Summer Conference

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July 12-14, 2024
Hotel Ballast
Wilmington, NC

16 hours of CE

Join us at the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association’s Summer Veterinary Conference at the beautiful Hotel Ballast along the Cape Fear River in Wilmington, NC.

The Early Bird registration deadline is June 30th. After that date, refunds, less a $75 administrative fee, will be made only upon receipt of a written request. No refunds will be made after July 10, 2024.

Pre-registration is required.

Conference proceedings will be posted online and emailed prior to the conference. Limited print quantities will be available at the conference.


Hotel Ballast, 301 N Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401

Group rate is $189/night for Historic View rooms and $209/night for River View (plus taxes). Cutoff Date: Friday, 6/07/2024

To make room reservations, book online or call 1-800-HILTONS and mention group code: CAT.

Hotel Ballast will make every effort to satisfy specific accommodation requests. Group Rates are available until room block is full or until the Cutoff Date: Friday, 6/07/2024, whichever comes first. After the cut-off date, please note the group rate will no longer be valid. Reservations requested after this date will not be guaranteed, but provided at rack rates, based on availability.

Group rate parking Fees: Valet Parking $20/day; Overnight Parking $15/day. Group rate offered three days pre & post based on availability.

Check in 4:00 pm. Check out 11:00 am.


Friday (8 hours)

Rusty Russell - Covenant Wealth Management, Sponsored by Covenant Wealth Management

  • Financial Planning Essentials in the Career Cycle of the Veterinarian
Renee Schmid, DVM, DABT, DABVT - Pet Poison Helpline

  • Back to the Basics: Approaching Poisonings Correctly Right From the Start!
  • Decontamination Methods of the Dog and Cat
  • You Mean the Party's Over? A Review of Recreational and Illicit Poisonings in Dogs and Cats
  • Top 10(ish) Toxins Affecting Dogs and Cats
  • Toxic Plants and the Small Animal Patient

Saturday  (5 hours)

Cynthia Ward, VMD, PhD, DACVIM (SAIM) - University of Georgia, Sponsored by Boehringer-Ingelheim

  • Caring for the Diabetic Cat: What's New in 2024
  • Updates on the Clinical Approach to Diabetes Mellitus in the Dog
Michael Bailey, DVM, DACVR, AAAS/AVMA Fellow - IDEXX, Sponsored by IDEXX

  • Upper Airway Small Animal Respiratory Disease
  • Small Animal Thoracic Pathology

Sunday (3 hours)

Eli Cohen, DVM, DACVR - Dragonfly Imaging / NCSU-CVM

  • The Biological Basis of Error: How Our biology has Evolved to Lie to Us
  • First, Do No Harm: Ethical and Legal Implications of A.I. in Veterinary Medicine
  • Zebra Hoofbeats: How Would A.I. Do?

Tentative Schedule

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About Wilmington

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Taking cues from Wilmington’s rich maritime history as well as its progressive present as a modern port city, Hotel Ballast brings new life to the Cape Fear River waterfront. Experience one of the South's most charming shopping destinations - from chic beach boutiques and upscale malls to eclectic emporiums and avant-garde art galleries. You'll find everything here. Whether you're interested in designer or vintage apparel, cutting-edge art, or one-of-a-kind antiques, Wilmington takes retail therapy to new levels.

Wilmington and its island beaches are renowned for some of the South's best restaurants and eateries. Feast on down-home classics such as fried shrimp or pulled pork. Dine outdoors and indulge in excellent seafood creations at a popular riverfront or oceanfront spot. Craft beer aficionados can quench their thirst at local breweries and area top hops spots.