North Carolina Companion Animal Academy
North Carolina Companion Animal Academy
What We Are About
The Academy’s goal is to provide convenient, high quality, yet affordable veterinary continuing education in a pleasant setting ... with two weekend Conferences at a low registration fee, 1st Flight Veterinary Conference, Kitty Hawk, NC, Ralph Lee’s Great Smokies Veterinary Conference located in the Mountains of Asheville, NC and the Second Annual Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference in Myrtle Beach, SC (with discounted registration rate for NCCAA members). The cost of annual membership is only $275 ($335 after May 2, 2016) for veterinarians and $150 ($175 after May 2, 2016) for technician/support staff, with multi member prorated discounts for each.
This entitles each member to attend two weekend conferences at a fee of $100 each with discounted registration rate for NCCAA members at the 2nd Annual Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference. If you are unable to attend the one day meetings, notes will be available at www. vetmeetings.com. Proceedings books available at weekend conferences at cost.
Each weekend conferences carry at least 20 hours of continuing education credits.
Membership entitles you to attend these weekend conferences at a reduced registration fee of $100 each.
NCCAA continuing education meetings & conferences are approved through the NC Veterinary Medical Board
The one day meetings have been suspended due to high costs and low attendance. We are working to put something together like a 3-day meeting mid year or either 3 separate one day meetings spread out. Information will be mailed out and the website updated as soon as all information is finalized.
June 20 - 24, 2018
DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront
"A True Family Oriented Veterinary Experience" on the beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina".
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 moreKatie Gies, DVM | Attendee - email@example.com
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 moreValerie Weiss, DVM | Attendee - firstname.lastname@example.org
“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 moreLynne Swanson, DVM | Speaker, Exhibitor - Safe Harbor Farm’s SMILE! Project
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 moreJenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS | Speaker - email@example.com
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 moreDr. Donna M Gage | Running Paws Pet Hospital, McKinney, TX
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 moreMargi Sirois, EdD, MS, CVT, LAT | Speaker
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, CABC | Speaker
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 moreMelanie Bene, DVM | Attendee
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 moreDrs. Charles and Dawn Jones | Mercy Animal Hospital, Monroe, NC
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 moreAmy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) | Speaker
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 moreJ. Michael Beck DVM and Jane Beck VMT | Emerywood Veterinary Hospital, High Point, NC
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 morePaul Camilo, CVPM | Veterinary Consultation Services, LLC
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.Danielle T. Russ | LVT, BS, BA, AS, Hospital Manager, the COVE, Suffolk, VA
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.Rob McBrayer, DVM | Palmetto Vet Hospital, Ridgeland, SC
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.Ralph Ihde | Snyder Mfg., New Sharon, IA
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.Dr. William “Bill” Martin | Central Veterinary Hospital, Knoxville, TN
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.Dr. Dan Moore, DVM | Vet Assured, Unicoi, TN
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 moreKristin Welch DVM, DACVECC | CRITICAL CARE, CHIEF OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE