Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education to the Veterinary Profession

Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

August 2 - 6, 2017

"A True Family Oriented Veterinary Experience" on the beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina"

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

Double Tree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

(formerly Springmaid Beach Resort)

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Click Here to Download the 2017 Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference Flyer Coming Soon


"Enjoy your last family vacation before school starts!"

 

Speakers

Paul Bloom, DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Canine and Feline Specialty

David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

Serge Chalhoub BSc., DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Todd Cooney DVM, MS, CVH

Steve Dale, CABC

Theresa L. DePorter, DVM, MRCVS, DECAWBM, DACVB

Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT

Brad Marconyak, CVPM, CVT, Practice Manager

Larry Oxenham, Author, Senior Advisor

Gene Nemechek, DVM

Labs

Dr. Kevin Benjamino, Instructor

Basic Orthopedics Fracture Repair & Corrective Osteotomies Lab (August 2: 8am-4pm)

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Stabilization Lab (August 3: 8am-4pm)

Click here to download the Lab Flyer as a PDF

 

Online Registration is Now Available!

Register by July 3, 2017 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Veterinarians $360

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 


 


Cornhole Tournament at Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

Cornhole Tournament sponsored by Roadrunner Pharmacy

Roadrunner Pharmacy

 


 

 Beachside Bash on August 5th

includes dinner & entertainment


Online Registration is Now Available!

Register by July 3, 2017 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Veterinarians $360

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

 

Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

August 2 - 6, 2017

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

(formerly Springmaid Beach Resort)

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Schedule

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Registration 12 noon - 6pm - Exhibit Hall: Setup only

Speaker

Room

Topic


  Carolina A  

     

Larry Oxenham

Sponsored by ASAP

Carolina C

Management

How Veterinarians Can Become Invincible to Lawsuits and Save Thousands in Taxes


LAB
Basic Orthopedics Fracture Repair & Corrective Osteotomies

Dr. Kevin Benjamino, Instructor

 

Basic Orthopedics Fracture Repair & Corrective Osteotomies Lab (August 2: 8am-4pm)

Fracture repair and corrective osteotomies are common indications for bone plating in small animal orthopedics. Repair of comminuted fractures can be challenging when using anatomic reduction and internal fixation. A more simple method for repair of comminuted fractures is indirect reduction an bridging fixation. The Fixin Bone Plating System is a locking plate system that is affordable and easy to use to repair most fractures and limb deformities. Applications using the Fixin system for treatment of joint disorders will also be briefly discussed to allow the attendees to become familiar with the versatility of the system.

08:00 - 08:05 Course Objectives

08:05 - 08:55 Fixin instruments, implants, and mechanics

08:55 - 09:40 Direct Fracture Reduction Lecture

09:40 - 09:50 Break

09:50 - 10:30 Lab 1 (Dry Lab) Direct reduction distal radius fracture

10:30 - 11:05 Indirect Fracture Reduction Lecture

11:05 - 11:55 Lab 2 (Dry Lab) Indirect reduction comminuted femur fracture

11:55 - 12:00 Questions and discussion

12:00 - 12:30 Lunch

12:30 - 01:30 Lab 3 (Dry Lab) Tibia comminuted fracture

01:30 - 01:45 Break

01:45 - 02:45 Lab 4 (Wet Lab via Instructor) Surgical approach: radius, femur, tibia

02:45 - 03:45 Lab 5 (Wet Lab) Surgical approach & Plating: radius, femur, tibia

03:45 - 04:00 Fixin System – Common Joint Applications

04:00 - 04:45 Clinical Case

04:45 - 05:00 Post-operative care

05:00 - 05:15 Q&A, closing comments


 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Registration 8am-3:30pm - Exhibit Hall Hours: 8am-5:30pm

Welcome Reception 4-5:30 (Exhibit Hall)

Speaker

Room

Topic


Paul Bloom, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology

Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Canine and Feline Specialty

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Sponsored by Dechra

Carolina C

8:30-9:30am: The pruritic dog-  Atopic Dermatitis – The New Paradigm And How It Changes The Way We Treat It- part 1

10-11:30am: The pruritic dog-  Atopic Dermatitis – The New Paradigm And How It Changes The Way We Treat It- part 2

1-2:15pm: New drug therapy for the pruritic dog= Oclacitinib, canine atopic dermatitis monoclonal antibody and sublingual immunotherapy- what are they and when should we use them

2:30-3:30pm: SERUM TESTING VS INTRADERMAL TESTING IN CANINE ATOPIC DERMATITIS


Todd Cooney DVM, MS, CVH

Carolina A

Homeopathy Overview  - 1 hour : An introduction to the basics of homeopathy, its beginnings and history, and definitions of terminology / vocabulary.   Dr. Samuel Hahnemann’s first recognition of the Law of Similars.  The current state of homeopathy in veterinary and human medicine here and worldwide.  The underlying philosophy of homeopathy and how it differs from conventional (allopathic) medicine.  A brief look at what homeopathy can treat, and its limitations.

Homeopathy for acute conditions and emergencies:   Acute vs. Chronic disease - 1 hour: Homeopathy works very well for many acute conditions such as trauma / shock, heatstroke, insect stings, gastrointestinal upsets, skin flare ups, urinary tract inflammation, infectious diseases such as parvo, and others.  Many animal owners learn basic principles of acute prescribing and keep a remedy kit on hand to treat basic acute symptoms early, often shortening the length of the illness, and restoring health quickly. The terms ‘acute’ and ‘chronic’ mean something different in homeopathy, compared to conventional medicine.  An acute disease begins ‘outside’ the body – trauma, infectious disease, heatstroke, etc., with intense sudden symptoms.  The animal either recovers in a short time or dies.  Chronic disease is less dramatic, and causes a slow deterioration, with gradual progression to deeper more vital organs.  Homeopaths see most disease as chronic, with occasional ‘acute’ flareups.

Vaccination and Epidemic disease, Part 1   - 1 hour: Vaccination is a hot topic, and one of which homeopathy has strong opinions.  Homeopaths believe vaccines are able to cause a chronic disease state, termed ‘vaccinosis’.  Dr. J. Compton Burnett MD, a British physician, first recognized this problem shortly after the first smallpox vaccines began in humans, writing a short book on this idea in 1884, which is still referenced today. Epidemic diseases are those which tend to occur sporadically, with very recognizable symptoms, in people and animals.  Examples are parvo in dogs;  influenza, malaria, cholera, typhoid and ebola in humans.  Homeopathy has a great record of successful treatment in epidemic diseases, even prompting the US government to erect a monument to Dr. Samuel Hahnemann, in Washington DC, the only statue in our nation’s capitol dedicated to a physician.

Vaccination and Epidemic disease,  Part 2  - 1 hour: Continuation of this important topic, concluding with discussion and questions.

Suppression, Palliation and Cure – 1 hour: These are the three main possible responses to a homeopathic remedy, or any treatment for that matter.  Understanding and recognizing the difference is a very important part of good homeopathic treatment.  We will define these terms, and give examples of each, and how to differentiate the various responses to a remedy.  This is one of the key parts of successful homeopathic prescribing, second only to selecting the right remedy.

EXPLAINING AND SUPPORTING THE EFFICACY OF HOMEOPATHY: THE CURRENT STATE OF RESEARCH   - 1 hour: Homeopathy goes against the grain of conventional medical thinking, but is there real evidence to support this method of the ‘minimal dose’?  A look into the historical perspective of homeopathy, the reality of bias, and some of the most recent research supporting homeopathy, and the future of this individualized medicine.


Serge Chalhoub BSc., DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

 

Renal/Urinary

8:30-9:30am : Chronic kidney disease: What’s the Evidence?

10-11:30am : Proteinuria: The Silent Killer

1-2:15pm : Acute Azotemia: The approach

2:30-3:30pm : Nephroliths and uroliths


Steve Dale, CABC

Carolina E

Lowering fear, anxiety and stress in pets ultimately lowers fear, anxiety and stress in the veterinary team – and even clients, which means more clients return. Also how to talk with clients about pet behavior problems.


  Carolina D  

LAB
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Stabilization Laboratory

Dr. Kevin Benjamino, Instructor

 

Cranial Cruciate Ligament Stabilization Laboratory

Diagnosis of CrCL rupture and treatment with Isolock system. Repair a ligament rupture can be challenging. The Intrauma ISOLOCK is a new and easy system for treatment of joint disorders as CrCL repair and patella luxation. CrCL rupture is a very common indications; so this course want to focus on every phase of CrCL rupture: diagnosis, surgical approach, complications, post-operative care and rehab.

7:30 Welcome and informations

7:35 Cranial cruciate disease

08:00 - 08:30 Diagnosis of CrCL disease

08:30 - 09:00 Meniscal injury and treatment

09:00 - 0920 Break

09:20 - 09:40 Concept of isometry site for CrCL repair

09:40 - 10:00 IsoLock extracapsular CrCL repair

10:00 - 11:30 Laboratory 1 IsoLock extracapular CrCL repair – stifle model each participant

11:30 - 12:30 Lunch

12:30 - 12:45 Patient preparation and surgical approach

12:45 - 01:15 Complications and Outcome

01:15 - 02:45 Laboratory 2 (cadaver left stifle) surgical approach and exploratory of stifle meniscal release IsoLock extracapsular CrCL repair
02:45 - 04:00 Laboratory 3 (cadaver right stifle) surgical approach and exploratory of stifle meniscal release IsoLock extracapsular CrCL repair

04:00 - 04:15 Postoperative care and rehab

04:15 - 04:30 Discussion - End of course


  Executive Board Room A  

Conference Event

Exhibit Hall

4-5:30pm: Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall


 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Registration 8am-3:30pm - Exhibit Hall Hours: 8am-3:30pm

Deli Lunch 11:30am (Exhibt hall)

 


Speaker

Room

Topic


Paul Bloom, DVM

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology

Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Canine and Feline Specialty

Assistant Adjunct Professor

Sponsored by Dechra

Carolina C

8:30-9:30am: Diagnosis And Management Of Otitis Externa In The Real World – part 1

10-11:30am: Diagnosis And Management Of Otitis Externa In The Real World – part 2

 1-2:15pm: MRSA, MRSP, MRSS- Alphabet Soup Antibiotic Use In Small Animal Dermatology- What Should We Be Using – part 1

2:30-3:30pm: MRSA, MRSP, MRSS- Alphabet Soup Antibiotic Use In Small Animal Dermatology- What Should We Be Using – part 2


Brad Marconyak, CVPM, CVT, Practice Manager

Carolina B

Are you a Good Boss?

Do you drive your employees crazy?

Are You Making Your Employees Quit?

Working With People You Don’t Like

Building and Maintaining Relationships


Steve Dale, CABC &
Theresa L. DePorter, DVM, MRCVS, DECAWBM, DACVB

 

Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT

 

Technician Session

Anesthesia in the Unstable Patient

Holy Hannah! How am I to help this hound???  Is an unstable patient being quickly transferred to your OR table?  This session will discuss the ‘H-culprits’ of instability as well as practical considerations and changes that can be made for each patient.

Let's Learn to Yearn for Urinalysis

Clients don't think of it as 'number one' or 'liquid gold', but we do!  Urine has so much to say if we just listen, all we must do is think bigger than the stick and larger than the drip. Bring back old memories of lessons learned in school and couple them with new techniques and tricks to making the completion of a Urinalysis your favorite task.

Everyday ICU4U

Just because your patients aren’t hospitalized in a state of the art facility doesn’t mean they can’t receive the same care!  Regardless of the size and scope of the practice, they all have the potential to offer optimum care to hospitable patients.  Join us in a discussion of standards of care along with tips and tricks.

IMHA- Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia from the Technicians Perspective

The diagnosis is complete, now it’s your turn! Join us in a review of IMHA from start to finish. During this time the crucial steps the technician is responsible for will be discussed in regards to a favorable outcome.


Gene Nemechek, DVM

  Food Animal : Protecting antibiotics for human and animal health

  Executive Board Room A  

     

 

   

 

 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Registration 8am-1pm - Exhibit Hall Hours: 8am-3:30pm

Fun in the Sun Beach Bash: 6:00 - 10:00 pm

Speaker

Room

Topic


Theresa L. DePorter, DVM, MRCVS, DECAWBM, DACVB

Sponsored by Nutramax

Carolina A  

  Carolina B  

Brad Marconyak, CVPM, CVT, Practice Manager

 

Leader vs Manager

Become a Great Leader

The Art of Managing Up

Body Language – What They Say

Body Language – What You Say


Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT

Carolina C

Technician Session

CPR, ADR, UO, and IMHA for the VT....Join us in turning some common acronyms into informative and fun CE sessions.


 

For Conference Attendees and Guests Only

Atlantic Ballroom

Roadrunner Pharmacy

Cornhole Tournament

Sponsored by Roadrunner Pharmacy

Held just before the Beachside Bash


  Live Oak Lawn

6-10pm: Beachside Bash (Live Oak Lawn)

Included dinner & entertainment - Bring your lawn chair or towel

(tickets can be purchased at the registration desk)


 

 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

 

Speaker

Room

Topic


  Carolina A  

 

Total CE hours = 22 hours

 

Online Registration is Now Available!

Register by July 3, 2017 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Veterinarians $360

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

Speaker Bios...

Kevin P. Benjamino, DVM, DACVSKevin P. Benjamino DVM, DACVS

Dr. Kevin Benjamino is a board-certified surgeon and associate surgeon with Affiliated Veterinary Specialists in Orange Park, Florida. He joined them in 2012 after spending three years as an associate surgeon at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas. Dr. Benjamino completed his surgical residency at MedVet Medical and Cancer Centers for Pets in Columbus, Ohio, which is one of the leading private practice referral centers in the country.

Dr. Benjamino has a special interest in orthopedic surgeries in particular arthroscopy, minimally invasive procedures, fracture repair, and joint arthroplasty. Other interests include soft tissue surgery (minimally invasive) and wound management. Dr. Benjamino has multiple peer-reviewed publications and has also been an invited speaker to local, national, and international meetings, as well as leading various orthopedic laboratories.


Serge Chalhoub BSc., DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Born and raised in Montreal, Dr. Chalhoub graduated from the DVM program at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (FMV) of the University of Montreal in 2004. He then completed a one-year rotating small animal internship at the same institution. After working for two years as a general practitioner and emergency veterinarian at the DMV Centre in Montreal, Dr. Chalhoub pursued a residency in small animal internal medicine at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York City. Once completed in 2009 he stayed on at the AMC as their first renal/hemodialysis fellow. During this time, he was also trained in interventional radiology/endoscopy (urethral/ureteral/tracheal stents, cystoscopy-assisted ectopic ureter ablation, lithotripsy). Since July 2012, Dr. Chalhoub has been an instructor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He was the recipient of the 2013 Canadian Veterinary Medical Association’s Teacher of the Year Award and the 2015 University of Calgary Team Teacher of the Year Award. He is the co-coordinator of the UCVM-CUPS Pet Health Clinics for disadvantaged Calgarians, which promotes 3rd year DVM students practicing their professional skills and wellness exams with the pets of the tenants of the Calgary Urban Project Society.


Todd Cooney DVM, MS, CVHTodd Cooney DVM, MS, CVH

Todd Cooney DVM, MS, CVH was born and raised in Indiana, and received a BS in Wildlife Science, MS in Veterinary Parasitology, and DVM from Purdue University.  He worked in private mixed practice, served as a veterinary officer in the US Air Force and Army, and also worked as a USDA veterinarian.  After 22 years of conventional practice, he took Dr. Richard Pitcairn’s Professional Course in Veterinary Homeopathy, which changed the way he viewed health and disease.  Dr. Cooney began to use homeopathy in his practice right away, and now treats nearly all cases this way.  His practice in northern Indiana keeps him busy, as well as serving as one of the instructors for the Pitcairn Institute of Veterinary Homeopathy (pivh.org), and board member / President of the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (theAVH.org).  He is also a regular contributor to articles in Integrative Veterinary Journal, Dogs Naturally Magazine, and presents seminars and webinars on holistic veterinary topics.

 

 


Steve Dale, CABC

Steve Dale, CABCSteve Dale, CABC (certified animal behavior consultant) over the past few decades has reached pet owners than any other pet journalist in America.

He is the host of two nationally syndicated radio shows, Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute (together heard on over 100 radio stations, syndicated Black Dog Radio Productions, since 2005). He’s also a special contributor at WGN Radio, Chicago and program host, Steve Dale’s Pet World (since 1997). And he formerly hosted nationally broadcast Animal Planet Radio.

Steve’s blog: www.stevedale.tv

For 21 years, his twice weekly newspaper column was syndicated by the Chicago Tribune. Steve was a contributing editor USA Weekend (2002 to 2014), and regular columnist at Cat Fancy magazine (2006 to 2014), and has written for a long list of magazines, from People to Dog World (where he was a columnist). He’s currently a columnist and contributing editor for CATster.

He also contributes blogs on various other websites, including for Victoria Stilwell, and the Pet Health Network.

On TV he’s appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show; National Geographic Explorer; Pets Part of the Family (PBS). Fox News, various Animal Planet Shows and many others. For several years, Steve was a regular contributor to Superstation WGN-TV morning news, then appeared regularly on WMAQ-TV, Chicago.

Currently, he’s a contributor to nationally syndicated HouseSmarts TV.

His YouTube page offers well over 100 videos, https://www.youtube.com/user/jdbdrp

Steve’s also a frequent host of satellite media tours.

In print, he’s been quoted in, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Redbook, various veterinary publications and dozens more.

Steve co-edited “Decoding Your Dog,” written by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014). Steve’s the author of ebooks, “Good Dog!” and “Good Cat!” (Chicago Tribune, 2011). He’s the author of several other books including “DogGone Chicago” and “American Zoos.”

He’s written introductions or contributed chapters to over 20 books, including “Bonding With Your Dog,” “Dog Spelled Backwards,” “The Compassion of Dogs,” “Raising My Furry Children,” “Christmas Cats” and “Angel Animals and the Kids Who Love Them.” 

Steve was an external reviewer for “Feline Behavior Guidelines” (American Association of Feline Practitioners, 2005), and is a contributor to the textbook “The Cat: Clinical Medicine and Management” (edited Dr. Susan Little, 2011). He’s the primary author of the CATegorical Care: An Owner’s Guide to America’s Number #1 Companion (reviewers include AVMA, SAWA), published American Humane Association/CATalyst Council, 2010). He co-authored (with Dr. Sagi Denenberg) the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Position Statement on Breed-Specific Legislation (2014).

Steve is a founder of the CATalyst Council and served on the Board of Directors from 2008 to 2012. He’s also on the Board of Directors of the Winn Feline Foundation, and Tree House Humane Society in Chicago. In 2012, after six years, he cycled off the Board of the American Humane Association and served as a National Ambassador. He also serves the advisory board for national animal assisted therapy organization Angel on A Leash.

Steve is also a part of an AVMA/AAHA initiative to encourage preventive care veterinary care, called Partners for Health Pets.  In 2014, Steve co-founded Veterinary Professionals Against Puppy Mills. Steve is on the Pet Partners Human-Animal Bond National Advisory Board (2015).

In Chicago, Steve created the Chicago Task Force on Companion Animals and Public Safety (2000-2010), where three-times proposed breed bans were over-turned and twice over-turned proposed mandated pediatric spay/neuter, as well as proposed pet limit laws. The Task Force also created guidelines for ‘doggy day care.’ As a pet advocate, Steve has testified many times against breed specific bans, pet limit laws, etc. Steve personally advised Illinois Governor Pat Quinn regarding pet-related issues.

Among Steve’s many awards, the AVMA Humane Award (the only AVMA honor bestowed to a non-veterinarian), Editor and Publisher syndicated newspaper Feature Writer of the Year Award, AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award, HSUS Pets for Life Award, and has been honored with over 15 Maxwell’s Awards from the Dog Writer’s Association of America and over 15 Muse Awards from the Cat Writers’ Association of America. He’s also been honored by the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine, and was the first recipient of the Winn Feline Foundation Media Appreciation Award, and many others.

In 2012, Steve became the youngest person ever inducted into the Dog Writer’s Association of America Hall of Fame.

After his beloved cat Ricky passed away in 2002 of feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), Steve created a fund to raise money to research this often-fatal disease. He’s raised well over $100,000 – and as a direct result a genetic test was created to determine if a gene defect for HCM exists for two breeds.

Steve’s a regular speaker at veterinary and shelter conferences around the world, and for shelter fundraisers, and other special events. Steve’s presented at each of the major U.S. veterinary conferences (numerous times), and several times for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. He’s also spoken at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association Conference, Caribbean Veterinary Conference and many others.

Steve’s persistence convinced the Chicago White Sox to allow dogs at a major league baseball game – today, ball parks around America have periodic “dog days” promotions. In 2004, he suggested Mercury Skyline Cruiseline create “The Canine Cruise,” a dog-friendly architecture cruise for dogs on Lake Michigan/Chicago River, also replicated in other cities.

Two of Steve’s favorite honors: Commencement Speaker at Madison Square Garden for Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (2008), and appearing (in 2012) as 59 across in a TV Guide Crossword Puzzle (pet journalist Steve _ _ _ _)


Theresa L. DePorter, DVM, MRCVS, DECAWBM, DACVBTheresa L. DePorter, DVM, MRCVS, DECAWBM, DACVB

Theresa DePorter is a board certified diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM). She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Purdue University in 1992. She has been seeing behavior consultations at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in metropolitan Detroit, Michigan, since 2004.

Co-Author “Feline aggression” in 3 rd edition of “Behaviour Problems of the Dog and Cat” by Landsberg et al.

Feline Behavioral Medicine (Elsevier) Ilona Rodan & Sarah Heath. The chapters: “Use of pheromones in feline practice” and co-author chapter “Tools of the trade: Psychopharmacology and Nutrition”

Chapter on “Prevention and management of stress in pet cats in the home environment” ISFM Pocket Guide to Feline Stress and Health

Also forthcoming, 9 chapters on Feline Aggression in Blackwell’s Five-Minute Veterinary Consult Clinical Companion: Canine and Feline Behavior, Second Edition by Debra Horwitz

Dr DePorter is the proud caretaker of 5 Labradors and a former shelter cat “Bacon” who was relinquished in the bitter Michigan winter of 2013 for “not wanting to be an outside cat”.


Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVTMichelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT

Michelle’s calling to work in veterinary medicine was evident from a young age. While in the second grade, during a trip to their veterinarian for her dog Charlie’s annual exam, she was allowed “in back” where she was able to gaze upon a preserved heart that was infested with heartworms. Shortly after this adventure she declared she would grow up to be a veterinarian! Upon turning 15 she started working as a kennel hand in a large Chicagoland veterinary clinic, where she was then cross trained into a customer service role as well as received on the job training as a veterinary technician.

After moving to Minnesota to attend college, Michelle graduated from North Dakota State University, with Bachelors of Science in Veterinary Technology, in 2002. During her college years she worked in a mixed animal practice gaining experience in large animal medicine to compliment her small animal background. She received her credentials as a Certified Veterinary Technician from the state of Minnesota in 2003, and currently maintains this status.

In 2009 Michelle received her Masters of Business Administration, with an emphasis in Veterinary Medicine Management, from Minnesota School of Business. During this time Michelle continued to work as a CVT in various aspects of companion animal medicine, but spent the majority of her time working in veterinary technology education.

Currently Michelle spends her career time teaching in an online Veterinary Technology program, providing relief services for various companion animal practices as well some specialty and referral practices, and traveling to different national conventions to speak and mentor others in the field.


Brad Marconyak, CVPM, CVT, Practice ManagerBrad Marconyak, CVPM, CVT, Practice Manager

Brad Marconyak  graduated Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania with a BS degree in Biology and has been working in the veterinary profession since he was 18 years old. Brad passed the National Veterinary Technicians Exam to become a CVT and also passed the Certified Veterinary Practice Managers Exam to become a CVPM, making him one of only a few people in the country who uniquely possess both a CVPM and a CVT.  Brad currently consults with veterinary practices to help each practice achieve their goals both professionally and financially.

Outside of work, Brad spends time with his beautiful wife Liana and adorable daughter Autumn. Brad’s interests consist of woodworking, reading sci-fi, technology, and outdoor activities including biking and scuba-diving.


Online Registration is Now Available!

Register by July 3, 2017 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Veterinarians $360

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

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I would like to extend a sincere "Thank You" to Howie and all those involved in hosting the Colonial Veterinary Conference in Colonial Williamsburg this December 2015.  We attended a few years ago and were sold on this meeting for our ContEd   This meeting has it all!  Great speakers, wonderful hotel,  delicious food, kind staff and lotsa' coffee!  Howie makes sure everyone is comfortable and enjoying themselves.. The biggest impression our first time here years ago was not just the speakers, topics, and location.. but the obvious love this group has for one another AND for our Lord... read more

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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

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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:

        

 3 Sided Media  3 Sided Media & Review Retrievers

Abaxis

 

Bayer Animal Health

K-LASER

OsteoCertus

QUICKPACS Image Management In the Cloud

Roadrunner Pharmacy

Click here to download the 2017 Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference Exhibitor Contract

Sun N Fun Exhibit Hall Floorplan

 


Online Registration is Now Available!

Register by July 3, 2017 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Veterinarians $360

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

Conference Hotel Information

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront (formerly Springmaid Beach Resort)

Aerial View of the Terrace

The Lobby

Your Oasis Amidst All the Attraction ...

Spread across 27 lush acres on the quieter south end of Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Boulevard, this newly remodeled oceanfront resort and conference center boasts award-winning service, six pools, two lazy rivers, activities designed for the young and young at heart alike.

Flanked by the 1,068ft. Springmaid Pier on one side, and Myrtle Beach State Park on the other, Springmaid Beach feels uniquely private while conveniently located just minutes from the excitement and attractions of Myrtle Beach. Here  you can choose to find a welcome retreat from all the hustle and bustle of the area, or indulge in the sights and sounds that make the Grand Strand famous. The best of both worlds are right at your doorstep at Springmaid Beach.

 

For Reservations:

Room rates of $230.00 guaranteed until July 3, 2017 and can be made by calling Doubletree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront at 1-800-770-6895, mention reservation code FUN or Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference. Rates include all taxes, 2 breakfast buffet passes per day,  and Harbor Oaks Mini Golf pass.

 

Live Oak Lazy River

Live Oak Lavy RIver and the Springmaid Pier

 


Springmaid Cypress Pool and Ocean View
Springmaid Cypress Pool and Ocean View

The Lazy River at the Springmaid

The Lazy River at the Springmaid

Guestroom - Queen Palmetto - Rendering

Guestroom - Queen Palmetto - Actual Room!

Guestroom - King Palmetto - Rendering

Guestroom - King Palmetto - Actual Room!

Guestroom - King Palmetto - Rendering

Guestroom - Amenities - Actual Room!

Guestroom - King Palmetto - Rendering

Guestroom - Ocean View with Balcony - Actual Room!


Online Registration is Now Available!

Register by July 3, 2017 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Veterinarians $360

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

Area Information

 

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Once you have decided on staying Springmaid Beach Resort, create unforgettable memories in this South Coast paradise, which offers:

  • 60 miles of wide, soft sandy beaches

  • Savory restaurants and family-friendly dining

  • Amusement and water parks

  • Live entertainment theaters and exciting nightlife

  • Thrilling water sports

  • The best golf courses in the south

  • Cultural activities and historic sites

  • Outlet malls, specialty boutiques, flea markets, and specialty stores

  • Freshwater, ocean and deep sea saltwater fishing

  • and so much more!


Online Registration is Now Available!

Register by July 3, 2017 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

Or click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment.

Veterinarians $360

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

 

Each conference provides at least 20 hours of continuing education