Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

Our Conferences

Would you like to learn about our Continuing Education Opportunities?

Each conference provides at least 20 hours of CE

1st Flight Veterinary Conference

May 11 - 14, 2017

"Directly On the Beach At the Beautiful Outer Banks of North Carolina"

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

1st Flight Veterinary Conference


Coleen Ellis, The Pet Loss Center

Dr. Colleen Fox

Ralph Harvey, DVM, MS, DACVA

Larry Oxenham, Author, Senior Advisor

Rebecca Remillard, DVM, PhD, DACVN

Dr. Merrilee Small, Dip ACVIM (Cardiology)

Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist

Lunch Sessions

Laser Therapy Simplified: Practical Answers for Effective Implementation by David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

This Conference has concluded!

We want to thank the attendees, the speakers and the exhibitors for another great conference.  The weather did not cooperate until the end, but hopefully, everyone learned something and had a good time on the Outer Banks!  See you all next year!

Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

At the Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk, directly on the beach!

Room rates start at $178 + tax (standard room) guaranteed until April 10, 2017 and can be made by calling Hilton Garden Inn, 877-629-4586 and reference you are attending the 1st Flight Veterinary Conference (or use group code FFV17). Or...

Click here to Make Hotel Reservations at our Group Rate

Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

August 2 - 6, 2017

“A True Family Oriented Veterinary Experience”

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

New in 2017

“A Holistic Veterinary Medicine Tract”

Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


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


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

JoAnna Larsen, Author, Advisor

Brad Marconyak, CVPM, CVT, Practice Manager

Gene Nemechek, DVM

Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) Fellowship Breakfast


Randy Basinger DVM, ACVS

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

Extracapsular Stifle Stabilization using the Intrauma Isolock System

Click here to download the Lab Flyer as a PDF


Canine and Feline CPR Certification and First Aid Class by Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT


This Conference has concluded!

Springmaid Beach Resort

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

(formerly Springmaid Beach Resort)

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina


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 -

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.

Hosted by the North Carolina Companion Animal Academy


Cornhole Tournament Sponsored by Roadrunner Pharmacy

Roadrunner Pharmacy

Historic Jekyll Island Club, Jekyll Island, GA

Network with Fellow Veterinarians and Industry Leaders

Our goal is to provide spot on management revelations for practice owners and managers. Our exciting speakers will introduce you to fresh concepts on practice valuation models, diagnosing expense management problems, enhancing revenues, and improving social media strategy.

Simmons Seaside Seminar began in 2011 on Saint Simons Island, Georgia, home of Simmons & Associates since it was founded in 1977.


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

Joe Stephenson, MA, Broker & Sales Manager, Simmons NY

Rod Finnegan, Founder– Vetinsure

Fritz Wood, CPA, CFP


This Conference has concluded, with great success!  We thank the attendees, speakers, exhibitors, guests and the Jekyll Island Club Hotel for making this conference an educational, unique experience!

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Jekyll Island Club Hotel

New Location: Jekyll Island Club Hotel

Jekyll Island, Georgia

Hotel room reservations can be made with the Jekyll Island Club Hotel at 1-800-535-9547 or 912-635-2600 or by emailing .  Rates starting as low as $189 plus tax and resort fee (traditional and deluxe traditional rooms). Use group code 170824VETE. Rates guaranteed until July 25, 2017.

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

November 1 - 5, 2017

"A Great Fall Conference in Asheville, North Carolina"

Fall Foliage at Ralph Lees Great Smokies Speakers


Randy Basinger DVM, ACVS

Tim Baum, MS, MT(ASCP), NCA(CLS)

Anthony Carr, DVM, DACVIM

Christina Chambreau, DVM, CVH

Theresa DePorter, DVM, ECAWBM, DACVB

Ashley Emanuele, DVM

Mark E. Epstein, DVM, Dipl. ABVP (C/F), dAAPM, CVPP

Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist

Gene Nemechek, DVM

Bill Schroeder, InTouch Practice Communications


Randy Basinger DVM, ACVS

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

Click Here to download the Lab Brochure as a PDF

Lunch Sessions

Laser Therapy Simplified: Practical Answers for Effective Implementation by David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina

Please make Hotel Reservations by following the instructions below.

  • Room rates start at $160 + tax (standard room) $190 + tax (King) guaranteed until October 2, 2017 and can be made by :
  • Call our toll-free number 1-888- 211-7755 (24/7) and mention the group name Ralph Lee’s Vet Conference or Code LVC in order to receive the special group rate.
  • Go to
    • Check Availability (enter dates of stay)
    • Enter Group Code: LVC

21st Annual Colonial Veterinary ConferenceColonial Veterinary Conference

November 29 - December 3, 2017

"In Historic Williamsburg, Virginia during the Grand Illumination"

Lunch Sessions

Thursday, November 30th:  11:30 am - Lunch Session: Top 3 Things that affect your clinics "Word of Mouth" Branding by Robbie van Mullem, Digital Media Specialist - Sponsored by 3 Sided Media
Friday, December 1st: 11:30am - Lunch session: Laser Therapy Simplified: Practical Answers for Effective Implementation Presented by David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

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 -

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