MVMA Great Lakes Veterinary Conference (GLVC)





Room reservations are separate from event registrations. The VET-PAC Fundraiser is an optional event and requires an additional registration.

You may register for the each by clicking the links above.



Proceedings for Eric Garcia's Sessions:

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Eric D. Garcia
IT Expert and Digital Marketer | Founder of Simply Done Tech Solutions

Eric started his career by working hands-on at a veterinary practice for the better part of a decade. What he learned there would go on to impact his approach toward marketing veterinary practices for the rest of my life.

Now, he helps veterinary practices around the world understand digital marketing isn’t simply just a job. This is what I do day in and day out and it’s what I absolutely love.

Whether it’s speaking internationally in the Philippines, across Europe or at North American conferences like NAVC, Eric helps veterinary practices adapt and thrive in a digital world that’s changing faster than ever.

Whether it’s his next speaking engagement or an on-site consult, there’s nothing that excites him more than helping veterinary practices implement proven techniques to enhance their marketing efforts and thrive like never before.

His early work with one of the first veterinary exclusive web-companies helped him develop an innate understanding of the vast digital landscape and how crucial it is for veterinary practices, not just to secure new clients, but to maintain old ones as well.

It’s truly a love and a passion to education practices with all levels of understanding; whether an early adapter of the latest technology or one with absolutely no digital infrastructure.

Eric explores the nuances of veterinary practices and enabling them with the tools they need to succeed. Many veterinary professionals have emailed him success stories or send have sent him Facebook message to show him how they implemented one of his techniques or made one of their own. Working with hundreds of veterinary practices around the globe allows has allowed him to understand which proven techniques can most easily adapt across all veterinary practices.

Sessions sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health

Sessions Include:

  • Client Retention and Scaling
  • Marketing: Social Media, Video and Pay-per-click Campaigns
  • Harnessing the Power of Positive Reviews
  • “Have You Scheduled Your Next Appointment?” Exploring Client Retention Strategies
  • Can You Help My Yelp?! How to Handle Online Haters, Bullies, and More
  • Avoiding Cat-astrophy - How to Engage Cat Owners in Life-Long Care

Proceedings for Dr. Dryden's Sessions:

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Michael Dryden, DVM, PhD, DACVM
Professor Emeritus  |  Veterinary Parasitology  |  Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Michael Dryden, DVM, PhD, DACVM, is an Emeritus University Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Parasitology, at Kansas State University. He received his DVM from Kansas State University in 1984, spent 2.5 years in private practice and then received his M.S. & Ph.D. in Veterinary Parasitology from Purdue University. Dr. Dryden is the author or co-author of >140 journal articles, 13 book chapters, a pictorial atlas of small animal parasitology and a book the “Top 100 Questions and Answers about Fleas and Pets”. He has lectured in 22 countries, presenting > 1,000 invited seminars on clinical veterinary parasitology at local, regional, national and international meetings. Dr. Dryden has received numerous teaching, research and service awards throughout his career, including the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award from the American College of Veterinary Dermatology recognizing his contributions to the education of future veterinary dermatologists at American College of Veterinary Dermatology Residents’ Forum, the 2010 Veterinarian of the Year presented at the 56th Annual Show Dogs of the Year® Awards at the Westminster Dog Show, the 2015 American Association of Veterinary Parasitologists Distinguished Parasitologist of the Year and the 2017 American Association of Veterinary Microbiologists Distinguished Microbiologist of the Year.

Sessions sponsored by Zoetis

Sessions Include:

  • How Does Systemic Flea Control work?
  • All About Fecal Diagnostics: Classic and Cutting Edge
  • Where did all these ticks come from and now what?
  • What do we know about multidrug resistant hookworms?
  • The quagmire that is Giardiasis
  • Mites: What’s burrowing under your dog’s and cat’s skin?
  • Managing Heartworm in the Adopted Dog

Proceedings for Dr. Stanley's Sessions:

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Professor Emeritus  |  Small Animal Clinical Sciences | Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Bryden J. Stanley is Emeritus Professor of Surgery at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated in 1982 from Murdoch University, Australia. Following a stint in private practice, she completed an internship at Murdoch and a surgical registrarship at the University of Sydney. From 1987 to 1990, Bryden completed an ACVS surgery residency and master’s degree at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Dr. Stanley’s first faculty appointment was at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland but she has been at Michigan State University since 1999, where she was Head of Surgery before retirement. Stanley’s clinical interests are in all aspects of soft tissue surgery, particularly upper respiratory, wound management and cutaneous reconstructive techniques. Stanley undertakes clinical research in upper respiratory diseases and wound healing. She publishes frequently, has received many teaching awards and lectures widely at a national and international level.

Sessions sponsored by Elanco

Sessions Include:

  • Hemoabdomen

  • Gastrointestinal surgery tips and tricks
  • Relaparotomy – when to revisit the abdomen!
  • Abdominal bite wounds and penetrations
  • Open wound management
  • Closure of unusual shapes
  • Cutaneous reconstruction: Tension relieving techniques
  • Cutaneous reconstruction: Subdermal plexus flaps
  • Interactive case presentations - wounds and flaps


      Platinum Sponsors

      • Elanco (Conference & Speaker Sponsor)

          Gold Sponsors

          • Zoetis (Conference Sponsor)

              Silver Sponsors


                    Please know that the MVMA is working very closely with the Boyne Highlands Resort and expects the 2021 GLVC to happen on its new date, August 22-24, 2021, as planned. However, if we are unable to host this in-person event safely, the format may change to virtual or the date will be moved and/or refunds will be granted in full if a cancellation is made before the given deadline because the GLVC can no longer take place as expected.   


                    When is the GLVC and is there a registration deadline?

                    The GLVC will commence on Sunday, Aug. 22, and will conclude on Tuesday, Aug. 24. Please note, event registration will be open until Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. Late registration will not be available for this event. Hotel registrations will be available until Friday, July 23, 2021 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 2021 GLVC on Aug 22-24, you can acquire up to 12 CE hours. Session times and information can be found in the agenda.

                    What is the cancellation policy? 

                    Registrations may be cancelled for a full refund less $50, if submitted in writing to by Sunday, August 8, 2021.

                    AT THE CONFERENCE

                    When will I receive my registration materials?

                    Please bring your confirmation email with you to the conference. This year we are offering a new check-in process. Your badge and other materials will be given to you at that point by a staff member.

                    How will I track my CE while at the conference?

                    This year we will be utilizing a new scanning system that will accurately track of all of your CE sessions. This will be done by using your badge. Please remember to keep your badge on you at all times while attending the conference.

                    What attire should I plan for? 

                    During your time at GLVC, please feel free to dress business casual for all activities. 

                    SPEAKERS AND TOPICS

                    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 in-depth sessions on marketing, practice management, parasitology, surgery, 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.


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