Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

23rd Annual Colonial Veterinary Conference

Colonial Veterinary Conference

November 28 - December 2, 2018

"In Historic Williamsburg, Virginia during the Grand Illumination"

Colonial Veterinary Conference

22nd Annual Colonial Veterinary ConferenceNovember 28 - December 2, 2018

Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center, Williamsburg, Virginia


Speakers

Kristy Broaddus, DVM

Matt Brunke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRP, CVPP, CVA

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Louise Dunn

Richard B. Ford DVM, MS, North Carolina State University

Jason Gagné, DVM, DACVN

Eric Garcia

Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

Margi Sirois

Lunch & Learn Sessions

Thursday, November 29th at 11:30am - Robbie van Mullem, Top 3 Things that affect your clinics "Word of Mouth" Branding, sponsored by 3 Sided Media

Friday, November 30th at 11:30am - David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS, Laser Therapy Simplified: Practical Answers for Effective Implementations -- Sponsored by K-Laser USA


On-Site Registration is Now Available!

You can register Online now or On-Site by November 28th, Walkins are Welcome, or

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

Register before November 2nd, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2018)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $190.00 (before 11/2/2018)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $200!

 

Tentative Schedule

Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand Illumination

 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Registration Open 4 - 8 pm - NO SESSIONS

 

 

Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand IlluminationThursday, November 29, 2018

Registration Open 8am - Continental Breakfast

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

11:30am Lunch & Learn Session - Robbie van Mullem, Top 3 Things that affect your clinics "Word of Mouth" Branding, sponsored by 3 Sided Media

Welcome Reception: 5-6pm

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


Louise Dunn

Sponsored by Care Credit

See Topics

8:30-9:30 am : What Every Manager Needs to Know – How to Avoid the 14 Fatal Errors of Leadership

Description: Leadership in your practice has many faces. It may be a designated office manager, it could be the head tech or even an up and coming person in the ranks. In any case, having a formalized plan to develop and assist leaders in job performance and team interactions will not only improve overall performance of your entire practice team, it will also improve the bottom line of the practice in diverse areas such as client satisfaction, patient care and job efficiency.

Learning Objectives:

  • Deepen your understanding of the common 14 Fatal Errors managers and leaders make
  • Identify critical skills and competencies that your practice needs in its leaders to avoid the Fatal Errors
  • Recognize the financial implications of the 14 Fatal Errors

10-11:30 : Creating a Drama Free Work Practice

Description: Drama is great when it is part of a TV show or stage production, it is not so great when it is part of your daily work environment. It takes a conscious effort to address the root causes of team drama and effectively create a drama free culture. Develop the skills necessary to nip drama in the bud and enable the team to flourish in a drama free environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve work team relationships
  • Gain insight into the different strengths of people and how they interact at work
  • Develop confidence in dealing with difficult communications

1-2 pm : Lessons Learned When Someone Quits – The Power of exit Interviews

Description: The exit of a team member is not a simple “thanks for the service and good bye.” Amid the COBRA form, final paycheck, pet balance and other paperwork there is an opportunity to garner some knowledge about the inner workings of your practice as it relates to hiring, developing and retaining talent. Conducting a well-devised exit interview provides a learning opportunity to increase managerial competencies, improve talent management in the practice, and mitigate any risks from problems existing “under the surface” in the practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Create an exit interview strategy
  • Assess the condition of your current retention process
  • Conduct a post-exit interview autopsy to fetter out weaknesses in your talent management

3-4:30 pm Rewards & Control: What Really Motivates Employees

Description: Many of those responsible for human resource management will tell you that employee engagement is the # 1 challenge facing their organization today. Most organizations employee 4 or more generational groups – from the traditionalist and baby boomer, all the way down to the Millennials and the Gen Z’ers. What works for one generational group does not work for the other. So how do you motivate multigenerational workforces?

Learning Objectives:

  • Take the guesswork out of managing your workforce
  • Determine the best motivation, training and consequences for your team mix
  • Bridge the gap between the generations for improved team performance

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Purple Moon Herb Studies

Purple Moon Herb Studies

8:30-10am

10:30-11:30am

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

Holistic Food Therapy and Western Herbal Medicine

Food Therapy – 1.5 hours

Introduction to Western Herbalism – 1 hour

Adaptogens: Herbs for Stress – 2 hours

Herbal Formulation and Dosing (with Case Examples) – 1+ hours


Kristy Broaddus, DVM

8:30-10am

10:30-11:30am

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

Wound management

How to manage bite wounds successfully

Updates on laryngeal paralysis


Practice Management


  8:30-9:30am
10am-11:30am
1-2pm
3-4:30pm
 

  See Topics  

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 30, 2018

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

11:30am - Lunch and Learn Session: David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS, Laser Therapy Simplified,: Practical Answers for Effective Implementations -- Sponsored by K-Laser USA

 

 

 

 

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


Richard B. Ford DVM, MS, North Carolina State University

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

This presentation is a “behind-the- scenes” look at principle issues surrounding Canine and Feline Vaccination, including the recently released AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines, that have direct impact on practicing veterinarians today. Discussion centers on the selection & use of vaccines and includes the most controversial vaccine-related issues facing veterinarians: eg, annual v. triennial vaccination, legalities of “off-label” vaccination, protocols for overdue patients, new vaccines (oral Bordetella, Leptospira, canine Lyme disease), emerging “therapeutic” vaccines, and more…

(2.5 hours)

ANTIBODY TITERS v. VACCINATION: Applications in Practice

As the interest in performing “Vaccine Titers” increases within the profession, commercial laboratories are now offering serology panels for dogs/cats specifically to address the immune response following vaccination. More recently, the introduction of Point-of- Care Titer Tests (in-hospital kits) allows veterinarians to assess “Vaccine Titers” of individual patients at the time of the appointment. This presentation addresses the 2 most fundamental issues facing veterinarians regarding the use of antibody titer testing to assess patient response to vaccination: 1) what are the indications for performing “vaccine” titers on individual patients? and… 2) what do the results really mean?

(1.5 hours)

FELINE VIRAL UPPER RESPIRATORY DISEASE…Why it Persists!

Despite the routine use of vaccines against viral upper respiratory disease in cats (feline herpesvirus-1 and calicivirus) these 2 viruses are still recognized as the cause of over 90% of respiratory disease affecting cats. While acute-onset feline viral upper respiratory disease in commonly seen among kittens housed in multiple cat household/shelters…it is the adult chronic carrier cat that poses the greatest threat to the population of susceptible cats and kittens. This presentation addresses the clinical identification of chronic carrier cats (you see them regularly in practice), long term management options, and the role of vaccination in preventing infection…Why are so many cats infected…yet so many cats are vaccinated? Are vaccines effective today against the current strains?

(1 hour)


Kristy Broaddus, DVM

8:30-10am

10:30-11:30am

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

 

Jason Gagné, DVM, DACVN

Sponsored by Purina

8:30 - 11:30 am

Nutritional Recommendations for Feline Chronic Kidney Disease – 1 hr

- Recognize the importance of nutritional intervention for cats with chronic kidney disease  

Nutritional Management of Canine Epilepsy and Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome – 1 hr

- An overview of both conditions and current therapy options including nutrition

Probiotic Therapy in Dogs & Cats – 1 hr

- Probiotic overview, mechanism of action; advantages of use


Technician/Support Staff Sessions

Margi Sirois

Technician Session

Sponsored by Ashworth College

See Topics

Veterinary Nursing and Medicine

8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Practical Coagulation Testing

10:30am-12pm (1. 5 hrs) : Assessment and Monitoring of Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries

1-2:30 (1.5 hrs) : Vascular Access Techniques

3-4pm (1.5 hrs) : Ethylene Glycol Toxicosis


Practice Management

Louise Dunn and Eric Garcia

Sponsored by Care Credit

8:30-10am

10:30-11:30am

 

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

Louise and Eric

8:-9:30 am Part 1 Advance Your Marketing Efforts with Strategic Budgeting & Planning

Description: Stop throwing money away on haphazard marketing efforts. Plan your marketing topics, establish and stick to a budget, assess the effects of the marketing and enjoy the feeling of success. This master class will show you the steps, provide hints and tips, and enable you to experience marketing success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Create marketing plans to implement at your practice
  • Explore effective ways to streamline marketing efforts by taking home the tools needed to integrate traditional marketing and web marketing to become effective marketers.
  • Establish a marketing budget, use tools to track KPIs and ROI

10-11:30 Part 2 Advance Your Marketing Efforts with Strategic Budgeting & Planning

Eric

1-2:30 pm Instagram for Your Veterinary Practice

Do not think of this session as “JUST ANOTHER SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORK”. Instagram numbers are continuing to grow leaps and bounds. Your clients are already using it and in most cases your clients are talking about you (most practices do not even know it). In this dynamic discussion, you will learn to leverage Instagram to engage clients and build trust. We’ll even review by using your already live Instagram page. Learn to captivate your client’s attention with Instagram.

3-4:30 pm Standout in an Ever-Saturated Marketplace

Do you feel like you offer the same services as most veterinary practices? How are you marketing the differences in care between you and your competitor? Do you tell pet owners you’re a "state of the art veterinary clinic"? Guess what? So do your competitors! Do you know what your brand is? Do you have a strategy to create awareness or do you simply include your logo everywhere and consider this branding? During this session, we will dive deep into HOW you can develop or enhance your brand and create awareness via social media channels, your website, and more. Standout in an ever-saturated marketplace. Spoiler alert: It’s easier than you think.


Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand Illumination

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm

Continental Breakfast 8am, Exhibit Hall

AM & PM Refreshment Breaks, Exhibit Hall

Lunch on your own

 

 

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

Sponsored by Abaxis and Purina

 

8:30-10am
10:30-11:30am
1-2:30pm
3-4:30pm
Weight loss in the Cat - Getting the Diagnosis Right

Matt Brunke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRP, CVPP, CVA

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Certified in Pain Management and Acupuncture

VOSM - Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group

Sponsored by Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences

See Topics

8:30 - Pain Management: The Basics and The Advanced

9:15 - Introduction to Vet Rehab - How do we get started

10:30- Nutraceuticals for the Canine Athlete: What Keeps Joints Happy?

1pm - Partial Cruciates: What Do We Do With Partial CCL’s that don’t get surgery?

3pm -  Hydrotherapy: Is Water the Universal Solution

     

 

8:30-11:30am 

 

Practice Management Session

Eric Garcia

8:30-10am
10:30-11:30am

8:-9:30 am : New Tools & Tips to Manage Your Online Reputation

It’s frightening but true—although it takes years to build your reputation (both online and offline), it takes only moments for a negative online review to destroy it. Help happy clients spread their accolades for your practice through online reviews. Engage negative reviewers with honest, transparent and timely responses and earn back respect and goodwill. In this session, discover how to develop a reputation management plan for your practice. It is time to navigate the world of online reviews!

10-11:30 am : Major Facebook Updates for 2018!

Big changes are afoot for social media giant Facebook. During this session, we will discuss the changes in strategy and how you can adapt to the new norm in Facebook. Leave with valuable tips and tools to stay up to date with your Facebook marketing efforts.


Technician/Support Staff Session

Margi Sirois

Technician Session

Sponsored by Ashworth College

See Topics

Veterinary Nursing and Medicine

8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria

10:30am-11:30pm (1 hrs) : Nursing Care of Critical Neonates

1-2:30pm (1.5 hrs) : Tick-Borne Diseases

3-4pm (1 hr) : Pot and Pets: What vet techs need to know


     

Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand Illumination

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Continental Breakfast 8am Petersburg Hall Foyer

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

Sponsored by Abaxis and Purina

See Topics Weight loss in the Cat - Getting the Diagnosis Right

*Times and Presenters Subject to change

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

-Registration begins on Wednesday, November 28 at 4pm, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8am.

 

On-Site Registration is Now Available!

You can register Online now or On-Site by November 28th, Walkins are Welcome, or

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

Register before November 2nd, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2018)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $190.00 (before 11/2/2018)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $200!

Speaker Bios...


Dr. Laurie DohmenLaurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

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

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

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

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

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


Richard B. Ford DVM, MS, North Carolina State UniversityRichard B. Ford DVM, MS, North Carolina State University

Dr. Richard Ford is Emeritus Professor of Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Ford practiced small animal and equine medicine for 4 years. Subsequently, he held teaching positions at Michigan State University and Purdue University.

He is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is an honorary Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Ford is the Lead Editor of the 2017 AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines and a co-author on the AAFP Feline Vaccine Guidelines.

Currently, Dr. Ford, in conjunction with the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, is leading the National Rabies Awareness Initiative, a State-by- State assessment of rabies immunization and law impacting veterinarians in private practice.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Ford spent 28 years with the US Air Force as a Biomedical Scientist. He retired from the USAF Reserve as a Brigadier General, where he was assigned to the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General at the Pentagon.


Jason Gagné, DVM, DACVNJason Gagné, DVM, DACVN

Dr. Jason Gagné is a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist employed by Nestle Purina as Director, Veterinary Technical Communications.

Jason works closely with innovation and renovation of dietary formulations, developing clinical trials, and Sales and Marketing departments of the Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets Brand. Prior to, and throughout his residency at Cornell, he served as an Associate Veterinarian in a small animal practice in Syracuse, New York.

Jason has authored a number of publications in veterinary journals and textbooks, given scientific presentations at the regional and national level, taught a series of courses at Cornell, and serves as a scientific reviewer for leading journals and the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation.

 

 


 

 

 


 

On-Site Registration is Now Available!

You can register Online now or On-Site by November 28th, Walkins are Welcome, or

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

Register before November 2nd, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2018)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $190.00 (before 11/2/2018)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $200!

What our Speakers/Exhibitors Say!

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

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

What our Attendees Say!

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

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

What our Speakers Say!

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

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

What our Attendees Say!

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

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

What our Speakers Say!

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

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

What our Speakers Say!

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

Steve Dale, CABCSteve Dale, CABC | Speaker

What our Attendees Say!

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

Melanie Bene, DVMMelanie Bene, DVM | Attendee

What our Attendees Say!

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

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

What our Speakers Say!

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

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

What our Attendees Say!

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

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

What our Speakers Say!

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

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

What our Exhibitors Say!

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

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

What our Attendees Say!

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

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

What our Exhibitors Say!

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

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

What our Attendees Say!

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

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

What our Exhibitors Say!

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

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

What our Speakers Say!

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

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

Shake Well at the Colonial Veterinary Conference

Exhibitors At The Conference

Please visit these Exhibitors at the Conference to see the latest and best products and services for your veterinary practice!

 

Exhibit Hall Hours:

 

  • Thursday, November 29, 2018 – 2pm - 8pm

  • Friday, November 30, 2018 – 8:00am - 3:30pm

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 – 8:00am - 3:30pm

Sponsors

K-LASER USA

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

3 Sided Media

 

All Exhibitors

3 Sided Media
InTouch Communications
Simmons Mid Atlantic
Aesculight
K-Laser
Snyder Mfg Co
Agape Pet Services
Multi Radiance 
The Cove
AKC Reunite
National Veterinary Associates
The Pet Loss Center
All Vet Imaging
Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences
Vet Assure/Natural Vet Companies
Antech Diagnostics
Pet Health Pharmacy
Vet Matrix
Atlantic Medical Books
Purple Moon Herb Studies
Veterinary Referral & Critical Care
Bayer Animal Health
QUICKPACS Technologies
Virbac Animal Health
Campbell Pet Company
Rose Micro Solutions
Wiley
Christian Veterinary Mission
ServiceVet Technologies
Young Living Oils
Companion Animal Health by LiteCure
Signtronix
 

 

Bayer Animal Health Christian Veterinary Mission Companion Laser Purple Moon Herb Studies QuickPACS Simmons & Associates Veterinary Practice Sales & Appraisals

 

On-Site Registration is Now Available!

You can register Online now or On-Site by November 28th, Walkins are Welcome, or

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

Register before November 2nd, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2018)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $190.00 (before 11/2/2018)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $200!

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:

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

This pet-friendly Williamsburg, Virginia hotel provides an unrivaled locale on the site of the Fort Magruder battleground near Busch Gardens and several other entertainment options:

FORT MAGRUDER HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER FORT MAGRUDER HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER
FORT MAGRUDER HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER FORT MAGRUDER HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER
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

 

On-Site Registration is Now Available!

You can register Online now or On-Site by November 28th, Walkins are Welcome, or

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

Register before November 2nd, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2018)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $190.00 (before 11/2/2018)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $200!

Area Information

Williamsburg, Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg during Grand Illumination

"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..."

 

Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg during Grand Illumination

Colonial Williamsburg's Christmas season officially begins with Grand Illumination, a spectacular evening when candles twinkle in the windows of Historic Area homes and buildings, fatwood crackles in street-side cressets, and the heavens explode with pyrotechnics. Thousands of guests turn out—families, friends, and strangers crowding the streets—to "oh" and "ah" and launch themselves on the Yuletide.

On-Site Registration is Now Available!

You can register Online now or On-Site by November 28th, Walkins are Welcome, or

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

Register before November 2nd, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2018)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $190.00 (before 11/2/2018)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $200!

 

Each conference provides at least 20 hours of continuing education