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Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Providing LIVE IN PERSON Continuing Education

2020 has been a challenging year for many, but has also offered some interesting new innovative opportunities. We applaud those who have adapted to prosper during Covid and we salute those who have fought their way thru this crazy year.

Our company has consistently offered LIVE IN PERSON CE conferences for 36 years (since 1984). We know you have many choices to make when deciding how to fulfill your state licensing requirements. For the last quarter of 2020 we will be hosting several live face to face conferences and would love to see both our old friends and welcome any new faces who prefer to attend live classes. Our vendors have stayed with us to help keep your costs reasonable while at the same time receiving the highest quality CE available.

The Ralph Lee’s Great Smokies show in Asheville, NC November 18-22 and the Colonial Veterinary Conference December 2-6 in Williamsburg, VA have already experienced high bookings, so please plan ahead and make your reservations soon and please feel free to let your friends, classmates and associates know how you feel about our events.

Thank you, Howie and Martha Lee

LIVE Veterinary Conference Practicing Health & Safety Together!

Please follow these health and safety protocols with us to make this conference great!

SOCIAL DISTANCING

Join us in practicing social distancing during the conference, including the talks, in the Exhibits area, and all other areas. Please do not congregate in groups.

WASH HANDS

Please wash hands frequently for a minimum of 20 seconds. Hand sanitizing stations are available.

WEAR MASKS

All attendees, speakers and exhibitors are required to wear masks for the duration of the conference. Employees are also required to wear masks at all times.

CLEAN and SANITIZE

We are frequently cleaning high-touch areas throughout our properties.

FACILITY

Guests will find disinfecting stations with wipes and hand sanitizer available throughout our properties. Additionally, both public and Team Member areas are cleaned at scheduled intervals, including hourly maintenance of high-touch areas like elevators and bathrooms. All guest rooms will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between guests.

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

"A Great Fall Conference in Asheville, North Carolina"

November 18 - 22, 2020

 Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville, Asheville, North Carolina

 

Speakers

Caroline Betbeze, DVM, MS, DACVO

Steve Dale, CABC (Fear Free, Practice Management/Marketing)

Louise Dunn, Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting

Joseph Jordan, PhD, CEO, NC Physicians Health Program, NC Veterinary Health Program

Patty Lathan, VMD, MS, DACVIM

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

Peter Weinstein, DVM MBA, PAW Consulting

Amelia G. White, DVM, MS, DACVD

 

Breakfast Sessions

Friday, November 20th - Rod Finnegan - Sponsored by Vetinsure

Saturday, November 21 - Becky Zumo - Sponsored by BCP Veterinary Pharmacy

 

Lunch Session

Lunch Session on Friday, November 20th at 11:45am-12:45pm - David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS presents "Laser Therapy Simplified: A Quick Review of Novel Conditions - Don’t forget the eyes! Or the lungs, the bladder, the pancreas, …. " Sponsored by Summus

 

To all Alabama attendees, this Conference has been approved by the Alabama Veterinary Medical Board

To all Florida attendees, this Conference has been approved by the Florida Veterinary Medical Board

To all West Virginia attendees, this Conference has been approved by the West Virginia Veterinary Medical Board


On-Site Registration is Now Available!

You can register Online now or On-Site, Walkins are Welcome, or

click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with payment!

Register before October 19th, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 10/19/2020)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 10/19/2020)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $200.00!

Tentative Schedule

Fall Foliage

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Registration Open 4-8pm (Laurel Foyer)

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Registration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

Continental Breakfast 8am (Biltmore Foyer)

Breakfast Session 7:15-8am:

Lunch Session:  

Exhibit Hall Open 2pm (Blue Ridge)

Welcome Reception 5-6pm (Blue Ridge)

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Patty Lathan, VMD, MS, DACVIM

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8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Tips and Tricks on the Diagnosis of Canine Hyperadrenocorticism: A Case Based Approach

10:30am-11:30am (1 hr) : Update on the Monitoring of Canine Cushing’s Pheochromocytoma

1-2:30 (1.5 hrs) : Update on Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs and Cats I

3-4:30pm (1.5 hrs) : Update on Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs and Cats II


 

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Louise Dunn, Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting

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1) The 4 Elements of a Successful Culture So Don't Just Survive - But Thrive!

Description:  Sharing insights and tips among colleagues is often the best advice on how veterinary practices can manage their business through these unprecedented times. Navigating the COVID environment is one step, but providing management tips for the next phase – the recovery phase – is paramount to getting back on track. Even with all your best efforts, there is a “patient” that may be silently suffering, one that is being overlooked by you. This easily overlooked “patient” is your workplace culture.

Learning Objectives:

  • Alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress in your hospital team.
  • Utilize resources to form next steps to put the business in a good position moving forward
  • Distinguish between what needs changed and what can help build a stronger culture

2) Why Can’t People Do What They Are Supposed To Do – And When to Cut the Cord

Description: It is an all too familiar topic on discussion boards and meetings with a consultant – why can’t people just do what they are supposed to do? Why can’t people follow the procedures and protocols we set up? When is it time to finally cut the cord and terminate the person? Instead of lamenting the behavior, change how you engage and train the team; and put a procedure in place for evaluating and terminating a poor performer.

Learning Objectives:

  • Employ 10 steps to engage the team to do what they are supposed to do
  • Utilize the steps for every situation – new hire, performance improvement, and termination protocols
  • Strengthen the management team’s skills for conducting evaluations and coaching

3) Recruiting Strategies and HR by the Numbers: “What a Successful Hiring Program Looks Like”

Description: Benchmarking, KPIs (Key Performance Indicators), Metrics…managing a business often means being bombarded by numbers. The problem is, which numbers are important, which metrics are good, and which KPI will truly help with decision making? Metrics are important; the trick is to identify the ones important for the success of your practice. When the numbers tell you it is time to recruit, it is imperative that there is a strategic game plan in place for attracting the right person.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the value of properly defining the business questions you want to answer
  • Identify which metrics will provide you with insight for proper decision making
  • Effectively apply strategic steps to recruit the right person, the right fit

4) Take The Temperature of Your Team With a Survey and Build a Stronger Team

Description: When managing a veterinary business, what you don’t know can hurt you. This applies to treating a patient, providing great client services, and having a high-performance team. The problem is we are sometimes afraid to find out what we don’t know because it means we may have to change things, and change can be difficult. Take steps to create a team survey that provides feedback you can act upon to build a great team that delivers excellent patient care and business success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Deepen your understanding about why you should conduct a survey
  • Craft a survey and team building activities to enhance teamwork
  • Effectively utilize survey responses and metrics to build a stronger team

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Welcome Reception at 5 - 6 pm - with Complimentary food and drinks; compliments of the exhibitors

 


Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Friday, November 20, 2020

Registration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

Continental Breakfast 8am (Blue Ridge)

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm (Blue Ridge)

Breakfast Session: Rod Finnegan - Sponsored by Vetinsure

 

Lunch Session: 11:45am-12:45pm - David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS presents "Laser Therapy Simplified: A Quick Review of Novel Conditions - Don’t forget the eyes! Or the lungs, the bladder, the pancreas, …. " Sponsored by Summus


Amelia G. White, DVM, MS, DACVD

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8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Tips for managing canine otitis externa

10:30-12:00pm (1.5 hrs) : Tackling pemphigus foliaceus in dogs and cats

1-2:00 (1 hrs) : A cased-based approach to dermatophytosis in dogs and cats: Part 1

2:30-3:30pm (1 hrs) : A cased-based approach to dermatophytosis in dogs and cats: Part 2


Caroline Betbeze, DVM, MS, DACVO

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8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Recent Advances in Dry Eye Disease

10:30-11:30am (1 hrs) : Feline Corneal Diseases

1-2:30 (1.5 hrs) : The Fundic Examination: A Whole New World

3-4pm (1 hrs) : Ocular Emergencies


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Louise Dunn, Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting

 

Peter Weinstein, DVM MBA, PAW Consulting

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1) Your Practice is Bleeding – Prevent the Loss!

Description: When you hear the term, “loss prevention,” most people immediately think, “theft prevention”. Many of us think veterinary practices do not suffer loss from theft as high as retail stores – and you may be right on that aspect of loss. However, what about the other areas a practice suffers loss? Are you aware of where you may have some “small bleeders” in your practice? A small one in safety, another little one in understocking inventory, a big one in a deviation from a Standard Operating Procedure. The fact is your practice is at risk – a risk of revenue loss, or a risk of increased liability due to a “loss”. Identify your bleeders and prevent a loss.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize your practice’s potential loss in key business areas
  • Discern what a Loss Prevention Program should be for your practice
  • Create an action plan to mitigate the risk and respond to identified bleeders

2) Tips to Improve Practice Profitability

Description: Every practice has some favorite metrics they routinely watch and use to evaluate how well the practice is doing. Are you using the best metrics for your practice? Are you struggling to make improvements and aren’t sure how to identify what is going well and what needs to change? Two areas that could use improvement are team wages and the lab. This session presents common pitfalls affecting wage percentage and lab profitability and offers options to rescue the hospital from potential failure.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify effective next-generation metrics for your practice
  • Gain a deeper understanding of pitfalls and how to mitigate the risk
  • Develop an action plan to restore profitability and boost business operations

3) What We Can Learn (and Improve Upon) from Consolidators

Description: It is no secret that the veterinary consolidators are having an impact on the business of veterinary medicine. Do they have any secrets that you can implement in practice? As an independent practice, you have strengths and weaknesses that are different from the multi-practice ownership models. These strengths include flexibility, autonomy, and cohesiveness. On the other hand, the sheer number of practices gives the consolidators economies that have significant cost savings. From a human resource and marketing standpoint, what do you need to do to stay strong in the face of competition? What numbers do you need to be monitoring that the consolidators are looking at ? It is the small things that can make a huge difference. Do you know what they are?

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn what consolidators are doing well
  • Learn how you do the same things even better
  • Learn what weaknesses independent practices can take advantage of.

4) Coaching A Team to Victory

Description: Practices are successful because of the teams that they put together and the coaching of those teams towards success. Individuality negatively impacts a practice success, as does the blame game. Coaches help to select a winning team, make them accountable and responsible for their actions and fully engage them to ensure a team that stays together and plays together to victory!

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the hiring team;
  • Accountability for your results;
  • Team building

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Amelia G. White, DVM, MS, DACVD

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8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : Tips for managing canine otitis externa

10:30-12:00pm (1.5 hrs) : Tips for managing feline otitis

1-2:00 (1 hrs) : Simplifying the dermatological approach to the itchy cat

2:30-3:30pm (1 hrs) : It’s canine MRSP pyoderma again – Now what?


Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference 

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Registration Open 8am (Laurel Foyer)

Exhibit Hall Open: 8am-4pm (Blue Ridge)

Continental Breakfast: 8am (Blue Ridge)

Breakfast Session: Becky Zumo - Sponsored by BCP Veterinary Pharmacy


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

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8:30-10am : Practical Microbiology This session provides an overview of rapid, inexpensive tests that can be done in the small veterinary practice laboratory. New technologies for in-house microbiology will be explored.

(Sponsored by MicroVet Diagnostics)

10:30 - 11:30 am: Trends in Diagnostic Testing. New technologies have revolutionized the in-house veterinary practice laboratory. The diagnostic laboratory can be a significant profit center for the practice as well as providing rapid, accurate test results to aid the clinician in diagnosis.

(Sponsored by MicroVet Diagnostics)

1 - 2:30 pm: Cannabinoids in Veterinary Medicine: Promises and Challenges This presentation provides an overview of the  endocannabinoid system and the pharmacokinetics of certain cannabinoids . An overview of legal issues related to use of cannabinoids in veterinary medicine will be discussed as well as a summary of potential therapeutic uses of cannabinoids in dogs.


Joseph Jordan, PhD, CEO

NC Physicians Health Program

NC Veterinary Health Program

8:30-10am

10:15-11:30am

Drug Intervention in the Workplace

Recognizing Substance Use Disorders in the Workplace


Peter Weinstein, DVM MBA, PAW Consulting

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1) WONJI- Working ON, Not Just IN Your Practice

Veterinary practices are routinely in a state of chaos which is psychologically and physically exhausting for all parties. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a more predictable staff experience? Patient experience? And Client Experience? By creating an Operations Manual and systematizing your practice you can help control the chaos. Problems can be prevented by anticipating what they are and making sure that the steps are in place to prevent. This program takes a pro-active approach to problem solving through systematizing what you can in your practice

Learning Objectives:

  • Create a vision for your business
  • Create the systems for the business, in all areas, that provide a consistent experience for the clients, patients, and staff;
  • Learn how to work ON your business

2) Have You Called Your Practice Lately?

The telephone is the lifeline to your practice. On one end is a client or potential client seeking to have a problem solved. On the other end is veterinary hospital employee. And it is this variable that is of concern. Have you called your practice and listened to how calls are being handled? How professional is your practice being portrayed? Is your client service staff a barrier to your success? Scripts, communication training, and staff accountability are just a part of what is needed for a great client experience

Learning Objectives:

  • why the telephone is a bane or a boon;
  • what are scripts;
  • how to engage over the phone without being robotic

3) The ON Time, Every Time Appointment

The appointment drives your day and your life. Whether you have ten-minute appointments or thirty-minute appointments, do you have a control of the client experience? Is your time choreographed from start to finish? From the time the client arrives to the to the time client leaves? Create a beautifully choreographed client experience featuring your entire team that you can then market with the guarantee the on time every time appointment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to schedule appointments;
  • learn different appointments require different amounts of time;
  • control to the conversation

4) Creating a Retention Marketing System

You have all of these clients in your files and computer.  They are a goldmine.  What are you doing to keep your practice top of mind to them?  How often do you communicate with them and by what means?  This workshop will have you creating a 12-month Retention Marketing plan to reach you to your clients on a regular basis via educational marketing pieces that will have them coming in more often and better prepared to provide the best care for their pets

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify areas of opportunity to educate your clients about better pet care;
  • Identify the multitude of marketing tools that you can use to reach out to your clients
  • Put the message (ideas) and the media (tools) together into a calendar and system that you can use almost immediately

Steve Dale, CABC (Fear Free, Practice Management/Marketing)

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Mining Millennials

It turns out that millennials are as addicted to their pets as they are their phones and cat cafes. While data continues to demonstrate veterinary preventive care Thriving practices tend to have a thriving millennials base. The tide is changing and millennials are directing that change, as there is new data to demonstrate. So, who are these millennials and what do they want? In fact, they have a particular affinity for cats. Millennials are eager for targeted veterinary care to meet their needs. And these specific needs are addressed. It turns out, for starters, that Cat Friendly Practices and the Fear Free initiative may have turned up at just the right time to meet these needs. But if you build it, will be they come? How to market to millennials begins with understanding what they’re seeking and why. And surprise, millennials want relationships and might even be loyal if you meet their needs.

Learning objectives:

  • What millennials are seeking regarding veterinary medicine.
  • Millennials have a particular interest in cats
  • How emotional needs of animals in clinic matter more than ever before and therefore Cat Friendly Practices and Fear Free are incredibly timely and relevant.
  • Yes, social media and using technology are important to communicate with millennials – but still one on one trust matters more than anything else.

Even the Best Veterinarians Can’t Treat Invisible Clients

How to Market and Work Social and Traditional Media (Presented by a 30 Year Media Professional): A communication bootcamp, starting off with reaching millennial clients. From texting clients to using new systems and technology to easily support preventive care visits. Great grandpa veterinarian relied on relationships, and arguably that has surprisingly not changed. What’s changed is how to leverage those personal relationships, such as texting, and using social media as well as new in-office technology to communicate messages. How to reach dozens to hundreds of clients simultaneously – but the trick is to never lose that personal touch. Includes a basic primer on using social media to communicate with current clients and attract new ones, and how to create content, even writing a practice blog. It’s easier than you think. Creating a practice YouTube page, even a podcast is possible. Also, basic tips about using traditional media (which still does matter), appearing on TV or radio (from a presenter with decades of TV/radio experience). (1 or 2 hour talk)

Learning objectives

  • If you’re not using social media, why you are losing out. But then what social media should you use.
  • Where to find content. And how to deal with negative reviews.
  • Tips on using social and also traditional media.
  • Who is most important to reach for you and messaging you want to communicate.

3 hours

Sponsored by Weave

 

     

Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference

Sunday, November 22, 2020


Steve Dale, CABC (Fear Free, Practice Management/Marketing)

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Cats Are No Longer Door Mats : How the Human Animal Bond with Cats Continues to Accelerate

For many years, cats have been the most popular pets, but under-medicalized and simply not treated with the same reverence as “man’s best (canine) friends.” There’s a lot in play changing that, particularly among millennials. And some the most significant reasons for compromised bonds with cats or relinquishing cats up ‘till now are changing, such as allergies and scratching. As for medicalization, Fear Free and Cat Friendly Practices have made a difference, and you’ll learn how. Also, more studies have been conducted demonstrating what we didn’t know about our bond with cats. Also discussed are myths regarding cats which unfortunately continue to persist. Clients are even training cats and taking them out in strollers or on leashes. How does that “craziness” (is it really that crazy?) really matter to your bottom line?

2 hours

Sponsored by Purina

 

Please Note The Following:

*Times and Presenters Subject to Change

* Please turn off or silence cell phones in sessions



Conference Map

 


On-Site Registration is Now Available!

You can register Online now or On-Site, Walkins are Welcome, or

click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with payment!

Register before October 19th, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 10/19/2020)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 10/19/2020)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $200.00!

Fall Foliage

Speaker Bios...


Caroline Betbeze, DVM, MS, DACVOCaroline Betbeze, DVM, MS, DACVO

Dr. Betbeze is an associate clinical professor of comparative ophthalmology at Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. 

Dr. Betbeze graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002 and continued her education at MSU by completing a rotating internship the next year. 

She completed a residency and master’s degree in veterinary comparative ophthalmology at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine from 2003-2006 and became board certified in ophthalmology in 2006.

She worked as a private practice ophthalmologist in Tucson, AZ for 6 years and returned to Mississippi State University in 2013. 

She is the head of the ophthalmology service and trains residents, interns, veterinary students, and veterinary technician students on a daily basis. 

She actively participates in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists and she has authored and edited several book chapters and scientific papers about ophthalmology. 

She frequently lectures about ophthalmology on a local, regional, and national level. 


Steve Dale, CABC (Fear Free, Practice Management/Marketing)Steve Dale, CABC (Fear Free, Practice Management/Marketing)

Steve Dale is a certified animal behavior consultant, host of two nationally syndicated radio shows--Steve Dale’s Pet World and The Pet Minute (together heard on over 100 stations) —and is special contributor at Chicago’s WGN Radio where for 23 years he’s also hosted Steve Dale’s Pet World.

Dale has contributed to and authored many books, including Decoding Your Dog and Your Cat, both authored by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. He also contributed to The Cat: Clinical Medicine and Management, (edited by Dr. Susan Little), Treatment and Care of the Geriatric Veterinary Patient (edited Dr. Mary Gardner and Dr. Dani McVety), among many others. His TV appearances range from Oprah to Good Morning America to National Geographic Explorer and many Animal Planet shows. He’s a regular on syndicated HouseSmarts TV

Currently, a writer and contributing editor for CATster, and authors Steve Dale’s Vet World for Veterinary Practice News. He’s also a columnist for the Journal of National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America and DVM 360, where he serves on their Editorial Advisory Board. Decoding

He formerly hosted the nationally syndicated Animal Planet Radio, wrote a syndicated column for the Chicago Tribune, and was a contributing editor for USA Weekend.

Steve speaks at conferences around the world. His blog is www.stevedale.tv.

Steve’s involved in many legislative efforts, from preventing breed bans to creating a law to protect animals from kennel fires; the first law of its kind which was signed by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker in 2019.

He serves on the Boards of the Winn Feline Foundation and the Human Animal Bond Association and is certified Fear Free and speaks on Fear Free and Cat Friendly Practices.

Dale’s been honored with many awards, including the AVMA Humane Award in 2002, and he’s in the Dog Writers’ Hall of Fame.

His website is www.stevedale.tv


Louise S. Dunn Louise S. Dunn, Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting

Louise is a renowned award-winning speaker, writer and consultant. She brings over 40 years of in the trenches experience and her business education to veterinary management. Louise is founder and CEO of Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting. SVMC works with veterinarians who want to develop a strategic plan that consistently produces results. Most recently Louise received many awards including the WVC Educator of the Year and VetPartner’s The Life Time achievement Award in January 2016.

 

Besides all aspects of practice management and mentoring, Louise’s passions include her husband Joel, Zuri her English mastiff Therapy dog and her little sister Annabelle, kayaking, opera and New England Patriot’s football.

Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting

2996 Canter Lane, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27127   snowgoosevet.com 336-945-0208  office 336-202-3243  cell


Joseph Jordan, PhD, CEO, NC Physicians Health Program, NC Veterinary Health ProgramJoseph Jordan, PhD, CEO, NC Physicians Health Program, NC Veterinary Health Program

Dr. Joseph Jordan, Chief Executive Officer of the North Carolina Physicians Health Program, has 25+ years experience in working with persons experiencing substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.

He has worked in long-term residential programs and coordinated both adolescent inpatient dual diagnosis and adult and adolescent intensive outpatient treatment programs.

Prior to joining NCPHP, Dr. Jordan served as Ethics Officer and Director of Special Projects for a national credentialing board. Dr Jordan has previously served on state and national committees and boards devoted to the study, development, and refinement of substance abuse counseling practice.

 

 

 

 


Patty Lathan, VMD, MS, DACVIMPatty Lathan, VMD, MS, DACVIM

Patty Lathan, VMD, MS, DACVIM, is an associate professor of small animal internal medicine at Mississippi State University.

Her primary interest is endocrinology, specifically the management of adrenal disease and diabetes mellitus.

She has published several articles and book chapters, given lectures throughout the United States and internationally, and currently serves as the President of the Society for Comparative Endocrinology.

Her students also publish educational endocrine music videos as an assignment for her elective, and those can be viewed on her YouTube channel.

 

 

 

 


Peter Weinstein, DVM MBA, PAW ConsultingPeter Weinstein, DVM MBA, PAW Consulting

Dr. Peter Weinstein attended Cornell University undergraduate and Illinois for his DVM. He worked as an associate for three years before opening his practice. While working full time, he attended University of Redlands for his MBA.

Ultimately, he relocated expanded and sold his practice to a consolidator.

Served as President of the Southern California VMA, California VMA and VetPartners.

Current Chair of the Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee of the AVMA.

Dr. Weinstein provides consulting via PAW Consulting.

Presently, he is the Executive Director for the Southern California VMA.

Co-authored with Michael E Gerber, “The EMyth Veterinarian- Why Most Veterinary Practices Don’t Work and What to Do About It”.


Amelia G. White, DVM, MS, DACVDAmelia G. White, DVM, MS, DACVD

Dr. Amelia White received her DVM from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 2010 followed by a one year internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Auburn University.  She was accepted to a Dermatology residency at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana the following year where she completed three years of specialty training and a Master’s Degree in 2014.  Dr. White completed her board certification exam in Veterinary Dermatology in the fall of 2014, and became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.  She currently is an Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.  She has authored or contributed to various abstracts, case reports, primary research, and a book chapter in her short career.  Dr. White is a consultant for the Veterinary Information Network (VIN) since 2015.  She teaches the communications skills course at Auburn University, and enjoys opportunities to provide continuing education seminars to veterinary professionals.  Her research interests include allergic skin and ear diseases, infectious diseases, and student mental health and wellbeing. 


On-Site Registration is Now Available!

You can register Online now or On-Site, Walkins are Welcome, or

click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with payment!

Register before October 19th, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 10/19/2020)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 10/19/2020)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $200.00!

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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

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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

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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

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Exhibitors At The Conference

 

Please visit these Exhibitors at the Conference to see the latest and best products and services for your veterinary practice: Coming Soon

 

Summus Medical Laser

Summus Medical Laser is the pioneer in Class IV laser therapy

 

ServiceVet Technologies

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

     

BCP Veterinary Pharmacy

Care Credit

Epicur Pharma

Exergi Pharma-Visbiome Vet

Micro Vet Diagnostics

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Science Inc

Purina

ServiceVet Technologies

Simmons & Associates South East

Summus Medical Laser

Weave

 

 

Click here to download the Ralph Lee's Great Smokies Veterinary Conference Exhibitor Contract

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Conference Hotel Information

The Crowne Plaza Tennis and Golf Resort

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville

Nestled among the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, NC is more than just a peaceful mountain retreat...

"With a privileged location just a mile from downtown Asheville, our hotel makes a convenient home base for exploring the area. From whitewater rafting to museums, plenty of excitement awaits our hotel's guests. In Asheville, NC, the spectacular Biltmore Estate is a must-see, while a Gray Line trolley tour offers an interesting look at the city's history. We are just minutes from the excellent dining and shopping at Grove Arcade. Elegant facilities and an ideal location make us "The Place to Meet" in Asheville. ..."

For Hotel Reservations:

Room rates start at $162 + tax (standard room) $192 + tax (King) guaranteed until October 19, 2020 and can be made by calling Crowne Plaza, 844-330-0296 or 828-285-2603 and mention group Ralph Lee's Vet Conference.

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville Lobby

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville Bar

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville Room

Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville Outside with firepit

 


On-Site Registration is Now Available!

You can register Online now or On-Site, Walkins are Welcome, or

click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with payment!

Register before October 19th, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 10/19/2020)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 10/19/2020)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $200.00!

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Area Information

The Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate (Photo Courtesy of ExploreAsheville.com )

Asheville, North Carolina

"Asheville is that type of unique, special place that lingers sweetly in your mind and memories for years to come. The city's rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect retro-urban backdrop to the edgy energy that emanates from the locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues. Known as an art colony, a healing resort and a home to notable luminaries, statesmen and bohemians, Asheville is one of the most welcoming, vibrant cities in America."

Discover Asheville, N.C. at http://www.ExploreAsheville.com. And remember who you really are. Because there's more to life than the climb. There's the view that takes your breath away, the refreshing mountain air and the fresh flavors of the Blue Ridge. (Video Courtesy of ExploreAsheville.com )

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Fall Foliage near Asheville, North Carolina (Photo Courtesy of Cynthia L. Drury)

The Groove Arcade in Asheville, NC

The Groove Arcade in Asheville (Photo Courtesy of ExploreAsheville.com )

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Fall Foliage near Asheville, North Carolina (Photo Courtesy of Cynthia L. Drury)

 


On-Site Registration is Now Available!

You can register Online now or On-Site, Walkins are Welcome, or

click here to download the Registration Form, fill it out and mail it with payment!

Register before October 19th, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 10/19/2020)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 10/19/2020)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $200.00!