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Continuing Education for the Veterinary Profession

LIVE Veterinary Conference Practicing Health & Safety Together!

On behalf of Veterinary Association Management and host NCCAA we welcome the opportunity to have our annual Mountain Veterinary Conference at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort. The conference will be held in the new state of the art Cherokee Convention Center which will make the MVC exceptional. Along with the newly designed conference center, our attendees will be staying in the new Cherokee Tower with its luxurious sleeping rooms. This new tower connects to the convention center and also is a short walk to the casino. Enjoy great continuing education and take advantage of all the amenities that Harrah's Cherokee has to offer. Take a dip in the indoor or outdoor (seasonal) pool or relax at the Mandarin Spa. There is bowling, an arcade and fun for all at the UltraStar Multi-tainment Center. Valet service is also available for your convenience. You don't have to be a gambler to enjoy Harrah's Cherokee, but if you are, the casino floor has many different games including Craps, Blackjack, Roulette and other table games all with live dealers as well as sports gambling at The Book. If slots are more your thing, there is also a huge selection of vegas style slot games to choose from. As an attendee you'll receive a $20 free slot play voucher, which you can use at any slot machine. Tempt your palate with all the food options available including the newly added Gordon Ramsey Food Market, Guy Fieri's Cherokee Kitchen, Wicked Weed Brew Pub and other staples like Selu Garden (Breakfast aand Lunch), Ruths Chris Steak House, Brio Italian Grille, Noodle Bar and the Food Court.

With the new Cherokee Conference Center, Cherokee Tower and all the beauty of Cherokee, NC, this conference is sure to be outstanding. We look forward to seeing you at this years Mountain Veterinary Conference.

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 may wear masks at their own discretion for the duration of the conference. Harrahs Cherokee no longer requires a mask to be worn. Masks will be available upon entry. Guests may also choose to wear their own masks. Employees are also required to wear masks at all times.

CLEAN and SANITIZE

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

GENERAL PROTOCOLS FOR THE FACILITY

For the well-being of our guests and team members, employees have been trained on cleaning and disinfectant techniques, including use of PPE, protocols for all surfaces and tracking cleaning schedules. We are facilitating recommended social distancing guidelines throughout the resort and the presence of hand sanitizer stations have been increased across each area.

Masks are required for all employees.

 

Providing 20 Hours of Live CE

 

Mountain Veterinary Conference at the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

 

Click here to download the Brochure and Registration Form!

April 21 - 24, 2024

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort

"At the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort"

Conveniently located within driving distance of these cities: Atlanta GA, Nashville TN, Lexington KY, Raleigh NC, Columbia SC & Burmingham AL

  

Your Conference Registration includes:

  • Over 20 hours of Outstanding CE Lectures with great speakers

  • Complimentary standard in-room wireless Internet for 1 device

  • Room rates starting at $100.00 per night single or double occupancy excluding applicable room taxes and resort fees.

  • Greens Creek Breakfast Buffet on Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23 Welcome Reception, Breaks, and any sponsored lunches

  • Complimentary self and valet parking for all conference attendees

  • $25 free slot play for each attendee to be used at their leisure.

  

The Mountain Veterinary
Conference carries over
20 hrs. of outstanding
continuing education
lectures

Click Here to Download the Registration Form

 

For Hotel Reservations:

Room rates start at $100 + tax and any applicable resort fees guaranteed until March 20, 2024 and can be made by:


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 April 1st, 2024 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 4/1/2024)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 4/1/2024)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $225.00!

Mountain Veterinary Conference

April 21 - 24, 2024

 at the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and The Cherokee Convention Center, Cherokee, North Carolina

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort and The Cherokee Convention Center

Scheduled Speakers

Paul Bloom, DVM, DACVD, DABVP

Bonnie Bragdon, DVM, MS, IVPA President

Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS, RH (AHG), FACVBM, Sponsored by Purple Moon Herbs and Studies

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

Talisha Moore, DVM, DACVIM

Stephanie Pitzer, CVT, VTS, (ECC), Sponsored by Triumph Medical Services

Tracy Sheffield, CVPM and Lew Walker, SPHR

Alyssa Sullivant, DVM, MS, DACVIM, Sponsored by Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc.

Jay Tischendorf, DVM

 

Lunch Sessions

TBA

 


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 April 1st, 2024 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 4/1/2024)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 4/1/2024)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $225.00!

Tentative Schedule

Entrance to the beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Registration open 10am-6pm

Exhibit Set up: 8am - 12pm, welcome to exhibit when setup

Speaker

Time

Topic


Alyssa Sullivant, DVM, MS, DACVIM

Sponsored by Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc

12 Noon - 2:30 pm

3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Approach to Acute Enteropathies, Chronic Enteropathies

It’s Not always IBD

Hepatobiliary Disease: Common, Wild and Weird Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Fiber

What: What, When and How to use Them in Small Animal Medicine


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

12 Noon - 2:30 pm

3:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Recognizing and Dealing with Substance Abuse in the Workplace (required by NCVMB)


Beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Convention Center

Monday, April 22, 2024

Registration Open 8am

Exhibit Hall Open at 8am-4:30pm

 

Welcome Reception from 4:30 pm til 6:00 pm in the Exhibit Hall! Complimentart Hors d'oeuvres, Drinks and Fellowship - Meet with Colleagues, exhibitors and sponsors

Speaker

Time

Topic


Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS, RH (AHG), FACVBM, Sponsored by Purple Moon Herbs and Studies

Purple Moon Herbs and Studies

8:30-11:30am

Medicinal and Wildflower Herb Walk

This medicinal and wildflower herb walk will follow the Oconaluftee River Trail in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. It is an easy and lovely walk filled with native wildflowers and other medicinal plants. We will discuss the plants and their medicine as well as their uses in pharmaceuticals. There will be time for questions, to peruse the gift shop and walk on your own at the end of the structured walk. We may even see elk, as they graze in that area. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes.


Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS, RH (AHG), FACVBM, Sponsored by Purple Moon Herbs and Studies

Purple Moon Herbs and Studies

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Introduction to Veterinary Medical Herbalism (1.5 hr)

This lecture will go over the basics of medicinal herb use in western veterinary practices.  The concept of Evidence-based Medicine will be introduced.  We will discuss how herbs can be used in terms of physiology, treatment modalities, safety and interactions.  There will be cases presented.

“Simple” Herbal Extracts (2 hr)

An “Herbal Simple” is a single herb remedy, as opposed to a tincture that contains multiple herbs to treat an ailment. Herbal Simples address specific medical conditions effectively. In this talk, many easy to use Herbal Simples will be discussed along with their corresponding disorders.


Talisha Moore, DVM, DACVIM

8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 11:30 am

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Neurologic Examination and Neuroanatomic Localization

Neurologic Evaluation of Spinal Radiographs

Acute Spinal Trauma

Common Mistakes in Neurology

‘The Down Dog’: Diagnosis and Treatment of Neuromuscular Disease


Jay Tischendorf, DVM

8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 11:30 am

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Get to the Point - Practical Immunology and Vaccinology for the Busy Practitioner

Microbial Mayhem - Get SMART About Cleaning and Disinfection

Mad Fever! The Dangerous Reemergences of Leptospirosis


Tracy Sheffield, CVPM and Lew Walker, SPHR (Practice Mgmt Session)

8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 11:30 am

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Lecture for Technicians and Practice Managers

Recruitment, Interviewing on Boarding

Training, Disciplinary Actions, Termination

HR Horror Stories

Roundtable Questions, Answers, Role Playing, Difficult Employee Conversations


Stephanie Pitzer, CVT, VTS, (ECC)

Sponsored by Triumph Medical Services (Technician Session)

8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 11:30 am

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Wound care part 1 covering classification of wounds, phases of healing and patient care

Wound care part 2 covering care and monitoring of open wounds and burns

IV Catheter Tips and Tricks

V Fluid Therapy essentials including fluid types and indications

Transfusions; Blood and Blood component therapy, handling, administration and monitoring


Bonnie Bragdon, DVM, MS, IVPA President

8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 11:30 am

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a crash course in preparing for practice ownership.

Monday learn the nuts and bolts of going from associate to owner by digging deep into clinic operations, production, financial statements, and business models.

  • Production and Personal Finance: The Foundation of a Good Medical Practice
  • Clinic Operations: Who Does What and How Much Does It Cost?
  • Evaluating Practices for Sale: Kissing Frogs on Your Way to Finding the ONE!
  • Business Models: Making Money on YOUR Terms

Welcome Reception

4:30 pm til 6:00 pm in the Exhibit Hall!

Complimentary Hors d'oeuvres, Drinks and Fellowship - Meet with Colleagues, exhibitors and sponsors!!


Beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Convention Center

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Registration Open 8am

Exhibit Hall Open 8am-4pm

Speaker

Time

Topic


Paul Bloom, DVM, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Dermatology Diplomate, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, Canine and Feline Specialty

8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 11:30 am

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Dermatology for Every Day Practices


Tracy Sheffield, CVPM and Lew Walker, SPHR (Practice Mgmt Session)

8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 11:30 am

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Practice Owners and Practice Managers

Repairing the Broken Practice Culture

When Disaster Strikes - Are You Ready?

Dealing with Difficult Clients

Where the Money Leaks Away


Stephanie Pitzer, CVT, VTS, (ECC)

Sponsored by Triumph Medical Services (Technician Session)

8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 11:30 am

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Triage and patient assessment from phone call to presentation at your clinic or hospital.

Respiratory Emergencies and identification of breathing patterns and breath sounds.

Creative Oxygen Supplementation covering the many options for delivering oxygen therapy.

High Flow Oxygen therapy use and indications for patients requiring oxygen therapy at the next level

CPR including basic and advanced life support


Bonnie Bragdon, DVM, MS, IVPA President

Sponsored by MicroVet Diagnostics

8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 11:30 am

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tuesday build a plan and learn to put your dreams into dollars and cents.

  • Market Analysis: Location, Location, Location
  • The Pro Forma Income Statement: Daydreaming in Dollars
  • To Start or To Buy a Practice? That is the Question!
  • Your Business Plan, Your Roadmap to Success

Beautiful Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Convention Center

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Speaker

Time

Topic


Bonnie Bragdon, DVM, MS, IVPA President

Sponsored by MicroVet Diagnostics

8:30 am - 10:00 am

10:15 am - 12:00 Noon

Wednesday wrap up with strategies for finding a lender and managing through obstacles without losing momentum.

  • The Language of Lending: Finding the Right Match for You
  • Wrap It Up and Put a Bow on It: What will You Do Tomorrow?


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 April 1st, 2024 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 4/1/2024)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 4/1/2024)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $225.00!

Please Note The Following:

*Times and Presenters Subject to Change

* Please turn off or silence cell phones in sessions


Speaker Bios...


Bonnie Bragdon, DVM, MS, IVPA PresidentBonnie Bragdon, DVM, MS, IVPA President

Dr. Bonnie Bragdon is a leader in the veterinary medical field, with more than 20 years of experience gained from professional roles supporting diverse commercial and clinical activities. Tapping skills, she developed during master’s level training in veterinary clinical science and business administration, Dr. Bragdon’s passion is helping veterinary professionals translate their medical values and professional goals into financial projections to identify good sound ownership opportunities. She understands the joy and demands of veterinary practice and hospital ownership.

Dr. Bragdon is enthusiastic about contributing to the veterinary profession and has served in volunteer roles for the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Industry Veterinarians, and the Society for Veterinary Medical Ethics. She is cofounder and president of the Independent Veterinary Practitioners Association (IVPA).

Outside of volunteering and helping veterinary professionals, she enjoys playing video games with her grandson, cuddling with her cats, walking her dogs, and spending time with her horses. She currently coordinates commercial activities as the Chief Commercial Officer for Center Point Bio-Tech, an animal health diagnostic company.

Sponsored by Independent Veterinary Practitioners Association

Independent Veterinary Practitioners Association


Laurie Dohmen, VMD, MS, RH (AHG), FACVBMLaurie Dohmen, VMD, MS, RH (AHG), FACVBM

Dr. Dohmen has received training in Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Bach Flower Essences, and most extensively Western Herbs. She received her Masters of Therapeutic Herbalism from Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2014. She was accepted as a Registered Herbalist through the American Herbalist Guild in 2020.

In 2013, Dr. Dohmen downsized her integrative mixed animal practice in southern Delaware. She is now a full-time continuing educator and lectures regularly on Western Herbal Veterinary Medicine, and other wholistic topics. She is published frequently in journals such as the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association and the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal.

Dr. Dohmen is the Past President of the Veterinary Botanical Medical Association and is on the Editorial Board of the AHVMA Journal. She also owns Lowood Educational Center in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a holistic educational venue.

Sponsored by Purple Moon Herbs and Studies

Purple Moon Herbs and Studies


Stephanie Pitzer, CVT, VTS, (ECC)

Stephanie Pitzer is a Licensed Veterinary Technician and Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care, and currently works as a Clinical Sales Specialist with Triumph Medical Services. She has 25 years' experience in veterinary technology, working both in private specialty practices and academic settings. Stephanie previously worked as a critical care technician at Colorado State University, and most recently served as the Director of Critical Care Nursing in the small animal hospital at Auburn University.

Stephanie graduated from Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology in Denver Colorado.. She has previously spoken at the International Veterinary and Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS) as well as regional meetings in Oregon and Colorado.

Stephanie's professional interests and expertise include IV fluid therapy, wound care, and high flow oxygen treatment. In her spare time she enjoys rooting for Auburn football and is a Denver Bronco fanatic! She also loves spending time with her furry family including a dog and 4 cats.

Sponsored by Triumph Medical Services


Tracy Sheffield, CVPMTracy Sheffield, CVPM

Tracy Sheffield received her Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University. She has earned additional designation of Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. Additionally, she is a Licensed Veterinary Technician in the state of Texas.

She is widely published including pieces in Veterinary Economics, Veterinary Technician, The Veterinary Business Journal (UK), and DVM 360. Tracy is a managing partner for T and L Veterinary Business Consulting. T and L Veterinary Business Consulting offers real world solutions to small and mid-sized practices in the areas of human resources and team building, marketing and client education, financial analysis and loss prevention and operations. She is the co-author of the chapter on practice management in the AAEVT’s Equine manual for veterinary technicians published by Wiley Blackwell.

Tracy has been a speaker at AVMA, AAEP, DVM360, Southeast Veterinary Conference and multiple regional conferences and workshops.

While engaged primarily in consulting Tracy is also the hospital administrator for Wimberley Veterinary Clinic. With over 20 years of experience managing a practice she is very familiar with the challenges faced by practice managers. Continuing to manage a practice in today's business environment allows her to keep a current viewpoint on the issues facing veterinary practices today. Tracy is a two time national finalist (2016 and 2018) for Practice Manager of the Year.

An avid horsewoman, Tracy is also president of the Texas Thoroughbred Association.


Lew Walker, SPHRLew Walker, SPHR

Lew Walker has held executive roles in Human resources leadership encompassing over 35 years. He has lead directly or indirectly every function with a Human Resources organization including staffing, compensation, benefits, employee and labor relations, training and employee development. He has also managed other functions including Environmental, health and safety as well as payroll. Walker begin his career in Human Resources (HR) with CVS/Pharmacy’s, he then took a Director of HR role with Cellular One upstate New York managing all HR functions for over 800 employees. Cellular One was acquired by Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems shortly after the close of the acquisition Walker was named Vice-President of HR for Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems for 14,000 employees. Southwestern Bell Mobile systems was later merged with Bellsouth Mobility forming Cingular Wireless. Walker was one of the founding executives of Cingular and was named Vice-President of HR operations and labor relations. Cingular was subsequently acquired by ATT, Walker was then named Vice-President of HR for the sales and Consumer business unit encompassing over 80,000 employees. Walker was later named Vice-President of learning services responsible for learning and development for 290,000 ATT employee and contractors worldwide. In his last role with ATT he Was Vice-President of HR for the CFO and Group President of Network organizations supporting over 120,000 employees. After leaving ATT walker has provided consulting services for a number of organizations and well as holding interim Chief HR officer roles.

Walker has extensive mergers and acquisition experience including the acquisition of Pacific Bell, Ameritech, ATT wireless and Direct TV. Walker is a published author and has spoken at numerous industry event as key note speaker, facilitator and speaker panel.



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 April 1st, 2024 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 4/1/2024)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 4/1/2024)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $225.00!

What our Attendees Say!

Mountain Veterinary Conference : I just attended the Mountain Veterinary Conference and had a great time! The speakers were the same ones you see at the huge, expensive conferences but in a more intimate, affordable setting. The local area is beautiful and lots of fun to explore - I particularly enjoyed watching the elk herds cross the roads in the mornings. The Cherokee Casino was an excellent venue - easy to navigate ... read more

Katie Gies, DVMKatie Gies, DVM | Attendee - white.goosedvm@gmail.com

What our Attendees Say!

Mountain Veterinary Conference : I've been meaning to share my very positive review of the Mountain Veterinary Conference for months -- my apologies for not doing this sooner! The Mountain Veterinary Conference was a wonderful CE experience on all levels. There were a wide variety of high quality sessions, the setting was beautiful, the food and accommodations were excellent, and the exhibitors were helpful and informative... read more

Valerie Weiss, DVMValerie Weiss, DVM | Attendee - vaweiss@ml1.net

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 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 - jenny@practivet.com

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

Sponsors and Exhibitors At The Conference

 

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

Diamond Sponsors

MicroVet Diagnostics

MicroVet Diagnostics

 

 

Gold Sponsors

Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Services

 

 

Silver Sponsor

Triumph Medical Services

 

 

Bronze Sponsors

ServiceVet Technologies

ServiceVet Technologies - J-Ray Lasers and KEPE Shock Wave Therapy

Purple Moon Herbs and Studies

Purple Moon Herbs and Studies

 

Exhibitors

3 Sided Media

American Regent Animal Health

Idexx

Independent Veterinary Practitioners Association

Independent Veterinary Practitioners Association

Schultz Technology

Virbac

 

 

 

     

Click here to download the 2024 Mountain Veterinary Conference Exhibitor Contract!

Conference Hotel Information

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Where every hand is holding a very good time.

Arrowheads point to good luck, so follow them to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. North Carolina’s first casino, Harrah’s promises an electrifying adventure that’s bound to put a smile on your face and, if you’re lucky, a bulge in your wallet.

A casino and luxury hotel combined.

Harrah’s Casino is home to a 21-story, four-star, luxury hotel nestled in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina. The 1,108 spacious rooms include amenities such as large baths, upscale furniture and fixtures, and 42-inch HD plasma TVs. In addition to these amenities, guests have access to an arcade, indoor pool and workout room, as well as a 15,000-square-foot conference center and several delicious restaurants. Eight unforgettable suites are located in the Mountain Tower, 21 in the Soco Tower, and 78 in Creek Tower.

Bask in the earthly pleasures of Mandara Spa.

Inspired by elements of native culture and Balinese-influenced treatments, Mandara Spa brings casino guests the highest quality of therapeutic luxury. The Mandara brand emphasizes beauty, rejuvenation, and exotic indulgence, aiming to enhance each guest’s resort experience by providing luscious opportunities for pampering.

Ease and enjoyment for all ages.

We know every moment of your time here is important so we provide convenient check-in and checkout kiosks in various locations throughout the hotel. Ask about our “Stay and Play Packages” to take advantage of every opportunity. If you are traveling with children, stay at the casino and let the kids explore the arcade while the adults hit the gaming tables, or take some time and enjoy outdoor activities like hikingbiking,tubing, and much more. Traveling with canine companions under 50 pounds? Ask about our PetStay room benefits.

Selu Statue at Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort and The Cherokee Convention Center

More than just a casino: Harrah’s Events Center and Conference Center

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort houses a new 3,000-seat events center where acts from Hank Williams, Jr. to Lady Antebellum have performed. This unique venue option features amphitheater seating on three levels for a variety of events and programs. The main floor can accommodate everything from a dinner for 800 to a tradeshow with more than 150 booths. The casino can also host groups and meetings ranging from ten to over 3,000 people in a state-of-the-art conference facility. The large meeting space can be broken down into 7 smaller configurations to suit any event or group needs.... from VisitCherokeeNC.Com

"The luxurious 21-story Harrah’s Cherokee Hotel is set amid the beautiful mountain setting of western North Carolina and provides luxury lodging that creates an upscale experience with 1,108 spacious rooms that include breathtaking views.  Check-in/Checkout Kiosks are available in the hotel for fast service and are located on the 2nd floor of the hotel. Enjoy many amenities like the fitness room that is open 24/7, the indoor pool and our new outdoor pool featuring a zero entry pool, cabanas and bar area."

Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort and The Cherokee Convention Center

An enterprise of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, located in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina, Harrah's Cherokee Casino Resort is celebrating over 15 years of operation since opening its doors in November 1997. The Casino has 150,000 square feet of gaming space and offers 3,800 slot machines and over 100 traditional table games such as black jack, roulette and craps. The property also features over 1,100 hotel rooms, the Le Fu Men gaming area, 10 restaurants, the Essence Lounge, a 3,000 seat Event Center, the luxurious 18,000 square feet Mandara Spa and eight retail shops. In addition to the 56-acre property, guests have privileged access to the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation-owned Sequoyah National Golf Club, named one of Golf Magazine's best new golf courses.  

 

 

For Hotel Reservations:

Room rates start at $100 + tax and any applicable resort fees guaranteed until March 20, 2024 and can be made by:

 

Harrah’s The Cherokee Convention Center Lobby

The Cherokee Convention Center Lobby

 

Harrah’s The Cherokee Convention Center - Guy Fieri Circles

The Cherokee Convention Center - Guy Fieri Circles

 

Harrah’s The Cherokee Convention Center - Bar

The Cherokee Convention Center - Guy Fieri Bar

 

Harrah’s The Cherokee Convention Center - Starbucks

The Cherokee Convention Center - Starbucks

 

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Creek Tower Standard Room

Creek Tower Standard Room

 

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Classroom

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Classroom

 

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Mandara Spa

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Mandara Spa

 


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 April 1st, 2024 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 4/1/2024)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 4/1/2024)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $225.00!

Area Information

Visit Cherokee

Cherokee, North Carolina

A culture, a people, and a place that's actually a sovereign nation, Cherokee is located right in the heart of Western North Carolina. It's also base camp for hiking in the Great Smokies, arts and crafts shopping, native elk herd viewing, hours of fishing fun, and home to a history that spans millennia. Ready? Let’s go.

From visitcherokeenc.com ...

Discover the fun of seeing the world through Cherokee eyes.

It might happen on a mud-spattering romp through the nearby Great Smoky Mountains. Or while hearing the creation legend in the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. You’ll be having fun in Cherokee, relaxing, and suddenly, you’re a little more in tune with the natural world. With just one visit to something as profound as the outdoor drama “Unto These Hills,” you can’t help but look at things a little differently. And you’ll certainly have more fun. How will Cherokee affect you? Plan. Play. Visit. And discover.

Adventures that go deeper.

Each place you visit in Cherokee pulses with the stories and significance of a people whose roots run deep and whose ancient wisdom is fascinating to uncover. Nestled in the lush landscapes of Western North Carolina, Cherokee invites you to smell the wood smoke and open your ears. If you listen closely, maybe you can hear the chanting of the little Nunnehi people of the mountain peaks. No need to resist Cherokee’s invitations to dive right in. Fire off a blowgun if you dare, but make sure your spouse is in the clear. As you cast your line into the trout-filled rivers or wash your face in the sweet spray of a waterfall, let the powerful feelings of Cherokee carry you. Even if it’s just for a day or two.

Open your eyes with us.

A virtual treasure trove of outdoorsy fun awaits in Cherokee. Activities gain new dimensions as you become aware of their origins, steeped in a vibrant cultural heritage. For instance, if you enjoy birding, you may never see the cardinal in the same way after learning about the legend of how it got its scarlet color–just as you may observe in a new way the copper lines in the ancient boulders along the banks of the Oconaluftee where you may be fishing, tubing or kayaking. Did you know that the wolf showed the cardinal those copper lines to paint herself with after she pecked the mud from his eyes? These are stories you and your fellow travelers will learn as you explore Cherokee.

Awaken your power animal.

Cherokee history, song, dance, and period regalia come to vivid life in sites such as the Oconaluftee Indian Village, the outdoor drama “Unto These Hills,” or the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Cherokee hosts a variety of annual cultural festivals throughout the year where you can share in the celebration of colorful customs and learn about ancient beginnings.

Let your braids fly in downtown Cherokee.

Nostalgic shops offering blowguns and tomahawks, comfy motor lodges, family fun parks, and petting zoos can all be found in downtown Cherokee, NC. If you’re looking for something extraordinary, consider playing the 18-hole Sequoyah National Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones II, then staying at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.

 


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 April 1st, 2024 to take advantage of the Early Registration Discount!

Veterinarians $450.00 (before 4/1/2024)

Technician, Receptionists, Support Staff $250.00 (before 4/1/2024)

   

One (1) Day Registraion is now available for $225.00!