MVMA 2023 Great Lakes Veterinary Conference (GLVC)

Mark your calendar to join us June 23-25, 2023 at Great Wolfe Lodge in Traverse City, Michigan

 Thank you for joining us June 15-17, 2022, at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island




William D. Saxon, DVM, DACVIM, DACVECC
Field Medical Specialist | IDEXX

Dr. Saxon received his DVM from Iowa State University in 1986. He completed his internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City and residencies at the AMC and University of Pennsylvania. He practiced in the San Francisco area until 2007 and owned an intensive care unit in a specialty referral practice in Washington, D.C. He has been an IDEXX Reference Laboratories internal medicine consultant since 1997. Dr. Saxon is a coauthor of Manual of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine and has authored articles on cardiomyopathy, acute abdomen disease, drug toxicities and burn injury.

Sessions sponsored by IDEXX

Sessions Include: Preventative Medicine and Hematology

  • Preventive Care: Everything Old Is New Again.
  • Preventive Care: Intestinal Parasites.
  • Preventive Care: Vector-borne Disease
  • Preventive Care: Feline Retroviral Disease
  • Preventive Care: The CBC, Biochemical Profile, and Urinalysis
  • Hematology: What Are You Missing Without A CBC?
  • Hematology: Reticulocytes Count: Why They Should Be Part of Every CBC.
  • Hematology: The Bleeding Patient: How to Find the Cause and Make It Stop.

Mia Cary, DVM

CEO & Change Agent  |  Cary Consulting & PrideVMC

Dr. Mia Cary (she, her, hers), a 1999 UF College of Veterinary Medicine graduate, has a personal and professional purpose of activating others to thrive. In addition to speaking, meeting facilitation, association leadership, and customized consulting projects, Dr. Cary reserves a portion of every week for her coaching clients. Her professional experience includes executive leadership and education roles at the AVMA, NAVC, Boehringer Ingelheim, and Novartis Animal Health. She currently serves as CEO and Change Agent for Cary Consulting, CEO for the Pride Veterinary Medical Community (PrideVMC), serves on the board of advisors for the Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy (VEA) and is a Past President of the American Association of Industry Veterinarians (AAIV).  She resides with the Cary Crew in Greensboro, NC and recognizes the Eno, Sappony, and Shakori nations on whose land she lives and works.

Wednesday session sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

Sessions Include: Leadership

  • Culture, Climate, and Collaboration - How to Optimize for Positive Practice Impact

During our current reality of data and information overload, working collaboratively is critical for increasing the quality and speed of decision making. While we can’t always choose the individuals that make up the teams we belong to, we can maximize impact by choosing our approach to working effectively in any type of team. Collaboration amongst team members, practice culture, and practice climate all impact where individuals, as well as the workplace, falls on the dynamic continuum of wellbeing. In a nutshell - are we thriving, surviving, or flailing? During this interactive session Dr. Cary will explain the characteristics of an effective team and the importance of vulnerability-based trust. The impact of effective collaboration on practice culture and climate will also be explored. By the end of the program each participant, regardless of their role within a practice, will have a roadmap for collaboration effectiveness that can be further developed with each new collaboration opportunity.  

  • What Ted Lasso Teaches Us About Leadership and Life 

If you are looking to recalibrate your leadership and life skills, whether you have binged on the Ted Lasso series or not, this session is for you. During our time together we will discuss a variety of leadership essentials including how kindness is powerful and underrated, why small gestures can lead to massive impact, and where play and laughter belong.

Betsy Charles, DVM, MA

Vice President of Medical Excellence  |  Mission Veterinary Partners

In short, I’m an Adidas wearing, hip hop dancing veterinary radiologist who wants to change the world by cultivating a community of leaders through curiosity, creative conversations, and connection. What are the specifics? I hold a doctorate of veterinary medicine with advanced residency training in diagnostic imaging as well as a master’s degree in organizational leadership. I have been the executive director of the Veterinary Leadership Institute since 2011. I use that expertise to help veterinary professionals understand how servant leaders can facilitate the development of high functioning organizations. I have worked in general practice, specialty practice and was a faculty member at Western University of Health Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine for over 8 years. I’ve been privileged to present at over 75% of the veterinary colleges in the U.S., numerous state veterinary medical associations, the American Association of Equine Practitioners National Convention for several years, and the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Veterinary Leadership Conference for multiple years. I have been a keynote speaker for both veterinary audiences as well as non-veterinary audiences and I have been a commencement speaker. I believe we all have the capacity to be exceptional people of influence by living into our true identities and learning the skills necessary to become emotionally intelligent and effective communicators, relationship builders, and boundary setters.

Thursday session sponsored by Heska

Thursday Sessions Include: Radiology

  • Diagnostic Imaging as a Bridge to Self-Awareness: Setting the Stage for Reading Films Together

  • Read Like Roentgen
  • I don’t care how you read films as long as you do it the same way every time!! Thoracic, Abdominal and Musculoskeletal Reading Strategies
  • Cool Cases: Part 1 Putting Skills Into Practice
  • Cool Cases: Part 2 Putting Skills Into Practice
  • Cool Cases: Part 3 Putting Skills Into Practice

        Betsy Charles, DVM, MA

        Vice President of Medical Excellence  |  Mission Veterinary Partners


        Friday Full Day Workshop: How to Build a Collaborative Culture Using Communication
        8 am - 4 pm (includes a two hour lunch break on your own) 

        This workshop is open to participants not registered for GLVC at a one day cost of $150. Workshop is already included in the price for full GLVC registrants. 

        Workshop Objectives:

        • Build rapport with participants in an engaging, meaningful and experiential way that also introduces several of the communication and conflict management skill sets that will be required of a high functioning practice leaders.
        • Present the Nonviolent Communication model of conflict management and resolution by using profession specific examples that will equip the team to effectively work together in difficult situations.
        • Give the workshop participants the opportunity to practice using the skill sets in a fun and non-threatening environment.


        Grand Hotel

        286 Grand Avenue

        Mackinac Island, MI  49757

        800.334.7263 (800.33GRAND)

        The discounted block rate has now closed - please contact Grand Hotel directly for pricing and availability 

        Daily lodging rates:


        • a full breakfast and dinner each day (otherwise known as their Modified American Plan)

        do not include current applicable taxes and fees

        • 6% sales tax
        • 3% Mackinac Island assessment fee
        • 19.5% additional hotel fee
        • $8.50 (per person) one-time round-trip baggage transfer from the docks to the hotel and return

        Check-in – 4 p.m.

        Check-out – 11 a.m.

        Grand Hotel does offer dinner only tickets for attendees staying at other area hotels. Non-Grand Hotel guest dinner tickets are $129 per person and can be acquired at the Host Stand upon arrival. Cash and Credit card is accepted.

        Please note that not all areas/meeting rooms at Grand Hotel are 100% handicap accessible. We encourage anyone with specific questions or accessibility questions to contact Angel Davis (MVMA Staff) at or Grand Hotel directly at 906.847.3331. 

        Grand Hotel Attire

        Attire is business casual for all activities except the Wednesday night Porch Reception and dinner in the hotel dining room. Coats and ties for gentlemen and dresses or pant suits for the ladies are required.

        For more information and to help you prepare for your stay, please visit


        Discount ferry tickets have been arranged through our preferred Ferry line when traveling to/from Mackinac Island. 

        Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry 

        556 E. Central Ave.

        Mackinaw City, MI


        Visit to purchase advance ferry tickets. To receive the discounted rate, be sure to use promo code: MVMA22

        If purchasing tickets at the time of arrival, please reference Great Lakes Veterinary Conference at the ticket window. 

        Rates/Fees (roundtrip)

        • $23.00/adult
        • $14/child (ages 5-12)

        Upon arrival to the ferry dock, let dock staff know where you’re staying so they can tag your luggage accordingly. Once luggage is on the island dock, Grand Hotel (or your chosen hotel) porters will be responsible for getting it to/from the property.

        Overnight Parking

        Parking is arranged at the time of arrival. Below are current parking rates based on preference and location:

        Mackinaw City:

        (All options are self-parking)

        • Day Parking:             FREE (off-site)
        • Standard Parking:    $15.00/night (off-site)
        • Premium Parking:    $35.00/night on-site at the dock

              (Gate ticket required for entry/exit) – Based on availability at time of arrival.

        St. Ignace:

        (All options are self-parking)

        • Day Parking:             FREE (on-site)
        • Standard Parking:   $15.00/night off-site (gate ticket required for entry/exit)
        • Premium Parking:   $20.00/night on-site at the dock (gate ticket required for entry/exit)

        Shepler’s provides continuous shuttle service to and from the off-site lots at both Mackinaw City and St. Ignace locations.


        Welcome Reception

        Wednesday, June 15, 6 - 7 pm

        Join us for an elegant reception on the Grand Hotel Front Porch, donned with your finest attire! You’ll enjoy a spectacular view, delicious food and a most picturesque spot on the island.

        DEI Dinner & Discussion (Sponsored by Banfield Pet Hospital)
        Wednesday, June 15, 7:30 - 9 p.m. 

        Join us for an open discussion on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in veterinary medicine, facilitated by Dr. Mia Carry and MVMA's DEI Committee. We'll examine videos, engagae in table discussions, and talk about ways to enact change within the profession. This event is free for Grand Hotel guests (as part of their hotel MAP package) who are registered for GLVC.

        GLVC attendees from other hotels require a separate  guest dinner fee of $129 paid directly to grand Hotel at the time of arrival for dinner (Grand Hotel policy). All guests must register in advance as seats are limited. 

        Private Sunset Cruise

        Thursday, June 16, 8 - 9:30 p.m. (*time change from previous agenda)

        Come aboard one of Shepler’s private charters, reserved just for us! What better way to take in the entire island than by boat, perfect for networking and catching up with colleagues and friends.

        Separate ticket/registration purchase is required. A full bar will be available and light hors d'oeuvres. Ticket price includes the boat tour, 2 drink tickets per person, food and musical entertainment. 

        Private/reserved taxis to/from Shepler's Ferry dock will not be provided. Shepler's Ferry is unable to accept credit cards on board, drinks purchased beyond the 2 tickets provided will be cash only. 

        • Adult ticket price: $50
        • Child ticket price: $25 (5-16 years old)



        When is the GLVC and is there a registration deadline?

        The GLVC will kickoff on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, and will end on Friday, June 17. Please note, event registration will be open until Sunday, June 5, 2022. Late registration will not be available for this event. Hotel registrations will be available until Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. and rooms are available on first-come basis. 

        How much does it cost to attend the GLVC and where can I register?

        The cost of registration depends on your registration type. To register for the GLVC and see the complete list of prices, please click here

        How many CE credits can I qualify for by attending the GLVC?

        By attending the 2022 GLVC, you can acquire up to 15 CE hours. Session times and information can be found in the agenda.

        What is the cancellation policy? 

        Any and all cancellations must be in writing and sent to A $50 cancellation fee will apply to any and all cancellations submitted up to seven (7) days from the date of event/session. NO REFUNDS will be given for cancellations submitted seven (7) or fewer days from the date of event/session. Should an event be cancelled by MVMA for any reason, full refunds will be issued in a timely manner.


        When will I receive my registration materials?

        Onsite registration will located at the Straits of Mackinac. Your badge and any other needed materials will be distributed at that time.

        How will I track my CE while at the conference?

        Sign-in sheets will be made available at each meeting room, please be sure to sign-in so we can clearly see your name.

        What attire should I plan for? 

        During your time at GLVC, please feel free to dress business casual for all MVMA scheduled CE activities . Other social events will require formal dress. Please see Grand Hotel’s website for further details by clicking here.

        Will I receive a discounted rate on Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry if I attend GLVC?

        Yes, attendees can receive a discounted rate if they mention the promo code: MVMA22 when calling. The number to  Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry is 800.828.6157.

        Upon arrival to the ferry dock, let dock staff know where you’re staying so they can tag your luggage accordingly. Once luggage is on the island dock, Grand Hotel (or your chosen hotel) porters will be responsible for getting it to/from the property.

        Where do I park to attend the conference?

        Parking is arranged at the time of arrival. See the “CONFERENCE LOCATION & HOTEL ARRANGEMENTS” on this page for more details.

        What social events are offered at GLVC?

        On Wednesday evening, registered attendees will have the chance to participate in an elegant reception on the Grand Hotel Front Porch. You’ll enjoy a spectacular view, delicious food and a most picturesque spot on the island.

        On Thursday evening, an optional private sunset cruise will be available for an additional charge. Join us for a full bar, entertainment, light hors d'oeuvres, and gorgeous views on the water  .

        Guests are welcome to attend for an additional cost. Guests are not permitted during CE functions.


        Do I need to pick my sessions before the GLVC?

        You will have a chance pick to your sessions before arriving. However, if you decide to switch when you arrive, that’s not a problem at all. We do recommend that you review the agenda to know the dates and times of each session. You may view the agenda by clicking here.

        What topics are being covered during the GLVC?

        This year our speakers will be covering Preventative Medicine, Hematology, Leadership, Radiology and more!

        Who will be speaking at the GLVC?

        This year we have a packed agenda. To view our complete list of speakers, please visit the "speakers" section on this page.


        Platinum Level Sponsor

        Gold Level Sponsor

        • Sponsoring DEI dinner on Wednesday evening

        Silver Level Sponsor

        • Sponsoring the libations during the sunset cruise

        Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact the MVMA at or call (517) 347-4710 for more information

        Disclaimer: Attendee acknowledges the highly contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assumes the risk of exposure or infection by attending Michigan Veterinary Medical Association’s (MVMA) 2022 Great Lakes Veterinary Conference (GLVC), and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, disability, and/or death to attendee. Attendee understands that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at the 2022 GLVC may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of others who may attend the event or their families, colleagues, or others with whom they may have contact. Accordingly, attendee understands and agrees that this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of MVMA, its employees, agents, sponsors, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in the 2022 GLVC. Attendee hereby releases, covenants not to sue, discharges, and holds harmless the MVMA, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from any such claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs, or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto.

        In addition, while in attendance at the 2022 GLVC, attendee agrees to comply with all COVID-related procedures that may be implemented by CDC, MDHHS, MVMA and Grand Hotel, including, but not limited to, mask-wearing and social distancing requirements and restrictions on certain activities that carry higher COVID-related risk, in order to protect as much as possible, the health and safety of all 2022 GLVC attendees.

        What are MVMA’s additional protocols?

        Proof of vaccination or negative COVID test will not be required for this specific event.

        MVMA will follow the CDC recommendations for indoor masking in Mackinac County based on the level and risk of spread at the time of the event. If Mackinac County is in the high (red) masks will be required at all times while indoors, especially if meeting spaces don’t allow for adequate social distancing. If Mackinac County is in the substantial (orange) level, moderate (yellow) or low (blue), masks will be recommended but not required while indoors. All mask requirements will be strictly enforced by staff and property personnel.

        MVMA has the right to change the above-mentioned protocols at any time and will communicate those changes to all participants in a timely manner.

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