Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

August 2 - 6, 2017

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

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

Double Tree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

(formerly Springmaid Beach Resort)

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Click Here to Download the 2017 Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference Flyer Coming Soon


"Enjoy your last family vacation before school starts!"

New in 2017 - “A Holistic Veterinary Medicine Tract”

Speakers

Paul Bloom, DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Canine and Feline Specialty

David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

Serge Chalhoub BSc., DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Todd Cooney DVM, MS, CVH

Steve Dale, CABC

Theresa L. DePorter, DVM, MRCVS, DECAWBM, DACVB

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Jenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS-Oncology

Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT

JoAnna Larsen, Author, Advisor

Brad Marconyak, CVPM, CVT, Practice Manager

Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist

Gene Nemechek, DVM

Donna M. Raditic DVM, DACVN, CVA

Doyle Watson, DVM, Owner & President, Simmons & Associates

Labs

Randy Basinger DVM, ACVS

Basic Orthopedics Fracture Repair & Corrective Osteotomies Lab (August 2: 8am-4pm)

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Stabilization Lab (August 3: 8am-4pm)

Click here to download the Lab Flyer as a PDF

Class

Canine and Feline CPR Certification and First Aid Class - August 5th

By Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT (FULL)

 

Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) Fellowship Breakfast

Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 7:00-7:50AM

Speaker: Dr. Lauren Charles, DVM

Theme: CVM’s FY18 theme “Peace” based on Isaiah 52:7

 

On-Site Registration Now Open!

You can now register On-Site by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment.

Veterinarians $360

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

Beachside Bash on Satuday, August 5th

Includes dinner & entertainment

Exclusively Sponsored by K-Laser

K-LASER


Cornhole Tournament at Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

Cornhole Tournament sponsored by Roadrunner Pharmacy

Roadrunner Pharmacy

 


 

On-Site Registration Now Open!

You can now register On-Site by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment.

Veterinarians $360

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

 

Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

August 2 - 6, 2017

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

(formerly Springmaid Beach Resort)

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Schedule

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Registration 12 noon - 6pm - Exhibit Hall: Setup only

Speaker

Room

Topic


Gene Nemechek, DVM

 

Protecting Human and Animal Health: Veterinarian’s Expanding Role

The Veterinarian’s Oath calls on all veterinarians to protect animal health and prevent suffering, and to use scientific knowledge for the benefit of society. Veterinarians play critical roles in the health of animals, humans and the environment. With changes in FDA rules on the use of antibiotics in food animals, their responsibilities are expanding.

This presentation takes a close look at the Veterinarian’s Oath in practice and key differences in the ethics and science that drive care for companion animals versus today’s food animals and what they mean to human health and animal welfare. We will cover:

  • Why what’s best for a food animal may be what’s best for the herd.
  • Why the ethics behind the use of health management tools, including antibiotics, are different for food animals versus pets.
  • How different housing systems affect the welfare of pregnant sows, and the AVMA and AASV positions about the role of the caretaker in animal well-being.
  • Why pain management tools and practices are different for food animals versus pets.

Donna M. Raditic DVM, DACVN, CVA

SEE SPOT, FEED SPOT

Learn to use nutrition for the chronic canine diseases and the patient ‘at risk’. We recognize ‘food responsive diseases’ as not only obese/overweight, but for canine breeds ‘at risk’ for chronic dermatological and gastrointestinal diseases. Using nutritional management for weight management, food allergy/canine atopy, chronic enteropathy and inflammatory bowel disease will be presented. We also will challenge the astute practitioner to identify patients ‘at risk’ for these disease states and to use nutritional intervention to proactively prevent them.

CANINE CANCER CONUNDRUM

Despite the limited nutritional research in canine oncology patients, providing nutritional counseling is welcomed by owners and can improve quality of life. Some basic nutritional principles can be applied to select best diets for your cancer patients.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE LITTERBOX

Nutrition plays an important role in managing feline chronic kidney diseases. The nutrients of concerns and current feline therapeutic veterinary renal diets will be discussed. If the renal diet is not accepted, the practitioner needs to understand medical therapies and other diet options that they can use to manage the feline with chronic kidney disease.

SUPPLEMENT YOUR PRACTICE

The NCCIH has reported that more than half of Americans are taking supplements. Similarly pet owners are looking to use herbs and dietary supplements (HDS) for their pets. The practitioner can be challenged to understand and use them in clinical practice today. Evidence based medicine and the use of HDS for osteoarthritis, lower urinary tract disease, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer will be presented.


Jenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS-Oncology

Going Needle Free; What's the Point?

Oncology Overview

Fine Needle Aspirates; Tips and Techniques


JoAnna Larsen, Author, Advisor

Sponsored by ASAP

American Society for Asset Protection (ASAP)

 

 

How Veterinarians Can Become Invincible to Lawsuits & Save Thousands in Taxes

OBJECTIVES:

  1. Structure practice for lawsuit protection and prevention.
  2. Reduce liability insurance costs.
  3. Minimize taxes.

COURSE SUMMARY:

From this presentation, you will learn lawsuit protection, tax reduction and estate planning strategies most advisors are unaware of.

Lawsuit Protection

  • Sources of lawsuits veterinarians are exposed to and how to prevent them.
  • How veterinarians can protect 100% of their professional and personal assets from lawsuits.
  • How to protect your business, property, and personal assets in the event of a judgment in excess of liability insurance or an exclusion in a policy.
  • How to avoid the most common asset protection mistakes made by veterinarians and their advisors.
  • How you can minimize vicarious liability for the acts of other professionals and staff.

Tax Reduction and Estate Planning

  • Five strategies veterinarians can use to reduce income taxes by up to 40% each year.
  • How veterinarians can eliminate the capital gains tax on the sale of a business, real estate, stocks or other assets.
  • Tools veterinarians can use to pass assets to heirs tax free.
  • Techniques veterinarians can use to avoid probate and eliminate all estate taxes.
  • How veterinarians can effectively use corporations, trusts, wills, and family limited partnerships.

LAB
Basic Orthopedics Fracture Repair & Corrective Osteotomies

by Randy Basinger DVM, ACVS

Basic Orthopedics Fracture Repair & Corrective Osteotomies Lab (August 2: 8am-4pm)

Fracture repair and corrective osteotomies are common indications for bone plating in small animal orthopedics. Repair of comminuted fractures can be challenging when using anatomic reduction and internal fixation. A more simple method for repair of comminuted fractures is indirect reduction an bridging fixation. The Fixin Bone Plating System is a locking plate system that is affordable and easy to use to repair most fractures and limb deformities. Applications using the Fixin system for treatment of joint disorders will also be briefly discussed to allow the attendees to become familiar with the versatility of the system.

Click here to download the Lab Flyer as a PDF

08:00 - 08:05 Course Objectives

08:05 - 08:55 Fixin instruments, implants, and mechanics

08:55 - 09:40 Direct Fracture Reduction Lecture

09:40 - 09:50 Break

09:50 - 10:30 Lab 1 (Dry Lab) Direct reduction distal radius fracture

10:30 - 11:05 Indirect Fracture Reduction Lecture

11:05 - 11:55 Lab 2 (Dry Lab) Indirect reduction comminuted femur fracture

11:55 - 12:00 Questions and discussion

12:00 - 12:30 Lunch

12:30 - 01:30 Lab 3 (Dry Lab) Tibia comminuted fracture

01:30 - 01:45 Break

01:45 - 02:45 Lab 4 (Wet Lab via Instructor) Surgical approach: radius, femur, tibia

02:45 - 03:45 Lab 5 (Wet Lab) Surgical approach & Plating: radius, femur, tibia

03:45 - 04:00 Fixin System – Common Joint Applications

04:00 - 04:45 Clinical Case

04:45 - 05:00 Post-operative care

05:00 - 05:15 Q&A, closing comments


 

 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

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

Welcome Reception 4-5:30 (Exhibit Hall)

Speaker

Room

Topic


Paul Bloom, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology

Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Canine and Feline Specialty

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Sponsored by Dechra

 

8:30-9:30am: The pruritic dog-  Atopic Dermatitis – The New Paradigm And How It Changes The Way We Treat It- part 1

10-11:30am: The pruritic dog-  Atopic Dermatitis – The New Paradigm And How It Changes The Way We Treat It- part 2

1-2:15pm: New drug therapy for the pruritic dog= Oclacitinib, canine atopic dermatitis monoclonal antibody and sublingual immunotherapy- what are they and when should we use them

2:30-3:30pm: SERUM TESTING VS INTRADERMAL TESTING IN CANINE ATOPIC DERMATITIS


Todd Cooney DVM, MS, CVH

 

Homeopathy Overview  - 1 hour :

An introduction to the basics of homeopathy, its beginnings and history, and definitions of terminology / vocabulary.   Dr. Samuel Hahnemann’s first recognition of the Law of Similars.  The current state of homeopathy in veterinary and human medicine here and worldwide.  The underlying philosophy of homeopathy and how it differs from conventional (allopathic) medicine.  A brief look at what homeopathy can treat, and its limitations.

Homeopathy for acute conditions and emergencies:   Acute vs. Chronic disease - 1 hour:

Homeopathy works very well for many acute conditions such as trauma / shock, heatstroke, insect stings, gastrointestinal upsets, skin flare ups, urinary tract inflammation, infectious diseases such as parvo, and others.  Many animal owners learn basic principles of acute prescribing and keep a remedy kit on hand to treat basic acute symptoms early, often shortening the length of the illness, and restoring health quickly. The terms ‘acute’ and ‘chronic’ mean something different in homeopathy, compared to conventional medicine.  An acute disease begins ‘outside’ the body – trauma, infectious disease, heatstroke, etc., with intense sudden symptoms.  The animal either recovers in a short time or dies.  Chronic disease is less dramatic, and causes a slow deterioration, with gradual progression to deeper more vital organs.  Homeopaths see most disease as chronic, with occasional ‘acute’ flareups.

Vaccination and Epidemic disease, Part 1   - 1 hour:

Vaccination is a hot topic, and one of which homeopathy has strong opinions.  Homeopaths believe vaccines are able to cause a chronic disease state, termed ‘vaccinosis’.  Dr. J. Compton Burnett MD, a British physician, first recognized this problem shortly after the first smallpox vaccines began in humans, writing a short book on this idea in 1884, which is still referenced today. Epidemic diseases are those which tend to occur sporadically, with very recognizable symptoms, in people and animals.  Examples are parvo in dogs;  influenza, malaria, cholera, typhoid and ebola in humans.  Homeopathy has a great record of successful treatment in epidemic diseases, even prompting the US government to erect a monument to Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, in Washington DC, the only statue in our nation’s capitol dedicated to a physician.

Vaccination and Epidemic disease,  Part 2  - 1 hour:

Continuation of this important topic, concluding with discussion and questions.

Suppression, Palliation and Cure – 1 hour:

These are the three main possible responses to a homeopathic remedy, or any treatment for that matter.  Understanding and recognizing the difference is a very important part of good homeopathic treatment.  We will define these terms, and give examples of each, and how to differentiate the various responses to a remedy.  This is one of the key parts of successful homeopathic prescribing, second only to selecting the right remedy.

EXPLAINING AND SUPPORTING THE EFFICACY OF HOMEOPATHY: THE CURRENT STATE OF RESEARCH   - 1 hour:

 Homeopathy goes against the grain of conventional medical thinking, but is there real evidence to support this method of the ‘minimal dose’?  A look into the historical perspective of homeopathy, the reality of bias, and some of the most recent research supporting homeopathy, and the future of this individualized medicine.

Serge Chalhoub BSc., DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

 

Renal/Urinary

8:30-9:30am : Chronic kidney disease: What’s the Pathophysiology?

10-11:30am: Chronic kidney disease: New and Old Treatments

11-2:15pm : Proteinuria: The Silent Killer

2:30-3:30pm : Nephroliths and uroliths


Steve Dale, CABC

 

8:30 to 9:20 Pet Meets Baby:

Most dog bites happen to children, and most often to children within the home the dog lives. Most dog bites (and cat bites too) can be prevented. Maybe in this era of young family’s getting a pet first, and considering the pet their “first baby” – they are even more prone to problems. Many ideas are offered for families to consider to help dogs or cats to adjust before bringing home baby, as well as to dispel myths (especially associated with cats). One idea is for a veterinary technician to offer a class to provide tips before the baby arrives. Also, solutions are offered on how to deal with any behavior problems which may occur as a result of that bundle of joy.  

9:30 to 10:20 Dogs Weren't Bred to Be Couch Potatoes: Why We Must Enrich our Dogs' Lives (canine enrichment):

All dogs need a job, but unfortunately the canine unemployment rate is sky rocking. They may be man’s best friend, but good zoos do more to enrich the lives of polar bears and chimpanzees than we do our companion animals. As a result, obesity and terminal boredom lead to physiological and psychological problems, and can damage the human/animal bond, even leading to relinquishment. Sometimes enrichment choices may be dependent on what a dog breed was originally bred for. Lots of ideas are communicated which are easy and fun for clients to implement, including ‘brain games.’ Enrichment also appears to be a powerful tool to maintain brain health, and may even delay and/or alter on the onset cognitive dysfunction syndrome.

10:30 to 11:30 Brain Dead Fat Cats:

Enriching Your Cat’s Life (feline enrichment): Life may be safer for indoor cats, but obesity and terminal boredom can kill too. Living in a dull environment means less exercise and perhaps obesity, as well as stress resulting from boredom, and an increased likelihood of physical illnesses. This stress can cause what has lately been dubbed “Pandora’s Syndrome,” idiopathic cystitis (FLUTD) may trigger inappropriate elimination (a major reason for relinquishment). Behavioral problems may occur intertwined with physical problems, such as diabetes mellitus, osteoarthritis, feline cognitive dysfunction syndrome, and others. Activating prey drive and encouraging family interaction not only eliminates beer bellies it encourages better adjusted family companions and may help to prevent or treat “Pandora’s Syndrome,”, as well as to enhance the human/animal bond. Various inexpensive and easy to implement enrichment ideas/games for clients will be presented. There’s also a discussion of “training” cats (how to do it, and why you’d bother in the first place).

1 to 3:15 Bad Kitty to Good Kitty:

Lending a Paw to Frustrated Cat Owners, Dealing with Most Common Cat Behavior Problems: Here’s an overview of some of the most frustrating problems for cat owners. The lineup illustrated in this talk includes a feline behavioral “greatest hits:” Inappropriate elimination (marking, voiding and defecating – that fun triple threat); inter-cat aggression; aggression to people; “fraidy cats;” scratching in all the wrong places and overnight commotion. The goal is to provide basic information on how to help regarding these problem behaviors problems, which could otherwise worsen and lead to relinquishment.  I offer resources for clients as well as for professionals

3:30 to 4:30 Real World Pet Behavior:

Talking the Talk: Case studies and discussion. Real-life examples of dog and cat behavior problems are discussion. There will be some role-playing involved, as Steve plays the client, offering examples of descriptions of dogs with separation anxiety and owners so frustrated by the cat having accidents, if help isn’t available fast – the cat lands at a shelter. Behavior isn’t an easy topic to discuss, and may take time. As a part of this exercise – client communications may be improved. Not only does Steve offer behavioral information here (advice on appropriate training, behavior modification, etc), he also offers client perspective.

Doyle Watson, DVM, Owner & President, Simmons & Associates

 

1. Buy ins and mergers

  • Hear the nuances of good, bad and ugly of practice buy-ins. From buyer and seller perspective. Good reasons and bad ones tro do so.

2. Transition of high-grossing practice ownership

  • Internal sale
  • External private sale
  • External corporate sale
  • Learn of the many avenues available on today’s market to accommodate ownership exit of high grossing practices. Why choose one over the other.

3. Income Tax impact of the purchase and sale.

  • Owners: “Ya have to pay the tax man”. Well not necessarily. Come and see how to defer or avoid those tremendous taxes from your practice sale. Buyers: How the sale price structure affects your after-purchase income tax.

4. Open Question and Answer session

  • Get answers to those burning questions keeping you awake at night.

LAB
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Stabilization Laboratory

by Randy Basinger DVM, ACVS

 

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Stabilization Laboratory

Diagnosis of CrCL rupture and treatment with Isolock system. Repair a ligament rupture can be challenging. The Intrauma ISOLOCK is a new and easy system for treatment of joint disorders as CrCL repair and patella luxation. CrCL rupture is a very common indications; so this course want to focus on every phase of CrCL rupture: diagnosis, surgical approach, complications, post-operative care and rehab.

Click here to download the Lab Flyer as a PDF

7:30 Welcome and informations

7:35 Cranial cruciate disease

08:00 - 08:30 Diagnosis of CrCL disease

08:30 - 09:00 Meniscal injury and treatment

09:00 - 0920 Break

09:20 - 09:40 Concept of isometry site for CrCL repair

09:40 - 10:00 IsoLock extracapsular CrCL repair

10:00 - 11:30 Laboratory 1 IsoLock extracapular CrCL repair – stifle model each participant

11:30 - 12:30 Lunch

12:30 - 12:45 Patient preparation and surgical approach

12:45 - 01:15 Complications and Outcome

01:15 - 02:45 Laboratory 2 (cadaver left stifle) surgical approach and exploratory of stifle meniscal release IsoLock extracapsular CrCL repair
02:45 - 04:00 Laboratory 3 (cadaver right stifle) surgical approach and exploratory of stifle meniscal release IsoLock extracapsular CrCL repair

04:00 - 04:15 Postoperative care and rehab

04:15 - 04:30 Discussion - End of course


David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

 

Laser Therapy Simplified: A Complete Review of What You Really Need to Know (3 Hours)


Conference Event

Exhibit Hall

4-5:30pm: Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall


 

Friday, August 4, 2017

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

Deli Lunch 11:30am (Exhibt hall)


Speaker

Room

Topic


Paul Bloom, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology

Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Canine and Feline Specialty

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Sponsored by Dechra

 

8:30-9:30am: Diagnosis And Management Of Otitis Externa In The Real World – part 1

10-11:30am: Diagnosis And Management Of Otitis Externa In The Real World – part 2

 1-2:15pm: MRSA, MRSP, MRSS- Alphabet Soup Antibiotic Use In Small Animal Dermatology- What Should We Be Using – part 1

2:30-3:30pm: MRSA, MRSP, MRSS- Alphabet Soup Antibiotic Use In Small Animal Dermatology- What Should We Be Using – part 2


Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

 

This series of lectures on Ethnomedicine, Organoleptics and Phytopharmacology will cover the roots of both Herbal and Pharmaceutical drugs, from a cultural and chemical perspective. We will explore the origins of herbal medicine in a variety of societies, then learn both in lecture and through tasting how herbs are assessed for use. The lectures will then continue into the chemistry behind the actions and flavors of herbs.  On Sunday, we will continue with Hands-on Herbal Medicine, in which we will first learn how to formulate and administer herbs and then prepare teas and foods containing herbs.  There will be tasting throughout both days.

Phytopharmacology:

This 2-part lecture will go through the chemistry of herbs and their constituents, including the constituents that are allopathic drugs. It will help the student identify the use of an herb by its taste and energetics. Lastly, we will talk about the chemicals that make foods certain colors and the health benefits of each.

Ethnomedicine:

The origins of herbal medicine are from native cultures around the world. This lecture will explain how many cultures have chosen medicinal herbs throughout time, and then proceed to detail how a few specific native cultures choose their herbs. The societal examples will focus on ethnoveterinary uses of herbs. We will also briefly discuss how pharmaceuticals have coopted herbal chemicals for allopathic drugs and the pros and cons of traditional herbal use versus pharmaceutical use.

Organoleptics:

The definition of organoleptics is “being, affecting, or relating to qualities (as taste, color, odor, and feel) of a substance (as a food or drug) that stimulate the sense organs” (Merriam Webster dictionary). In this lecture, we will explain groups of herbs and their uses based on this concept. The class will discuss the 5 common flavors described in herbal medicine, and taste examples of each flavor. Students will begin to discern the quality of herbs using organoleptics.


Brad Marconyak, CVPM, CVT, Practice Manager

 

8:30-9:30am: Are You a Good Boss?

10-11:30am: Are You Making Your Employees Quit?
1-2:15pm: Working With People You Don’t Like

2:30-3:30pm: Building and Maintaining Relationships


Steve Dale, CABC &
Theresa L. DePorter, DVM, MRCVS, DECAWBM, DACVB

Getting-Pets-to-Vets: Barriers to Veterinary Care for the Cat

Steve Dale

Veterinary visits have been on the decline over a decade. Nearly 40 percent of cat owners say just “thinking about a veterinary visit” is stressful. That’s millions of pet owners.  Many cats don’t even see a veterinarian in the course of a year.  Steve looks at why that’s the cat and what can be done. A majority of cat owners consider getting the cat into a carrier and/or the travel itself to the clinic to be a major hindrance, and very often the primary explanation for skipping a veterinary visit. Together, Getting-Pets-to-Vets: getting pets out of the living room and into the exam room.

Cats: Getting-Pets-to-Vets: Empathy and Identifying Symptoms of Feline Distress:

Theresa DePorter

Quantitative and qualitative assessments of client emotions and feline distress influencing Getting-Pets-to-Vets. Help owners understand they are not alone and there are ways to help their pet feel better. Together, Getting-Pets-to-Vets: getting pets out of the living room and into the exam room.

Cats: Getting Pets to Vets: Tools and Strategies for Feline Training:

Steve Dale

Great you have the opportunity to talk with clients about cats – that’s a start, but now what? Stress isn’t a powerful enough word to describe the emotion most cats feel as they are stuffed into a carrier and headed to the clinic. Forced panic is more accurate. And of course, this anxiety is contagious and a significant reason for a decline in veterinary visits. How to talk with clients about training their cats for carriers. And Steve talks about how to carrier train a cat. Nearly 60 per cent of clients say they “hate” going to the veterinarian, but when cats are carrier trained that number is far lower. Also discussed are training techniques which assist in husbandry, such as teaching cats to accept pills (long before a real pill arrives) and to scratch in all the right places. Also, discussed is training cats to do things, such as coming when called, and why clients might bother to teach cats anything in the first place. Training means, increasing the likelihood of keeping cats in homes.

1 to 2 Getting Pets to Vets

Cats: Getting-Pets-to-Vets: Pheromones, Nutraceuticals and Medications for Reducing Feline Distress:

Theresa DePorter

Severely distressed animals may need psychopharmacological interventions. Pheromones, nutraceuticals and medications may be beneficial for the reduction of anxiety for that trip to the veterinary clinic. Together, Getting-Pets-to-Vets: getting pets out of the living room and into the exam room.

2 to 3 Steve Dale

Fear Freesm: Be The Change:

(Steve Dale is a certified Fear Freesm speaker, chief correspondent Fear Free Happy Homessm): Of course, veterinary professionals go into the profession to help pets, to make them better; but Steve demonstrates that many pets visiting the veterinarian actually feel as if they are going to die – quite literally. We know clients get “stressed out” even thinking about visiting the veterinarian because pets are so stressed, and then more likely to opt for “Dr. Google.” There is a better way, and that’s what Fear Freesm is. Steve suggests Fear Free sm begins in homes. He talks about lowering fear, anxiety and stress before veterinary visits – how to get pets to vets - and describes Fear Free Happy Homessm,, and why how enriched environments matter. He also talks about how several programs (perhaps taught by veterinary nurses), including pre-pet counseling, kitten socialization classes and puppy classes. A media professional, he also discusses how to use social and traditional media to market and support Fear Free sm

3 to 4 Theresa DePorter

How to “defuse” Kitty conflicts with a pheromone diffuser

Some cats do not get along with their housemate cats. What if we could speak “cat?” What if we could write a message in a feline language, send it to the cats and influence their aggressive behavior? We can. This session will review the art and science of leaving an encoded feline-friendly message in the environment in order to “defuse” conflict between housemate cats.

Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT

 

Technician Session

Anesthesia in the Unstable Patient

Holy Hannah! How am I to help this hound???  Is an unstable patient being quickly transferred to your OR table?  This session will discuss the ‘H-culprits’ of instability as well as practical considerations and changes that can be made for each patient.

Let's Learn to Yearn for Urinalysis

Clients don't think of it as 'number one' or 'liquid gold', but we do!  Urine has so much to say if we just listen, all we must do is think bigger than the stick and larger than the drip. Bring back old memories of lessons learned in school and couple them with new techniques and tricks to making the completion of a Urinalysis your favorite task.

Everyday ICU4U

Just because your patients aren’t hospitalized in a state of the art facility doesn’t mean they can’t receive the same care!  Regardless of the size and scope of the practice, they all have the potential to offer optimum care to hospitable patients.  Join us in a discussion of standards of care along with tips and tricks.

IMHA- Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia from the Technicians Perspective

The diagnosis is complete, now it’s your turn! Join us in a review of IMHA from start to finish. During this time the crucial steps the technician is responsible for will be discussed in regards to a favorable outcome.


David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

 

Laser Therapy Simplified: A Complete Review of What You Really Need to Know

Laser therapy is the fastest growing modality in veterinary medicine; this lecture will help you understand why. Dr Bradley simplifies the science behind Laser therapy and will cover the most up-to- date research and clinical cases associated with laser therapy. Attendees will understand the cellular and biological mechanisms behind the healing properties of therapeutic Lasers. All wavelengths, power ranges, and frequency modes of delivery will be thoroughly reviewed. Special emphasis will be placed on explaining the practical approach to improving clinical outcomes and the optimal techniques, protocols, and Laser parameters that will consistently produce the very best clinical results. Case studies will focus on arthritis and DJD, post-surgical recovery, wound healing and other dermatological conditions, lameness, trauma, neck and back injuries, as well as abdominal and thoracic conditions that are amenable to Laser therapy.

The attendees will leave with an understanding of the broad range of clinical applications for therapeutic lasers, and how the important parameters of wavelength, power, and frequency modulation are used to optimize clinical results. Practical solutions will be presented to illustrate how simple it is to successfully launch Laser therapy into your practice.

Hour One:   Laser Therapy: The Science Made Simple

This session will thoroughly explain photobiomodulation in simple terms along with the physiology behind Laser therapy.

Hour Two:  Laser Therapy:  Protocols and Treatment Techniques Simplified

This session will show how the science is translated into simple treatment protocols for a wide variety of clinical conditions and how to optimize results.

Hour Three: Laser Therapy: Case Studies and Practice Implementation

This session will use Case Studies to illustrate the protocols and techniques discussed previously. Will also review pricing and packaging of Laser therapy for easy implementation.


 

   

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Registration 8am-1pm - Exhibit Hall Hours: 8am-3:30pm

Fun in the Sun Beach Bash: 6:00 - 10:00 pm

Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) Fellowship Breakfast: 7:00-7:50AM

Speaker: Dr. Lauren Charles, DVM

Theme: CVM’s FY18 theme “Peace” based on Isaiah 52:7

Speaker

Room

Topic


Theresa L. DePorter, DVM, MRCVS, DECAWBM, DACVB

Sponsored by Nutramax

 

Morning

Glucocorticoids for the Developing Brain: Too Much, Too Little or Just Right?

Stress is ubiquitous. Some individuals flourish under stress while others wilt. Individual variability for the adaptation and coping with stress is related to the complex interaction of genetic, cognitive and emotional factors. This session will consider how perinatal stresses influence subsequent adult behavior, from mice to humans. And when there is too much stress, what advice can be offered to clients.

New perspectives on socialization. Canine socialization: Why, when, and how?  

Why is that often talked about period of socialization in dogs so important, and how to provide the optimal experience during the socialization period. There is so much more we can do with puppies beyond games like 'pass the puppy,' and having strangers give dog biscuits. Socialization is more than just meeting people, and sometimes doing too much or socialization incorrectly is detrimental.

Canine communication: Reading the body language and communication.

Canids communicate fears, anxiety and appeasement by body postures and non-verbal signaling which may be appreciated in every day contexts. This presentation will include examples of wolf communication and how it may be similar and also may vary from pet dogs. How important is dominance? And how relevant is understanding dominance to solving behavior problems? It turns out that watching dogs is not just about dominance anymore.

Afternoon

Empathy for the Fearful, Worried, or Anxious Pet

Assessing and understanding anxiety. An overview of the signs of anxiety in pets and how to help family members and veterinary professionals understand the manifestations of fear, anxiety, and worry in pets. Observe the symptoms of anxiety and worry in pets. Understand fear, anxiety and worry in pets, and what to tell clients to do about it….and in-clinic what you/your staff can do about it.. Develop empathy for fear, anxiety and worry in pets.

Pheromonatherapy: use of pheromones to modify behavior:

Semiochemical communication allows animals to leave a message for another of the same species to receive and interpret at a later time. Animals may do this be scratching, rolling, rubbing or eliminating.  Clinically pheromones may be useful preventatively or as treatment for specific behavior problems.

Use of Nutraceutical and Botanical Therapies to Modify Behavior

Fear and anxiety in pets are often overlooked or misunderstood and, if allowed to continue untreated, the pet may suffer needlessly.  Early and appropriate intervention is essential. Clients may ask about nutraceutical options but do you know what to recommend?  From new products to old favorites: from research to clinical applications; this presentation provides an overview of natural, non-prescription anxiolytics which may reduce anxiety or fears in dogs and cats

Brad Marconyak, CVPM, CVT, Practice Manager

 

8:30-9:30am: Leader vs. Manager

10-11:30am: Become a Great Leader

1-2:15pm: The Art of Managing Up?

2:30-3:30pm: Body Language


Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT

 

Technician Session

CPR, ADR, UO, and IMHA for the VT....Join us in turning some common acronyms into informative and fun CE sessions.


Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT

 

Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid Class  (FULL)

Proudly taught by Vet Teams, LLC. in conjunction with Pet Emergency Education, LLC. The Pet CPR+® Certification Program is nationally recognized and rapidly becoming the premiere Pet CPR training program for animal advocates, veterinary professionals as well as pet owners! This interactive class is recognized by employers, shelter/rescues, veterinary clinics, disaster teams and more!

PetCPR+ Certification program is designed to train the participant in canine and feline CPR and First Aid.  This class is ideal for animal professionals, veterinary medicine and technology students, obedience trainers, kennel staff, pet retailers, pet sitters, animal shelter staff/volunteers, rescue personnel, groomers, First Responders, Fire/EMT and pet owners.  Topics covered in this class will include safe handling, restraint and transportation of sick and/or injured pets, obtaining vital signs and assessing an emergency situation, managing common medical emergencies, and how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Attendees are encouraged to wear scrubs and/or comfortable clothing to facilitate the use of the CPR dog instructional model. Attendees are also welcome to bring their own stuffed animal(s) to practice on prior to certification.

Each registration includes: A copy of the Ebook: ‘Pet CPR and First Aid Manual*’, 2 CPR Certification Wallet Cards, official Certificate and a 2 year subscription to the Pet Emergency Education Online Animal Emergency Resource Center *Printed copies of the manual may be purchased for an additional $24.95

Class is $65.00 and Space is Limited


Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist

 

Top 3 things that affect your clinics "Word of Mouth Branding"


The Beachside Bash Sponsored by K-Laser and the Cornhole Tournament Sponsored by Roadrunner Pharmacy

Photos from the Beachside Bash and Cornhole Tournament during the 2016 Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference!  What Family Fun!

 

For Conference Attendees and Guests Only

Atlantic Ballroom

 

Cornhole Tournament

Sponsored by Roadrunner Pharmacy

Held just before the Beachside Bash

Roadrunner Pharmacy


 

For Conference Attendees and Guests Only

Live Oak Lawn

Beachside Bash on Satuday, August 5th

6 - 10 pm, includes dinner & entertainment - Bring your lawn chair or towel

Exclusively Sponsored by K-Laser

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

 

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Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Sponsored by ServiceVet Technologies
ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS 

 

 

8:30 am - 11:30 am : Hands-on Herbal Medicine: (Lecture and Lab)

In the lecture, we will go through all the ways herbs can be administered, with details of how to prepare and administer.  Herbs can be dispensed as tinctures, teas, tablets and capsules, powders, and in food. Topically, herbs can be applied as a dry powder or in oil or salves.  We will continue by going through how to put together an herbal formula.  Things to consider include: type of administration, type of herb, number of herbs, specifics of patient, environment and speed of delivery.  We will work through some case examples of formula preparation. Then we will continue with a delectable tasting lab.  It will be a hands-on interactive demonstration of the preparation of multiple forms of herbal preparations, including types of tea preparation and incorporation of herbs into foods. Participants will be both making and tasting herbal food medicines.


 

Total CE hours = 22 hours

 

On-Site Registration Now Open!

You can now register On-Site by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment.

Veterinarians $360

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

Speaker Bios...


Randy Basinger DVM, ACVSDr. Randy Basinger DVM, DACVS

Dr. Basinger received his DVM degree from the Ohio State University in 1983. After a one year internship in Boston, he completed a three year surgery residency and coursework for a Master’s degree in physiology at the University of Georgia. In 1987 he received the American College of Veterinary Surgeon’s award for the best research publication by a resident. Dr. Basinger has published 4 textbook chapters and 14 scientific articles, and is a frequent lecturer at the local, state, national, and international level. He is the chairman of the ACVS Board of Trustees, and SCAV Awards Committee. He started the Veterinary Referral Center in Columbia SC in 1987.

Randy is married to another veterinarian, Dr. Louise Burpee, and one of their two children is a veterinary school graduate from UGA. They share their time between Litchfield beach and Columbia with 2 dogs, 4 cats, 5 laying hens, 2 rabbits, a parrot, and a cockatiel.

 


David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS graduated from UF in 1987. He has practiced for over 27 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.


Serge Chalhoub BSc., DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Born and raised in Montreal, Dr. Chalhoub graduated from the DVM program at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV) of the University of Montreal in 2004. He then completed a one-year rotating small animal internship at the same institution. After working for two years as a general practitioner and emergency veterinarian at the DMV Centre in Montreal, Dr. Chalhoub pursued a residency in small animal internal medicine at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York City. Once completed in 2009 he stayed on at the AMC as their first renal/hemodialysis fellow. During this time, he was also trained in interventional radiology/endoscopy (urethral/ureteral/tracheal stents, cystoscopy-assisted ectopic ureter ablation, lithotripsy). Since July 2012, Dr. Chalhoub has been an instructor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He was the recipient of the 2013 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Teacher of the Year Award and the 2015 University of Calgary Team Teacher of the Year Award. He is the co-coordinator of the UCVM-CUPS Pet Health Clinics for disadvantaged Calgarians, which promotes 3rd year DVM students practicing their professional skills and wellness exams with the pets of the tenants of the Calgary Urban Project Society.


Todd Cooney DVM, MS, CVHTodd Cooney DVM, MS, CVH

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

 

 


Steve Dale, CABC

Steve Dale, CABCSteve Dale, CABC (certified animal behavior consultant) over the past few decades has reached pet owners than any other pet journalist in America.

He is the host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute (together heard on over 100 radio stations, syndicated Black Dog Radio Productions, since 2005). He’s also a special contributor at WGN Radio, Chicago and program host, Steve Dale’s Pet World (since 1997). And he formerly hosted nationally broadcast Animal Planet Radio.

Steve’s blog: www.stevedale.tv

For 21 years, his twice weekly newspaper column was syndicated by the Chicago Tribune. Steve was a contributing editor USA Weekend (2002 to 2014), and regular columnist at Cat Fancy magazine (2006 to 2014), and has written for a long list of magazines, from People to Dog World (where he was a columnist). He’s currently a columnist and contributing editor for CATster.

He also contributes blogs on various other websites, including for Victoria Stilwell, and the Pet Health Network.

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

Currently, he’s a contributor to nationally syndicated HouseSmarts TV.

His YouTube page offers well over 100 videos, https://www.youtube.com/user/jdbdrp

Steve’s also a frequent host of satellite media tours.

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

Steve co-edited “Decoding Your Dog,” written by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014). Steve’s the author of ebooks, “Good Dog!” and “Good Cat!” (Chicago Tribune, 2011). He’s the author of several other books including “DogGone Chicago” and “American Zoos.”

He’s written introductions or contributed chapters to over 20 books, including “Bonding With Your Dog,” “Dog Spelled Backwards,” “The Compassion of Dogs,” “Raising My Furry Children,” “Christmas Cats” and “Angel Animals and the Kids Who Love Them.” 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Theresa L. DePorter, DVM, MRCVS, DECAWBM, DACVBTheresa L. DePorter, DVM, MRCVS, DECAWBM, DACVB

Theresa DePorter is a board certified diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM). She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University in 1992. She has been seeing behavior consultations at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, since 2004.

Co-Author “Feline aggression” in 3 rd edition of “Behaviour Problems of the Dog and Cat” by Landsberg et al.

Feline Behavioral Medicine (Elsevier) Ilona Rodan & Sarah Heath. The chapters: “Use of pheromones in feline practice” and co-author chapter “Tools of the trade: Psychopharmacology and Nutrition”

Chapter on “Prevention and management of stress in pet cats in the home environment” ISFM Pocket Guide to Feline Stress and Health

Also forthcoming, 9 chapters on Feline Aggression in Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Canine and Feline Behavior, Second Edition by Debra Horwitz

Dr DePorter is the proud caretaker of 5 Labradors and a former shelter cat “Bacon” who was relinquished in the bitter Michigan winter of 2013 for “not wanting to be an outside cat”.


Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MSLaurie 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.


Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVTMichelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT

Michelle’s calling to work in veterinary medicine was evident from a young age. While in the second grade, during a trip to their veterinarian for her dog Charlie’s annual exam, she was allowed “in back” where she was able to gaze upon a preserved heart that was infested with heartworms. Shortly after this adventure she declared she would grow up to be a veterinarian! Upon turning 15 she started working as a kennel hand in a large Chicagoland veterinary clinic, where she was then cross trained into a customer service role as well as received on the job training as a veterinary technician.

After moving to Minnesota to attend college, Michelle graduated from North Dakota State University, with Bachelors of Science in Veterinary Technology, in 2002. During her college years she worked in a mixed animal practice gaining experience in large animal medicine to compliment her small animal background. She received her credentials as a Certified Veterinary Technician from the state of Minnesota in 2003, and currently maintains this status.

In 2009 Michelle received her Masters of Business Administration, with an emphasis in Veterinary Medicine Management, from Minnesota School of Business. During this time Michelle continued to work as a CVT in various aspects of companion animal medicine, but spent the majority of her time working in veterinary technology education.

Currently Michelle spends her career time teaching in an online Veterinary Technology program, providing relief services for various companion animal practices as well some specialty and referral practices, and traveling to different national conventions to speak and mentor others in the field.


JoAnna Larsen, Author, AdvisorJoAnna Larsen, Author, Advisor

Joanna Larsen is an expert in the areas of lawsuit protection, tax reduction, and estate planning. She has been training professionals throughout the country on aspects of financial literacy since 2005. Joanna is a successful entrepreneur who has also taught at public and private schools. Communication and teaching have been her forte and business passion. Joanna started working on a non-profit, “Leaders Thru Literacy” in which she aims to spread her love of reading and leadership skills. She is a USTA tennis player, avid skier, and writer.

American Society for Asset Protection (ASAP)


Brad Marconyak, CVPM, CVT, Practice ManagerBrad Marconyak, CVPM, CVT, Practice Manager

Brad Marconyak  graduated Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania with a BS degree in Biology and has been working in the veterinary profession since he was 18 years old. Brad passed the National Veterinary Technicians Exam to become a CVT and also passed the Certified Veterinary Practice Managers Exam to become a CVPM, making him one of only a few people in the country who uniquely possess both a CVPM and a CVT.  Brad currently consults with veterinary practices to help each practice achieve their goals both professionally and financially.

Outside of work, Brad spends time with his beautiful wife Liana and adorable daughter Autumn. Brad’s interests consist of woodworking, reading sci-fi, technology, and outdoor activities including biking and scuba-diving.


Robbie van Mullem, BSRobbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist

Robbie van Mullem was raised in the Hammond, Louisiana area, where he graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1995.   Robbie began his career in the animal health industry with IDEXX Laboratories.  After a number of years as an in-clinic laboratory representative and earning the prestiges President’s Club Award, Robbie was then promoted to area instrument manager. He then took the position of National Director of Sales and Marketing with Smitty’s Lubricants, the world’s largest private label oil and lubrication business.   Robbie decided to return to business ownership, and helped create 3 Sided Media, to meet online and social media needs of veterinarians and their clinics. Robbie’s interest in computers and internet marketing stems from attending programing classes at Southeastern Louisiana University and his experience as National Director of Sales and Marketing at Smitty’s Lubricants.  Robbie is a social media and online marketing consultant and has been involved in the Animal Health Industry for over 11 years.

3Sided Media


Gene Nemechek, DVMGene Nemechek, DVM

Gene Nemechek, DVM, is a swine veterinarian with Zoetis Inc., and is located in Wilson, N.C. Zoetis provides animal health products that include vaccines, medications, and antibiotics for all species of livestock and pets. Zoetis was formed by Pfizer Pharmaceutical Company in February of 2013 and replaced its Animal Health division.

Prior to joining Pfizer Animal Health, Gene was the swine quality assurance veterinarian for the Tyson Pork Group, Inc., located in Springdale, Ark. Before that, Gene was veterinarian in charge of production and health services with Genetic Improvement Services / Perfect Pig in Newton Grove, N.C. He also spent 20 years with Cargill Pork in North Carolina as a staff veterinarian and provided veterinary technical services to Ralston Purina.

Gene has served as president of the National Pork Board and on the organization’s Budget, Swine Health, Pork Safety and Resolutions committees. Gene also served as president of the North Carolina Pork Council. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Association of Swine Veterinarians.

Gene grew up in western Kansas on a livestock and wheat farm. He earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1976 from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan.

Gene and his wife, Susan, have four children: Sarah, Megan, Molly, and Jeremiah. Gene is a member of St. Therese’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus in Wilson. He is also a troop leader with the Boy Scouts.


Doyle Watson, DVM President and CEODoyle Watson, DVM President and CEO

Dr. Doyle Watson provides the vision and leadership for Simmons & Associates’ corporate office and operates our Southeast regional office. He is well respected among veterinary colleagues as an expert in appraisal and brokerage. Dr. Watson earned his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Georgia and established two small animal practices in Georgia.

In 1985, he purchased half interest in Simmons & Associates and established and managed our East Coast office. Dr. Watson later fully acquired Simmons & Associates nationwide in 1990 and set up our regional network of 10 offices to serve veterinarians coast to coast.

To share the latest clinical and management information with our profession, Dr. Watson founded Veterinary Forum, a national veterinary journal. After leading the publication as its president and CEO, he sold the journal in 1996. Dr. Watson is a licensed real-estate broker in seven Southeastern states and a licensed veterinarian in Georgia and Florida. In addition to veterinary association memberships, Dr. Watson belongs to the American Society of Appraisers and Institute of Business Appraisers. He lectures on veterinary practice sales and valuations nationwide.

Dr. Watson prides himself in the assemblage of a professional, talented, multi-functional staff and is confident in their ability to perform every function and service we provide. His primary job is initial contact with prospective sellers and personally performing each practice appraisal to ensure an accurate value, price (which may often be different figures), and terms of financing. Additionally he is in direct contact with every buyer who has visited a practice and expresses an interest in pursuit of ownership. He spends hours over the telephone, detailing the precise methodology on his appraisal process and how he arrived at the value or price. In that discussion he also details the various terms available and what the buyer can expect as personal income after all expenses have been made.

Although you will find him often with a sense of humor, most often you will appreciate the sound business advice and unofficial tax and legal advice he offers in all aspects of the business of contract creation, practice sale, purchase, ownership, and management.


 

On-Site Registration Now Open!

You can now register On-Site by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment.

Veterinarians $360

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

What our Attendees Say!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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  3 Sided Media & Review Retrievers

Abaxis

 

Bayer Animal Health

K-LASER

OsteoCertus

QUICKPACS Image Management In the Cloud

Roadrunner Pharmacy

Click here to download the 2017 Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference Exhibitor Contract

Sun N Fun Exhibit Hall Floorplan

 


 

On-Site Registration Now Open!

You can now register On-Site by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment.

Veterinarians $360

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

Conference Hotel Information

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront (formerly Springmaid Beach Resort)

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 Reservations:

Room rates of $230.00 guaranteed until July 3, 2017. Reservations can be made by the following methods:

Click This Link to Get Our Exclusive Group Rates - http://group.doubletree.com/sunnfunveterinaryassociation

or call Doubletree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront at 1-800-770-6895, mention reservation code FUN or Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference. Rates include all taxes, 2 breakfast buffet passes per day,  and Harbor Oaks Mini Golf pass. .

 

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!


On-Site Registration Now Open!

You can now register On-Site by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment.

Veterinarians $360

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

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!


On-Site Registration Now Open!

You can now register On-Site by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment.

Veterinarians $360

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

 

Each conference provides at least 20 hours of continuing education