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, three in Charlottesville at Holiday Inn Monticello, One in Richmond at the Holiday Inn Express Northwest and two in Roanoke at the Holiday Inn Valley View 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 in 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-third year of service, the Board of Directors of theVirginia 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 Dunlap, DVM, Director, President Waynesboro, VA Debra Call, DVM, Secretary/Treasurer Blacksburg, VA Luke DelPo, Director Moneta, VA John Niznik, DVM, Immediate Past President King George, VA


2018 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 2018 VASAM Application

2018 Virginia Academy of Small Animal Medicine Meetings

One Day Schedules for VASAM

Date Speaker Name Topic Location

March 22, 2018

Jeff Clarke, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)

“Down in the Rear!  A Practical Review of Everyday Small Animal Neurological Problems”

Holiday Inn Charlottesville-Monticello

1200 5th St SW, Charlottesville, VA  22902

April 5, 2018

Megan Taliaferro, DVM


Danielle Russ, LVT

Veterinary Technicians: “Unleashing” Their Potential…And Your Bottom Line

Are you using your veterinary technicians effectively? If not, what’s holding you back? Megan Taliaferro, DVM and Danielle Russ, LVT will discuss the under-utilization of licensed veterinary technicians in today’s practice. Learn how to effectively leverage your technicians within the regulations of the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine in order to make your practice more profitable and increase team morale.

  • Required training and testing to become a licensed veterinary technician in Virginia
  • What a LVT can and can’t do according to the Virginia Board of Veterinary Medicine
  • ‘Changes on the horizon’ (i.e. the push in 2017 to limit assistants monitoring anesthesia)

Holiday Inn Valley View

3315 Ordway Drive NW, Roanoke, VA  24017


Megan Taliaferro, DVM

Dr. Megan Taliaferro is a 2002 graduate of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. After 13 years in both general and emergency practice, Dr. Taliaferro became the Program Director of the Veterinary Science Department at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

June 7, 2018

(Rescheduled May 3rd Mtg that was Cancelled)

Jonathan Abbott, DVM, DACVIM (cardiology)

Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences 

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061

"Overview and Update of Cardiovascular Disease"


Lunch provided by Maggiano's Little Italy and sponsored by Rx3 Compounding Pharmacy

Holiday Inn Express Richmond Northwest

9933 Mayland Dr. Richmond, VA  23233


September 6, 2018

Kristy Broaddus, DVM, MS, DACVS

Wound management

How to manage bite wounds successfully

Updates on laryngeal paralysis

New Location

Holiday Inn Tanglewood

4468 Starkey Road

Roanoke, Virginia  24018

Phone:  540-774-4400

October 4, 2018

Sarah K. Abood, DVM, PhD

Considering Nutraceuticals or Nutritional Supplements

How many different nutritional supplements do you carry in your practice? Are you familiar with what evidence is available to indicate if those supplements work or not? We’ll discuss several common supplements and consider which patient population might benefit from their use.

Recommending Homemade Diets with Confidence

Some clients will feed homemade diets regardless of any advice to the contrary; so how can you help them do it safely? Does everyone on your team know how to evaluate a homemade diet recipe? What resources can you use with confidence to support home-cookers properly?

Reading Labels to Help Clients Make Good Food Choices

If you only had 3 minutes to teach your clients what to look for on a pet food label, where would you steer them? This presentation will focus on what is helpful and what is misleading about pet food labels and how you can coach your clients to make good choices.

Alphabet Soup—What are All These Diets and Do We Need Them?

This presentation will focus on the wide variety of commercial therapeutic diets and which ones have the most evidence to support using them in your practice.

Diet Management for Common Conditions—Part I

Using a cased-based approach, we’ll discuss methods for evaluating hypoallergenic and novel protein diets for dogs or cats with dermatological conditions, and we’ll also compare therapeutic vs. over-the-counter products for pets with obesity.

Diet Management for More Common Conditions—Part II

Continuing in the same theme, clinical cases will be used to discuss patient and diet assessment when evaluating therapeutic diets for dogs or cats with gastrointestinal or renal conditions.

Holiday Inn Monticello

1200 5th St SW, Charlottesville, VA  22902

Dr. Sarah Abood received her Bachelor of Science degree (1984) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree (1988) from Michigan State University. After completing a one-year internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota, she spent 5 years at The Ohio State University (OSU), working on a PhD and in a clinical nutrition residency with Dr. Tony Buffington. Dr. Abood earned her PhD from OSU in 1997, and from 1994 to 1999, she worked as a nutrition scientist in Research & Technical Communications at the Ralston Purina Company in St. Louis, Missouri. From October 1999 through June 2016, Dr. Abood was employed at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine where she served as the Assistant Dean for Student Programs and the small animal clinical nutritionist in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Dr. Abood’s research and teaching interests include nutrition support for small animal patients, obesity prevention and management, client compliance, veterinary ethics, communication-skill building, leadership skills and professional development. She has co-authored several articles in peer-reviewed journals and runs her own nutritional coaching business, called “Sit, Stay, Speak Nutrition”.

November 1, 2018

Leslie Sinn, DVM, DACVB

Specialist in Behavior

Top Ten Behavior Myths or How do I respond to Dr. Google?

Is it Physical or is it Psychological?

Low Stress Handling in the Veterinary Setting

Neutraceuticals and Supplements for Behavior Patients

The Rational Use of Psychotropic Medications in General Practice

Holiday Inn Charlottesville-Monticello

1200 5th St SW, Charlottesville, VA  22902

Weekend Conference for VASAM

Colonial Veterinary Conference

Colonial Veterinary


November 28 - December 2, 2018

"In Historic Williamsburg, Virginia during the Grand Illumination"

What our Speakers/Exhibitors Say!

“What fun! We doubled our record for the number of copies of SMILE! sold in the first day. The relaxed atmosphere at the Fun n Sun Conference makes it easy to interact with everyone.” ... read more

Lynne Swanson, DVMLynne Swanson, DVM | Speaker, Exhibitor - Safe Harbor Farm’s SMILE! Project

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