Summer Conference

July 9-11, 2021
Hotel Ballast
Wilmington, NC

Canceled due to COVID-19 related concerns

16 hours of quality continuing education

General Information
Join us at the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association’s Summer Veterinary Conference at the Hotel Ballast in Wilmington, NC.

For the safety of attendees, the conference will be following appropriate COVID guidelines for groups. As such, attendance may be subject to some restrictions.

Pre-registration is required. You may register online, fax the printable registration form with your credit card number to (919) 851-5859, or mail the form with a check made payable to the NCVMA Summer Veterinary Conference to 1611 Jones Franklin Road, #108, Raleigh, NC 27606.

The Early Bird registration deadline is June 15th. 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 8, 2021.

******We are green! Conference proceedings will be posted online and emailed prior to the conference beginning. Only limited print quantities will be available at the conference.******

Accommodations
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.

Reservations made by individual call (910) 763-5900 or book online. Enter the online code VTM in "Group Code" in the "Special Rates" Tab. The rate is $189.00 per night for Historic View rooms and $209.00 per night for Riverview rooms, excluding taxes. Hotel Ballast will make every effort to satisfy specific accommodation requests. The hotel room block will fill quickly, so please make your reservations soon. Cut off date is June 15, 2021. Reservations requested after this date will not be guaranteed, but provided at rack rates, based on availability.

Onsite parking rates for hotel guests are $15.00 per night for self and $20.00 per night for valet. Attendees not staying at the hotel may park across the street (https://www.wilmingtonnc.gov/departments/city-manager/parking).

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

Hotel Address: 301 N. Water Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

Special Events
Friday - Lunch: Join us for a friendly Walkabout Lunch! Plenty of time to stroll through the displays, discover new products and services, chat with exhibitors and hey! -- Don’t forget to thank them for their support!. This event is complimentary for registered veterinarians/registered guests, but tickets are required. Make sure that you register for this event to get your ticket!

Friday - Welcome Reception: Bring the family and enjoy meeting new friends and visiting with old acquaintances. This is a great time to get those NCVMA Industry Council bingo cards signed and stick around for the Industry Council Raffle Drawing! Attendance may be limited due to any applicable group restrictions.

Saturday - Lunch: This is your last chance to grab lunch from the Exhibit Hall and hang out with the many vendor representatives. You’ll be given another opportunity to win one of the great prizes in the Industry Council Raffle Drawing. This event is complimentary for registered veterinarians/registered guests, but tickets are required. Make sure that you register for this event to get your ticket!

Saturday - Awards & Installation Celebration: Kick off your Saturday night before exploring the area and join us as we celebrate the installation of officers for 2021-2022 and recognize award recipients for 2021. Dress code is nice resort casual attire (please, no shorts or t-shirts). Event includes cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres and fun company! This event is complimentary for registered veterinarians/registered guests, but tickets are required. You must register for this event to attend! Unregistered guests are $15/per ticket. Attendance may be limited due to any applicable group restrictions. So, register now!

Tentative Schedule


Thursday, July 8, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Registration

Friday, July 9, 2021
7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration
7:00 am - 6:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open
7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall Open
8:00 am - 8:50 am "Behavioral Wellness, Anxiety, Nutrition and Your Safety, Part 1”
Shane Gentry, Sally Said So Professional Dog Training
9:00 am - 9:50 am "Behavioral Wellness, Anxiety, Nutrition and Your Safety, Part 2”
Shane Gentry, Sally Said So Professional Dog Training
9:50 am - 10:20 am Break in Exhibit Hall
10:20 am - 11:10 am “Lyme Disease and Why You Should Be Thinking About Prevention”
Dr. Keri Shaver, Merck Animal Health
11:20 am - 12:10 pm “Yes, Made Simple: Keep Your Hospital Pharmacy Healthy, Part 1”
Dr. Keri Shaver, Merck Animal Health
12:10 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch in Exhibit Hall
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm “Yes, Made Simple: Keep Your Hospital Pharmacy Healthy, Part 2”
Dr. Keri Shaver, Merck Animal Health
2:20 pm - 2:50 pm NCVMA Membership Meeting
2:50 pm - 3:05 pm Break in Exhibit Hall
3:05 pm - 3:55 pm “Acute Diarrhea in Dogs: The Role of Metronidazole”
Michael Leib, Virginia–Maryland CVM
4:05 pm - 4:55 pm “Gastrointestinal Health: Prebiotics, Probiotics and the GI Microbiome”
Michael Leib, Virginia–Maryland CVM
4:55 pm - 6:25 pm Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

Saturday, July 10, 2021
7:00 am - 2:15 pm Registration
7:00 am - 1:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open
7:00 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
8:00 am - 8:50 am “Diagnostic Approach to Chronic Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats”
Michael Leib, Virginia–Maryland CVM
9:00 am - 9:50 am “Dietary Management of Chronic Enteropathy in Dogs and Cats”
Michael Leib, Virginia–Maryland CVM
9:50 am - 10:20 am Break in Exhibit Hall
10:20 am - 11:10 am “Gastric Acid Inhibition: When and How?”
Michael Leib, Virginia–Maryland CVM
11:20 am - 12:10 pm “Chronic Vomiting: The Roles of Diet Trials, Ultrasonography, Endoscopy, and Helicobacter, Part 1“
Michael Leib, Virginia–Maryland CVM
12:10 pm - 1:20 pm Lunch In Exhibit Hall
1:20 pm - 2:10 pm “Chronic Vomiting: The Roles of Diet Trials, Ultrasonography, Endoscopy, and Helicobacter, Part 2“
Michael Leib, Virginia–Maryland CVM
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Officer Installation & Awards Presentation

Sunday, July 11, 2021
7:00 am - 12:30 pm Registration
7:00 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast outside Registration
8:00 am - 8:50 am “The Gait Game: Localizing Your Patient with Gait Alone”
Dr. Fred Wininger, Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency
9:00 am - 9:50 am “These Cases are a Pain in the Neck: A Generalist’s Approach to Neck Pain”
Dr. Fred Wininger, Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency
9:50 am - 10:20 am Break
10:20 am - 11:10 am “Vision and Pupils: A Practical Guide to Neuro-Ophthalmology”
Dr. Fred Wininger, Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency
11:20 am - 12:10 am “Dizzy Yet? A Practical Guide to Vestibular Syndromes”
Dr. Fred Wininger, Charlotte Animal Referral & Emergency
12:10 pm Adjourn - Thank you and safe travels home!

Online Register Closed

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