Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education to the Veterinary Profession

Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

August 3 - 7, 2016

"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

Room rates (based on a 4 night stay) of $215.00 guaranteed until July 3, 2016 and can be made by calling DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront (formerly Springmaid Beach Resort) at 1-800-770-6895, mention reservation code 10C8RI or Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference. Rates include all taxes, 2 breakfast buffet passes per day, pier and Harbor Oaks Mini Golf pass.

Doubletree by Hilton - Springmaid Beach Resort


Doubletree by Hilton - Springmaid Beach Resort


Doubletree by Hilton - Springmaid Beach Resort

Click Here to Download the 2016 Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference Flyer


"Enjoy your last family vacation before school starts!"

 

Speakers

David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

Amy Breton Newfield

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Colleen Fox, DVM

David Genovese, DVM, DACVD

Ralph Harvey, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVAA

Wendy S. Myers

Robbie van Mullem, B.S.

Gary Norsworthy, DVM

Kerry Rissetto, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)

Steven Thompson, DVM, DABVP

Labs

Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS

Basic Orthopedics Fracture Repair & Corrective Osteotomies Lab

$395 charge - Limited to 24 participants

Online Registration is now open!

Register on or before July 3, 2016 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 $350

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $150

NCCAA Members $175

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $150!  Register Online or On-Site during the Conference!

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

 


 


Cornhole Tournament at Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

Cornhole Tournament sponsored by Roadrunner PharmacyCornhole Tournament sponsored by Roadrunner Pharmacy

Roadrunner Pharmacy

will be held on Saturday, August 6th just before the Beach Bash

 


Beachside Bash at the Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

 Beachside Bash on August 6th

includes dinner & entertainment

Sponsored by K-Laser USA


Online Registration is now open!

Register on or before July 3, 2016 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 $350

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $150

NCCAA Members $175

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $150!  Register Online or On-Site during the Conference!

 

Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

August 3 - 7, 2016

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

(formerly Springmaid Beach Resort)

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Schedule

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

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

Speaker

Room

Topic


Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Carolina A

2-3:15pm: Using Food as Medicine

Like your morning coffee? Have a cocktail to unwind?  Then you use food as medicine.  This talk will teach you to do the same for cats and dogs.  I will cover a few home-cooked recipes for healthy animals and chronically ill patients.  I will also explain easy home-cooking techniques for clients.

3:45-4:45pm: Introduction to Western Herbalism

This lecture will enlighten the unfamiliar veterinarian with the use of Western Herbs.  We will discuss how they can be used in terms of physiology, treatment modalities, safety and interactions.  We will also touch on the differences and similarities with Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine.

5-6pm: “Simple” Herbal Extracts

An “Herbal Simple” is a single herb remedy, as opposed to a tincture that contains multiple herbs to treat an ailment.  Herbal Simples address specific medical conditions effectively.  In this talk, many easy to use Herbal Simples will be discussed along with their corresponding disorders.


David Genovese, DVM, DACVD

Sponsored by Bayer Animal Health
 

2-3:15pm: Diagnostic techniques in veterinary dermatology

3:45-4:45pm: Waging war on immune-mediated skin disease

5-6pm: Feline Dermatology: There are no rules


Wendy S. Myers

Carolina C

2-3:15pm: 10 phone skills every receptionist should know

3:45-4:45pm: How to keep doctors on time

5-6pm: Follow-up calls that increase patient visits


 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

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

Welcome Reception 4-5:30 (Exhibit Hall)

Speaker

Room

Topic


David Genovese, DVM, DACVD

Sponsored by Bayer Animal Health
Carolina A

8:30-10am: Itchology: Pathogenesis and diagnosis of allergic skin disease in dogs

10:00-11:30: Itchcraft: Treating canine atopic dermatitis

1-2:15: Wizard of otitis: cocci, and rods, and yeast oh my!

2:30-3:30pm: Dermatology case studies: things that make you go hmm


Steven Thompson, DVM, DABVP

Carolina C

8:30-9:30am: Kitten/Puppy Neonatal and Orphan Care

10-11:30am: Pediatric Exam and Initiating Pet Wellness Care with your Team

1-2:15pm: The Neuter Debate: Assessing Risks and Benefits for Young Puppies

2:30-3:30pm: Vaccine Protocols: Side Effects include Wellness!


Wendy S. Myers

Carolina E

8:30-9:30am: How to talk to clients about money

10-11:30am: How to get to “yes” for dentistry

1-2:15pm: How to deal with jerks

2:30-3:30pm: 10 client service improvements you can do today


Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Carolina D

8:30-9:30am: A Sampling of Acupuncture

This talk is not intended to teach acupuncture to the inexperienced.  It will simply cover a few useful points for a variety of chronic conditions, such as organ failure and arthritis.  It will also teach resuscitation and sedation points.  All these points can be used with acupressure by the untrained.

10-11:30am: Bach Flower Essences: Psychological Therapy

Dr. Bach believed emotional imbalances were the root of all disease, and correcting these imbalances could cure any condition.  Many conditions in animals are psychological, such as inappropriate urination, separation anxiety, OCD’s, etcetera.  I will discuss which Bach Flower Essences are appropriate for a variety of conditions.


David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

  8:30 - 11:30am: Laser Therapy Simplified: A Complete Review of What You Really Need to Know
Laser therapy is the fastest growing modality in veterinary medicine; this lecture will help you understand why. Dr Bradley simplifies the science behind Laser therapy and will cover the most up-todate research and clinical cases associated with laser therapy. Attendees will understand the cellular and biological mechanisms behind the healing properties of therapeutic Lasers. All wavelengths, power ranges, and frequency modes of delivery will be thoroughly reviewed. Special emphasis will be placed on explaining the practical approach to improving clinical outcomes and the optimal techniques, protocols, and Laser parameters that will consistently produce the very best clinical results. Case studies will focus on arthritis and DJD, post-surgical recovery, wound healing and other dermatological conditions, lameness, trauma, neck and back injuries, as well as abdominal and thoracic conditions that are amenable to Laser therapy.

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 to optimize clinical results. Practical solutions will be presented to illustrate how simple it is to successfully launch Laser therapy into your practice.

Brian Beale, DVM, DACVS

 

Executive Board Room A

8am-4pm: Basic Orthopedics Fracture Repair & Corrective Osteotomies Lab

Basic Orthopedics Fracture Repair & Corrective Osteotomies Lab 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 and bridging fixation.  The Fixin system Bone Plating System is a locking plate system is affordable and affordable and easy to use to repair most fractures and limb deformities.  Applications using the Fixin system for treatment of join disorders will also be briefly discusses to allow attendees to become familiar with the versatility of the system

09:00 - 09:05 am : Course objectives

09:05 - 09:55 am : Fixin instruments, implants, and mechanics

09:55 - 10:40 am : Direct Fracture Reduction Lecture

10:40 - 10:55 am : Break

10:55 - 11:35 am : Laboratory 1 (Dry Lab) Direct reduction distal radius fracture

11:35 - 12:05 pm : Indirect Fracture Reduction

12:05 - 12:50 pm : Laboratory 2 (Dry Lab) Indirect reduction comminuted femur fracture

12:50 - 01:00 pm : Questions and Discussion

01:00 - 01:45 pm : Lunch

01:45 - 02:45 pm : Laboratory 3 (Dry Lab) Tibia comminuted fracture

02:45 - 03:00 pm : Break

03:00 - 03:15 pm : Fixin System – Common Joint Applications

03:15 - 04:00 pm : Clinical Case Discussion

04:00 - 04:15 pm : Questions and closing comments

$395 charge

Limited to 24 participants


Conference Event

Exhibit Hall

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


 

Friday, August 5, 2016

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

Deli Lunch 11:30am (Exhibt hall)

 


Speaker

Room

Topic


Kerry Rissetto, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)

Carolina C

8:30-9:30am: Update on Palladia and Other RTKi's

10-11:30am: Mast Cell Tumors: What do we do with Grade II's?

1-2:15pm: The Lumpy Bumpy Dog - General Overview of Skin and SubQ Tumors

2:30-3:30pm: Lymphoma and it's many faces


Steven Thompson, DVM, DABVP

Carolina B

8:30-10am: Aging Gracefully: Senior and Geriatric Lifestage Wellness Care

10:30-11:30am: Hospice Care & Conservative Management: Helping with End of Life Decisions

1-2:15pm: Kidney insufficiency staging: Hospital and Home care to Fluid Holidays

2:30-3:30pm: NSAIDs, Supplements and multidrug management in Older Pets


Ralph Harvey, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVAA

 

8:30-9:30am : Our Big Goal: Reducing Fear, Pain, and Stress

10-11:30 : Implementing the AAHA Anesthesia Guidelines for Dogs and Cats in Your Practice

1-2:15pm : What to worry about: Anesthetic emergencies and crisis management

2:30-3:30pm : Sedation and Restraint for Fractious Patients — Safety and Convenience for All


Colleen Fox, DVM

Carolina A

8:30-9:30am - Dentistry

10-11:30am

1-2:15

2:30-3:30pm


Amy Breton Newfield

Sponsored by PractiVet

PractiVet


Technician/Staff

Executive Board Room A

8:30-9:30am: A HBC Enters Your Clinic

10-11:30am: Fluid Therapy:  Understanding Types, Uses and Monitoring

1-2:15pm: Caring for the Critical Patient

2:30-3:30pm: Understanding Blood Pressure:  What, Why and How

Robbie van Mullem, BS, Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant

Sponsored by 3 Sided Media

3 Sided Media

  1 - 3:30pm: Improving Your Practice's Web Presence
How to use social media to stand above your competition?
5 simple steps to make your website bring in more new clients?
I got a terrible online review! What do I do now? 

 

   

 

 

Saturday, August 6, 2016

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

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

Speaker

Room

Topic


Kerry Rissetto, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)

Carolina A

8:30-9:30am: The Practitioner's Handy Guide to In-House Cytology

10-11:30am: Hepatosplenic Tumors and Management

1-2:15: Electrochemotheray: Bridging the Gap

2:30-3:30pm: Surgical Oncology: To Cut or Not to Cut


Gary Norsworthy, DVM

Carolina B

8:30-9:30am: The Vomiting Cat: Diagnosis; 96% are IBD or Lymphoma

10-11:30am: The Vomiting Cat: Treatment of IBD and Lymphoma

1-2:15: Chronic Kidney Disease: Calcitriol, Benazepril & High Protein Diets, Part 1

2:30-3:30pm: Chronic Kidney Disease: Calcitriol, Benazepril & High Protein Diets, Part 2


Ralph Harvey, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVAA

 

8:30-9:30am : Top 10 Best Things in Feline Pain Management

10-11:30am : High-Risk Cases: Anesthesia for patients too sick for anesthesia

1-2:15pm : Clinical Pain: How to Prevent or Manage Pain and Suffering

2:30-3:30pm : Favorite Techniques: Yours and Mine for Restraint, Sedation, and Brief Anesthesia


Amy Breton Newfield

Sponsored by PractiVet

PractiVet

Technician/Staff

Carolina C

8:30-9:30am: Gastric Dilatation & Volvulus:  From Diagnosis To Recovery

10-11:30am: Bad Vein: Tips and tricks to deal with difficult venous access

1-2:15pm: Blue Patient:  Dealing with Respiratory Distress

2:30-3:30pm: Pneumonia in Pets


Cornhole Tournament sponsored by Roadrunner Pharmacy

For Conference Attendees and Guests Only

Atlantic Ballroom

Roadrunner Pharmacy

Cornhole Tournament

Sponsored by Roadrunner Pharmacy

Held just before the Beachside Bash


Beachside Bash

Sponsored by K-Laser USA

Live Oak Lawn Out of this World DJ

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 7, 2016

 

Speaker

Room

Topic


Gary Norsworthy, DVM

Sponsored by Abaxis

Carolina A

8:30-9:30am: Inappropriate Elimination Don't Let It Be Fatal

10:11:30am: Loose Diabetic Control: The Easy Approach to a Frustrating Disease


  Carolina C

8:30-9:30am

10:11:30am


 

Total CE hours = 22 hours

 

Online Registration is now open!

Register on or before July 3, 2016 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 $350

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $150

NCCAA Members $175

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $150!  Register Online or On-Site during the Conference!

Speaker Bios...

Brian Beale, DVM, DACVSBrian Beale, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Brian Beale is a board-certified surgeon and co-owner with Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas. He joined them in 1992 after completing his residency and serving on the faculty of the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Beale has a special interest in arthroscopy, minimally-invasive fracture management, medical management of osteoarthritis, and perioperative pain management. He has authored many book chapters and scientific articles on these topics and is a coauthor of the Small Animal Arthroscopy textbook. Dr. Beale is a frequent invited speaker to local, national, and international meetings. He is a past-president of the Veterinary Orthopedic Society, past-president of the Gulf Coast Veterinary Education Foundation, and active in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

 


David Bradley, DVM, FASLMSDavid Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS graduated from UF in 1987. He has practiced for over 27 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. 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 and will cover the science and practical application of laser therapy in veterinary medicine.


Dr. Laurie DohmenLaurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Growing up, Dr. Dohmen always wanted to be a veterinarian.  She grew up in a time where allopathic medicine was considered the zenith of all medicine.  All her schooling was in allopathic medicine, but she started feeling that there was something more.  In her personal life, she had been a vegetarian for years; she wanted to help animals, not eat them.  She began to use organic food and alternative medicine modalities for herself and her family.  Her family thrived on this more wholistic lifestyle, and she realized that if these things were better for her family, they would be better for her patients also.

At the same time, more and more research became available which indicated that allopathic medicine was not the be-all-end-all that western doctors had always believed.  There was even research that vaccines and medicines that have been used and prescribed for years can actually do more harm than good.  Becoming disillusioned with some areas of western medicine, Dr. Dohmen began studying alternative modalities.

Dr. Dohmen has received training in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, and most extensively Western Herbs.   She has studied with Dr. Steve Marsden, Dr.Huisheng Xie, Registered Herbalist Rosemary Gladstar, and many others. She recently down-sized her integrative mixed animal practice in southern Delaware.  She now lectures regularly on Western Herbal Veterinary Medicine, and other wholistic topics.  She is writing a hands-on course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine.  Dr. Dohmen is also on the faculty of Maryland University of Integrative Medicine, from where she received her Master’s in Therapeutic Herbalism in August, 2014.

Dr. Dohmen is the Past President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association; as well as a member of American Herbalists Guild, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture, American Holistic VMA, AVMA, and Delaware VMA.  Dr. Dohmen lives on a 72 acre farm with her husband, 2 sons, and many four-legged animals.  She has her own organic herb and vegetable gardens.


Ralph Harvey, DVM, MS, DACVAADr. Ralph Harvey

Dr. Ralph Harvey is the Director of Anesthesia and Pain Management Services in the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in Knoxville, Tennessee. He previously served as the Director of Small Animal Surgical Services and as a member of the University Faculty Senate. His veterinary degree is from the UTCVM and his post-graduate training included internship, residency, and fellowship at Cornell's Veterinary and Medical Colleges.

Dr. Harvey has worked in private small animal practice. He is certified as a specialist by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia, has served as the Executive Secretary of the ACVAA, and as a member of the ACVAA Board of Directors.

He has received the UTCVM Brandy Memorial Award, the Outstanding Faculty Member Award from the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association, and the UTCVM Outstanding Alumni Non-Practice Career Award.

His community and public service activities have included work with regional science fair programs, Explorer Scouting, the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, and with regional wilderness and conservation groups.

 


Wendy S. Myers

Description: Myers_Wendy_2010_low resCommunication Solutions for VeterinariansWendy S. Myers owns Communication Solutions for Veterinarians in Denver, Colorado. Her consulting firm helps teams improve client service, communication skills and compliance. Communication Solutions for Veterinarians has provided phone-skills training to nearly 5,000 veterinary teams in the United States and Canada. Wendy offers monthly CE credit webinars. She is the author of five books and five videos. Her new book is 101 Communication Skills for Veterinary Teams and new DVD is “Become a Client Communication Star.” Wendy is an instructor for the American Animal Hospital Association’s Veterinary Management School. Find Communication Solutions for Veterinarians at Csvets.com, Facebook.com/csvets, YouTube.com/csvets and @wendysmyers.

Robbie van Mullem, B.S. Social Media and Online Marketing ConsultantRobbie van Mullem, B.S. Social Media and Online Marketing Consultant

Robbie van Mullem is President and Chief Executive Officer of 3 Sided Media and Review Retrievers companies which develop websites, manage social media, and protect the reputation of over two hundred veterinary practices and businesses throughout the Southeast and along the Eastern Seaboard. These companies represent both large and small veterinary clinics, mixed animal practices, and specialty hospitals, ultimately reaching millions of clients and prospective customers each year.

3 Sided Media

Robbie Van Mullem was raised in the Hammond, Louisiana area, where he received his Bachelor of Science from Southeastern Louisiana University, while serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve. Robbie began his career in the animal health industry in 2003 with IDEXX Laboratories, where he earned the prestigious President’s Club Award, and was promoted to manager for the Gulf States Region of IDEXX. Robbie van Mullem saw a significant void of veterinary-specific online management companies, and created his own in early 2010. He currently resides in Louisiana with his wife and two children.


Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM DiplomateGary D. Norsworthy, DVM Diplomate, ABVP (Feline)

Dr. Gary D. Norsworthy earned his DVM degree in 1972 from Texas A&M University and has been practicing veterinary medicine for over 40 years. Dr. Norsworthy began writing professionally in 1975 and has published over 50 articles in various veterinary journals. He is an accomplished lecturer for veterinary associations. He has spoken over 400 times from Alaska and Canada to Brazil to Australia.

Dr. Norsworthy is the editor and major author of six feline textbooks that are used by students and veterinary practitioners around the world. They have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, and Korean. He is the medical editor for Cat Fancy Magazine.

Because of his contributions to veterinary medicine Dr. Norsworthy was chosen as the 1992 Companion Animal Practitioner of the Year by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and 1997 Outstanding Alumnus of the College of Veterinary Medicine of Texas A&M University. He received the 1998 Clinical Consultation and Referral Award from the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice and the 1998 Diplomate Achievement Award from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). Most recently, he was selected 2009 Practitioner of the Year in the Medical Specialists Category by the Texas VMA. He is a Charter Diplomate of the Feline Practice Category of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Dr. Norsworthy was selected from about 200 speakers in the small animal category as Educator of the Year for the 2014 and 2015 Western Veterinary Conference. Selection was based on voting by those in attendance. These two years were the first ones that the WVC has given this award. Previously, he was also selected Speaker of the Year in the Small Animal and the Technicians categories of the North American Veterinary Conference. Therefore, he is the only person selected for these awards for both the WVC and the NAVC.

Dr. Norsworthy and his wife Linda have two children and four grandchildren. He also has an affinity for black cats of which he owns two, Noche and Choco.


Kerry Rissetto, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)Kerry Rissetto, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)

Kerry grew up in northern NJ and attended University of Notre Dame for her Bachelor of Science degree.  She then attended the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine from 2003 to 2007 and completed her small animal medicine and surgery Internship at the University of Missouri in 2008.  She stayed on at Missouri for a medical oncology residency  (2008-2011) and Master's degree from (2008-2010).  Kerry currently resides in Charleston, SC and runs the Charleston Veterinary Referral Center's Oncology service.    She is very involved in organized veterinary oncology:  she is secretary of the Onc-Path Working group, a group that strives to promote an integrated working relationship between veterinary oncologists and pathologists to facilitate and ensure the highest standard of veterinary clinical oncology.   Kerry is also the Chair of the ACVIM’s Oncology Maintenance of Credentials Committee, which implements standards for credentials required by Diplomates in order to retain their Diplomate status within the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  In their free time, Kerry and her husband enjoy traveling, exploring the many beaches of Charleston, and home improvements :)


Steve Thompson, DVM, DABVPSteve Thompson, DVM, DABVP

Dr. Steve Thompson is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, certified in Canine and Feline Practice. He received his DVM degree from The Ohio State University in 1990 and practiced in a 4 doctor full service AAHA companion animal hospital just outside Washington DC for 2 ½ years immediately following graduation. From 1993-1997, he was a faculty member in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was director of the Outpatients/General Practice section within the Veterinary Teaching Hospital and was instrumental in the development of the Evening Wellness Clinic, the OSU Companion Animal Behavior Clinic and the OSU Puppy Preschool program. In August, 1997, he became director of the Pet Wellness Clinic initiative at Purdue and heads the Community Practice elective block for 4th year student rotations. He is affiliated with Purdue’s Center for the Human – Animal Bond. In addition to his clinical duties, he has lectured in core and elective courses on preventive medicine, behavior, pediatrics, reproduction, pet loss, veterinary economics, practice management and companion animal medicine for both traditional and non traditional “exotic” pets. In addition to publication with the Feline Interstitial Cystitis research group at OSU, he has authored a chapter on Pharmacotherapy for Phobias and Panic Disorders in pets. He served on the AAHA canine life stage wellness taskforce and the recent 2012 publication of these guidelines. He regularly promotes the profession to youngsters in school groups and through various media, including local newscasts, newspaper, magazines and radio talk shows. His primary interest is in companion animal wellness, including pediatrics and awareness of behavior development, as it relates to establishing and maintaining the human-animal bond. In 2011, he finished a 5 year conservation research cooperative with the Indiana DNR and Purdue forestry implanting radiotransmitters in the endangered Timber Rattlesnake.


Online Registration is now open!

Register on or before July 3, 2016 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 $350

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $150

NCCAA Members $175

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $150!  Register Online or 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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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

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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

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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

Mercy Animal Hospital, Monroe, NCDrs. Charles and Dawn Jones | Mercy Animal Hospital, Monroe, NC

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Abaxis Global Diagnostics is your total laboratory partner, offering the comprehensive and innovative VetScan line of on-site diagnostic instruments and rapid tests. The VetScan name has become synonymous with convenience, ease of use and cost-effectiveness, delivering on our promise of speed, accuracy and reliability. It’s not just better diagnostics, it’s a better way.

BWCi Animal Hospital Management SystemThe Animal Hospital Management System (AHMS) is fluid technology with real-time veterinary activity, including inventory control, payroll, accounting, and clinical record keeping. The AHMS includes the Enhanced Appointment Scheduler, the most effective time management system for your hospital.  With customized interfaces and reports to meet your hospital's needs, the AHMS flows as your practice flows, handling all data and information.  The AHMS now includes direct access to your DICOM images (Digital X-Ray, Ultrasound, MRI, etc.) through QuickPACS Cloud-based PACS!

Roadrunner Pharmacy

  • ServiceNet Medical X-Ray, Inc.

  • Simmons Southeast

  • Southeast Medical Books

  • Suburban Surgical

  • Ti-Ba Enterprises

  • Vet Assured Company

  • Veterinary Consultation Services & Get U Social

  • Wedgewood Pharmacy

  • Wiley

Click here to download the 2016 Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference Exhibitor Contract

Click Here for the forms from Convention Makers if you need to order or ship anything.

Sun N Fun Exhibit Hall Floorplan

 

Online Registration is now open!

Register on or before July 3, 2016 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 $350

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $150

NCCAA Members $175

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $150!  Register Online or On-Site during the Conference!

Conference Hotel Information

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

Doubletree by Hilton - Springmaid Beach Resort


Doubletree by Hilton - Springmaid Beach Resort


Doubletree by Hilton - Springmaid Beach Resort

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.

Room rates (based on a 4 night stay) of $215.00 guaranteed until July 3, 2016 and can be made by calling DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront (formerly Springmaid Beach Resort) at 1-800-770-6895, mention reservation code 10C8RI or Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference. Rates include all taxes, 2 breakfast buffet passes per day, pier 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 - Rendering

Guestroom - King Palmetto - Rendering

Guestroom - King Palmetto - Rendering

Online Registration is now open!

Register on or before July 3, 2016 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 $350

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $150

NCCAA Members $175

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $150!  Register Online or 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 open!

Register on or before July 3, 2016 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 $350

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $150

NCCAA Members $175

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $150!  Register Online or On-Site during the Conference!

 

Each conference provides at least 20 hours of continuing education