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Veterinary Association Management

Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

25th Annual Colonial Veterinary ConferenceColonial Veterinary Conference

December 2 - 6, 2020

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.

Colonial Veterinary Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia

"In Historic Williamsburg, Virginia During Grand Illumination"

Colonial Veterinary Conference

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia

DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg NEW LOCATION, BIGGER & BETTER!!!

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Williamsburg

 

Williamsburg, Virginia


Speakers

Bobbie Aldridge, RVT

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

Louise Dunn, Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting

Ralph Harvey, DVM, MS, DACVAA

David McCormick, MS, CVA, Veterinary Appraiser, Consultant & Broker

John Thomason, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM

Peter Trevor DVM, BVSc, MS, MRCVS, DACVS, DECVS

 

Sessions

Lunch Session on Friday, December 4th at 11:45am-12:45pm - David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS presents Laser Therapy: What do we Really Know

Over lunch we will present what’s new and exciting in laser therapy and discuss the current research related to what works and why.  Sponsored by Summus

 


 

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 November 2nd, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2020)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 11/2/2020)

   

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

 

Tentative Schedule

Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand Illumination

 

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Registration Open 4 - 8 pm - NO SESSIONS

 

 

Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand Illumination

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Registration Open 8am - Continental Breakfast

Exhibit Hall Open 2pm  ∙  AM Refreshment break, Petersburg Hall Foyer, PM Refreshment Break, Exhibit Hall -

 

 Welcome Reception: 5-6pm

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


Peter Trevor DVM, BVSc, MS, MRCVS, DACVS, DECVS

8:30-10am

10:30-11:30

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

 

Louise Dunn, Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting

8:30-10am

10:30-11:30

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

1. Silent Productivity Killer – Incompetent Leaders

Description: Every veterinary practice has them – they may be called the owner, manager, shift leader, lead tech or lead receptionist, even quarterback and coordinator. The issue is not with the title; the issue is with the performance of duties. Identifying failures to perform leadership duties is vitally important for the success of the business. Not to ignore the long list of micro-managing, mean, or narcissistic leaders, an even more common problem is that of the absent leader — the one who avoids the meaningful leadership duties of their position.

Learning Objectives:

  • Take the guesswork out of leadership accountability
  • Cultivate skills and performance responsibilities of your various leadership positions
  • Boost team trust in those with leadership titles

2) Lessons from the Trenches to Develop Effective Supervisors

Description: Many lead positions in a veterinary practice come about by promoting the person who performs their job well. This does not guarantee that they will also supervise others well. Becoming a supervisor is not merely receiving a title – it requires training in certain skills and learning from experience. Create a supervisor handbook and help your management team be effective supervisors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize high-potential team members
  • Cultivate leadership development
  • Create an action plan to support supervisors

3) Workplace Productivity Killers

Description: They sneak up on us throughout the day, the text message or email that consumes a few minutes here and there, the office gossip whispered a few times here and there, by the end of the day, a few minutes add up to a few hours. Being aware of productivity killers is the first step, and tackling their voracious appetite of our precious minutes is the next step. Improve your team’s ability to handle the most common time killers and enjoy better productivity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize the productivity killers active in your workplace
  • Cultivate an awareness of productivity killers in everyone on your team
  • Prepare action steps to take against workplace productivity killers

4) Hold People Accountable

Description: Many of the businesses in those docu-reality series deal with a business suffering from poorly orchestrated operations and misdirected strategic plans, but to a larger degree, it showed poor team efficiency and lack of accountability. This session will present common issues with team accountability and will offer options to rescue the hospital and improve team performance. This session will cover how to effectively utilize information from other hospital rescues to assess your own hospital; develop an action plan to boost team efficiency; and gain a deeper understanding of accountability snafus and how to mitigate the risk.

Learning Objectives:

  • Utilize the Info from other rescues
  • Develop an Action Plan for team efficiency
  • Mitigate the risks
  • Understand snafus

 

8:30-10am

10:30-11:30

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

 

  1-2:30pm
3-4pm
 

  See Topics  

Welcome Reception

5-6pm

Welcome Reception - Sponsored by

Come enjoy complimentary food & beverages and visit with exhibitors and colleagues.

 

Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand Illumination

 Friday, December 4, 2020

Registration Open 8am     Continental Breakfast 8am

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm - Refreshments available AM & PM, Exhibit hall

 

Lunch Session: 11:45am-12:45pm - David Bradley, DVM, FASLMS presents Laser Therapy: What do we Really Know

Over lunch we will present what’s new and exciting in laser therapy and discuss the current research related to what works and why.

Lecture details: The interest and enthusiasm regarding photobiomodulation are stronger than ever. This lecture will present the exciting new trends and potential uses for laser therapy. Both positive and negative studies will be reviewed to explain how to interpret the results and understand what really works and why. For those currently using lasers, it will help you better understand why you’re seeing the results you are producing. It will help you make adjustments to your protocols for those not responding. And it will help you expand the use of your laser to even more patients and conditions. For those not yet using laser therapy, it will help you make the decision whether this modality may be something worth adding to your practice or which patients may benefit from referral for laser therapy. It will also help you wade thru the marketing hype to make an informed decision as to which laser may be best for your practice.

Sponsored by Summus

 

 

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


Ralph Harvey, DVM, MS, DACVAA

See Topic

1-2:30 (1.5 hrs) : Reducing Fear, Anxiety and Stress in Anesthesia Benefits Everyone

3-4pm (1 hrs) : Senior Pet Anesthesia & Peri-Operative Management: Not Too Old


Louise Dunn, Snowgoose Veterinary Management Consulting
&
David McCormick MS, CVA Simmons & Associates

See Topics

1) How to Find Balance Between What Your Team Wants & What the Business needs

Description: There is a fine line between wants and needs. In your veterinary practice, the team presents wants – wants for comp & benefits, working conditions, continuing education, patient care, etc. The business must assess these wants against the needs of the business – needs for profitability, accountability, and transforming operations. Reduce the internal struggle and find balance.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss methods for evaluating wants versus needs
  • Evaluate the levels of importance of wants and needs
  • Compile alternative solutions when wants go against business needs

2) A Case Study in Making a Practice Healthy

Description: When a pet is presented for an exam at your practice how do you proceed through the exam? For most of us, it is via an organized exam of each system. When you sit down to examine your practice’s health (i.e. business performance) do you have an organized procedure or is it haphazard? Gather the tools to examine your own practice’s health in an organized, systematic way by going through an actual case study.

Learning Objectives:

  • Construct an organized exam of your practice using the five parts of a business
  • Evaluate the benefits of additional resources and tools to use in your ‘exam’ of your practice’sperformance health.
  • Set up your exam procedure to perform on your practice.

  See Topics  

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

8:30-10am

10:30-11:30am

1-2:30pm

3-4:30pm

 
 

Bobbie Aldridge, RVT

Techs/Support Staff

See Topics

8:30-10am : Basic Exotic Care

An overview of some of the most popular exotic pet species. We will discuss husbandry requirements, nutritional requirements, most common reasons for presentation to Veterinary Hospitals, and emergency/critical care techniques. Species to be included are Rabbits, Chinchillas, Guinea Pigs, Ferrets, Rats/Mice/Gerbils/Hamsters, and Lizards.

10:30-11:30am : Beard Envy: A Little Bit of Everything About Bearded Dragons

A fun and in depth discussion about Beardies. Included are species origins, husbandry and nutritional requirements, common pathologies, and emergency/critical care techniques.

1-2:30pm : Pre/Post Ovulatory Stasis in Bearded Dragons

An in depth look at the ovulation process in Dragons and when and why it goes wrong....... Included is an in depth look at both Pre-Ovulatory Stasis (follicular stasis) and Post-Ovulatory Stasis (Dystocia).

3-4:30pm : Rabbits: Oral Anatomy and Pathologies

An in depth discussion of normal Rabbit dentition and the most common oral pathologies. Included are how nutrition plays a role in oral health and a look at common surgical correction techniques.


Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand IlluminationSaturday, December 5, 2020

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm

Continental Breakfast 8am, Exhibit Hall

AM & PM Refreshment Breaks, Exhibit Hall

Lunch on your own

 

 

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


John Thomason, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM

See Topics

1. Is it Immune-mediated or Infectious?

Immune-mediated disorders are common in dogs and cats. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to establish a definitive diagnosis of an immune-mediated disorder because other causes, such as infectious, can present with similar clinical signs. Using illustrative case examples, this session will cover the diagnostic approach to diagnosing immune-mediated disorders.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1. Understand which requirements and tests are necessary to establish a diagnosis of immune-mediated disorders.
  • 2. To better understand the difference between primary and secondary immune-mediated disorders.

2. Diagnosing IMHA in Dogs

An overview of the diagnostic approach to IMHA, with an emphasis on differentiating primary from secondary IMHA, and on distinguishing immune-mediated from non-immune infectious and non-infectious causes of hemolysis, including illustrative case examples.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1. Understand which requirements and diagnostic tests are necessary to establish a diagnosis of IMHA.
  • 2. To better understand the difference between primary and secondary IMHA, and review cases of immune mediated and infectious causes of IMHA.

3. Immunosuppressive Therapy: What Are My Options?

An overview of recent research advances and strategies for administering immunosuppressive medications to dogs and cats with immune-mediated disorders. Case discussions will be used to help highlight immunosuppressive therapy in the individual clinical patient.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1. To better understand immunosuppressive therapies and how they can be successfully used for the treatment of immune-mediated disorders.
  • 2. To learn and understand how to assess the response of patients to immunosuppressive therapy, and when and how to make dose adjustments.

4. Where are my platelets?

Utilizing clinical cases and scenarios, this session will provide an overview of the diagnostic approach for dogs and cats with a thrombocytopenia. An emphasis will be placed on differentiating primary immune-mediated thrombocytopenia from infectious or non-immune causes of thrombocytopenia.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1. Understand which requirements and diagnostic tests are necessary to establish a diagnosis of immune-mediated thrombocytopenia.
  • 2. To better understand how to differentiate between immune-mediated and non-immune-mediated causes of thrombocytopenia.

5. The Bleeding Patient: Beyond the PT & PTT

The coagulation profile is one of the most routinely used diagnostic tests for dogs and cats with bleeding disorders, and accurate interpretation of the results is essential for a successful case outcome. Using clinical cases, this session will help the audience become more comfortable with interpreting diagnostic tests of coagulation and improve the management of patients with coagulation disorders.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1. To become more comfortable interpreting coagulation profiles in dogs and cats with bleeding disorders.
  • 2. To become more comfortable using diagnostic tests of coagulation to better monitor patients with bleeding disorders.

6. Transfusion: Product Selection and Administration

Transfusions play an integral and life-saving role in the treatment of dogs and cats with bleeding disorders. Based on our current research, this section will discuss the selection of appropriate blood products, administration techniques, and transfusion complications.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1. To better understand which transfusion products are available for the treatment of bleeding disorders and when to use these products.
  • 2. To better understand appropriate transfusion administration protocols.
 

Ralph Harvey, DVM, MS, DACVAA

See Topic

8:30-10am (1.5 hrs) : How Can We Help, Unless We Know How They Hurt? – Assessing Acute and Chronic Pain

10:30am-12pm (1. 5 hrs) : A Revolution in Anesthetic Techniques: More Locals, Less Opioids, Lower Inhalants

   

David McCormick, MS, CVA, Veterinary Appraiser, Consultant & Broker

See Topics

-- Is Your Practice Financially Healthy?  (1hr)

-- Diagnosing & Treating Practice Financial Diseases (2hr)

-- Does Your Practice Have Value? (1hr or 2hr)

-- Selling Your Practice - What you need to know (1hr)

I incorporate examples and case studies into the sessions and provide do-it-yourself tips where appropriate.


Bobbie Aldridge, RVT

Techs/Support Staff

See Topic

8:30-10am & 10:30-11:30am: Cardiac and Respiratory Disease in Fancy Rats

An overview of the Fancy Rat, including basic husbandry and nutritional requirements. Included is an in depth review of finding and treating both Cardiac and Respiratory Disease. Take away from this lecture is to understand the prevelance of Cardiac Disease and how it is often overlooked. Case studies included.

1-2:30pm : Basic Principles of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine for Veterinary Technicians - Part 1

A discussion about the origins of Chinese Medicine and how it is applied to Veterinary Medicine. Included are discussions about the 4 branches of Chinese Veterinary Medicine, the 5 Element Theory (Wu Xing), and Yin Yang Theory.

3-4:30pm : Basic Principles of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine for Veterinary Technicians - Part 2

An in depth discussion of how the 4 branches of Chinese Veterinary Medicine are used in practice. Several case studies for each included. Also included is an overview of the Chi Institute's Veterinary Technician Program.


  1-4pm  

     

Colonial Veterinary Conference - Grand Illumination

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Continental Breakfast 8am Petersburg Hall Foyer

Speaker

Time/Room

Topic


John Thomason, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVIM

See Topics

1. Chronic Diarrhea Workup on a Budget

Chronic diarrhea is a common condition in dogs that can be difficult to control and frustrating for the owners and veterinarian. Many medical conditions require intestinal biopsies to obtain a diagnosis, however, there are several conditions that be diagnosed without invasive procedures and effectively treated. This session will discuss the common causes of chronic diarrhea in dogs and therapeutic options available to veterinarians.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1. To learn common causes of chronic diarrhea in dogs and cats.
  • 2. To learn and understand a diagnostic work-up plan for dogs and cats on a week-by-week, low-cost basis.

2. Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Diagnosis & Treatment

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a common condition in dogs that causes chronic gastrointestinal signs and severe weight loss. The treatment for IBD depends on disease severity, but ranges from dietary changes to immunosuppression. Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine when certain treatment options are appropriate, especially when using immunosuppressive agents. Based on current and ongoing research, this presentation will focus on the use of immunosuppressive agents in dogs with IBD.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1. To better understand the types of inflammatory bowel diseases in dogs and the appropriate ways of diagnosing these patients.
  • 2. To allow veterinarians a better understand of the therapeutic options available for the treatment of canine inflammatory bowel disease.

3. Gastrointestinal Therapies: When and What

The use of gastrointestinal therapies has become extremely common in veterinary medicine. With all of the products available to veterinarians, it can be difficult to determine which therapies will provide the best results. This session will review the gastrointestinal therapies available in veterinarians, and discuss when these therapies are necessary.

Learning Objectives:

  • 1. To better understand what gastrointestinal therapies are available to veterinarians.
  • 2. To learn and understand when and how gastrointestinal therapies should be administered to dogs and cats.

*Times and Presenters Subject to change

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

-Registration begins on Wednesday, November 20 at 4pm, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8am.

 


 

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 November 2nd, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2020)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 11/2/2020)

   

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

Speaker Bios...


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


Ralph Harvey, DVM, MS, DACVAA and JuneRalph Harvey, DVM, MS, DACVAA

Dr. Ralph Harvey is certified as a specialist by the American College of Veterinary Anesthesia and Analgesia. He works as a consultant in practice and industry promoting best medicine, including Fear Free practices, and new advances in patient care. He is Chair of the Veterinary Advisory Board for the BioTraceIT Corporation, with a focus on the objective assessment of pain. He retired from the faculty of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, where he taught anesthesia, pain management, and related topics for 33 years. Dr. Harvey also serves the community as a member of the Boards of Directors for the Great Smoky Mountains Conservation Association and for the Humane Society, Tennessee Valley.

 

 

 

 


 

 


David McCormick, MS, CVA, Veterinary Appraiser, Consultant & BrokerDavid McCormick, MS, CVA, Veterinary Appraiser, Consultant & Broker

David McCormick is a veterinary practice appraiser, broker and transaction specialist. Respected among veterinary colleagues as an expert in appraisals and brokerage, he helps current and future practice owners reach their goals. He teaches regionally, nationally and internationally on topics such as practice value & practice financial health, buying/selling a practice, exit planning and practice ownership issues. He operates Simmons Mid-Atlantic and Simmons Great Lakes with his partner and father, Larry McCormick, DVM, MBA, CBA.

 

David McCormick, MS, CVA Veterinary Appraiser, Consultant & Broker,  "I help practice owners who want to improve their practice's financial health. I also work with veterinarians that are seeking a successful practice sale or purchase."

Simmons Mid-Atlantic     Simmons Education Fund

 

John Thomason, DVM, MS, DACVIMJohn Thomason, DVM, MS, DACVIM

John Thomason is an associate professor of small animal internal medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University (MSU). He received his DVM in 2006 from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine and earned his M.S. in Veterinary Medicine in 2012 from Mississippi State University. He completed his residency in small animal internal medicine at Mississippi State University prior to joining the faculty in 2010. Dr. Thomason’s research interests are in the field of hematology and hemostasis, and was a member of the CURATIVE Consensus group for refining and monitoring antithrombotic therapies.

Contact Information: John Thomason

Associate Professor, Small Animal Internal Medicine

College of Veterinary Medicine

Mississippi State University

240 Wise Center Drive, PO Box 6100, Mississippi State, MS 39762

Phone: (662) 325-1351

Fax: (662) 325-4596

Email: thomason@cvm.msstate.edu


 

 


 

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 November 2nd, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2020)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 11/2/2020)

   

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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Exhibitors At The Conference

 

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

 

Summus Medical Laser

Summus Medical Laser is the pioneer in Class IV laser therapy

 

ServiceVet Technologies

ServiceVet Technologies - QuickVet & QuickPACS

3 Sided Media

 

The COVE

Agape Pet Services

New England Medical Books

Vet Assured/Natural Vet Companies

Alliance Animal Health

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Science Inc

VetKare Products

Micro Vet Diagnostics

Pet Health Pharmacy

Virbac

Christian Veterinary Mission

 

VRCC

Clearonhold & Fragrant Solutions

Rode Micro Solutions

Weave

Companion Animal Health by LiteCure

ServiceVet Technologies

Wedgewood Pharmacy

 

Simmons Mid Atlantic

Williamsburg Drug Co.

givesmiles.us

Southern Veterinary Partners

 

Idexx

Summus Medical Laser

 

 


 

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 November 2nd, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2020)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 11/2/2020)

   

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

Conference Hotel Information

 NEW LOCATION, BIGGER & BETTER!!!

DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Virginia

   

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia

Hotel Features

DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg Cookie

  • Closest hotel to Busch Gardens

  • 295 guest rooms including 14 suites

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi and parking vResort Style Indoor/Outdoor Pool

  • 24 Hour Fitness Center

  • Tennis Court and Arcade

  • 24 Hour Business Center

  • 45,000 square feet conference facilities

 

Why DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg?  The Cookie You Say?

At DoubleTree by Hilton, we understand how critical meetings and events are to the success of an organization.  Our goal is to provide you with both the most professional and engaging teams as well as convenient planning resources to make your next experience a success. Whether reserving a boardroom or the grand ballroom, you’re sure to find the perfect meeting space at the DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg.

Conveniently located just minutes from Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg and championship golf courses, DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg offers the perfect setting for mixing business with leisure. Your group will feel right at home in our 295 contemporary guest rooms and suites, along with 45,000 square feet of flexible function space to suit any meeting, banquet or special occasion. 

Awaken your senses with a full American breakfast at Harvest Grille, grab a freshly-brewed coffee or tasty sandwich from the Williamsburg Café and catch your favorite sports team while savoring hearty pub fare at Pitchers Lounge.

Between meetings, take time to work out in the fitness center, go for a swim in our indoor/outdoor connecting pool or stay active with a game of tennis or basketball. For guests interested in teambuilding activities or golf outings, our knowledgeable team will be delighted to help with recommendations and reservations for your group. Whether you’re in town for a conference or hosting a first-class celebration, at DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg there’s no limit to the success you can achieve.

 

DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg

DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg Pool          DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg Business Center

DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg Double Queen Room          DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg King Room

Doubletree by Hilton Williamsburg Area

For Hotel Reservations:

Room rates start at $159 + tax (King or 2 Double rooms) guaranteed until November 18 and can be made by calling the Doubletree directly at 1-800-222-8733, mention Colonial Veterinary Conference.


 

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 November 2nd, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2020)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 11/2/2020)

   

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

Area Information

Williamsburg, Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg during Grand Illumination

"Discover Colonial Williamsburg and immerse yourself in the 18th-century capital city of Virginia. See all that the Revolutionary City has to offer, explore our Art Museums, or engage in recreation at our companion Resort properties. From revolution to romance, things are constantly changing here, creating a unique experience for our guests. Opportunities for adventure abound, but how you choose to spend your visit is up to you..."

 

Grand Illumination at Colonial Williamsburg

Colonial Williamsburg during Grand Illumination

Colonial Williamsburg's Christmas season officially begins with Grand Illumination, a spectacular evening when candles twinkle in the windows of Historic Area homes and buildings, fatwood crackles in street-side cressets, and the heavens explode with pyrotechnics. Thousands of guests turn out—families, friends, and strangers crowding the streets—to "oh" and "ah" and launch themselves on the Yuletide.


 

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 November 2nd, 2020 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $400.00 (before 11/2/2020)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $200.00 (before 11/2/2020)

   

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

 

Each conference provides at least 20 hours of LIVE IN PERSON continuing education