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Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

Mountain

The Mountain Veterinary Conference is held at the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and The Cherokee Convention Center in Cherokee, North Carolina. "Over 20 hours of Outstanding CE Lectures with great speakers!"  Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort is a casino and hotel and is owned by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians!

April 21 - 24, 2024

Sun N Fun

Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference is held at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. "A True Family Oriented Veterinary Experience" with “Our Holistic Veterinary Medicine Tract” and family activities like a Cornhole Tournaments plus an incredible Beach Party to close the Conference!

May 19 - 22, 2024

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference is held at The Crowne Plaza Resort, nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina is more than just a peaceful mountain retreat. "A Great Fall Tradition"

November 6 - 10, 2024

Colonial Veterinary Conference

The Colonial Veterinary Conference is held at our NEW LOCATION, To Be Announced Soon! in Historic Williamsburg, Virginia during Grand Illumination!  Discover Colonial Williamsburg and immerse yourself in the 18th-century capital city of Virginia.

To Be Announced Soon!

With luck on our side, Mountain Veterinary Conference is scheduled for April 21 - 24, 2024 at the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and The Cherokee Convention Center, Cherokee, North Carolina!

What our Attendees Say!

Howie Lee and staff, What an outstanding set of seminars, exhibits and location at the Mountain Veterinary Conference at Harrah’s in Cherokee, NC. All the seminars were outstanding, and speakers presented useful and practical knowledge that I was able to take back to my practice and implement that same week. You and your staff were super friendly and assisted with making my visit superb...read more

Mark Riehl DVMMark Riehl, DVM | Attendee - Animal Medical Clinic, Bristol, Tennessee - markdvm@btes.tv

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

37 Years of Providing Continuing EducationWelcome to Veterinary Association Management

The nation's leading provider of  continuing education for veterinarians, our meetings offer hundreds of hours of lectures, demonstrations, wet labs as well as vendor booths to assist you in  providing the very best care to your patients.

Now in our 40th year, we want to thank all the speakers, veterinarians, attendees, and companies that make our conferences the most educational and family friendly!  Click the button to learn more about us!

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What's New at VAM

  • A New Year, 2024, is here so please check back frequently as we update the Conferences with new speakers and programs!
  • Our next conference and the first conference in 2024 is the Mountain Veterinary Conference scheduled on April 21 - 24, 2024:
  • Our summer conference has returned with the Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference scheduled on May 19 - 22, 2024:

Each conference provides at least 20 hours of CE

Our Conferences for 2024: Mountian Veterinary Conference, Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference and Colonial Veterinar Conference


The Best Veterinary Conferences for Continuing Education


2024


Mountain Veterinary Conference

April 21 - 24, 2024

at the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and The Cherokee Convention Center in Cherokee, North Carolina

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and The Cherokee Convention Center

LIVE Veterinary Conference Practicing Health and Safety Together!

SOCIAL DISTANCING, WASH HANDS, WEAR MASKS AT YOUR DISCRETION

Providing 20 Hours of Live CE

1st Flight Veterinary Conference

Speakers

Paul Bloom, DVM, DACVD, DABVP

Bonnie Bragdon, DVM, MS, IVPA President

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS, RH (AHG), FACVBM, Sponsored by Purple Moon Herbs and Studies

Joseph Jordan, PhD, CEO, NC Physicians Health Program, NC Veterinary Health Program

Talisha Moore, DVM, DACVIM

Stephanie Pitzer, CVT, VTS, (ECC), Sponsored by Triumph Medical Services

Tracy Sheffield, CVPM and Lew Walker, SPHR

Alyssa Sullivant, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Sponsored by Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc.

Jay Tischendorf, DVM

 

Lunch Sessions

Welcome Reception

 

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Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

At the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and the Cherokee Convention Center in Cherokee, North Carolina

On behalf of Veterinary Association Management and host NCCAA we welcome the opportunity to have our annual Mountain Veterinary Conference at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort. The conference will be held in the new state of the art Cherokee Convention Center which will make the MVC exceptional. Along with the newly designed conference center, our attendees will be staying in the new Cherokee Tower with its luxurious sleeping rooms. This new tower connects to the convention center and also is a short walk to the casino. Enjoy great continuing education and take advantage of all the amenities that Harrah's Cherokee has to offer. Take a dip in the indoor or outdoor (seasonal) pool or relax at the Mandarin Spa. There is bowling, an arcade and fun for all at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center. Valet service is also available for your convenience. You don't have to be a gambler to enjoy Harrah's Cherokee, but if you are, the casino floor has many different games including Craps, Blackjack, Roulette and other table games all with live dealers as well as sports gambling at The Book. If slots are more your thing, there is also a huge selection of vegas style slot games to choose from. As an attendee you'll receive a $20 free slot play voucher, which you can use at any slot machine. Tempt your palate with all the food options available including the newly added Gordon Ramsey Food Market, Guy Fieri's Cherokee Kitchen, Wicked Weed Brew Pub and other staples like Selu Garden (Breakfast & Lunch), Ruths Chris Steak House, Brio Italian Grille, Noodle Bar and the Food Court.

With the new Cherokee Conference Center, Cherokee Tower and all the beauty of Cherokee, NC, this conference is sure to be outstanding. We look forward to seeing you at this years Mountain Veterinary Conference.

For Hotel Reservations:

Room rates start at $100 + tax and any applicable resort fees guaranteed until March 20, 2024 and can be made by:


Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

May 19 - 22, 2024

“A True Family Oriented Veterinary Experience”

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

 

Speakers

Michael A. Rossi, DVM, MNS, Dip. ACVD

Richard Ford, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), DACVPM

Dianna Ovbey, DVM, MS, DACVAA

Kursten Pierce, DVM, DACVIM

Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA

Robert Swinger, DVM, DACVO

Joe Jordan, PhD, CEO, NC Physicians Health Program, NC Veterinary Health Program

Amy Newfield, MS, CVT, VTS (ECC)

 

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Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort

Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Room rates of $165 + applicable taxes, and fees, guaranteed until April 1, 2024 and can be made by calling Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort at 843-497-1700 (Press 3 for Myrtle Beach Hilton and 4 for Royale Palms) mention reservation code SNF at Hilton/SNV at Royale Palms.

Hosted by the North Carolina Companion Animal Academy


Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

November 6 - 10, 2024

"A Great Fall Conference in Asheville, North Carolina"

 

Providing 20 Hours of Live CE

Walk Ins Are Welcome!!!

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina

"Welcome to Asheville’s one-of-a-kind getaway resort. The Crowne Plaza® Resort Asheville sits on 125 acres adjacent to downtown Asheville and offers guests access to on-site dining, fitness, golf, pool, spa, tennis, zip line canopy tours, and more."

 

For Hotel Reservations: Coming Soon!


27th Annual Colonial Veterinary ConferenceColonial Veterinary Conference

December 2024

"In Historic Williamsburg, Virginia"

 

Providing 20 Hours of Live CE

Colonial Veterinary Conference during Grand Illumination

Speakers

Lunch Sessions

 

Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center

Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center

NEW DATES AND NEW LOCATION!!!

 

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Veterinary Academies and Calendars

We work closely with these Academies, providing exposure and reference material (membership forms, calendars, etc.).

North Carolina Companion Animal Academy

  • The Academy’s goal is to provide convenient, high quality, yet affordable veterinary continuing education in a pleasant setting ... with two weekend Conferences at a low registration fee, 1st Flight Veterinary Conference, Kitty Hawk, NC, Ralph Lee’s Great Smokies Veterinary Conference located in the Mountains of Asheville, NC and the Third Annual Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC (with discounted registration rate for NCCAA members).
  • The one day meetings have been suspended due to high costs and low attendance.  We are working to put something together like a 3-day meeting mid year or either 3 separate one day meetings spread out.  Information will be mailed out and the website updated as soon as all information is finalized.
   

Virginia Academy of Small Animal Medicine

  • The Academy’s goal is to provide convenient, high quality, yet affordable veterinary continuing education in a pleasant setting ... All Members may attend any or all of the VASAM one day meetings and may
    attend the Mountain and Colonial Veterinary Conferences at a reduced registration fee of $200
  • Dues are $300 for veterinarians, $200 for technicians/support staff with multi member discounts for each, after May 8, 2024 dues
    will increase to $350 (vets) and $250 (tech/staff). Non member veterinarians may attend one day meetings for $150 and non
    member technicians/staff can attend for $100, these do not apply to the weekend conferences.
  • Notes will be available at all one day meetings, if you do not attend, notes will be available by request.
  • VASAM encourages you to support your state association; however, being a member of the VVMA is not a requirement for
    membership in the academy.
  • Notice: Dues to the VASAM may be deductible on federal tax returns as business expenses, but they are not
    deductible as charitable contributions
  • Click here to download the 2024 Membership Application (Coming soon)
  • Next CE Opportunity:

One Day Schedules for VASAM

Date Speaker Name Topic Location

9 am - 4 pm

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

870 Pantops Corporate Way, Charlottesville, VA 22911

About VAM

Veterinary Association Management

Veterinary Association Management was founded and established in 1984 with the sole purpose of managing and providing quality education for veterinarians, technicians and other support staff to get their required hours.  Over the years, VAM has managed the NCVMA, SCAV and NC Companion Animal Academy and Virginia Academy of Small Animal Medicine. We continue to manage the NCCAA and VASAM one day meetings and weekend conferences.  Read more..

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What's New

Mountain Veterinary  Conference

– April 21 - 24, 2024

– "At the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort"

– Cherokee, North Carolina

Speakers and Program

Click Here to See the Current List of Speakers and the Program

Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

– May 19 - 22, 2024

– "A True Family Oriented Veterinary Experience"

– Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Speakers and Program

Click Here to See the Current List of Speakers and the Program

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

– November 6 - 10, 2024

– "A Great Fall Conference in Asheville, North Carolina"

– Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina

Speakers and Program

Click Here to See the Current List of Speakers and the Program

Colonial Veterinary Conference

– New Dates: December 2024

– "In Historic Williamsburg, Virginia"

– New Location: Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center, Williamsburg, Virginia

Speakers and Program

Click Here to See the Current List of Speakers and the Program

Thanks to Our Annual Sponsors

BCP Veterinary Pharmacy is an Animal-Only Pharmacy concentrating solely on veterinary needs in order to produce the best possible solution for animals.

BCP Veterinary Pharmacy

MicroVet Diagnostics

MicroVet Diagnostics

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences

Vetinsure

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3 Sided Media

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ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

ServiceVet Technologies

Our sponsors help to make our conferences the most educational and enjoyable veterinary conferences you can attend.

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