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Colonial Veterinary Conference - NEW DATES and LOCATION!

We have had to make changes for the 2024 Colonial Veterinary Conference. After careful consideration, despite the fact that it's only in a few months, we decided to go ahead and find a different venue and these are the only dates and venue available we thought would accommodate this conference. There have been a few renovations since we were last at the Fort Magruder. We hope that you are able to join us in October and we hope to be back to December next year.

 

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"In Historic Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia"

Colonial Veterinary Conference

October 16 - 20, 2024

"In Historic Williamsburg, Virginia"

 

Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center

For Hotel Reservations: Room rates of $129 + applicable taxes and fees, and can be made by calling 770-220-2250 and mention Colonial Veterinary Conference!

Speakers

Louise S Dunn, Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting, Sponsored by Care Credit

 


 

Online Registration is Now Open!

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 October 1st, 2024 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 10/01/2024)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 10/01/2024)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $250.00!

 

Tentative Schedule


Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand Illumination

 

Wednesday, October 16, 2024

Registration Open 4 - 8 pm - NO SESSIONS


 

Colonial Veterinary Conference

Thursday, October 17th, 2024

Exhibit area Open 2pm ∙ Refreshment Breaks, Exhibit area

12pm Lunch on your own

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


Louise S Dunn, Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting

Sponsored by Care Credit

8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:30 am - 11:30 am

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

Session 1 - The New Face of Our Profession, Clients, and Team

Description: The pandemic year had veterinary hospitals making changes almost daily – from patient care to client service to team and business operations. Some of these changes are no longer necessary, but others were so well-liked, even transformative, that they are now standard operating procedures for most practices. Did these changes alter the veterinary business model? Or are they simply a passing fad? How has the face of clients, team members, and the profession changed?

Learning Objective:

- Assess the value of new patient care and client service trends for your practice

- Analyze the potential of team changes to improve efficiency and quality of care

- Determine which industry trends will most likely impact your business operations

Session 2 - Are You an Angry, Frustrated Manager? Flip the Switch for a Better Response

Description: Leading your team is stressful enough without the raw emotions of anger, resentment, and frustration. You are in a position to lead the team, but first, you have to face the challenge of recognizing how you respond to situations. Only then can you build a psychologically safe culture for the team to respond to difficult situations.

Learning Objectives:

- Identify your preferred reaction

- Sharpen your ability to respond to negative emotions in your team

- Cultivate a team environment of trust

Leadership Training For Managers

Description: Whether a new or current manager, training in leadership skills is necessary and requires a plan. A newly promoted manager risks being blindsided by extreme demands, complex relationships, and difficult choices. Any practice should follow a plan that covers the essential leadership skills every manager needs and use it to train anyone promoted to a lead or management role.

Learning Objectives:

- Boost your knowledge of essential leadership skills

- Navigate the hurdles of the leadership role

- Develop a training program to help a new manager succeed

Session 3 - When There Is An “I” In Team

Description: We have all heard it, probably even said it a time or two – “There is no ‘I’ in Team.” Is it fair to say that the individual does not exist on a team? Of course not. A team is made up of individuals. A team harnesses the power of the skills, knowledge, and abilities of all of those individual “I’s” into a cohesive, high-performing group that can perform faster, stronger, and smarter than any single individual.

Learning Objectives:

- Employ team building tips for creating a high-performing team

- Clarify management’s role in building the team

- Recognize when it is time to replace team members

Attendance Policy Revamp

Description: On the surface, an attendance policy may seem as simple as saying, "Please show up when you are scheduled to work." However, every manager knows there are different kinds of absenteeism - some unavoidable, while others indicate a chronic issue. Therefore, a balanced policy should be the goal of any attendance policy - one that considers labor laws and regulations, cost-effectiveness, and achieves attendance results while allowing for flexibility that honors well-being in the workplace.

Learning Objectives:

- Identify key elements of your attendance policy

- Utilize absence management tools

- Create a policy that is flexible while also satisfying business needs

Session 4 - How "Convenient" Can Your Practice Get? The Inconvenient Truth

Description: Experience matters. Not the doctors' medical experience but the clients' experience when interacting with your veterinary practice. The pandemic and businesses like Amazon are transforming the customer experience, and many of those experiences are changing client expectations. Convenience is becoming more important than ever. The veterinary business model needs a few updates to improve productivity and enhance the client experience.

Learning Objectives:

- Evaluate the team’s efficiency and productivity effect on convenience

- Optimize the use of technology

- Craft new standard operating procedures that enhance convenience

Is Your Practice Holding You Hostage?

Description: You wanted to own a veterinary hospital for many positive reasons – the quality of medicine, services to offer, retirement plan, and work/life balance…. However, the combination of financial investment, time commitment, and responsibility for the needs and wants of employees and clients can lead to a feeling of being held hostage to the business. For practice owners, finding ways to strike a balance is crucial to help alleviate this feeling and improve overall well-being.

Learning Objectives:

- Evaluate the best options for you to satisfy the wants and needs of employees and clients

- Implement SOPs to improve efficiency and profitability

- Set boundaries for a better work/life balance


8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:30 am - 11:30 am

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm


8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:30 am - 11:30 am

 


 

Colonial Veterinary Conference

Friday, October 18th, 2024

Exhibit Hall Open 7am-5pm - Refreshments Breaks, Exhibit area

12pm Lunch on your own

 

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


Louise S Dunn, Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting

Sponsored by Care Credit

8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:30 am - 11:30 am

Session 1 - Practical Understanding of Financial Reports for the Nonfinancial Manager

Description: There comes a time when the team needs to know some numbers, especially those involved in mana0ging or coordinating operational activities. Upskill those key individuals and move them from managing in a fog to having clarity for making decisions and improving business performance.

Learning Objectives:

- Boost your understanding of key financial reports

- Determine key metrics for your specific area of responsibility

- Enhance your ability to use this information to make better business decisions

Finance Top Tips

Description: A healthy practice is also a profitable practice. While some may think finance and profitability are only for owners, the entire team should be involved in understanding how their actions impact the business's profitability.

Learning Objectives:

- Learn which key practice indicators (KPI) to track and measure

- Leave with a better understanding of how to increase your practice’s income while decreasing expenses to profitability

- Develop a skill set that pivots your ability to hone in on financial deficiencies while simultaneously capitalizing on financial opportunities.

Session 2 - Winning The Battle With Your Competition

Description:  Veterinary practices can no longer assume the old adage, ‘build it and they will come.’ Today’s economy requires a practice to adapt and address consumer behaviors because competition is coming from all directions – another veterinary practice, retail clinics, and virtual care models. Know your competition and take the steps to head off an attack on your practice success.

Learning Objectives:

- Recognize your competition

- Assess your options

- Create an action plan to strengthen quality, efficiency, and convenience


8:30-10am

10:30-11:30am

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm


8:30-10am

10:30-11:30am

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm


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Colonial Veterinary ConferenceSaturday, October 19th, 2024

Continental Breakfast 7am, Exhibit area

Refreshment Breaks, Exhibit area

 

 

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


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8:30-10am


10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Colonial Veterinary Conference

Sunday, October 20th, 2024

 

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


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* Times and Presenters Subject to change

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

-On-Site Registration begins on Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8am

 


 

Online Registration is Now Open!

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 October 1st, 2024 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 10/01/2024)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 10/01/2024)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $250.00!

Speaker Bios...


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Online Registration is Now Open!

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 October 1st, 2024 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 10/01/2024)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 10/01/2024)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $250.00!

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:

 

American Regent Animal Health

Coastal Animal Referral Emergency

OneMytis

     

ServiceVet Technologies

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

Simmons Veterinary Practice Sales and Appraisals

Southeast Medical Books

     

T&L Veterinary Business Consulting

Three-Sided Media

Williamsburg Drug

 

 

 

     

 


 

Online Registration is Now Open!

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 October 1st, 2024 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 10/01/2024)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 10/01/2024)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $250.00!

Conference Hotel Information

Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center

Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center

Williamsburg, Virginia

   

 

For Hotel Reservations: Room rates of $129 + applicable taxes and fees, and can be made by calling 770-220-2250 and mention Colonial Veterinary Conference!

Williamsburg, Virginia

 

 


 

Online Registration is Now Open!

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 October 1st, 2024 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 10/01/2024)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 10/01/2024)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $250.00!

Area Information

Williamsburg, Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg

"Discover Colonial Williamsburg and immerse yourself in the 18th-century capital city of Virginia. See all that the Revolutionary City has to offer, explore our Art Museums, or engage in recreation at our companion Resort properties. From revolution to romance, things are constantly changing here, creating a unique experience for our guests. Opportunities for adventure abound, but how you choose to spend your visit is up to you..."

 

Colonial Williamsburg


 

Online Registration is Now Open!

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 October 1st, 2024 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 10/01/2024)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 10/01/2024)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $250.00!

 

Each conference provides at least 20 hours of LIVE IN PERSON continuing education