Update on the Great Lakes Veterinary Conference

07/14/2020 3:48 PM | Anonymous

In any learning event MVMA schedules, the safety and well-being of our members, sponsors, staff, speakers and partners are our top priorities.  Our goal is to always produce quality CE that is timely and from expert speakers who can provide insight on the advancements in veterinary medicine. Due to recent upticks in COVID-19 cases and travel bans from businesses, universities and other institutions, we have made the difficult decision to make this year’s Great Lakes Veterinary Conference a fully virtual event. We are disappointed to not be gathering together on the island, but know you will be pleased with the program we put together. With our new conference format, you will have the freedom to view the seminars in the comfort of your own home, office or wherever you prefer.

So, you probably have a couple of questions regarding the conference and your registration. We have many of those answers and are happy to assist you through this transition.


We have slashed prices to make this more affordable for anyone who wants to attend. New pricing is available below. If you are currently registered for either the in-person or virtual event, we will send you a refund for the difference in price and keep your registration for the new event. You only need to contact us if you intend to cancel. All cancellation fees are waived for this year if you cancel by Friday, Aug. 7.





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ROOM RESERVATION(S) – What you need to do

Grand Hotel

Option 1: Cancel your room and MVMA covers the room cancellation fee.

Please note, you will have 7 days from the date you received this email to inform the Grand Hotel about your decision to keep your current reservation as-is, cancel the reservation, or find an alternate date to transfer your funds to. If you cancel, a full refund will be issued by the Grand Hotel. A fee associated with the cancellation will be billed to the MVMA. You must cancel your reservation within 7 days of receiving their email to qualify for this fee waiver. The Grand Hotel will bill the MVMA directly after the reservation has been canceled and no further action from you will be required.  

Option 2: Keep your original reservation and enjoy the island.

Option 3: The reservation may be moved to another time within the current season designated by the Grand Hotel. Please contact the Grand Hotel for the most up-to-date schedule on room availability. This request must be made before Wednesday, August 5.

To contact the Grand Hotel about your reservation and the option you prefer, please call 1-800-334-7263 to speak with a reservation representative.  


Option 1: Cancel your room and MVMA covers the room cancellation fee*.

Please note, if you decide to cancel your reservation, the MVMA will cover the cancellation fee up to $50 per reservation. To qualify for this fee waiver, you must contact your hotel and cancel your reservation before your reservation can no longer be canceled for a full refund minus the cancellation fee. Please advise the hotel to send the MVMA an invoice for the amount of cancellation fee and our staff will process their request. Please advise the hotel to address the invoice to the following:  

Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

Attn: Sheri Fandel

2144 Commons Parkway

Okemos, MI 48864-3986

Option 2: Keep your original reservation and enjoy the island.

Option 3: If your hotel allows, you may be able to move the reservation to another date. Please contact your hotel to further discuss their policy on hotel reservations.


We have an exciting lineup of speakers for our virtual event who will bring you important and timely content, including two recent additions.

Annette Petersen, Dr.Med.Vet., DACVD, Associate Professor, Small Animal Clinical Sciences, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Erica Noland, MS, DVM, DACVP, Academic Specialist, Anatomic Pathology, Pathobiology and Diagnostic Investigation, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Your GLVC speakers also include:

Melanie Goble, DVM, Vice President, Not One More Vet

Daniel Langlois, BS, DVM, DACVIM, Assistant Professor, Small Animal Clinical Sciences, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine

Sarah L. Babcock, DVM, JD, President, Animal & Veterinary Legal Services, PLLC

*Dr. Jim Noxon who was scheduled to present on the island is no longer able to participate.

If you have any questions, regarding your registration, hotel options, or general conference questions, please feel to email mvma@michvma.org or call 517.347.4710. Our staff will be glad to assist you with any questions you have might have.

Again, thank you for registering for the 2020 GLVC. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

2144 Commons Parkway
Okemos, MI 48864-3986




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