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LIVE Veterinary Conference Practicing Health & Safety Together!

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.

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

All attendees, speakers and exhibitors may wear masks at their own discretion for the duration of the conference. Harrahs Cherokee no longer requires a mask to be worn. Masks will be available upon entry. Guests may also choose to wear their own masks. Employees are also required to wear masks at all times.

CLEAN and SANITIZE

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

GENERAL PROTOCOLS FOR THE FACILITY

For the well-being of our guests and team members, employees have been trained on cleaning and disinfectant techniques, including use of PPE, protocols for all surfaces and tracking cleaning schedules. We are facilitating recommended social distancing guidelines throughout the resort and the presence of hand sanitizer stations have been increased across each area.

Masks are required for all employees.

 

Providing 20 Hours of Live CE

 

Mountain Veterinary Conference, April 10 - 13, 2022 at the beautiful Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

Mountain Veterinary Conference, April 10 - 13, 2022 at the beautiful Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

Mountain Veterinary Conference, April 10 - 13, 2022 at the beautiful Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

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April 10 - 13, 2022

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

"At the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort"

Conveniently located within driving distance of these cities: Atlanta GA, Nashville TN, Lexington KY, Raleigh NC, Columbia SC & Burmingham AL

  

Your Conference Registration includes:

  • Over 20 hours of Outstanding CE Lectures with great speakers

  • Complimentary standard in-room wireless Internet for 1 device

  • Room rates starting at $139.00 per night single or double occupancy excluding applicable room taxes

  • Greens Creek Breakfast Buffet on Monday, April 11th and Tuesday April 12th

  • Complimentary self and valet parking for all conference attendees

  • $20 free slot play for each attendee to be used at their leisure.

  

The Mountain Veterinary
Conference carries over
20 hrs. of outstanding
continuing education
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For Hotel Reservations:

Room rates start at $139 + tax & any applicable resort fees guaranteed until April 1, 2022 and can be made by:


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 April 1st, 2022 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $425.00 (before 4/1/2022)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $225.00 (before 4/1/2022)

   

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

Mountain Veterinary Conference

April 10 - 13, 2022

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

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort and The Cherokee Convention Center

Scheduled Speakers

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS, Sponsored by Purple Moon Herbs and Studies

Laura Gaylord, DVM, DACVIM, Sponsored by Virbac

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

Zenithson Ng, DVM, MS, DABVP

Annie Oh, DVM, MS, DACVO, Clinical Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University

Dr. Michael A. Rossi, DVM, MNS, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology, Sponsored by Ceva

Carly Tobler and Evan Watson, Simmons & Associates Southeast, Inc.

Robbie van Mullem, President, 3 Sided Media / Review Retrievers

Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA

Breakfast and Lunch Sessions

Breakfast Session on Monday, April 11th at 7:30 AM - 8:30 am Presented by Dr. David Huff, DVM, "Cold Laser Therapy in Today’s Practice" Sponsored by Erchonia Corporation

Erchonia Corporation

 

Lunch Session on Monday, April 11th at 11:30 AM - 12:30 pm Presented by Liz Wilsey, "Point of Care Diagnostics: The Benefits for the Veterinarian & Patient " Sponsored by MicroVet Diagnostics

MicroVet Diagnostics

 

Breakfast Session on Tuesday, April 12th at 7:30 AM - 8:30 am Presented by Frank Breve, PharmD, MBA, CCP, "Best Practices for Disposal of Controlled Substances." Sponsored by C2R Global Manufacturing

Mid Atlantic PharmaTech Consultants   C2R Global Manufacturing Inc.

 

Lunch Session on Tuesday, April 12th at 11:30 AM - 12:30 pm Presented by Rod Finnegan, "The Emperor's New Clothes: Don't get caught bare when trouble comes" Sponsored by Vetinsure

Vetinsure

 

Tentative Schedule

Entrance to the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Registration open 10am-6pm

Exhibit Set up: 8am - 12pm, welcome to exhibit when setup

Speaker

Time

Topic


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

12 Noon - 2:30 pm

Drug intervention in the workplace

Recognizing substance use disorders in the workplace.


Laura Gaylord, DVM, DACVIM (Nutrition), Board Certified Veterinary Nutr itionist®

Sponsored by Virbac

3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

1 - New Body, New Diet: The Link Between Spay/Neuter and Obesity

2 - The "Just Feed Less" Myth for Weight Management

3 - Utilizing Veterinary Technicians in Wellness Nutrition Discussions


Beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Convention Center

Monday, April 11, 2022

Registration Open 8am

Exhibit Hall Open at 8am-4:30pm

 

Dr. David Huff, DVMBreakfast Session on Monday, April 11th at 7:30 AM - 8:30 am Presented by Dr. David Huff, DVM, "Cold Laser Therapy in Today’s Practice"

General introduction to low level laser therapy. Questions answered or addressed include: What is low level laser and how is it different from other laser modalities? What are the general principles of laser theory and how it works? What are some practical applications for veterinary medicine? Explaining the various treatment guidelines: how often, where and how to apply low level laser therapy, including case studies.

Sponsored by Erchonia Corporation

Erchonia Corporation

Dr. Dave Huff graduated from the NC State CVM in May of 1989. He practiced at a small animal facility for 2 years in Pennsylvania and then returned to North Carolina to practice small animal and large animal at Neuse River Veterinary Hospital in Wendell. He also practiced for 4 years at a small animal practice in Beaufort, South Carolina, and then returned to Neuse River Veterinary Hospital in 1999. He has developed several interests and specialties over the years including a strong interest in small animal surgery. He has been affiliated with ICG/Synbiotics since 1991 as a canine semen freezing center. He was the first such center in North Carolina and at the time only the 3rd such center on the east coast. He added PennHip radiograph training and certification in 1996 and has been doing chiropractic care in animals since 1999. As a result, Dr. Huff has been one of the main speakers at many veterinary conventions & associations across the US including NAVC & WWVC. Through his clinical & surgical experience, Dr. Huff has garnered the expertise to train other veterinarians on proven protocols for a successful veterinary practice. Dr. Dave Huff is the proud owner of Plantation Animal Hospital in Clayton, NC. He specializes in superior small animal care for every one of his patients. He started using the Erchonia LLLT in July 2009 for his patients and continue to use their non-thermal laser technology every day. After consistent success with Erchonia laser therapy, he began hosting & instructing Erchonia LLLT Seminars in 2015.

 

Lunch Session on Monday, April 11th at 11:30 AM - 12:30 pm Presented by Liz Wilsey, "Point of Care Diagnostics: The Benefits for the Veterinarian & Patient " Sponsored by MicroVet Diagnostics

MicroVet Diagnostics

Speaker

Time

Topic


Dr. Michael A. Rossi, DVM, MNS, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology

Sponsored by Ceva

8:30-10am

10:30-11:30am

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

1. Feline atopic-like skin syndrome

2. Advancements in dermatopical solutions

3. Clinical management of Staphylococcal skin infections

4. Simplifying otitis externa

5. 5. Dermatology case rounds

6. Round table discussion on veterinary dermatology


Carly Tobler and Evan Watson, Simmons and Associates Southeast, Inc.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

1. How to Thrive as a Practice Owner

2. Bookkeeping Tips & Tricks


Robbie van Mullem, President, 3 Sided Media / Review Retrievers

8:30 am - 11:30 am

2 hours - I have a website now how do I get found? Building websites that Google will like.

1 hour - Understanding the basics to digital marketing. Marketing 101 for Veterinary Practices.

1 hour - Landmines and snares to avoid in digital marketing


Beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Convention Center

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Registration Open 8am

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm

Breakfast Session at 7:30 AM - 8:30 am Presented by Frank Breve, PharmD, MBA, CCP, "Best Practices for Disposal of Controlled Substances." Sponsored by C2R Global Manufacturing

Mid Atlantic PharmaTech Consultants   C2R Global Manufacturing Inc.

 

Lunch Session at 11:30 AM - 12:30 pm Presented by Rod Finnegan, "The Emperor's New Clothes: Don't get caught bare when trouble comes" Sponsored by Vetinsure

Vetinsure

 

Speaker

Time

Topic


Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS, Sponsored by Purple Moon Herbs and Studies

8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 11:30 am

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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.

(There will be a break)

Plant Antimicrobials

There are significant concerns mounting with pharmaceutical antimicrobials: antibiotic resistance, antifungal liver toxicity, etc. Plants are a wonderful alternative to these problems. In this lecture, we will discuss how plants avoid these issues and which plants work for which conditions and why. Case examples will be presented.

(There will be a break)

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a burgeoning new area of medicine. Learn about how and why as well as the safety of mushroom use. Specific mushrooms will be presented, as well as medicinal applications.


Annie Oh, DVM, MS, DACVO, Clinical Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University

See Topics

8:30 am - 10:00 am : Adnexa and Orbital Disease; Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca

10:30 am - 11:30 am : Glaucoma

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm : Corneal ulcers

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm : Anterior uveitis


Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA

For Veterinarians, Technicians, and Practice Managers

8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 11:30 am

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

1. 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

2. 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.

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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?


Beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Convention Center

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Speaker

Time

Topic


Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS, Sponsored by Purple Moon Herbs and Studies

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

Oconaluftee River Trail Nature Walk

This medicinal and wildflower herb walk will follow the Oconaluftee River Trail along the river. It is an easy and lovely walk filled with native wildflowers and other medicinal plants. We will discuss the plants and their medicine as well as their uses in pharmaceuticals. There will be time for questions, to peruse the gift shop and walk on your own at the end of the structured walk. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes.


Zenithson Ng, DVM, MS, DABVP

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

Missed Opportunities in Preventive Medicine

Top Ten Protocols in Hospice and Palliative Care


Please Note The Following:

*Times and Presenters Subject to Change

* Please turn off or silence cell phones in sessions


Speaker Bios...

Dr. Laurie DohmenLaurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Dr. Dohmen has received training in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, and most extensively Western Herbs. She received her Masters of Therapeutic Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2014. She was accepted as a Registered Herbalist through the American Herbalist Guild in 2020.

In 2013, Dr. Dohmen downsized her integrative mixed animal practice in southern Delaware. She is now a full-time continuing educator and lectures regularly on Western Herbal Veterinary Medicine, and other wholistic topics. She is published frequently in journals such as the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal.

Dr. Dohmen is the Past President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association and is on the Editorial Board of the AHVMA Journal. She also owns Lowood Educational Center in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a holistic educational venue.

Sponsored by Purple Moon Herbs and Studies


Laura Gaylord, DVM, DACVIMLaura Gaylord, DVM, DACVIM

Laura B. Gaylord is a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist and one of only 96 Diplomats of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (subspecialty Nutrition). She is an independent consultant and the owner/founder of Whole Pet Provisions, PLLC, a nutrition consulting company established in 2016 which offers veterinary nutrition consulting to the pet food industry and pet supplement companies both large and small.

She has been a general practitioner in North Carolina for over 24 years and is currently a consultant member of Veterinary Nutritional Consultations, Inc., the East Coast Think Tank. Finally, she offers homemade diet recipe formulation and commercial diet consultations through PetDiets.com for pet parents and their veterinary team.

Combining her years of clinical experience with passion for nutrition, Dr. Gaylord seeks to promote optimal nutrition and support integrative veterinary care for companion animals and the pet vested industry.


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


Annie Oh DVM MS DACVO Clinical Assistant ProfessorDr. Annie Oh, DVM, MS, DACVO, Clinical Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University

Dr. Annie Oh is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at NC State.

She received her veterinary degree from Western University of Health Sciences, and completed a Master's degree in Comparative Medicine and Integrative Biology at Michigan State University.

She completed a small animal rotating internship at University of Missouri, followed by a comparative ophthalmology residency at NC State.

Her main research interests are functional vision, retinal diseases, and glaucoma.

Outside of work, Dr. Oh enjoys hiking, snowsports, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.


Dr. Michael A. Rossi, DVM, MNS, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary DermatologyDr. Michael A. Rossi, DVM, MNS, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology

Dr. Michael Rossi received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and his Master's degree in equine allergic airway disease from Louisiana State University. After completing a 3-year veterinary dermatology internship and residency with North Carolina State University and the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado, he became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology. He is Chief of Staff and Director of Clinical Studies at Coastal Veterinary Dermatology & Ear Clinic in Houston, Texas. He remains active in research while in a clinical setting and has been on the advisory board for both veterinary industrial and non-profit organizations.

Dr. Rossi has authored/co-authored several articles published in peer reviewed journals and has lectured on veterinary dermatology both nationally and internationally. He has expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases of the skin, coat, ears and nails in animals and works closely with local zoological gardens and wildlife preserves.

Sponsored by Ceva


Carly Tobler & Evan Watson, Simmons & Associates Southeast, Inc.Carly Tobler & Evan Watson, Simmons & Associates Southeast, Inc.

Carly and Evan grew up in the veterinary industry attending conferences as children to working their first jobs at Simmons in grade school. After college and other explorations, they each found their way right back to where they started bringing their own interests and passions to the company.

Carly officially joined Simmons in 2010 with a BBA in Marketing from Stetson University. She has been exposed to a wide range of appraisal and ownership transition nuances and trends. Alongside Dr. Watson and Sheila Collins, Carly is on the front and back end of each listing, working with sellers and buyers to help each achieve their next career goal, while simultaneously overseeing the day-to-day activities of the Simmons Southeast team. Clients compliment her patience, friendliness, sincerity, and innate ability to mediate a prudent solution for both parties. Upon first contact with Carly, you will see that she is business-oriented, attentive to detail, and genuinely interested in meeting your needs.

Evan joined the Simmons Southeast team in 2018, after obtaining a MS in Sustainability Studies degree at Lenoir-Rhyne University, Asheville. With a continued passion for sustainable development, Evan ensures that Simmons continues to be the pacesetter in the rapidly growing veterinary industry. This means honoring transparency with clients and partners and staying true to Simmons' mission of guiding clients through the appraisal and ownership transition process with industry-leading standards, ethics, and education. Additionally, Evan assists Carly throughout the corporate sale process. Evan’s calm, personal, friendly, and methodical nature puts our clients at ease and moves the transaction along fluidly. When she's not working, she enjoys practicing and teaching yoga, which she is excited to start sharing with the veterinary profession.


Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBAPeter Weinstein, DVM, MBA

Dr. Peter Weinstein attended Cornell University undergraduate and the University of Illinois to receive his DVM. After graduation, he worked as an associate for three years before opening his practice.

As he was running his practice, he identified the need for increased business acumen to make his practice successful. Thus, while managing and practicing full time, he attended University of Redlands to receive his MBA.

As a result of the MBA, he was able to relocate, expand and sell his practice to a corporate consolidator.

Politically, he served as President of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association and President for VetPartners, the national consultants association. He just completed three years as the Chair of the Veterinary Economic Strategy Committee of the AVMA’s Veterinary Economics Division.

In the veterinary industry, he acted as Medical Director overseeing the Claims Department for Veterinary Pet Insurance.

Recently, after 14 years, Dr. Weinstein retired from his role as the Executive Director for the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association to pursue other interests including teaching at Western University College of Veterinary Medicine.

He was the 2018 Speaker of the Year for the Western Veterinary Conference Practice Management Section. And in 2021 for the VMX Practice Management section.

He is co-author with Michael E Gerber of “The EMyth Veterinarian- Why Most Veterinary Practices Don’t Work and What to Do About It”.


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:

Diamond Sponsors

MicroVet Diagnostics

MicroVet Diagnostics

Erchonia Corporation

Erchonia Corporation

C2R Global Manufacturing Inc.

C2R Global Manufacturing Inc.   Mid Atlantic PharmaTech Consultants

Gold Sponsors

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Services

Ceva

Virbac

Virbac

Bronze Sponsors

Simmons & Associates Southeast

Simmons & Associates Southeast

ServiceVet Technologies

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

Purple Moon Herbs and Studies

Purple Moon Herb Studies

Exhibitors

3 Sided Media

Summus Medical Laser

Summus Medical Laser

Vetinsure

Vetinsure

PSI Vet

Banfield Pet Hospital

Banfield Pet Hospital

Vets Best Friend

Mid Atlantic PharmaTech Consultants

Mid Atlantic PharmaTech Consultants

 

 

     

Click here to download the 2022 Mountain Veterinary Conference Exhibitor Contract

Conference Hotel Information

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Where every hand is holding a very good time.

Arrowheads point to good luck, so follow them to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. North Carolina’s first casino, Harrah’s promises an electrifying adventure that’s bound to put a smile on your face and, if you’re lucky, a bulge in your wallet.

A casino and luxury hotel combined.

Harrah’s Casino is home to a 21-story, four-star, luxury hotel nestled in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. The 1,108 spacious rooms include amenities such as large baths, upscale furniture and fixtures, and 42-inch HD plasma TVs. In addition to these amenities, guests have access to an arcade, indoor pool and workout room, as well as a 15,000-square-foot conference center and several delicious restaurants. Eight unforgettable suites are located in the Mountain Tower, 21 in the Soco Tower, and 78 in Creek Tower.

Bask in the earthly pleasures of Mandara Spa.

Inspired by elements of native culture and Balinese-influenced treatments, Mandara Spa brings casino guests the highest quality of therapeutic luxury. The Mandara brand emphasizes beauty, rejuvenation, and exotic indulgence, aiming to enhance each guest’s resort experience by providing luscious opportunities for pampering.

Ease and enjoyment for all ages.

We know every moment of your time here is important so we provide convenient check-in and checkout kiosks in various locations throughout the hotel. Ask about our “Stay and Play Packages” to take advantage of every opportunity. If you are traveling with children, stay at the casino and let the kids explore the arcade while the adults hit the gaming tables, or take some time and enjoy outdoor activities like hikingbiking,tubing, and much more. Traveling with canine companions under 50 pounds? Ask about our PetStay room benefits.

Selu Statue at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort and The Cherokee Convention Center

More than just a casino: Harrah’s Events Center and Conference Center

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort houses a new 3,000-seat events center where acts from Hank Williams, Jr. to Lady Antebellum have performed. This unique venue option features amphitheater seating on three levels for a variety of events and programs. The main floor can accommodate everything from a dinner for 800 to a tradeshow with more than 150 booths. The casino can also host groups and meetings ranging from ten to over 3,000 people in a state-of-the-art conference facility. The large meeting space can be broken down into 7 smaller configurations to suit any event or group needs.... from VisitCherokeeNC.Com

"The luxurious 21-story Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel is set amid the beautiful mountain setting of western North Carolina and provides luxury lodging that creates an upscale experience with 1,108 spacious rooms that include breathtaking views.  Check-in/Checkout Kiosks are available in the hotel for fast service and are located on the 2nd floor of the hotel. Enjoy many amenities like the fitness room that is open 24/7, the indoor pool and our new outdoor pool featuring a zero entry pool, cabanas and bar area."

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort and The Cherokee Convention Center

An enterprise of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort is celebrating over 15 years of operation since opening its doors in November 1997. The Casino has 150,000 square feet of gaming space and offers 3,800 slot machines and over 100 traditional table games such as black jack, roulette and craps. The property also features over 1,100 hotel rooms, the Le Fu Men gaming area, 10 restaurants, the Essence Lounge, a 3,000 seat Event Center, the luxurious 18,000 square feet Mandara Spa and eight retail shops. In addition to the 56-acre property, guests have privileged access to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation-owned Sequoyah National Golf Club, named one of Golf Magazine's best new golf courses.  

 

 

For Hotel Reservations:

Room rates start at $139 + tax & any applicable resort fees guaranteed until April 1, 2022 and can be made by:

 

Harrah’s The Cherokee Convention Center Lobby

The Cherokee Convention Center Lobby

 

Harrah’s The Cherokee Convention Center - Guy Fieri Circles

The Cherokee Convention Center - Guy Fieri Circles

 

Harrah’s The Cherokee Convention Center - Bar

The Cherokee Convention Center - Guy Fieri Bar

 

Harrah’s The Cherokee Convention Center - Starbucks

The Cherokee Convention Center - Starbucks

 

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Creek Tower Standard Room

Creek Tower Standard Room

 

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Classroom

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Classroom

 

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Mandara Spa

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Mandara Spa

 


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 April 1st, 2022 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $425.00 (before 4/1/2022)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $225.00 (before 4/1/2022)

   

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


Area Information

Visit Cherokee

Cherokee, North Carolina

A culture, a people, and a place that's actually a sovereign nation, Cherokee is located right in the heart of Western North Carolina. It's also base camp for hiking in the Great Smokies, arts and crafts shopping, native elk herd viewing, hours of fishing fun, and home to a history that spans millennia. Ready? Let’s go.

From visitcherokeenc.com ...

Discover the fun of seeing the world through Cherokee eyes.

It might happen on a mud-spattering romp through the nearby Great Smoky Mountains. Or while hearing the creation legend in the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. You’ll be having fun in Cherokee, relaxing, and suddenly, you’re a little more in tune with the natural world. With just one visit to something as profound as the outdoor drama “Unto These Hills,” you can’t help but look at things a little differently. And you’ll certainly have more fun. How will Cherokee affect you? Plan. Play. Visit. And discover.

Adventures that go deeper.

Each place you visit in Cherokee pulses with the stories and significance of a people whose roots run deep and whose ancient wisdom is fascinating to uncover. Nestled in the lush landscapes of Western North Carolina, Cherokee invites you to smell the wood smoke and open your ears. If you listen closely, maybe you can hear the chanting of the little Nunnehi people of the mountain peaks. No need to resist Cherokee’s invitations to dive right in. Fire off a blowgun if you dare, but make sure your spouse is in the clear. As you cast your line into the trout-filled rivers or wash your face in the sweet spray of a waterfall, let the powerful feelings of Cherokee carry you. Even if it’s just for a day or two.

Open your eyes with us.

A virtual treasure trove of outdoorsy fun awaits in Cherokee. Activities gain new dimensions as you become aware of their origins, steeped in a vibrant cultural heritage. For instance, if you enjoy birding, you may never see the cardinal in the same way after learning about the legend of how it got its scarlet color–just as you may observe in a new way the copper lines in the ancient boulders along the banks of the Oconaluftee where you may be fishing, tubing or kayaking. Did you know that the wolf showed the cardinal those copper lines to paint herself with after she pecked the mud from his eyes? These are stories you and your fellow travelers will learn as you explore Cherokee.

Awaken your power animal.

Cherokee history, song, dance, and period regalia come to vivid life in sites such as the Oconaluftee Indian Village, the outdoor drama “Unto These Hills,” or the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Cherokee hosts a variety of annual cultural festivals throughout the year where you can share in the celebration of colorful customs and learn about ancient beginnings.

Let your braids fly in downtown Cherokee.

Nostalgic shops offering blowguns and tomahawks, comfy motor lodges, family fun parks, and petting zoos can all be found in downtown Cherokee, NC. If you’re looking for something extraordinary, consider playing the 18-hole Sequoyah National Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones II, then staying at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.

 


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 April 1st, 2022 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $425.00 (before 4/1/2022)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $225.00 (before 4/1/2022)

   

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