Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

23rd Annual Colonial Veterinary Conference

Colonial Veterinary Conference

November 28 - December 2, 2018

"In Historic Williamsburg, Virginia during the Grand Illumination"

Colonial Veterinary Conference

22nd Annual Colonial Veterinary ConferenceNovember 28 - December 2, 2018

Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center, Williamsburg, Virginia


Speakers

Richard B. Ford DVM, MS, North Carolina State University

Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

 

Lunch Sessions

 

 

 

 


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!

 

Tentative Schedule

Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand Illumination

 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Registration Open 4 - 8 pm - NO SESSIONS

 

 

Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand IlluminationThursday, November 29, 2018

Registration Open 8am - Continental Breakfast

Exhibit Hall Open 2pm  ∙  AM Refreshment break, Petersburg Hall Foyer, PM Refreshment Break Exhibit Hall -

Welcome Reception: 5-6pm

 

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


  See Topics  

  8:30-9:30am
10am-11:30am
1-2pm
3-4:30pm
 

  8:30-11:30am  

Practice Management


  8:30-9:30am
10am-11:30am
1-2pm
3-4:30pm
 

  See Topics  

Welcome Reception

5-6pm

Welcome Reception - Sponsored by TBA

Come enjoy complimentary food & beverages

and visit with exhibitors and colleagues.

 

Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand Illumination

 Friday, November 30, 2018

Registration Open 8am

Continental Breakfast 8am , Petersburg Hall Foyers

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm - Refreshments available AM & PM, Exhibit hall

 

 

 

 

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


Richard B. Ford DVM, MS, North Carolina State University

See Topics

2018 VACCINES AND VACCINATION: 20 Questions…and the “Must Know” Answers

This presentation is a “behind-the- scenes” look at principle issues surrounding Canine and Feline Vaccination, including the recently released AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines, that have direct impact on practicing veterinarians today. Discussion centers on the selection & use of vaccines and includes the most controversial vaccine-related issues facing veterinarians: eg, annual v. triennial vaccination, legalities of “off-label” vaccination, protocols for overdue patients, new vaccines (oral Bordetella, Leptospira, canine Lyme disease), emerging “therapeutic” vaccines, and more…

(2.5 hours)

ANTIBODY TITERS v. VACCINATION: Applications in Practice

As the interest in performing “Vaccine Titers” increases within the profession, commercial laboratories are now offering serology panels for dogs/cats specifically to address the immune response following vaccination. More recently, the introduction of Point-of- Care Titer Tests (in-hospital kits) allows veterinarians to assess “Vaccine Titers” of individual patients at the time of the appointment. This presentation addresses the 2 most fundamental issues facing veterinarians regarding the use of antibody titer testing to assess patient response to vaccination: 1) what are the indications for performing “vaccine” titers on individual patients? and… 2) what do the results really mean?

(1.5 hours)

FELINE VIRAL UPPER RESPIRATORY DISEASE…Why it Persists!

Despite the routine use of vaccines against viral upper respiratory disease in cats (feline herpesvirus-1 and calicivirus) these 2 viruses are still recognized as the cause of over 90% of respiratory disease affecting cats. While acute-onset feline viral upper respiratory disease in commonly seen among kittens housed in multiple cat household/shelters…it is the adult chronic carrier cat that poses the greatest threat to the population of susceptible cats and kittens. This presentation addresses the clinical identification of chronic carrier cats (you see them regularly in practice), long term management options, and the role of vaccination in preventing infection…Why are so many cats infected…yet so many cats are vaccinated? Are vaccines effective today against the current strains?

(1 hour)


  See Topics  

Technician/Support Staff Sessions

     

Practice Management

     

Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand Illumination

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Christian Veterinary Mission Devotional Breakfast 7-7:50am

Continental Breakfast 8am, Exhibit Hall

Exhibit Hall open 8am-4pm, Richmond Hall, AM & PM Refreshment Breaks, Exhibit Hall

Lunch on your own

 

 

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

Sponsored by Abaxis and Purina

 

8:30-10am
10:30-11:30am
1-2:30pm
3-4:30pm
Weight loss in the Cat - Getting the Diagnosis Right

  See Topics  
     
  8:30-11:30am   

Practice Management Session

  8:30-10am
10:30-11:30am
1-2:30pm
3-4:30pm
 

Technician/Support Staff Session


     

     

Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand Illumination

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Continental Breakfast 8am Petersburg Hall Foyer

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


Gary D. Norsworthy, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

Sponsored by Abaxis and Purina

See Topics Weight loss in the Cat - Getting the Diagnosis Right

*Times and Presenters Subject to change

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

-Registration begins on Wednesday, November 28 at 4pm, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8am.

 

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!

Speaker Bios...

Richard B. Ford DVM, MS, North Carolina State UniversityRichard B. Ford DVM, MS, North Carolina State University

Dr. Richard Ford is Emeritus Professor of Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine at North Carolina State University.

A graduate of The Ohio State University, Dr. Ford practiced small animal and equine medicine for 4 years. Subsequently, he held teaching positions at Michigan State University and Purdue University.

He is Board Certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and is an honorary Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Ford is the Lead Editor of the 2017 AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines and a co-author on the AAFP Feline Vaccine Guidelines.

Currently, Dr. Ford, in conjunction with the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, is leading the National Rabies Awareness Initiative, a State-by- State assessment of rabies immunization and law impacting veterinarians in private practice.

Outside of veterinary medicine, Dr. Ford spent 28 years with the US Air Force as a Biomedical Scientist. He retired from the USAF Reserve as a Brigadier General, where he was assigned to the Office of the Air Force Surgeon General at the Pentagon.


 


 

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 



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!

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

Shake Well at the Colonial Veterinary Conference

Exhibitors At The Conference

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

 

Exhibit Hall Hours:

 

  • Thursday, November 29, 2018 – 2pm - 8pm

  • Friday, November 30, 2018 – 8:00am - 3:30pm

  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 – 8:00am - 3:30pm

Sponsors

K-LASER USA

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

3 Sided Media

 

All Exhibitors

3 Sided Media
InTouch Communications
Simmons Mid Atlantic
Aesculight
K-Laser
Snyder Mfg Co
Agape Pet Services
Multi Radiance 
The Cove
AKC Reunite
National Veterinary Associates
The Pet Loss Center
All Vet Imaging
Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences
Vet Assure/Natural Vet Companies
Antech Diagnostics
Pet Health Pharmacy
Vet Matrix
Atlantic Medical Books
QUICKPACS Technologies
Veterinary Referral & Critical Care
Bayer Animal Health
Rose Micro Solutions
Virbac Animal Health
Campbell Pet Company
ServiceVet Technologies
Wiley
Christian Veterinary Mission
Signtronix
Young Living Oils
Companion Animal Health by LiteCure
   

 

Bayer Animal Health Christian Veterinary Mission Companion Laser QuickPACS Simmons & Associates Veterinary Practice Sales & Appraisals

 

Click here to download the 2018 Colonial Veterinary Conference Exhibitor Contract - Coming Soon

 

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

Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center

(Newly Rennovated)

Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center Colonial Williamsburg

Take a short walk to charming Colonial Williamsburg to find superb shopping, delicious dining and fascinating historic attractions...

"Williamsburg hotels are all about friendly accommodations and access to the great Virginia attractions near Colonial Williamsburg, and the Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center has long been the premier lodging choice. Accent your Williamsburg, VA travel, with relaxing accommodations, world-class amenities and the attentive service of a truly first-rate staff.

 

This pet-friendly Williamsburg, Virginia hotel provides an unrivaled locale on the site of the Fort Magruder battleground near Busch Gardens and several other entertainment options:

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  • Take a short walk to charming Colonial Williamsburg to find superb shopping, delicious dining and fascinating historic attractions ..."

Crowne Plaza Colonial Williamsburg

 

 

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!

Area Information

Williamsburg, Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg during Grand Illumination

"Discover Colonial Williamsburg and immerse yourself in the 18th-century capital city of Virginia. See all that the Revolutionary City has to offer, explore our Art Museums, or engage in recreation at our companion Resort properties. From revolution to romance, things are constantly changing here, creating a unique experience for our guests. Opportunities for adventure abound, but how you choose to spend your visit is up to you..."

 

Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg during Grand Illumination

Colonial Williamsburg's Christmas season officially begins with Grand Illumination, a spectacular evening when candles twinkle in the windows of Historic Area homes and buildings, fatwood crackles in street-side cressets, and the heavens explode with pyrotechnics. Thousands of guests turn out—families, friends, and strangers crowding the streets—to "oh" and "ah" and launch themselves on the Yuletide.

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!

 

Each conference provides at least 20 hours of continuing education