1st Flight Veterinary Conference

From the Leading provider of Continuing Education for Veterinarians

 

What's New:

May 22, 2015


Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference

June 17 - 21, 2015

"A True Family Oriented Veterinary Experience" on the beach in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina"

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

Dwight Bowman, PhD

Dennis Chew, DVM, DACVIM

Tom Divers, DVM ACVIM

Michelle Gaspar, DVM, DABVP

G. Kent Mangelson

Jeff Mayo, DVM, DABVP

Dani McVety, DVM

Robbie van Mullem, B.S.

Danielle Russ, LVT, BS, BA, AS

Beth Strickler, MS, DVM, DACVB

Tom Tully, DVM, MS, DABVP

Lab: Jeff Mayo, DVM, DABVP

Room rates (based on a 4 night stay) of $199.00 (Palmetto & Live Oaks), $186 (Cypress) guaranteed until April 30, 2015 and can be made by calling Springmaid Beach Resort at 1-800-770-6895, mention reservation code 10826E or Sun N Fun Veterinary Conference. Rates include all taxes, 2 breakfast buffet passes per day, pier and Harbor Oaks Mini Golf pass.

Cornhole Tournament sponsored by Roadrunner Pharmacy will be held on Saturday, June 20th just before the Beachside Bash

Online Registration Is Now Available

Register on or before June 6, 2015 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount Or click the links below to download the desired Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment:

NC Companion Animal Academy Member Registration Form

Non-Member Registration Form

Click here to download the Exhibitor Contract!


Simmons St. Simons Seaside Seminar

September 11 - 13, 2015

Practice Management & Ownership Summit at The King & Prince Beach & Golf Resort St. Simons Island, Georgia

Providing spot on management revelations for practice owners. Introducing fresh concepts on practice valuation models, diagnosing expense management problems, enhancing revenues, and improving Social Media Strategy.

Speakers

Doyle Watson, DVM

David King, DVM, CVA

Mary Ann Vande Linde, DVM

Ross Clark, DVM

Robbie van Mullem

Simmons Seafood Soirée

Friday Evening, September 11, 2015 – 6- 9pm

An Authentic Fish Fry, Shrimp Boil & Oyster Roast ----- Island Style

A seafood feast will be the fare

Location: Neptune Park on the Beach next to the Village Pier

*All registered attendees and family are invited.

Online Registration Is Now Available

Register on or before September 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.


Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

September 30 - October 4, 2015

At the Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina

"Asheville is that type of unique, special place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memories for years to come."

Speakers

Dwight Bowman PhD

Jennifer F. Johnson, VMD, CVPP

Dani McVety, DVM

Angela L Witzel DVM, PhD, DACVN

Online Registration Is Now Available

Register on or before September 30, 2015 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount Or click the links below to download the desired Registration Form, fill it out and mail it in with payment: Registration Form (Coming Soon)


The applications, brochures and day meetings have been posted for the href="../../nccaa/index.htm">North Carolina Companion Animal Academy and the Virginia Academy of Small Animal Medicine.

NCCAA: 2015 Application | 2015 Brochure (Coming soon)

Next Meeting: Coming Soon

VASAM: 2015 Application | 2015 Brochure (Coming soon)

Next Meeting: May 7, 2015 - Dr. Emily Olson, DVM on "Cardiology" at the Four Points by Sheraton, 4700 S. Laburnum Richmond, VA 23231 804-226-4300


Exhibitor Contracts are now available for the following all 2015 conferences!


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

Companion Therapy Laser by LiteCure LLC

Companion Therapy Laser


Roadrunner Pharmacy

Roadrunner Pharmacy


3 Sided Media

3 Sided Media


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

Caroline Betbeze, DVM, MS, DACVO
Christine Eckermann-Ross, DVM, CVA, CVCH

John Godbold, DVM

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

Julie Poncier, CVT, CVPM, PHR, Management Consultant
Patty Lathan, VMD
Merrilee Small, DVM

Robbie van Mullem, B.S.

 

Friday's Lunch Session (May 15th): Dr. G.C. Ritchie presenting "The Science and Business of Allergic Dermatitis", Sponsored by Elanco

 

Saturday's Lunch Session (May 16th): Trevor Shurtz, BS, presenting "3 Steps to Better Exposure Online and Protecting your Online Reputation", Sponsored by 3 Sided Media

 

Online Registration is now closed, but you can still register on-site! Click Here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the conference 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 Veterinary Referral & Critical Care): 6:30pm - Katherine Room 

Speaker

Time

Topic

Christine Eckermann-Ross, DVM, CVA, CVCH

See Topic

Avian, Reptile, and Small Animal Medicine

2-3:30pm - Pet Birds: Quick Facts and Common Problems

3:45-4:45pm - Helping your Clients Choose an Exotic Pet

5:15-6:30pm - Building your Exotics Practice/Practice Economics

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

&

Julie Poncier, CVT, CVPM, PHR, Management Consultant

See Topic

Management

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?

Get Acquainted Welcome Reception (Compliments of Veterinary Referral & Critical Care): 6:30pm - Katherine Room 

 

Friday, May 15, 2015

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

11:45am - Lunch session Sponsored by Elanco with Dr. G.C. Ritchie

 "The Science and Business of Allergic Dermatitis"

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

Christine Eckermann-Ross, DVM, CVA, CVCH

See Topics

Avian, Reptile, & Small Animal Medicine

8:30-10am - Introduction to Rabbit Medicine and Surgery
10:30-11:45am - Integrative Therapies you can use in any Species
1-2:30pm - Exotic Animal Radiology
3-4:30pm - Avian and Reptile Examination and Clinical Techniques

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

&

Julie Poncier, CVT, CVPM, PHR, Management Consultant

See Topic

Management

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.

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

John Godbold, DVM
Sponsored by Companion Therapy Laser

8:30-11:45am

Session I  Class IV Laser Therapy - The Science Behind High Power

Veterinary laser therapy has moved to new, high-power devices.  Learn why practices like yours are using this new generation of lasers.  Learn how these devices let you treat patients with predictable and reproducible results.

Session II   Class IV Laser Therapy – The Healing of High Power

See the results that have made higher-powered Class IV therapy lasers the veterinary technology of the decade.  Cases from veterinarians around the world will be presented.

Session III  The Healing and Profits of High Power Therapy Lasers

Continue to see the results that have made high power Class IV laser therapy the veterinary technology of the decade.  Cases from veterinarians around the world continue to be presented, followed by a look at why laser therapy has been so profitable in practices like yours.

 

 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Registration open: 8 am (Pre Function Area)

11:45am - Lunch session Sponsored by 3 Sided Media with Trevor Shurtz, BS

"3 Steps to Better Exposure Online and Protecting your Online Reputation"

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

Robbie van Mullem, B.S.
Certified Social Media Expert
3 Sided Media

8:30-10am
10:30-11:45am
1-2:30pm
3-4:30pm
The Impact of the Internet and Social Media on Today’s Veterinary Practice
• Websites
• Search Engine Optimization
• Social Media
• Online Marketing
• World Wide Web
• Google
• Online Reviews

Merrilee Small, DVM, Dip ACVIM (Cardiology)
Technician Session

See Topic 8:30-10am (1.5hrs) : Classification of Veterinary Heart Disease and the  Cardiac Formulary
10:30-12pm (1.5hrs) : The Role of the LVT in Management of the Cardiac Patient
1-2:30pm (1.5hrs) : Optimizing Blood Pressure Monitoring in Practice
3-4:pm (1.0 hrs) : Cardiology Jeopardy – Management of Actual  Cases
     

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

Merrilee Small, DVM, Dip ACVIM (Cardiology)

See Topic 8:30-9:20am (1hr) : Anesthesia for the Cardiology Patient I
9:30-10:20am (1 hr) : Anesthesia for the Cardiology Patient II
10:40-11:30am (1 hr) : Differentiating Between Cardiac and Respiratory Causes of Cough/Dyspnea

 

 

Online Registration Is Now Available

Register on or before May 11, 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

 

Christine Eckermann-Ross, DVM, CVA, CVCH

Avian & Exotic Animal Care, Raleigh NC,  associate veterinarian for 15 years

Adjunct Assistant Professor at NCSU-CVM

Graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000

Certified in veterinary acupuncture in 2005, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society

Certified in Chinese Herbal Medicine in 2007, Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

Speaker and local and national meetings, as well as meetings in Germany and China

Published articles and book chapters on topics in exotic animal medicine and veterinary acupuncture



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

 



Robbie Van Mullem, 3 Sided MediaRobbie van Mullem, B.S., Certified Social Media Expert

 

Robbie van Mullem, BS is President and CEO of 3 Sided Media and Review Retrievers, which he founded in 2010.   Under his leadership, 3 Sided Media has developed all types of veterinary and medical websites (small animal, mixed animal, dental, pharmacy, physical therapist) that now reach millions of people every year. Robbie van Mullem was raised in the Hammond, Louisiana area, where he graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1995 after serving in the US Navy.  Robbie began his career in the animal health industry with IDEXX Laboratories.  After a number of years as an in-clinic laboratory representative and earning the prestigious President’s Club Award, Robbie was then promoted to area instrument manager. He currently lives in South Louisiana with his wife and children.


Click to download the Bio/Seminar Schedule/Seminar Topics for Robbie Van Mullen



Julie Poncier, CVT, CVPM, PHR, Management Consultant

julie@strategicveterinaryconsulting.com, Cell: 863-268-3800

Julie Poncier is a management consultant with twenty years of experience working in veterinary hospitals.  She recently joined Strategic Veterinary Consulting after spending eight years in management as Hospital Administrator at a ten doctor practice which provided general, 24 hour emergency, and specialty services.  The challenges of managing and leading 60 employees in a 24 hour facility led Julie to pursue advanced training in veterinary practice management and human resources.

The perspective that Julie brings to SVC is unique in that she has been in the trenches of all different types and sizes of veterinary practices in various roles and has an excellent vantage point for assessing operational and human resource needs.   Her true love remains patient care and interacting with veterinary teams.  A self-professed “non-financial” person, she learned how to utilize financial information  as a manager  because it was a necessary evil in order to provide excellent results for the owner, the team, and the patients.  Also trained as a mediator, Julie can facilitate discussions that diffuse conflict in the workplace and create a healthy and productive culture of trust and accountability.

Julie has spoken at state and national level conferences about her specific areas of expertise, which include employment law, financial management and key performance indicators, OSHA/Staff Safety, organizational development, communication strategies, conflict mediation, employee engagement and retention, and Manager “Moxie” skills for new managers. 



small.jpgMerrilee Small, DVM, Dip ACVIM (Cardiology)

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.

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 closed, but you can still register on-site! Click Here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the conference 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 closed, but you can still register on-site! Click Here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and bring it to the conference 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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