1st Flight Veterinary Conference

From the Leading provider of Continuing Education for Veterinarians

 

What's New:

February 4, 2015

Shenandoah Valley Veterinary Conference

April 9 - 12, 2015

The Schedule and Speakers for this conference are being posted and include:

Louise S. Dunn

Colleen Fox, DVM

Michelle D. Krasicki-Aune, MBA, BS, CVT

Dani McVety, DVM

Victor Rendano, DVM

Danielle Russ, BS, BA, AS

Jess Weidman, DVM

Dr. Angela Witzel (Lusby)

To make reservations, call 540-248-6020 or go the Hotel's website, www.holidayinn.com/stauntonva through 3/27/15 only, put in your dates of stay and under "Have a Group Code", insert E62 to book your rooms.

After 3/27/15, you must call the hotel directly at 540-248-6020, tell the Front Desk Clerk you need to book in a block that has been cut-off (so they do not transfer them to Central Reservations), in order to get the $94.00 rate, if rooms are still available.

Online Registration Is Now Available

Register on or before April 1, 2015 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.

Click here to download the Exhibitor Contract!


1st Flight Veterinary

May 14 - 17, 2015

Online registration will be available soon, but for now, the Schedule and Speakers for this conference are being posted and include:

Patty Lathan, VMD

Caroline Betbeze, DVM, MS, DACVO

Elise M. Lacher, CPA Strategic Veterinary Consulting, Inc.

Room rates start at 170 + tax (standard room) guaranteed until April 15 and can be made by calling Hilton Garden Inn, 877-629-4586 and reference you are attending the 1st Flight Veterinary Conference.

Online Registration Is Now Available

Register on or before April 15, 2015 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.

Click here to download the Exhibitor Contract!


The applications, brochures and day meetings have been posted for the North Carolina Companion Animal Academy and the Virginia Academy of Small Animal Medicine.

NCCAA: 2015 Application | 2015 Brochure (Coming soon)

Next Meeting: March 4, 2015 - Speaker: Kerry Rissetto, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)

VASAM: 2015 Application | 2015 Brochure (Coming soon)

Next Meeting: March 5, 2015 - Speaker: Kerry Rissetto, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology)


Exhibitor Contracts are now available for the following 2015 conferences: Shenandoah Valley, 1st Flight & Sun-N-Fun


Our 31st Anniversary Providing Continuing Education

Now in our 31st year, we want to thank all the speakers, veterinarians, attendees, and companies that make our conferences the most educational and family friendly!

MANY, MANY Photos in our Photo Gallery

We've added a BUNCH of photos from our Conferences including First Flight and Sun N Fun, thanks to Cindy Drury!  Go to our Photo Gallery and select # 5, 6, 7, 8, 9  & 10


We Proudly Support Our Troops

Thanks to Our Annual Sponsors

BWCi Animal Hospital Management System

BWCi Animal Hospital Management System

Our sponsors help to make our conferences the most educational and enjoyable veterinary conferences you can attend.

NCCAA

North Carolina Companion Animal Academy

The NCAA Day Meetings Schedule for 2015 will be posted soon, and the 2015 Membership Form is now available for download.  The Brochure for NCCAA is also available. Please check back often to see what's new!  Click here to see the Day Meetings Schedule and to download the Membership Form.


VASAM

Virginia Academy of Small Animal Medicine

The VASAM Day Meetings Schedule for 2015 will be posted soon, and the 2015 Membership Form is now available  The Brochure for VASAM is also available.  Please check back often to see what's new!  Click here to see the Day Meetings Schedule and to download the Membership Form.

 

Each conference provides at least 20 hours of continuing education

Conference Program Hotel Information Exhibitors Area Information

 

 1st Flight Veterinary Conference

 

May 14 - 17, 2015

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

1st Flight Veteirnary Conference

 

 

 

1st Flight Veterinary Conference

May 14 - 17, 2015
Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk, Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

 

Speakers

Patty Lathan, VMD

Caroline Betbeze, DVM, MS, DACVO

 

Online Registration Is Now Available

Register on or before April 15, 2015 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 $100!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

 


First Flight Veterinary Conference

 

Tentative Schedule

 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

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 (Compliments of exhibitors & sponsors): 6:30pm - Katherine Room 

Speaker

Time

Topic

Elise M. Lacher, CPA Strategic Veterinary Consulting, Inc. See Topic 2-3:30pm - Is it the Economy or my Mindset?
Understanding the Economic Climate and how our mindset affects our practices – we are constantly finding reasons why we can’t achieve the goals that we have set for our practices/businesses.  That said, when we drill down to the major differences between high performing and low performing businesses, the mindset of the owners bears the biggest impact on the performance outcomes.  We will explore the impact of mindset on performance measures and how we can “ fake it til we make it. “

3:45-4:30pm - Financial Statements – the Lab Report for your Veterinary Business
Using financial statements as the lab report for your business.  We all have heard about financial statements and that we should have them.  But what do they mean?  In these sessions we will learn how to correctly prepare (or have prepared for you in all reality) financial statements that help you manage your practice to achieve the results that you want to achieve.  It is not enough to have correctly prepared financial statements, you need help in learning to read the story they are telling you.  But then, that is not enough.  How can you use that information to cause the changes that you want to make.

5-6:30pm - The Practice Owner’s Role – Leader and Visionary
Practice owner as Leader/Visionary – What is your role as the owner of the practice?  As the owner you actually wear three hats – practicing veterinarian, business owner and investor in the business.  That is a full plate for any one person.  How do you get it all done?  How do you integrate those three roles.  What does it mean to be a business owner?  What does an investor do?  What does an investor look at vs. an owner?
  2-3:30pm
3:45-4:30pm
5-6:30pm
 

Get Acquainted Welcome Reception (Compliments of exhibitors & sponsors): 6:30pm - Katherine Room 

 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Registration 8 am (Pre function Area) ∙ Continental Breakfast 8 am (Katherine Room)

11:45 am - Lunch session: 

Exhibit Hall Hours: 8 am-4 pm (Katherine Room) ∙ Refreshments Available 10-11 am & 2-3 pm
Caroline Betbeze, DVM, MS, DACVO See Topic 8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : The Ophthalmic Examination
10:30-12pm (1.5 hrs) : Fun with the Fundic Examination
1-2:30pm (1.5 hrs) : Your Ophthalmic Pharmacy
3-4:30pm (1.5 hrs) : Ocular Manifestations of Systemic Disease
Elise M. Lacher, CPA Strategic Veterinary Consulting, Inc. See Topic 8:30-10am - The Practice Manager’s Role – How to Work Synergistically with the Owner for Maximum Progress
How do a Practice Manager and a Practice Owner work synergistically together?  Just like most veterinarians did not learn in vet school how to work with a technician effectively, most veterinarians don’t have a clue how to really work with a Practice Manager effectively to achieve the vision that the owner has for the practice.  Delegation skills, especially in the area of running a business, need to be learned  Making time to share ideas, discuss differences of opinions, ultimate decision making, checking in, follow up – all are skills that need honing.

10:30-11:45am - Creating an Effective Human Resource Dashboard
1-2:30pm - Using your Human Resource Dashboard to Impact your Practice’s Profitability

3-4:30pm - Designing your Practice’s Culture and holding All Team Members Accountable For Fitting In.
Developing a Culture for your Practice will be the focus of these next sessions.  We have financial metrics – we have talked about those earlier. Those are relatively easy compared to using metrics to see if our team is functioning as we want it to function.  We talk and we train, but are our goals being followed up by our team?  Accountability is a big topic today.  Is our team and are we, the practice manager and owner, being accountable for what we say we are going to do?  How do we know?  How can we use accountability meetings to help us make sure we are getting where we want to be?  Setting goals and then achieving those goals is part of this discussion.  We have all set goals – that is what New Year’s is all about, yes?  The $64 question, however, is have we achieved the goals that we have set.  Goal setting is important, both from a financial perspective, as well as team growth perspective.  We will talk about goal setting and then work with developing metrics to be sure you are on target.
  8:30-10am
10:30-11:45am
1-2:30pm
3-4:30pm
 
 

 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Registration open: 8 am (Pre Function Area)

11:45 am -  Lunch Session: 

Exhibit Hall Hours: 8 am - 4 pm (Katherine Room) Refreshments Available 10-11 am & 2-3 pm
Patty Lathan, VMD See Topic 8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Update on Canine Hypoadrenocorticism
10:30-12pm (1.5 hrs) : Management of Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs and Cats
1-2:30pm (1.5 hrs) : Approach to Hypercalcemia
3-4pm (1hr) : Getting to the bottom  of polyuria and polydipsia
Caroline Betbeze, DVM, MS, DACVO See Topic 8:30-10am (1.5hrs : Update on Feline Ocular Disease
10:30-12pm(1.5hrs) : Management of Canine Corneal Ulcers
1-2:30pm (1.5hrs) : Management of Canine Orbital Disease
3-4pm (1 hrs) : Enucleation; Recent advances in Techniques and Pain Management
  8:30-10am
10:30-11:45am
1-2:30pm
3-4:30pm
 
     

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Patty Lathan, VMD See Topic 8:30-10am (1.5hrs) : Diagnosis of Hyperadrenocorticism
10:30-12pm(1.5hrs) : Treatment of Hyperadrenocorticism
  8:30-10:00am
10:30am-12pm
 

 

 

Online Registration Is Now Available

Register on or before April 15, 2015 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 $100!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

 

 

The beach at the Conference

 

Speaker Bios

 

Elise M. Lacher, CPA Strategic Veterinary Consulting, Inc.

Elise Lacher is a principal and consultant with Strategic Veterinary Consulting, Inc.  She and the rest of the Strategic team work with veterinarians to help them acquire and develop the business knowledge necessary to promote freedom to practice how they intended when buying or starting their business.  Elise began as a CPA for small business in 1976 and has been working with the Veterinary Profession for 35 years.  She also carries a degree in Psychology and Social Work.  Elise’s background in both Accounting and Psychology make her uniquely qualified to help Strategic’s clients with many of the challenges facing the veterinary profession.     Elise is joined by the Strategic team in bringing expertise in Accounting and Finance, Organizational Health, Life Stage Planning and many custom programs options.  Not only are Strategic’s programs built to support the practice owner, but also support the growth of the entire team.  Their diverse knowledge base affords you the appropriate guidance when you need it; whether it is Life-stage Planning on Tuesday and Leadership on Wednesday.  This team approach to consulting is bringing new and unrivaled success to the consultant-veterinarian partnership.

www.strategicveterinaryconsulting.com


 

 


 

Hilton Garden Inn Outer Banks/Kitty Hawk

 

Conference Hotel Information

 

Hilton Garden Inn

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

Room rates start at 170 + tax (standard room) guaranteed until April 15 and can be made by calling Hilton Garden Inn, 877-629-4586 and reference you are attending the 1st Flight Veterinary Conference.

Sunset View from the Hilton Garden Inn, with thier Pier

 

Online Registration Is Now Available

Register on or before April 15, 2015 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 $100!  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 Available

Register on or before April 15, 2015 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 $100!  Register On-Site during the Conference!

 

 

Each conference provides at least 20 hours of continuing education

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

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