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Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

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

All attendees, speakers and exhibitors are required to wear masks for the duration of the conference. 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 guests and employees.

All guests and team members will be required to have their temperature checked by a designated team member before entering at the property entrance.  Anyone with a temperature at or above 100.4 degrees will not be allowed to enter the building.

 

Providing 20 Hours of Live CE

 

Mountain Veterinary Conference, April 18 - 21, 2021 at the beautiful Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

April 18 - 21, 2021

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 19 and Tuesday April 20th

  • 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
lectures

Click Here to Download the Brochure with Registration Form

 

For Hotel Reservations:

Room rates start at $139 + taxes guaranteed until April 1st and can be made:

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, 2021 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $425.00 (before 4/1/2021)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $225.00 (before 4/1/2021)

   

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

Mountain Veterinary Conference

April 18 - 21, 2021

 at the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee, North Carolina

Scheduled Speakers

Howard B Seim III, DVM, DACVS

Kristen Marshall, DVM, MS, DACVECC

David S Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

Elizabeth Drake, DVM, DACVD

Bobbie Aldridge, RVT

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

Robbie van Mullem, BS, Digital Media Specialist

Rod Finnegan

 

Breakfast Sessions

Monday, April 19th at 7:30-8:20am - Breakfast Session - Robbie van Mullem, BS - 5 Ways to avoid being sued over your website, it is really happening. ADA lawsuits drive concerns over website accessibility; navigating unclear rules and the changes Google has done over the past year. - Sponsored by 3 Sided Media

Tuesday, Apilr 20th at 7:30-8:20am - Breakfast session - Rod Finnegan, Emperor’s New Clothes - Don’t be Caught Bare When Trouble Comes - Sponsored by Vetinsure

 

Lunch and Learn Sessions

Monday, April 19th at 11:45am - 12:45pm - Lunch and Learn Session - Carly Watson Tobler - Sales, Appraisals & Marketing - "Practice Appraisals - Importance for Owners and Prospective Owners" - Sponsored by Simmons and Associates

Tentative Schedule

Entrance to the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Registration open 10am-6pm

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

Speaker

Time

Topic


Kristen Marshall, DVM, MS, DACVECC

See Topic

Emergency/Critical Care

1-1:50pm: FAST Ultrasound exams in the ER

2:00-2:50pm: Feline Urethral Obstruction

3-3:50pm Emergency Management of Seizures

4-4:50pm: The Acute Abdomen

5-5:50pm: Endocrine Emergencies

6-6:50pm: CPR


Monday, April 19, 2021

Registration Open 8am

Exhibit Hall Open at 8am-4:30pm

 

Monday, April 19th at 7:30-8:20am - Breakfast Session - Robbie van Mullem, BS - 5 Ways to avoid being sued over your website, it is really happening. ADA lawsuits drive concerns over website accessibility; navigating unclear rules and the changes Google has done over the past year. - Sponsored by 3 Sided Media

Simmons and AssociatesMonday, April 19th at 11:45am - 12:45pm - Lunch and Learn Session - Carly Watson Tobler - Sales, Appraisals & Marketing - "Practice Appraisals - Importance for Owners and Prospective Owners" - Sponsored by Simmons and Associates

Speaker

Time

Topic


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

8 - 10 am

Drug Intervention in the Workplace

Recognizing Substance Use Disorders in the Workplace


David S Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

Sponsored By Summus Medical Laser

Summus Medical Laser

10:30 am - 12 Noon

Laser Therapy: Cystitis, Corneal Ulcers, and Degenerative Myelopathy - A practical review to improve outcomes and expand clinical applications

Description: Laser therapy is the fastest growing modality in veterinary medicine. Its clinical use and range of applications continues to grow. There will be a quick review of the most current science and how it relates to expanding and improving clinical outcomes. Practical solutions to simple protocols and treatment guidelines will be presented. Novel applications and a discussion of what’s on the horizon will be included. There will be a review on how to adjust and modify programs for individual patients and conditions when/if needed. The attendees will leave with an understanding of the broad range of clinical applications for therapeutic lasers, and how the important parameters of wavelength, power, and frequency modulation are used or adjusted to optimize clinical results.


Elizabeth Drake, DVM, DACVD

1 pm - 6 pm

Dermatology


Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Registration Open 8am

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm

Tuesday, Apilr 20th at 7:30-8:20am - Breakfast session - Rod Finnegan, Emperor’s New Clothes - Don’t be Caught Bare When Trouble Comes - Sponsored by Vetinsure

Speaker

Time

Topic


Howard B Seim III, DVM, DACVS

Sponsored by Jorgensen Labs

Jorgensen Labs

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Generic lecture description

These sessions will consist of a variety of practical soft tissue surgery techniques that most veterinarians can perform in their practice. Video segments of clinical case material, carefully edited to form a real-life experience, will be used as a means of delivering the surgical lectures. An advantage of this lecture style is that participants can see the case operated on during the lecture.

8-9 am : Intestinal anastomosis – tips to make it easier (1hr)

When performing an intestinal resection and anastomosis by yourself (i.e., no assistant to help!) I have several tips that may make the procedure easier for you. I will suggest a number of alternative techniques that you can consider incorporating that will likely make this common procedure easier and more predictably successful. Video of clinical cases will be used to illustrate these techniques.

9-10am : Surgical management of GDV and the 15-minute gastropexy (1hr)

This seminar will focus primarily on the surgical management of GDV patients. Video of clinical cases during intraoperative decision making will be presented. We will focus on the authors’ preferred method for gastric derotation and the technical aspects of performing a 15-minute incisional gastropexy. Extensive use of video of clinical cases will give participants a real-life experience.

10-11am : 4-ligature splenectomy (½ hr)

Years ago, the anatomist suggested that in order to safely remove the spleen the left gastroepiploic artery and vein must be preserved, or the gastric blood supply would be put at risk. We now know this is not true! I will suggest a way to use this new anatomic information to safely remove the spleen in a non-GDV patient using 4 or 5 ligations. We will then utilize this new knowledge of anatomy to develop a ‘plan’ to rapidly and safely remove the spleen in a dog that is bleeding to death!

Anal sacculectomy: a novel approach (½ hr)

Anal sacculectomy is frequently performed in veterinary practice. It can be tricky to get all of the anal sac epithelium and preserve the external anal sphincter muscle and caudal rectal nerve. I will suggest a ‘novel’ technique that allows the surgeon full control of the perianal anatomy and thus preservation of all vital structures during complete anal sac resection. Video showing this technique in a clinical case will illustrate its potential usefulness in your practice.

11-12noon : Surgical management of canine cystic and urethral calculi (1hr)

A ‘never fail’ technique for retropulsion of calculi lodged in the urethra of male dogs will be presented. What’s your worst cystic calculi nightmare……leaving a stone behind after your cystotomy! This lecture will describe a unique protocol that will eliminate the possibility of leaving a stone behind. Video of clinical cases will be used to illustrate this protocol.

12-1pm : Lunch

1-2pm : Surgical management of brachycephalic syndrome (½ hr)

This session will discuss the management of upper airway obstruction in brachycephalic breeds. Emphasis will be placed on nasoplasty and soft palate resection. A novel technique for nasal planum resection will be discussed. There is compelling evidence suggesting that not all everted laryngeal saccules need to be resected! Videotape will be used to illustrate surgical techniques.

Wound management secrets (½ hr)

Think of the most difficult location to bandage a wound……this seminar will suggest a method of how you can ‘bandage that wound’! Also……can you force a wound to continue to contract?……Oh yes you can! Videotape of these selected ‘secrets’ to facilitate wound management will be discussed.

2-3pm : Feline perineal urethrostomy – a novel approach (½ hr)

Feline perineal urethrostomy has classically been approached with the patient placed in a perineal position. Although this positioning is awkward for the surgeon it has become the standard approach. This lecture will suggest taking another look at patient positioning. Placing the cat in dorsal recumbancy allows for a much more ‘ergonomic’ approach for the surgeon and enhances visualization of the regional anatomy. Video of this novel approach will be used to illustrate the advantages of dorsal recumbancy positioning.

Percutaneous chest drain placement in an awake patient (½ hr)

This lecture will focus on a technique that allows percutaneous placement of a chest drain in a fully awake traumatized patient. Videotape will be used to illustrate this unique procedure.

3-4pm : Surgical repair of diaphragmatic hernia (1hr)

This session will discuss the three most common types of diaphragmatic hernia; acute traumatic, chronic traumatic, and congenital peritoneopericardial and how they can be repaired. Video of clinical cases will be used to illustrate techniques used to surgically repair each type of hernia. Management of chronic atelectatic lung lobes and the incidence of re-expansion pulmonary edema will be discussed.

4-5pm : Surgical management of uroabdomen (1hr)

Occasionally patients sustaining blunt abdominal trauma are diagnosed with uroabdomen secondary to ruptured bladder. Once these patients have been stabilized an exploratory laparotomy is performed to repair the ruptured bladder. This seminar will focus on the intraoperative decision making in patients that have sustained enough blunt force trauma to result in a ruptured bladder. Video of a variety of clinical cases presented to our trauma unit will be used to illustrate surgical methods.


     

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Speaker

Time

Topic


Bobbie Aldridge, RVT

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

Basic Principles of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Part 1 (1 hour)

An overview of the origins of Chinese Medicine and includes Wu Xing (5 Element Theory) and Yin Yang Theory (theory of opposites). Also to be discussed are the 4 branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

Basic Principles of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine Part 2 (1 hour 15 minutes)

An in depth look at the 4 branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and how they are applied in practice. Case studies are included. 

Basic Exotic Care (1 hour 30 minutes)

An in depth look at several of the most common exotic species seen in Veterinary Practice. Discussions will include husbandry and nutritional requirements as well as restraint techniques and anesthetic considerations. Species to be included are Rabbits, Chinchillas, Ferrets, Guinea Pigs, Rats/Mice/Gerbils/Hamsters, Lizards. 

Beard Envy (1 hour)

An in depth look at Bearded Dragons. Included are husbandry and nutritional requirements and an in depth look at common pathologies seen in practice. Also included are anesthetic considerations.


Please Note The Following:

*Times and Presenters Subject to Change

* Please turn off or silence cell phones in sessions


Speaker Bios...


Bobbie Aldridge, RVTBobbie Aldridge, RVT

I am from the small town of Morganton, North Carolina. I work at Medicine Man Veterinary Hospital where I am the Head Nurse and Pharmacy Manager. I obtained my Associates in Science in Veterinary Technology from PennFoster College and am currently working to obtain my Bachelor of Veterinary Technology. I am currently serving as the Secretary for the North Carolina Association of Veterinary Technicians. I am a graduate of the Veterinary Technician Program from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. My special interests are teaching/educating, Dentistry, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Exotic Medicine, and Reptile Rehabilitation. I have been fortunate to mentor and proctor several students of Veterinary Technician programs. My future goals are to serve and help educate and develop Veterinary Technicians in the academic sector.

I reside with my beautiful family; my husband Jamey, my son Seth, our dogs Curlee and Dexter, a python named Monty, and a uromastyx named Elliott. We enjoy camping, visiting the beautiful North Carolina mountains, hiking, and porch sitting.


David S Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS graduated from UF in 1987. He has practiced for over 30 years in Mixed, SA, Equine, and Exotics with a special interest in surgery. Dr. Bradley began using lasers in private practice in 1999. Shortly thereafter, he began training and education in laser physics and tissue interaction. He is a well-respected laser consultant and is a Fellow of the American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. He has authored numerous articles and two chapters in different laser texts by Wiley publishing. Dr. Bradley’s years of laser experience includes working with all the major laser companies currently marketing to the veterinary community as well as many human companies. He has had the opportunity to use many different types of surgical, dental, aesthetic, and therapeutic lasers. He has consulted with dozens of laser specialists and hundreds of veterinary and human physicians. Dr. Bradley has lectured nationally and internationally on veterinary laser use.


Elizabeth Drake, DVM, DACVD

Bio Coming Soon...


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.

 


Kristen Marshall, DVM, MS, DACVECC

I am a 2012 graduate of Ross University. I completed a rotating internship in Fairfax, VA, an emergency, critical care internship in Pittsburgh, PA and a small animal emergency and critical care residency at Purdue University. I have been a clinical assistant professor at the University of Tennessee since 2017.  My clinical and research interests are coagulation and sepsis.

 


Dr Howard B. Seim III, DVM, DACVSDr Howard B. Seim III, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Seim graduated from Washington State University, completed an internship in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, and a surgical residency at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He obtained Diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1983. He is currently on the surgical staff at Colorado State University. He was recipient of the Merck AGVET Award for Creative Teaching, the CSU Award for Instructional Innovation and selected as the North American Veterinary Conference’s Small Animal Speaker of the Year in 2009. Dr. Seim is founder of VideoVet a Veterinary Surgery Continuing Education video series. www.videovet.org

Sponsored by Jorgensen Labs

Jorgensen Labs


Carly Watson Tobler - Sales, Appraisals & Marketing - "Practice AppraisalsCarly Watson Tobler - Sales, Appraisals & Marketing

From the initial point of contact with Simmons Southeast to a letter of intent and through to closing, Carly is involved in all aspects of the practice appraisal and selling process. Growing up in the industry and officially joining Simmons in 2010, she has been exposed to a wide range of appraisal and transition nuances as well as ownership transition trends. Alongside Dr. Watson and Sheila Collins, Carly is on the front end of each listing, working with sellers and prospective owners to help each achieve their next career goal, while simultaneously overseeing the day to day processes of the Simmons Southeast team.

With a Bachelor of Business Administration from Stetson University, she prides herself in the quality and professionalism of the Simmons image. Clients compliment her patience, friendliness, sincere honesty, 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.

Born and raised on St. Simons Island, Georgia, and still happily calling the Golden Isles home, Carly enjoys activities that involve soaking in the sun and salty air with her husband, Paul, son, George, and 2 small dogs, Bubba and Mikey. Their favorite activities include boating, paddle boarding, and gardening. Carly also enjoys crafting, cooking, entertaining and traveling to new and familiar places with friends and family as much as possible.

 


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:

Summus Medical Laser

Summus Medical Laser

 

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences

     

3 Sided Media - Sponsor

Summus Medical Laser - Sponsor

ServiceVet Technologies - Sponsor

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

MicroVet Diagnostics

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Services

BCP Veterinary

VetInsure - Sponsor

   
     
     

Click here to download the 2021 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.

Resort at the Mountain Veterinary Conferece

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."

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 + taxes guaranteed until April 1st and can be made:

 

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

 


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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, 2021 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $425.00 (before 4/1/2021)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $225.00 (before 4/1/2021)

   

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