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Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

Introducing the 2nd Annual Bluegrass Veterinary Conference at the beautiful Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino July 30 - August 2, 2020 Scheduled Speakers Howard B. Seim III, DVM, DACVS Sponsored by Jorgenson Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS Sponsored by Purple Moon Herbs and Studies Herb Walk (Thursday, July 30 1-4pm) Bee Medicine: From Honey to Venom Stephanie Thomovsky DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology), CCRP Seizure Management; Traumatic Brain Injury Did That Dog Just Go Down?; Cerebrovascular Accidents in Dogs Ralph C. Harvey, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVAA Practical, Profitable, and Adaptable: Value-Added Management of Anesthesia, Pain, Fear, Anxiety, and Stress David McCormick, MS, CVA Sponsored by Simmons Educational Fund Is Your Practice Financially Healthy? Diagnosing & Treating Practice Financial Diseases Does Your Practice Have Value? Selling Your Practice - What you need to know Ron Riegel, DVM Various Uses of Laser Therapy in Horses Elise Lacher Practice Management David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS Luncheon Session Sponsored by Summus 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.  More Speakers TBA

 Rescheduled for 2021

"At the beautiful Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino"

 

  

 

  

 

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On-Site Registration Will Open in 2021!

Rescheduled for 2021

 At the beautiful Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino, Elizabeth, Indiana

 

Scheduled Speakers

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

 Ralph C. Harvey, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVAA

Elise Lacher

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

Ron Riegel, DVM

Howard B. Seim III, DVM, DACVS, Sponsored by Jorgenson

Stephanie Thomovsky DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology), CCRP

 

 

 

 

Sessions

 

 

Tentative Schedule

Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel & Casino

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Registration open 10am-6pm

Exhibitor set up 1pm-6pm, welcome to exhibit when setup

Lunch Session:

Speaker

Time

Topic

     

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

See Topic

1:00 Leave Hotel

1:30 Herb walk: 

This medicinal herb walk is an easy stroll through native flora along a creek along the Campbell Woodland Nature Trail.   We will discuss the plants and their medicine as well as their uses in pharmaceuticals.  There will be time for questions and to walk on your own at the end of the structured walk.  Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. 

3:30 Return to Hotel


Howard B. Seim III, DVM, DACVS

Sponsored by Jorgenson

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

 

Stephanie Thomovsky

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8:30-10am : Seizure Management

Seizure management will be discussed including seizure scenarios.

10:15-11:30am : Traumatic Brain Injury

Discussion of pathophysiology of head trauma including assessment, treatment and outcome

1-2:30pm : Did That Dog Just Go Down?

Discussion of the most common causes of being acutely non ambulatory, what do do pre referral and following referral and indepth discussion of common causes of being acutely non ambulatory._ A discussion of commonly used physical rehabilitation techniques in down dogs will also be explored.

3-4pm : Cerebrovascular Accidents in Dogs

Discussion of diagnosis, treatment and prognosis in strokes with comparison to humans


Welcome Reception on Thursday, July 30th at 5:30 - 6:00 pm, sponsored by

 


Friday, July 31, 2020

Registration Open 8am

Breakfast Buffet 8am

Exhibit Hall Open at 8am-4:30pm

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

 

Speaker

Time

Topic

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

See Topic

8:30-10:00 am “Simple” Herbal Extracts: 

An “Herbal Simple” is a single herb remedy, as opposed to a formula that contains multiple herbs to treat an ailment.  Herbal Simples address specific medical conditions effectively.  In this talk, many easy to use Herbal Simples will be discussed along with their corresponding disorders. 

10:15-11:30 am A Sampling of Acupuncture: 

This talk will be a brief overarching introduction to acuponcture.  It will cover a few useful points for a variety of chronic conditions, such as organ failure and arthritis.  It will also teach resuscitation and sedation points.  All these points can be used with acupressure by the untrained. 

1-4:30 pm (there will be a break) Bee Medicine: From Honey to Venom

Not only do bees keep our food chain intact through pollination, but they offer us a myriad of sources of medicine.  Honey is used both internally for many conditions as well as a topical wound healer.  Propolis, Pollen and Royal Jelly are all nourishing and medically active.  Lately, there is burgeoning research on the use of bee venom for pain and conditions that are associated with pain, such as arthritis.  In this lecture, we will discuss all these great medicines we obtain from bees.


Howard B. Seim III, DVM, DACVS

Sponsored by Jorgenson

See Topics  
 

Elise Lacher

See Topics  

 

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm

 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Registration Open 8am

Breakfast Buffet 8am

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm

 

 

Speaker

Time

Topic


Ron Riegel, DVM

See Topics  

Ralph C. Harvey, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVAA

See Topics  

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

See Topics

-- Is Your Practice Financially Healthy?  (1hr)

-- Diagnosing & Treating Practice Financial Diseases (2hr)

-- Does Your Practice Have Value? (1hr or 2hr)

-- Selling Your Practice - What you need to know (1hr)

I incorporate examples and case studies into the sessions and provide do-it-yourself tips where appropriate.


  See Topics  

Sunday, August 2, 2019


Ralph C. Harvey, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVAA

See Topics  

Please Note The Following:

*Times and Presenters Subject to Change

* Please turn off or silence cell phones in sessions


On-Site Registration Will Open in 2021!

Speaker Bios...


Dr. Laurie DohmenLaurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Growing up, Dr. Dohmen always wanted to be a veterinarian.  All her schooling was in allopathic medicine, but she started feeling that there was something more.  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.  Becoming disillusioned with some areas of western medicine, Dr. Dohmen began studying alternative modalities. 

 

Dr. Dohmen has received advanced training in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, Aromatherapy, Ayurveda 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 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 has written a hands-on course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine with Dr. Kris August that is an annual offering. 

 

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. 


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


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


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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:

3 Sided Media - Diamond Sponsor

All Vet Imaging - Diamond Sponsor

Christian Veterinary Mission

givesmiles.us - Silver Sponsor

Summus Medical Laser - Diamond Sponsor

Kindred Bio - Gold Sponsor

Natural Vet Companies/Vet Assured

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc - Bronze Sponsor

PractiVet - Gold Sponsor

Purple Moon Herbs and Studies - Silver Sponsor

Purple Moon Herb Studies

QuickPACS Technologies

QuickPACS

Rose Micro Solutions

Rx Honing (Sharpening) Machine

ServiceVet Technologies

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

Southeast Medical Books

Van Beek Natural Science

Vet Kare Products

Weave

ZN Labs

   

 

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CAESARS SOUTHERN INDIANA HOTEL AND CASINOConference Hotel Information

 

 

 

Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino

Caesars Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino

Our deluxe hotel rooms at Horseshoe Southern Indiana are the perfect well-deserved indulgence for the most discriminating guests. All of our traditional, resort-style amenities are included, and of course the exceptional, attentive service for which Horseshoe has always been known.

 

Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino

 

Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino Ball Room

 

Horseshoe Southern Indiana Hotel and Casino ROom


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Area Information

Things to Do near Elizabeth, Indiana

Churchill Downs

This beautiful racetrack has been the home of the Kentucky Derby since 1875.

Churchill Downs

 

Kentucky Derby Museum

The Kentucky Derby Museum, where every day is Derby day, is the official tour provider of historic Churchill Downs. When you visit the Museum, you will find yourself immersed in the next best thing to actually being at the Derby! As the exclusive tour provider for the track, various tours are offered throughout the year even when the track isn’t in session with live racing. General admission includes two levels of family-friendly interactive permanent & temporary exhibits, "The Greatest Race," a 360-degree immersive sound and visual experience that'll get your heart racing and emotions soaring, Historic Walking Tour of Churchill Downs Racetrack, access to the Gift Shop, Kentucky fare in the Derby Cafe Express and much more!

Kentucky Derby Museum

 


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