Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education to the Veterinary Profession

May 12 - 15, 2016

"On the Beautiful Outer Banks of NC" Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

1st Flight Veterinary Conference, kitty Hawk, North Carolina, May 12 - 15, 2016,Registration fee: Veterinarians $350 & Tech/Staff $170,Rates start at $175 for side ocean view rooms with either 2 queen beds or one king $225 for oceanfront rooms with either 2 queen beds or one king. To make room reservations you can go online to www.vetmeetings.com/kittyhawk and click on the First Flight link or call Hilton Garden Inn direct at 252-261-1290 or Toll Free at 877-629-4586. Mention group code FFV16. See the reverse side for tentative scheduled speakers

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Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk
Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

 

Speakers

Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice)

David Genovese, DVM, DACVD

Jeff Mayo, DVM, Diplomate ABVP, Canine and Feline

Robbie van Mullem, B.S.

Dr. Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, RVT, LAT

Dr. Merrilee Small, Dip ACVIM

Dr. Shelley Smith, Dip ACVECC

 

David Bradley, DVM, FASLMSFriday's Lunch Session (May 13th):

11:45am - Lunch session Presented by David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

"Laser Therapy Simplified: A Complete Review of What You Really Need to Know"

 

Saturday's Lunch Session (May 14th):

11:45am ∙  Lunch Session by Robbie van Mullem, BS, Social Media & Online Marketing Consultant, Sponsored by 3 Sided Media

“Parvo or Marketing which one would you rather deal with in your clinic”

 

Online Registration is now open!

Register before May 12, 2016 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

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

Veterinarians $350

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

NCCAA Members $100

VASAM Veterinarian Member $168

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

First Flight Veterinary Conference

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Registration 11 am Pre Function Area

 

Exhibit Hall Set up: 8 am-2 pm - Katherine Room ∙ Exhibit Hall Open: 2-8pm

 

Get Acquainted Welcome Reception: 6:30pm - Sponsored by The COVE - Katherine Room

Speaker

Time / Room

Topic


Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice)

2 - 6:30pm / Wilbur Room 2-3:30pm: The Inscrutable Cat : Making Sense of Laboratory Data
3:45-4:45pm: Feline Anemias/Polycythemia
5:15-6:30pm: The Yellow Cat 

Jeff Mayo, DVM, Diplomate ABVP, Canine and Feline

Sponsored by SalesTrex

SalesTrex - Accelerating Marketing Presence

2 - 6:30pm / Orville Room Best Veterinary Practices I:  Anesthetic Safety – this presentation will provide an overview of commonly encountered patient profiles and how to improve anesthetic safety including the preoperative examination, induction, and proper monitoring.

Best Veterinary Practices II: The top 5 complications of anesthesia will be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on the trending technology and techniques in general practice. We will also discuss the 5 most common ECG’s seen in small animals and what to do about them.

Best Veterinary Practices III:  Surgery – in this section we will discuss regional anesthesia in dogs for orthopedic surgery, surgical preparation and stockinettes, and look at a new implant for patellar luxation in small animals. Use of radiosurgery for incisions and approaches will also be covered using 4.0 MHz technology, and a brief review of a new bipolar scissor attachment.

Best Veterinary Practices IV:  significant advances in pain control in small animals have been made in the last 20 years.  We will discuss the use of NSAID’s in veterinary practice, and a new way we have been assessing the gastrointestinal damage caused by them.  Our discussion will also cover platelet rich plasma and stem cells, and when they might be of use in small animals for pain control and potential treatment of osteoarthritis.

     

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

Sponsored by 3 Sided Media

3 Sided Media

2 - 6:00pm / First FlightBoard room 2-3:30pm: How to use social media to stand above your competition?
3:45-4:30pm: 5 simple steps to make your website bring in more new clients?
5-6pm: I got a terrible online review! What do I do now? 

Get Acquainted Welcome Reception: 6:30pm - Sponsored by The COVE - Katherine Room

 

Friday, May 13, 2016

Registration 8 am (Pre function Area) ∙ Continental Breakfast 8 am (Katherine Room)David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

11:45am - Lunch session Presented by David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS

"Laser Therapy Simplified: A Complete Review of What You Really Need to Know" - Sponsored by K-Laser USA

 

Exhibit Hall Hours: 8 am-4 pm (Katherine Room) ∙ Refreshments Available 10-11 am & 2-3 pm

Speaker

Time / Room

Topic


Merrilee Small, Dip ACVIM

8:30am - 4:30pm / Orvillle Room 8:30 - 10AM  Cardiologist's Approach to Cavitary Effusions
10:30 - 11:45 AM  Principals of Blood Pressure Monitoring in Practice
1 - 2:30PM  Challenging Cases in Arrhythmia Management
3 - 4:30PM  Congestive Heart Failure Management Beyond Triple Therapy

Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, RVT, LAT

Technician/Staff Session

Sponsored by Revo Squared

8:30am - 4:30pm / First Flight Board Room

8:30-10am: Leptospirosis

 This session describes the cause, clinical presentation, and methods of diagnosis of Leptospirosis in dogs. Emphasis is placed on procedures for prevention, control, and client education

10:30-11:45am: Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease

This session describes the cause, clinical presentation, and methods of diagnosis of canine infectious respiratory disease in dogs. Emphasis is placed on procedures for prevention, control, and client education.

1-2:30pm: Introduction to Urinalysis

 

3-4:30pm: Examination of Urine Sediment

 


Michele Gaspar, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice)

8:30am - 4:30pm / Wilbur Room 8:30-10am: The Vomiting Cat
10:30-11:45am: Managing Diabetic Cats While Not Tearing Your Hair Out
1-2:30pm: Feline Endocrinopathies and Renal Disease Updates
3-4:30pm: Feline Respiratory Diseases/Updates From the 2015 ACVIM Forum

 

 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Registration open: 8 am (Pre Function Area)

11:45am - Lunch session Presented by Robbie van Mullem, BS, Social Media & Online Marketing Consultant, Sponsored by 3 Sided Media

“Parvo or Marketing which one would you rather deal with in your clinic”


Exhibit Hall Hours: 8 am - 4 pm (Katherine Room) Refreshments Available 10-11 am & 2-3 pm

Speaker

Time / Room

Topic


Shelley Smith, Dip ACVECC

8:30-10am
10:30-11:45am
1-2:30pm
3-4:30pm
Orville Room

Emergency Stabilization of the trauma patient including fluid therapy
Head Trauma
Abdominal Trauma
Thoracic Trauma
CPR Update


David Genovese, DVM, DACVD

8:30am - 4:30pm / Wilbur Room 8:30-10am (1.5hrs): Itchology: Pathogenesis and diagnosis of skin disease in dogs
10:30-12pm (1.5hrs): Itchcraft: Treating canine atopic dermatitis in 2016
1-2:30pm (1.5hrs): Wizard of Otitis: Cocci and rods and yeast, oh my!
3-4:30pm (1.5 hrs): Treating MRSP: following the path of least resistance

Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, RVT, LAT

Technician/Staff Session

Sponsored by Revo Squared

8:00am - 4:00pm / First Flight Boardroom

8:00-10am: Introduction to Hematology and the CBC

This session provides an overview of indications for in-house hematology testing. A review of physiology of normal and abnormal hematopoeisis will also be presented. Types of equipment needed, principles of operation, care and maintenance will be discussed.

10:30-11:45am:  Erythrocyte and Leukocyte Morphology

This session provides an overview of normal and common abnormal morphologic changes in erythrocytes and leukocytes. Emphasis is placed on morphologic changes that suggest specific diseases processes

1-2:30pm: Blood Typing and Cross Matching

This session provides an overview of canine and feline blood types and indications for blood typing and cross matching. Detailed procedures for performing blood typing and cross matching using a variety of techniques in companion animal practice will be presented.

3-4:00pm: Cytology of Fluid Aspirates

This session provides an overview of sample collection and preparation methods for samples collected by centesis. Steps in preparation and evaluation of fluid samples and a review of commonly seen abnormal cells will be presented


     

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Speaker

Time / Room

Topic


David Genovese, DVM, DACVD

Open to Vets/Techs

8:30am - 11:30am / Wilbur Room 8:30-10am (1.5hrs): Feline Dermatology: there are no rules
10:15-11:30 (1.25hrs): Dermatology Case Studies: Things that make you go hmmmm

     

Online Registration is now open!

Register before May 12, 2016 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

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

Veterinarians $350

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

NCCAA Members $100

VASAM Veterinarian Member $168

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

The beach at the Conference

Speaker Bios...

Jeff Mayo, DVM, Diplomate ABVP, Canine and Feline

Dr Jeff Mayo has been in practice since 1994.  For the past 12 years, he has taught courses nationally and abroad on topics in veterinary surgery with the focus of his practice being mobile surgery and onsite training. After visiting over 500 clinics, he brings to this lecture series on Best Veterinary Practices, his experiences from teaching surgery in clinics all over the US and introduces us to some of the latest and best equipment and procedures for our everyday veterinary practice.


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

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

3 Sided Media

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


Dr. Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, RVT, LATDr. Margi Sirois, EdD, MS, RVT, LAT

Margi Sirois received her Ed.D in instructional technology and distance education from Nova Southeastern University. She also holds an AAS degree in veterinary technology, and a BS and MS in Biology. She is certified as both a veterinary technician and laboratory animal technician and has over 25 years of experience as a veterinary technician educator in both traditional and distance education programs.  Dr. Sirois is the past-president of the Kansas Veterinary Technician Association and is the Veterinary Technician Program Chair at Ashworth College.  She is a frequent speaker at veterinary and veterinary technician education conferences and has numerous publications, including several textbooks for veterinary technicians. She is also co-chair of the proposed Academy of Veterinary Technician Specialists in Education.


 

Dr. Merrilee Small, Dip ACVIMDr. Merrilee Small Dip ACVIM

 Dr. Merrilee Small, Dip ACVIM

Dr. Small has worked her entire career in the Hampton Roads area, first as a veterinary technician, then practice manager, followed by becoming an emergency veterinarian, before tackling a residency in cardiology at NC State. She became a board-certified cardiac specialist in 2005. During her residency Dr. Small was acknowledged several times with awards. She was named outstanding resident by the students of the classes of 2003 and 2005, and received the Bedside Manner award from the faculty in 2005.

Also a true local, Dr. Small grew up in Norfolk, attended Old Dominion University, and is deeply embedded in the fabric of life in Hampton Roads. She has been a member of the viola section in Symphonicity, the Symphony Orchestra of Virginia Beach for over twenty years where they perform year-round.

In addition to the satisfaction Dr. Small receives serving the community where she calls home, she also enjoys gardening, spending time with her husband, son, and her pets of course.


Dr. Shelley Smith, Dip ACVECCDr. Shelley Smith, Dip ACVECC

Dr. Shelley Smith, Dip ACVECC

Dr. Shelley Smith received her degree in veterinary medicine from Tufts University in 2007. She completed a one-year rotating internship at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, MA, followed by a one-year emergency and critical care specialty internship and a three-year ERCC residency at VCA Veterinary Referral Associates in Gaithersburg, MD. She became board certified in 2012. Since then, Dr. Smith has been an integral part of the VCA Shoreline Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Shelton, CT until joining The COVE in 2015.

An accomplished criticalist and frequent lecturer, Dr. Smith has published in the areas of spontaneous pneumothorax and intra-abdominal pressure monitoring. Her interests include polytrauma, metabolic emergencies, and critical care monitoring. The wealth of knowledge and experience that she brings to our already highly skilled and compassionate team will allow us to provide our patients an even higher level of expertise for emergency and critical cases.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with husband, baby daughter, and collection of pets. She also enjoys relaxing with a good book and outdoor activities such as trail running.





Online Registration is now open!

Register before May 12, 2016 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

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

Veterinarians $350

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

NCCAA Members $100

VASAM Veterinarian Member $168

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

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 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 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

Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

Conference Hotel Information

Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

Enjoy Ocean Views From Every Room ...

The Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk is located on the beautiful coast of the Atlantic Ocean giving each guest their own unique view of the ocean, conve- nient to beaches, shopping and dining. For your dining pleasure the Great American Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and the Pavilion Lounge is open late afternoon. For your recreation pleasure there is an indoor and outdoor pool, workout facility and Stay Fit Kit available for check-out.

• Complimentary wireless and high speed internet and secure remote printing to the business center
• Self-adjusting Garden Sleep System
• Refrigerator, microwave oven and coffeemaker
• Large work desk with convenient desk-level outlets, adjustable lighting and ergonomic Mirra chair by Herman Miller
• Two telephones featuring voicemail, speaker capacity and data port
• Hair dryer, iron and ironing board
• 26” high definition flat tube TV with on-demand movies, video games, & complimentary HBO
• USA Today delivered each weekday morning
• Innovative, easy to set alarm clock radio with jack for portable music player
• Electric door locks & Individual climate control

Click here to book your reservations (starting at $175/night) before April 25th, but as soon as possible since this is a great conference on the beach!

Or call our toll free number, 877-629 4586 and use the code FFV16

Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk offers 180 ocean view or oceanfront guest rooms on the beautiful coast   Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

Sunset View from the Hilton Garden Inn, with thier Pier

Online Registration is now open!

Register before May 12, 2016 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

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

Veterinarians $350

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

NCCAA Members $100

VASAM Veterinarian Member $168

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

Area Information

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

The Birthplace to Modern Aviation and some of the most beautiful beaches and lighthouses...

"The Town of Kitty Hawk is rich in history and tradition. When Orville and Wilbur Wright looked for a site for their aviation experiments in 1900, they needed a place with winds regularly over 15 mph. with gentle hills for glider launching, a sandy surface for soft landings, and a remote location to avoid public attention. A Kitty Hawk citizen, Mr. Bill Tate, assured the Wrights in a letter that Kitty Hawk would provide the ideal location. In closing, Mr. Tate encouraged Wilbur: "If you decide to try your machine here & come I will take pleasure in doing all I can for your convenience & success & pleasure, & I assure you, you will find a hospitable people when you come among us." That tradition lives on today."

from www.outerbanks.org/outerbanks-kitty-hawk/

EXCITING HISTORICAL & SIGHTSEEING LOCATIONS TO VISIT:
• Wright Brothers Memorial (minutes from the hotel)
• Elizabethan Gardens
• North Carolina Aquarium
• 3 Historic Working Light Houses

FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES:
• Jockey’s Ridge - Largest natural sand dune on the east coast & kite flyers paradise
• Discounted rate (Hotel guests only) for Kitty Hawk Fishing Pier located at hotel
• Drive down to the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center to see the day’s catch

Wright Brothers National  Monument
 Wright Brothers National Memorial
Lighthouse
Ocracoke Lighthouse
Lighthouse
Currituck Beach Lighthouse

Lighthouse
Bodie Island Lighthouse
Now open to the public to climb and experience the view!

Lighthouse
Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Online Registration is now open!

Register before May 12, 2016 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount

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

Veterinarians $350

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $170

NCCAA Members $100

VASAM Veterinarian Member $168

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

 

Each conference provides at least 20 hours of continuing education