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Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Providing LIVE IN PERSON Continuing Education

2020 has been a challenging year for many, but has also offered some interesting new innovative opportunities. We applaud those who have adapted to prosper during Covid and we salute those who have fought their way thru this crazy year.

Our company has consistently offered LIVE IN PERSON CE conferences for 36 years (since 1984). We know you have many choices to make when deciding how to fulfill your state licensing requirements. For the last quarter of 2020 we will be hosting several live face to face conferences and would love to see both our old friends and welcome any new faces who prefer to attend live classes. Our vendors have stayed with us to help keep your costs reasonable while at the same time receiving the highest quality CE available.

The Ralph Lee’s Great Smokies show in Asheville, NC November 18-22 and the Colonial Veterinary Conference December 2-6 in Williamsburg, VA have already experienced high bookings, so please plan ahead and make your reservations soon and please feel free to let your friends, classmates and associates know how you feel about our events.

Thank you, Howie and Martha Lee

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

"A Great Fall Conference in Asheville, North Carolina"

November 18 - 22, 2020

 Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina

 

Speakers

Caroline Betbeze, DVM, MS, DACVO

Matt Brunke, DVM, CCRP, CVPP, CVA, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Steve Dale, CABC (Fear Free, Practice Management/Marketing)

Louise Dunn, Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting

David McCormick MS, CVA Simmons & Associates

Patty Lathan, VMD, MS, DACVIM

Dr. Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, RVT, CVT, LAT 

Amelia G. White, DVM, MS, DACVD

Peter Weinstein, DVM MBA, PAW Consulting

 

Sessions

Lunch Session on Friday, November 20th at 11:45am-12:45pm

David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS presents Laser Therapy: What do we Really Know

Over lunch we will present what’s new and exciting in laser therapy and discuss the current research related to what works and why.  Sponsored by Summus

 

To all Alabama attendees, this Conference has been approved by the Alabama Veterinary Medical Board

To all Florida attendees, this Conference has been approved by the Florida Veterinary Medical Board

To all West Virginia attendees, this Conference has been approved by the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Board


On-Site Registration is Now Available!

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 October 19th, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 10/19/2020)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 10/19/2020)

   

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

Tentative Schedule

Fall Foliage

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Registration Open 4-8pm (Laurel Foyer)

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Registration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

Continental Breakfast 8am (Biltmore Foyer)

Breakfast Session 7:15-8am:

Lunch Session:  

Exhibit Hall Open 2pm (Blue Ridge)

Welcome Reception 5-6pm (Blue Ridge)

Speaker

Topic

Caroline Betbeze, DVM, MS, DACVO

See Topics

1 - 2:30 pm (1.5 hrs) : Corneal ulcers: Why won’t they heal?

3 - 4 pm (1.0 hr) : Pocket Pet Ophthalmology: It’s not that different


Patty Lathan, VMD, MS, DACVIM

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8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Case Based Update on Hypoadrenocorticism

10:30-11:30am (1 hrs) : How I Work-Up Hypercalcemia

1-2:30 (1.5 hrs) : Tips and Tricks on the Diagnosis of Canine Hyperadrenocorticism: A Case Based Approach

3-4:30pm (1.5 hrs) : Update on the Monitoring of Canine Cushing’s Pheochromocytoma


 

See Topics

 

Louise Dunn, Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting

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1. Silent Productivity Killer – Incompetent Leaders

Description: Every veterinary practice has them – they may be called the owner, manager, shift leader, lead tech or lead receptionist, even quarterback and coordinator. The issue is not with the title; the issue is with the performance of duties. Identifying failures to perform leadership duties is vitally important for the success of the business. Not to ignore the long list of micro-managing, mean, or narcissistic leaders, an even more common problem is that of the absent leader — the one who avoids the meaningful leadership duties of their position.

Learning Objectives:

  • Take the guesswork out of leadership accountability
  • Cultivate skills and performance responsibilities of your various leadership positions
  • Boost team trust in those with leadership titles

2) Lessons from the Trenches to Develop Effective Supervisors

Description: Many lead positions in a veterinary practice come about by promoting the person who performs their job well. This does not guarantee that they will also supervise others well. Becoming a supervisor is not merely receiving a title – it requires training in certain skills and learning from experience. Create a supervisor handbook and help your management team be effective supervisors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize high-potential team members
  • Cultivate leadership development
  • Create an action plan to support supervisors

3) Workplace Productivity Killers

Description: They sneak up on us throughout the day, the text message or email that consumes a few minutes here and there, the office gossip whispered a few times here and there, by the end of the day, a few minutes add up to a few hours. Being aware of productivity killers is the first step, and tackling their voracious appetite of our precious minutes is the next step. Improve your team’s ability to handle the most common time killers and enjoy better productivity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the productivity killers active in your workplace
  • Cultivate an awareness of productivity killers in everyone on your team
  • Prepare action steps to take against workplace productivity killers

4) Hold People Accountable

Description: Many of the businesses in those docu-reality series deal with a business suffering from poorly orchestrated operations and misdirected strategic plans, but to a larger degree, it showed poor team efficiency and lack of accountability. This session will present common issues with team accountability and will offer options to rescue the hospital and improve team performance. This session will cover how to effectively utilize information from other hospital rescues to assess your own hospital; develop an action plan to boost team efficiency; and gain a deeper understanding of accountability snafus and how to mitigate the risk.

Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize the Info from other rescues
  • Develop an Action Plan for team efficiency
  • Mitigate the risks
  • Understand snafus

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8:30-10am

10:30-12pm

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

 

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Welcome Reception at 5 - 6 pm - with Complimentary food and drinks; compliments of the exhibitors

 


Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Friday, November 20, 2020

Registration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

Continental Breakfast 8am (Blue Ridge)

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm (Blue Ridge)

Breakfast Session:

 

Lunch Session: 11:45am-12:45pm - David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS presents Laser Therapy: What do we Really Know

Over lunch we will present what’s new and exciting in laser therapy and discuss the current research related to what works and why.

Lecture details: The interest and enthusiasm regarding photobiomodulation are stronger than ever. This lecture will present the exciting new trends and potential uses for laser therapy. Both positive and negative studies will be reviewed to explain how to interpret the results and understand what really works and why. For those currently using lasers, it will help you better understand why you’re seeing the results you are producing. It will help you make adjustments to your protocols for those not responding. And it will help you expand the use of your laser to even more patients and conditions. For those not yet using laser therapy, it will help you make the decision whether this modality may be something worth adding to your practice or which patients may benefit from referral for laser therapy. It will also help you wade thru the marketing hype to make an informed decision as to which laser may be best for your practice.

Sponsored by Summus


Amelia G. White, DVM, MS, DACVD

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8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Tips for managing canine otitis externa

10:30-12:00pm (1.5 hrs) : Tackling pemphigus foliaceus in dogs and cats

1-2:00 (1 hrs) : A cased-based approach to dermatophytosis in dogs and cats: Part 1

2:30-3:30pm (1 hrs) : A cased-based approach to dermatophytosis in dogs and cats: Part 2


Caroline Betbeze, DVM, MS, DACVO

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8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Recent Advances in Dry Eye Disease

10:30-11:30am (1 hrs) : Feline Corneal Diseases

1-2:30 (1.5 hrs) : The Fundic Examination: A Whole New World

3-4pm (1 hrs) : Ocular Emergencies


Patty Lathan, VMD, MS, DACVIM

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8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Update on Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs and Cats I

10:30am-11:30am (1 hr) : Update on Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs and Cats II


Louise Dunn, Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting
&
David McCormick MS, CVA Simmons & Associates

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1) How to Find Balance Between What Your Team Wants & What the Business needs

Description: There is a fine line between wants and needs. In your veterinary practice, the team presents wants – wants for comp & benefits, working conditions, continuing education, patient care, etc. The business must assess these wants against the needs of the business – needs for profitability, accountability, and transforming operations. Reduce the internal struggle and find balance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss methods for evaluating wants versus needs
  • Evaluate the levels of importance of wants and needs
  • Compile alternative solutions when wants go against business needs

2) A Case Study in Making a Practice Healthy

Description: When a pet is presented for an exam at your practice how do you proceed through the exam? For most of us, it is via an organized exam of each system. When you sit down to examine your practice’s health (i.e. business performance) do you have an organized procedure or is it haphazard? Gather the tools to examine your own practice’s health in an organized, systematic way by going through an actual case study.

Learning Objectives:

  • Construct an organized exam of your practice using the five parts of a business
  • Evaluate the benefits of additional resources and tools to use in your ‘exam’ of your practice’sperformance health.
  • Set up your exam procedure to perform on your practice.

Matt Brunke, DVM, CCRP, CVPP, CVA, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

See Topics

Intro to Veterinary Rehab and Sports Med

Pain: See it, Treat it

Managing OA - Beyond the NSAID

Nutraceuticals in Veterinary Rehab

Hip Dysplasia: Diagnosis and Conservative Treatment


Dr. Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, RVT, CVT, LAT

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10 - 11:30 am: Practical Microbiology This session provides an overview of rapid, inexpensive tests that can be done in the small veterinary practice laboratory. New technologies for in-house microbiology will be explored.

(Sponsored by MicroVet Diagnostics)

1 - 2:15 pm: Trends in Diagnostic Testing. New technologies have revolutionized the in-house veterinary practice laboratory. The diagnostic laboratory can be a significant profit center for the practice as well as providing rapid, accurate test results to aid the clinician in diagnosis.

(Sponsored by MicroVet Diagnostics)

2:30 - 3:30 pm: Cannabinoids in Veterinary Medicine: Promises and Challenges This presentation provides an overview of the  endocannabinoid system and the pharmacokinetics of certain cannabinoids . An overview of legal issues related to use of cannabinoids in veterinary medicine will be discussed as well as a summary of potential therapeutic uses of cannabinoids in dogs.


  8:30-11:30am  

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Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Registration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

Exhibit Hall Open: 8am-4pm (Blue Ridge)

Continental Breakfast: 8am (Blue Ridge)

 


Matt Brunke, DVM, CCRP, CVPP, CVA, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Neurological Diseases In Veterinary Rehab

OA Management: Beyond the NSAID

Photobiomodulation in Veterinary Rehab


Amelia G. White, DVM, MS, DACVD

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8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Simplifying the dermatological approach to the itchy cat

10:30am-11:30am (1 hr) : It’s canine MRSP pyoderma again – Now what?

1-2:30pm (1.5 hrs) : Updates in canine antipruritic therapy

3-4pm (1 hr) : Cryotherapy and CO2 LASER therapy in veterinary dermatology


  See Topics  

Peter Weinstein, DVM MBA, PAW Consulting

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1) WONJI- Working ON, Not Just IN Your Practice

Veterinary practices are routinely in a state of chaos which is psychologically and physically exhausting for all parties. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a more predictable staff experience? Patient experience? And Client Experience? By creating an Operations Manual and systematizing your practice you can help control the chaos. Problems can be prevented by anticipating what they are and making sure that the steps are in place to prevent. This program takes a pro-active approach to problem solving through systematizing what you can in your practice

Learning Objectives:

  • Create a vision for your business
  • Create the systems for the business, in all areas, that provide a consistent experience for the clients, patients, and staff;
  • Learn how to work ON your business

2) Have You Called Your Practice Lately?

The telephone is the lifeline to your practice. On one end is a client or potential client seeking to have a problem solved. On the other end is veterinary hospital employee. And it is this variable that is of concern. Have you called your practice and listened to how calls are being handled? How professional is your practice being portrayed? Is your client service staff a barrier to your success? Scripts, communication training, and staff accountability are just a part of what is needed for a great client experience

Learning Objectives:

  • why the telephone is a bane or a boon;
  • what are scripts;
  • how to engage over the phone without being robotic

3) The ON Time, Every Time Appointment

The appointment drives your day and your life. Whether you have ten-minute appointments or thirty-minute appointments, do you have a control of the client experience? Is your time choreographed from start to finish? From the time the client arrives to the to the time client leaves? Create a beautifully choreographed client experience featuring your entire team that you can then market with the guarantee the on time every time appointment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to schedule appointments;
  • learn different appointments require different amounts of time;
  • control to the conversation

4) Creating a Retention Marketing System

You have all of these clients in your files and computer.  They are a goldmine.  What are you doing to keep your practice top of mind to them?  How often do you communicate with them and by what means?  This workshop will have you creating a 12-month Retention Marketing plan to reach you to your clients on a regular basis via educational marketing pieces that will have them coming in more often and better prepared to provide the best care for their pets

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify areas of opportunity to educate your clients about better pet care;
  • Identify the multitude of marketing tools that you can use to reach out to your clients
  • Put the message (ideas) and the media (tools) together into a calendar and system that you can use almost immediately

Steve Dale, CABC (Fear Free, Practice Management/Marketing)

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Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Sunday, November 22, 2020

 

8:30-9:30 am

10-11:30 am

 

Steve Dale, CABC (Fear Free, Practice Management/Marketing)

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Please Note The Following:

*Times and Presenters Subject to Change

* Please turn off or silence cell phones in sessions



Conference Map

 


On-Site Registration is Now Available!

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 October 19th, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 10/19/2020)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 10/19/2020)

   

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

Fall Foliage

Speaker Bios...


Caroline Betbeze, DVM, MS, DACVOCaroline Betbeze, DVM, MS, DACVO

Dr. Betbeze is an associate clinical professor of comparative ophthalmology at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Dr. Betbeze graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and continued her education at MSU by completing a rotating internship the next year. 

She completed a residency and master’s degree in veterinary comparative ophthalmology at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine from 2003-2006 and became board certified in ophthalmology in 2006.

She worked as a private practice ophthalmologist in Tucson, AZ for 6 years and returned to Mississippi State University in 2013. 

She is the head of the ophthalmology service and trains residents, interns, veterinary students, and veterinary technician students on a daily basis. 

She actively participates in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and she has authored and edited several book chapters and scientific papers about ophthalmology. 

She frequently lectures about ophthalmology on a local, regional, and national level. 


Matt Brunke, DVM, CCRP, CVPP, CVA, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and RehabilitationMatt Brunke, DVM, CCRP, CVPP, CVA, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Brunke is a native New Yorker, growing up in New York City. He received his BS in Animal Science from Cornell University in 2000, and his DVM from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, graduating in 2004.

He received his certification in rehab in 2008 from the University of Tennessee CCRP program and now teaches for that program as well.

He completed the practice experience pathway for the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation in 2017, and passed ACVSMR boards in January 2018.  

As a diplomate of the VSMR college, Dr. Brunke believes in a big picture and practical approach to his patients, and enjoys both orthopedic and neurological cases.

When not at work he enjoys running with his dog Penny.


Steve Dale, CABC (Fear Free, Practice Management/Marketing)Steve Dale, CABC (Fear Free, Practice Management/Marketing)

Steve Dale is a certified animal behavior consultant, host of two nationally syndicated radio shows--Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute (together heard on over 100 stations) —and is special contributor at Chicago’s WGN Radio where for 23 years he’s also hosted Steve Dale’s Pet World.

Dale has contributed to and authored many books, including Decoding Your Dog and Your Cat, both authored by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. He also contributed to The Cat: Clinical Medicine and Management, (edited by Dr. Susan Little), Treatment and Care of the Geriatric Veterinary Patient (edited Dr. Mary Gardner and Dr. Dani McVety), among many others. His TV appearances range from Oprah to Good Morning America to National Geographic Explorer and many Animal Planet shows. He’s a regular on syndicated HouseSmarts TV

Currently, a writer and contributing editor for CATster, and authors Steve Dale’s Vet World for Veterinary Practice News. He’s also a columnist for the Journal of National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America and DVM 360, where he serves on their Editorial Advisory Board. Decoding

He formerly hosted the nationally syndicated Animal Planet Radio, wrote a syndicated column for the Chicago Tribune, and was a contributing editor for USA Weekend.

Steve speaks at conferences around the world. His blog is www.stevedale.tv.

Steve’s involved in many legislative efforts, from preventing breed bans to creating a law to protect animals from kennel fires; the first law of its kind which was signed by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker in 2019.

He serves on the Boards of the Winn Feline Foundation and the Human Animal Bond Association and is certified Fear Free and speaks on Fear Free and Cat Friendly Practices.

Dale’s been honored with many awards, including the AVMA Humane Award in 2002, and he’s in the Dog Writers’ Hall of Fame.

His website is www.stevedale.tv


Louise S. Dunn Louise S. Dunn, Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting

Louise is a renowned award-winning speaker, writer and consultant. She brings over 40 years of in the trenches experience and her business education to veterinary management. Louise is founder and CEO of Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting. SVMC works with veterinarians who want to develop a strategic plan that consistently produces results. Most recently Louise received many awards including the WVC Educator of the Year and VetPartner’s The Life Time achievement Award in January 2016.

 

Besides all aspects of practice management and mentoring, Louise’s passions include her husband Joel, Zuri her English mastiff Therapy dog and her little sister Annabelle, kayaking, opera and New England Patriot’s football.

Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting

2996 Canter Lane, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27127   snowgoosevet.com 336-945-0208  office 336-202-3243  cell


Patty Lathan, VMD, MS, DACVIMPatty Lathan, VMD, MS, DACVIM

Patty Lathan, VMD, MS, DACVIM, is an associate professor of small animal internal medicine at Mississippi State University.

Her primary interest is endocrinology, specifically the management of adrenal disease and diabetes mellitus.

She has published several articles and book chapters, given lectures throughout the United States and internationally, and currently serves as the President of the Society for Comparative Endocrinology.

Her students also publish educational endocrine music videos as an assignment for her elective, and those can be viewed on her YouTube channel.

 

 

 

 


David McCormick, MS, CVA, Veterinary Appraiser, Consultant & BrokerDavid McCormick, MS, CVA, Veterinary Appraiser, Consultant & Broker

David McCormick is a veterinary practice appraiser, broker and transaction specialist. Respected among veterinary colleagues as an expert in appraisals and brokerage, he helps current and future practice owners reach their goals. He teaches regionally, nationally and internationally on topics such as practice value & practice financial health, buying/selling a practice, exit planning and practice ownership issues. He operates Simmons Mid-Atlantic and Simmons Great Lakes with his partner and father, Larry McCormick, DVM, MBA, CBA.

 

David McCormick, MS, CVA Veterinary Appraiser, Consultant & Broker,  "I help practice owners who want to improve their practice's financial health. I also work with veterinarians that are seeking a successful practice sale or purchase."

Simmons Mid-Atlantic     Simmons Education Fund

 

Peter Weinstein, DVM MBA, PAW ConsultingPeter Weinstein, DVM MBA, PAW Consulting

Dr. Peter Weinstein attended Cornell University undergraduate and Illinois for his DVM. He worked as an associate for three years before opening his practice. While working full time, he attended University of Redlands for his MBA.

Ultimately, he relocated expanded and sold his practice to a consolidator.

Served as President of the Southern California VMA, California VMA and VetPartners.

Current Chair of the Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee of the AVMA.

Dr. Weinstein provides consulting via PAW Consulting.

Presently, he is the Executive Director for the Southern California VMA.

Co-authored with Michael E Gerber, “The EMyth Veterinarian- Why Most Veterinary Practices Don’t Work and What to Do About It”.


On-Site Registration is Now Available!

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 October 19th, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 10/19/2020)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 10/19/2020)

   

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

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Exhibitors At The Conference

 

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

 

Summus Medical Laser

Summus Medical Laser is the pioneer in Class IV laser therapy

 

ServiceVet Technologies

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

     

BCP Veterinary Pharmacy

Care Credit

Epicur Pharma

Exergi Pharma-Visbiome Vet

Micro Vet Diagnostics

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Science Inc

Purina

ServiceVet Technologies

Simmons & Associates South East

Summus Medical Laser

Weave

 

 

Click here to download the Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference Exhibitor Contract

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Conference Hotel Information

The Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville

Nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, NC is more than just a peaceful mountain retreat...

"With a privileged location just a mile from downtown Asheville, our hotel makes a convenient home base for exploring the area. From whitewater rafting to museums, plenty of excitement awaits our hotel's guests. In Asheville, NC, the spectacular Biltmore Estate is a must-see, while a Gray Line trolley tour offers an interesting look at the city's history. We are just minutes from the excellent dining and shopping at Grove Arcade. Elegant facilities and an ideal location make us "The Place to Meet" in Asheville. ..."

For Hotel Reservations:

Room rates start at $162 + tax (standard room) $192 + tax (King) guaranteed until October 19, 2020 and can be made by calling Crowne Plaza, 844-330-0296 or 828-285-2603 and mention group Ralph Lee's Vet Conference.

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville Lobby

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville Bar

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville Room

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville Outside with firepit

 


On-Site Registration is Now Available!

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 October 19th, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 10/19/2020)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 10/19/2020)

   

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

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Area Information

The Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate (Photo Courtesy of ExploreAsheville.com )

Asheville, North Carolina

"Asheville is that type of unique, special place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memories for years to come. The city's rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect retro-urban backdrop to the edgy energy that emanates from the locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues. Known as an art colony, a healing resort and a home to notable luminaries, statesmen and bohemians, Asheville is one of the most welcoming, vibrant cities in America."

Discover Asheville, N.C. at http://www.ExploreAsheville.com. And remember who you really are. Because there's more to life than the climb. There's the view that takes your breath away, the refreshing mountain air and the fresh flavors of the Blue Ridge. (Video Courtesy of ExploreAsheville.com )

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Fall Foliage near Asheville, North Carolina (Photo Courtesy of Cynthia L. Drury)

The Groove Arcade in Asheville, NC

The Groove Arcade in Asheville (Photo Courtesy of ExploreAsheville.com )

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Fall Foliage near Asheville, North Carolina (Photo Courtesy of Cynthia L. Drury)

 


On-Site Registration is Now Available!

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 October 19th, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 10/19/2020)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 10/19/2020)

   

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