Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

Virginia Academy of Small Animal Medicine

Virginia Academy of Small Animal Medicine

What We Are About

The Academy’s goal is to provide convenient, high quality, yet affordable veterinary continuing education in a pleasant setting ... with five one day sessions, two at the Wyndham Richmond Airport (soon to be 4-Points by Sheraton), Richmond, VA, two at a NEW LOCATION, Holiday Inn Valley View, Roanoke, VA and one at Holiday Inn Golf and Conference Center, Staunton, VA plus one weekend conference at a low registration fee, the Colonial Veterinary Conference in Williamsburg VA. The cost of annual membership is only $275 for veterinarians and $150 for technician/support staff, with multi member prorated discounts for each.

This entitles each member to attend all the one day meetings at no charge and the weekend conference at a fee of $150 each. If you are unable to attend the one day meetings, notes will be available at . Proceedings books available at cost only at weekend conferences.

Each of the one-day meetings held the first Thursday of March, April, May, September, October and November and carries six hours of Continuing Education and the weekend meeting conference carry 20 hours of continuing education credits.

Virginia Academy of Small Animal Medicine
Post Office Box 505 • Maury, NC 28554
Phone: 252-747-8180 • Fax: 252-747-4100
Email: • Website:
As we enter our twenty-second year of service, the Board of Directors of the Virginia Academy of Small Animal Medicine would like to thank the members for making our academy a success. Our membership enrollment has steadily increased and the participation at the one day meetings and the Colonial Veterinary Conference has been outstanding. We encourage our veterinary colleagues and technician staff to enroll and participate in the Virginia Academy of Small Animal Medicine for the upcoming year where everyone can have an enjoyable time learning and sharing information with one another. Our excellent selection of great speakers and vendors will ensure our fellow veterinarians and technician support staff the most up-to-date continuing education available. Be sure to take advantage of our pro-rated membership for your entire staff. Again thanks for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the meetings.
John Niznik, DVM, President
King George, VA
John Dunlap, DVM, Director, President Elect
Waynesboro, VA
Debra Call, DVM, Secretary/Treasurer
Blacksburg, VA
Jeff Kilgore, DVM, Director
Mechanicsville, VA
Pamela Ray, DVM, Immediate Past President
Blacksburg, VA


2017 Membership Application Form

Membership entitles you to attend these weekend conferences at a reduced registration fee of $150 each and NCCAA’s 1st flight Veterinary Conference at half the regular registration fee.

Click Here to download the 2017 VASAM Application

2017 Virginia Academy of Small Animal Medicine Meetings

One Day Schedules for VASAM

Date Speaker Name Topic Location

March 23, 2017

Barron P. Hall, DVM, FAVD, DAVDC

Dr. Barron Hall is from Columbus, OH. He is a 1993 Graduate of The Ohio State University - College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Hall is a board certified veterinary dentist and owns Animal Dental Clinic in Vienna, VA. Dr. Hall is a long time supporter of the Peter Emily Veterinary Dental Foundation and is the veterinary dentist for the National Zoo in Washington, DC.

Let's Start at the Very Beginning: Dentistry 101; Talk the Talk: Speaking Dentalese; What's up Doc? Speaking with Owners; Step into the Light: Dental Radiography; Shades of Grey: Interpreting Dental Radiographs; Opening Pandora's Box: What would you do?

Holiday Inn Express Richmond Northwest
9933 Mayland Dr, Richmond, VA 23233

April 6, 2017

Dottie Laflamme, DVM, PhD, DACVN

Pet Nutrition for Practicing Veterinarians

“I read it on the internet”:  Facts & myths behind the most common questions pet parents bring to their veterinarian

“More misunderstood facts”:  Common misperceptions about pet foods and pet nutrition, especially those misrepresented by veterinarians.

“The biggest nutrition problem: obesity”:  Part I and Part II

“The aging pet population: Nutrition for senior pets. Part I: healthy pets”

“The aging pet population: Nutrition for senior pets. Part II: age-associated diseases”

Holiday Inn Valley View
315 Ordway Dr NW, Roanoke, VA  24017

May 4, 2017

David Genovese, DVM

Sponsored by

Bayer Healthcare Animal Health


Approach to Pruitus in Dogs & Cats

Cutaneous Manifestations of Systemic Disease

Otitis in Dogs & Cats

Pruitus: Treating Atopy in Cats & Dogs

Holiday Inn Charlottesville-Monticello
1200 5th St SW, Charlottesville, VA  22902

September 7, 2017

Zenithson Ng, DVM MS, DABVP

Vaccination Protocols, Canine and Feline Upper Respiratory Disease, Proteinuria, Behavior and Low-stress Handling

Holiday Inn Roanoke - Valley View
3315 Ordway Dr NW, Roanoke, VA  24017

October 5, 2017

Ashley Emanuele, DVM

Dr. Ashley EmanueleDr. Emanuele earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.  During veterinary school, she managed a reptile and amphibian wildlife rescue and spent time on a research boat studying sea turtles in South Carolina.  Dr. Emanuele’s special interests include ophthalmology, nutrition, aquatic animal health, geriatrics, and pediatrics.

Exotics Emergency/triage, Nutrition, Imaging, Venipuncture, Introduction to Fish Medicine, and Small Mammal Dental Disease

Holiday Inn Charlottesville-Monticello
1200 5th St SW, Charlottesville, VA  22902

November 9, 2017

Danielle Russ, LVT, BS, BA, AS

9a-4p w/1 hr lunch break and 2-3 other breaks - 6 hrs total - Mgmt & Cardiology talks

Four Points by Sheraton
4700 South Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA  23231

Weekend Conference for VASAM

Colonial Veterinary Conference

Colonial Veterinary


November 29 - December 3, 2017

"In Historic Williamsburg, Virginia during the Grand Illumination"

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 -

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