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Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Providing LIVE IN PERSON Continuing Education

2020 and 2021 have been challenging years 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 these crazy years.

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 and into 2021 we will be hosting 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 Bluegrass Veterinary Conference in Elizabeth, Indianan on July 29th - August 1st, 2021, Ralph Lee’s Great Smokies Veterinary Conference in Asheville, NC on November 10 - 14, 2021 and the Colonial Veterinary Conference in Williamsburg, VA on December 1 - 5, 2021 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

LIVE Veterinary Conference Practicing Health & Safety Together!

Please follow these health and safety protocols with us to make this conference great!

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Join us in practicing social distancing during the conference, including the talks, in the Exhibits area, and all other areas. Please do not congregate in groups.

WASH HANDS

Please wash hands frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds. Hand sanitizing stations are available.

WEAR MASKS (optional)

All attendees, speakers and exhibitors may wear masks for the duration of the conference at the their discretion and not required unless the facility requires it. Employees are required to wear masks at all times.

CLEAN and SANITIZE

We are frequently cleaning high-touch areas throughout our properties.

FACILITY

Guests will find disinfecting stations with wipes and hand sanitizer available throughout our properties. Additionally, both public and Team Member areas are cleaned at scheduled intervals, including hourly maintenance of high-touch areas like elevators and bathrooms. All guest rooms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between guests.

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"A Great Fall Conference in Asheville, North Carolina"

For Hotel Reservations:

Room rates start at $167 + tax (standard room) and rate guaranteed until October 16th, 2022.

Call our toll-free number 1-844-330-0296 (24/7) and mention the group name Ralph Lee’s Great Smokies Veterinary in order to receive the special group rate.

For In-House reservations attendees can call our local number during normal business hours 828-285-2603 and mention the group name, Ralph Lee’s Great Smokies Veterinary

Use the weblink https://ashevillecp.com/ then enter dates of stay and Group Code: RAL

Book online using the weblink created for this conference Ralph Lee’s Great Smokies Veterinary

November 16 - 20, 2022

 Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina

 

Speakers

Susan Baiz, DVM, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Mark Epstein, DVM, DABVP

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

Salina Locke, DVM

Jeff Mayo, DVM, DABVP, MANZCVS, Sponsored by Noxsano

Kursten Pierce, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) and Brooke Bridges, RVT NCSU (Cardiology Technician), Sponsored by Ceva

Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA, Sponsored by Care Credit

Travis York, 3 and One Veterinary Advisors

 

Breakfast and Lunch Session

Breakfast Session on Friday, November 18th at 7:30 AM - 8:15 am Presented by Becky Zumo - Sponsored by BCP Veterinary Pharmacy

BCP Veterinary Pharmacy

 

Lunch Session on Friday, November 18th at 11:30 AM - 12:30 pm Presented by Jeanette Pfaff, Senior Service, Support, and Education, "It’s about time - Time can influence laboratory sample conditions, diagnostic test results, patient wellness, and client satisfaction. MicroVet Diagnostic’s innovations in Point-of-Care diagnostics will reduce the time from sample collection to diagnostic results, thereby improving and solidifying the need for in-house clinical diagnostics." Sponsored by MicroVet Diagnostics

MicroVet Diagnostics

 

Welcome Reception on Thursday, November 17th at 5 - 6 pm with Complimentary food and drinks

Sponsored By Zomedica

Zomedica

 

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


Online Registration Now Closed but Walkups are Welcome!

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

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 10/29/2022)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 10/29/2022)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $225.00!

Tentative Schedule

Fall Foliage

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Registration Open 4-8pm (Laurel Foyer)

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference 

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Registration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

Continental Breakfast 8am (Biltmore Foyer)

Exhibit Hall Open 8am (Blue Ridge)

Welcome Reception 5 - 6pm


Speaker

Time

Topic


Kursten Pierce, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Sponsored by Ceva

Ceva

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8:30 - 10:00 am : The When, What, and How of Treating Canine Mitral Valve Disease

10:30 - 11:30 am : Canine Mitral Valve Disease : Clinical Case Studies

1 - 2:30 pm : Diagnosing and Managing Acquired Heart Disease without an Echocardiogram

3 - 4:30 pm : What’s that Sound? Approach to the puppy with a heart murmur

What’s that Sound? Approach to the kitten with a heart murmur


Jeff Mayo, DVM, DABVP, MANZCVS

Sponsored by Noxsano Animal Health

Noxsano Animal Health

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8:30 - 10:00 am : Diagnosis of Cruciate Ligament Disease and Treatment Options: Which Should I Choose?

10:30 - 11:30 am : What’s New in Radiosurgery: How I Use Radiosurgery in Small Animal Surgical Procedures

1 - 2:30 pm : Surgical Infection Control: from Sterilization to Postoperative Wound Management

3 - 4:30 pm : Tibial Tuberosity Advancement: RAPID: A Simple and Viable Method of Cruciate Repair


Travis York, 3 and One Veterinary Advisors

8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:30 am - 11:30 am

At the Intersection of your veterinary medicine and personal finance…is Financial Security

In veterinary medicine we have long been faced with the challenge of honoring our obligation to the client, the patient and now in many cases our ownership groups while trying to build financial security. This sessions will provide you pointers to achieve this goal whether you are a hospital owner or associate.

Starting a Hospital…It’s just like putting together Legos

Do you have the ambition and desire to be a practice owner, then the goal is within reach. In many instances the first step of getting the idea on paper and taking action is the toughest task. This session will outline a step-by-step process to help you put an action plan together to start your hospital.

Don’t Miss an off Ramp….Use a Map

In the last year hospital values have risen to the highest point in their history and just as quickly as they went up they have come back down. In building a strategic plan “Your Map” you will ensure you don’t miss your off ramp and are able to steer your hospital on a course that meets your needs. In this session we will discuss the importance of building a road map to follow on your ownership journey.


Welcome Reception at 5 - 6 pm - with Complimentary food and drinks

Sponsored By Zomedica

Zomedica

 


Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Friday, November 18, 2022

Registration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

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

Breakfast Session on Friday, November 18th at 7:30 AM - 8:15 am Presented by Becky Zumo - Sponsored by BCP Veterinary Pharmacy

BCP Veterinary Pharmacy

Jeanette Pfaff, Senior Service, Support, and EducationLunch Session on Friday, November 18th at 11:30 AM - 12:30 pm Presented by Jeanette Pfaff, Senior Service, Support, and Education, "It’s about time - Time can influence laboratory sample conditions, diagnostic test results, patient wellness, and client satisfaction. MicroVet Diagnostic’s innovations in Point-of-Care diagnostics will reduce the time from sample collection to diagnostic results, thereby improving and solidifying the need for in-house clinical diagnostics." Sponsored by MicroVet Diagnostics

MicroVet Diagnostics


Speaker

Time

Topics


Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA

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1. Making Your Practice Operations Cook Book a Recipe for Success

Do you feel as if everyday you are returning to square one when it comes to training? Are you re-inventing the wheel from 800 AM to 600 PM? Is there no consistency in what your team is doing between people; each day, let alone each hour? You need an Operations Manual or Cook Book full of processes or recipes that everybody can refer to and be taught by to provide a consistent experience for every stakeholder in your practice.

2. Mapping the Client Experience /Patient Experience

The experiences of your patients, clients, and staff all have defined steps that can be identified and mapped out. These steps and maps when documented an saved will increase efficiencies, consistency and profitability. Learn how to map the various experience and create a predictable outcome for your patients, clients and staff

3. Why you MUST have an Exam Room Advocate

The most successful businesses have learned to delegate responsibilities. Veterinary medicine is not as effective in this realm. The Exam Room Advocate is a hybrid between a receptionist and technician whose primary purpose is to manage work flow in the practice. They are the case manager now seen in human healthcare. The transciprtion nurse that helps medical record keeping. And the Schmoozer that helps the client feel more comfortable

4. Patient Lifetime Value--Keeping Clients for LIFE!!

Most practices worry so much about capturing new clients that they forget to try to bond their existing clients as "Raving Fans". What are some of the things that you can do to take your level of client service from "Target" to Nieman Marcus. Learn some very simple communication tricks to help bond your clients to your practice for life. The money you spend on external marketing is much more valuable when spent to retain a client rather than obtain a client.

When it comes to Key Indicators, most veterinarians compare their average transaction. However, this is really a measure of short term success. The real measure of your practices long term success is Patient or Client Lifetime Value. How much does each patient and/or Client contribute to the practice or their lifetime. Not only does this take into account the ACT but also a practice’s ability to retain clients/patients. Start using PLV as your measure of long term practice success

5. Creating an Education Marketing System that Retains Clients

For years, marketing was all about interruption and repetition with the hope of action. To be effective in the 21st century while using all of the new resources, social media, websites, etc., you have to engage and educate the client about the needed care for their pet and how you can exceed that need. Clients want to be involved with their pet’s care and it is our job as healthcare experts to educate them to the point that they understand what needs to be done and come in and ask for it.

Learning Objectives: how to create educational marketing pieces and how to use all possible resources to gradually and consistently educate your clients about new, current and future medical needs for


Mark Epstein, DVM, DABVP

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8:30 am - 10:00 am (1.5 hrs) : Opioids and NSAIDS: Updates You Need in 2023

10:30 am - 11:30 am (1 hrs) : Have the Nerve: Concept, Clinic and Updates of Local Anesthesia

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (1.5 hrs) : Those “Other” Pain Drugs: Fact and Fiction

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (1.5 hrs) : Pulling it Together: Protocols for Low- and High-Surgical Dose Procedures.


1-2:30pm

2:45-4:30pm


Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference 

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Registration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

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


Speaker

Time

Topics


Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA

See Topics

6. Have You Called Your Practice Recently

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

7. What Numbers Do I Really Need to Look At? Or How Do My Vital Signs Loook?

Your practice management software and accounting software or accountant regurgitate information in such great volumes that it is intimidating. The number of reports you can request is daunting. However, as glutted as you are with information your practice is starved of the appropriate knowledge to make decisions. There are really just a handful of numbers that you need to look at each day, each week, each month, each quarter, each year, that can help you navigate through the morass of running your practice. The reason most doctors won’t look at their reports is because there is too much too look at. What if we could simplify it to the bare bones numbers that tell you how your practice’s vital sign’s look?

8. Taking the Pain out of the Money Talk

Talking clients about money is one of the most uncomfortable conversations that we have in practice. Sometimes the difference between life and death is determined by the effectiveness and ease of this conversation. Perfecting this discussion is needed to decrease the fear, anxiety and pain that results from presenting the invoice and discussing the payment options

Learning Objectives: creating a financial policy; scripting the money talk; simplifying the money talk; and getting comfortable with talking money

9. Secrets from the Consolidators That Can Help Your Practice

It is no secret that the veterinary consolidators are having an impact on the business of veterinary medicine. Do they have any secrets that you can implement in practice? As an independent practice, you have strengths and weaknesses that are different from the multi-practice ownership models. These strengths include flexibility, autonomy, and cohesiveness. On the other hand, the sheer number of practices gives the consolidators economies that have significant cost savings. From a human resource and marketing standpoint, what do you need to do to stay strong in the face of competition. What numbers do you need to be monitoring that the consolidators are looking at ? It is the small things that can make a huge difference. Do you know what they are?

10. Rebound, Rebuild, Reimagine

The recent past has provided us with many lessons from which we can take home thoughts and ideas and ultimately take action. From this information, we can choose to rebound (to the way things were), to rebuild (to fix what might have been damaged) or to re-imagine (to create a practice more in line with the future). The decisions that you make will ultimately determine your practice’s destiny. It is time to re-imagine to meet the needs of the environment in which we conduct our businesses


Kursten Pierce, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) and Brooke Bridges, RVT NCSU (Cardiology Technician)

Sponsored by Ceva

Ceva

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8:30 - 10:00 am : Who’s and Why’s of Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM), Presented by Brooke Bridges, RVT NCSU Cardiology Technician

10:30 - 11:30 am : Turn the Beat Around: Diagnosis and Treatment of Common Arrhythmias in Dogs & Cats, Presented by Kursten Pierce, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

1 - 2:30 pm : Who’s and Why’s of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), Presented by Brooke Bridges, RVT NCSU Cardiology Technician

3 - 4:30 pm : Tips for Sedation and Anesthesia of the Cardiac Patient, Presented by Kursten Pierce, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) & Brooke Bridges, RVT NCSU Cardiology Technician


Susan Baiz, DVM, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 

8:30 am - 9:30 am : Spot-on treating skin with topical therapy

10:30 am - 11:30 am : General approach to otitis externa in dogs and cats

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm : Otitis media/interna in dogs and cats


Joseph Jordan, PhD, CEO

NC Physicians Health Program

NC Veterinary Health Program

8:30am - 11am

Drug intervention in the workplace

Recognizing substance use disorders in the workplace.


Salina Locke, DVM

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

1. The Top 10 Exotic Companion Mammal Diseases You Should Know

2. Pet Birds What You Need to Know

3. Respiratory Infections of Exotic Companion Mammals


Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Sunday, November 20, 2022


Speaker

Time

Topic


Salina Locke, DVM

8:30 am - 11:30 am

1. Hedgehog Medicine and Common Diseases

2. Sugar Glider Medicine and Common Diseases

3. Management of Common Guinea Pig diseases


Please Note The Following:

*Times and Presenters Subject to Change

* Please turn off or silence cell phones in sessionsConference Map



 

 


Online Registration Now Closed but Walkups are Welcome!

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

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 10/29/2022)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 10/29/2022)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $225.00!

Fall Foliage

Speaker Bios...


Susan Baiz, DVM, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Dr. Baiz earned her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the Central University of Venezuela. After moving to the US she completed the ECFVG program, which allowed her to practice in the country. In 2019 she accepted an Emergency and Critical Care internship at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, TX and the following year she started her Dermatology Residency at the University of Tennessee.

Veterinary Dermatology is her passion and she enjoys all of the derm diseases, but ears and myringotomies are definitely her favorite! Outside of work she enjoys spending time in her RV with her little dachshunds and cat!


Brooke Bridges, RVT NCSU (Cardiology Technician)Brooke Bridges, RVT NCSU (Cardiology Technician)

Brooke Bridges was born and raised in Fairview, North Carolina, and graduated from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College with her AAS in veterinary technology 2016. Since graduating she has worked in cardiology, internal medicine, neurology, and emergency medicine.

She is currently working on becoming a Veterinary Technician Specialist in cardiology while working at North Carolina State University’s cardiology department.

Outside of work she enjoys traveling, spoiling her fur babies, and spending time with her nephews and nieces in Asheville and New Zealand. She and her husband currently have 2 small dogs and 3 cats.


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

Dr. Epstein received his DVM from University of Georgia and is the Senior Partner and Medical Director of TotalBond Veterinary Hospitals and Carolinas Animal Pain Management, a small group of AAHA-accredited practices in the Charlotte & Gastonia NC area that received the Small Business of the Year Award from the Gaston Regional Chamber of Commerce in 2015. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine/Feline) and is a past-president of ABVP. He is certified by the Academy of Integrative Pain Management (AIPM), is recognized as a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) by the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management, and is a past-president of IVAPM; he is currently President of the IVAPM Research & Scholarship Foundation. Dr. Epstein chaired the AAHA Senior Care Guidelines Task Force and co-Chaired the 2015 AAHA/AAFP Pain Management Guidelines Task Force. He, is published in journals and textbooks (list available upon request), is a national and international lecturer on the recognition, prevention, and treatment of pain in the veterinary clinical setting. In his local community, Dr. Epstein is very active, having served in leadership positions in many organizations, including the United Arts Council, Gaston Dance Theatre, City of Gastonia Planning Commission, Temple Emanuel, Gaston Interfaith Trialogue, and as a Better Angels Co-Organizer; he received the Gaston Regional Chamber’s Inspiration Award in 2018 and Gaston Together’s MLK Unity Award in 2020.


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

Dr. Joseph Jordan, Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Physicians Health Program, has 25+ years experience in working with persons experiencing substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.

He has worked in long-term residential programs and coordinated both adolescent inpatient dual diagnosis and adult and adolescent intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Prior to joining NCPHP, Dr. Jordan served as Ethics Officer and Director of Special Projects for a national credentialing board. Dr Jordan has previously served on s

tate and national committees and boards devoted to the study, development, and refinement of substance abuse counseling practice.


Salina Locke, DVM Salina Locke, DVM

Salina Locke is a 2011 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

She owns an exotics exclusive specialty practice in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dr Locke has been published in peer reviewed veterinary journals regarding exotic animal medicine and lectures across the United States.

She is chair of the education committee for the Association of Avian Veterinarians.


Dr. Robert 'Jeff' Mayo, DVM, DABVP, MANZCVS (Surgery)Dr. Robert 'Jeff' Mayo, DVM, DABVP, MANZCVS (Surgery), Owner, Surgeon

Dr. Jeff Mayo was born in Virginia, and moved to Idaho in 1978. He attended college in Boise, and moved to North Carolina briefly, then returned to the northwest (Oregon) to attend veterinary school. Since graduation from veterinary school, he has made Lynnwood, Washington his home.

Dr. Mayo graduated from Oregon State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994 with honors as well, he has a second Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Mayo was a respiratory therapist at Duke University Medical Center, and received his training in that field from Boise State University, graduating with a degree in 1986. He practiced many different facets of respiratory therapy until 1990, at which he entered veterinary school full time. Dr. Mayo holds 5 college degrees from three major Universities and has published over 30 titles in allied health science education.

Dr. Mayo purchased his first veterinary practice in 1995 in Lynnwood, Washington, and his second practice in 2000, also in Lynnwood. Dr. Mayo devoted much of his practice time to learning new procedures in rigid endoscopy, orthopedics, and radiosurgery. He began his mobile surgical practice, Mayo Veterinary Services, in early 2006. In 2007, Dr. Mayo began teaching orthopedic and soft tissue surgery courses throughout the United States and abroad in small animals.

In November of 2007, Dr. Mayo earned his Diplomate status in the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, with certification in Canine and Feline Practice and re-certfied in 2017. For more information, go to their website, www.abvp.com.

In 2021, Dr. Mayo passed written and practical certification examinations in small animal surgery and became a member of the Australia New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (Surgery). He is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Small Animal Surgery.

From 2008 to now, Dr. Mayo has flown and taught internationally in Japan, Germany, Bulgaria, Italy, Australia and several other countries. Dr. Mayo has trained many Veterinarians on laser surgery, radiosurgery, orthopedics and soft tissue surgery as well as regenerative medicine and alternative therapies for osteoarthritis and pain in small animals.

Dr. Mayo’s main interests includes knee surgeries, fracture repairs, second opinions, radiosurgery, skin grafting for removal or large skin tumors, alternative sterilization, and regenerative medicine.


Kursten Pierce, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)Kursten Pierce, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology)

Kursten Pierce is currently an Assistant Professor in Cardiology at North Carolina State University.

Following her cardiology residency at Tufts University she completed a two year fellowship in interventional cardiology at Colorado State University.

Her interests include the diagnosis and management of congenital heart disease, exotics cardiology, cardiac biomarkers, and minimally-invasive fluoroscopically guided interventions.


Online Registration Now Closed but Walkups are Welcome!

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

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 10/29/2022)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 10/29/2022)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $225.00!

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

 

 

 

3 & One Veterinary Advisors

3 Sided Media

Banfield

Care Credit

Ceva

Midwest Veterinary Supply

MicroVet Diagnostics

MicroVet Diagnostics

 

 

Noxsano

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Science Inc

Pet-Genex, Inc.

Simmons & Associates South East

Soniquence

Southeast Medical Books

Vet Assured/The Natural Vet

Vet Specs, Inc.

Virbac

 

 

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 $167 + tax (standard room) and rate guaranteed until October 16th, 2022.

Call our toll-free number 1-844-330-0296 (24/7) and mention the group name Ralph Lee’s Great Smokies Veterinary in order to receive the special group rate.

For In-House reservations attendees can call our local number during normal business hours 828-285-2603 and mention the group name, Ralph Lee’s Great Smokies Veterinary

Use the weblink https://ashevillecp.com/ then enter dates of stay and Group Code: RAL

Book online using the weblink created for this conference Ralph Lee’s Great Smokies Veterinary

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville Lobby

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville Bar

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville Room

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville Outside with firepit

 


Online Registration Now Closed but Walkups are Welcome!

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

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 10/29/2022)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 10/29/2022)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $225.00!

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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 https://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)

 


Online Registration Now Closed but Walkups are Welcome!

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

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 10/29/2022)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 10/29/2022)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $225.00!