Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

24th Annual Colonial Veterinary Conference

Colonial Veterinary Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia

November 20-24, 2019

"In Historic Williamsburg, Virginia"

Colonial Veterinary Conference

22nd Annual Colonial Veterinary ConferenceNovember 20-24, 2019

Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center, Williamsburg, Virginia


Speakers

Paul Camilo, CVPM

Mark Epstein, DVM, DABVP, CVPP

Jenny Fisher, RVT, VTS Sponsored by PractiVet & Garrett Levin, DVM, DACVS Sponsored by Ascend Veterinary Surgery

Colleen Fox, DVM

Nicole LaForest, LVT, RVT, CCFT, Sponsored by Pet Emergency Education

Salina Locke, DVM

Jeff Mayo, DVM, DABVP Labs, Sponsored by Ellman, Jorgensen Laboratories, RegenVET, VetStem, Osteocertus

Lynne Swanson, DVM, Sponsored by givesmiles.us

Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist

Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA

 

Sessions

Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid/Advanced Life Support

Canine & Feline CPR & First Aid Class - 11/ 23 - 8:30-11:30am

 Canine & Feline CPR Advanced Life Support Class 11/23 - 1-4pm

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

 

Fracture Repair Lab: The Fundamentals to Start, The Techniques to Succeed, Thursday, November 21st, 2019 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

This two-part training combines an overview of the evolution of plating technology with hands-on training on the latest techniques. Learn from international mobile vet Dr. Jeff Mayo, on how to approach challenges - and patients - of many sizes. Taught by Jeff Mayo, DVM, DABVP Labs, Sponsored by Ellman, Jorgensen Laboratories, RegenVET, VetStem, Osteocertus

 

Thursday, November 21 Luncheon Session: Ron Turner, FIBMS, PhD - Revolutionary New Technology for UTI Testing in (35 minutes) not 3-4 days - Sponsored by All Vet Imaging/MicroVet Diagnostics

Summus Medical Laser is the pioneer in Class IV laser therapyFriday, November 22nd, 2019 at 11:30am - Lunch and Learn Session: Dr. Chris Winkler, DVM, DABLS, Laser Therapy Simplified,: Practical Answers for Effective Implementations -- Sponsored by Summus Medical Laser

 


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 November 2nd, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 11/2/2019)

   

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

 

Tentative Schedule

 

 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Registration Open 4 - 8 pm - NO SESSIONS

 

 

Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand IlluminationThursday, November 21, 2019

Registration Open 8am - Continental Breakfast

Exhibit Hall Open 2pm  ∙  AM Refreshment break, Petersburg Hall Foyer, PM Refreshment Break, Exhibit Hall -

11:30 am - Lunch & Learn Session: Ron Turner, FIBMS, PhD - Revolutionary New Technology for UTI Testing in (35 minutes) not 3-4 days - Sponsored by All Vet Imaging/MicroVet Diagnostics

 Welcome Reception: 5-6pm

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


Lynne Swanson, DVM

Sponsored by givesmiles.us

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Morning

Behavior SKILL-building: How to Handle Dogs, to get the Dogs You Want

Are you the person everyone looks to to bring out a dog’s best, both on-leash and off? Would you like to be?

The best of dog handlers and caretakers use movement well. They understand and use important canine social cues. Their body language (which includes their posture, the positions they take and the energy they project, both in quantity and quality) honors important canine social rules.

They are quick to smile. They have good timing. And they know that tension works against them (because dogs naturally avoid tension). They also know that patience can communicate empowerment.

These attributes, put together, allow them to turn any dog’s excessive energy, concerned or reactive states of mind and misbehavior into calm energy, a relaxed state of mind and behaviors that can be rewarded.

Good handlers also know which kinds of leashes, collars and harnesses send the wrong message to dogs, thwarting the message they want to send. They choose, and they use, these tools thoughtfully.

How are YOUR dog-handling skills, both on-leash and off?

This naturally positive and very practical session teaches veterinarians and staff handling skills that they will use on a daily basis, whether they are working with one dog or several at a time. And with a better awareness of how dogs view human body language, they will be better prepared to:

  • Put new dogs at ease.
  • Set “problem” dogs up for success at their clinic.
  • Introduce dogs to each other (anywhere and anytime).
  • Introduce dogs to new people in canine-intuitive ways.

The approaches discussed are tension-free, easy to put into practice and safe for dogs of all sizes and energy levels. They quickly put less-experienced handlers at ease and in a positive frame of mind, and they can even be done by people in wheelchairs, when mobility assistance is needed!. They create positive associations, setting dogs up to do well off-leash. On top of that, they offer dogs a little well-directed exercise and they teach polite manners! Put into practice, they are easy to teach to dog owners, vastly improving the lives of dogs while decreasing the stress of their humans!.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will learn how to use canine-intuitive body language - both on and off- leash - the better to encourage every dog’s most relaxed state-of-mind, calmest energy and best behavior, both individually and in groups.

2. They will learn how to avoid communicating tension to dogs, since tension (however justified) tends to work against handlers.

3. They will learn how certain tools increase tension and promote pulling (and why choosing different tools is important).

4. They will learn positive, practical, proactive and canine-intuitive ways to introduce dogs to new people and other dogs.

5. They will learn the power of well-timed, genuine smiles when working with dogs.

Afternoon

Behavior SKILL-building: Relaxing the Reactive Dog (and other useful topics)

He always barks at new people.” “She doesn’t like men.” “Don’t come close or this dog might bite.” If you find yourself saying these things, turn that frown upside down…help is on the way!

Dogs communicate with each other through posture, position, movement and energy (easy to remember as PPME), and they interpret OUR posture, choice of positions, use of movement and energy (in quantity and quality) in the context of their species. Too, their sense of “team-spirit” is strong.

These characteristics can be used to help dogs see others as friends (as opposed to potential foes).

What do you do when a reactive dog approaches? How about when the reactive dog is in your arms or on the other end of your leash? Do you stand still and get verbal, or do you calmly change orientation and get moving, inviting newcomers to partner with you? After this session, you will know how to use relaxed movement and calmly confident body language to help people and dogs be their most comfortable selves in common situations. This includes:

  • being approached by other dogs
  • being approached by new people
  • passing strange objects (for example: bicycles & skateboards)
  • meeting other animal species (such as goats, llamas, cows & horses).

The approaches discussed are tension-free, and because they are canine-intuitive in nature (as opposed to human-intuitive), dogs relax quickly. All are easy to use inside and outside, and they promote handler and dog safety and comfort.

Got dogs that cause a commotion in your waiting room? How about dogs that become guarded in your exam room? Know some “yellow ribbon” dogs who simply need extra personal space? (For them, we’ll discuss how using two 10- inch strips of yellow electrical tape, well-placed on a dog’s leash and collar, can buy you and the dog the space he needs when well-meaning strangers get too close.)

Got a “Back of the Pack” alert-barker or dogs that bark at people in doorways? In each of these cases, a little canine-intuitive movement and positioning can bring peace back into your world.

But wait – there’s more! (grin.) Want more quiet in your kennels? Understanding the principles discussed in this session (plus how to use simple repetitive exercises) can go a long way toward promoting kennel quiet and peace.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will learn the importance of PPME (posture, position, movement and energy, both in quantity and quality) when working with dogs.

2. They will learn how to calmly defuse reactive hand-held dogs, dogs that lunge at other dogs and dogs that tend to be over-protective of their handlers.

3. They will learn how to get dogs and people “on the same team” proactively, both physically and psychologically, so dogs won’t feel the need to react.

4. They will learn how to use movement and better body language to proactively prevent alert-barking in common situations.

5. They will learn how simple calm repetitive exercises put dogs at ease in common situations (for example: submissive urination).


Jeff Mayo, DVM, DABVP Labs

Sponsored by Ellman, Jorgensen Laboratories, RegenVET, VetStem, Osteocertus

 

$100 Charge

8:30-10am

10:30-11:30

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

Fracture Repair Lab: The Fundamentals to Start, The Techniques to Succeed

Part 1: Fracture Fixation Overview

Learn about:

- Basic principles of fracture repair

- Typical cases and surgical approaches: what works, what doesn't and why

- Common errors and tips on how to avoid them

- Challenging cases and the unique techniques that solved them

- The evolution of plating technology

- Economic and resource considerations when choosing a plating system

- Features and applications of a compact and versatile plating system

Part 2: Hands-On Sawbones Lab

Learn about how to:

- Use drill guides

- Measure with a drill and bone gauge

- Select the appropriate plate

- Configure plates to match bone anatomy

- Determine the minimum amount of screws needed for optimal fixation

- Place plate in relation to bone and fracture

Participant Requirements: The ideal candidate should be familiar with surgery protocols, including sterilization, and have some experience with plating of fractures. Course fee is $100.00


Salina Locke, DVM

8:30-10am

10:30-11:30

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

Common Diseases and Conditions of Rabbits you Should Know

Acquired dental Disease of Rabbits and Rodents

GI stasis syndrome in Rabbits and Rodents

Tips and tricks of Reptile and Amphibian Practice

Avian Practice in a Nutshell

Ferret Endocrine Diseases


Colleen Fox, DVM 1-2:30pm
3-4pm

Feline Dentistry

Pediatric Dentistry

Interactive session about Decision Making in Dentistry: Alternatives to Extractions


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Welcome Reception

5-6pm

Welcome Reception - Sponsored by VRCC

Come enjoy complimentary food & beverages and visit with exhibitors and colleagues.

 

Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand Illumination

 Friday, November 22, 2019

Registration Open 8am     Continental Breakfast 8am

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm - Refreshments available AM & PM, Exhibit hall

Summus Medical Laser is the pioneer in Class IV laser therapy11:30am - Lunch and Learn Session: Dr. Chris Winkler, DVM, DABLS, Successful Laser Implementation - Therapeutic Lasers: Keys to Clinical and Economic Success.  We know laser therapy works.  Let’s look at how to get the best results from your laser both clinically and economically  -- Sponsored by Summus Medical Laser

 

 

 

 

 

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


Mark Epstein, DVM, DABVP, CVPP

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8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Pain Neurophysiology, Pharmacology, Syndromes

10:30am-12pm (1. 5 hrs) : Opioids in Veterinary Medicine: 2020 & Beyond

1-2:30 (1.5 hrs) : Those “Other” Pain Drugs: Fact, Fiction (Part 1, Oral Medications)

3-4pm (1 hrs) : Those “Other” Pain Drugs: Fact, Fiction (Part 2, Parenteral Medications)


Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA

Sponsored by Care Credit

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8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Leadership and Team Building for Practice Success

10:30am-12pm (1. 5 hrs) : Vision, Mission, Values, Standards of Care—Your Practice’s Foundation

1-2:30 (1.5 hrs) : Working ON Not Just Working IN Your Practice – Part

1 3-4pm (1 hr) : Working ON Not Just Working IN Your Practice – Part 2


Paul Camilo, CVPM

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8:30am – 10am: Growing Your Dental Department

10:30 – 11:30am: Finding, Treating & Charging for Dental Pathology

1pm – 2:30pm: Communicating Dentistry Like a Pro

3pm – 4pm: WOWing Dental Clients


Jeff Mayo, DVM, DABVP

8:30-10am

10:30-11:30am

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

Lumps Bumps and other things with Radiosurgery

"Oh Spare Me", What's all the hype about OSS and Vasectomy?

New Thoughts on Old Ideas in Infection Control

Platelet Rich Plasma Use and Joint Injections in Small Animals

 

Andi Davis, LVT

Rachel Grifin, LVT

Brandy Sinclair, LVT

Technician/Support Staff Session`

8:30-10am

10:30-11:30am

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

Nutritional DCM; Tech Role in Managing CHF

Anesthesia Menu; Local/Regional Blocks

Wound Management

Bandaging techniques


Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand Illumination

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm

Continental Breakfast 8am, Exhibit Hall

AM & PM Refreshment Breaks, Exhibit Hall

Lunch on your own

 

 

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


Mark Epstein, DVM, DABVP, CVPP

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8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Having the Nerve: Local & LocoRegional Anesthesia

10:30am-11:30pm (1 hrs) : Pain Management Protocols: Yours & Mine

1-2:30pm (1.5 hrs) : Case Studies in Pain Management

3-4pm (1 hr) : Pain Management Pipeline: What’s New & Coming


Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA

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8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Mapping and Controllng the Client Experience

10:30am-12pm (1.5 hrs) : Education Marketing Leads to Client Retention

1-2:00pm (1.0 hrs) : Hire Slow Fire Fast

2:30-4pm (1.5 hr) : Teamwork It Makes the Dream Work

     

Paul Camilo, CVPM

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8:30am – 10am: Clients Gone Wild!

10:30 – 11:30am: How To Make Your “Best Medicine” The Best Option

1pm – 2:30pm: Veterinary Technology To Make Your Lives Easier

3pm – 4pm: Fear Free Dentistry


Nicole LaForest, LVT, RVT, CCFT

Sponsored by Pet Emergency Education

8:30-11:30am

Canine and Feline CPR and First Aid 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


Nicole LaForest, LVT, RVT, CCFT

Sponsored by Pet Emergency Education

1-4pm

Canine and Feline CPR 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


     

Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand Illumination

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Continental Breakfast 8am Petersburg Hall Foyer

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


Lynne Swanson, DVM

Sponsored by givesmiles.us

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Canine Anxiety

Canine behavior is rooted in nature and nurture, state-of-mind, energy, association and routine. When it takes the form of anxiety, treatment needs to reflect each and every one of these principles. Treatment for anxiety also needs to address the roots of the problem, and not simply its symptoms. This is where an understanding of verbal and non-verbal social cues, DNA-respective exercise, leadership, patience and timing makes a huge difference.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will learn two Golden Rules for dog behavior that, when followed, help to address anxiety in dogs (and when ignored, tend to perpetuate it).

2. They will learn how good routines and good timing can help to prevent and treat canine anxiety, and how bad routines and poor timing can set dogs up to be anxious.
3. They will learn how good rehabilitators set anxious dogs (including those with separation anxiety and thunderstorm anxiety) up do their best, without a reliance on medication.
4. They will learn a fun 5-minute game to play with anxiety-prone herding breeds and terriers each morning, to drain these dogs’ extra energy and set them up to be relaxed the rest of the day.


*Times and Presenters Subject to change

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

-Registration begins on Wednesday, November 20 at 4pm, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8am.

 


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 November 2nd, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 11/2/2019)

   

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

Speaker Bios...


Nicole LaForest, BSc, 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 Academy of Veterinary Technicians in Regenerative Medicine (AVTRM), an organization committed to making Regenerative Medicine a specialty in veterinary medicine.


 

Robbie van Mullem, B.S.Robbie van Mullem, B.S. Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant

Robbie van Mullem is President and Chief Executive Officer of 3 Sided Media and Review Retrievers companies which develop websites, manage social media, and protect the reputation of over two hundred veterinary practices and businesses throughout the Southeast and along the Eastern Seaboard.

These companies represent both large and small veterinary clinics, mixed animal practices, and specialty hospitals, ultimately reaching millions of clients and prospective customers each year. Robbie van Mullem was raised in the Hammond, Louisiana area, where he received his Bachelor of Science from Southeastern Louisiana University, while serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Robbie began his career in the animal health industry in 2003 with IDEXX Laboratories, where he earned the prestigious President’s Club Award, and was promoted to area manager for the Gulf States Region of IDEXX. Robbie van Mullem saw a significant void of veterinary-specific online management companies, and created his own in early 2010. He currently resides in Louisiana with his wife and two children.

3 Sided Media


 

 


Lynne Swanson, DVMLynne Swanson, DVM - Practical Canine Behavior

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

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

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

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

 


 

 


 

 


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 November 2nd, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 11/2/2019)

   

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

What our Attendees Say!

Mountain Veterinary Conference : I just attended the Mountain Veterinary Conference and had a great time! The speakers were the same ones you see at the huge, expensive conferences but in a more intimate, affordable setting. The local area is beautiful and lots of fun to explore - I particularly enjoyed watching the elk herds cross the roads in the mornings. The Cherokee Casino was an excellent venue - easy to navigate ... read more

Katie Gies, DVMKatie Gies, DVM | Attendee - white.goosedvm@gmail.com

What our Attendees Say!

Mountain Veterinary Conference : I've been meaning to share my very positive review of the Mountain Veterinary Conference for months -- my apologies for not doing this sooner! The Mountain Veterinary Conference was a wonderful CE experience on all levels. There were a wide variety of high quality sessions, the setting was beautiful, the food and accommodations were excellent, and the exhibitors were helpful and informative... read more

Valerie Weiss, DVMValerie Weiss, DVM | Attendee - vaweiss@ml1.net

What our Speakers/Exhibitors Say!

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

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

What our Speakers Say!

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

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

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:

 

Summus Medical Laser

Summus Medical Laser is the pioneer in Class IV laser therapy

ServiceNet Medical X-Ray

ServiceNet Medical X-Ray

ServiceVet Technologies

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

3 Sided Media

Mobile Imaging Veterinary Ultrasound

The COVE

Agape Pet Services

New England Medical Books

Vet Assured/Natural Vet Companies

Alliance Animal Health

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Science Inc

VetKare Products

All Vet Imaging/Micro Vet Diagnostics

Pet Health Pharmacy

Virbac

Christian Veterinary Mission

QuickPacs/ServiceNet Medical X-Ray

VRCC

Clearonhold & Fragrant Solutions

Rode Micro Solutions

Weave

Companion Animal Health by LiteCure

ServiceVet Technologies

Wedgewood Pharmacy

Doctor Multimedia

Simmons Mid Atlantic

Williamsburg Drug Co.

givesmiles.us

Southern Veterinary Partners

 

Idexx

Summus Medical Laser

 

 


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 November 2nd, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 11/2/2019)

   

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

Conference Hotel Information

Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center

(Newly Rennovated)

Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center Colonial Williamsburg

Take a short walk to charming Colonial Williamsburg to find superb shopping, delicious dining and fascinating historic attractions...

"Williamsburg hotels are all about friendly accommodations and access to the great Virginia attractions near Colonial Williamsburg, and the Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center has long been the premier lodging choice. Accent your Williamsburg, VA travel, with relaxing accommodations, world-class amenities and the attentive service of a truly first-rate staff.

For Hotel Reservations:

  • By Phone: (757) 220-2250
  • Online:
    • Step 1: Go to www.Wyndhamhotels.com
    • Step 2: Enter Fort Magruder into the destination field
    • Step 3: Select your arrival and departure dates
    • Step 4: Click on the Special Rates tab and select Group Code
    • Step 5: Enter your group code, click done and search
      • Group Name: Colonial Veterinary Conference
      • Date: Nov. 21-25, 2019
      • Group Code: 112119COL
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FORT MAGRUDER HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER FORT MAGRUDER HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER
  • Take a short walk to charming Colonial Williamsburg to find superb shopping, delicious dining and fascinating historic attractions ..."

Crowne Plaza Colonial Williamsburg

For Hotel Reservations:

The group rate is $168.00 plus tax per night for King or Double Double rooms. Call our main number at 757-220-2250 to make your room reservation or you can book your reservations online using this link: 

http://bookings.ihotelier.com/bookings.jsp?groupID=1727203&hotelID=98400

 


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 November 2nd, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 11/2/2019)

   

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

Area Information

Williamsburg, Virginia

 

"Discover Colonial Williamsburg and immerse yourself in the 18th-century capital city of Virginia. See all that the Revolutionary City has to offer, explore our Art Museums, or engage in recreation at our companion Resort properties. From revolution to romance, things are constantly changing here, creating a unique experience for our guests. Opportunities for adventure abound, but how you choose to spend your visit is up to you..."

 

 


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 November 2nd, 2019 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2019)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 11/2/2019)

   

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

 

Each conference provides at least 20 hours of continuing education