Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

June 20 - 24, 2018

"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

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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"Enjoy your last family vacation before school starts!"

Continuing in 2018 - “Our Holistic Veterinary Medicine Tract”

Speakers

Kristina D. August, DVM, GDVWHM, CHPV

Stephanie W. Cox, DVM MPH

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Louise Dunn & Eric Garcia

Towana S. Guinyard, DVM

Ralph Harvey, DVM

Tim Loonam, DVM

Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVC

Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

Kendra Pope, DCVIM, CTCVMP, CVCH, CVFT, CVA, CVTNA

Carol Reinero, DVM

Margi Sirios - Tech Session

Lynne Swanson, DVM

Kristen Welch, DVM

Labs

 

 

Class

 

Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) Fellowship Breakfast

 

Online Registration is Now Available

Register by May 16, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

You will register Online or by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with payment

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

   

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

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

Beachside Bash on Satuday, June 23, 2018

Includes dinner & entertainment

 


Cornhole Tournament at Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

Cornhole Tournament sponsored by Roadrunner Pharmacy

Roadrunner Pharmacy

 


 

Online Registration is Now Available

Register by May 16, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

You will register Online or by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with payment

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

   

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

 

Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

June 20 - 24, 2018

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

(formerly Springmaid Beach Resort)

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Schedule

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

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

Speaker

Room

Topic


Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS

Purple Moon Herb Studies

Purple Moon Herb Studies

2-3:15pm

3:45-4:45pm

5-6pm

Atlantic D

Use of Western Medicinal Herbs to Enhance Muscle Function

Muscle Physiology and Herbs: Part I - Physiology

In this hour, I will review and update our understanding of muscle physiology on a macroscopic and microcellular level. I will particularly focus on the physiology that herbs can affect, and discuss the herbs in that context over the ensuing hours. I will be including a discussion of slow and fast twitch muscles, as well as the differences in energy production and use by sprinters, medium length athletes and endurance athletes. Thoroughbred racehorses are often thought to be sprinters, but I will explain how they are actually medium length athletes. However, quarter horses and agility dogs are sprinters.

Muscle Physiology and Herbs: Part II – Individual Herbs

In the second hour, I will discuss and elucidate specific herbs that will support these functions at different steps of the process.  The herbs discussed here include: Oats (Avena sativa), Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba), Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis), Nettles (Uritca dioica) and a few for calcium supplementation. I will go into pharmacologic and physiologic detail of where and how the herbs will support and enhance muscle function, using pharmacology and research.  I will explain how different herbs enhance the different muscular uses, so different athletes will need different herbal combinations.

Muscle Physiology and Herbs: Part III- Adaptogens

In the third hour, I will discuss adaptogens. There will first be a brief review of what adaptogens are as a class of herbs, and how they work with references to research. Then I will discuss three adaptogens specifically: Ginseng (Panax ginseng), Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus), and Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea). They all have different effects on muscle function, and the different uses will be discussed.

Muscle Physiology and Herbs: Part IV – Herbs with Ursolic Acid

In my physiologic research, I found many research articles discussing how ursolic acid enhances muscle function. This was briefly discussed in the first hour. In this hour, I will be discussing herbs with ursolic acid that can increase levels in the body and therefore enhance muscle function. I will start with a very brief review of the physiology and then discuss the herbs. The one referenced in the physiology research is apple peels. Others include: olive, privet, agrimony, uva ursi, rosemary, oregano, thyme, lavender, peppermint, pomegranate and hawthorn.

Muscle Physiology and Herbs: Part V – Thyroid’s Impact (Physiology)

Slow twitch muscle fiber formation is nerve-driven, but fast twitch formation has been shown to be thyroid hormone driven. I will start with a brief review of thyroid physiology, with all its relevant hormones, and then link this to fast twitch muscle formation. This is mentioned in Part I, but there will be more detail here. This will take most of the first hour, but I plan to also start discussing herbs that enhance the appropriate pathways of thyroid influence.

Muscle Physiology and Herbs: Part VI – Thyroid’s Impact (Herbs)

In this last hour, I will discuss in depth the relevant herbs to increase fast twitch muscle formation by enhancing thyroid function. This is particularly relevant to sprinters, such as quarter horses and agility dogs, since they rely heavily on anaerobic energy production for their short bursts of energy for muscle function. Herbs discussed will include: Melissa officinalis (Lemon Balm), Nigella sativa (Black seed), Commiphora mukul (Guggul), Fucus vesiculosus (Bladder wrack or Kelp) and the Brassicaceae Family.


Louise Dunn

2-3:15pm

3:45-4:45pm

5-6pm

Atlantic B

2-3:15pm : What Every Manager Needs to Know – How to Avoid the 14 Fatal Errors of Leadership

Description: Leadership in your practice has many faces. It may be a designated office manager, it could be the head tech or even an up and coming person in the ranks. In any case, having a formalized plan to develop and assist leaders in job performance and team interactions will not only improve overall performance of your entire practice team, it will also improve the bottom line of the practice in diverse areas such as client satisfaction, patient care and job efficiency.

Learning Objectives:

  • Deepen your understanding of the common 14 Fatal Errors managers and leaders make
  • Identify critical skills and competencies that your practice needs in its leaders to avoid the Fatal Errors
  • Recognize the financial implications of the 14 Fatal Errors

3:30-4:30pm : Workplace Productivity Killers

Description: They sneak up on us throughout the day, the text message or email that consumes a few minutes here and there, the office gossip whispered a few times here and there, by the end of the day, a few minutes add up to a few hours. Being aware of productivity killers is the first step, and tackling their voracious appetite of our precious minutes is the next step. Improve your team’s ability to handle the most common time killers and enjoy better productivity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the productivity killers active in your workplace
  • Cultivate an awareness of productivity killers in everyone on your team
  • Prepare action steps to take against workplace productivity killers

4:45-6pm : Lessons Learned When Someone Quits – The Power of exit Interviews

Description: The exit of a team member is not a simple “thanks for the service and good bye.” Amid the COBRA form, final paycheck, pet balance and other paperwork there is an opportunity to garner some knowledge about the inner workings of your practice as it relates to hiring, developing and retaining talent. Conducting a well-devised exit interview provides a learning opportunity to increase managerial competencies, improve talent management in the practice, and mitigate any risks from problems existing “under the surface” in the practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Create an exit interview strategy
  • Assess the condition of your current retention process
  • Conduct a post-exit interview autopsy to fetter out weaknesses in your talent management

Lynne Swanson, DVM

2-3:15pm

3:45-4:45pm

5-6pm

Atlantic C

Communicating with Canines: Going beyond “Good boy!”

Dogs communicate with each other primarily through posture, position, movement and energy, and they are as aware of our posture, choice of position, movement and energy (in quality and quantity) as they are of each other’s. Veterinarians and staff who understand common canine social rules and who utilize their body language well (whether or not they are holding a leash) are in a good position to bring out the best in their dogs.

Verbal communication has its place, but knowing how and when to use it is important. Used the wrong way, it can actually promote behaviors you hope to prevent!

After this seminar, participants will better understand the whats, the hows and the whys of canine communication, and they will be ready to try what they have learned with the dogs in their care.


Tim Loonam, DVM

2-3:15pm

3:45-4:45pm

5-6pm

Atlantic A

Capnography and Anesthetic Ventilators: Improve your standard of care

Introduction to Pain Management

Diabetes Demystified

 


 

 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

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

Welcome Reception 4-5pm (Exhibit Hall)

Speaker

Room

Topic


Kristen Welch, DVM

8:30-9:30am

10:00-11:30

1-2:15

2:30-3:30pm

Atlantic D

1. Diagnosis and Management of Coagulopathy

2. Snake Envenomation in the Southeast US

3. A Practical Approach to Management of DKA

4. Trauma 


Ralph Harvey, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVA

8:30-9:30am

10:00-11:30

1-2:15

2:30-3:30pm

Atlantic C

8:30-9:30am : Our Big Goal - Reducing Fear, Stress, and Pain for Everyone, Part I

10-11:30am : Our Big Goal - Reducing Fear, Stress, and Pain for Everyone, Part II

1-2:15pm : Practical and Economical Pain Management During Opioid Shortages

2:30-3:30pm : Emergencies and Complications - Crisis Management in Anesthesia

 


Kristina D. August, DVM, GDVWHM, CHPV

Purple Moon Herb Studies

Purple Moon Herb Studies

8:30-9:30am

10:00-11:30

1-2:15

2:30-3:30pm

Dunes Room

1. Title: End-of- Life, Hospice, and Palliative Medicine

Objective: To understand animal end-of- life, hospice, and palliative care concepts and concerns.

Objective: To understand practical and ethical considerations for providing end-of- life care for animal patients and their families.

Abstract: Animals are more and more frequently welcomed as loved and respected members of human families with individual needs and preferences. Providing and honoring end-of- life care has become as critical as any medical and preventative care we can offer throughout their lives. This lecture is an introduction to animal end-of- life care, including hospice and palliative care concepts and ethical concerns to keep in mind while supporting our animal patients and their human families.

2. Title: Integrative Medicine in Hospice and Palliative Care

Objective: To be aware of the wide variety of complementary and integrative treatment modalities used in animal hospice and palliative care.

Objective: To review some of the evidence available and potential integrative treatment selections.

Objective: To enhance communication among integrative and conventional veterinary practitioners working together in an animal hospice care team.

Abstract: Integrative practitioners are an important part of the animal hospice team. Complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) includes many treatment modalities that may be useful in providing palliative as well as curative treatment for our animal patients. These modalities are used widely in our society for human and animal healthcare, by medical professionals as well as lay practitioners and interested individuals. This lecture provides a general introduction to the uses of complementary and integrative medicine in animal hospice and palliative care (AHPC) as well as considerations for integrative and conventional veterinary practitioners working together as members of the interdisciplinary AHPC team.

3. Title: Herbs for Hospice and Palliative Care, Parts 1 & 2

Objective: To understand and recognize various clinical signs of distress and discomfort in animals approaching the end of their lives.

Objective: To identify herbal therapies that can reduce clinical signs of discomfort.

Abstract: Recognition and prevention of clinical signs of distress is especially critical in maintaining the quality of life of patients reaching the end of their life. Decisions about euthanasia are often based on the animal’s level of comfort. A selection of specific herbs for practical use in palliative medicine will be discussed along with some of their properties, phytochemicals, mechanism of action, traditional uses and current scientific evidence. Case examples will be provided and an integrative approach will be emphasized to incorporate herbal and other complementary therapies that work in conjunction with pharmaceutical treatments as needed to maximize patient comfort.

4. Title: Herbs for Hospice and Palliative Care, Parts 1 & 2

Objective: To understand and recognize various clinical signs of distress and discomfort in animals approaching the end of their lives.

Objective: To identify herbal therapies that can reduce clinical signs of discomfort.

Abstract: Recognition and prevention of clinical signs of distress is especially critical in maintaining the quality of life of patients reaching the end of their life. Decisions about euthanasia are often based on the animal’s level of comfort. A selection of specific herbs for practical use in palliative medicine will be discussed along with some of their properties, phytochemicals, mechanism of action, traditional uses and current scientific evidence. Case examples will be provided and an integrative approach will be emphasized to incorporate herbal and other complementary therapies that work in conjunction with pharmaceutical treatments as needed to maximize patient comfort.

5. Title: Quality of Life for the Caregiver

Objective: To understand that self-care does not have to be complicated and is a vital part of sustainable functioning in our life and our work.

Objective: To provide self-care tools for our teams, our families, and ourselves including simple suggestions for supportive gifts for caregiving families as they navigate the end- of-life care of their animal family members.

Abstract: Beyond a general talk on methods of self-care, including the usual such as eating right, exercise, and rest, this lecture will provide simple techniques for breathing and meditation, enhanced awareness, gratitude, and finding your joy. Simple herbal suggestions will be included for teas, baths, foods and more to lift the spirit and support overall health of the veterinary team and caregiving families of hospice patients.


Louise Dunn & Eric Garcia

8:30-9:30am

10:00-11:30

1-2:15

2:30-3:30pm

Atlantic B

8:30-9:30am : Rewards & Control: What Really Motivates Employees

Description: Many of those responsible for human resource management will tell you that employee engagement is the # 1 challenge facing their organization today. Most organizations employee 4 or more generational groups – from the traditionalist and baby boomer, all the way down to the Millennials and the Gen Z’ers. What works for one generational group does not work for the other. So how do you motivate multigenerational workforces?

Learning Objectives:

  • Take the guesswork out of managing your workforce
  • Determine the best motivation, training and consequences for your team mix
  • Bridge the gap between the generations for improved team performance

10-11:30am : Creating a Drama Free Work Practice

Description: Drama is great when it is part of a TV show or stage production, it is not so great when it is part of your daily work environment. It takes a conscious effort to address the root causes of team drama and effectively create a drama free culture. Develop the skills necessary to nip drama in the bud and enable the team to flourish in a drama free environment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve work team relationships
  • Gain insight into the different strengths of people and how they interact at work
  • Develop confidence in dealing with difficult communications

1-2:15pm : Part 1 Advance Your Marketing Efforts with Strategic Budgeting & Planning

Description: Stop throwing money away on haphazard marketing efforts. Plan your marketing topics, establish and stick to a budget, assess the effects of the marketing and enjoy the feeling of success. This master class will show you the steps, provide hints and tips, and enable you to experience marketing success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Create marketing plans to implement at your practice
  • Explore effective ways to streamline marketing efforts by taking home the tools needed to integrate traditional marketing and web marketing to become effective marketers.
  • Establish a marketing budget, use tools to track KPIs and ROI

2:30-3:30pm : Part 2 Advance Your Marketing Efforts with Strategic Budgeting & Planning


Tim Loonam, DVM

8:30-9:20am

9:30-10:20am

 10:30-11:30am

1-3:30pm

Atlantic A

Anemias Made Easy

Top 5 Anesthesia Complications: Are you ready?

Vomiting and Diarrhea: What to do after the paper towels


Stephanie W. Cox, DVM MPH

 

Towana S. Guinyard, DVM

USDA Speakers

8:30 - 11:30 am

Interstate and International Health Certificates for Category I Animals

This module highlights the importance of health certificates for traveling pets and discusses the potential for disease spread associated with travel. The planning steps and regulation resources for properly completing a companion animal health certificate are presented through a variety of interactive animations and a scenario. Since errors can lead to travel delays or entry refusals, mistakes commonly made when completing health certificates are highlighted to help minimize these problems in real-life situations.

Foreign Animal Disease Detection in Category I Animals


Conference Event

Exhibit Hall

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


 

Friday, June 22, 2018

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

Deli Lunch 11:30am (Exhibt hall)


Speaker

Room

Topic


Ralph Harvey, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVA

Atlantic C

8:30-9:30am : Implementing AAHA Anesthesia and Pain Guidelines Benefits Your Practice

10-11:30am : Pain Management for Feline Friendly Practices

1-2:15pm : Risky Business! Anesthesia for Patients Too Sick for Anesthesia

2:30-3:30pm : Share Favorite Techniques – Yours and Mine


Kendra Pope, DCVIM, CTCVMP, CVCH, CVFT, CVA, CVTNA

8:30-9:30am

10-11:30am

1-2:15pm

2:30-3:30pm

 Dunes Room

1. Integrative Oncology: Multimodal Approach to Cancer Care

2. Herbs and Dietary Supplements in Cancer Care

3. Evidence-informed Integrative Oncology: Canine Lymphoma

4. Evidence-informed Integrative Oncology: Canine Hemangiosarcoma

5. Evidence-informed Integrative Oncology: Canine Appendicular Osteosarcoma

6. Integrative Medicine in Chronic Diseases: Case-based Approach


Carol Reinero, DVM

Atlantic A

8:30-9:45am : Thoracic imaging in the dog: perspectives from an internist

10-11:15a : Thoracic imaging in the cat: perspectives from an internist

1-2:00pm : Clinical Approach to acute infectious respiratory disease in the dog Part I

2:30-3:30pm : Clinical Approach to acute infectious respiratory disease in the dog Part II


Margi Sirios - Tech Session

Atlantic D

8:30-9:30am : Practical Coagulation Testing

10-11:30am : Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease

1-2:15pm : The Complete Blood Count

2:30-3:30pm : Mammaliam Blood Cell Morphology


Eric Garcia

8:30-9:30am

10-11:30am

1-2:15pm

2:30-3:30pm

 Dunes Room

Instagram for your veterinary practice

Standout in an Ever-Saturated Marketplace

New tools & tips to manage your online reputation

Major Facebook Updates for 2018

 


     

 

   

Saturday, June 23, 2018

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

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

Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) Fellowship Breakfast: 7:00-7:50AM

Speaker

Room

Topic


Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

Sponsored by Abaxis and Purina

8:30-9:30am

10-11:30am

1-2:15pm

2:30-4pm

 Atlantic A

Feline Weight Loss Symposium: Hyperthyroidism I

Feline Weight Loss Symposium II & Renal Disease I

Feline Weight Loss Symposium: Chronic Renal Disease II

Feline Weight Loss Symposium: Chronic Small Bowel Disease I


Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVC

8:30-9:30am

10-11:30am

1-2:15pm

2:30-3:30pm

 Atlantic B

1. Forelimb Injury and Pain - How to Diagnose and Treat Common Conditions With An Integrative Approach

Special tests can aid our diagnostic skills in determining the cause of forelimb pain or lameness. Learn easy techniques to find jammed toes, medial compartment disease of the elbow, OCD of the shoulder, and more. Once the diagnosis is uncovered many modalities including acupuncture, manual therapy, supplements, exercises, laser, ultrasound, PEMF, and others could be utilized to treat it.  Learn how to make the best choices for each diagnosis.

2. Rear Limb Injury and Pain - How to Diagnose and Treat Common Conditions With An Integrative Approach

Special tests can aid our diagnostic skills in determining the cause of rear limb pain or lameness. Learn easy techniques to rule in or out hip luxation, cranial cruciate disease (rupture vs sprain), tarsal hyperextension, and hip muscle vs hip joint associated pain.  Once the diagnosis is uncovered many modalities including acupuncture, manual therapy, supplements, exercises, laser, ultrasound, PEMF, and others could be utilized.  Learn how to make the best choices for each diagnosis.  

3. Spinal Injury And Pain - How To Diagnose And Treat With An Integrative Approach

Special tests can aid our diagnostic skills in differentiating areas of pain including cervical segments, rotated ribs, rotated lumbar segments, and lumbosacral vs. sacroiliac pain vs iliopsoas injury vs hip pain.  Once the diagnosis is uncovered many modalities including acupuncture, manual therapy, supplements, exercises, laser, ultrasound, PEMF, and others could be utilized. Learn how to make the best choices for each diagnosis.

4. Introduction to Canine Rehabilitation: What Is It and Do I Want To Add It To My Practice

What is this crazy new thing that everyone is talking about?  Understand what it is and what modalities are used for it. Gather enough information to know if it is something you want to refer or something you want to explore and use to build your practice.

5. NSAIDs – Non-pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory devices (1 hour)

So many times when we think about relieving pain we consider drugs, and yet there are so many other alternatives or additional modalities.  Not to say drugs are bad, just that they are not the only pain relieving options we have. Learn about using devices and techniques for clinical pain relief.  Understand the terminology of pain.


Carol Reinero, DVM

Atlantic C

8:30-9:30am : Management of canine tracheal collapse

10-11:30am : Challenging respiratory cases in dogs and cats

1-2:15pm : Feline inflammatory airway diseases

2:30-3:30pm : Approach to pneumothorax in the dog


Margi Sirois - Tech Session

Atlantic D

8:30-9:30am : Nursing Care of Critical Neonates

10-11:30am : Pot and Pets: What vet techs need to know

1-2:15pm : The Complete Urinalysis

2:30-3:30pm : Examination of Urine Sediment


     

The Beachside Bash Sponsored by TBA and the Cornhole Tournament Sponsored by RRoadrunner Pharmacy

Photos from the Beachside Bash and Cornhole Tournament during the 2016 Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference!  What Family Fun!

 

For Conference Attendees and Guests Only

Atlantic Ballroom

 

Cornhole Tournament

Sponsored by Roadrunner Pharmacy

Held just before the Beachside Bash

Roadrunner Pharmacy


 

For Conference Attendees and Guests Only

Live Oak Lawn

Beachside Bash on Satuday

6 - 10 pm, includes dinner & entertainment - Bring your lawn chair or towel

 

 


 

 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

 

Speaker

Room

Topic


Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

Sponsored by Abaxis and Purina

8:30-11:30am

Atlantic A

Feline Weight Loss Symposium: Small Bowel Disease II & Diabetes I

Feline Weight Loss Symposium: Diabetes II


AM & PM Refreshment breaks held in exhibit hall everyday, except for Wednesday will be on the Carolina Ballroom (2nd floor conference center) Foyer

Welcome Reception, Thursday evening, August 3, everyone is invited.  Complimentary food & beverages

Deli Lunch, Friday, August 4 - Ticketed event - tickets will be in your envelope that you receive at check in

Beachside Bash, Saturday, August 5 - Ticketed event - tickets can be purchased at the registration desk.  If you already purchased them, they will be in the envelope.

Devotional Breakfast - Saturday 7-7:50am - Carolina D (second floor conference center)

Sun n Fun Happy Hour Friday & Saturday afternoon  in the exhibit hall

 

Total CE hours = 22 hours

 

Online Registration is Now Available

Register by May 16, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

You will register Online or by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with payment

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

   

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

Speaker Bios...

Dr. Kris AugustKristina D. August, DVM, GDVWHM, CHPV

Dr. Kris August received her DVM from Colorado State University in 1991 and earned a Graduate Diploma of Veterinary Western Herbal Medicine (GDVWHM) through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies (CIVT). She is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Veterinarian (CHPV) through the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care (IAAHPC) as well as a contributor to the certification program, a co-author of the IAAHPC Animal Hospice and Palliative Care Guidelines (2013) and the textbook Hospice and Palliative Care for Companion Animals: Principles and Practice (2017). Dr. August owns an integrative veterinary housecall practice in Ames, Iowa, in which her primary focus is geriatric and end of life care, and herbal medicine. A consultant for the Hospice and Palliative Care board on VIN, Dr. August also lectures and writes on topics concerning end of life care, herbal medicine and “caring for the caregiver”.

Dr. August values compassionate care for animals, people, plants and our world, with a special focus on caring for the caregiver. We cannot help others unless we continue to care for ourselves. She is currently a student of tai chi and qigong and practices nature meditation. Dr. August enjoys teaching and learning through sharing her passions with others, and has taught in a variety of capacities from Waldorf-inspired playgroups to Tae Kwon Do, to teaching veterinarians and veterinary students in herbal medicine, animal hospice, and self-care topics. She enjoys working with her good friend Dr. Laurie Dohmen to bring a holistic approach to learning veterinary herbal medicine.

Click Here to View Dr. August's Curriculum Vitae


Stephanie W. Cox, DVM MPHStephanie W. Cox, DVM MPH

Stephanie W. Cox, DVM MPH is the Export Veterinary Medical Officer (VMO) for the Columbia, South Carolina Office of the United States Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-Veterinary Services-National Import and Export Services (USDA-APHIS- VS-NIES), Service Center 2. As the Export VMO, she is responsible for endorsement of live animal and animal product international health certificates for the SC Office. Dr. Cox also provides consultation on the export process to Accredited Veterinarians and their Staff, as well as Exporters. Additionally, Dr. Cox communicates with representatives of commercial animal product manufacturing facilities on the country-specific APHIS export approvals for their facilities, providing consultation and facilitating submission of their pre-inspection documentation to the National Center for Imports and Exports (NCIE) for final approval.

Dr. Cox graduated from the North Carolina State University-College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU- CVM), and began her Veterinary career in a mixed practice near the North Carolina coast. She subsequently opened her ambulatory equine practice, serving practice areas in both Hickory and Waxhaw, for many years before moving to South Carolina. Prior to her work with USDA, Dr. Cox served for 8 years as the State Public Health Veterinarian and Veterinary Epidemiologist for the South Carolina- Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC-DHEC).

Dr. Cox is married to a fabulous cook, thankfully! She and her husband have 3 wonderful children, a girl and 2 boys, all currently in college. The family includes 2 beloved retrievers, as the former menagerie has dwindled from when the children were young. Dr. Cox is active in the Prayer and Youth Ministries of her Church, and enjoys reading and gardening as hobbies.


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 received her Masters of Therapeutic Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2014.  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 published frequently in journals such as JAHVMA and IVC (Integrative Veterinary Care Journal).  She is writing a hands-on course in Western Veterinary Herbal Medicine with Dr. Kris August slated to be offered autumn, 2017.

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 and AVMA.  She is on the Editorial Board of the AHVMA Journal.  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.

You can learn more about Dr. Dohmen at www.purplemoonherbstudies.com


Towana S. Guinyard, DVMTowana S. Guinyard, DVM

Dr. Towana Guinyard is a Supervisory Field Veterinary Medical Officer (VMO) with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS) in South Carolina. She received her DVM from North Carolina College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010, where her focus was pathology. She works closely with the Scrapie Program, and has served in this position since July 2010. Dr. Guinyard also serves as the Acting Epidemiologist for South Carolina.

Dr. Guinyard began her career with USDA, APHIS, VS in 2003, when she became a Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) employee. During the summers of 2003 and 2004, she worked as an animal health technician (AHT) in Michigan. It was during this time she realized her love for pathology, as she worked closely with various disease programs – Scrapie, Tuberculosis, and Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). From 2005 to mid-2010, she worked as a veterinary student trainee with the USDA VS North Carolina Area Office entering data for disease programs, collecting samples for BSE and Scrapie, performing Swine Health Protection inspections. In 2013 & 2016, she served as a lecturer for the Area Animal Handling course, providing a lecture and lab on sheep and goat handling and behavior. She deployed to Iowa in response to the 2015 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) disease event, where she served as a lead for backyard flock depopulations. In her dual role as case manager, she ensured the correct documentation was completed, and streamlined the process for producers.

Dr. Guinyard is a graduate of the APHIS Advanced Leadership Development Program (ALDP), has taken several training courses in emergency preparedness and response, and is a first responder for emergency management issues; she became qualified as a Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician in February 2012, which allows her to investigate foreign animal diseases. Dr. Guinyard is also a graduate of the inaugural Veterinary Medical Officer Career Program (VMOCP), a one-year leadership development training geared at identifying future leaders for VS.

Dr. Guinyard enjoys singing and worshiping on the Praise & Worship team at her church. She also serves as the President of the Music Department, and as one of the administrators for the church. She resides with her husband, four dogs, and soon-to-be adopted child.


Ralph C. Harvey, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVARalph C. Harvey, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVA

Dr. Ralph Harvey teaches anesthesia and pain management 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 Section Head for the 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 their Executive Secretary and as a member of the ACVAA Board of Directors. He is currently a member of the Fear-Free Advisory Panel and the Fear Free Executive Council.

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 service has included work with regional science fair programs, Explorer Scouting, the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society, and with wilderness and conservation groups.


Laurie McCauley, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVA, CVC

Dr. McCauley graduated in 1992 from Colorado State SVM. After six years in general practice, she became a pioneer in the field of Veterinary Rehabilitation, designing the first underwater treadmill for dogs. Dr. McCauley started the first Rehabilitation Clinic in 1998 and was on faculty at Canine Rehabilitation Institute for 14 years. She is certified in Acupuncture and Chiropractic therapy and in 2014 became Board Certified in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. McCauley is an International lecturer and contributing author in many textbooks and journals. She was awarded the 2011 Iams AARV Award of Excellence in the Field of Rehabilitation and the 2015 AHVMA Holistic Practitioner of the Year Award.

Click Here to View Dr. McCauley's Curriculum Vitae


Kendra Pope, DCVIM, CTCVMP, CVCH, CVFT, CVA, CVTNA

Dr. Pope currently practices integrative medicine and oncology in Red Bank, NJ. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Florida in 2011, and certifications in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, food therapy and Tui-na at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She went on to complete a rotating internship and residency in medical oncology at the University of Pennsylvania, and obtained board certification in 2015. Dr. Pope is currently studying the use of Western herbals through the College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies and is active in clinical trials and research. Dr. Pope is currently enrolling patients in two grant-funded trials investigating the benefits of acupuncture concurrently with chemotherapy in dogs with lymphoma and the use of Chinese herbs, medicinal mushrooms and Vitamin D for the treatment of splenic hemangiosarcoma in dogs. Dr. Pope opened her own Integrative Oncology & Veterinary Wellness center in 2017 and is looks forward to continued collaboration to promote the fields of integrative medicine and oncology.

Click Here to View Dr. Pope's Curriculum Vitae


Lynne Swanson, DVMLynne Swanson, DVM

Lynne Swanson, DVM (Cornell ‘86) has shaped and lived with psychologically healthy and happy groups of ten to forty dogs for three decades, and she is proud to be part of an educational effort recognizing the many things we can learn from our canine companions (when we are open to the possibilities). In 2005, she helped to create Safe Harbor Farm K9 Rescue & Rehabilitation Center in coastal NC, and in 2013, she helped develop the Learning "DOG" project for animal shelters.

She is the author of two books: “Learning DOG” (2015 - for shelters, boarding and training facilities) and “SMILE! and other practical life lessons your dogs can teach you (while you are training them)” (2017 - for everyone).

Positive, practical and proactive, SMILE! explores canine and human psychology from a uniquely canine perspective. It is about reducing tension, communicating clearly, leading the way and honoring pivotal differences. It is about the energy we share and the state of mind behind that energy. It is about letting go of the stuff that isn’t working, and it is about teamwork. It is about practicing kindness, dumping bad habits and finding happiness. (After all, if you aren’t happy, your dogs can’t be their best.)

Table of Contents and chapter excerpts at: www.givesmiles.us


 


 


 


 


 

 


 


 




 


 

Online Registration is Now Available

Register by May 16, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

You will register Online or by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with payment

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

   

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

What our Attendees Say!

Just want to give an awesome shout out in regards to the technician program offered. Michelle [Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT] was extrodannaire! One of the best tech speakers I have heard lecture. She was energectic, entertaining and well spoken. Thank you! James A satisfied attendee ... read more

James A ChatmanJames A Chatman | Attendee - CHATMANJAMESA@AOL.COM

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:

        

 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 2018 Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference Exhibitor Contract

Sun N Fun Exhibit Hall Floorplan

 


 

On-Site Registration Will Open Soon!

You will register Online or On-Site by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the Conference with payment - Coming Soon

Veterinarians $

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $175!

Conference Hotel Information

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

doubletree resort by hilton myrtle beach oceanfront

Aerial View of the Terrace

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:

Simply click on the link below to access the exclusive rates available for the Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference:

http://group.doubletree.com/sunnfunveterinaryassociationjun2018

Or call Hilton Reservations at 1-800-770-6895 and reference group code FUN

Room rates are $229 + applicable fees and taxes.

Live Oak Lazy River

Entrance


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

Ocean Blue Lounge at the doubletree resort by hilton myrtle beach oceanfront

Ocean Blue Lounge

The market at the doubletree resort by hilton myrtle beach oceanfront

The Market

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 May 16, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

You will register Online or by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with payment

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

   

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

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!

2016 Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference Beachside Bash

Photo Gallery of the Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference!


Online Registration is Now Available

Register by May 16, 2018 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

You will register Online or by

clicking here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with payment

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

   

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

 

Each conference provides at least 20 hours of continuing education