Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

August 11-14, 2019

"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

Double Tree by Hilton Myrtle Beach Poolside

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


"Enjoy your last family vacation before school starts!"

Continuing in 2019 - “Our Holistic Veterinary Medicine Tract”

Speakers 

Bonnie Bragdon, DVM, MS | Vice President, Veterinary Affairs, Zomedica

Michael A. Rossi, DVM, MNS Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology

 

 

The Online Registration is Closed, but you can still register On-Site!
Just click here to download the Registration Form, print it out, and bring it with payment to the Conference Registration ... Coming Soon

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

   

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

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

Cornhole Tournament at Sun N Fun Veterinary ConferenceBeachside Bash on Saturday

Includes dinner & entertainment

Cornhole Tournament on Satuday

The Online Registration is Closed, but you can still register On-Site!
Just click here to download the Registration Form, print it out, and bring it with payment to the Conference Registration ... Coming Soon

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

   

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

 

Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

August 11-14, 2019

DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront

(formerly Springmaid Beach Resort)

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Schedule

Sunday, August 11, 2019

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

Speaker

Room

Topic


 

2-3:15pm

3:45-4:45pm

5-6pm

Atlantic D

 

 

2-3:15pm

3:45-4:45pm

5-6pm

Atlantic B

 

 

2-3:15pm

3:45-4:45pm

5-6pm

Atlantic C

 

 

2-3:15pm

3:45-4:45pm

5-6pm

Atlantic A

 

 

 

Monday, August 12, 2019

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

Welcome Reception 4-5pm (Exhibit Hall)

Speaker

Room

Topic


 

8:30-9:30am

10:00-11:30

1-2:15

2:30-3:30pm

Atlantic D

 

 

8:30-9:30am

10:00-11:30

1-2:15

2:30-3:30pm

Atlantic C

 

 

8:30-9:30am

10:00-11:30

1-2:15

2:30-3:30pm

Dunes Room

 

 

8:30-9:30am

10:00-11:30

1-2:15

2:30-3:30pm

Atlantic B

 

 

8:30-9:20am

9:30-10:20am

 10:30-11:30am

1-3:30pm

Atlantic A

 

  8:30 - 11:30 am
Atlantic E
 

Conference Event

Exhibit Hall

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


 

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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


Speaker

Room

Topic


Bonnie Bragdon, DVM, MS | Vice President, Veterinary Affairs, Zomedica

Atlantic C

Liquid Biopsy: The Future of Managing Cancer Patients (1 session – 45 – 55 min.)

Diagnosing and managing cancer is emotional for veterinarians and clients.  The application of microfluidics for the detection of circulating tumor cells in human and veterinary medicine will be reviewed, as this new technology is expected to become widely available to diagnose and manage common veterinary cancers in the future.

Pathogen Fingerprints: Use of Raman Spectroscopy in Clinical Diagnostics (1 session – 45-55 min)

Raman spectroscopy was discovered close to 100 years ago and has been used commercially in chemistry, physics, drug production and biomedical research.  The application of Raman spectroscopy in pathogen identification and antibiotic stewardship in human and veterinary medicine will be reviewed, as this new technology is expected to become available for diagnosing and managing care for individual patients in the future.

The In-House Lab:

Analytical & Clinical Accuracy (1 session – 45-55 min)

Understanding basic measures of instrument accuracy and performance are important in interpreting data to make a clinical diagnosis.  This session will review concepts in diagnostic accuracy, performance and how they relate to clinical decision making.

Pricing & Profitability (1 session – 45 – 55 min)

Traditionally, veterinarians have priced services and goods by marking up their cost.  This session will explore new ways of pricing lab services and discuss the importance of considering productivity, as well as pricing to drive lab profitability.

Managing Up:  Getting Your Boss to Behave (1 session – 45-55 min)


 

 

Dunes Room

 

 

Atlantic A

 

 

Atlantic D

 

 

8:30-9:30am

10-11:30am

1-2:15pm

2:30-3:30pm

 Dunes Room

 

 

1-4pm

 

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

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

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

Speaker

Room

Topic


 

8:30-9:30am

10-11:30am

1-2:15pm

2:30-4pm

 Atlantic A

 

 

8:30-9:30am

10-11:30am

1-2:15pm

2:30-3:30pm

 Atlantic B

 

 

Atlantic C

 

 

Atlantic D

 

     

The Beachside Bash and the Cornhole Tournament

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

Held just before the Beachside Bash


 

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

 

 


 

 


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.

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

 

Total CE hours = 22 hours

 

The Online Registration is Closed, but you can still register On-Site!
Just click here to download the Registration Form, print it out, and bring it with payment to the Conference Registration ... Coming Soon

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

   

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

Speaker Bios...

 

 


Michael A. Rossi, DVM, MNS Diplomate, American College of Veterinary DermatologyMichael A. Rossi, DVM, MNS Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology

Dr. Michael A. Rossi is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.  After this, he went on to perform fellowship research with the Tulane National Primate Research Center in Covington, Louisiana working with the simian immunodeficiency virus. This further increased his interest in animal welfare and scientific research. He then went on to complete his Master's degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. His Master’s program focused on the role of neuropeptides in equine allergic airway disease. After veterinary school, he finished a one-year rotating internship at the Regional Veterinary Referral Center in the Washington, D.C. area. Thereafter, he completed a specialized veterinary dermatology internship at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine (NCSU-CVM) in Raleigh, NC. Upon completion of this internship, he participated in a two-year veterinary dermatology residency with NCSU-CVM and clinical work with the Veterinary Referral Center of Colorado (VRCC) in Englewood, CO. He remained on staff at VRCC following his residency before moving back to the Gulf Coast region in 2015 to open Coastal Veterinary Dermatology & Ear Clinic. He currently sees patients from as far west as San Diego, California, as far south as Oranjestad, Aruba, and as far east as Tampa, Florida. Dr. Rossi has been board certified by the American College of Veterinary Dermatology since 2014.

While not in the clinic, Dr. Rossi donates his time to treat skin conditions of animals in zoos and wildlife centers when possible. He has performed dermatology procedures on several species, including polar bears and Eland antelope. He has authored and coauthored several scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals. His published work on a novel form of allergy testing in cats obtained national acclaim and has created a revolution with many new studies coming as a result of it. He has lectured nationally within the United States and has been invited to lecture internationally on conditions related to dermatologic diseases. He has a special interest in allergic skin disease, ear disease, neurophysiology of itch, dermatohistopathology, and autoimmune skin disease. In addition to small animals, Dr. Rossi also enjoys working with horses and zoo animals.


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


 

 


The Online Registration is Closed, but you can still register On-Site!
Just click here to download the Registration Form, print it out, and bring it with payment to the Conference Registration ... Coming Soon

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

   

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

What our Attendees Say!

Mountain Veterinary Conference : I've been meaning to share my very positive review of the Mountain Veterinary Conference for months -- my apologies for not doing this sooner! The Mountain Veterinary Conference was a wonderful CE experience on all levels. There were a wide variety of high quality sessions, the setting was beautiful, the food and accommodations were excellent, and the exhibitors were helpful and informative... read more

Valerie Weiss, DVM src=Valerie Weiss, DVM | Attendee - vaweiss@ml1.net

What our Speakers/Exhibitors Say!

“What fun! We doubled our record for the number of copies of SMILE! sold in the first day. The relaxed atmosphere at the Fun n Sun Conference makes it easy to interact with everyone.” ... read more

Lynne Swanson, DVMLynne Swanson, DVM | Speaker, Exhibitor - Safe Harbor Farm’s SMILE! Project

What our Speakers Say!

Thank you for having me speak this year at Sun N Fun; What a GREAT show! I have thoroughly enjoyed the kindness and hospitality shown by all. Great organization, great location, and great session topics! I urge all veterinary professionals to attend Sun N Fun next year, and not miss out on this fantastic CE event! ... read more

Running Paws Pet Hospital, McKinney, TXJenny Cassibry Fisher, RVT, VTS | Speaker - jenny@practivet.com

What our Attendees Say!

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

Running Paws Pet Hospital, McKinney, TXDr. Donna M Gage | Running Paws Pet Hospital, McKinney, TX

What our Speakers Say!

I've been a speaker for at least a dozen meetings hosted by Veterinary Association Management in the last twenty or so years. The meetings are always well organized and managed. More importantly, the attendees are always eager to learn and happy to be there. The Lee family and all the staff are welcoming and the atmosphere is very family-friendly... read more

Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, CVT, LATMargi Sirois, EdD, MS, CVT, LAT | Speaker

What our Speakers Say!

Veterinary Association Management conference are intimate and interactive. As a presenter, I have the opportunity to talk about behavior issues – a significant reason for relinquishment, and also how to speak with clients about these concerns, as well as getting pets to vets, including Fear Free and Cat Friendly Practices.

Steve Dale, CABCSteve Dale, CABC | Speaker

What our Attendees Say!

I've been going to Veterinary Association Management's Veterinary Conferences for 16 years.  They are by far my favorite.  The quality and choice of speakers always suits my needs. I feel that I get the most up-to-date and thorough information.  Lectures focus on practical advice we can actually use - no ivory towers here... read more

Melanie Bene, DVMMelanie Bene, DVM | Attendee

What our Attendees Say!

My family and I have always enjoyed Veterinary Association Management's (Ralph Lee's) continuing education courses.  We have been attending them now for well over twelve years.  We are always very delighted to attend the courses and conferences that Veterinary Management Association hosts.  The benevolence of the Lee Family always shines forth, and they make my family feel more than welcome.  The veterinary courses are extremely relevant to practice, and much of the information obtained can be put into effect the day we return.  The speakers are of the utmost quality and ... read more

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

What our Speakers Say!

Thank you so much for allowing me to speak at this past weekend's Sun N Fun conference in South Carolina. It was a great experience. Howie, Martha, Dawn and the entire Veterinary Association Management team always knows how to make a speaker feel welcomed! The conference was so well organized which is a testament to the VAM team. Thank you so much for all your kindness. It was a true honoring getting to speak to the technicians at the conference. It was a great group who stayed engaged throughout! Thank you again. I hope you are all home getting to relax a little after working so hard to make the conference so successful. ... read more

Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC)Amy Newfield, CVT, VTS (ECC) | Speaker

What our Attendees Say!

I have been a veterinarian in NC since 1982.  33years.  I have been getting my continuing education hours with Ralph Lee’s Veterinary Management for 28 years.  My wife is a registered vet technician and we both must get yearly CE hours to continue our licenses.  We have come to Ralph Lee’s Great Smokies Veterinary Conferences for last 20 years.  I appreciate through the years the dedication to providing quality continuing education year after year.  We enjoy the excellent speakers on subjects that are useful in regular day to day practice; comprehensive wet labs; and very affordable CE... read more

Emerywood Veterinary Hospital, High Point, NCJ. Michael Beck DVM and Jane Beck VMT | Emerywood Veterinary Hospital, High Point, NC

What our Speakers Say!

I've participated in several Veterinary Association Management continuing educational meetings and they are all top notch. Each meeting has it's own look and feel. The one consistent thread is excellent speakers and great topics/content being presented. I will be planning a family vacation around Fun N Sun veterinary conference. It's a must do for anyone looking for good CE and creating great memories with the family... read more

Veterinary Consultation Services, LLC Paul Camilo, CVPM | Veterinary Consultation Services, LLC

What our Exhibitors Say!

The Center of Veterinary Expertise has had the pleasure of participating in Colonial Veterinary conference on several levels, sponsorship, vendor as well as providing speakers over the last three year.  Howie and his team always ensure a positive, warm, and successful experience.  We look forward to supporting the Colonial Veterinary Conference for many more years to come.

the COVE, Suffolk, VADanielle T. Russ | LVT, BS, BA, AS, Hospital Manager, the COVE, Suffolk, VA

What our Attendees Say!

It is not a small thing when gathering your CE credits that the meetings be orderly, well presented, convenient, accessible.  Cudos to the Colonial Team.  It was an all-around good experience.

Palmetto Vet Hospital, Ridgeland, SCRob McBrayer, DVM | Palmetto Vet Hospital, Ridgeland, SC

What our Exhibitors Say!

I have been a equipment manufacturing design consultant for Snyder Mfg. for over 30 years.  I have been attending the Ralph Lee's meetings for over 20 years of that time.  The Ralph Lee's meetings are different than the standard veterinary conference meetings that are available.  The meetings are designed to be very family friendly.  The attendees and exhibitors are treated with more respect than any other of the veterinary meetings I attend.  The smaller venue will  also give everyone an opportunity to build long term relationships in the industry.

Snyder Mfg., New Sharon, IARalph Ihde | Snyder Mfg., New Sharon, IA

What our Attendees Say!

I plan each year's continuing education requirements around Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veteirnary Conference.  The program venue is especially nice, this time of year, in Asheville, N.C.  The Lee family (Howie, Martha and the crew) are most accommodating.  They've always made this a pleasurable, meaningful experience.  I secure a copy of the conference notes each trip.  These notes serve as valuable information for me as I care for my patients on a daily basis.  The saddest part, for me, is when the meeting concludes.  Soon, I'll be planning for the 2016 conference.

Central Veterinary Hospital, Knoxville, TNDr. William “Bill” Martin | Central Veterinary Hospital, Knoxville, TN

What our Exhibitors Say!

The Lees' vet meetings are some of the best...and I attend a lot of them! As both a veterinarian and an exhibitor I get the best of both worlds at these events.... Great Continuing Education and Great attendance to the exhibit booth. I attend every one I possibly can.

Vet Assured, Unicoi, TNDr. Dan Moore, DVM | Vet Assured, Unicoi, TN

What our Speakers Say!

I have lectured for Veterinary Association Management for the last 4 years and they consistently have wonderfully organized, informative and practical conferences for practicing small animal veterinarians. With a relatively small group of attendees ... read more

Charleston Veterinary Referral CenterKristin Welch DVM, DACVECC | CRITICAL CARE, CHIEF OF EMERGENCY MEDICINE

Exhibitors At The Conference

Please visit these Exhibitors at the Conference to see the latest and best products and services for your veterinary practice:

        

Click here to download the 2019 Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference Exhibitor Contract ... Coming Soon

Sun N Fun Exhibit Hall Floorplan

 


The Online Registration is Closed, but you can still register On-Site!
Just click here to download the Registration Form, print it out, and bring it with payment to the Conference Registration ... Coming Soon

Veterinarians $400.00

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $180.00

   

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

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 Hotel Reservations:

Simply copy and paste the URL below into your browser or click on the Link: 

http://group.doubletree.com/SunNFun

Group Name: Sun N Fun
Arrival Date: 11-Aug-2019
Departure Date: 14-Aug-2019

Or contact Hilton Reservations at 855-778-1190 and reference group code SFN.

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!


The Online Registration is Closed, but you can still register On-Site!
Just click here to download the Registration Form, print it out, and bring it with payment to the Conference Registration ... Coming Soon

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!


The Online Registration is Closed, but you can still register On-Site!
Just click here to download the Registration Form, print it out, and bring it with payment to the Conference Registration ... Coming Soon

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