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

Sun N Fun Veterinary ConferenceAugust 11-14, 2019 A True Family Oriented Veterinary Experience SCHEDULED SPEAKERS: Michael Rossi, DVM, MNS, DACVD, Sponsored by Ceva Animal Health Cutaneous adverse food reactions in the canine patient; Feline hypersensitivity dermatitis; Diagnostic sampling of the dermatology patient; Microbial biofilm: a major contributor to resilient infections; Jeff Mayo, DVM-Surgical Approaches to the Long Bones for Fracture Repair; Cardiovascular Exams - Pre-op to Surgery; Regenerative Medicine Topics: Stem Cells, PRP; Autologous Vaccines - what do they all mean; Nicole LaForest, LVT, RVT, CCFT, Sponsored by Pet Emergency Education Session 1 - Canine and Feline CPR & First Aid Class; Canine and Feline CPR and Advanced Life Support Class $90 charge includes certification wallet card, an official certificate, 3 RACE approved CEU, an ebook copy of our interactive reference guide and a 2 year subscription of our online emergency resource center; David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS, Sponsored by K-Laser-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; Nicole LaForest, LVT, RVT, CCFT, Sponsored by KVP Common Orthopedic Injuries in Small Animals and How we can Best Provide Patient Advocacy at all price points Customized Orthotics for Small Animals; Pulse Electromagnetic Frequency Therapy (PEMF) The Science behind the “Voodoo”; Jeff Mayo, DVM-Lumps, Bumps and other things with energized surgical instruments; ADVANCED techniques in Fracture Fixation, what’s the latest? Fracture Repair Lab - hands on experience with Osteocertus; NEW Locking plate fixation technology; Bonnie Bragdon-Managing Up: Getting your Boss to Behave; Liquid Biopsy: The Future of Managing Cancer Patients; Pathogen Fingerprints: Use of Raman Spectroscopy in Clinical Diagnostics; The In-House Lab: Analytical & Clinical Accuracy; The In-House Lab: Pricing & Profitability; Salina Locke, DVM-Exotics for the Small Animal Practitioner; Pet Birds What You Need to Know; How I Treat Reptile and Amphibian Diseases; GI Stasis Syndrome in Small Herbivores; Acquired Dental Disease of Rabbits and Rodents; Tips for Treating Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents; Paul Camilo, CVPM- Growing Your Dental Department; Communicating Dentistry Like a Pro; Finding, Treating & Charging for Dental Pathology; WOWing Dental Clients; How to Make Your Best Medicine The Best Option; Veterinary Technology to Make Your Lives Easier; Michelle Shine, PhD-The Endocannabinoid System; Melissa Lee Clark-How to find good products, the company story, and methods of application; Andrew Capps-FDA and State Regulations; Davis Collins, CBD and drug interactions

August 11-14, 2019

"A True Family Oriented Veterinary Experience" on the beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina"

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

Click Here to Download the Brochure with Registration Form

Double Tree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Double Tree by Hilton Myrtle Beach Poolside

Simply copy and paste the URL below into your browser or click on the Link: 

http://group.doubletree.com/SunNFun

Group Name: Sun N Fun
Arrival Date: 11-Aug-2019
Departure Date: 14-Aug-2019

Or contact Hilton Reservations at 855-778-1190 and reference group code SFN.


"Enjoy your last family vacation before school starts!"

Speakers 

Bonnie Bragdon, DVM, MS | Vice President, Veterinary Affairs, Zomedica

Jeff Mayo, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline)

Michael A. Rossi, DVM, MNS, Dip. ACVD Sponsored by Ceva

David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

Nicole LaForest, LVT, RVT, CCFT

Salina Locke, DVM

Michelle Shine, PhD & Melissa Lee Clark & Andrew Capps & Davis Collins

Paul Camilo, CVPM

Rod Finnegan, Founder, Vetinsure

 

Sessions and Lunches

Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid/Advanced Life Support

Sunday August 11th, 2019 8:30am-4pm

Pet Emergency Education will provide 2 separate training sessions including certified instructor for a fee per attendee. Fee includes 2 certification wallet cards, an official certificate, 3 RACE approved CEU per session, an ebook copy of our interactive reference guide and a 2 year subscription of our Online emergency resource center for each participant

Taught by Nicole LaForest, LVT, RVT, CCFT

 

Breakfast Session on Monday, August 12th at 7:15 am - "Revolutionary New Technology for UTI Testing in (35 minutes) not 3-4 days presented by Ron Turner, FIBMS, PhD sponsored by All Vet Imaging

 


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 16th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 7/1/2019)

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

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for 200.00!

 

Tentative Schedule

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Registration 8am - 6pm - Exhibit Hall: Setup only

Speaker

Time

Topic


Michael A. Rossi, DVM, MNS, Dip. ACVD

Sponsored by Ceva Animal Health

See Topic

8:30-10am : Cutaneous adverse food reactions in the canine patient

10:15-12pm : Feline hypersensitivity dermatitis

1-2:30pm : Diagnostic sampling of the dermatology patient

2:45-4pm : Microbial biofilm: a major contributor to resilient infections

Total Hours: 6.0 hr


Jeff Mayo, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline)

Sponsored by: Ellman, Elevet, Osteocertus, Jorvet

See Topicss

8:30-10am : Surgical Approaches to the Long Bones For Fracture Repair

10:15-12pm : Cardiovascular Exams - Pre-Op to Surgery

1-4pm : Regenerative Medicine Topics: Stem Cells, PRP and Autologous Vaccines - what do they all mean?


Nicole LaForest, LVT, RVT, CCFT

Sponsored by Pet Emergency Education

8:30-11:30am

Session 1 - Canine and Feline CPR & First Aid Class - Ideal for veterinary technicians and assistants, kennel staff and receptionists. Learn how to triage patients at check in, counsel clients over the phone experiencing an emergency with their pets, safe handling, restraint and transportation of sick and/or injured pets, obtaining vital signs and assessing an emergency situation, how to determine if an animal is experiencing a medical emergency, how to manage common medical emergencies including shock, allergic reactions, burns, wounds and bandaging, trauma, poisoning, choking and more. Participants will learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation using the most current veterinary endorsed methods.

$90 charge includes certification wallet card, an official certificate, 3 RACE approved CEU, an ebook copy of our interactive reference guide and a 2 year subscription of our online emergency resource center


Nicole LaForest, LVT, RVT, CCFT

Sponsored by Pet Emergency Education

1-4pm

Canine and Feline CPR and Advanced Life Support Class - Geared towards credentialed veterinary technicians and veterinarians, this class teaches how to communicate effectively during an emergency situation both with clients and other staff members, how to triage a patient and determine medical need, develop an emergency plan for your hospital, how to function as an ICU team during an emergency, how to recognize and manage a variety of emergency conditions, how to properly use monitoring equipment in the ICU, fluid therapy, how to perform manual and ventilated CPR and more. The class includes a hands on experience performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation using industry standard methods

$90 charge includes certification wallet card, an official certificate, 3 RACE approved CEU, an ebook copy of our interactive reference guide and a 2 year subscription of our online emergency resource center


Michelle Shine, PhD

Melissa Lee Clark

Andrew Capps

Davis Collins

Sponsored by Hemp Magik

See Topics

The Endocannabinoid System for 1-2hrs

How to find good products, the company story, and methods of application for 1hr

FDA and State Regulations for 1hr

CBD and drug interactions for 1hr


 

 

Monday, August 12, 2019

Registration 8am-3:30pm - Exhibit Hall Hours: 8am-5pm

Welcome Reception 3:30 - 5pm (Exhibit Hall) Sponsored by K-Laser

 

Breakfast Session on Monday, August 12th at 7:15 am - "Revolutionary New Technology for UTI Testing in (35 minutes) not 3-4 days presented by Ron Turner, FIBMS, PhD sponsored by All Vet Imaging

Speaker

Time

Topic


Michael A. Rossi, DVM, MNS, Dip. ACVD

Sponsored by CEVA Animal Health

See Topic

8:30-10am : Multimodal therapy: improving the management of allergic disease

10:15-12pm : Dermatology case rounds

1-2:15pm : A technician’s guide to common dermatology conditions

2:30-3:30pm : Managing otitis externa

Total Hours: 5.5 hr


Lynne Swanson, DVM

8:30-9:30am

10:00-11:30

1-2:15

2:30-3:30pm

Practical Canine Behavior for Veterinary Staff


Salina Locke, DVM

8:30-9:30am

10:00-11:30

1-2:15

2:30-3:30pm

Exotics for the Small Animal Practitioner

Pet Birds What You Need to Know

How I Treat Reptile and Amphibian Diseases

GI Stasis Syndrome in Small Herbivores

Acquired Dental Disease of Rabbits and Rodents

Tips for Treating Ferrets, Rabbits and Rodents


David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

Sponsored by K-Laser

8:30-9:20am

9:30-10:20am

10:30-11:30am

1-3:30pm

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


Rod Finnegan, Founder, Vetinsure

8:30-9:20am

9:30-10:20am

10:30-11:30am

1-3:30pm

: Destroyed in Seconds

Session 1: The millionaire mindset

50 minutes

  • The intrinsic value of lost money
  • Uninsured problems destroy net worth
  • The truth about insurance
  • What your agent won’t tell you

Session 2: Maxims of protection

50 minutes

  • Better strategy, better future
  • What is risk anyway?
  • The art of the transfer
  • The devil’s in the details – what to pay attention to

Session 3: Imagination supressed is blind to reality

50 minutes

  • What is a cat?
  • The employee dilema in the age of entitlement
  • Silent killer of your business
  • Zero to closed in 1…2…3.

Session 4: Insider knowledge has its benefits

50 minutes

  • How the insurance industry actually sees you
  • The lowest rates are there, but how do you get them?!
  • Price: the horrible barometer of value.
  • Sometimes you need to reinvest savings to buy your future

Session 5: The most important assets to protect

50 minutes

  • Don’t unplug the ATM
  • Superman and his wheelchair
  • Net worth is more than your balance sheet
  • Bankruptcy doesn’t wipe away student loans
  • A family in debt, the legacy to avoid
  • Today’s strength can leverage tomorrow

Conference Event

Exhibit Hall
Atlantic Ballroom

3:30 - 5pm: Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Sponsored by K-Laser


 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Registration 8am-3:30pm - Exhibit Hall Hours: 8am-3:30pm

Breakfast 7:15am - Devotional Breakfast with Denise and Roy Thagard, "Our Call to Africa"


Speaker

Time

Topic


Bonnie Bragdon, DVM, MS | Vice President, Veterinary Affairs, Zomedica

Bonnie Bragdon, DVM, MS | Vice President, Veterinary Affairs, Zomedica

See Topics

8:30-10am

Managing Up: Getting Your Boss to Behave

We all feel we are at the mercy of our supervisors. However, you can learn to manage your relationship with your boss for greater impact and increased job satisfaction. This discussion will provide insight into management styles and communication preferences, allowing candidates to be more effective in their interactions with managers.

10:15-12pm

Liquid Biopsy: The Future of Managing Cancer Patients

Diagnosing and managing cancer is emotional for veterinarians and clients.  The application of microfluidics for the detection of circulating tumor cells in human and veterinary medicine will be reviewed, as this new technology is expected to become widely available to diagnose and manage common veterinary cancers in the future.

Pathogen Fingerprints: Use of Raman Spectroscopy in Clinical Diagnostics

Raman spectroscopy was discovered close to 100 years ago and has been used commercially in chemistry, physics, drug production and biomedical research.  The application of Raman spectroscopy in pathogen identification and antibiotic stewardship in human and veterinary medicine will be reviewed, as this new technology is expected to become available for diagnosing and managing care for individual patients in the future.

1-2:15pm

The In-House Lab: Analytical & Clinical Accuracy

Understanding basic measures of instrument accuracy and performance are important in interpreting data to make a clinical diagnosis.  This session will review concepts in diagnostic accuracy, performance and how they relate to clinical decision making.

2:30-3:30pm

The In-House Lab: Pricing & Profitability

Traditionally, veterinarians have priced services and goods by marking up their cost.  This session will explore new ways of pricing lab services and discuss the importance of considering productivity, as well as pricing to drive lab profitability.


Jeff Mayo, DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline)

Sponsored by Ellman, Elevet, Osteocertus, Jorvet

See Topics

8:30-10am : Lumps, Bumps and other things with energized surgical instruments

10:15-12pm : Advanced Techniques in Fracture Fixation: what's the latest?

1-2:15pm : Fracture Repair Lab - hands on experience with Osteocertus

2:30-3:30pm : New Locking Plate Fixation Technology


Paul Camilo, CVPM

Sponsored by Fear Free Pets

8:30-9:30am

10-11:30am

1-2:15pm

2:30-3:30pm

Growing Your Dental Department

Most people in the veterinary profession know that pets have dental disease. In fact, most animal hospitals know that dentistry is one of the biggest opportunity for internal organic growth. However, time and time again I see clinics struggle to grow their dental departments. In some cases there is a poor fundamental approach to growth of just doing more. In other instants the animal hospital does not have the correct equipment needed to do dentistry right. This talk will provide attendees with a strategic process for growing their animal hospital’s dental departments. Attendees will learn how to quantify the active dental opportunity in an animal hospital. We will also share with attendees the top five dental initiatives that have helped animal hospitals grow their dental department. The 5 initiatives are 1) keeping great records, 2) using different nomenclature, 3) oral x-rays on every case, 4) adopting pictures into the dental culture, and 5) understanding the 60/40 rule.

Communicating Dentistry Like a Pro

This communication talk will provide attendees with a strategic process for dental client communication. We will teach interpersonal communication techniques influenced by Toastmaster International. Some of the skills covered will be; Building Rapport, Vocal Variety, Body Language, Attention Grabber, The Prolonged Pause, Eliminate Distractions, Overcome Objections, Show Them, Tell Them, Give Them, using a smart device’s camera, VisioCare Consult Technology, etc. Attendees will walk away with a well-defined communication compliance plan for veterinary dentistry.

Finding, Treating & Charging for Dental Pathology

The foundation of any good dental department is the ever evolving pursuit to finding dental disease. Part of this means the commitment to full mouth radiographs on every case. It also means having a sound approach to probing and charting. However once you find dental disease, how do you turn the pathology information into a chargeable surgical plan? How do they do it in human dentistry? There has been very little innovation when it comes to charging for veterinary dental services. Some clinics still use the nomenclature of “complicated” and “simple extractions” as treatment codes when invoicing clients. Attendees will takeaway clear steps of finding dental disease, will learn about the parts of a dental surgical procedure form, and how to streamline the invoicing process.

WOWing Dental Clients
Good customer service doesn’t necessarily WOW our clients. A client who comes in for annual vaccines and receives annual vaccines typically will not be wowed. They received exactly what they came in for and nothing more. To WOW clients you must exceed expectations. This presentation will teach the WOWing (What Owners What) philosophy and how that effects compliance. We will review how to leverage technology to create an extraordinary client service experience that makes compliance easier.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Registration 8am-11am - Exhibit Hall Hours: 8:30am-11:30am

 

Speaker

Times

Topic


Paul Camilo, CVPM

Sponsored by Fear Free Pets

8:30am-11:30

How To Make Your “Best Medicine” The Best Option
Veterinary medicine is more advanced today than ever before. Practitioners have access to great innovative diagnostic testing and treatments. Specialty medicine continues to grow year over year. However, with better veterinary care comes higher expenses. With higher expenses comes more fees to the clients. And here we are, the ability to help pets with advance medical services but having a hard time keeping it affordable for your average person. This talk will cover how to create an ecosystem in an animal hospital where compliance comes easy. Attendees will see how to best leverage pet insurance, wellness plans and financing to create financial success. Reduce the financial burden to clients, allow the doctors to practice high quality medicine and stimulate growth.

Veterinary Technology To Make Your Lives Easier

The veterinary profession as had many changes in the last 5 to 10 years. One of the more significant changes has been technology. Today more than every veterinary technology has advanced to the point that when leveraged correctly the financial impact to the bottom line is noticed. Come see what veterinary technology can save you money with making your clinic more efficient.


 

AM & PM Refreshment breaks held in exhibit hall everyday, except for Wednesday will be on the Carolina Ballroom (2nd floor conference center) Foyer

Welcome Reception, Monday evening, August 12th, everyone is invited.  Complimentary food & beverages

Sun n Fun Happy Hour Friday & Saturday afternoon  in the exhibit hall

 

Total CE hours = 22 hours


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 16th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 7/1/2019)

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

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for 200.00!

Speaker Bios...

Bonnie Bragdon, DVM, MS | Vice President, Veterinary Affairs, Zomedica

 

Bonnie Bragdon, DVM, MS | Vice President, Veterinary Affairs, Zomedica


Michael A. Rossi, DVM, MNS Diplomate, American College of Veterinary DermatologyMichael A. Rossi, DVM, MNS, Dip. ACVD

Dr. Michael A. Rossi is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.  After this, he went on to perform fellowship research with the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington, Louisiana working with the simian immunodeficiency virus. This further increased his interest in animal welfare and scientific research. He then went on to complete his Master's degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. His Master’s program focused on the role of neuropeptides in equine allergic airway disease. After veterinary school, he finished a one-year rotating internship at the Regional Veterinary Referral Center in the Washington, D.C. area. Thereafter, he completed a specialized veterinary dermatology internship at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM) in Raleigh, NC. Upon completion of this internship, he participated in a two-year veterinary dermatology residency with NCSU-CVM and clinical work with the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado (VRCC) in Englewood, CO. He remained on staff at VRCC following his residency before moving back to the Gulf Coast region in 2015 to open Coastal Veterinary Dermatology & Ear Clinic. He currently sees patients from as far west as San Diego, California, as far south as Oranjestad, Aruba, and as far east as Tampa, Florida. Dr. Rossi has been board certified by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology since 2014.

While not in the clinic, Dr. Rossi donates his time to treat skin conditions of animals in zoos and wildlife centers when possible. He has performed dermatology procedures on several species, including polar bears and Eland antelope. He has authored and coauthored several scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. His published work on a novel form of allergy testing in cats obtained national acclaim and has created a revolution with many new studies coming as a result of it. He has lectured nationally within the United States and has been invited to lecture internationally on conditions related to dermatologic diseases. He has a special interest in allergic skin disease, ear disease, neurophysiology of itch, dermatohistopathology, and autoimmune skin disease. In addition to small animals, Dr. Rossi also enjoys working with horses and zoo animals.

Sponsored by Ceva


Salina Locke, DVMSalina Locke, DVM

Dr. Locke earned her BS in Biology from North Carolina State University and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from The University of Georgia in 2011. During veterinary school she focused her studies on exotic animal medicine and has externed with many leaders in the field, at zoos, and Georgia’s Poultry Disease and Diagnostic laboratory.

After graduation, she worked in small animal practice seeing exotics for 7 years, during which she also worked relief for exotic specialty practice.  Two of those years she spent as medical director for a corporate practice.  She currently is working on a research project on bald eagles.

Dr. Locke’s special interests include surgery, orthopedics, endoscopy, avian and zoological medicine, dentistry and avian cardiology.

 

 

 


Nicole LaForest, LVT, RVT, CCFT

Nicole LaForest is a Registered and Licensed Veterinary Technician serving as the current President of the Washington State Association of Veterinary Technicians. She spends a majority of her time managing Mayo Veterinary Services, the largest specialty, ambulatory practice in the US; based out of the Seattle Area and primarily specializing in orthopedics and regenerative medicine therapies. Nicole currently holds degrees in Human Healthcare Management, Psychology and Veterinary Medicine. She is also the founding member and President of the Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Academy, an organization committed to making Regenerative Medicine a specialty in veterinary medicine.


Melissa Lee Clark, Extractor, Hemp Magik CEO

When her dog came to brink of death after a ten year battle with Grand Mal seizures, she became unhappy with the CBD products on the market and started making her own. Using her high concentration formulas and methods she was able to reverse her dog’s condition down to zero seizures a month and no prescriptions. This adventure made her realize how much the market needed high quality, truly potent CBD products. She has since become PCQI certified in CGMP manufacturing. She is currently working with experts in manufacturing, research and development in the bioengineering field and working with NC state legislators to adopt stringent manufacturing standards for CBD products. She is passionate about helping people reach optimum states of health.


Dr Michelle Shine

Michelle Shine holds a PhD in Biomedical Science from the Medical University of South Carolina and a Biology degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has worked on the cutting edge of biotechnology, has published peer-reviewed articles in the fields of microbiology, cell signaling, tissue engineering, stem cell therapy, and complementary and alternative medicine. She has also co-authored and served as Co-Investigator on several multi million dollar grants leading scientific and engineering teams towards research goals. Her work directly contributed to a phase 1 clinical trial for the FDA approval of a medical device. Michelle currently serves as Scientist and Lab Manager at Hemp Magik, a hemp extraction and CBD oil producer in Asheville, NC. Dr. Shine will present a 1 hour CEU course covering: The endocannabinoid system and states of deficiency Cannabis (marijuana) vs hemp for pets (THC vs CBD: similarities, differences, & legalities)   Evidence-based studies suggesting effectiveness of CBD’s in pets.


Andrew Capps

Andrew holds a BS in Microbiology with minors in Biotechnology and Genetics from NC State University. He brings over 15 years of laboratory, regulatory, quality management (ISO 17025), and training experience from his work in academic research and regulatory settings. Prior to joining Hemp Magik, Andrew served as Test Kitchen Coordinator and Industry Trainer for Food, Beverage & Natural Products for the NC Community Colleges’ BioNetwork. There he trained and worked with FDA and USDA FSIS regulated companies including the dietary supplement and pharmaceutical industries. He has also previously served as a Quality Assurance Specialist, Microbiology Supervisor, and Chief Microbiologist at the NC Department of Agriculture: Food and Drug Protection Division.


Davis Collins

Davis Collins is the Extractions Manager at Hemp Magik in Asheville, North Carolina. His topics of expertise are drug interactions and how that relates to hemp and CBD, as that applies to animals and humans alike. He has had a long time fascination with the cannabis plant and its plethora of biological effects. Davis graduated with Honors from Wingate University, where he received his BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry.

As a part of his Honors curriculum, Davis participated in undergraduate scientific research his senior year. Working under Dr. Krista Wilson, Davis performed synthesis of novel opioid peptides based on the deltorphin template. Following his time at Wingate, Davis received his MS in Biochemistry from the Graduate School at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Studying under Dr. Gregory Raner, Davis’ graduate research focused on Cytochrome P450 inhibition by acai berry extracts, where he learned a great deal about analytical detection, enzyme kinetics, drug metabolism, and medicinal chemistry.


Paul Camilo, CVPM

Paul Camilo has been in the profession for more than 18 years. He is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM) with a degree in Business Administration. He is the founder of Veterinary Consultation Services, LLC, where he advises companies, practice owners and managers on business development matters. He has a strong focus on technology, communication, and dentistry. Paul serves as the Veterinary Dental Forum’s Management and Marketing program Track Coordinator, VetPartner’s Webinar Committee Chairperson, an Advisory Board member for Vets First Choice, and an Advisory Board member for ePethealth. Paul is currently a Podium Speaker for Zoetis, Fear Free Speakers Bureau, on the VetSOAP advisory board, and VetPartners program committee. For 14 years Paul was the practice administrator of Hometown Animal Hospital, All Pets Dental & 10 Lives Cat Clinic in South Florida. Paul is now the President of Your Pets Vets whose mission is… Team first, amazing service, enhancing pets’ lives.

Paul is also a proud member and advocate of Toastmaster International for the past 15 years . He has presented at many national conferences including American Animal Hospital Association conference, the Veterinary Dental Forum, Western Veterinary Conference, VMX formally known as North America Veterinary Conference, American Veterinary Medical Association conference, and many state VMAs.

Paul is a super proud parent, happy husband, Star Wars nerd, and a defender of pet rights everywhere!


David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

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. 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.


Rod Finnegan, Founder, VetinsureRod Finnegan, Founder, Vetinsure

​Rod graduated from Augusta State University with a degree in finance, was captain of the varsity soccer team and still holds a Peach Belt Conference record for assists. He spent the first two years after college playing semi-professionally with the Atlanta Silverbacks reserves while also working for Dynex Capital, which was a publically traded real estate investment trust.

In June of 2002, Rod moved to Charlotte to join The Hartford Insurance Company as a middle market underwriter. During his tenure, he analyzed risk and underwrote countless mid-sized businesses across the United States such as manufacturers, wholesalers, restaurants, tech firms and professional service providers.

In August of 2004, Rod moved to Athens Georgia to begin managing the commercial division of an independent insurance agency, which included providing leadership and advice to young insurance agents on more effective ways to analyze risk and negotiate with insurance carriers on behalf of their clients.

In 2008, Rod met with a Oconee Veterinary Hospital in Watkinsville Georgia. He quickly discovered that most veterinary hospitals were written with his previous employer, The Hartford, through a national association. Upon examination of the policies for Oconee Veterinary, Rod was able to reduce their cost by 32% while still providing over $600,000 in additional needed coverage. With his previous underwriting experience and insider knowledge, Rod felt that he could replicate those results with other veterinarians in Georgia. As a result, Vetinsure was born.

Today, Vetinsure operates in 47 states and has saved the indepenent veterinary community tens of millions of dollars in insurance premiums while providing broader coverage, better value, and a stronger focus on education.

Rod is currently a member of Vetpartners and The Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics. He also enjoys time with family, coaching high school soccer, mountain climbing, traveling and speaking at veterinary conferences.


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 16th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 7/1/2019)

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

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for 200.00!

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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: Coming Soon

 

K-Laser

K-LASER

       

ServiceVet Technologies

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS 

 

QuickPACS Technologies

QUICKPACS Image Management In the Cloud

ServiceNet Medical X-Ray, Inc.

Click here to download the 2019 Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference Exhibitor Contract

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 16th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 7/1/2019)

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

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for 200.00!

Conference Hotel Information

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

doubletree resort by hilton myrtle beach oceanfront

Aerial View of the Terrace

Your Oasis Amidst All the Attraction ...

Spread across 27 lush acres on the quieter south end of Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, this newly remodeled oceanfront resort and conference center boasts award-winning service, six pools, two lazy rivers, activities designed for the young and young at heart alike.

Flanked by the 1,068ft. Springmaid Pier on one side, and Myrtle Beach State Park on the other, Springmaid Beach feels uniquely private while conveniently located just minutes from the excitement and attractions of Myrtle Beach. Here  you can choose to find a welcome retreat from all the hustle and bustle of the area, or indulge in the sights and sounds that make the Grand Strand famous. The best of both worlds are right at your doorstep at Springmaid Beach.

 

For Hotel Reservations:

Simply copy and paste the URL below into your browser or click on the Link: 

http://group.doubletree.com/SunNFun

Group Name: Sun N Fun
Arrival Date: 11-Aug-2019
Departure Date: 14-Aug-2019

Or contact Hilton Reservations at 855-778-1190 and reference group code SFN.

Live Oak Lazy River

Entrance


Springmaid Cypress Pool and Ocean View
Springmaid Cypress Pool and Ocean View

Ocean Blue Lounge at the doubletree resort by hilton myrtle beach oceanfront

Ocean Blue Lounge

The market at the doubletree resort by hilton myrtle beach oceanfront

The Market

Guestroom - Queen Palmetto - Rendering

Guestroom - Queen Palmetto - Actual Room!

Guestroom - King Palmetto - Rendering

Guestroom - King Palmetto - Actual Room!

Guestroom - King Palmetto - Rendering

Guestroom - Amenities - Actual Room!

Guestroom - King Palmetto - Rendering

Guestroom - Ocean View with Balcony - Actual Room!


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 16th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 7/1/2019)

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

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for 200.00!

Area Information

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Once you have decided on staying Springmaid Beach Resort, create unforgettable memories in this South Coast paradise, which offers:

  • 60 miles of wide, soft sandy beaches

  • Savory restaurants and family-friendly dining

  • Amusement and water parks

  • Live entertainment theaters and exciting nightlife

  • Thrilling water sports

  • The best golf courses in the south

  • Cultural activities and historic sites

  • Outlet malls, specialty boutiques, flea markets, and specialty stores

  • Freshwater, ocean and deep sea saltwater fishing

  • and so much more!

2016 Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference Beachside Bash

Photo Gallery of the Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference!


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 16th, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 7/1/2019)

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

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for 200.00!

 

Each conference provides at least 20 hours of continuing education