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ID Title/Description Speaker(s)
1813
Contract Negotiation Workshop

This interactive discussion leads the participants through the relationship-based approach to negotiations as taught to professional negotiators at top tier business schools such as Harvard Business School and Wharton School of Business. The example for our discussion is the veterinary contract negotiation, but the principles can be applied to practically every relationship. Participants will also receive a 35 page summary of negotiation for veterinary contracts. This summary condenses several books on professional negotiation as applied to a veterinary setting.

Dr. Lance Roasa, JD, MS, DVM
1811
How to Prepare for New Grad Life

Dr. Tam, a relief veterinarian, will share insights on how to prepare for the last year of vet school and new-grad life. Dr. Tam will discuss essential topics such as internship opportunities versus entering practice immediately after graduation, and strategic planning for the early years of your career, both financially and medically.

Dr. Alfred Tam, DVM
1810
Background in Veterinary Medicine Boards and Initial Licensure Process

She discussed that the boards are NOT in place to punish veterinarians. She’ll advocate for our awareness of the boards and is very open to discussion and questions.

Dr. Beth Venit
1803
Making My Passions My Profession

Join us for our annual Spring Banquet on Tuesday, April 30th 2024 from 6:00-8:30 pm at DeGidio’s! We will be celebrating all of our members, and especially honoring our members who have earned their Business Certificate or Business Certificate with Honors this year. Each member in attendance will receive two drink tickets, free Italian food, and dessert. Additionally, students in attendance will be entered into a prize drawing for three large gift baskets. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Ryan Gibson: a faculty member at Auburn University Veterinary School, a board certified Veterinary Neurologist and a co-founder of Pet Parent Educators. Dr. Gibson’s presentation, ”Making My Passions My Profession”, will highlight how to follow your passions and opportunities as they arise, and how this is navigable alongside a full time career. In addition to Dr. Gibson’s presentation, there will be opportunities for networking with some of our amazing sponsors. There will be 1 BCP credit associated with this event, and it will be added to your myVBMA account after the event is done. We hope to see you there!

Dr. Ryan Gibson, DVM
1802
How to Interview Your First Boss

Join us for a discussion on mentorship and tips for success when selecting your first job, what questions to ask your first employer, and how to assess a ”good fit!”

Lara Cosanella
1800
Everyone's an Innovator: How Adaptive Leadership Unleashes Creativity in Your Veterinary Career

Innovation isn’t limited to a select few; it’s a mindset accessible to every veterinarian. Learn how embracing divergent thinking can empower you to revolutionize patient care and build a career and industry that exceeds your wildest expectations. Through real-world examples, fun exercises, and practical strategies, we’ll practice fostering a culture of innovation that can lead to creative solutions and advancements in veterinary practice.

Dr. Maggie Canning, DVM
1799
Optimizing Success: Navigating Careers in the Nutrition Industry

Royal Canin, VBMA, and AAVN are excited to welcome Dr. Spann from Royal Canin to present Optimizing Success: Navigating Careers in the Nutrition Industry, highlighting the diverse career opportunities within the veterinary nutrition industry.

Dr. Sharonika Spann, DVM
1798
2nd Annual TTUSVM VBMA Resume Workshop

VBMA Members and students of TTUSVM will be able to have their resumes reviewed by several TTUSVM faculty members where they will receive expert feedback and be able to have the insights of several different individuals on how they might create the most effective resume.

Dr. Kyre Larrabee, DVM, Dr. Trista Mills, DVM, Dr. Ryan Williams
1797
Optimizing Success: Navigating Careers in the Nutrition Industry

Join us for an enlightening presentation tailored for UGA CVM students, in partnership with Royal Canin and AAVN, highlighting the diverse career opportunities within the veterinary nutrition industry. Explore paths from clinical nutritionists to researchers and product developers, backed by statistical insights revealing the growing demand for skilled professionals. Gain interdisciplinary knowledge and resources to make informed career decisions, driving innovation in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Dr. RC Spann, DVM
1795
Tomorrow’s veterinary clinic, Today

Clinic ownership isn’t what it used to be, and its time to have an honest conversation about how to get in, and how to succeed. Come join Dr. Riolo as he talks about what it takes to own a veterinary practice in today’s environment, while planning for your long term financial security.

Dr. Carlo Riolo, DVM
1794
MVP Mentor and Mentee Panel

Dr. Amanda Haase, DVM
1793
Medical Mishaps and How to Handle Them

Dr. Sandra Faeh is chief veterinary officer for National Veterinary Associates, where she is also helping the company build a clinical mentorship program. Her journey in organized veterinary medicine began in 1995 as the national SAVMA president. Since then, she has served as president of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association and Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois alternate delegate and delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates, chair of the AVMA House Advisory Committee and AVMA vice president. Her volunteer services have been diverse, giving her a broad range of experiences. She has acted as treasurer of the Chicago VMA, and chair of the Illinois State VMA Political Action Committee, Education Committee, and Student Engagement Committee. During her time in the House Advisory Committee, Dr. Faeh was instrumental in the development of the Veterinary Information Forum, and as AVMA vice president she founded the Online Educator Community. She also served as chair of the AVMA’s Working Group on Membership Engagement. Being part-owner of four small animal clinics in the Chicago suburbs for more than 20 years has provided her with great insight into what veterinarians go through both physically and mentally. She cherishes the years she spent in that role and now seeks to assist young doctors with all aspects of their careers.

Dr. Sandra Faeh , DVM
1792
Advice from a non-MBA, Business-owning Veterinarian

Learn about what you need to do to start up your own practice, especially if you do not have an MBA, nor much business experience in your tool box.

Dr. Gianna Masca, DVM
1789
Ins & Outs of an "Industry" Veterinarian Panel

Are you curious about what a day in the life of an ”industry” veterinarian might look like or what different roles a veterinarian can take on within ”industry”? This VBMAxMerck lunch talk is the perfect place to learn! VBMA is hosting a panel of top industry veterinarians from all walks of life from Merck where you can hear about their stories and ask any questions you are curious about!

Dr. Blythe Jurewicz, DVM
1788
Resumes/Cover Letters/Interviews Dos and Don'ts

Panel of industry professionals to discuss what to do and what not to do when applying for externships, jobs, and beyond

Dr. Jim Clark, DVM
1787
The Good, the Bad, and the Debt-Free: Understanding Credit and Beating Consumer Debt

We’ll discuss debt management and consumer credit, focusing on topics like the basics of credit cards, your credit rights, debt repayment strategies, what to do when you have credit or repayment issues, and common mistakes to avoid. There will also be time for Q&A following the presentation.

Dr. Brent Mayabb, DVM
1786
Daily operations, law, and ethics of veterinary businesses, catering to both associates and owners

This talk will discuss daily operations, law, and ethics of veterinary businesses, catering to both associates and owners from the expertise of Boomer Pearsall, who is a certified practice manager of Penn-Ohio Veterinary Services.

Dr. Boomer Pearsall
1785
Building Wealth Through Real Estate

Delving into the basic do’s and don’t of home ownership, both for your primary residence and for investing and how to achieve this as a new graduate!- We talk quite a bit about the tools and procedures we have in place to be able to assist individuals with high level degrees, including how student loans factor in, all while educating our clients about both organically and strategically building wealth through real estate.

Bryan Davis
1783
“Finance and Strategy to the Blue Ocean of Success.”

Join the VBMA for the FINAL dinner talk of the semester. Dr. Baum’s talk fulfills one of the two finance series requirements for those working towards their VBMA certificate.

Dr. Fredrick Baum, DVM
1782
Developing and Leading an Effective Team

Jared manages the Human Resources and Finance aspects of CIVA and will also be touching on some clinic ownership aspects as well! Please join us for this talk and enjoy a lunch provided by CIVA!”

Jared Hall
1781
Evidence- Based Care: Embracing the Pet HealthZone for a Holistic Practice

Dr. Luoma will be “diving into the world of the Nationwide® Pet HealthZone®, where cutting-edge data meets clinical practice, offering an unparalleled look into the health risks and needs of today’s pets. This presentation reveals how the Pet HealthZone. empowers veterinarians with in-depth insights into breed- and age-specific conditions, enabling you to deliver exceptional care. We’ll explore the symbiotic relationship between these insights and the practical benefits of pet insurance, all without making it feel like homework. Get ready to transform your future practice with tools that make every client encounter more insightful, efficient, and impactful.”

Rachel Luoma, DVM
1780
Private vs. Corporate Medicine

This lecture will present pros and cons of private medicine and corporate medicine, as well as provide students with an overview of options available to them after graduation.

Dr. Reagan Bugg, DVM
1778
Boosting Your Financial Health and Wellbeing as a Veterinary Student

In the midst of learning the art and science of veterinary medicine, veterinary students are also grappling with stress and overwhelm regarding their finances. Financial health and wellness often seem out of reach for students as they take on more debt while earning little to no income. Using insights gleaned from working with early career veterinarians, Dr. Grace Kim will uncover key financial habits that veterinary students can start now in order to best prepare them for their financial life after graduation. Participants will be encouraged to take notes and participate during this presentation.

Dr. Grace Kim, DVM
1777
Boosting Your Financial Health and Wellbeing as a Veterinary Student

In the midst of learning the art and science of veterinary medicine, veterinary students are also grappling with stress and overwhelm regarding their finances. Financial health and wellness often seem out of reach for students as they take on more debt while earning little to no income. Using insights gleaned from working with early career veterinarians, Dr. Grace Kim will uncover key financial habits that veterinary students can start now in order to best prepare them for their financial life after graduation. Participants will be encouraged to take notes and participate during this presentation.

Dr. Grace Kim, DVM
1775
Social Media Strategy for Veterinary Practices

Outlining veterinary industry tested strategies to help DVM’s and practices use social media as a means to engage pet parents. As healthcare becomes increasingly consumer driven, social media serves as a way to connect with pet parents, and often times a rating system through which consumers decide if a particular veterinary practice might be the best place for their pet to receive care. This discussion will provide insight into how the largest veterinary practices leverage social media to engage consumers as pet parents discerningly select among care providers.

Eric Lewandowski
1772
Veterinary Business Law

Lecture #3

Dr. Lance Roasa, JD, MS, DVM
1771
Veterinary Practice Acts and Boards

Lecture #2

Dr. Lance Roasa, JD, MS, DVM
1770
Managing a Mixed GP/ER Model and the Reality of Embezzlement

Dr. Jeremy Cartagena will be coming in to speak to Purdue University VBMA members to discuss the day-to-day operation of a high-volume mixed GP/ER family of hospitals while also discussing the reality of embezzlement and how it impacts up and coming practices. The goal is for members to become familiar with the signs of this crime, and which steps to take in an attempt to mitigate the risk of this occurring in their own practices.

Dr. Jeremy Cartagena, DVM
1769
What to expect before entering clinics

Dr. Justine Lee has joined VETgirl and invited VMBA for a joint meeting through zoom to talk about different expectations before entering clinics.

Dr. Justine Lee, DVM
1768
Understand Your Money: Find Your Financial Freedom

Join our last lunch meeting of this semester with Mr. Brian Sawtell and Mr. Andrew Wraspir from Mission Financial Partners. Personal finances have a lot of moving parts and they’re here to make it simple. Understand the foundation of your income so you can build a life of financial freedom.

Andrew Wraspir
1765
How to Interview Your First Boss - Mentorship and Tips for success as you select your first job.

Our first job sets the foundation for how you will practice moving forward, This is an important decision and here are some questions you should be asking your future employer to gather whether they will be the right fit for you.

Dr. Christie Long, DVM
1764
VBMA/Royal Canin Professional Panel Lunch n' Learn

We are hosting a panel of veterinary professionals from different backgrounds to answer your most burning questions about a day in their life.

Tim Schoenfelder
1763
Financial Wellness Seminar

Sarah Morales will be hosting a financial wellness seminar to discuss investing, retirement planning and budgeting.

Sarah Morales
1761
Business Leadership in Vet Med

Dr. Tannetje' Crocker
1760
Triage Your Personal Finances

Dr. Meredith Jones, DVM
1759
Buzzword: Telemedicine

Dr. Zurowsky from Alliance Animal Hospital presents an interactive review of what Telemedicine means for veterinarians, the current legal recommendations for Telemedicine, and how you can become a better clinician in perfecting Telehealth skills!

Dr. Madeline Zurowsky, DVM
1758
The Bear

The presentation will explore the concepts of both finding and understanding elements of effective work culture. This includes the impacts that any team member can have on culture and the potential perils of not addressing culture issues correctly. It will also address ways to probe at these issues during interviews, reasons to consider a career in industry, and ways to develop yourself to be a better candidate regardless of the path you take.

Dr. Brandon Stapleton, DVM
1757
Practice Ownership: Make it Yours

Practice Ownership in the current veterinary economy. Dr. Lombeida, a local small-practice owner, will discuss what to consider for Acquisition, Practice Management, and Financial Planning with time for a Q&A, so please feel free to ask questions!

Dr. Antonio Lombeida, DVM
1756
DEI issues & Workplace Conflict

This workshop will highlight cultural factors that contribute towards workplace conflict. We will learn how to address workplace conflict using a DEIB lens.

Dr. Shaznin Daruwalla
1755
LinkedIn 101: Connecting Your Way to Success

We will review how to make the most of LinkedIn, including building your network, searching for jobs and people within a target area, and making your profile and posts stand out.

Dr. Andrew Findlaytor, DVM
1754
Beginning with an end and a mind

A deep dive into what corporate buyers look for and how long range planning and positioning as you start or build your practice will help improve profitability and growth in the short term and eventually maximum value so you can transact on your terms. Build your financial legacy, not just your practice legacy.

Nick Uva
1753
Achieving Success in Private Practice - VCS 817

Provides a foundation for the application of practice management principles. Focuses on operations management, financial management, human resource management, and marketing management.

Dr. Jim Weisman, DVM
1750
Large Animal Practice Ownership

Discuss the intricacies of large animal practice ownership.

Dr. Brian Grandaw, DVM
1749
Access to Care

In vet med, there is a ”gold standard” of care, but not all owners can afford it. How do we as veterinarians adapt to our clients’ abilities and still provide excellent care to our patients? Dr. Russak will educate us about this aspect of caring for both patient and client.

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM
1748
Key Performance Indicators

In ”Key Performance Indicators,” Dr. Russak discusses basic financial concepts of companion animal practice as well as how to evaluate the financial success of a practice.

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM
1746
Diversity Matters

Dr. Campos will discuss the importance of diversity in the workplace and how it impacts the veterinary medicine.

Dr. Carlos Campos, DVM
1742
The Right Fit For You & Your Career

How you’re wired can determine your best role for satisfaction and success. In this presentation, Dr. Kline will discuss valuable tools for veterinary practices to utilize to evaluate their workplace environment and staff engagement. It involves a set of questions aimed at understanding how employees perceive different aspects of the clinic’s culture, including leadership, communication, teamwork, and shared values. By collecting feedback through this survey, veterinary clinics can pinpoint areas of strength and areas needing improvement in their workplace culture. This insight can then be used to enhance employee satisfaction, retention, and overall clinic productivity.

Dr. Paul Kline, DVM
1740
Inclusivity: The "I" in Team

Join us in speaking with the CVO of Empowering Veterinary Teams, Alyssa Mages.

Alyssa Mages
1739
Access to Care Challenges, Solutions, and Business Models

Dr. Jankowski is the Chief of Service for the Access to Care Program here at UC Davis and also is the Faculty Director for Knights Landing One Health Clinic. We will be discussing the importance of access to care clinics, the challenges (and some solutions) of running one, and briefly touch on business models.

Dr. Kristin Jankowski, VMD
1738
VBMA X Financial Aid Office: Student Loan Repayment Lunch Talk

Dr. Rebecca Mears from VIN will be joining VBMA and our Financial Aid Department to share the latest plans, help, and management of student loan repayment.

Dr. Rebecca Mears, DVM
1737
For The Launch Of Your Career, for The Life Of Your License

This lecture will go into an overview of the veterinary regulatory boards and AAVSB, and will teach students how to maintain their license in good standing for the entirety of their career. An overview of the complaint process will be presented, as well as debunking of common myths about this process. Students should leave with a greater understanding of the disciplinary process, and this information will help ease fears in the future, should they ever face a complaint.

Dr. Beth Venit
1736
Artificial Intelligence and its Use Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Christie Long will be discussing the use of online forums and 24/7 access to care using AI and other online modalities.

Dr. Christie Long, DVM
1735
Serious Play: A New Approach to Veterinary Communication

I offer interactive workshops where participants learn applied improv techniques to collaborate and communicate more effectively with colleagues, clients, and in daily life. WORKSHOP OVERVIEW: The approach to these workshops is to play and learn by doing. The outcomes are practical, and participants leave with techniques they can apply right away. Inclusiveness, shared laughter, and teamwork are hallmarks of this training. Participants who know each other strengthen existing alliances and those who don’t build new connections throughout the workshop. Discussion following each exercise connects the improv skills being taught to veterinary practice. No prior experience is required. BACKGROUND: There is a strong connection between the skills used in improvisation, or improv, and those needed in veterinary medicine. These include flexibility, teamwork, empathy, and active listening. Mastering these skills makes us more resilient, helps us build stronger relationships, and can transform how we approach our work and personal lives. Improv training is emerging as a key tool in human medical education. It is now part of the curriculum at several medical schools and required training at medical centers like Mayo Clinic. Improv-trained healthcare providers say improv skills make them more effective communicators, give them a greater sense of well-being, and bring spontaneity (and fun) back into their work. Serious Play workshops have been well received at the AAHA Con and AVMA Convention. Participants at the 2022 and 2023 AVMA Conventions said the techniques they learned would help them manage conflict and promote better listening and collaboration with clients and coworkers. The experience has been described as “fun”, “inspiring”, and “energizing.”

Dr. Beth Hagenlocker, DVM
1734
Startups and Business and Aquisition Management

Focus on veterinary operations (management, medical, finance, marketing, etc.) as it relates to business ownership. This is a high level overview of things to consider regarding business operations.

Dr. Missy Tasky, DVM
1732
Know Your Value: A Production Report Workshop

In this session, each participant will have the chance to review the critical components of every contract, learn the top 3 factors that influence each new clinicians earning potential and complete their own mock production report for their first year in practice!

Dr. Daniel Phillips, Dr. Sam Levitt, DVM
1728
Financial Planning 101: Where to begin

Owen will speak on a variety of topics including saving, investing, student loans repayment strategy, taxes, and when it is appropriate to introduce a professional to your financial planning journey.

Owen Ward
1727
Mastering Business Finance Strategies for Success

Whether you’re a seasoned business owner or a budding entrepreneur, this lecture promises to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed financial decisions and propel your business towards long-term success.

Dr. Boomer Pearsall
1726
How to Successfully Transition from Veterinary Student to Practicing Clinician

Join us for lunch and some lively conversation with local practitioners from our partner AZPetVET hospitals as they share tips and discuss what you’ll need to consider in order to successfully transition from student to practicing veterinarian. The session will also address how to be ready for challenges that vet school may not adequately prepare you for, such as communicating effectively when you’re faced with cultural differences and other forms of diversity.

Dr. Kelli Evans
1725
Culture, Communication and HR Management

In a veterinary clinic, culture, communication, and HR management are vital for fostering a positive workplace and delivering excellent patient care. The clinic’s culture shapes staff interactions and job satisfaction, while effective communication channels promote teamwork and information sharing. HR practices, including recruitment and training, are essential for maintaining a skilled and motivated workforce. By prioritizing open communication and respect, clinics create a supportive environment where employees excel and provide top-notch care to animal patients.

Dr. Karen Parker, DVM
1724
A lesson in expectations, brought to you by Pancreatitis

Over the last 2 weeks, three of my assistants had pets with pancreatitis that they asked me to manage. All three had different outcomes, for the pets AND the owners. In a nutshell, it will be a review of three cases and what they taught me about managing your client’s expectations for treatment of their pet as well as expectations about what it means to be their pet’s doctor.

Dr. Brooke Bennett, DVM
1722
Cultivating Culture: The Impact of Recruitment, Hiring, and Termination on Employee Retention and Engagement

This presentation will delve into the intricacies of the impact recruiting, hiring and termination have on our hospital cultures. We will discuss how understanding the culture you are building and/or maintaining is critical to how you approach sourcing, onboarding your team, and sometimes making difficult decisions on next steps.

Dr. Mary Buss, DVM
1721
"How to Create a Company Culture"

Dr. Bessler V’03, the founder and CEO of Veterinary Emergency Group (VEG) will lead this talk on creating a company culture!

Dr. David Bessler
1720
Everything, Everywhere, All At Once - Your Guide to a Portfolio Career

Let your vision for your career be like looking into a kaleidoscope. Embracing varied experiences in your career vision offers a dynamic and ever-changing perspective just like a kaleidoscope. Each unique element contributes to a richer, more colourful tapestry, creating a vibrant and fulfilling journey.

Dr. Abigail Maynard, DVM
1718
Finding and Using Accounting and Finance Software

This presentation will introduce users to some of the best platforms available for researching financial and accounting data and other relevant information for making financial decisions.

Tom Ottaviano
1717
FICO Scores & Managing Student Debt

Discussion on interpretation of FICO scores and managing student debt for veterinary students.

Dr. Amanda Floerchinger, DVM
1716
Debt Management Strategies

Debt management strategies for Veterinary students.

Landon Evans
1714
Large Animal Practice Management

This talk covers the benefits of practice ownership, some of the challenges of practice ownership, and some of the resources for helping with business management/business education to help you be more successful in managing your large animal practice!

Dr. Grace Buchanan, DVM
1713
Pet Insurance Options for Clients

Join us for a partnership with Nationwide to explore different pet insurance options.

Dr. Laura Philbin, DVM
1712
Resume & brand building

Dr. Lester will briefly discuss what the purpose of a resume is (to get an interview), what employers are looking for, what should and should not be included in a resume along with brand building.

Dr. Bob Lester, DVM
1711
VBMA x MVP x VetPrep Interactive Session

This interactive workshop meeting will focus on providing students with NAVLE preparation, the transition into the professional life upon graduation and effective job searching skills. There will be 3 roundtables total for the session each table will consist of students and facilitators to get focused experience! Each session will last for approximately 30 minutes. The goal is to discuss essential skills and helpful resources that any student can use upon graduation.

Dr. Lindsey Kock, DVM
1710
VBMA Etiquette Dinner

This event will be a 3-course meal where students will learn about proper dining etiquette. Students will learn about proper mannerisms, appropriate networking skills, how to match the host and how to dress for the occasion.

Kala Coyan-McClure, Jen Pelletier
1707
Professionalism During Clinical Year

Dr. Barak Benaryeh, DVM, with Global Talent Partners will be joining us to discuss and give tips on professionalism during clinical year. This will better help exam room skills, communication with clients and colleagues, among many other skills that can be carried throughout 4th year into practice. 1 category 3 credit will be offered for those that attend.

Global Talent Partners
1706
Tips and Tricks about Interviewing

Breanna Gallagher is the senior careers coordinator from the OSU careers services department. Breanna will be covering tips and tricks on Interviewing and ways we can stand out as an applicant. The meeting will include a presentation as well as time for a Q&A for students to ask questions.

Breanna Gallagher
1704
Achieving Financial Success in Practice

There are 3 ways to Achieve Financial Success in veterinary medicine. Invest in yourself, improve and increase your skills, and work to obtain profit-sharing, equity, and/or partnership.

Dr. Steven Golla, DVM
1703
Financial Wellbeing During and After Vet School

This talk will be a presentation on personal finances and financial wellbeing while in vet school and after graduation as well as discussing the resources available for students to utilize while in school.

Halle Schindler
1702
Large Animal Business Ownership and Management Q and A

Join us as we welcome Dr. Shoemaker from Countryside in Greeley to discuss all things large animal business ownership and management! Dickie’s BBQ will be served for this dinner lecture.

Dr. Wade Shoemaker, DVM
1701
Intricacies of non-profit animal shelter finance

This lecture aims to provide an understanding of the intricate financial dynamics within animal shelters. By implementing sound financial management practices, diversifying revenue streams, pursuing grant opportunities, fostering community engagement, forging strategic partnerships, and prioritizing sustainability planning, animal shelters can enhance their financial resilience and continue their vital mission of serving animals in need.

Tom Colvin
1700
Confident Financial Conversations

All the details of having confident financial conversations with clients. In this meeting we will learn about consumer spending and purchasing, consumer buying motivations and decision making process, and best practices for successful financial conversations.

Laura Andrews, Catherine Bocciarelli
1699
Surviving Your First Year in Practice

Join Dr. West Hamryka for tips on how to navigate your first year as a doctor through knowing what to ask for out of your mentorship program, integrating with your staff, and navigating tough discussions with confidence. Dr. Hamryka will guide you through his ”Magic 10” for being an effective practitioner.

Dr. West Hamryka, DVM
1698
Private Practice: Still an Achievable Goal

This presentation will be about the road to private practice ownership and some real-life tips on how to achieve it!

Dr. Marisa Craig, DVM
1697
10 Suggestions for Making the Most of Your Externship

NVA is partnering with VBMA to host an externship lunch n learn open to all students! Dr. Kathleen Flanagan from Countryside Pet Clinic in Andover, KS will be presenting ”10 Suggestions for Making the Most of Your Externship.”

Dr. Kathleen Flanagan, DVM
1696
Leading With Heart: Championing Early Intervention for Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease and Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs. Sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim

Join us in learning about MMVD and DCM! Lunch is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.

Alyssa Mages
1695
Brain Food: Feeding your Mind to Maintain your Well-Being.

Come join us as we discuss how to feed your mind and discuss team cohesion in a veterinary setting.

Alyssa Mages
1694
Meetings that Matter

3 non-negotiable meetings that you should incorporate into every department of your practice to ensure your team is being led, managed, and developed effectively.

Eric Lies
1693
Team Crafting with PAW Health

In our Team Crafting discussion, CVT, Annie Falkowski, will lead a discussion on tools PAW Health utilizes from recruitment, interviewing, training, conflict management and ongoing growth opportunities to construct the team you need. PAW Health serves to be the force of change in the veterinary profession. PAW Health has developed a process in which we utilize for each member of our team to ensure the individual is fully supported in their own professional goals while supporting the efforts of the organization.

Annie Falkowski
1692
Embracing Evidence-based Tools

Dr. Laura Philbin, DVM
1691
Rural Practice: Possibilities, Problems, Possibilities

Dr. Rexanne Struve has been in practice for 48 year, 46 of which have been as a rural practice owner. In that time, she’s experienced the ups and downs of practice ownership, and through it all has built two successful businesses. In her talk, Dr. Rexanne will share some stories about her journey, as well as providing insight and tips on building and running a successful practice

Dr. Rexanne Struve, DVM
1689
From International Vagabond to Small Animal Practice Owner

Dr. Vaniman will share his perspectives, experiences, difficulties, mistakes and successes in veterinary medicine. His hope is that each student will walk away from this presentation with a morsel of knowledge that positively impacts their career in some way in the future.

Dr. Shaun Vaniman , DVM
1688
Strategic Pricing: Why Does Veterinary Medicine Cost What It Does?

In Strategic Pricing, you’ll learn how veterinary clinics price their services, and what veterinary clients think those services should cost. We will discuss the gap between those values and how you can bridge that gap.

Dr. Nikihil Joshi, DVM
1686
Finding the Right First Job

She will discuss key tips on finding the right first job out of vet school. She will provide advice from her years of experience in career counseling for vets and discuss what to look for in a job search in the field today.

Dr. Dr. Melanie Barham, DVM
1684
Married to Medicine

Anecdotes by a married veterinary couple to navigating dual professional careers.

Dr. Jacob Geis, DVM
1683
Evidence Based Care: Embracing the Pet Healthzone for a Holistic Practice Approach

Dive into the world of the Nationwide® Pet HealthZone®, where cutting-edge data meets clinical practice, offering an unparalleled look into the health risks and needs of today’s pets. This presentation reveals how the Pet HealthZone empowers veterinarians with in-depth insights into breed- and age-specific conditions, enabling you to deliver exceptional care. We’ll explore the symbiotic relationship between these insights and the practical benefits of pet insurance, all without making it feel like homework. Get ready to transform your future practice with tools that make every client encounter more insightful, efficient, and impactful.

Dr. Madeline Vind, DVM
1680
Mental Health & Balance

Discussing mental health and balance in school and out of school. Creating good habits for yourself.

Dr. Alfred Tam, DVM
1679
Why You CAN Go Into ER After You Graduate Veterinary School

Do you have an interest in emergency medicine, but aren’t sure if you should pursue it? It can feel impossible to decide that next step after vet school graduation. There are so many options, decision factors and A LOT of unknowns! The goal of this lecture is to help you understand what you may encounter in the real world and decide if you think YOU should pursue the ER life right after graduation.

Dr. Carin Beene, DVM
1678
Evidence-Based Care: Embracing the Pet HealthZone for a Holistic Practice Approach

Dive into the world of the Nationwide® Pet HealthZone®, where cutting-edge data meets clinical practice, offering an unparalleled look into the health risks and needs of today’s pets. This presentation reveals how the Pet HealthZone empowers veterinarians with in-depth insights into breed- and age-specific conditions, enabling you to deliver exceptional care. Explore the symbiotic relationship between these insights and the practical benefits of pet insurance – all without making it feel like homework! Get ready to transform your future practice with tools that make every client encounter more insightful, efficient, and impactful.

Dr. Kristen Walker, DVM
1677
Non-Profit Budgeting

Aimee St. Arnaud will be lecturing on non-profit budgeting based on her experience founding Open Door Veterinary Care and serving as the former director of outreach at the Best Friends Animal Society.

Aimee St. Arnaud
1676
Profit and Loss and why you should care as a veterinary student

Profit and loss is an important accounting tool in Veterinary businesses. I would like to talk about Profit and loss statements and why they are important to understand as a veterinary student.

Dr. Glenn Kalick, DVM
1675
Servant Leadership

Greg Keller will be speaking on the topic of Servant Leadership and what how to apply this in the veterinary field.

Greg Keller
1674
Insights from a 48 Year Rural Practice Owner

Dr. Rexanne Struve has been a rural veterinary practice owner for almost 50 years. In that time she’s experienced all the ups and downs of practice ownership and has built two very successful businesses in the process. Join us as Dr. Struve will share her journey along with insights and advice on building a thriving veterinary business.

Dr. Rexanne Struve, DVM
1672
Paws on Practice Ownership

Auburn VBMA members will be able to connect with Dr. Brawner as a practice owner at PetVet Animal Health Center to gain more experience of what it takes to successfully run a practice! Participants will be given a tour of the practice, followed by a Q&A session to dive deeper into Dr. Brawner’s path to practice ownership!

Dr. Blue Brawner, DVM
1671
"Communication Really is Key!"

In this BCP Category 3 presentation Dr. Moyal will discuss how to communicate effectively in difficult situations in General Practice through delving into her own personal experiences!

Dr. Michelle Moyal, DVM
1669
How to pick the best first job (interactive session)

As students we tend to focus on what we will be asked during interviews for our big kid jobs, but the reality of vet med right now is that vets are in high demand and we actually will have many options for employment, so we need to focus on asking the right questions to find the right clinic for us!!

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
1668
Communication and Medical Errors

Obvious error, coworker error, staff error, perceived error. Includes data, cases and how to keep yourself out of trouble.

Dr. Sandra Faeh , DVM
1667
Negotiation Workshop

Looking to master a skill that will really pay off? Want to learn how to better value your skill sets in an evolving market and understand the importance of negotiating salary, benefits, and more? Veterinarians stand to lose out on more than $2M over their careers without negotiating! Don’t miss out. Participants will learn: - Why negotiation is an important skill to master - How to negotiate effectively in scenarios like promotions, lay offs, and new roles - How to evaluate cost of labor & market rates for roles - How pay transparency laws and changing DEIB practices affect how to negotiate

Sophia Zisook
1666
Marketing Your Local Vet Hospital

Marketing is a vastly important piece of owning your own business and it can be hard to know where to start. In the presentation, we’ll break it down to the basics with some ”Marketing 101” tips and tricks.

Dr. Jeff Falone, DVM
1665
Cover letter/ Resume workshop

This discussion will go into what a proper resume and cover letter should look like and the purpose of them. With summer coming up as well as graduation, this is the perfect time to refresh yourself with how to update a resume and make a strong cover letter.

Global Talent Partners
1663
Stressed Client Communication

We will be joined by Dr. Matt Asciutto via Webex where he will discuss his experiences communicating with stressed clients in the ER setting!

Dr. Matt Asciutto, DVM
1662
Tools for Success in Zoological and Exotics Medicine

Dr. Christine Bui, DVM, MBA, has a wealth of knowledge in zoological and exotics medicine. Hear about her life lessons she learned a long the way in her career through her plethora of experiences.

Dr. Christine Bui, DVM
1661
Practicing Efficiently

How to do more when there’s too much to do

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
1660
Keys to Success in Equine Ambulatory Practice

Join us with Dr. Brady Bergin, an Associate Medical Director from the University’s West Metro Equine Practice as he deep dives into equine ambulatory medicine.

Dr. Brady Bergin, DVM
1659
Profitability of Pet Food

Dr. Jeb Cade, DVM
1658
Medicine and Media

Insight in how social media affects our lives as veterinarians and how I chose to use social media in my life as a rural practitioner.

Dr. Kyre Larrabee, DVM
1657
10 Things I Didn't Learn in Vet School

As a graduate during the COVID pandemic, Dr Z had to learn how to navigate a busy small animal practice with flexibility. Dr Z will highlight a few rules to help in clinical settings she finds important for new graduates navigating the big change of the first year out! Small animal emphasis.

Dr. Madeline Zurowsky, DVM
1656
Leadership, Delegation, and Teamwork

understanding each topic from an LVT perspective

Ashley Bryne
1655
Balancing Parenting and Veterinary Medicine

This is an interactive session that aims to provide valuable insights and practical tips for new graduates navigating the unique challenges of managing a career in veterinary medicine while fulfilling the responsibilities of parenthood.

Dr. Carrie Muller, DVM
1654
The Path to Practice Ownership

The goal of the presentation is to advise veterinary students on the numerous advantages of practice ownership and offer guidance to those interested in pursuing this direction. The presentation will allow VBMA members to discover multiple pathways to ownership and a host of resources and experts to make that goal a reality.

Adam Miller, DVM, Donald Colvin, Dr. Daniel Hebert, DVM, Dr. Victor Katz, DVM
1653
Proven Strategies for Managing Student Debt: Best Practices for 2024 and 2025 MSU DVM Graduates

Student Loan Professor works with thousands of graduate professionals to strategically navigate the various repayment/forgiveness options and implement strategies which complement their specific career paths. This webinar goes beyond the basics and provides insight to help soon-to-be graduates avoid common mistakes as you transition into your veterinary career.

Brandon Barfield
1652
Pet Dental Month

Importance and Financials of Veterinary Dentistry

Dr. Kent Thornberry, DVM
1650
Stocks, Savings, and the Path to Financial Freedom

Dr. Findlaytor discusses the tough topic of the road to financial freedom post vet school.

Dr. Andrew Findlaytor, DVM
1644
Utilizing Social Media for Veterinarians

Dr. Larrabee has amassed a TikTok following of over 40k and uses her platform to provide educational information about her daily life as a veterinarian in a rural community. This discussion will focus on how veterinarians can utilize social media to educate the public about the profession.

Dr. Kyre Larrabee, DVM
1643
Planning for Success in Rural and/or Food Animal Veterinary Career

In this seminar, Dr. Neill will present tactical skills to help veterinary students identify and plan for success as a rural and/or food animal veterinarian. The seminar will preview an online educational resource that was developed in conjunction with practicing veterinarians in rural and food animal medicine. Topics to be covered include academic, financial, and career planning. Students will walk away with concrete ways to plan for a future career in rural and food animal medicine. Dr. Neill is also seeking feedback on other topics to be incorporated into the online resource to enhance your educational journey now and in the future as a practicing veterinarian.

Dr. Clint Neill
1642
Why Fear Free is Good Business

Why Fear Free? This talk will go into the benefits for the clients, the teams, and the overall finances for the hospital.

Dr. Megan Garrison, DVM
1641
Evidence-Based Care: Embracing the Pet HealthZone for a Holistic Practice Approach

Dive into the world of the Nationwide® Pet HealthZone®, where cutting-edge data meets clinical practice, offering an unparalleled look into the health risks and needs of today’s pets. This presentation reveals how the Pet HealthZone empowers veterinarians with in-depth insights into breed- and age-specific conditions, enabling you to deliver exceptional care. We’ll explore the symbiotic relationship between these insights and the practical benefits of pet insurance, all without making it feel like homework. Get ready to transform your future practice with tools that make every client encounter more insightful, efficient, and impactful.

Dr. Erin Johnson, DVM
1640
Why Large Animal Medicine?

Participants will be presented with facts and data about large animal veterinary medicine. The focus will be on the challenges individuals face pursuing careers working with large animals. There will be particular attention to issues encountered in large animal private practice. Learning objectives include but will not be limited to: What it takes to become a large animal veterinarian, what are the options and opportunities, and top challenges that large animal veterinarians face.

Dr. Allen Cannedy, DVM
1639
Leveraging Inclusive Mentorship Principles to Increase Access to Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Marcano will define common terminology and benefits of inclusive mentorship; identify principles and practices to achieve inclusive mentorship; and discuss how to leverage inclusive mentorship principles to expand accessibility in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Valerie Marcano, DVM
1638
Creating the Space: Fostering an Environment of Inclusiveness and Advocacy

Dr. Gentry- Apple will provide tips for hiring a diverse team; discuss steps and roles of being an ally (it’s not as difficult as it may sound); and help attendees understand how to create the space for inclusivity.

Dr. Andrea Gentry-Apple, DVM
1637
Inclusivity First

Dr. Cary will describe what inclusivity looks like in a veterinary workplace, then teach the attendees how to use an 18-question workplace inclusivity self-assessment. Finally, she will discuss a variety of approaches to the work of inclusivity.

Dr. Mia Cary
1636
DEIB is more than just a "piece" of the puzzle... it is the PEACE we need in Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Bruno will review the state of veterinary medicine and highlight barriers within the profession that influence the veterinary-client-patient relationship and compliance. Additionally, she will outline how diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (BEIB) training can influence workplace culture, patient care, and community engagement. She will finish by introducing Blendvet values, which allow veterinary professionals to implement strategies to foster DEIB in practice.

Dr. Niccole Bruno, DVM
1635
The Importance of Culture in Practice

High-quality medicine, customer service-centered veterinary practice that focuses on escorting the client through a positive experience with their pet’s medical care.

Dr. John Younker, DVM
1633
VBMA x Farm Club Dinner Talk - How to Manage a Mixed Animal Practice

Dr. Karle is very excited to share with us his experiences and tips about mixed animal practice, practice ownership, and involvement in veterinary advocacy and regulation. Whether you’re interested in small/large/or mixed animal practice, business management, or veterinary advocacy, take advantage of this unique opportunity to hear from Dr. Karle and join us for dinner!

Dr. Michael Karle, DVM
1629
To Intern or Not To Intern?

Drs. Sam Levitt and Jessica Himelman, DACVIM, will join in an interactive panel discussion on one of the biggest questions facing each veterinary student as they approach graduation: What’s next for me? Should I do an internship? Why or why not? Both veterinarians whose paths post-graduation have been very different, but both led to professional success and happiness will help students discover the top factors that they should consider when making this critical decision!

Dr. Sam Levitt, DVM
1628
How to Do More When There’s Too Much to Do – Changing the Mode

In the post-pandemic world, there seems to be always too much to get done in the day. Even well-run general practices can descend into chaos, their workloads preventing staff and doctors from getting out on time – or even time for lunch – all too often. 21st Century demand has outstripped the way our 20th Century process can handle. We need to reimagine our workplaces – from whom we hire, to how we train and what task we assign to them. There’s more than one way to treat a cat! It’s within our control to make our jobs more rewarding, more fun and more profitable – while enhancing patient care and providing better client service

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
1627
How to Communicate with Clients in High Stress ER Cases

Dr. Morgan Callahan, VMD
1626
Resetting the Bar: The power of individualized medicine

This seminar will be a discussion around preventive care as a tool for optimizing health and longevity in pets. Topics will include what preventive care consists of, age appropriate assessment, the benefits of patient-specific information that can be trended over time and strengthening the vet-patient-client bond. Updated health stage-guidelines for dogs and cats will be reviewed.

Dr. James Marshall , DVM
1625
"I can't go into Private Practice- I want to be a successful wildlife and exotics vet!"

Using the example of avian/exotic private practice, Dr. Smith explores the process of developing a business niche within a veterinary hospital. The playbook can be used to create a unique revenue center within a business, or to create an entire practice dedicated to a unique patient database. Topics cover the process of identifying the potential patient demand, developing the knowledge base and specific skill sets, building/equipment design, and staff training. Using case-based examples, the discussion concludes with how the veterinarian ultimately makes money in pursuit of their special-interest.

Dr. Christopher Smith, DVM
1624
Vet Business Finance- Why profit is critical for high standards of care

Dr. Andrew Moffatt, DVM
1623
Social workers and Their Roles within a Veterinary Practice

Social workers, rising stars in veterinary medicine. Come and learn the benefits of implementing social workers in the practice and how they bring clients and healthcare teams together.

Kayla Baudoin, MSW, LCSW
1622
Assembling A Superstar Team For Your Start Up Business

Dr. Hadi will highlight how utilizing veterinary specialized professionals can streamline the startup process and set the foundation for long-term success. By harnessing the specialized skills of these professionals, you will gain invaluable insights on navigating the complexities of entrepreneurship in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Saum Hadi, DVM
1620
Becoming a Clinical Sweetheart

Working in an animal clinic as a veterinarian you have to learn how to manage many interpersonal relationships- whether you like people or not! Dr Z navigates some clinical examples on how to get your staff, your boss, and your clients to love you and maybe your patients too!

Dr. Madeline Zurowsky, DVM
1619
Variety is the Spice of Life: Relief Practice as a Career Path

A discussion about the finance, business, and lifestyle aspects of relief work. The talk will include the pros and cons of relief practice, skills needed to thrive in relief practice, a brief intro to business aspects (entity, taxes, finances, insurance, contracts), understanding your value proposition, and finding work.

Dr. Cindy Trice, DVM
1617
A Case Study on Practice Evaluation

This meeting will include learning how to determine cash flow areas in a practice, find patterns, and make recommendations to reverse trends and maximize favorable trends.

Dick Lewis
1616
Managing Business Finances 101

There is a lot of information out there when it comes to personal finances for your typical W2 Veterinarian, but much less when it comes to Business Owners. This is because Business Owners have a much more complex situation when it comes to managing their finances. Not only do they have to manage their personal household finances, but they also need to manage the business finances as well. Mr. Vince Darling, a Certified Financial Planner from Stonebridge Group, will go over many items students should know before going into business when it comes to finances.

Vince Darling
1613
Mythbusters

Dr. Jessi Farris from Heartland Veterinary Partners will be presenting on (and busting) big myths in the veterinary industry. Heartland is a close partner of the VBMA that buys practices to improve conditions for employees, pets, and clients alike. We are excited to introduce you to them and so grateful to have them sponsor this event! 5-7pm at Cider Wave Co.

Dr. Jessi Ferris, DVM
1612
Telehealth

For Category 2, Dr Z presents an interactive review of what Telemedicine means for veterinarians, the current legal recommendations for Telemedicine, and how you can become a better clinician in perfecting telehealth skills.

Dr. Madeline Zurowsky, DVM
1611
Veterinary Employment Contracts

Veterinary Employment Contracts: What you need to know!

Dr. Sheila Fitzpatrick, DVM
1610
Starting an Equine Practice

Is practice ownership in your future, but you are not sure where to start? Want to learn about the logistics of building an ambulatory clinic, from obtaining business loans, planning a budget, projecting your revenue, and more? Come hear from Dr. Kara Robbins-Moret, who is starting an equine practice in South Dakota. Her practice will be primarily ambulatory with the capacity to hospitalize patients overnight as well.

Dr. Kara Robbins-Moret, DVM
1609
Evidence-based care: embracing the pet health zone for a holistic practice approach

Dive into the world of the Nationwide Pet HealthZone, where cutting edge data meets clinical practice, offering an unparalleled look into the health risks and need of todays pets

Dr. Garrett Ryerson, DVM
1608
Client Communication and Exam Room Skills-Creating a Positive Doctor-Client Relationship

In this interactive discussion we will focus on how to create a positive relationship with our clients as well as the exam room skills.

Dr. Georgina Marquez, DVM
1607
Resume and Interviews

The importance of a good resume and interview skills.

Dr. Sarah Kechejian, DVM
1606
"Speed Dating" Veterinary Practices: How to Spot Mentorship Green Flags

**Zoom Only** We often talk about mentorship, but what does it look like as a new graduate? Join Dr. Mithila Noronha (@dogtor.mithila), a 2022 Iowa State gradute, and hear about how she found a clinic with the mentorship she wanted and how it has helped her develop. She currently works as an associate at a VCA Hospital in Maryland and is excited to share her love of the profession with us!

Dr. Mithila Noronha, DVM
1605
Student Loans and Loan Repayment Overview

Presentation on Student Loans and Loan Repayment by Brandon Barfield, Director and Co-Founder of the Student Loan Professor and Doctors Without Quarters

Brandon Barfield
1603
Evaluating Clinics During the Interview Process

Discussion on the importance of preparing for the interview process and how to evaluate clinics during this process.

Dr. Glenn Robinson, DVM
1602
Understanding private equity as it relates to the veterinary hospital profit and loss statement

TBD

Sean Miller
1601
Après Grad: A Ski Analogy for Veterinary Careers

TBD

Dr. Madeline Zurowsky, DVM
1600
Embracing Evidence-Based Tools for a Holistic Approach

Dr. Madeline Vind, DVM
1599
Influencing Culture

Is this topic relevent to you? Employee retention, burnout, job satisfaction. These are the lowest they have been in years. You are in a position to change that. Thinking about individual vs organizational change, it takes a massive amount of effort and needs to be broken down into smaller pieces. You have to be present to make any tangible change and understand the culture in order to influence it.

Dr. Dr. William Hodges , DVM
1598
Practice Acquisitions & Startups

Do you want to own a practice? Will you never own a practice? Perfect, this lecture is for you! Join Dr. Kristi Yee, a local practitioner and practice owner as we navigate the unspoken process of practice ownership. The best way to learn is from personal experience and experiences of others. Come collaborate on the best profession ever...like ever!

Dr. Kristi Yee, DVM
1597
Corporate Veterinary Medicine: Is Winter Coming?

Brief history and background of ‘Corporate Veterinary Practices’ and current status of our industry. How practices are ‘recruited’ and evaluated, what is ‘capitalization’ and private equity, and how can owners and associate prepare for a sale

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
1596
Evidence-Based Care: Embracing the Pet HealthZone for a Holistic Practice Approach

Dive into the world of the Nationwide® Pet HealthZone®, where cutting-edge data meets clinical practice, offering an unparalleled look into the health risks and needs of today’s pets. This presentation reveals how the Pet HealthZone empowers veterinarians with in-depth insights into breed- and age-specific conditions, enabling you to deliver exceptional care. We’ll explore the symbiotic relationship between these insights and the practical benefits of pet insurance, all without making it feel like homework. Get ready to transform your future practice with tools that make every client encounter more insightful, efficient, and impactful.

Dr. Laura Philbin, DVM
1595
Telemedicine

He will join us to speak on the topic of the role of telehealth in the veterinary medicine world.

Dr. Ryan Gibson, DVM
1592
How to Perform a Compassionate Euthanasia

Dr. Bieck will be discussing how to perform a compassionate euthanasia.

Dr. Dan Bieck, DVM
1591
Pathways to Practice Ownership

This talk will focus on the transition from student, to associate, to private practice owner (if anyone so chooses) and what those options are. Tristyn will review the options of buying an existing practice or starting your own, along with what the financial expectations are of BOFA/any lender for fresh DVM’s and how to prepare for that starting now.

Tristyn Gies
1589
Insurance Basics for Vet Students and New Grads- What You Need to Know

Jeff Marshall
1588
What are the Veterinary State Boards

Discussing what veterinary state boards are

Dr. Beth Venit
1587
Playing the Cards You Are Dealt

This presentation will cover Dr. Brown’s journey to practice ownership, her day to day as a practice owner and her life as a large animal veterinarian balancing a family.

Dr. Laura Brown, DVM
1586
Navigating Your Veterinary Career with Resilience

Mary LeMay
1584
Finding Happiness/Sustainability in Equine Practice

Growing an equine veterinary practice and sustaining passion for the profession

Dr. Patrick First, DVM
1583
Business of Ambulatory Practice

Business of an ambulatory practice. Experience in equine ambulatory practice, private business consult, education, and more!

Dr. Jorge Colón, DVM
1582
Evidence-Based Care: Embracing the Pet HealthZone for a Holistic Practice Approach

Dive into the world of the Nationwide® Pet HealthZone®, where cutting-edge data meets clinical practice, offering an unparalleled look into the health risks and needs of today’s pets. This presentation reveals how the Pet HealthZone empowers veterinarians with in-depth insights into breed- and age-specific conditions, enabling you to deliver exceptional care. We’ll explore the symbiotic relationship between these insights and the practical benefits of pet insurance, all without making it feel like homework. Get ready to transform your future practice with tools that make every client encounter more insightful, efficient, and impactful.

Rachel Luoma, DVM
1581
How to become a better negotiator

Please join us for a workshop on becoming a better negotiator.!

Eric Max
1580
What To Look For In An Employer If DEI Is Important To You

Dr. Tiffany Moore, DVM
1579
Business Insight Tour: Candlewood Veterinary Clinic

Cole Grieves is the business manager and spouse to Dr. Alex Grieves and will give a hospital tour, answer any questions about business choices, and talk about practical business management for their veterinary hospital. Candlewood Veterinary Clinic is a small animal general practice.

Cole Grieves
1578
Breaking Bad News

Difficult Diagnosis? Join us to review best practice/tips to delivering difficult news to clients and learn ways to support them.

Dr. Roxanne Suarez, DVM
1577
Business Owners vs Business Operators

Consider the choice: would you prefer to be a business owner or a business operator? The distinction between these roles is substantial, and it determines whether you’ll find success and fulfillment or face stress, burnout, and anxiety.

Dr. Luis Cruz, DVM
1576
Minding your KPIs and Benchmarks

To move a business forward in an effective and efficient fashion you need to collect data and information that will help you to navigate towards the outcome you so desire. Your practice management software and accounting information can give you more information than you know what to do with. What numbers (KPIs and Benchmarks) are most relevant? Where can you find them? How can you monitor them? What do they mean? And, most importantly what impacts them and what to do when they indicate you are not on track?

Dr. Peter Weinstein, MBA, DVM
1575
How to get the most out of your externships

Discussion on how to get the most out of externships. How to prepare, be professional and learn the most.

Dr. Brandy Duhon, DVM
1574
Building a Brand to Build Your Business

I will share with the students my career path and what lead me to veterinary dermatology and eventually the media space. We will discuss how to take what you love and make a fulfilling career out of it.

Dr. Joya Griffin, DVM
1571
Where does my money go? Workshop

This workshop will look at gross production in a veterinary practice and evaluate where these dollars are spent based on financial benchmarks. We will discuss building a financial dashboard for practice and personal life.

Dr. Rebecca Stinson
1570
Negotiating Your Worth as a Vet

Will go over imposter syndrome, evaluating self worth, knowing your WHY, and the process of negotiating offers or contracts.

Dr. Anna Foster
1569
How to Succeed as a Veterinarian and Business Owner

A sneak peek of the ins and outs of succeeding as a veterinarian and business owner. Learn how to find your passion within your career and have the desire to go after new set goals and interest for continuous growth and success.

Dr. Jim Turpel, DVM
1568
Mentee Skills for Lifelong Learning

Dr Rabwin from Ready, Vet, Go will be discussing how to be a lifelong learner in your career. She is providing attendees with free access to a course that supplements the talk.

Dr. Dani Rabwin, DVM
1567
Behavioral Economics in VetMed

This presentation reveals how hyper-personalizing patient/client communication improves engagement & outcome.

Dr. Ken Rotondo, DVM
1564
The Importance of EBITDA

Understanding EBITDA. This presentation takes students through the meaning of the acronym EBITDA (a fancy word for profit). We also look at income statements together and have a discussion of a specific practice example.

Dr. James Delano, DVM
1561
Lead in Culture of Engagement and Sustainability

As a future practice owner or newly hired associate veterinarian, your entrance into a team further diversifies the culture. What will your impact be? Join Mr. Jay Browne, the Hospital Director of Southview Animal Hospital (NVA), to discuss how to recognize, communicate, and lead intentionally to shape a culture of sustainability and engagement for all.

Jay Browne
1560
Taming the trolls: Managing online negativity with real-life success stories

Join us for an essential session that addresses a pressing issue in today’s digital age - handling cyberbullying within the veterinary community. In this informative discussion, we will explore effective strategies for identifying, addressing, and mitigating instances of online harassment and negativity. Learn how to foster a supportive online environment while safeguarding your professional reputation and mental well-being. With insights from an experienced professional and practical tips on managing online interactions, this session equips veterinarians, technicians/nurses, and the entire team with the tools to navigate the digital landscape with resilience and professionalism. Together, let’s ensure that the online veterinary community remains a space of respect, collaboration, and growth.

Eric Garcia
1559
Common HR Topics

This talk will discuss common HR topics encountered within the field of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Morgan Dawkins, DVM
1558
Leadership in Veterinary Medicine Panel

A diverse panel of leaders will discuss their career trajectories. Hear about interesting, impactful careers in research, recruiting, public health, and academia. This is co-sponsored by NC State’s CVM Career Services.

Dr. Andrea Gentry-Apple, DVM
1555
Veterinary Entrepreneurship: We did it; so can you!”

Dr. Maynard plans to discuss her experiences starting a new practice and what it is like to be a practice owner, as well as why independent practice ownership is still important in an age of corporate takeovers.

Dr. Nikki Maynard, DVM
1554
5 Veterinary Trends that will be Super Hot for 2024

VBMA 2024 Southern Region Summit, a collaboration of the Southern Region VBMA chapters. This meeting is hosted by Ross university.

Dr. Jill Lopez, DVM
1553
Alliance Animal Health Resume Workshop

Megan Kirby
1552
5 Veterinary Trends that Will be Super Hot in 2024

In 2024, the veterinary industry is witnessing transformative trends, including the expansion of telemedicine for broader access to care, the integration of Artificial Intelligence for enhanced diagnostics and personalized treatment, a shift towards freelance work by veterinarians, and the empowerment of veterinary technicians with expanded roles. Additionally, there’s a growing focus on customizable healthcare through genetic insights, offering tailored treatments and preventive strategies. An emerging consideration is the need for sustainability in veterinary practices, emphasizing eco-friendly approaches and community education for a more environmentally responsible future in animal healthcare. These trends are collectively shaping a more accessible, efficient, and personalized approach in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Jill Lopez
1551
Introduction to Veterinary Financial Statements

Virtual, didactic discussion and presentation on the application of the top three veterinary financial statements: Profit and Loss, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow Statement

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
1550
Business Insight Tour: Fur Family Animal Hospital

Business Insight Tours are opportunities for students to get out and about in their own backyard learning about the joys and challenges of owning their own practice from local veterinarians. This Business Insight Tour is at Fur Family Animal Hospital with Dr. Megan McKeage.

Dr. Megan McKeage, DVM
1548
Unleashing Your Resilience: Harness your Personality+ Thrive in VetMed

Did you know that your personality can be a secret weapon in the world of Vet Med? Sounds surprising, right? It’s no secret that VetMed has been grappling with the ”burnout” buzzword for years. But what if we change our approach? Instead of just addressing burnout, what if we built capabilities to manage and even thrive amidst its challenges? Unlock the power of resilience in the face of burnout with this lecture- By understanding and leveraging your unique personality, you can navigate challenges more effectively, ensuring you’re not just surviving, but truly thriving in VetMed.

Dr. Lauren Catenacci
1547
Non-traditional Career Pathways

Dr. Ricky Walther is a Class of 2020 graduate from UC Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine and while in school he was a VBMA Chapter President as well as the 2019 National President for the VBMA. During his career he has been an associate small animal veterinarian, a medical director and now serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Pawlicy Advisor (a pet insurance marketplace). He will be sharing his story about how the leadership skills learned in the VBMA have helped to shape his career and will provide a unique perspective into the various roles and opportunities that are available to us with our veterinary degree.

Dr. Ricky Walther, DVM
1546
Leading Positive Culture in Veterinary Medicine

In his presentation, Dr. Fugate will discuss how you can lead a positive culture as an associate veterinarian or practice owner.

Dr. Mel Fugate
1545
Pros and Cons of Corporate and Private Practices

Dr. Murphy will cover mentorship, externships and taking next steps for students in their career.

Dr. Jimmy Murphy, DVM
1544
Making the Transition - What do I need to know

Are you “practice-ready?” What are the steps needed to build a long, successful and profitable career in veterinary medicine? How do you prepare yourself to do the best possible job in veterinary medicine? Transitioning to practice is tough, and unfortunately many veterinarians don’t make a successful transition which sets them up for an unfruitful career. We will answer these questions and discuss how to avoid the pitfalls in an interactive and engaging discussion, so you can create your “to-do” list for a great career.

Dr. Lance Roasa, JD, MS, DVM
1543
Veterinary Practice Leadership

Part of the VBMA Region Summit- affiliated with Encore Vet Group.

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
1542
Finding Joy as a Veterinarian: How to Be a Light in a Challenging Profession

The presentation will cover how we use Christian principles to guide our decision to work joyfully each day and how this decision has impacted the way we grow and scale our business. We will share how our faith allows us to view our daily work as stewardship rather than a ”job,” and the presentation will encourage students to use their calling in veterinary medicine to be a light in a challenging profession.

Dr. Patrick Singletary, DVM
1540
The Veterinary Workforce: Where are We Headed?

In this presentation we will review the current trends of veterinary employment. In addition, we will explore the many current factors which are present in our profession today that will have short and long term impact on the veterinary workforce. During this session, participants will be challenged to think through all aspects of the impact of currently proposed workforce changes both in various states but also across the country in general.”

Dr. Jim Weisman, DVM
1539
Evidence-Based Care: Embracing the Pet HealthZone for a Holistic Practice Approach

Along with Dr. Cicchelli, dive into the world of the Nationwide® Pet HealthZone®, where cutting-edge data meets clinical practice, offering an unparalleled look into the health risks and needs of today’s pets. This presentation reveals how the Pet HealthZone empowers veterinarians with in-depth insights into breed- and age-specific conditions, enabling you to deliver exceptional care. We’ll explore the symbiotic relationship between these insights and the practical benefits of pet insurance, all without making it feel like homework. Get ready to transform your future practice with tools that make every client encounter more insightful, efficient, and impactful.

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli, DVM
1538
What they don't teach you in Vet School

We will have a panel to discuss all aspects of owning a vet practice.

Kimberly Darnell
1537
"Nothing is Too Big How to Identify, Perceive and Manage Your Stress "

Navigating life as a DVM while prioritizing mental health. Life can be overwhelming! In this presentation we discuss identifying your stressors and healthy ways to manage them.

Dr. Kimberly Roberts, DVM
1536
Life in Industry and Pro Tips for Interviewing

1 BCP credit in Category 4. Dr. Rae Rice from Hill’s Academic Affairs Team will be joining us to talk about Life in the Industry and Pro Tips for Interviewing.

Dr. Rae Rice, DVM
1535
Veterinary Job Exploration

Empowering veterinary associates to create a positive influence on hospital culture, irrespective of their work environment. We’ll explore strategies such as leading by example, holding the team accountable, and fostering a clientele that encourages a positive environment. We’ll discuss practical steps, such as promoting inclusivity, setting clear expectations, and acknowledging excellence, to cultivate a collaborative and supportive atmosphere. The goal is to equip future veterinary associates with the tools to not only thrive individually but also elevate the overall culture and leadership within diverse veterinary settings.

Dr. Hunter Bowen, DVM
1534
Into to Personal Finance

Dr. Hofmeister will discuss how to manage your personal finances a new graduate and beyond.

Dr. Erik Hofmeister, DVM
1533
Veterinarians as Medical Directors

Dr. Kalick and his panel of colleagues discuss a veterinarian’s role as a medical director and how they work with the practice manager in a clinic to ensure that the clinic is provided quality care while working within a budget that will ensure success of the hospital.

Dr. Glenn Kalick, DVM
1531
The Internships Decision

To do an internship or to not. Dr. Johnson will speak from personal experience and years of leading other veterinarians in this area.

Dr. Justine Johnson, DVM
1530
Veterinary Medicine, Meet Technology

Historically, the veterinary industry has not been an early adopter of innovative technology.. but times are changing! During this session, we’ll discuss how you as a future veterinarian and hospital owner can embrace technology to grow your practice, deliver high-quality medicine, and improve patient outcomes.

Buck Brumfield
1529
Presenting Yourself Professionally

The workshop will cover how to manage your professional image, and how to present yourself professionally on paper. We will cover how to craft an effective resume or CV as well as talk briefly about the importance of networking for professional development.

Dr. Jai Sweet
1528
Drs. Dierks - Life After PPVM

Ashley and Brady Dierks known as ”Dr. Dierks” will be coming to discuss life after vet school, and how they find a balance as a couple, parents, and veterinarians.

Dr. Ashley Dierks, DVM
1527
3 Skills Every New Veterinarian Needs to Know

Dr. Mark Lee will have an in-depth discussion on three skills that are critical to being a great veterinarian. These 3 skills have been instrumental in the success of countless veterinarians across the nation.

Dr. Mark Lee, DVM
1524
Start-Up vs. Aquisition

This presentation will cover the question that every veterinary student who wants to own a practice will have to face: Start-up or aquisition?

Jeremy Burroughs
1523
Select Financial Topics for the Young Veterinarian

Topics will include budgeting, investing and finances.

Alan Fishman
1522
Insurance Basics for Adults

As you enter the working world you will be bombarded with decisions to be made regarding all different types of insurance coverage ranging from Health Insurance, Long Term and Short Term Disability Insurance, Professional Overhead expense, Life Insurance, Hospital Indemnity, Specialty overage such as Cancer or Accident, Professional Liability Insurance, Renters’ and Homeowners Insurance, Auto Insurance and more. We will touch on as many and as much as we can to give a good overview.

Wendy Feldman
1521
Client Chemistry, My secret formula for success

Founder of River Oaks Animal Hospital in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Dr. Heather Duncan, DVM
1520
Vetting the Vet

Tips for the new graduate veterinarian on finding the right fit for your first practice

Dr. Sheila Fitzpatrick, DVM
1518
Setting SMART Goals

Join us with Mission Veterinary Partner’s Dr. Chris Anderson to focus on the big picture. If you don’t spend time thinking about where you want to go and what you want to do, your first job won’t be what you want. This talk focuses on planning your future and spending time thinking about it. Discusses SMART goals and how mentors can be an integral part of shaping your future.

Dr. Chris Anderson, DVM
1517
Path to Practice Success: Hike Your Own Hike

HousePaws, a mobile/ stationary hybrid practice was founded by Dr Lisa in 2010. HousePaws quickly grew to a 17 veterinary practice. The appeal? Practicing quality medicine, in a relaxed home environment - treating each patient as an individual and allowing each doctor to practice the way they want to practice. Additionally, HousePaws supports community service in many ways. Most exciting, is our involvement in veterinary mission (non-religious) work both locally and abroad. Come to this lecture to talk about where life can take you and think outside of the box so the path that you take will always be your own adventure. Dr. Lisa graduated from VA-MD Regional College of Vet Medicine and is super excited to get real with the VBMA students!

Dr. Lisa Aumiller, DVM
1516
Top Things New Vets Should Know About Social Media

Dr. Caitlin DeWilde, DVM
1514
ZOOM: The Business Side of Emergency Medicine

In collaboration with SVECCS, come hear from Dr. Kara Nelsen, owner and founder of Allied Emergency Veterinary Services, who will dive deep into emergency medicine as a business and the daily operations that keep her staff, clients, and community thriving.

Dr. Kara Nelsen, DVM
1513
In Person: The Business Side of Emergency Medicine

In collaboration with SVECCS, come hear from Dr. Kara Nelsen, owner and founder of Allied Emergency Veterinary Services, who will dive deep into emergency medicine as a business and the daily operations that keep her staff, clients, and community thriving.

Dr. Kara Nelsen, DVM
1511
Insurance Needs of the Practitioner and Practice Owner

Dr. Trista Mills along with Dr. Clint Roof will discuss the topic of insurance as it relates to the needs of the practitioner as well as the practice owner as seen through their experiences as both.

Dr. Trista Mills, DVM
1510
CareVet Opportunities + Ross Alumni Experience in Clinics

Dr. Giniario Ortiz , DVM
1509
Small Town Startups and Local Cases

Dr. Pulliam will be discussing his personal business plan as well as covering interesting cases from his practice, Animal Urgent Care Tri-State.

Dr. Dustin Pulliam, DVM
1506
The Basics of Payroll and Taxes for Both Employees and Practice Owners

Payroll and Payroll Taxes will be the biggest expense you have as an owner of a practice. How do you keep track of employee hours and bonuses? How do you pay them? For the employee: What is deducted from pay? How taxes are calculated. Hourly pay vs salary vs production vs ProSal. This event will fulfill a BCP Category 1 Credit. Location: G-150. Time: 12 PM.

Dr. Theresa Driscoll
1505
Mentorship (vs. Internship) - What Next Steps to Consider After Graduation

The focus for this talk is Mentorship vs. Internship - How to make the best decisions of what next steps to consider after graduation. Dr. Fox is going to strongly focus on looking for practices that have mentorship as part of their culture but also discuss how that can compare to some of the corporate practice mentorship programs and internships. This lecture will fulfill the VBMA BCP Category 2. Location: G-201 Time: 12 PM

Dr. Kristen Fox, DVM
1503
The Professional's Experience to Financial Planning

Discuss strategies and methods that veterinary professionals can use to ensure their personal finances are happy and healthy while also managing debt and loans.

Tyson Farnsworth
1502
What is ‘Spectrum of Care’ in Veterinary Medicine?

Discusses the evidence and opinions behind the current ‘Spectrum of Care’ movement in veterinary medicine today compared to the traditional ‘Standard of Care’. Reviews the clinical, research, financial and legal implications in all disciplines of veterinary medicine

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
1501
ZOOM: Key Performance Indicators: KPIs for DVMs to be MVPs

Join Dr. Liz Gunderson and Dr. Lindsey Reddemann from Banfield as she breaks down KPIs for veterinary students. Every DVM should have some understanding of how they contribute to the veterinary hospital business, and our discussion will help you understand your value for negotiating your salary or advocating for additional staff! We’ll also discuss how good medicine leads to good business outcomes.

Dr. Lindsey Reddemann, DVM
1500
In Person: Key Performance Indicators: KPIs for DVMs to be MVPs

Join Dr. Liz Gunderson and Dr. Lindsey Reddemann from Banfield as she breaks down KPIs for veterinary students. Every DVM should have some understanding of how they contribute to the veterinary hospital business, and our discussion will help you understand your value for negotiating your salary or advocating for additional staff! We’ll also discuss how good medicine leads to good business outcomes.

Dr. Lindsey Reddemann, DVM
1499
Boundaries: The Map to Successful Relationships in Vet School

Join Jeremiah Bennett in a lecture on how to maintain healthy relationships in vet med. Through vet school and beyond, friends, family, and life partners are important support systems that you need to support in a healthy way as well. Jeremiah will provide tools to maintain these relationships with plenty of discussion and his own experiences as a partner to a DVM.

Rocky Lucas and Jeremiah Bennett
1497
Practice Acquisition and Ownership

Join Dr. Kristi Yee for an hour-long presentation and discussion on the transition from an associate veterinarian to a practice owner. She will share valuable tips and insights from her own practice acquisition journey, done in the middle of a pandemic. Discussion includes: How to leave your current position, Who to enlist to help create your dream practice, and How has Covid impacted opening/running a practice

Dr. Kristi Yee, DVM
1496
5 Tips to Help Navigate Your Veterinary Financial Life

”Darby Affeldt, DVM, RICP®, is an Independent Financial Advisor and Partner with North Star Resource Group. Her veterinary background and practice ownership inspired her to become a financial advisor specializing in working with veterinary and medical professionals. Darby has furthered her education to earn the RICP® designation, Retirement Income Certified Professional. Darby protects and builds client wealth by offering a comprehensive and educational approach with personal and practice financial planning, retirement plans, asset/investment management and insurance strategies to help her clients to reach their personal and practice goals.”

Dr. Darby Affeldt, DVM
1495
"My Path to a 7-figure Startup within 5 years of Graduation."

Join us as Dr. Mike Walker discusses his journey from being six figures in debt after vet school to bootstrapping a de novo practice and generating over $1M in the first 12 months. His presentation will include an open-book format of his finances, mistakes, and complete screw-ups!

Dr. Mike Walker, DVM
1492
F is For Fico

Join Dr. Rice, your student representatives from Hills Pet Nutrition and VBMA, for a lecture about navigating credit scores and other financial conundrums. Additionally, topics such as managing student debt will be discussed.

Dr. Rae Rice, DVM
1491
Maintaining Healthy Relationships in Vet Med

Rocky Lucas and Jeremiah Bennett
1490
Lessons Learned in the First Year of Owning a Mobile HQHVSN Business

Where do I buy surgical instruments? What insurances do I need? How do I hire people? What is this letter from the State Veterinary Board?!? Upon graduating WSU, my narrative was ”I will never own my own business.” Now I am here to tell you what I have learned after 1 year of owning and operating AZ Vet Direct, a high-volume, low-cost, mobile surgery business.

Dr. Jessie Schneider , DVM
1489
Veterinary Practices and Online Pharmacies: A new relationship on the horizon

This is a presentation on the changing landscape in veterinary pharmacies in the era of e-commerce and sharing how to proceed with an online pharmacy in a way that empowers veterinarians (especially clinic owners) and clients to utilize its benefits appropriately. It is a great topic due to the relevancy of the changing dynamics/generations of shoppers and competition from corporate clinics and pharmacies.

Dr. Kailyn Wells, DVM
1488
Onboarding Associates For Success

Dr. Aspros will discuss strategic and effective integration of DVMs into a new environment. He will cover best practices, tools, and techniques to ensure a seamless onboarding experience that sets associates up for long-term success.

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
1487
Head Hippo In Charge! H.H.I.C. - Pathways & Tools for Leadership

This leadership lecture provides a comprehensive overview of leadership styles in a hospital, discussing various types of veterinary leaders and outlining pathways to leadership roles within the veterinary field.

Dr. Sam Kirby, DVM
1485
Breaking Ground: Launching your Independent Veterinary Practice in a Corporate Landscape

Dr. Hadi will examine how corporatization is reshaping the landscape for aspiring veterinary practice owners, addressing changes in autonomy, financial dynamics, and client relationships.

Dr. Saum Hadi, DVM
1483
Rockstar Entrepreneurism and Balancing Life in the Veterinary Profession

Entrepreneurship in veterinary medicine as well as touching upon work/life balance as a parent.

Dr. Dani McVety, DVM
1482
Where the money comes from and where the money goes - POST COVID edition

Join a CVPM and 14-year veterinary business owner to learn how to evaluate your worth as a veterinarian, including how revenue and expenses affect your value in today’s market.

Dr. Boomer Pearsall
1480
Treatment Plan for Financial Success

*Personal finance *Personal investments *Student debt *Credit score *Personal taxes *Personal budgeting

Bryan Martinka
1479
Know Your Value: A New Graduates Guide to Production Reports

This is an interactive workshop where students work their way through a mock production report and learn how they get paid comparing different compensation models (base only, base plus / production , and negative accrual).

Dr. West Hamryka, DVM
1478
Evaluating a Practice

Learn how to best assess practices for the best fit for you.

Ted Root
1477
Telehealth in Veterinary Medicine

As we look to improve access to care through electronic means for our veterinary patients, what are the key issues? Regulatory concerns loom large on key legislation on the subject, but basic questions around how practices effectively provide this service to clients and patients persist.

Dr. Christie Long, DVM
1476
"How to Create a Negligence Case with $60"

When a suspected cruelly case is presented to you, can you do a work-up that will make sure the charges “stick?” This discussion will guide you through the steps to creating an airtight case that a prosecutor can use to successfully litigate the case. Further, this discusses how to build the case on a shoestring budget, using $60 of expenses as the target. This discussion is taught from an actual case example from a negligence case presented to the speaker in 2010.

Dr. Lance Roasa, JD, MS, DVM
1475
Introduction to Investing

Participants will be empowered to manage their investments in an evidence-based way.

Dr. Erik Hofmeister, DVM
1474
Professional Development V - LAMS 549

This course is the fifth of 6 courses within the curriculum focused on professional development. Through experiential learning methods, students will be exposed to topics and skills related to personal development, self-care, ethics and animal welfare, communication skills, and business and financial literacy. The course is designed to re-emphasize the essential American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) ”non-technical” competencies as well as introduce additional concepts and tools that will allow the students to enter their clinical year and their career prepared for many of the significant challenges that veterinarians face on a daily basis. The skills introduced in this course are essential to develop into a competent and successful veterinarian.

Dr. Adria Rodriguez, DVM
1473
Professional Development IV - LAMS 547

This course is the fourth of 6 courses within the curriculum focused on professional development. Through experiential learning methods, students will be exposed to topics and skills related to personal development, self-care, ethics and animal welfare, communication skills, and business and financial literacy. The course is designed to re-emphasize the essential American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) ”non-technical” competencies as well as introduce additional concepts and tools that will allow the students to enter their clinical year and their career prepared for many of the significant challenges that veterinarians face on a daily basis. The skills introduced in this course are essential to develop into a competent and successful veterinarian.

Dr. Adria Rodriguez, DVM
1472
Professional Development III - LAMS 543

This course is the third of 6 courses within the curriculum focused on professional development. Through experiential learning methods, students will be exposed to topics and skills related to personal development, self-care, ethics and animal welfare, communication skills, and business and financial literacy. The course is designed to re-emphasize the essential American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) ”non-technical” competencies as well as introduce additional concepts and tools that will allow the students to enter their clinical year and their career prepared for many of the significant challenges that veterinarians face on a daily basis. The skills introduced in this course are essential to develop into a competent and successful veterinarian.

Dr. Adria Rodriguez, DVM
1471
Professional Development II - LAMS 542

This course is the second of 6 courses within the curriculum focused on professional development. Through experiential learning methods, students will be exposed to topics and skills related to personal development, self-care, ethics and animal welfare, communication skills, and business and financial literacy. The course is designed to re-emphasize the essential American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) ”non-technical” competencies as well as introduce additional concepts and tools that will allow the students to enter their clinical year and their career prepared for many of the significant challenges that veterinarians face on a daily basis. The skills introduced in this course are essential to develop into a competent and successful veterinarian.

Dr. Adria Rodriguez, DVM
1470
Professional Development I - LAMS 541

This course is the first of 6 courses within the curriculum focused on professional development. Through experiential learning methods, students will be exposed to topics and skills related to personal development, self-care, ethics and animal welfare, communication skills, and business and financial literacy. The course is designed to re-emphasize the essential American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) ”non-technical” competencies as well as introduce additional concepts and tools that will allow the students to enter their clinical year and their career prepared for many of the significant challenges that veterinarians face on a daily basis. The skills introduced in this course are essential to develop into a competent and successful veterinarian.

Dr. Adria Rodriguez, DVM
1469
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT VI

This course is the sixth of 6 courses within the curriculum focused on professional development. Through experiential learning methods, students will be exposed to topics and skills related to personal development, self-care, ethics and animal welfare, communication skills, and business and financial literacy. The course is designed to re-emphasize the essential American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) ”non-technical” competencies as well as introduce additional concepts and tools that will allow the students to enter their clinical year and their career prepared for many of the significant challenges that veterinarians face on a daily basis. The skills introduced in this course are essential to develop into a competent and successful veterinarian.

Dr. Adria Rodriguez, DVM
1467
Business and Workforce Preparation

This course introduces students to the personal and business financial skills necessary for a successful career. Models of business practice employed in veterinary medicine will be discussed. Strategies for successfully applying for employment, managing the challenges of entering the workforce, and the principles of clinic management will be discussed. The principles of self- management introduced in year one will be reviewed, particularly as they apply to the fourth year and first years after graduation.

Dr. Ryan Williams
1466
The Profession and Professionalism

This course introduces students to the concept of a profession, what it means to be a professional, and the career pathways available in veterinary medicine. The principles of professionalism, including relevant jurisprudence, self-regulation, ethics, and life-long learning will be introduced. The principles of clients, stakeholders, and community, and the importance of their relationships, will be discussed. The concepts of the healthy veterinarian and self-management are explored, including professional renewal and self-care, financial management, pursuing and meeting professional goals, focusing on career, and growing and developing in a changing environment.

Dr. Ryan Williams
1465
Skillfully Facilitating End-of-Life Conversations with Clients

Dr. Evans from AZPetVet will be joined by Dr. Nichole Westerweel and Dr. Bryn Christensen to discuss those difficult end of life conversations. Specific topics may include: - Monitoring and assessing quality of life - Euthanasia decision-making - Discussing the euthanasia process - Providing grief support, education, and resources

Dr. Kelli Evans
1464
“Intro to Practice Acquisition and Start-Up.”

After leaving the Army in 2005, Dr. Loonam opened Grace Animal Hospital as a start-up business where they now have 8 DVM’s, a staff of 40+ employees, and more than 15,000 clients.

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
1463
Resume Workshop

The toughest part of resume writing is reviewing and revising! Newly graduated DVMs and experienced DVMs are equally stumped by this one. Distilling years of job experiences and skills down to one page can be tricky! It can also be hard to feel good about a resume that doesn’t seem to have enough experience on it. Bring your resume, make edits during the talk to optimize your experince moving forward in your career.

Dr. Odie Marcovici, DVM, Dr. Joey Burt, DVM, Jeff Munoz
1462
Unpacking the Profit and Loss Statement

The Profit and Loss Statement may look daunting, but it does not have to be! In this session you will learn how to unpack the secretes it holds and identify how to take your organization to the next level.

Dr. Amy Snyder, DVM
1461
Mentorship Agreement Workshop

Dr. Rabwin will explain what veterinary mentorship means post-graduation and invite the students to take time and create their own mentorship agreements under her guidance. The workshop will equip students to know what mentorship is, how to find it, and what you are looking for in a mentor.

Dr. Dani Rabwin, DVM
1459
Fun With Numbers | Understanding Practice KPI’s

Owning your practice is not as daunting as you think! Let’s go through all the major expense ratios and categories that make up your practice revenue mix. We will go through each one to see what factors and costs go into each category, and how to best manage it if you can. Knowing the financial health of your practice is vital to keeping a thriving business and a great culture, so let’s make it happen!

Dr. Bret Halishak
1458
Fundraising 101: Founding and Funding a Start-Up

We’ve heard a lot about how to own a business and how to look at financials and how we should be paid! What about if we want to build something from the ground up? How do we get the finances and the capital to buy things like a Chemistry machine, vaccines, or get money to pay our technicians? That’s why Maya Shaposhnik-Cadena will cover the different strategies for fundraising a start-up!

Maya Shoposhnick Cadena
1457
he Double Edged Sword of Workplace Communication

Community Veterinary Associates (CVP) and Dr. Karen Pearson will be hosting a lunch talk on veterinary workplace communication.

Dr. Karen Pearson, DVM
1456
veterinary spec

Private vs Coroporate practice, new ownership models (stock options, drag along and tag along rights), how mentorship varies between corporate and private, how do you reach the top 10% of our profession

Dr. Erin Johnson, DVM
1455
Virtual Medicine

Dr. Wallis is a K-State graduate and owns a practice in Shawnee, KS that services small companion animals and exotics. She will also be discussing mentorship opportunities, so if you’d like to stay local over breaks come and chat with her! In a constantly evolving world, the topic of virtual medicine/telehealth is becoming increasingly relevant. Whether you’re wondering what place telehealth has in veterinary medicine, or how you might be able to incorporate some of these practices into your clinic in the future, this is a great opportunity to learn more about it.

Dr. Crista Wallis, DVM
1454
Planning and Insurance needs as a Practice Owner

Discussion on various business structure options such as sole proprietorship, general partnership, S- corporation, limited liability corporation, and nonprofit corporation.

Rene Johnson
1453
Maximizing Pet Food Profits in the Modern Era

This talk will discuss potential financial benefits of selling pet food to your clients. There are a variety of things that contribute to a veterinary clinic’s financial success, and whether the facility sells pet food s one of them.

Dr. Rae Rice, DVM
1452
7 Easy Steps to Starting Your Own Vet Clinic

This talk will go over 7 areas of starting a clinic that every single vet clinic in America has, to some degree. We will have a fun look at why we even need that area, what things the owner of the practice has to have for that area, what you can do while you are in vet school, and what you can do after you graduate, even if you aren’t an owner.

Dr. Corale Dorn, DVM
1450
Clinic culture and building a great team: Our roles as owners and DVMs

Dr Lima will discuss clinic culture and building a great team/organization, and what role we play as owners and DVMs. He will also discuss the leadership structure at his hospital and some of the new things they are working on such a leadership training program.

Dr. Manuel Lima, DVM
1449
Communicating Through the Noise - Internal Communication Tools & Strategies

Strategies for improving internal communication using a multi-modal approach. What are the tools and techniques we can use to communicate with our teams? What do we want or need to communicate? When should we to communicate? How do we communicate? What boundaries should we observe with communication tools and what are the written and unwritten rules of communication etiquette? In this talk, Mike falconer will answer these questions and more including the advantages and drawbacks of multiple different types of communication and how to break through the everyday noise and distraction of our world.

Mike Falconer
1448
Profitability of Rural/Food Animal Practice

Dr. Sturgess owns an operates Hereford Veterinary Clinic as well as Hereford Veterinary Supply in Hereford, Texas. He has a wealth of knowledge across many aspects of veterinary medicine including, research and business. He will be discussing HOW to be profitable in a rural, food animal practice.

Dr. Kynan Sturgess, DVM
1447
The Value of Offering Advanced Reproduction Services in Food Animal Practice

Dr. Chris Rumsey (PU SVM ’94) is an owner of Livestock Veterinary Associates PC in Rensselaer Indiana along with Dr. Jake Hege (PU SVM ’09). Dr. Rumsey will share his business experiences in Food Animal Veterinary Practice, which include working as a solo practitioner, an associate and as an owner in a multi-veterinarian food animal practice. These experiences include commercial swine and beef cattle practice, as well as the benefits of offering advanced reproductive services to cattle and small ruminant clients.

Dr. Chris Rumsey, DVM
1446
Recruitment, hiring, and termination

Come join us to hear from Dr. Ramirez about how to use your time wisely and avoid termination.

Dr. Raymond J Ramirez, DVM
1445
What you Don't Know About Practice Ownership

Nothing is scary if you know about it! Practice ownership is intimidating because so many DVM’s realize there are gaps in their information. We answer such mundane and big picture questions to avoid: Pepcid Reglan Alcohol Crying Taxes Ibuprofen Computer Crap Energy (or lack thereof)

Dr. Raymond J Ramirez, DVM
1444
Embarking on a mission to dog health and longevity through DNA testing

There are many types of business and numerous ways to get them funded. For businesses that need to grow fast to make world-changing results, venture capital can open a door of opportunity. The start-up journey begins with a business plan and founder team capable of attracting seed stage investors and key early hires capable of building a successful product and a pathway to success. I’ll discuss some of what I learned on my journey with Embark, from its early days in the Cornell Life Sciences Venture incubator to today, with over 100 employees and a latest Series B round that raised $75 million.

Dr. Adam Boyko
1443
Money In, Money Out-The Current Economics of Running a Veterinary Practice

Understanding the income and expense categories of a practice can help give you a better understanding of how to make a veterinary practice more profitable. COVID had a definite impact on practice profitability. Let’s talk about how a practice monitors its success and how you can help.

Dr. Peter Weinstein, MBA, DVM
1442
ZOOM: Culture Eats Strategy

How do you find success in any endeavor? Management and key performance indicators (KPI) are not leadership. Leaders set a mission and instill values in the organization which allow their teams to thrive, delivering to their customers the product and services they seek without layers of management. Inculcating the proper culture motivates people to behave in the ways that further the goals of the organization, better meet the needs of the customers and allow workers to find fulfillment.

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
1441
In Person: Culture Eats Strategy

How do you find success in any endeavor? Management and key performance indicators (KPI) are not leadership. Leaders set a mission and instill values in the organization which allow their teams to thrive, delivering to their customers the product and services they seek without layers of management. Inculcating the proper culture motivates people to behave in the ways that further the goals of the organization, better meet the needs of the customers and allow workers to find fulfillment.

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
1440
Veterinary Entrepreneurship 101: What I wish I knew Before Starting a Business

Hear the story of how Vetspacito was started, the problem it adresses, and some tips about starting your own business.

Dr. Tyler Primavera, DVM
1439
“Finding a Career That Compliments You, Not Defines You: Protecting Your Mental Wellbeing and Thriving in Veterinary Medicine?”

A soft-skills lecture focused on career development, internships/residencies, and managing burnout. This seminar is focused on my own personal experiences with each of those topic areas as I navigated specializing and transitioning into industry.

Dr. Matt Hull, DVM
1438
ZOOM ONLY: Building Your Brand: Building a Resume and Cover Letter

Dr. Lester will briefly discuss what the purpose of a resume is (to get an interview), what employers are looking for, what should and should not be included in a resume, and touch on writing a cover letter.

Dr. Bob Lester, DVM
1437
Business Finances, Student Loans, Budgeting- How to Transition from an Employee to a Business Owner

Cason Parker
1436
Personal Finances, Student Loans, Budgeting - How to Make What Seems Complicated Simple

Cason Parker
1435
Communicating with Pet Families Along a Spectrum of Care

The Nationwide-VBMA workshop ”Communicating with Pet Families Along a Spectrum of Care” is a new interactive workshop that will allow students to practice exam room communication skills, focusing on a spectrum of care approach to presenting treatment plan options best suited to pet family needs.

Dr. Laura Philbin, DVM
1434
Minimizing Risk As an Early Career Vet: Protecting yourself while protecting your patients

This case-based discussion will highlight ways to minimize risk as an early career veterinarian, given by Dr. Cassie Wagner and Anna Marie Lombardi from the AVMA Trust!

Dr. Cassie Wagner, DVM
1433
Vet Life, Mom Life, Boss Life

Dr. Kohandarvish is a 2019 UC Davis Graduate and now a co-founder of Jade Vets. She will be sharing her journey to practice ownership as a new grad and juggling being a new mom to a 14-month-old.

Dr. Noosha Kohandarvish, DVM
1432
Exam Room Excellence: Communication Skills to Provide More Care to More Pets

It will be a super interactive and intriguing session that will help give tips about exam room communication skills such as relaying treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs.

Dr. Madeline Vind, DVM
1431
Practice Ownership

Practice ownership has many benefits including a positive work/life balance compared to many associates. Attendees will discover through this presentation multiple pathways to ownership and a host of resources and experts to make that goal a reality.

Dr. Daniel Hebert, DVM, Dr. Andrea Stickland, DVM, Dr. Morgan Dawkins, DVM
1430
Building an awesome hospital culture, How Asian Veterinarians are affected by burnout, and why I started a pet supplements company during COVID

Dr. Z will be visiting all the way from SoCal! He has been practicing for 6 years as a general practice veterinarian. Dr. Z has experienced many sides of vet med: from working thru COVID, building a positive vet hospital culture, overcoming challenges as a veterinarian of Asian decent, and starting his own pet supplement company! This meeting will be joined by our AAVMP Chapter.

Dr. Zonram Liao, DVM
1428
Financial Planning

Joey Snyder
1427
Leadership Lessons

Veterinarians thrive when they develop leadership skills in addition to medical skills. And these abilities can be even more important for relief vets working with unfamiliar teams and clients. We’ll discuss some of the leadership qualities and learnable skills that have been honed from my experience as a relief vet. The components of emotional intelligence and how they apply in clinical practice will be discussed along with other practical leadership concepts.

Dr. Cindy Trice, DVM
1426
Reimagining Veterinary Medicine with Vetspacito

Get a behind the scenes tour at this vet med start-up aimed at reimagining a better profession. Vetspacito is currently working on overcoming the Spanish language barrier to help pets get better care. Learn about the Vetspacito story and some business tips that will hopefully save you a lot of time and frustration!

Dr. Tyler Primavera, DVM
1425
UGA-TUCVM Internship

The University of Georgia is pleased to announce a partnership with Tuskegee University to invite one outstanding Tuskegee veterinary graduate to participate in a rotating small animal medicine and surgery internship at UGA from June 13, 2024 - June 22, 2025. This internship provides rotations through internal medicine, soft tissue surgery, orthopedic surgery, anesthesia, radiology, oncology, neurology, cardiology, community practice, zoological medicine, and daytime and overnight emergency/critical care. In addition, the program includes at least two 3-week blocks (6 weeks total) of elective time. Potential electives include the aforementioned rotations, along with dermatology, ophthalmology, pathology, and a preapproval-required research block.

Dr. Bianca Lourenço, DVM
1424
Borrow Better

Dr. Tony Bartels and VIN Foundation will be discussing steps you can take as a student to borrow less in school and reduce future stress

Dr. Tony Bartels
1423
ZOOM: Analyzing Practice Financials & Key Performance Indicators

Come hear Mr. Borcherding from Panacea Financial discuss some real-life examples of private practice clinic tax returns and profit and loss statements. He will cover key performance indicators, profit, owner compensation, etc. and give real life scenarios on what it could be like if you owned your own practice.

Rob Borcherding
1422
In Person: Analyzing Practice Financials & Key Performance Indicators

Come hear Mr. Borcherding from Panacea Financial discuss some real-life examples of private practice clinic tax returns and profit and loss statements. He will cover key performance indicators, profit, owner compensation, etc. and give real life scenarios on what it could be like if you owned your own practice.

Rob Borcherding
1421
"How Fear Free is Good for Buisness"

In this meeting Dr. Johnson will be discussing how ”Fear Free” is good for both the wellbeing of patients and the business. She will discuss marketing and gaining new clients, as well as increasing client compliance. She will also discuss how a ”Fear Free” practice can make you the employer of choice and decrease staff turnover and increase team engagement.

Dr. Andrea Johnson, DVM
1420
Veterinary Business in a Community Setting

Interested in owning your own clinic? Do you want your practice to be engaged in your local community? Do you know what local support systems exist for you as a small business owner? Do you know who your political advocates are to help you navigate the local government and policies? Want to keep a ”pulse” on local hot topics and opportunities to serve your community?! As a local business owner, being a member of the business community county is paramount to your success and a gateway to serving the entire community! Come meet with the Auburn Chamber of Commerce to understand their role in supporting local businesses both from a business and political aspect and how you can leverage your local Chamber of Commerce to help you be a pillar of your local community!!

Anna Hovey
1419
What Every Veterinarian Should Know, Before Deciding to Buy or Start up a New Practice

Owning your own veterinary practice has many ongoing challenges, but the rewards far outweigh the difficulties. Having quality advisors, consultants and staff are essential for running a successful practice and an enjoyable working environment.

Dr. Rebecca Swimmer, DVM
1418
Choose Happiness, Create Success

Happy brains outperform negative and neutral brains. Our happiness (mindset) is largely influenced by our own intentions, learning, and experience. Happiness is a choice and can be trained. Learn some habits that will help.

Dr. Scott Bernick, DVM
1417
AB 1399: Veterinary Telemedicine Bill Brings the Virtual VCPR to California.

Dr. Miller will be doing a deep dive on what this new bill means for the veterinarian-client-patient relationship, the regulatory implications, and concerns about its possible misuse.

Dr. Michael Miller, DVM
1416
AB 1399: Veterinary Telemedicine Bill Brings the Virtual VCPR to California

Dr. Miller will be doing a deep dive on what this new bill means for the veterinarian-client-patient relationship, the regulatory implications, and concerns about its possible misuse.

Dr. Michael Miller, DVM
1415
Improving Recommendations through Teamwork and Collaboration

participate in an interactive, case-based discussion on nutritional recommendations using the 4PAWS approach of purpose, allowing client input, warmth and empathy, and solution. The seminar will apply the concepts of the 4PAWS approach to a medical case around common diseases including obesity, chronic enteropathies, environmental and food allergies, chronic renal disease, feline idiopathic cystitis, and urolithiasis. Participants will practice communication strategies with each other including history taking, asking open-ended questions, and finding middle ground on goals and concerns. The seminar will then move on to discuss addressing client goals with specific solutions, including understanding the pet owner perspective on value, use of educational tools and clear follow-up plan, and the importance of offering home food delivery to improve compliance with nutritional recommendations.

Dr. Shirin Modaresi, DVM
1413
Mentorship in the 21st Century

Discover the various dimensions and levels of mentorship that can shape your professional journey. We’ll delve into actionable tips and engaging talking points to help you set meaningful goals for your mentors experiences.

Dr. Sam Levitt, DVM, Dr. Joe Owens, DVM, Dr. Stacy Johnson, DVM
1412
Exam Room Excellence: Communication Skills to Provide More Care for More Pets

he Nationwide-VBMA “Exam Room Excellence: Communication Skills to Provide More Care to More Pets” workshop is an interactive communications workshop that will allow students to practice exam room skills, including communicating treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs.

Dr. Laura Philbin, DVM
1411
"How to Make Money and be Happy in Equine Practice!

Discuss the financial side of owning an equine practice as well as providing some information on contract negotiations and compensation.

Dr. Ben Buchanan , DVM
1410
Intro to Veterinary Legislation and Organized Medicine

Dr. Steve Dullard, DVM
1409
Cover Your Assests

Your income funds all parts of your life: your day-to-day expenses, your future retirement, and the time you spend with your loved ones. This session will help you: · Appreciate the true value of your income · Know your options for income replacement · Understand disability income insurance · Identify other areas of risk / exposure

Steven Samuel
1408
Honors Portfolio for Beginners

Come learn about our VBMA Honors Portfolio with the last hour being an open workshop for you to work with friends on your portfolio! Bring your laptops!

Dr. Rebecca Mears, DVM
1407
Career Planning 101

Learn about the steps you can take during vet school to help you succeed after graduation. Some of the topics covered will be: CV, resume, networking, internships, and residencies.

Dr. Gillian Kruskall, DVM
1405
Yes, you can buy a practice (and student debt doesn't matter.)

This session will dive into the entire process from finding a practice through to closing on the transaction and starting the transition. Buying a practice is no longer “a spit & a handshake”. When done correctly, the process can be smooth and timely. When not, the pitfalls, perils and mis-communications can be a nightmare.

David McCormick
1404
Financial Statements

We will discuss Profit and Loss Statements and Balance Sheets. We will also discuss these in a manner that can be understood.

Dr. Jamie Snow, DVM
1403
From Talk To Triumph: Harnessing Presentation, Communication and Listening Prowess

- Presentation Skills - Communication Skills - Listening Skills - How all three of these topics facilitate effective change management

Josh Klein, BA
1402
Student Loans

A webinar on student loan borrowing for SAVMA and VBMA credit

Dr. Rebecca Mears, DVM
1401
Do’s and Don’ts of Practice Acquisition

Dr. Posey will talk about his experience buying a practice early in his career and how he went about having the business and its assets appropriately appraised prior to purchase as well as things to consider when in a position to sell!

Dr. Dan Posey, DVM
1400
State and Federal Regulatory Agencies

Dr. Whittle will be discussing the state and federal regulatory agencies governing veterinary medicine in the United States. These regulatory agencies govern both small and large animal practices. He will be bringing to our attention specific details about veterinary medicine regulations that we are not likely to be exposed to in our formal education as Veterinarians but will undoubtedly affect all of us as we go into practice in the near future.

Dr. Bruce Whittle
1398
Interviews, Mentorship and Building a Successful career!

Please see the meeting manual for the 2023 North Central Regional Summit.

Dr. Lauren Mack, DVM
1395
ZOOM: Business Finance

Shaylee Russ will be talking to us about all things business finance and kicking off our BCP week!

Shaylee Russ
1393
IN PERSON: Business Finance

Shaylee Russ will be talking to us about all things business finance and kicking off our BCP week!

Shaylee Russ
1392
Practice Ownership: Where are we heading, and is it for you? The Basics of Creating a Business Plan

We will explore the value in continued goal setting and how this can lead to a more fruitful and well- balanced career. Different styles of ownership will be highlighted during the presentation. The continued responsibilities of current veterinary owners will be discussed in light of the continued acquisition of veterinary hospitals by private equity firms. Presentation of some business plan models will be discussed and how these can help determine the income opportunity in different practice locations

Dr. Michelle Vitulli, DVM
1391
ZOOM: Finding a Practice that Fits You

Join us as Dr. Rice discusses what leadership opportunities look like in small animal medicine, things to ask during an interview to help determine whether or not a practice is a good fit for you, considerations when assessing the benefits that are offered, and detailed information on what to ask about the day-to-day operation of a clinic that might not be obvious.

Dr. Rae Rice, DVM
1390
IN PERSON: Finding a Practice that Fits You

Join us as Dr. Rice discusses what leadership opportunities look like in small animal medicine, things to ask during an interview to help determine whether or not a practice is a good fit for you, considerations when assessing the benefits that are offered, and detailed information on what to ask about the day-to-day operation of a clinic that might not be obvious.

Dr. Rae Rice, DVM
1389
ZOOM: Financial Planning for Veterinary Graduates

Congratulations on your upcoming veterinary school graduation! Whether you’re graduating this year, or in the years to come, let’s secure your financial future. This session will explore essential steps for your first five years post-graduation, from building an emergency fund and mastering budgeting to safeguarding your career with insurance. We’ll also delve into smart student loan strategies and kick-starting your retirement savings. We’ll also discuss some of the steps you can take prior to graduation to make sure you get started on the right financial foot. Don’t miss this opportunity to lay a strong foundation for your financial success in the veterinary field!

Josh Ervasti
1388
IN PERSON: Financial Planning for Veterinary Graduates

Congratulations on your upcoming veterinary school graduation! Whether you’re graduating this year, or in the years to come, let’s secure your financial future. This session will explore essential steps for your first five years post-graduation, from building an emergency fund and mastering budgeting to safeguarding your career with insurance. We’ll also delve into smart student loan strategies and kick-starting your retirement savings. We’ll also discuss some of the steps you can take prior to graduation to make sure you get started on the right financial foot. Don’t miss this opportunity to lay a strong foundation for your financial success in the veterinary field!

Josh Ervasti
1387
ZOOM: Insurance Needs as a Veterinarian and/or Practice Owner

Join us as Mr. Butler touches on the following topics during his presentation: Disability & Life Insurance + Practice Business Insurance + Workers Compensation Insurance + Employment Practice Liability + Cyber Liability + Business Auto + Professional Liability

Bill Butler
1386
IN PERSON: Insurance Needs as a Veterinarian and/or Practice Owner

Join us as Mr. Butler touches on the following topics during his presentation: Disability & Life Insurance + Practice Business Insurance + Workers Compensation Insurance + Employment Practice Liability + Cyber Liability + Business Auto + Professional Liability

Bill Butler
1381
Journey from a licensed veterinary technician to chief veterinary officer and practicing vet

Dr. Quammen from the AVMA has a strong passion for veterinary medicine and hopes to continue positive and forward-thinking momentum thru veterinary students. She will be reflecting on her personal journey from continuing her education from a previously licensed veterinary technician to a now practicing veterinarian in Kentucky and a chief veterinary officer of TeleVet.

Dr. Jennifer Quammen, DVM
1380
Business Insight Tour: Timbercreek Veterinary Hospital

Dr. Paige Andersen will give a hospital tour, answer any questions about business choices, and talk about practical business skills that she wishes she learned in vet school. Timbercreek treats both small animal and equine patients. This is another wonderful learning opportunity and a great way to connect with a local veterinary clinic.

Dr. Paige Andersen, DVM
1379
Financial Bootcamp. Breaking down and understanding a Veterinary P&L

Understanding the basis of a Veterinary P&L by analyzing Veterinary and Paraprofessional salaries, Cost of goods sold, Operational expenses and profit margin

Dr. Glenn Kalick, DVM
1378
How To Reach Your Wellness Goals

Talk about ensuring your wellness in this profession without sacrificing what is important to you.

Kirbie Bremner
1377
Contract Negotiations

Join use as Midwestern University alumnus Dr. Lane Smith discusses how to effectively read and analyze contracts so that new grads can have a better understanding of contracts and what to be aware of.

Dr. Lane Smith, DVM
1376
Vet Practice Financials, Assessment, and Evaluation

Ethan Dawe will walk through the basics of what makes up veterinary practice financials and how to assess where changes can be made. He will also go over how to evaluate the veterinary financials as a whole.

Ethan Dawe
1374
Making the Most of Clinical Experiences/Welcome to Clinics

1) Planning for clinical experiences – what to consider and what resources are available 2) Understanding the role of your student coverage and how it protects you during your clinical experiences 3) Understanding your personal coverages during the remainder of your veterinary school career and into your professional life.

Dr. Cassie Wagner, DVM
1373
The Vet Student's Guide to Adulting

This presentation will be quick walk through everything you need to be planning for as you approach graduation. Cover Letter, Resume, Interviewing, Contracts, Negotiations, Personal Budgeting, Insurance needs and more.

Ethan Dawe
1372
Leadership in Vet med

TBD

Dr. Barry Dunn
1371
Practice Ownership: Yes, It Is Possible!

Dr. Christopher Rocchio, DVM
1370
Practice for Life in Veterinary Medicine

Please join Dr. Rae Rice Monday, November 6th at 12:00pm in Dunlap Auditorium for an all-encompassing lecture on how to choose a practice that’s right for you, including information on general differences between corporate-owned and privately-owned practices, the various types of leadership roles available within veterinary medicine, a description of common benefits and compensation models, and how to interview a practice to learn as much as you can about whether or not it’s a good fit for you.

Dr. Rae Rice, DVM
1369
Key Performance Indicators in Practice

Dr. Jay Goldsmith, DVM
1368
Beers & Business

In the United States today, the landscape of the brewing industry is incredibly diverse, boasting more than 9,000 individual brewers and a staggering array of over 50,000 distinct beer brands. Furthermore, brewing has evolved to the extent that over 100 unique beer styles are currently being crafted in the U.S. This wealth of choice can often be overwhelming for consumers, especially when all one seeks is to discover a beer style that perfectly suits their taste preferences. During this session, we intend to delve into the fundamental aspects of beer production, shedding light on the ingredients that form the backbone of every brew and the intricate processes that unite these ingredients. We will also embark on a journey to explore the most prominent and sought-after beer styles that currently populate the marketplace. We’ll go beyond theory and engage in practical sensory evaluation and tasting exercises to empower you as a beer enthusiast. These hands-on experiences will give you the knowledge and discernment necessary to become a more informed and discriminating beer consumer, which can be used to develop relationships in the business world!

Douglas Miller
1366
Motivation from a Calf Vet & Mom

Dr. Anne will share her personal experience as a calf veterinarian and mom who has paid off her student loans. She will provide advice on how she works long hours on the road and is a mom to two young boys.

Dr. Anne Vargo
1364
Culture Eats Strategy - KPIs Are Not Leadership

Join Dr. Aspros as he discusses the importance of workplace culture. A business can have excellent business numbers, but if the culture is not inclusive, attentive, and somewhere people don’t want to work, that business is not successful.

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
1362
Top 3 Exam Room Secrets Revealed, Top 3 Things Even Veteran Veterinarians Don’t Know, Top 3 Things I Did To Become American’s Veterinarian and Top 3 Things You Must Know Before You Sign Your First Employment Contract

Dr. Marty Baker will be discussing his top 3 things for exam secret, things even veteran veterinarians don’t know, and things he did to become “America’s Veterinarian.” Additionally, Paul Diaz will be discussing his top 3 things you must know before signing your first employment contract.

Dr. Marty Becker , DVM
1361
Culture Beats Strategy - KPIs Are Not Leadership

Why do you desire to work where you do? Why do you choose to stay? Join Dr. Aspros as we dive into the vision behind creating a unique working environment that doesn’t just beat strategy...but enhances it. Become inspired and confident with what your individual motivators are and learn how to recognize what compliments them in potential opportunities that await you post graduation. Understand what a company brand can tell you; From business efficiency that starts at the top, to recognizing advancement potential that inspires both your professional and personal dreams- there’s a little something for everyone to learn with this one.

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
1360
"This is the way we've always done is out" - Innovation in Veterinary Medicine

We will be discussing innovation in veterinary medicine and the impacts it can have clinics and their teams.

Dr. Christie Long, DVM
1359
How to Compare Job Offers

This presentation on comparing job offers focuses on the components of compensation (different types of pay: pro-sal, straight salary, pro-sal with negative accrual), as well as different benefits that may be offered (insurances, student debt relief?, PTO, 401(k), etc), and how to evaluate offers from a ”total package” perspective.

Dr. Dr. Omega Hammerling, DVM, Dr. Christine Staten, DVM
1358
Career Income Protection for Veterinarians

What to watch for and demand when it’s time to apply for long-term disability insurance, aka Income Protection. How it protects individual professionals and their practices against the risk of becoming too ill or injured to practice veterinary medicine for an extended period.

Eric Douglas
1357
Being Financially Fit

Richard Hitchcock
1356
Veterinary Professional Foundations II

Students will be supported in developing core competencies which contribute to success as a member of the veterinary profession (NAVMEC, 2011) as well as defined by AAVMC CoE. VPF II aims to provide pre-clinical DVM students with an introduction to laws and regulations that control various aspects of veterinary medicine as well as the legal obligations involved in veterinary practice. Students are also given information concerning their career as a veterinarian. Topics include: compliance, successful veterinary practice management, disclosing medical errors and informed consent, protecting against malpractice claims, effective interview skills, internships and residencies, managing crucial conversations and compassion fatigue. 1. To gain knowledge of veterinary laws relevant to practitioners 2. To gain knowledge in practice management as it relates to private veterinary practice 3. To gain knowledge in protection against veterinary malpractice claims 4. To better understand compassion fatigue as it relates to graduated veterinarians 5. To be aware of options for internships and residencies 6. To gain knowledge in communication skills relevant to veterinary practitioners

Dr. Elpida Artemiou, DVM
1354
Veterinary Professional Foundations I

Providesentry-level DVM students withastronggroundinginprofessional skillsandstudents willbe supportedindevelopingcorecompetencies, whichcontributetosuccessasa memberoftheveterinary profession. Topics include: communication skills, ethical decision-making, professionalism, financial planning,includingattendingtoreflectionandfeedback, wellbeingand mentalhealth,andinformation surrounding diversity, and multicultural awareness and goal setting.

Dr. Elpida Artemiou, DVM
1353
Life in Industry and Pro Interviewing Tips

Dr. Shirin Modaresi, DVM
1352
Positive Business Culture

Please join us as Dr. Moore from Thrive Petcare helps explain what it means to have a positive business culture and how to promote it in your own practice.

Dr. Christina Moore, DVM
1351
Living Your Best Life Possible in Vet Schoo

Dr. Tyler Primavera is also passionate about teaching vet students about how to invest in their personal and financial well being while combating the often demanding aspects of vet school. In addition to topics surrounding work-life balance, he will also be discussing his own experiences with entrepreneurship coming out of school and steps to take to build your own brand!

Dr. Tyler Primavera, DVM
1349
Financial Logistics of an Ambulatory Equine Veterinarian

Dr. Colón will address operating costs, invoicing, cash flow, scheduling, how to get started as a new grad, and so much more!

Dr. Jorge Colón, DVM
1348
Master The Interview: A new-grad's guide to the perfect interview

Dr Gerardo Navas, an LSU graduate and VBMA alumni, will be giving a talk on the do’s and don’ts of interviewing as a new-grad out of vet school.

Dr. Gerardo Navas, DVM
1346
Master The Interview

Learn ways to prepare for a job interview and how the entire process works. We will talk about the top things employers look for and things a potential employee should be looking for.

Dr. West Hamryka, DVM
1345
Non-profit Management and Organizational Development

Jim Tedford, President and CEO of AAWA, will present on managing non-profits.

Jim Tedford
1344
What can Animal Care do for you?

Bring awareness about Animal Care, the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), student opportunities within Animal Care such as the Chester Gipson Internship and the AC externship program.

Dr. Annette Chapman, DVM
1343
Buying and Selling a Practice

Dr. Charlotte LaCroix, DVM
1342
Why You Should Embrace Veterinary Practice Ownership

Dr. Joe Whalen is an integral part of our senior rotation on business management and entrepreneurship. Each year he provides insight as to a path to ownership for new graduates. His stated goal is to bring 100 veterinarians into ownership during his career. Find out why you should be one of them!

Dr. Joe Whalen, DVM
1341
Understanding a P&L Statement

Profit and loss statement. Breeaking down the veterinary hospital P&L to better understand veterinarian salaries, profit centers, and KPIs in your hospital.

Dr. Glenn Kalick, DVM
1340
From Veterinarian to Owner: Creating Your Legacy

Dr. Amanda Flanagan will be discussing how to assess ownership, considerations, operational background and going beyond ”business.”

Dr. Amanda Flanagan , DVM
1338
Business Finances of a Veterinary Practice

Join our lecture to learn about business finance aspects from a legal, tax and financial advisory perspective. Chris Papin of Papin Law and Bradley Wood of MedLoan Solutions will discuss the basics of starting and operating a practice. Learn how to prioritize what is important and how to create a roadmap for success

Bradley Wood
1336
Private vs. corporate practice

Private vs Corporate practice, new ownership models (stock options, drag along and tag along rights), how mentorship varies between corporate and private, and how you reach the top 10% of our profession.

Dr. Tom Schwartz, DVM
1335
How to Partner with Difficult and Challenging Clients

- The overly talkative client - Working with highly emotional or demanding clients - De-escalating conflict with clients - When/how to ”fire” a client

Dr. Kelli Evans
1334
Student Loan Borrowing Lecture with VIN Foundation

Dr. Rebecca Mears and Dr. Tony Bartels work together to help veterinarians and vet students better understand their student debt and repayment options. With a new semester in full swing back and interest on student loans resuming September 1st, Drs. Mears and Bartles thought it would be a great time to help vet students tune back in on student loans, best borrowing practices, and what you need to know now.

Dr. Tony Bartels, Dr. Rebecca Mears, DVM
1333
Mentorship for the New Grad

Mentorship is essential to the success of new graduates, but not all mentorships are created equally. In this interactive lecture, we will discuss what questions to ask during your interview to assess the mentorship offered. We will explore how to develop a mentorship agreement with your first job and how to move from mentee to mentor over time.

Dr. Kate Boatright, DVM
1331
Veterinary Economics 101

Veterinary practices are struggling to maintain profitability now more than ever. With changes seen in the industry, there are concerns about how to make business decisions, the mental health of employees, and the overall well-being of the animals treated. This seminar takes a look at how economics can provide solutions in three key areas: People, Practices, and Pets. Areas that will be discussed include trade-offs, industry statistics, pricing considerations, communication needs, and the overall value veterinary medicine can provide to the public. This session is designed to provide a 10,000 foot view of these topics, with a specific goal of thinking through how these principles can inform decision making for veterinarians and their practices.

Matt Janzen
1330
Mastering the Interview

Master the Interview to find the Right Job for you and Mentorship that fits your goals. Classic interviews last a lunch hour or maybe an afternoon of shadowing. Is this enough time to make the most important decision of your career? Probably not. This talk is focused on things that students can do proactively to maximize their interview experience and prepare to ask the right questions to ensure they find the right job with a culture of mentorship that fits their needs.

Dr. Joe Owens, DVM, Dr. Chelsea Farnsworth, DVM
1329
ZOOM and PIZZA: Part 2- Exam Room Excellence

Choose this option if you’re planning to come on-campus for food and Zoom into the workshop meeting. This form will close on 10/30. To receive two BCP credits, you must attend Part 1 and Part 2 of the workshop. If you attend only one part of the workshop, you will not receive any BCP credit (all or nothing!). Even if you can only participate in one session, we still encourage you to join! Dr. Jayme Cicchelli will lead an interactive communications workshop that will allow students to practice exam room skills, including communicating treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs.

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli, DVM
1328
ZOOM: Part 2- Exam Room Excellence

To receive two BCP credits, you must attend Part 1 and Part 2 of the workshop. If you attend only one part of the workshop, you will not receive any BCP credit (all or nothing!). Even if you can only participate in one session, we still encourage you to join! Dr. Jayme Cicchelli will lead an interactive communications workshop that will allow students to practice exam room skills, including communicating treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs.

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli, DVM
1327
ZOOM ONLY: Part 1- Exam Room Excellence

To receive two BCP credits, you must attend Part 1 and Part 2 of the workshop. If you attend only one part of the workshop, you will not receive any BCP credit (all or nothing!). Even if you can only participate in one session, we still encourage you to join! Dr. Jayme Cicchelli will lead an interactive communications workshop that will allow students to practice exam room skills, including communicating treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs.

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli, DVM
1326
Tough Conversations in the Workplace

Discussion of handling difficult conversations within a business.

Eric Gray
1325
Preventive Care Diagnostics at Every Life Stage

This lecture provides evidence supporting preventive care diagnostics and the benefits preventive care initiatives offer to every veterinary practice. Consistent preventive care can identify early systemic health problems in animals with no apparent clinical signs, allowing early investigation and appropriate care if needed. We review diagnostics most valuable to preventive care protocols through clinical cases where preventive care testing had a positive impact on patient care and outcome.

Dr. Jean Hudson, DVM
1324
Business Management: What You Don't Learn in School

Dr. Baltrus, Dr. Lindsey, and Dr. Brooks are doing a roundtable open forum discussion about everything we need to know about business start up.

Dr. Jen Baltrus, DVM
1323
Authentic Interviewing

Want to know the secrets and tips for a successful interview? We will review how to stand out from the crowd and show your best self when preparing for job interviews.

Lisette Farve
1319
Social Media for the Veterinary Practitioner

Dr. DeWilde - The Social DVM will be joining us to lead us through setting up a LinkedIn profile and giving us tips on how to use social media, personally, professionally, and on behalf of your practice in reasonable ways.

Dr. Caitlin DeWilde, DVM
1318
Onboarding A New Position

Having gone through 5 onboardings herself over the past decade, and now in a position of onboarding new doctors for a large specialty referral hospital, Dr. Ambrosius will provide tips to help set you up for success in your first position!

Dr. Lisbeth Ambrosius , DVM
1316
From Passion to Practice: Rescue Work, Vet Med, and Finding Work-Life Balance

Get ready to be motivated and enlightened as our speaker reveals practical strategies, personal anecdotes, and invaluable insights that will empower you to pursue your dreams, whether it’s practice ownership, nonprofit work, or simply living a life filled with joy in the field of veterinary medicine. Who says you can’t have it all?

Dr. Jacquie Cobb, DVM
1314
Contracts, Negotiations, and Salary

Mr. Sellers will go over the ins and outs of contracts, what to look out for, and how to counter and negotiate with potential employers.

Glen Sellers
1313
How to Earn Respect from Technicians as a New Grad

How to engage team members, how to motivate team members and earn trust .

Sean Thompson
1312
Owning Your Own Business: How to Market Yourself

As a new practice owner, Dr. Finn has experienced the journey of practicing as a new vet, saving and budgeting expenses, and working with a business partner. He will be speaking about opening up your own practice, as he expresses how he wished he would have had more experiences learning about it in vet school to make this process as efficient and smooth as possible.

Dr. Hunter Finn, DVM
1311
Student Debt & Starting a Veterinary Business

Dr. Millman will be talking about student debt, starting her own cabin business and now her veterinary business.

Dr. Liz Millman, DVM
1310
Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Veterinary Medicine: A Roadmap for Future Practitioners

DEI isn’t just a buzzword; it’s a vital aspect of our profession. The primary objective of this lecture is to provide veterinary students with a comprehensive understanding of the importance of DEI in their future careers. By the end of this session, you should be able to appreciate how diversity, equity, and inclusion positively impact patient care, client relationships, and the overall success of veterinary practices.

Omar Lopez, Esq.
1309
"veterinary practice litigation: This Ain't no Lawyer joke"

Dr. Loonam will be discussing information pertinent to all veterinary professionals. It is common causes of veterinary board and civil court litigation. How to work with your malpractice insurance provider, defender, prosecutor and clients, with several real-world examples.

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
1308
Veterinary Practice Finance For People Who Hate Finance

Veterinary Practice success or failure comes down to two variables - cash and profitability. Unfortunately, these simple factors often get buried in abarrage of media hype, spread sheet overload, and financial slight-of-hand. This presentation describes the two most common financial reports, how they work together, and areas to spot mismanagement and financial opportunity.

Dr. Fredrick Baum, DVM
1307
Is an internship for me? How to keep from making a bad decision

Dr. Loonam will discuss internships and who may benefit from them. He will speak about choosing the right internship and how to do that.

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
1306
How to Create a Career You’ll Love

“One of the best things about a career in veterinary medicine is the huge variety of career paths that you can pursue. During this lecture, I will trace my own career path and discuss tips for launching a successful career. Participants will learn networking tips, discuss the age-old question of whether an internship or mentorship is best for them, and review tips for choosing a first job following graduation.” - Dr. Kate Boatright

Kate Boatright, VMD, Dr. Kate Boatright, DVM
1305
Public health and client communication

Almost every day, veterinarians are faced with disease issues that straddle the line between animal and human health. Communicating about the risks of these zoonotic diseases to clients and staff members, if done effectively, can help prevent illnesses in these groups, and can further cement the bond between veterinarian and client – or the veterinarian and their staff members. It sometimes takes considerable skill to tactfully navigate potentially sensitive personal health topics with others. This talk will offer some tips and ideas regarding how to effectively communicate these complex and sometimes delicate topics.

Dr. Russ Daly , DVM
1304
"Spectrum of Care—the path to stronger client relationships.”

Spectrum of Care describes an approach to patient care that emphasizes dynamic conversations with clients regarding their goals of care and outcome expectations. Excelling in Spectrum of Care communication methods is one of the most impactful ways to establish trust in the veterinarian-client relationship, which is crucial not only for successful patient care but also for career fulfillment and preventing burn out.

Dr. Melissa Detweiler , DVM
1303
Veterinary Litigation Protection: This is No Lawyer Joke!

Review common causes of veterinary board & civil court litigation; how to work with your malpractice insurance provider, defender, prosecutor, & clients with several real-world examples.

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
1302
The Home Buying Process/ Business Loans and Banking

Mortgage loans/ Business Loans and Banking

Jessica Beghtel
1299
Business Management

Business Management

Dr. Terrence Ferguson, DVM
1298
Business Insight Tour: Wildcat Vet

VBMA’s first Business Insight Tour will be Monday, October 9th at 6 pm with Dr. Kvasnica at Wildcat Vet. These tours will be an opportunity to take a detailed look at how private practitioners run their businesses.

Dr. Trisha Kvasnica, DVM
1295
op Ten Practice Problems: Investigating, Understanding and Mitigating Risk in Selecting a Work Opportunity

In the past 3 years, tremendous changes have been seen in the veterinary profession. Many practices saw tremendous growth and corporate consolidators bought practices at record level multiples. Since January, a majority of practices have seen a drop in clients, patients and invoices. The next few years may prove challenging for many practices to maintain historical growth and margins. Because of this uncertainty, veterinarians (especially new graduates) must be able to assess the health of a workplace despite the high earnings offered by employers. This presentation will explore the biggest problems we see in practices. Overall, discussions will focus on how to investigate work opportunities so that risk can be mitigated and the best workplace selected for work health and earnings.

Jeff Sanford
1294
Building Emotional Resilience

This presentation will discuss the stressors that face veterinary students and self care to help tackle the emotional challenges and develop resilience in our day-to-day so that we can become successful veterinarians.

Lisa Wilborg
1293
TBA

TBA

Jessica Beghtel
1292
"Mentorship Opportunities in Private Practice"

Dr. Gregory will be assisted by Dr. Clarke in discussing the opportunities in private practice for mentorship.

Dr. Ryan Gregory, DVM
1291
VBMA Honors Portfolio: Tips and Tricks for Success

The VBMA Honors Portfolio offers students a chance to get the most out of their VBMA involvement and prepare for the job hunt. Join Dr. Boatright, who has reviewed honors portfolios for the last several years, to discuss the components of the portfolio and common mistakes you can avoid. We will have time for open Q&A so bring your questions!

Dr. Kate Boatright, DVM
1290
Managing People and Culture in a Practice

Join O’Brien Veterinary Group, VBMA, and SAVMA to learn about what it takes to manage people and culture in a practice to create a positive atmosphere.

Lori Anthony
1287
Professional Dress & Interview Skills

Knowing what to wear to a professional event and interviews can be stressful. Learn what is appropriate for interviews and get some interview tips while we’re on the subject

Lisa Kelly
1286
The Hub Outpost Project

Dr. Meythaler Mullins will be discussing living in Alaska and providing outpost clinics for veterinary access to rural Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta communities. In partnerships between Colorado State University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, we strive to improve the physical and emotional health of the pet and human populations, strengthen the human animal bond and provide community-based outreach opportunities for veterinary students.

Dr. Laurie Meythaler Mullins, DVM
1285
[Partners in Practice 2023] Mentorship: What it is and how to find it!

Dr. Sam Kerby will help you determine what styles of mentorship compliment your personal and professional dreams. Join him as he discusses pros/cons of traditional internships, new graduate programs, and starting at a private clinic. Gain new tools to determine your course & conquer the start of your successful vetmed journey!

Dr. Samuel Kerby , DVM
1282
Financial Health

Profits drive practice success, allowing for an investment in people, equipment and facility – resulting in better patient care - while enriching client experience. In addition, sustained profits drive wealth creation for owners when they sell – and, sooner or later, every owner will exit from practice. Understanding the cost drivers in a practice helps let you successfully manage them.

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
1281
Financial Understanding and Clinic Ownership

Discussing aspects of finances of clinic ownership and paths to ownership of a veterinary clinic.

Sean Thompson
1280
Building a Team: Clear Vision

Hello future DVMs and industry leaders! I am looking forward to meeting with your group in a couple of weeks. In all your free time between now and then (insert sarcasm), it would be helpful if you read or listened to the book, What the Heck is EOS by Gino Wickman. It is a book that introduces the concepts of the Entrepreneurial Operating System (EOS) which he lays out in great detail in his book Traction. Our practice runs on EOS, and much of what I plan to discuss with you will be based on our experiences with EOS. If you aren’t able to read or listen to the book before October 10th, please do not worry about it. I know that we are going to enjoy our time together.”

Michael Shirley
1279
Hiring Insights

This talk will be all about what are the ins and outs of job market and getting hired. We will touch base on nailing an interview to going a little into contracts and offers. We will end the talk with who alliance is and all the career opportunities we offer from externships, internships and post grad opportunities!

Meghan Brady
1276
What’s inside your client’s mind?

Our brains have evolved to have 4 main control centers; think about it as having 4 operating systems. Each of these operating systems has the capacity to block one another making us feel we are being pushed and pulled inside our head. In this talk, you will learn important details about each of these operating systems and what inner mechanism integrates the function of these 4 control centers. With this information you can “read your clients” better leading to better health for their pets.

Dr. Luis Cruz, DVM
1275
Salary vs. ProSal, How do you get Paid?

There are several ways to get paid. The most common are salary and pro-sal. We are going to discuss the positives and negatives of both. We will touch more on the pro-sal model as that is the model we currently use.

Dr. Paul Myer , DVM
1274
Career & Personal Development

To help students develop their career goals and personal development.

Dr. Antonio DeMarco, DVM
1272
ZOOM: The Path to Practice Ownership

From Wells Fargo, Mr. Colvin will review all aspects of finances in business acquisitions. From personal to business financial basics, he will touch on building your ”deal” team for loan processes, budgets, and how to avoid cold starts.

Donald Colvin
1271
IN PERSON: The Path to Practice Ownership

From Wells Fargo, Mr. Colvin will review all aspects of finances in business acquisitions. From personal to business financial basics, he will touch on building your ”deal” team for loan processes, budgets, and how to avoid cold starts.

Donald Colvin
1269
What You Need to Know: Resumes, CVs, & Cover Letters

Breanna Gallagher is the senior careers coordinator from the OSU careers services department, and Taylor Harbruck is the careers services and student development coordinator in the Ferguson College of Ag. Breanna and Taylor will be presenting about what should be included on a resume, CV, and cover letter. They will cover the differences between these documents and what employers look for. The meeting will include a presentation as well as time for a Q&A for students to ask questions about their own resumes.

Breanna Gallagher
1268
Integrating ChatGTP into Vet Med

Dr. Karen Bolten, DVM
1267
Exam Room Excellence: Communication Skills to Provide More Care to More Pets

The Nationwide-VBMA “Exam Room Excellence: Communication Skills to Provide More Care to More Pets” workshop is an interactive communications workshop that will allow students to practice exam room skills, including communicating treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs.

Dr. Erin Johnson, DVM
1266
Insurance Protection for Your Livelihood and Business

We are grateful to have AVMA LIFE agent Mandy Walker and Dr. Cassie Wagner with AVMA student services speak about Insurance protection for yourself as a student and how to protect your livelihood and business!

Dr. Cassie Wagner, DVM
1264
Homebuying & Your Future

In this 1 hour lunch-and-learn, learn the ins and outs of home buying, making a 5, 10, and 15 year plan, and how to work around student loans. Also answer questions on mortgages: how they work and what are closing costs? How to prepare? Also learn how to grow a portfolio.

Andrew Augustyniak
1263
Exam Room Excellence: Communication Skills to Provide More Care to More Pets

The Nationwide-VBMA “Exam Room Excellence: Communication Skills to Provide More Care to More Pets” workshop is an interactive communications workshop that will allow students to practice exam room skills, including communicating treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs. Objectives include: defining spectrum of care, learn and use core communication techniques, and apply principles of practicing a spectrum of care to clinical exam room settings

Dr. Emily Tincher, DVM
1262
Budgeting for purchasing new equipment in practice

Discussion of budgeting and deciding affordability and pricing of new equipment in practice.

Dr. Jed McKinlay, DVM
1261
Diversity and Inclusion

Dr. Nalabotu will be discussing DEI in veterinary medicine, their personal struggles and obstacles, and how to successfully run a practice keeping DEI in mind.

Dr. Siva Nalabotu, DVM
1260
One Page Business Planning

How to build a business plan that can be used daily as an operational tool and guiding document for daily operations of a business

Eric Grant
1259
The Impact of Debt

The talk will go over the impact the debt has on veterinarians, factors that may influence how you tackle the debt, changing of the student loan landscape, investing vs. paying off debt, and how to handle debt while on an intern/residency salary.

Josh Klein, BA
1258
Industry Leadership, Off the Beaten Path

Dr. Kuo will cover different career paths within veterinary medicine, with a focus on business leadership development. Join us to learn about tips and tools for a veterinarian looking to pursue different types of medical and operational leadership roles following a clinical practice!

Dr. Sabrino Kuo , DVM
1257
Building Business Plans

Today, Dr. Brooks’ presentation will discuss the focal aspects of building your business plan for success. The topics for today’s presentation include - how to prioritize setting your goals, creating an action plan that will lead you to success, how to establish credibility in the market, taking steps to anticipate & manage adversity, and what to prioritize when assembling your team. A well thought out business plan is integral to increasing your chances for success.

Dr. Matthew Brooks, DVM
1256
Bussiness/Management Potpourri

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM
1254
We Can Do Hard Things: An Old School Teacher's Approach to Everything in Life

Keynote: Do you ever feel like your professors at vet school don’t get you? Are you tired of being called entitled snowflakes who are lazy and have no work ethic? Are you frustrated with the hypocrisy associated with administrators talking about ”well-being” but not really giving you the space to breathe and find good school-life rhythm? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this is the keynote for you. In the aftermath of the pandemic in the midst of a world that is more polarized than ever, we are trying to find a sustainable new way to do veterinary medicine that allows us to develop a good work-life rhythm while also making sure we continue to provide excellent care to pets and the people who love them. Can we find a win-win that allows everyone to thrive while also recognizing that work and life are hard? Dr. Charles thinks yes, but you might not like her answer. Come and find out how she proposes we mix old school with new ideas in a way that leads to win-win. Workshop Activity: Building on her keynote presentation, join Dr. Charles for an interactive session that highlights the skills that will equip you to change the current negative narrative around veterinary medicine. This workshop will give you a strategy for how to approach hard things like studying for all your classes, finding time to do non-vet school related activities, handling grief and loss or managing any of a number of difficult situations. Drawing on her own experience of navigating the tension between the good and the terrible so that good wins, Dr. Charles will help you think about what it takes to thrive in the midst of challenge.

Dr. Betsy Charles, DVM
1252
Resume Building and Contract Negotiations Workshop

Dr. Shea Rolf, DVM
1251
Business Management Potpourri

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM
1250
The Keys to Building an Effective Connection

Dr. Betsy Charles, DVM
1249
Pet Insurance FAQs

Learn the basics of pet insurance, common terms, and what to consider when selecting insurance for your personal pet and displaying marketing materials in your practice. VBMA members are asked to submit questions for an Ask Me Anything to address common questions and confusion about pet insurance. (Due to the fact that insurance is regulated by state, the presentation content will vary based on licensure in the state where material is presented.)

Dr. Stacy Johnson, DVM
1248
How to Maximize your Externship Experience

Dr. Alisa Nave, DVM
1247
Alternative Careers in Veterinary Medicine: Practice, Industry, Media…Making the Most of Your Passions!

Do you think that becoming a veterinarian pigeon holes you into only doing one kind of thing? Think again! This talk will highlight how to make the most of your veterinary career by bringing in your other skills and passions and making your career unique to you!

Dr. Callie Harris, DVM
1245
Financial Case Study Workshop

We will be taking a look at and learning how to read financial statements and tax returns of real-time private practices. Initially, we’ll cover basic information & Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) on private practice tax returns such as wages, supplies, revenues, rents and other regular expense items. Then we will dig further into the benefits of practice ownership with write offs, expenses of a practice and ultimately profit margins. You will have the opportunity to break into small groups to work on cases and practice analyzing financials with guidance from financial experts!

Rob Borcherding
1244
Conversations around payment and credit payment options for owners

Suzanne, as a representative of VetBilling, actively participates in organizations and initiatives dedicated to finding sustainable solutions to the issue of financial access to care. She holds advanced degrees in pastoral counseling and Jewish studies and has a background in healthcare and counseling roles. She has authored and presented CE courses on working with veterinary clients to overcome financial barriers to veterinary care. She is an expert on a wide variety of client financing and financial assistance options, how these options work for clients, how much they cost the veterinary practice, and how accessible they are for the typical veterinary client. Outside of her professional endeavors, Suzanne enjoys outdoor activities, caring for her horse, Chase, and her two dogs, Scout (an Otterhound) and Finch (a paralyzed miniature schnauzer). She has a keen interest in spirituality, nature, equine-assisted growth and learning, animal communication, and anything related to improving access to veterinary care. To learn more about VetBilling, visit their website at https://www.vetbilling.com, and follow them on social media: Instagram: @vetbilling Facebook: Facebook.com/VetBilling LinkedIn: @vetbilling

Suzanne Cannon
1243
Revenue and Expense Streams

We’ll cover everything from how you make money to how you spend it. No business can exist without either and you’ll need to learn the basics of balance before you can expect yourself to run a fully functional practice!

Dr. Rob Trimble, DVM, Dr. Scott Petereit, DVM, Dr. Scott Bernick, DVM
1242
Know Your Worth

In this session, each participant will have the chance to review the critical components of every contract, learn the top 3 factors that influence each new clinicians earning potential and complete their own mock production report for their first year in practice! There will be ice cream after.

Dr. Daniel Phillips
1241
Understanding Management and Ownership

Join us for an enlightening lecture as Dr. Schelkopf delves into the intricacies of ”Understanding Management and Ownership.” Gain valuable insights into effective management strategies and ownership structures relevant to the veterinary field. Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your business acumen.

Dr. Adam Schelkopf, DVM
1240
VIN NewsBrief: France Corporate Vet Crackdown

We will be hearing about the VIN News article on the recent ruling in France that veterinary practices must be controlled by veterinarians which has significant impacts on the ownership of these practices by corporations. We will have a small panel with the author of the article (Ross Kelly) and a DVM/JD (Dr. Lance Roasa) to discuss the implications of the recent ruling in France on corporate vet practices in the US.

Dr. Lance Roasa, JD, MS, DVM
1239
Navigating the Space Between the Good and the Terrible

Dr. Betsy Charles, DVM
1238
5 Year Guide to Financial Success

Dr. Joe Whalen, DVM
1236
Adulting in VetMed

Ethan Dawe
1234
"The Business Side of Rural Veterinary Medicine"

In this meeting Dr. Strickland will discuss his experience starting and maintaining a rural practice with an emphasis on large animal medicine.

Dr. Tyson Strickland, DVM
1232
Resident/Intern Interview Panel

Join SAVMA and VBMA for an interactive intern/resident panel. We will have some rotating interns and residents representing equine, small animal and several specialties of medicine.

Dr. Christina Vezza, DVM
1231
"Hit the Ground Running: Ten Tips for Becoming an Exam Room Legend" and "Culture Shock: Evaluating a Practice's Culture."

Dr. Bruce Coston, DVM
1230
How to perform an annual wellness exam-- for your finances!

Let’s face it – ”adulting” is just plain difficult. But just like how you perform annual wellness exams on your patients to proactively prevent problems, so too can you get in the habit for yourself with your finances! This talk will provide you with some practical, introductory information on how to evaluate your overall financial wellbeing including budgeting, credit, and student loan repayment.

Dr. Annie Chavent, DVM
1228
A Look Into Claim Scenarios in Veterinary Practice

This AVMA Trust lunch talk in conjunction with SAVMA will focus on all the coverages necessary to cover all your assets both now as a student (SAVMA member coverages) and when you graduate and enter the veterinary profession. We will look at real closed claims related to veterinary professional liability as well as personal claims highlighting how these coverages provide a bubble of protection around you, your ability to practice and necessary protections as you go through life.

Dr. Dr. Cynthia Mackenzie, DVM
1226
Business Leadership: How to effectively lead a team in 2023

Business Leadership: How to effectively lead a team in 2023

Dr. Bill O'Leary, DVM
1224
What a ride! Dr. Clark shares lessons from his journey through veterinary practice and life

Dr. Clark will be sharing career and life advice as he details his multifaceted veterinary career and journey. Dr. Jim Clark is an animal lover and entrepreneur who started out in general and emergency veterinary practice before earning his MBA and pursuing practice ownership. He has since joined the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine faculty in 2010 and is now an educator for the Professional Skills curriculum and an advocate for our student body. If that wasn’t more than enough, he is also the Co-Founder of the educational consulting firm, Pet Practice Partners, which dedicates itself to providing cost-effective evidence-based learning for the veterinary profession.

Dr. Jim Clark, DVM
1223
ZOOM: Incorporating Exotic Animal Medicine Into Your Start-Up Practice

Dr. Plantz, owner of Homey Gnome Veterinary Clinic, will go over her experiences opening up a small animal/exotic practice and the extra steps she took to incorporate exotic pet species into the startup. Her practice sees 40% exotic pets including small mammals, birds and reptiles and opened in August 2020, during the height of the pandemic. She will also discuss aspects of opening up during a pandemic

Dr. Noemi Plantz, DVM
1221
IN PERSON: Incorporating Exotic Animal Medicine Into Your Start-Up Practice

Dr. Plantz, owner of Homey Gnome Veterinary Clinic, will go over her experiences opening up a small animal/exotic practice and the extra steps she took to incorporate exotic pet species into the startup. Her practice sees 40% exotic pets including small mammals, birds and reptiles and opened in August 2020, during the height of the pandemic. She will also discuss aspects of opening up during a pandemic

Dr. Noemi Plantz, DVM
1220
ZOOM: Optimizing Practice Efficiency and Productivity

Join us with Dr. Sally Ryan as we will review why it is important for veterinary leaders to focus on practice productivity and efficiency. We will identify factors that impact productivity and efficiency, review the recent IDEXX study on this topic and discuss strategies for enhancing productivity and efficiency in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Sally Ryan, DVM
1219
Feldman Agency Insurance Group: Health Insurance and Professional Overhead Expense

Wendy Feldman, a financial adviser, will be going over the importance of health insurance for veterinarians as well as professional overhead expenses for owning a veterinary business.

Wendy Feldman
1218
IN PERSON: Optimizing Practice Efficiency and Productivity

Join us with Dr. Sally Ryan as we will review why it is important for veterinary leaders to focus on practice productivity and efficient. We will identify factors that impact productivity and efficiency, review the recent IDEXX study on this topic and discuss strategies for enhancing productivity and efficiency in veterinary medicine.

Dr. Sally Ryan, DVM
1217
Understanding Insurance In Your Contract

In this lecture about “Understanding Insurance In Your Contract”, you will understand the basics of contract negotiation. You will also be able to recognize your professional and personal insurance needs, both as a veterinary student and as you begin your career as a practicing veterinarian.

Dr. Cassie Wagner, DVM, Dr. Rebecca Stinson
1215
30 Second elevator speech & Networking

Your resume tells your story and describes your skills. Your elevator speech tells your story, describes your skills, and creates a first impression in 30 seconds! Learn how to create an impact on others you meet and leave them wanting to learn more about you. Networking includes first time introductions and meetings, some accidental and some planned, and following up with intention to make connections.

Lisa Kelly
1214
Being a Parent and Business Ownership

Being a parent is a full time job. Being a business owner is also a full time job. Is it possible to do both? Dr. Price will speak about doing just that and how to balance success in your personal and professional lives.

Dr. Mindy Price, DVM
1213
Top 10 Questions To Ask For Your 1st Vet Job

“The top 10 questions you should think about and ask your employer when choosing a first practice and why you should do an externship at that practice. You can’t hide crazy for more then 3 days and a 2 week externship at that practice addresses that issue.”

Dr. Glenn Kalick, DVM
1212
10 Most Important Questions for your 1st Vet Job

“The top 10 questions you should think about and ask your employer when choosing a first practice and why you should do an externship at that practice. You can’t hide crazy for more then 3 days and a 2 week externship at that practice addresses that issue.”

Dr. Glenn Kalick, DVM
1211
Understanding Veterinary Financial Statements

P & L, Balance sheets, cash flow statements, and all you need to know about veterinary financial statements. A topic relevant to not just the owner but to any associate! This knowledge will help you know what makes the clinic run.

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
1210
Intro to Practice Ownership—You CAN Do It!

Dr. Gibbings will discuss her journey in starting a practice, roadblocks to overcome, and resources/organizations who have supported along the way. She will also incorporate some general management philosophy and a look towards the future

Dr. Megan Gibbings, DVM
1207
ZOOM: Networking for Success

Everyone is welcome to join us as one of our favorite speakers, Dr. Farris, speaks on the networking connections VBMA brought her and how you can take steps through VBMA to position yourself to get great experiences in vet school and also career opportunities down the road.

Dr. Jessi Farris, DVM
1206
IN PERSON: Networking for Success

Everyone is welcome to join us as one of our favorite speakers, Dr. Farris, speaks on the networking connections VBMA brought her and how you can take steps through VBMA to position yourself to get great experiences in vet school and also career opportunities down the road.

Dr. Jessi Farris, DVM
1204
Resumé 101 w/ ASI

Your resume tells your story and describes your skills. Learn how to design your resume to fit the veterinary practices you desire to work with. Understand general formatting and learn how action verbs can enhance the description of your talents and knowledge base.

Lisa Kelly
1203
5 Things To Do Now To Help With Student Loans

Student debt can be stressful! Join Dr. Rebecca Mears to learn more about student loan borrowing as a veterinary student. We’ll dive into Dr. Mears’ top 5 things you can do now as a vet student to help with your student loans. Waiting until graduation to better understand student loans, borrowing, and repayment could increase your chances of missteps along the way that may increase your borrowing and repayment costs. These tips will help you to be an informed student loan borrower.

Dr. Rebecca Mears, DVM
1202
Zoo and Aquatic Animal Medicine at Walt Disney World

An outline of my background, our facility and what we do, fun case examples.

Dr. Natalie Mylniczenko, DVM
1201
Intro To Practice Acquisition and Start Up

Practice ownership is the way to financial freedom and during this talk, Dr. Loonam goes over the pros and cons of ownership as well as how to acquire practice loans, the lenders available on the market, and preparing your credit score. If ownership isn’t for you, he will be covering how you can be a partner in a business.

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
1200
Veterinary Leadership: A Case-based Approach

Looking to improve on your leadership skills? Join Dr. Duhon who will be taking us through a case to help work on leadership skills.

Dr. Brandy Duhon, DVM
1199
Veterinary Real Estate: To Sell or Lease at Time of Sale

Join us as Dr. Rothstein speaks on the ins and outs of veterinary real estate that every vet should know! Come learn about what you need to know when considering buying a practice!

Dr. Jeff Rothstein
1198
"Look! Something Shiny!" Justifying Major Expenses in Veterinary Practice

Why in the world do I ”need” THREE surgical lasers when I only have two hands? Veterinary equipment is a necessity but is every shiny new toy that comes along worth the expense? Clients are looking for quality care and we need the tools to meet that need. Be it a new or existing business, veterinarians must leverage equipment to make practices more attractive to clients, new hires, potential buyers, and the bottom line.

Dr. Grant Jacobson, DVM
1197
EverVet Partners - Benefits of LinkedIn

Ellen Wullbrandt with EverVet Partners talks about how to maximize the benefits of a LinkedIn profile and how LinkedIn can help you reach your career goals!

Ellen Wullbrandt
1194
Conquering Conflict

Sharing key information on how to address difficult topics and situations within the veterinary profession.

Dr. Jessi Ferris, DVM
1193
How to practice veterinary medicine smart (not hard) and I’ve graduated now what?

Dr. Anthony Loomis, DVM
1192
5 Things To Do Now As A Vet Student to Help With Student Loans

Student debt can be stressful! Join Dr. Rebecca Mears to learn more about student loan borrowing as a veterinary student. We’ll dive into Dr. Mears’ top 5 things you can do now as a vet student to help with your student loans. Waiting until graduation to better understand student loans, borrowing, and repayment could increase your chances of missteps along the way that may increase your borrowing and repayment costs. These tips will help you to be an informed student loan borrower.

Dr. Rebecca Mears, DVM
1191
Unlocking Business Growth through Nutritional Recommendations

-profitability of pet foods -myths surrounding pet foods -state of pet food sales -calculating profitability

Dr. Jeb Cade, DVM
1190
Medicine, Science, Serendipity, Business, Love, and Life: Plan? What Plan

Dr. Paul Pion will be speaking about his inspiring career and lessons in entrepreneurship and leadership. He will be discussing his journey from award-winning cardiologist to professor to author to becoming the co-founder and president of VIN and the role being a leader has played in all these various positions.

Dr. Paul Pion, DVM
1189
How to focus on yourself in veterinary medicine... when others are very focused on you

Veterinary medicine is a predominantly white profession. The 2021 Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 93.3% of US veterinarians identify as White. Using real life events, we will discuss the veterinary space for BIPOC members, including some surprises and disappointments. We’ll also talk about possible ways to move forward in veterinary medicine!

Dr. Michelle Moyal, DVM
1188
Budgeting for a Start-up

Learn to the principles and thoughts behind budgeting for a De novo Veterinary start up.

Dr. Ryan Koopsman, DVM
1187
Reading Your First Contract

Join us in hearing from Dr. Hemker about reading your first contract and how to set yourself up for success at your first job!

Dr. Lynette Hemker, DVM
1186
Revenue Sources

Dr. Wisecup will be joining VBMA to kickoff the Business Marathon Week by discussing the various revenue sources of veterinary practices. This will include an overview of the revenue sources, how to manage incoming revenue, and balancing revenue produced between different sources.

Dr. Michelle Wisecup, DVM
1185
Examples of Financial Limitations in Case Management

I will provide examples of actual cases in which client financial limitations have significantly impacted case management and how those situations have been handled - and how we might handle them better in the future. Case examples will include large and small animal, and will be based on my direct experiences or those of my associates within our mixed animal and emergency practice.

Dr. Randall Plaisance, DVM
1184
How to be an Exam Room Super Hero

How to bond with clients and maximize staff to be successful in the exam room or out on the farm.

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
1183
Life As A WSDA Vet

Dr. Amber Itle currently serves as your Washington State Veterinarian where she oversees the animal health and animal disease traceability programs in the Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Amber Itle, DVM
1181
First Week on the Job? Be Prepared to See These Cases

The focus will be internal and cardiac medicine. There will be 2 small animal cases and one large animal which will focus on spectrum of care modalities. Panelists will be Dr. Jonathan Bentley, Dr. Jill Lancaster, Dr. Richard Noel, and Dr. Tyson Strickland. This presentation is titled, “First Week on the Job? Be Prepared to See These Cases.” and taught by four practicing DVM’s. The doctors will go over essential skills needed entering the first week of your new career. They will focus on introducing a ”spectrum of care” in the exam room and managing the first week as a new veterinarian.

Dr. Jonathan Bentley, DVM
1177
VETGROWN: Maintaining Veterinarians' Ownership of Our Profession

Dr. Lengemann will discuss private equity and outside influence on the veterinary profession. He will discuss how you can control your path, freedom, and life as an independent owner.

Dr. Derick Lengemann, VMD
1176
Exam Room Excellence: Communication Skills to Provide More Care to More Pets

• Review the definition of spectrum of care • Learn about and use core communications skills • Apply communication skills and principles of practicing a spectrum of care to clinical exam room settings

Rachel Luoma, DVM
1173
Exam Room Excellence: Communication Skills to Provide More Care to More Pets

The Nationwide-VBMA “Exam Room Excellence: Communication Skills to Provide More Care to More Pets” workshop is an interactive communications workshop that will allow students to practice exam room skills, including communicating treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs. Objectives: - Review the definition of spectrum of care - Learn about and use core communications skills - Apply communication skills and principles of practicing a spectrum of care to clinical exam room settings

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli, DVM
1172
"Navigating Communication Styles – How to Flex to Get What You Want!"

Join VBMA to hear from Dr. Jessi Ferris from Heartland Veterinary Partners as she cover different communication styles that pop up in working with others and how we can adapt our style to optimize communication outcomes!

Dr. Jessi Ferris, DVM
1170
What is Alliance Animal Health?

Meghan Brady
1169
Learn about Banfield Opportunities

As a 2012 CSU DVM/MPH grad my career path has been unexpected. I planned on working with horses, or wildlife or pathology but never small animal corporate practice. I have had incredible opportunity to grow as a leader and understand how business and medicine work together to make this a great profession!

Dr. Bridget Marietta, DVM
1167
Independent veterinary business acquisition and ownership in a corporate landscape

We will be talking about the challenges, thrills, and heartaches of practice development, acquisition, and ownership in today’s world and how to remain relevant and competitive in a landscape dominated by private equity and corporate consolidation.

Dr. Joel Conn, DVM
1166
But Where are you REALLY from… Let's talk about some of the Challenges for BIPOC Veterinary Professionals

Dr. Moyal will be discussing the challenges and for BIPOC individuals in the veterinary clinical setting.

Dr. Michelle Moyal, DVM
1162
10 SUGGESTIONS FOR MAKING THE MOST OFYOUR EXTERNSHIPS

An educational and fun talk about how to make the most of your externships presented by NVA and Dr. Randy Eisel.

Dr. Randy Eisel, DVM
1161
Head Hippo In Charge: Styles & Tools for Leadership At All Levels of Vet Med

SAVMA Leadership & Wellness Conference

Dr. Samuel Kerby , DVM
1160
Anything is Possible: Overcoming Adversity in Vet Med

SAVMA Leadership & Wellness Conference

Dr. Brandy Duhon, DVM
1159
Exam Room Communication Skills

Dr. Crocker will be discussing ways to have efficient exam room communication.

Dr. Tannetje' Crocker
1158
Strategic and Intentional Growth: Growing from a 1 DVM to a 7 DVM Practice

Dr. Patrick Singletary from Good Dog Veterinary Care is coming to talk to students about starting and growing a small animal practice. His talking points include expanding locations, the hiring process and financial transparency when it comes to opening a business. Dr. Singletary is a prominent figure at the UGA’s veterinary college and was the President of OTS, a veterinary fraternity and VBMA. He was also involved in many other organizations like AGHON. He regularly takes veterinary student externs and plans to take 25 veterinary students into their practice in 2023 and 2024 for mentorship opportunities.

Dr. Patrick Singletary, DVM
1157
Career paths in vet med: Oh the places you could go!

”Welcome to the world of veterinary medicine! We all love pets, but did you know there is more to the industry than standard clinical practice? Join us as we explore some of the newest and most exciting paths for veterinarians and their careers, including tech startups, USDA, Research, owning your own practice, Ecology and conservation, the military and more! If you ever wanted to know how big the world of vet med really could be, this is the lunch talk for you!”

Dr. Andrew Findlaytor, DVM
1156
Exam Room Excellence: Communication Skills to Provide More Care to More Pets (Nationwide Workshop Part 2)

The Nationwide-VBMA “Exam Room Excellence: Communication Skills to Provide More Care to More Pets” workshop is an interactive communications workshop that will allow students to practice exam room skills, including communicating treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs.

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli, DVM
1155
Exam Room Excellence: Communication Skills to Provide More Care to More Pets (Nationwide Workshop Part 1)

The Nationwide-VBMA “Exam Room Excellence: Communication Skills to Provide More Care to More Pets” workshop is an interactive communications workshop that will allow students to practice exam room skills, including communicating treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs.

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli, DVM
1154
Lessons from the trenches- managing finances inventory and people.

Dr. Seth Solomon, DVM
1153
A discussion rotating internships: Everything they don't tell you at school

Dr. Odie Marcovici, DVM
1152
Finding Joy as a Veterinarian: How to be a Light in Challenging Profession

We are on mission to be a light in the veterinary medicine field! Join us to hear tactical ways in which we use our platform as leaders to steward our business well and how we encourage our team to make a difference in their daily work.

Dr. Patrick Singletary, DVM
1151
ADULTING: Things to prepare you for life after graduation

This presentation will be quick walk through everything you need to be planning for as you approach graduation. Cover Letter, Resume, Interviewing, Contracts, Negotiations, Personal Budgeting, Insurance needs and more.

Ethan Dawe
1150
Exam Room Excellence: Communication Skills to Provide More Care to More Pets

Description: The Nationwide-VBMA “Exam Room Excellence: Communication Skills to Provide More Care to More Pets” workshop is an interactive communications workshop that will allow students to practice exam room skills, including communicating treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs. Learning Objectives: Review the definition of spectrum of care Learn about and use core communications skills Apply communication skills and principles of practicing a spectrum of care to clinical exam room settings

Dr. Kristen Walker, DVM
1149
What is a financial advisor? Do I need one? What about investing?

These are the questions that a local, community oriented CEA will be coming to talk to us about. Greg Anderson has been working with MDs for years and is excited to have the opportunity to chat with veterinary students. Specifically, he will also discuss what disability insurance is and how accidents and disability affect your student loans. **** IT IS HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED THAT ANY EQUINE OR LARGE ANIMAL STUDENT ATTEND THIS MEETING****

Greg Anderson
1147
Branding yourself for longterm success

Whether it’s getting that super competitive job, residency or increasing your hospital’s client base by improving its reputation, creating and developing a brand is the best way to set yourself apart from the competition. This lecture will discuss the concepts behind veterinary branding and will give some insight on how to establish a successful brand.

Dr. Odie Marcovici, DVM
1146
Choosing the Right Job

Veterinarians are fortunate to work in a growing industry with a job outlook that is predicted to grow by 17% between 2020 – 2030 – a rate that is much faster than the average for all occupations across the country. By the time you graduate, it’s likely you will receive multiple job offers, but not all offers are created equal! During this session, we’ll not only discuss offer letter details that can easily create confusion, but also those that are commonly overlooked by new grads. By the end of this session, you should leave with knowledge of how to ask better questions about your offer letters and how to determine which offer is the right one for you.

Dr. Jeff Falone, DVM, Buck Brumfield
1145
The Relationship of Financing and Insurance in the Veterinary Space

Stuart Johnson
1143
Profit and Loss Analysis- What it takes to Own a Business

After the presentation the day before, Dr. Kalick will go through a profit and loss statement. He will describe the different financial needs and what it takes to ensure a smooth running clinic!

Dr. Glenn Kalick, DVM
1142
Associate vs. Practice Owner- Which is Right for You?

Join us as Dr. Kalick talks about the advantages and disadvantages of owning a practice vs. being an associate at a clinic. He will walk through how they differ and help to provide insight on each role.

Dr. Glenn Kalick, DVM
1141
Veterinary Telehealth 101

Dr. Tina Tran, DVM
1140
Exam Room Skills and Conflict Resolution

Dr. Christine Staten, DVM
1139
Business Systems and Performance in Veterinary Practice Part 2

This lecture goes over how to measure the performance of veterinary practices and the different systems that can be used to do so.

Dr. James Delano, DVM
1138
Business Systems and Performance in Veterinary Practice

This lecture goes over how to measure the performance of veterinary practices and the different systems that can be used to do so.

Dr. James Delano, DVM
1137
VTMED 6896 SECTION 009 SERVICE MARKETING

This course intends to teach essential concepts of service marketing with an emphasis on helping develop customer service skills that lead to customer satisfaction and business success / growth. We will explore quality improvement processes and strategies to maintain high quality of service. Concepts include customer service skills, assessment of customer satisfaction, market segment, target market, positioning strategy, market mix, service recovery system, marketing opportunities and research tools, and administration / analysis of customer surveys for business decision making amongst others.

Dr. Jorge Colón, DVM
1136
VTMED 6896 SECTION 020 MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING AND LEAN INVENTORY MANAGEMENT

This course intends to teach essential concepts of managerial accounting and lean inventory management by pairing classroom deliveries with guided exercises. We will define the components of financial statements, investigate the inter-relationship between them, and explore their use for strategic decision making. We will also define the costs associated with purchasing, ordering, and holding inventory and apply learned concepts through exercises based on veterinary practice case scenarios. Topics include financial statements, profit and cash flow, financial management and analysis, forecasting, budgeting, proforma statements, leverage, capital, funding, activity-based costing, capital expenditure analysis, time value of money, discounted cash flow analysis, practice valuation, and value creation. We will also define the costs associated with purchasing, ordering, and holding inventory and will apply learned concepts to an inventory management in veterinary practice. Topics include purchasing, ordering and holding costs, ABC analysis, sales and demand management and forecasting, ordering strategies, safety stock, re-order point, economic order quantity, distributor specials and promotions, and management performance analysis amongst others. This course is a prerequisite for the Practice Ownership and Management course offered in 3rd year.

Dr. Jorge Colón, DVM
1135
2023 Nationwide Virtual Veterinary Student Business Externship

This is the annual Nationwide Externship. This year featured talks from Nationwide, Dr. Mary Gardner, Blueprints Veterinary Marketing, Stith Keiser, Dr. Kristina Yee, and Dr. Jack Perkins.

Nicole Numbers
1134
Transferring Emotions through Business

When we attend our clients’ animals, we offer so much more than physical exams, vaccines, surgeries, and goodies for the animals. What we really do is a transfer of emotions. Why? Because we make decisions with our emotions and justify them with rational words. This notion means we must be aware of the emotions we are feeling regularly and learn from them - easier said than done. In this talk, we will explore this complex and often undervalued world of emotions, drawing from the lessons I’m learning as a veterinarian running my own business.

Dr. Luis Cruz, DVM
1133
Solving the Student Loan Problem

Join us for a lecture on student loan repayment strategies and loan forgiveness!  We will give students an overview of federal income-driven repayment programs, highlight recent legislation changes, and discuss strategies to minimize out-of-pocket costs when repaying student loans.  Explore real-life case studies and the basics of tax and investment strategies to plan for a student loan tax burden.  Gain insights on hiring a financial advisor and the foundations of beginning your financial plan after graduation!

Bradley Wood
1129
Financial Literacy - VM 598

Core Course
1128
VM 591 VETERINARY PRACTICE MANAGEMENT

Please hit attend ONLY if you were in this class

Core Course
1127
VET 440 Business and Communication

Core Course
1126
VET 430 Core Stream

Core Course
1124
LinkedIn Profile Workshop

Join us and Dr. Laura Leinen on zoom to learn how to build your LinkedIn profile, develop your network, and leverage the platform.

Dr. Laura Leinen, DVM
1123
Pet Insurance? Yes, please!

Pet Insurance? Yes, please! Moreso than ever, pets are considered members of the family. With increased visits and advancements in veterinary medicine, pet insurance is becoming a necessity to provide the best care. So why don’t more clients have it? We will discuss the history and challenges of pet insurance and go over areas of coverage and exclusions. The presentation will conclude with why veterinarians should care and how you can approach the topic with clients.

Christina McGregor
1121
Pet Insurance

Pet Insurance? Yes, please! Moreso than ever, pets are considered members of the family. With increased visits and advancements in veterinary medicine, pet insurance is becoming a necessity to provide the best care. So why don’t more clients have it? We will discuss the history and challenges of pet insurance and go over areas of coverage and exclusions. The presentation will conclude with why veterinarians should care and how you can approach the topic with clients.

Christina McGregor
1120
Equine Practice Workshop - State of the industry and how you fit into it.

Equine Practice Workshop - State of the industry and how you fit into it: An interactive discussion about how money flow through an equine practice, wages and salary negotiation, internship possibilities and a current skill assessment to help with career development.

Dr. Chris Wickliffe, DVM
1119
Business Management - VMP 846

This course provides exposure to and opportunity for application of business principals considered essential professional skills needed to become a ‘career-ready’ veterinarian. The course encompasses financial literacy (both personal and professional), career management and business management skills. This class will utilize virtual workshops, case studies and lecture to prepare and introduce students to the real-world applicability of professional business development and management skills.

Dr. Neal Valk, DVM
1118
Managing Your Practice's Financial Health

While most of us are not entering the veterinary field for the money, it important to learn how to manage your future practice’s financial health. Knowing how to manage profits will allow you to invest that money back into your patients and clients

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
1117
Co-ownership - Finding the Right Partner

While partnerships are common in veterinary medicine, corporate/doctor joint venture models are not. Dr Aspros will talk about the value - making practices competitive in the current environment while allowing for veterinary leadership and wealth creation - and also the limitations of the JV model.

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
1109
Your Personal Finances' Impact on Business Ownership

This talk will expand on key financial concepts that are applicable to both personal and business planning. As most new grads will not be business owners right out of the gate, personal finance fundamentals will be the main focus. Think of this as a test to your viability for future business ownership. Without mastery of the proper framework and discipline in your personal books, a business is deemed to fail.

Joshua Brown
1108
Disability Insurance

Informative content on the need for disability insurance, especially the kind that can pay for student loans, fund a retirement trust, grow with one’s practice, and protect against the financial risks of becoming unable to practice veterinary medicine—temporarily or permanently.

Eric Douglas
1106
“Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid in Dealing with Clients”

Dr Coston will discuss how to handle client communication in a clinic setting.

Dr. Bruce Coston, DVM
1104
SPRING BANQUET: Resiliency! Why vet med made me hate that word...

Join us for our annual Spring Banquet where we will be honoring our members who have earned their Business Certificate or Business Certificate with Honors this year. Dr. Michelle Moyal will be our keynote speaker for this event! She will be talking about how her personal experience in veterinary medicine changed her perspective on what it means to be resilient. This is an in-person event held at DeGidio’s on April, 25th. Each member in attendance will receive two drink tickets, free Italian food, and dessert! Additionally, we will be raffling off three large prize baskets to those who are in attendance for this event! This event is open to all VBMA members, not just those who are earning their Business Certificates!

Dr. Michelle Moyal, DVM
1103
Business Operations, Management, and Ownership Through the Lens of Rural, Mixed Practice

Dr. Lauren Mack will be presenting a category 2 topic: ”Business Operations, Management, and Ownership Through the Lens of Rural, Mixed Practice.”

Dr. Lauren Mack, DVM
1102
Vet Med Leadership 101

Leadership in Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Tannetje' Crocker
1101
How to Handle the Student Debt Crisis

How to Handle the Student Debt Crisis: Options for getting out of student debt. My discussion is focused on how veterinary students should position themselves to tackle student debt, in order to enjoy an excellent work life balance and financial success.

Dr. Michael Delliere, DVM
1100
Business Taxes: Paying the Government What it Expects

Dr. Kathryn Stieh will present on ”Business Taxes: Paying the Government What it Expects.” Nobody wants to pay them, but everyone wants to understand them. This lecture by DVM/CPA, Dr. Stieh, will review all pieces of the tax puzzle and review a veterinarian’s personal responsibility when it comes to paying taxes while owning a business.

Dr. Kathryn Stieh, DVM
1099
Clinic Calculator

Choosing a veterinary clinic for your first place of employment can be a difficult decision. What if you had a tool to help you “Decide How to Decide?” This lecture will help you learn how to quantify your decision on what practice to work at after graduation. We will look at how to evaluate and quantify a veterinary clinic’s mentorship program, culture, clinic operating system, and employment agreement. In addition, you will receive a “Clinic Calculator” to help determine if the clinic is a fit for you

Dr. Scott Bernick, DVM
1098
"Fiscal Responsibility: Putting into Practice Revenue and Expense Streams" and "Overview of Trends in the Veterinary Medical Practice Marketplace"

Dr. George Robinson, DVM
1097
Top 10 mistakes to Avoid when Dealing with Clients

Mistakes! We all make them. Sometimes they can damage your relationship with your clients. Why not learn from the ones I’ve made. In this talk, I identify and prioritize 10 common mistakes I’ve made in dealing with clients and provide you with some simple strategies to avoid them. If you can learn from my mistakes, your professional life will be more productive, rewarding, and enjoyable.

Dr. Bruce Coston, DVM
1096
Communication within a Veterinary Practice based on MBTI

Learn how to communicate based on your personality type. Provide the best veterinary care based on your personality type. LEarn how to work through challenging topics.

Dr. Gary Goldstein, DVM
1094
Wellness Lunch Talk

Dr. David Larson, an MD who will be speaking on wellbeing during vet school as well as his own journey and struggles throughout medical school.

Dr. David Larson
1093
Owner Financing as a Pathway to Practice Ownership

Dr. Colón will be discussing practice ownership through owner financing.

Dr. Jorge Colón, DVM
1092
Business Ownership and Continued Education

Dr. Cole will be discussing owning her own clinic and the role that continued education has had in her career.

Dr. Barb Cole, DVM
1090
Linked-In for the Win

We will review how to make the most of LinkedIn, including building your network, searching for jobs and people within a target area, and making your profile and posts stand out. Additionally we will go over how to build a digital “rolodex” or library of contacts, so you can keep your hard earned connections organized. This will be a formal presentation with time allotted at the end for Q&A etc.

Dr. Andrew Findlaytor, DVM
1089
Learning a New Language

Many of us chose veterinary medicine for the opportunity to work with animals rather than people – only to find out how much clinical success is centered on our ability to communicate with humans. Working curbside through the pandemic further highlighted the need to transfer the right knowledge effectively and efficiently to the right people in the right way. Poor communication fundamentals lead to frustrated, angry clients – and they then present new challenges for practitioners. Skilled communicators learn how to listen first and talk second, and to keep the focus on building a relationship founded on trust. When it fails – especially when there are bad outcomes – there are strategies that can help you better manage the conversation and re-establish a positive connection.

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
1088
How to Talk to Clients

Join us for some lively conversation with local practitioners from our partner AZPetVET hospitals as they share from their experience what works and what doesn’t when it comes to talking to clients about money. Specific topics discussed will include: - Spectrum of Care conversations and partnering with clients with financial limitations. - Presenting estimates for cases with various diagnostic/treatment plan options and being confident when talking about related costs.

Dr. Kelli Evans
1086
DEIB in Veterinary Medicine Workshop

Dr. Niccole Bruno, founder and CEO of blendvet, will facilitate a workshop over diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in veterinary medicine on April 25th at 5:30 PM in BI Auditorium. This will be a two hour presentation hosted by VBMA and LVMA. This free meeting will count towards TWO Category 3 business certificate credits for VBMA members. Cox Bros BBQ will be served for dinner as well as drinks. In addition, those that attend the meeting will be eligible to win a $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD. THIS MEETING IS OPEN AND FREE TO STUDENT, FACULTY, AND STAFF OF THE CVM. There will be a zoom link available, but in order to get credit, VBMA members must attend in person.

Dr. Niccole Bruno, DVM
1085
Resume Building Workshop

Join Dr. Kate Maher for the upcoming Resume Building Workshop hosted by CityVet. During the workshop, we will transform your resume by focusing on the foundations of a successful resume and the individual components that go into these foundations. We will cover resume types and the guidelines they must follow in order to become an effective tool instrumental to your success. We will address compiling current, relevant, and conscious information to make your resume stand out from the rest while covering the do’s and don’ts of cover letters.

Dr. Kate Maher
1083
What is Leadership

If you are a veterinarian you are a leader. What are some examples of leadership? What words come to mind when you hear the term :leadership”? I will give some examples of leadership and the attendees will develop a list of words that describe leadership. The students will also have the opportunity to give an example of a leader in their life and why that person is a leader. Bio - attached.

Dr. Mark Hilton, DVM
1082
Prioritizing Veterinary Burnout Preparedness and Wellbeing Training in 2023 and Beyond

In this presentation, you will discover the foundational basics of wellbeing and veterinary burnout preparedness and how this knowledge can be applied to decrease burnout and increase wellbeing for individuals and organizations! Remember: Burnout in veterinary medicine is a very real thing, but it doesn’t have to be your reality!

Dr. Quincy Hawley, DVM
1081
What is Good Mentorship?

Ever wonder what constitutes good mentorship within a veterinary practice? Join us and Dr. Lindsay Andsager (2017 Alumni) for a brief conversation regarding how to find successful mentoring and what to do if you find yourself in a clinic where the mentorship is less than expected.

Dr. Lindsay Andsager, DVM
1080
VMED 5371 Business Management

The course is designed to introduce students to basic concepts of business (practice) management. Material will be presented to include personal, personnel, and business management. This course will include material from a variety of lecturers involved in different aspects of veterinary business management.

Dr. Dr. Alissa W. St. Blanc, DVM
1079
Starting a Business Without a F**king Clue

This lecture title says it all! Come and learn more from Dr. Chuck Wiedmeyer!

Dr. Chuck Wiedmeyer, PhD, DVM
1078
Managing Your Practice’s Financial Health

Veterinary college didn’t prepare us for successful practice ownership. While it’s critically important to practice good medicine, clinical quality is a necessary but not sufficient condition for success. Veterinarians choose to go into clinical practice to care for animals. I assume you’re a very good doctor – professional, proficient, caring. You know your stuff and derive satisfaction from providing excellent patient care and client service. Why did you get into practice ownership? You own a business to generate profits. It’s not about greed, or only a little about that. It’s about health – the health of your practice and those you serve: patients, clients, and staff. Generating income in excess of expenses is profit Profits drive practice success, allowing for an investment in people, equipment and facility – resulting in better patient care - while enriching client experience. In addition, sustained profits drive wealth creation for owners when they sell – and, sooner or later, every owner will exit from practice. Where does profit come from, and how can we get more of it? Like in medicine, you need to know: · What tests to run · What they mean? · What kind of effective treatment is available? · How do we understand practice metrics?

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
1077
Animals and the Law

1. Develop a plan to diagnose, treat, and perform recordkeeping on potential cruelty investigations, with potential defense cross-examination. 2. Locate and interpret criminal negligence and cruelty statutes, including veterinary reporting requirements. 3. Understand the legal history and reason for legal treatment of animals as personal property 4. Compare and contrast Animal Rights vs Animal Welfare 5. Understand the legal implications of animal guardianship 6. Locate and interpret statutes that affect veterinary practice, such as dangerous dog laws, animal tether laws, and animals in motor vehicles.

Dr. Lance Roasa, JD, MS, DVM
1076
Veterinary Medicine and the Law

1. State Veterinary Boards a. Why does the Board exist? b. Who does the board serve? c. How does a client file a complaint against a veterinarian? d. The complaint process e. How to prevent a claim f. How to successfully defend a claim 2. Professional Negligence 3. Standard of Care 4. Civil Lawsuits a. Preventing a Malpractice Lawsuit b. Economic vs Non-Economic Damages 5. Diagnosing and Preparing a Cruelty Case for Court

Dr. Lance Roasa, JD, MS, DVM
1075
Medical Recordkeeping for Veterinarians

1. Understand the business and legal reasons to create medical records 2. Describe the factors associated with admissibility into court 3. Describe the documents that create the medical record. 4. Understand the importance of informed consent and its application in medical records. 5. Create medical records that provide a legal defense to malpractice cases

Dr. Lance Roasa, JD, MS, DVM
1068
Practice Ownership – Yes It Is Possible!

Private practice ownership is still possible despite corporate consolidators competing for practice ownership. Not only is it possible, but it is easier than ever. We will discuss the basic financial documents of practice ownership, how to calculate the “cash flow” of a practice, how to estimate the value of a practice and how to finance the purchase of a practice. We will also briefly discuss the basic financial structure of a “Start-Up”.

Dr. Christopher Rocchio, DVM
1065
A Story of a Successful Emergency Start-up and Remembering Your Why

Dr. David Bessler
1064
Business Law and Contracts

Owning a small business or creating a new business brings many responsibilities, including compliance with various federal labor and employment laws. While the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) cover most private, state, and local government employment, some states have labor laws that afford workers additional rights and protections. Let’s discuss common laws and employee rights.

Omar Lopez, Esq.
1063
The basics of Vet Practice financials

We will dive in to the basics of assessing a veterinary practice as well how to value a practice all in a fun atmosphere with being introduced to the basics in mind.

Ethan Dawe
1062
Boarding in Your Practice: Necessary Evil or Just Evil?

Dr. Jessica Iwanski will be talking about owning a mixed animal practice along with adding grooming/ boarding to your clinic.

Dr. Jessica Iwanski, DVM
1061
Practice Ownership in the Next Decade: Dead or Alive, and the Impact of Telehealth

What does the future of veterinary practice ownership look like? The prevailing attitude is that corporate groups will own all or most clinics, partially because most veterinarians are not interested in owning practices anymore. The truth is that a fair number of graduate DVM’s still have an interest in ownership, and opportunities abound. Telehealth is becoming more common in veterinary hospitals. How will it impact the future, and how can we as veterinarians become prepared for it?

Dr. Jeff Rothstein
1060
Conflict Resolution with MVP

You’re invited to a VBMA event in partnership with MVP at Time Emporium!! Join Dr. Betsy Charles as she presents on Conflict Resolution & Professional Development Skills before we participate in the escape room!

Dr. Betsy Charles, DVM
1059
Buying a Veterinary Practice and Business Ownership

Dr. Conn will be talking about the challenges, thrills, and heartaches of practice development, acquisition, and ownership in today’s world and how to remain relevant and competitive in a landscape dominated by private equity and corporate consolidation.

Dr. Joel Conn, DVM
1058
Small Ruminant Medicine: Business Necessities

Dr. Menacho is sharing on her passion for mixed animal medicine and business management. She will be discussing how a new graduate can incorporate small ruminant medicine into a new or existing practice, specifically focusing on the equipment you will need. She will also be outlining the finances behind making small ruminant medicine a lucrative and profitable part of the practice.

Dr. Katelyn Menacho, DVM
1057
Introduction to veterinary economics!

Let’s talk about the pet care industry and dive in to veterinary economics. How much does it cost to find a veterinarian, how much does it cost to lose them? How do factors like burnout and turnover cost? In this interactive discussion we talk about money, pets, and vets and everything in between.

Dr. Jill Lopez
1056
KPIs

Allen Taylor will be discussing KPIs or Key Performance Indicators among other topics.

Allen Taylor
1055
Relief Vet 101: "Not a substitute teacher"

Dr. Irene Yen is an amazing relief veterinarian based out of Western Washington. She will be discussing the entrepreneurial spirit required to be a relief veterinarian and the pros and cons of doing so. On top of that, Irene will cover the nitty gritty of relief work--contracts, taxes, and everything else in between that you need to keep in mind.

Dr. Irene Yen, DVM
1053
US Army Health Profession Scholarship Program and Direct Accession

Scholarship opportunities and Health Loan Repayment Program

Parilla Halutz
1050
Equine Practice by the Numbers

Equine Practice by the Numbers: Comparing the rumors of equine practice spread in veterinary school to three real practices across the US. We will consider actual production and salary/benefit numbers from the real practices as we dive into the reality of equine veterinary medicine.

Dr. Chris Wickliffe, DVM
1049
Increasing access to care by engaging teams and improving effciency

”Focuses on maximizing hospital efficiency and support staff utilization in order to provide more care for more pets. Learning Objectives: Identify workforce challenges across the U.S. veterinary profession, review definitions of “spectrum of care” and “access to care”, and apply principles of team utilization and efficiency to case-based examples that increase access to care”

Dr. Laura Philbin, DVM
1045
Personal Finances of the Equine Veterinarian

One equine vet’s guide to reducing debt and building a life in the first decade of practice

Dr. Joe Pluhar, DVM
1044
Equine Ambulatory Efficiencies

How to improve work flow to increase profitability and decrease hours spent working. We will look at scheduling and pricing strategies, client communication techniques, and novel efficiency metrics. All while talking about fun cases.

Dr. Joe Pluhar, DVM
1043
New Veterinarians: Why Your Contract Negotiations Must Go Beyond Just Salary

Dr. Keith True presents ”New Veterinarians: Why Your Contract Negotiations Must Go Beyond Just Salary” where he covers contract negotiation with a focus on equity. Dr. True explains the concept of equity and why it is important to understand early on in your career. This is a very interesting talk for those who want to invest or potentially have ownership of a practice in the future.

Dr. Keith True, DVM
1042
Real World vs. Ivory Tower Medicine

Dr. Sarah Wheat, DVM
1041
The Ins and Outs of Veterinary Financials

Join us with Ethan Dawe to discuss his tips and tricks for navigating veterinary financials!

Ethan Dawe
1040
What You Need in Your Personal Development Toolbox

Ethan Dawe is the owner of Innovative Financial Solutions, a financial and business consulting company that offers a full range of investment, consulting services, and financial products. He developed a 2nd year financial awareness elective for Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and currently acts as a cooperating affiliate of Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine and will be joining us today! Join us to learn more about personal development and veterinary financials.

Ethan Dawe
1039
Niche Interests in Veterinary Medicine

This is a one-hour presentation that delves into the conversation about special areas of interest in veterinary medicine outside of the classic case load typically seen in a small animal hospital. The lecture will discuss the goals of adding a special interest to a practice that doesn’t currently provide that service, the types of special interests there are and the finances behind the investment. The lecture also will ask the question whether the Niche interest is more of a personal hobby or could it be a significant part of your case load. We will discuss the financial investment in equipment, time and personnel in incorporating the interest into the practice along with the promotion of service to your established clients and potentially new clients. I also have three examples of veterinarians who have been unbelievably successful in the process.

Dr. Glenn Kalick, DVM
1038
ZOOM: Netflix & Bill with Dr. Jenkins

With insights from CEO of Nike and COO of Walmart.com, we will look at how veterinary clinics can leverage their knowledge of and familiarity with their clients to move beyond transaction-based economics to embrace the ”forever” transaction as a part of a shift to the membership economy. Taking our lead from customer-obsessed subscription businesses like Amazon Prime and Netflix, we will learn how increasing the proportion of a clinic’s revenue that is monthly recurring can improve both business and patient outcomes.

Dr. Thom Jenkins
1037
IN PERSON: Netflix & Bill with Dr. Jenkins

With insights from CEO of Nike and COO of Walmart.com, we will look at how veterinary clinics can leverage their knowledge of and familiarity with their clients to move beyond transaction-based economics to embrace the ”forever” transaction as a part of a shift to the membership economy. Taking our lead from customer-obsessed subscription businesses like Amazon Prime and Netflix, we will learn how increasing the proportion of a clinic’s revenue that is monthly recurring can improve both business and patient outcomes.

Dr. Thom Jenkins
1036
ZOOM: Mentorship Makes the Money $$ with Dr. Duhon

We know mentorship is important for your first year out, but have you thought about how it can directly benefit you financially? We’ll discuss how you fit into a practice’s business picture as an associate as well as the key elements of mentorship that can set you up for financial success in your first months out of school!

Dr. Brandy Duhon, DVM
1035
IN PERSON: Mentorship Makes the Money $$ with Dr. Duhon

We know mentorship is important for your first year out, but have you thought about how it can directly benefit you financially? We’ll discuss how you fit into a practice’s business picture as an associate as well as the key elements of mentorship that can set you up for financial success in your first months out of school!

Dr. Brandy Duhon, DVM
1034
"Understanding Insurance in Your Contract" and "Protecting You While You Protect Your Patients"

Dr. Rebecca Stinson
1032
Veterinary Debate Panel: Pros and Cons of Pet Insurance

Have you ever wondered why pet insurance is on the rise in veterinary medicine, whether we as future practitioners should be advocating for pet insurance, or if pet insurance truly alleviates costs and increases access to care for a variety of clientele? Dr. Paul Pion (VIN), Dr. Ricky Walther, Dr. Lynn Hendrix, Dr. Lance Roasa, and Dr. Barry Kipperman will be participating in a guided discussion that debates the pros and cons of pet insurance with the goal of helping VBMA members better critically evaluate the implications that these insurance companies may have on the quality of care for our patients!

Dr. Paul Pion, DVM
1031
Demystifying De-escalation

Join Dr. Farris as we tackle de-escalation--the secret art to diffusing difficult situations ranging from a client losing it in the lobby to communicating a poor patient outcome. You will come away with tips and tricks to deploy starting tomorrow to help avoid explosive situations and be more empowered to navigate a smoother road ahead.

Dr. Jessi Farris, DVM
1030
Entering in the World and Doing Your Own Finances

Dr. Christina Judon will be giving a talk on managing finances after graduation.

Dr. Christina Judon
1026
How to Enhance Practice Profitability Today for a Brighter Tomorrow

Appropriate planning can greatly increase practice profitability. We will focus on planning for profit and see how it increases the day-to-day quality of life for the whole team and learn how significantly it impacts practice value. We will cover how to plan for profit, budgeting, appropriate pricing for services, and how best to keep costs under control. We will also cover how to read and understand a profit and loss statement, how to know where your revenue comes from and which areas are the most profitable, how to capture missing revenue (provided services that were not invoiced and other services that should be charged for), and how planning for profit greatly enhances practice profitability.

Dr. Jeff Rothstein
1025
Business Finance: Practice Valuation

As a future veterinarian and hospital owner, it’s important to understand the key characteristics of an attractive practice. During this session, we’ll provide you with helpful tips and tools that can be used to assess the value and growth potential of a practice.

Dr. Chase Whitworth, DVM
1024
Terminating a DVM- The Option of Last Resort

This talk will discuss all the considerations one must make before deciding to terminate a doctor. Dr. Odders will discuss how to avoid the need to terminate though good hiring practices, steps you can take to help the associate improve to meet expectations, and points to consider as you finalize the termination.

Dr. Jacob Odders, DVM
1023
“Mastering the Job Hunt – Starting Now!”

Dr. Harris will be presenting on “Mastering the Job Hunt – Starting Now!”, teaching us key information on how to navigate looking for jobs while in vet school and as a new graduate.

Dr. Jessi Farris, DVM
1019
Interview & Contract Negotiation Best Practices

With patient care at the forefront of every veterinary student’s mind, many new graduates find themselves leaving the classroom unprepared for navigating the interview and contract negotiation process. The purpose of this lecture is to help ensure veterinary students start their career off right by learning how to successfully conduct a job search, prepare for the various stages of interviewing within the veterinary space, and navigate and negotiating contracts and job offers. Additionally, this lecture will cover the benefits and drawbacks to the most common compensation structures, as well as how to evaluate compensation package benefits beyond just salary.

Priscilla Cherry
1018
Increasing Access to Care By Engaging Teams and Improving Efficiency

What if veterinary teams could work more efficiently, providing more care for more pets and achieving better outcomes for pet families? This presentation maps out action plans to help effectively engage technical staff and utilize a spectrum of care approach, delivering better results for your patients, increasing productivity, and boosting team satisfaction.

Dr. Garrett Ryerson, DVM
1016
Overview of Exit Strategies and Practice Valuation

Eric Lewandowski of KPMG, who is heading the veterinary sector of the advisory company, and he will provide a lunch talk about considerations when selling and buying a practice. This will be an introduction to veterinary practice exits, including how to approach a practice exit (where to begin), market participants in the exit process, intermediaries who might be able to assist with the exit process. In addition, there will be info about acquiring practices with practice valuation basics and an intro vet acquisition multiples.

Eric Lewandowski
1014
DVM Communications 101

Dr. Christine Kunzweiler from NVA will be talking to us about the ins and outs of communication as a DVM. This presentation will cover communication with clients and how to effectively do so, along with other aspects of communication!

Dr. Kristen McGuire, DVM
1013
Finding your path: Identifying and exploring externships, internships and early career opportunities in large animal medicine

We will discuss ways to identify your own learning goals for clinical experiences to help you build the career you are looking for. This will include identifying externships, understanding the role of internships and look at associate positions

Dr. Rebecca Stinson
1012
"How Do You Show Up? Managing Your Professional Image Through Social Media"

What is your social media presence? Who is your target audience? How can you better leverage social media to achieve your professional goals? In this session, Gena will share the importance of being aware and in control of your online professional identity and will provide tips on how to maximize LinkedIn—the predominant professional social networking site—for your specific professional goals.

Gena Grant
1003
ZOOM ONLY: Getting Paid in the Field

A discussion on ambulatory billing, payment structures, collections and accounts receivable from an associates perspective. How do we manage these things? Dr. Zach Loppnow will present some ideas for keeping it all in balance.

Dr. Zach Loppnow, DVM
1002
ZOOM: An All Creatures Approach to Vet Med with Dr. Carl

Come hear how Dr. Carl practices an all-creatures approach to veterinary medicine at Animals Inc. Veterinary. Learn about what it looks like to practice equally in clinics with small animals and on farms with large animals, with an emphasis on his large animal experiences and how he has made that aspect of his career feasible.

Dr. Carl Larson, DVM
1001
IN PERSON: An All Creatures Approach to Vet Med with Dr. Carl

Come hear how Dr. Carl practices an all-creatures approach to veterinary medicine at Animals Inc. Veterinary. Learn about what it looks like to practice equally in clinics with small animals and on farms with large animals, with an emphasis on his large animal experiences and how he has made that aspect of his career feasible.

Dr. Carl Larson, DVM
1000
Financial Benchmarks and Dashboards

You know what is on the dashboard in your car, how can you use that to build useful financial dashboards for yourself and your business?

Dr. Rebecca Stinson
999
Ambulatory Veterinary Practice: Is It Possible to Be Both Profitable and Fulfilled?

Is practice ownership on your mind or have you decided that it’s just too expensive to buy-in or start your own veterinary business? As you may know, veterinary practice owners have the highest earning potential and often the best satisfaction scores when surveyed. With the current student debt load and potential lack of buy-in options, you have every right to think that practice ownership might be too much of a strain on you as an individual. In this discussion, Dr. Cordivano presents details regarding the profitability and start-up costs of ambulatory and house-call veterinary practices. You will come away from this presentation with the ability to consider an alternative to the traditional route to practice ownership and will hopefully learn about some additional ownership benefits besides just the profit margin!

Dr. Stacey Cordivano, DVM
996
Getting the Most From Mentorship

Taking the next big career step is easier with a guide. This interactive presentation will walk through the process of how to be a great mentee or mentor! During our time together, learn how to create a mentorship plan to put you on the path to success.

Neda Panuska
995
Marketing Yourself and Your Practice

This talk will touch on a basic introduction to marketing for your small business and also about creating your own brand and identity.

Dr. Peter Weinstein, MBA, DVM
994
Perfecting the Exam Room Experience

Most often you’re going to have 30 minutes or less with a client in the exam room. So how do you make the most out of that 30 minutes? This lecture will cover the best way to improve not only the clients experience in the exam room, but also your own!

Dr. Peter Weinstein, MBA, DVM
991
State of the Industry and Veterinary Leadership

Reviews the current state of the veterinary industry including how some major forces impact our business climate. We will look at how coaching and leading our teams can help improve operational efficiencies and financial performance.

Kurt Smith, MBA
990
The Precarious Balance of Practice Profitability, Affordable Veterinary Care, and Veterinary Morality (aka the Sh!t Ain't Free lecture)

During this lecture we will discuss the costs of running a veterinary hospital and how to balance that with providing affordable pet care to your clients. I will explain why we charge what we do and discuss ways to feel good about it or at least not guilty.

Dr. Heather Duncan, DVM
989
Employment Contracts and Negotiations

Mr. Paul Diaz will be presenting on Employment Contracts: What to look for and What to Avoid! Whether you are actively negotiating contracts as a 4th year DVM student, or want to prepare yourself as a 1st, 2nd and 3rd year student, this would be great to attend. Mr. Diaz will also be discussing the differences in contracts and negotiations between men and women entering the DVM field, as well as explaining the concept of non-compete contracts and why you should avoid them.

Paul Diaz
988
Student Loan Payment Restart + IDR Waiver & REPAYE programs

”During this virtual presentation, a Student Loan Planner consultant will cover the latest news on a variety of student loan topics, including: • The latest on Biden’s $10k-20k forgiveness • Normal student loan forgiveness rules • New student loan forgiveness rules & the limited time income-driven repayment waiver • What is the new REPAYE program • Real-life examples of a borrower’s NSLDS file – during our virtual presentation we like to show a real example of as many borrower’s NSLDS files as we can get through to show them the savings they can make on their loans ”

Lauryn Williams
984
Fun With Numbers

Let’s evaluate a couple of practices together by going through the financial health of the practice, and figuring out what makes sense, what doesn’t and where there’s room for improvement. Ownership is on the rise, and working together, we will see which practice has the most opportunity for your comfortability and put a plan of action together!

Dr. Bret Halishak
983
Preparing for Your DVM Career

Dr. Kelli Evans, Veterinary Recruitment & Engagement Manager, and Hayley Hawkins, AZPetVet’s HR Director will provide insight about how to exceed at your job search and find a job that fits your needs as a new DVM.

Dr. Kelli Evans
982
"Hit the Ground Running: 10 Suggestions to be an Exam Room Legend"

Dr. Bruce Coston with NVA presents on how to be the best in the exam room

Dr. Bruce Coston, DVM
981
"Let's Talk about Some Things We Don't Typically Talk about in Veterinary Medicine..."

Dr. Moyal will be discussing things we don’t normally discuss in veterinary medicine, followed by ”Be Curious, Not Judgmental--How Looking through a Different Lens Changed My Veterinary Interactions.”

Dr. Michelle Moyal, DVM
980
"You'll Never Forget Your First"

Veritas Veterinary Partners joins VBMA to present Dr. Erica Feiste!

Dr. Erica Fieste, DVM
979
Mental toughness in veterinary medicine

This evidenced-based presentation looks at the value of mental toughness, resiliency, and emotional intelligence in veterinary medicine, and how they relate to burn-out, compassion fatigue, and imposter syndrome. This is an excellent discussion on how to bring back life and joy into your practice and your personal career

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
978
Deep Dive into Veterinary Compensation Structures (types of ProSal, salary-only, production-only pay structures)

Are you looking to jump in and explore the different ways in which veterinarians are paid, to better understand your options in the future? Join us for an interactive presentation focusing on various veterinary compensation structures, from salary-only, to production-only, to pro-sal. Let’s learn what all the terms mean and review case studies to better understand each type of pay. Knowledge is power when it comes to understanding your employment agreement. We will help prepare you so you are empowered while discussing offers, during negotiations, and planning for your future.

Dr. Glenn Kalick, DVM
976
CityVet: Happy People. Happy Pets

CityVet was founded by a veterinarian, for veterinarians. The doctors have autonomy in medicine, and authority in ownership. They partner with vets to help expand your skills beyond the exam room, to learn the leadership and entrepreneurship side of medicine at your own pace.

Dr. Kate Maher
973
“Challenging Conversations: Communication Skills for Tough Topics”

Communication with our clients can be challenging, especially when discussing topics like finances and sharing bad news. Please join veterinary communication researcher and coach Kat Sutherland as she reviews the core skills and provides guidance on navigating these important discussions with clients. Scenario-based examples will be used to show communication skills in context.

Dr. Kat Sutherland
971
My Vet Med Journey - A conversation about growing up Latinx, life as a new practice owner and everything in between.

Join us for a discussion regarding diversity in Veterinary Medicine, transitioning from student to practice life, to specialize or not, & practice ownership, followed by a Q&A!

Dr. Julio López, DVM
970
Understanding fixed and variable costs for your clients and your practice.

Dr. Andrew Hubner, DVM
969
Strategic Pricing for the Veterinarian

Pricing strategy is a crucial component of a veterinarian’s business, affecting practice sustainability, profitability, and quality of care. Many practice owners are unsure how much their clients are willing to pay, therefore, are unsure how to price their services so their clients see the value, but do not feel overcharged. In this hour-long presentation, we will explore basic pricing principles, review the findings of the Pet Owners Economic Value study, and discuss pricing strategies that can be successful in veterinary practices.

Dr. Taylor Tillery, DVM, Dr. Christina Wheeler, DVM, Dr. Nikihil Joshi, DVM
968
Financial Success: Survive, Sustain or Surpass?

What does behavior have anything to do with your financial success? It turns out that 74% of investors underperform the market – so, behavior matters! What does this mean for you? Everything. It is your investments which will support some (or all) of your retirement income. We will look at how much impact behaviors have on investing with data, not opinions! From staying out of the market due to fear, trying to time the market (impossible), to inappropriate investing, greed, over confidence, following the herd or analysis paralysis, we’ll cover how these behaviors could very much hinder your future success.

Dr. Darby Affeldt, DVM
966
Finances of practice ownership

This meeting will focus on building a successful equine practice and examining the financial considerations when building a practice. Some of these considerations will include income statements, costs of services, staff, etc., types of compensation for veterinarians, the costs of maintaining facilities, etc.

Dr. Ben Buchanan , DVM
965
“A psychologist's perspective on veterinary medicine and what we need to learn!”

Dr. Mack is the owner of a mixed animal clinic in Plainville, KS, and her husband is a practicing therapist and psychologist focused on trauma. Their presentation will cover the struggles that come with veterinary medicine, and how they affect us both as professionals and people.

Dr. Lauren Mack, DVM
964
"Choose Your Own Adventure"

”Choose Your Own Adventure” which will include a variety of topics like networking, resumes, contract negotiations, and interview tips!

Ian widensky
963
Communicating Around the Cost of Care

Take a deeper dive into learning the current landscape of the Pet Care industry and how it relates to the pet owner behaviors, specifically surrounding the cost of care. Learn how CareCredit and Pets Best pet health insurance can offer clients a complete financial solution to enable them to provide optimal veterinary treatment for their pets.

Colleen Rencher
962
The "How" in Pet Health Insurance in Practice

Join Blue Heron Consulting’s Dr. Kelley Lay and Head of Industry Consultants, Derek Tyson, on March 30th, 2023 12:00pm EDT, for a colleague-style, one on one interview that delves into these details and more! Where: ZOOM When: Mar 30, 2023 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting by checking your school email.

Dr. Kelley Lay, DVM
961
The Keys to Successful Business Leadership

In my experience as a leader in business, I’ve found five keys to successfully managing an organization. 1. Relationships 2. Communication 3. Strong Understanding of Business Economics 4. Good Organizational Management 5. Continuing Education and Professional Development

Dr. Barry Dunn
959
Practice Success: Fundamentals of a Prosperous Veterinary Business

Chris Daugherty will be presenting on practice success.

Chris Daugherty
957
Financial Planning for Veterinary Professionals

Financial planning seminar

Kayla Hinds, Sepehr Harandi
956
Emergency Medicine for New Grads

There’s more to new grad life than an internship or general practice; in this presentation, students will learn about the many paths they can take in emergency medicine. We’ll talk about the different ER practice types, the pros and cons of each, and how to sift through them to make the best decision for you.

Dr. Amanda Hilliard, DVM, Dr. Jen Goessling, DVM
955
To Buy or Not To Buy: Understanding the ROI of Equipment

Cold-laser, ultrasound, state of the art surgical equipment – what should your practice invest in? In this lecture you will learn how to calculate the return on investment of equipment, how it depreciates, and what smart financial decisions look like for capital expenditure equipment purchases.

Dr. Kristen McGuire, DVM, Dr. Kathryn Stieh, DVM
954
New Grad Contract Negotiations

Paul Diaz will be presenting examples from several “real-life” contracts that new-grad veterinarians are likely to face. The goal is to help introduce and prepare students with complex terminology used in veterinary contracts and to be able to critically assess the variable implications that may be misunderstood by young and experienced veterinarians alike.

Paul Diaz
952
Ways to Grow the Net Worth of Veterinarians

Join us and Isaiah Douglass, a certified financial planner and partner at Vincere Wealth Management, Thursday for lunch! Isaiah left a large national firm to found a solo financial planning firm in 2018 to pursue a planning approach that is dedicated to identifying ways to grow the net worth of veterinarians and dentists. Join us on Thursday to learn more!

Isaiah Douglass
951
Veterinary Insurance Needs

A discussion of all the insurance needs of a veterinarian from life insurance, disability, health, and more!

Landon Evans, Dr. Jennifer Frey, DVM
950
First Steps Towards Business Ownership

We will be diving into common myths about career paths, practice ownership, and the different paths to practice ownership (startup vs. acquisition).

Blane Zaffos
949
Young Savers - Budgeting, Credit, and Investing

Mr. Jesse Masterson will be covering budgeting, credit, saving and Investing. This skills are valuable after graduation but good habits are formed now.

Jesse Masterson
947
Unlocking Business Growth Through Nutritional Recommendation

There is certainly a business case for selling pet foods in veterinary clinics. This presentation will discuss how pet food can generate passive income and positive cash flow for a clinic by understanding the lifetime value of a pet’s nutrition. If we did grow pet food business profits by 2-4 times, what do you think would happen to the quality of care patients are currently receiving?

Dr. Amanda Floerchinger, DVM
946
ZOOM: Financial Fitness with Kelly Lynn Conrin

In this meeting, we will cover a wide variety of topics to help us grow in our financial fitness, including the basics of finance including saving, debt repayment, investing and investment vehicles; budgeting and how to best leverage pay (regardless of income level); taxation; and emergency funds and how to establish them. We will also discuss identifying best opportunities and comparing them in an apples-to-apples fashion, asking for additional income, reviewing initial offers and contracts, and understanding types of compensation. We will discuss what the most important compensation piece for each candidate is. We will discuss negotiation techniques. Last but not least, we will discuss preparation for retirement!

Kelly Lynn Conrin
945
IN PERSON: Financial Fitness with Kelly Lynn Conrin

In this meeting, we will cover a wide variety of topics to help us grow in our financial fitness, including the basics of finance including saving, debt repayment, investing and investment vehicles; budgeting and how to best leverage pay (regardless of income level); taxation; and emergency funds and how to establish them. We will also discuss identifying best opportunities and comparing them in an apples-to-apples fashion, asking for additional income, reviewing initial offers and contracts, and understanding types of compensation. We will discuss what the most important compensation piece for each candidate is. We will discuss negotiation techniques. Last but not least, we will discuss preparation for retirement!

Kelly Lynn Conrin
944
High Stake Conversations: Difficult Financial Discussions and Beyond

A Royal Canin Knowledge Program Webinar with speaker Dr. Kat Sutherland on ”High Stake Conversations: Difficult Financial Discussions and Beyond” on Thursday, March 30pm. The webinar will be broadcasted live. Dr. Sutherland, PhD, MSc, BSc, is a post-doctoral fellow, focusing on communication. She focuses on understanding how veterinary-client communication can be enhanced to improve the quality of life for pets with excess weight while her PhD research explored pet weight-related communication in small animal veterinary practice, with emphasis on obesity-specific communication. Her lecture will provides tips for important discussions veterinarians will encounter with clients about finances and quality of life of their pets.

Dr. Kat Sutherland
943
VBMA Professionalism Powerhouse Event

Please join us for a fun evening filled with dinner, networking, and learning how to be a modern leader and professional.

Dr. Kristen Walker, DVM
941
Resume and Interview Preparation

This workshop will briefly cover resumes, interviews, employer questions, and a successful LinkedIn profile. The bulk of the two hours will be spent with Career Services professionals doing hands on work with students to help prepare them for completing a portion of the Honors Portfolio.

Kathleen Fenner, Dr. Roxanne Suarez, DVM
940
Integrating alternative medicine into general practice.

Dr. Kira Kautz will be presenting on how to integrate alternative medicine, such as acupuncture and chiropractic, into a busy small animal practice.

Dr. Kira Kautz, DVM
939
Understanding Your Worth: A Business Owner’s Perspective

Join a CVPM and 14-year veterinary business owner to learn how to evaluate your worth as a veterinarian, including how revenue and expenses affect your value in today’s market.

Dr. Boomer Pearsall
938
ou Never Forget Your First: Choosing a First Job or Internship

This talk covers types of practices, how to evaluate a practice and how they will evaluate you, quality of life factors to make practice a sustainable career, contract negotiation including compensation and benefits, and mentorship. We will also discuss how to align your budget with expected compensation. We will touch on fringe benefits you might not have thought of, but can negotiate. We will cover some basic contract law including restrictive covenants. Then we’ll switch gears and talk about internships, including how to know whether an internship program is right for you, and how to find information that will help you evaluate programs. We will discuss the VIRMP timeline cycle in detail, aka “the match”. Finally, we’ll discuss the growing number of emergency mentorship programs aimed at new graduates and examine potential pitfalls.

Dr. Erica Feiste, DVM
937
Employee Life Cycle- What You Need to Know About Recruiting, On-boarding, and Training the Modern Day Proficient Employee

Come Join us as Dr. Karen Parker from Boehringer-Ingelheim teaches us about all you need to know for recruiting, on-boarding and training the modern day proficient employee. She has done previous talks with the VBMA on marketing but wants to expand and enlighten us about the HR side of business.

Dr. Karen Parker, DVM
936
Hospital Start-ups

Starting a practice from the ground up can be one of the most rewarding experiences in veterinary medicine. It can also be a daunting task, even for those who have done it before. The Firehouse Animal Health Centers team has succeeded at that task again and again, and we’re still enjoying the ride. Since every veterinary startup is unique there is no ”perfect process”, but we look forward to sharing the most important lessons we have learned along the way! This one-hour presentation will include insights on determining what needs your new veterinary practice can fill for yourself, your team, and your community, as well as your own personal and financial readiness to start a small business. We will also discuss development of your business plan and financial plan for your practice, site selection, design and construction, team recruitment and onboarding, marketing and building your clientele, and what to expect between the first steps of planning to the point when your practice becomes profitable.

Dr. Hunter Bowen, DVM
930
Client Communication and Moving Forward with Preventative Care Diagnostics

Recognize the value of diagnostic screening and early disease detection. Review new data in prevalence of lab abnormalities in apparently healthy pets. Illustrate the need to establish healthy pet baseline diagnostics.

Dr. James Marshall , DVM
926
ZOOM: Benefits, Pitfalls, and Preparation when it comes to Vet Clinic Ownership with Dr. Elton

Dr. Elton owns Advanced Veterinary Care, a small animal private practice, in Blaine, MN and will be discussing starting a new clinic or ownership of a veterinary hospital and some of the benefits, pitfalls and preparation needed.

Dr. Ross Elton, DVM
925
IN PERSON: Benefits, Pitfalls, and Preparation when it comes to Vet Clinic Ownership with Dr. Elton

Dr. Elton owns Advanced Veterinary Care, a small animal private practice, in Blaine, MN and will be discussing starting a new clinic or ownership of a veterinary hospital and some of the benefits, pitfalls and preparation needed.

Dr. Ross Elton, DVM
924
Practice Management Software

Join us for lunch from 12-1 to check out different practice management software! It may not be the most glamorous of topics, but we’ll run through the different ins and outs of practice management software and see how each can benefit a practice. It’s about more than just writing medical records and maintaining charges. How can you make these programs work for you?

Dr. Jay Goldsmith, DVM
923
Green Dot Talk

Dr. Odie will be giving his famous ”Green Dot” talk. Ever wonder how to make yourself more marketable? Want to know what you can do to market a practice? Dr. Odie is going to tell us how famous companies have done it in the past, to the point where a simple ”Green Dot” will already have your mind making a connection to a certain coffee shop! Come join us from 6-7!

Dr. Odie Marcovici, DVM
922
Externships 101: How to Make the Most of Your Adventures

We take a deep dive into what externships are, how to find top tier externships, making the most of your experience, and how to ultimately translate your externship experience into top tier pay upon graduation. This talk is targeted towards all veterinary tracks (Large, small, exotic etc). Come join us from 12-1!

Dr. Andrew Findlaytor, DVM
919
ZOOM: My Veterinary Life, How Did I Get Here? with Dr. Boyle

Join us for an exciting conversation with Dr. Matthew Boyle! He is a UMN CVM alumni who graduated in 2003. For nearly 12 years he practiced dairy medicine— three years in eastern Wisconsin and the remaining time back in Minnesota. A couple of years ago, Dr. Boyle left practice and moved to industry as a Technical Service Veterinarian with Zoetis working with veterinarians and dairy farms in MN, IA, and WI. In this meeting, he will talk to us about the progression of his career, rural practice, what we should want out of a practice, and how to go about selecting a practice.

Dr. Matthew Boyle, DVM
918
IN PERSON: My Veterinary Life, How Did I Get Here? with Dr. Boyle

Join us for an exciting conversation with Dr. Matthew Boyle! He is a UMN CVM alumni who graduated in 2003. For nearly 12 years he practiced dairy medicine— three years in eastern Wisconsin and the remaining time back in Minnesota. A couple of years ago, Dr. Boyle left practice and moved to industry as a Technical Service Veterinarian with Zoetis working with veterinarians and dairy farms in MN, IA, and WI. In this meeting, he will talk to us about the progression of his career, rural practice, what we should want out of a practice, and how to go about selecting a practice.

Dr. Matthew Boyle, DVM
917
ZOOM: Growing New DVMs with Income Statements with Dr. DeLano

Join Dr. Jim DeLano as he shares his secrets in launching a veterinary career that you have always envisioned. With 30+ years in practice ownership, trailblazing multiple start-ups, becoming Vice Chair of the AVMA Trust, director for non and for profit boards, he will lay out ways to visualize data through income statements and equipment purchasing. His main goal today is to help growing DVMs become better business people!

Dr. James Delano, DVM
916
IN-PERSON: Growing New DVMs with Income Statements with Dr. DeLano

Join Dr. Jim DeLano as he shares his secrets in launching a veterinary career that you have always envisioned. With 30+ years in practice ownership, trailblazing multiple start-ups, becoming Vice Chair of the AVMA Trust, director for non and for profit boards, he will lay out ways to visualize data through income statements and equipment purchasing. His main goal today is to help growing DVMs become better business people!

Dr. James Delano, DVM
915
Growing New DVMs with Income Statements with Dr. DeLano - ZOOM ONLY

Join Dr. Jim DeLano as he shares his secrets in launching a veterinary career that you have always envisioned. With 30+ years in practice ownership, trailblazing multiple start-ups, becoming Vice Chair of the AVMA Trust, director for non and for profit boards, he will lay out ways to visualize data through income statements and equipment purchasing. His main goal today is to help growing DVMs become better business people!

Dr. James Delano, DVM
914
Big Guy, Big Data: Profit and Loss Statements in Practice Acquisition

Bret Halishak will be giving LSU VBMA members a talk about the risks and rewards of purchasing a veterinary business practice, what trends to look out for when considering buying, and how to avoid business loss while maximizing profits.

Dr. Bret Halishak
913
Life After Veterinary School: Business Edition

Mr. Ramsdell and guest Mr. Norm Bouchard will be giving a overview of the current veterinary industry. They will cover practice management 101, how to become a better lender applicant, key performance indicators and metrics, different paths to ownership, and how to build income as a doctor and business owner.

Andrew Ramsdell
912
Being part of the 7% in veterinary medicine- the lessons I’ve learned

Dr. Moyal is an Assistant Clinical Professor and Chief of the Primary Care Surgery Service at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She will discuss Veterinary medicine being a predominantly white profession. Dr. Moyal will also discuss her journey to and through vet med, including surprises and disappointments. This talk will cover DEI/bias/micro-aggressions and situations Dr. Moyal has personally faced in the profession. As a first generation American, Dr. Moyal is committed to changing the face of veterinary medicine to represent all communities.

Dr. Michelle Moyal, DVM
911
Practice Financial Operation & Financial Health

You cannot practice good medicine without good business to support it. This session will teach you what makes a practice financially healthy and why is this important to you as an associate or a future owner. We will also talk about the common financial diseases and how to diagnose them.

David McCormick
910
Practice Financial

You cannot practice good medicine without good business to support it. This session will teach you what makes a practice financially healthy and why is this important to you as an associate or a future owner. We will also talk about the common financial diseases and how to diagnose them.

David McCormick
909
Practice Value & Purchase

What makes one practice worth more than another? Can you buy a practice when you have no money? Yes, you can own a practice and your debt will not get in the way. Learn more about practice value, the purchase process and how the ownership cash flow makes the purchase possible.

David McCormick
907
Disability and Accessibility in Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Brandy Duhon, a veterinarian, educator and director of campus relations at Heartland VP, will be giving a talk on overcoming adversity in the veterinary medicine field. She aims to increase awareness about the rights and supports of people with disabilities and highlight their contributions to the community, as well as to showcase disability in professional fields.

Dr. Brandy Duhon, DVM
906
Go Fund Yourself

Dreaming of starting your own practice someday but not sure how to pay for it? Ian Widensky will guide VBMA members through understanding how start-ups get funded and built. He will cover types of financing, key start-up expenses, and financial projections.

Ian widensky
905
Spectrum of Care

What if veterinary teams could work more efficiently, providing more care for more pets and achieving better outcomes for pet families? This presentation maps out action plans to help effectively engage technical staff and utilize a spectrum of care approach, delivering better results for your patients, increasing productivity, and boosting team satisfaction. Learning Objectives: · Identify workforce challenges across the U.S. veterinary profession · Review definitions of “spectrum of care” and “access to care” · Apply principles of team utilization and efficiency to case-based examples that increase access to care

Dr. Erin Johnson, DVM
902
How to make the most of your externships & leverage them into top pay when you graduate

Dr. Andrew Findlaytor, DVM
900
Running your own S corporation

Dr. Andrew Findlaytor, DVM
899
How to Win with Linkedin

How to Build a powerful profile and reap the rewards

Dr. Glenn Kalick, DVM
898
A Practical Approach to Student Loan Debt

I will give my background and story navigating financing veterinary school with student loans and subsequently paying them off as quickly as possible. I will give practical advise based on my experience

Dr. Jennifer Thompson, DVM
897
'Where to Start' with Practice Ownership

There’s a lot that goes into owning and running a private veterinary practice - where do you start? From practice evaluation to acquisition to management, there are many different steps along the way to becoming a practice owner. Dr. Weisman, an experienced practice owner, will be speaking to VBMA members on how to begin this process, and how his experience can benefit future generations of veterinarians and practice owners.

Dr. Jim Weisman, DVM
894
EBITDA | Is Profit a Bad Word

EBITDA is a financial term thrown around quite a bit in business across many sectors. What does this term mean, how is it calculated, and what does this tell us about the value of a veterinary practice?

Dr. James Delano, DVM
893
Let’s Get Social: Promoting Yourself and Your Work on Social Media

How we access and consume information has changed, shifting to digital content. Social media is a powerful tool to network and communicate innovations in veterinary medicine, allowing data to reach a broad audience in real-time. Participants in this workshop will learn how to set up Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn profiles, create a social media strategy, curate content, and use social media management tools. There will be a focus on students promoting themselves for potential employers and advanced training programs. Time will also be given for Q&A and discussion.

Sarah Wright
892
Making Professional Connections: Tips for the Introverted and the Inexperienced (and those who want to Improve!)

You have been told that networking is an important part of your professional career, but does the mere mention of the word make you shudder? Does the thought of attending a networking event where you know no one make you want to run and hide? Maybe your reactions are not THAT extreme (or maybe they are, and that’s okay too!), but you still find the idea of making professional connections to be somewhat daunting, disingenuous, or something you just don’t feel comfortable doing. Attend this session to get tips on how to make connecting with others more manageable and achievable, regardless of how introverted or inexperienced you perceive yourself to be!

Amanda Fark, MBA
890
How to Best Utilize Technicians

This lecture will discuss the transition to being the doctor in the practice and leading an effective and efficient team. What are some things you can do to get your team working together? We will discuss how to manage your team in the best way to utilize the practice’s time not only for the client and patient but for the staff. Everyone’s goal is to get out at closing time and this can help you do it!

Katie Harbach
889
10 Things I Wish I'd Known in my Early Vet Career

Top tips from early career veterinarians that they wish they’d known at graduation.

Marci Kirk
888
Fun Facts, First Jobs, and the Fine Print

You don’t know what you don’t know, right? One of the hardest things about accepting a first job, having confidence in your choice, and being successful as a new grad is navigating your first job agreement. What can you ask for and what you should expect are one thing, but it is what you don’t know or don’t think to expect that can be the difference between a lasting first job and having to repeat the job search right away. Through personal and shared experiences, we will examine several unexpected career turns that come with veterinary employment to aid the audience in learning to expect the unexpected and less expected.

Dana Varble
887
The Practice of Practice: Life Post-Vet School

”Real Learning” starts the day you graduate. In this lecture, we will discuss what I wish I knew a long time ago that would have made ”real learning” easier and more fulfilling, and the value of realizing that there is always more ”real learning” to do.

Jim Lowe
886
How to Find THE Mentor, Not A Mentor

In this lecture we will review key questions and factors for any new graduate to consider as they begin the search for a mentor and first position after graduation.

Dr. Andrea Belcher, DVM
884
Navigating Communication with Non-Traditional Pet Owners

Communication continues to be a challenge for businesses in many fields including human medicine and veterinary medicine. Practicing veterinary medicine requires all members of the veterinary medical team to practice communication skills, improve emotional intelligence, and achieve clarity. Non-traditional pet practice has many unique aspects that present additional communication challenges including the lack of widely recognized best practices and standardization, challenges in diagnostics, life span expectations, lack of pain assessment and understanding, and challenges in assessing the quality of life. Tips and tricks to tackle these difficult conversations, the unusual nature of the animals, and the unique owners in this particular field will be discussed and shared.

Dana Varble
883
Rudeness on the Rise

”Research from around the United States and beyond shows that rudeness is on the rise, especially towards people whose job is to help others – including first responders, healthcare professionals, restaurant workers, flight attendants, store clerks, attorneys, and others. Rudeness at work can hurt us in many ways. It can harm our emotional and physical health, and negatively impact our organizations. Fortunately, there are effective steps we can take to address the rise of rudeness in the workplace. In this lecture, we will explore why rudeness in the workplace is on the rise, how we can address poor behavior, and why solutions aimed at trying to control other people’s behaviors generally aren’t effective. Come away with evidence-based strategies for preventing and diffusing displaced anger in the veterinary workplace by using skills we already have as veterinary professionals! ”

Marci Kirk
882
Communication Tools for Challenging Situations

The lecture will highlight several tools that can be used to communicate in challenging situations. Attendees will also be invited to share stories from practice to use as starting points for discussion about tool applications.

Laura Garrett
881
Navigating Career Transitions

SAVMA Symposium Location: Alma Mater Time: 3:00p - 3:50p

Dr. Tannetje' Crocker
880
Effectively Communication with Spanish-Speaking Clients

The lecture intends to cover tools and strategies to communicate with Spanish-speaking clients

Juanmahel Davila
879
Veterinarians, Public Health, and Policy: How Can You Get Involved

This lecture will cover the history of public health and veterinarians, discuss One Health, and then get in to how you can become involved in public health and policy work at the local, state, national, or even international level from additional training, externships, fellowships, specialty boards in preventive medicine, and how to find actual jobs.

Will Sander
878
Error Prevention - How to Play Your Part

If humans are involved, errors will occur. However, in veterinary medicine errors can make the difference between life and death. This session will discuss error prevention philosophies and process designs for preventing errors that cause significant harm to patients.

Lauren Forsythe
874
Internships vs Mentorships: How to decide

This can either be a panel discussion or a straight up lecture discussing the differences between GP mentorship programs, ER mentorship programs and internships. (Including large animal)

Dr. Odie Marcovici, DVM
873
Student debt free after $466,330 in 6 years!!

We hear over and over that you must live with your student debt for 25 or 30 years. The factual stories of these colleague prove beyond a reasonable doubt that ’even if....’ you can be student debt free less than 6 years out of school.

Dr. Raymond J Ramirez, DVM
872
Four Simple Things that Will Derail Your Career - and How to Care for Them

We all want to do well at work, yet there are many things well beyond what we learn in veterinary school that are critical to our success. We have seen this in colleagues when we ask ourselves, “Why are they not happy? Their professional work is so great!” These ideas are from legacy achievers in other fields of work that we are adapting to veterinary medicine.

Dr. Raymond J Ramirez, DVM
871
Engaging with the Media - Tools to Be Successful

This lecture will dive into some of the tips and tricks to be aware of when engaging with media (television, radio, newspaper, etc.) whether it is for your clinic, an issue your advocating on in the profession, or to provide health information to the public.

Will Sander
870
Veterinary Ethics for the 21st Century: How Ethical Frameworks shape Teaching, Learning, and Practice

In this lecture, which will include group discussions, I will place ethics training in US veterinary colleges in the larger landscape of international veterinary curricula, discuss the links between ethical frames and social beliefs about animals, and introduce the concepts of informal and formal learning and of the ”hidden curriculum” in professional training programs. Attendees will be invited to reflect on their own ethical frames, and to think about how they can prepare for tough decisions when there are often no ”right answers.” The links between ethical decisions, moral stress, and mental health in the profession will also be explored. A forward-looking perspective will seek ways of empowering veterinarians, as students and as future practitioners, for robust decision-making in challenging ethical landscapes.

Jane Desmond
869
10 Things New Vets Should Know About Practice Marketing

Learn the top issues (and hacks) for making your personal and professional social media life work as a new vet-- plus what you should consider from the practice’s perspective when it comes to branding, online reputation, social media, reviews and more.

Dr. Caitlin DeWilde, DVM
868
Practice Ownership: Trials and Triumphs

SAVMA Symposium Location: Innovation Time: 9:00a - 9:50a

Dr. Tannetje' Crocker
867
Utilizing Telehealth in Your Veterinary Practice

Outline: I. Brief overview of definitions and general AVMA guidelines regarding telehealth practice A. What is a VCPR, and how do you establish one? B. Teleconsulting vs telehealth vs telemedicine vs teletriage, etc II. Pros and cons of incorporating telemedicine into your practice III. Examples of cases where telemedicine could be appropriately utilized IV. Overview of teleconsulting A. Pros and cons of teleconsulting B. How to make the most out of your teleconsult C. Case examples where teleconsulting works well

Dr. Samantha Vitale, DVM
863
Pros/ Cons of Corporation & Private Practice

Join us with Dr. Moore and Thrive Pet Healthcare as she presents some of the advantages and disadvantages you may run into when trying to decide corporate or private practice. She will walk through some examples and help you to decide what you might be looking for when thinking about your future career!

Dr. Christina Moore, DVM
861
How NOT to be a Poor Vet Student

Dr. Primavera will be going over building wealth in all aspects of your life during veterinary school through self-care, smart investing, and side-hustling. Learn how to value your education along with your mental health. Balance the medical aspect of school with the financial aspect, without only making sacrifices.

Dr. Tyler Primavera, DVM
857
Tips and Tricks - How To Thrive in the Veterinary World

Dr. Serratore provides tips and tricks on how to thrive in the veterinary world through sharing her own story and experiences with Thrive Veterinary Surgical Services. This includes tips for surviving vet school and the transition to being a doctor, what she’s learned about resilience and taking care of oneself, how to recognize and utilize the resources around you, building connections, engaging in organized vet med, and more.

Dr. Vanessa Serratore, DVM
856
Financial Health & Wellness for Medical Professionals

Discussing MAYO clinics’ programs for student loans, managing debt, paying off debt, programs available only for doctors, and college savings plan for kids.

Joshua Brown
854
Balancing the Veterinary Budget

This talk will cover setting a budget and sticking with it, staff metrics and adjusting them. We will also hear about tools for adjusting staff metrics, detailing inventory and marketing budgets, building price structures for large purchases, estimating new purchase revenue, tracking costs and making adjustments to hit changing targets, and fixed versus changing costs.

Kelly Lynn Conrin, Kelly Cronin
853
Know Your Goals & Assemble Your Team

Mission Veterinary Partners

Dr. Stacy Johnson, DVM
852
Life Is What Happens to You While You are Planning It

Throughout your career, your focus will likely evolve from Me (all about figuring out who you are and what you want to be) to We (finding things are better done collaboratively) to They (giving back and paying forward what you have enjoyed due to the kindness of others). While telling the story of his journey through life, Paul shares his lessons learned in hopes attendees can apply these lessons as they go through life, personally and professionally.

Dr. Paul Pion, DVM
851
Expectations on Income and Real World Applications of Finance

Dr. Tam will be focusing on money management, options for investments, passive income options, mental health, and contract negotiation

Dr. Alfred Tam, DVM
849
Diagnosing Financial Diseases

This session starts with defining what it means for a practice to be financially healthy - which is important whether you are the practice owner or an associate. From this foundation, it moves into the common financial diseases, the symptoms and steps you can take to monitor and help heal a practice.

David McCormick
848
Common Sense Workflow, Protocols and Employee Relations Ideas

In this presentation we will discuss ideas to ’stop the bleeding’ of potential losses with changes in how to clinic functions. We will also discuss the merits to focusing on employee relations and ideas of your to incentivize and compensate employees.

Ethan Dawe
847
Understanding Veterinary Practice Financials

In this 90 minute presentation we will walk through the basics of what makes up veterinary practice financials. We will discuss look at common places within veterinary practice financials where a practice may ‘bleed’ profits. This lecture will lay the ground work for the second 50 minute lecture where we will discuss workflow, protocols and incentivizing/compensating employees.

Ethan Dawe
846
Top 10 Things I Wish I Had Known at Graduation

Right now, your scholastic career is paramount. Every ounce of energy you possess is being invested in your education. That is as it should be. But I am now able to look back on my career with the advantage of hindsight and consider the things I wish I had known when I graduated from vet school. How differently would I have navigated my career had I known them? Perhaps hearing these perspectives can help you strike a more rewarding balance as you chart your own course through the world’s greatest profession.

Dr. Bruce Coston, DVM
845
New Grad: What to Expect Your First Year Out

In this one hour virtual talk, Dr. Davila-Martin will discuss her experience as a new graduate from veterinary school and share words of advice.

Dr. Liane Davila-Martin, DVM
844
Breaking Bad News: Having Challenging Conversations with Clients

An organized step by step approach to breaking the bad news to clients about an illness/poor prognosis of their pets, followed by proper ways to approach angry clients. This presentation has scenarios that allow students to be interactive in this conversation.

Dr. Katrina Picariello , DVM
843
Practice for Life in Veterinary Medicine: Navigating Small Animal Employment Options

Learn about some of the key differences between privately owned and corporate-owned small animal practices. We’ll also discuss how to learn more about potential future employers regardless of ownership structure, as well as other general considerations for the interview and job-seeking process.

Dr. Rae Rice, DVM
841
Strategic Delegation of Responsibilities in the Veterinary Practice

Delegating is hard. Why? In this session we will explore the factors that impact the leader’s ability to successfully spread responsibilities amongst team members. We will focus on identifying what to delegate and to whom those tasks should be delegated. Most importantly, the session will provide attendees with a strategy for HOW TO DELEGATE successfully.

Dr. Ryan Williams
840
Credit Scores

Did you know that your credit score does NOT necessarily mean that you are financially responsible? This workshop reviews the specific factors that make up one’s FICO credit score and discusses strategies on developing healthy credit.

Kevin Sutton
839
Are Your Assets Protected Now and What about the Future?

This AVMA Trust lunch talk will focus on all the coverages necessary to cover all your assets both now as a student and when you graduate and enter the veterinary profession. We will look at veterinary professional liability and license defense insurance as well as disability and life insurance focusing on how these coverages provide a bubble of protection around you, your ability to practice and necessary protections as you go through life. Real closed claim/case examples will be used to illustrate the importance of always covering your assets. We will also show you how to sign up. Come prepared to ask questions and engage!

Josh Ervasti
837
ZOOM: Know Your Value: A Production Report

What are you worth and what should you earn as a new grad? What does reasonable compensation look like? Join Dr. Chris Anderson from MVP as he goes over common contract components, etc. This will be an interactive opportunity where students will walk through an example of a production report.

Dr. Chris Anderson, DVM
836
IN-PERSON: Know Your Value: A Production Report

What are you worth and what should you earn as a new grad? What does reasonable compensation look like? Join Dr. Chris Anderson from MVP as he goes over common contract components, etc. This will be an interactive opportunity where students will walk through an example of a production report.

Dr. Chris Anderson, DVM
835
Veterinary Technician Utilization

What does ’Vet Tech Utilization” really mean? We will review the ways you can leverage vet techs in practice as well as the current barriers to tech utilization. We will wrap up with steps you can take tomorrow to help increase your capacity to see more cases and have a better work-life balance.

Dr. Jessi Farris, DVM
834
Tapping into the 3 C's Cost, Communication, and Convenience

Tapping into the 3 C’s Cost Communication and Convenience The Millennial customer segment has become the most populous pet-owning segment in the US. The growth of the millennial segment is great news for not just the quality-of-care veterinarians can offer but also the future financial health of the veterinary industry. In a recent study, millennials are more willing to consider their pet a part of the family. They are also willing to spend more money on their pets than any other generation. We will review and unpack the 3 C’s: Convenience, Communication, Cost, to assist veterinarians and their teams in delivering the best value and best medicine to pet owners of today and the future.

Dr. James Kallman, DVM
833
You Can't Spell Veterinary Professional without 'Stress’

After Dr. Garlow’s talk attendees should be able to: 1) recall that stress is a common concern in the profession and that veterinary professionals who have healthy methods for dealing with stress are less likely to report psychological distress; 2) demonstrate a simple and effective breathing technique that can reduce stress in roughly a minute; 3) explain and give an example of positive reappraisal; 4) define and list 6 components of resilience; 5) create an actionable self-care plan that includes strategies to foster each of the 8 dimensions of wellbeing.

Dr. Laura Garlow, DVM
832
How to Live Financially Well

In this hour-long talk, Andrew Rotz will address the following objectives: 1) identify how financial wellness fits with other aspects of wellness; 2) discuss methods and impacts of making thoughtful financial decisions; 3) explore how financial wellness influences professional and personal success; 4) identify opportunities for learning more about and crafting your own financial wellness.

Andrew Rotz
831
Belonging for Groups and Teams

Mike Falconer will address belonging cues, their uses, and their pitfalls when working with teams. Additionally, he will teach attendees how to embrace hive-mind thinking and to use that thinking to increase team buy-in and belonging.

Mike Falconer
830
Compassionate Confidence

After this talk, attendees will be able to do the following: 1) define emotional intelligence (EI), and explain the relationship between EI and effective leadership; 2) list and describe the four domains and 12 subdomains of emotional intelligence (EI); 3) identify personal strengths and weaknesses in emotional intelligence; 4) apply emotional intelligence as a framework for handling conflict and stress.

Dr. Ginger Templeton, DVM
829
Courageous Conversations

In this hour-long talk, Dr. Olson will cover the following objectives: 1) recognizing the common global veterinary challenges and exploring the opportunities for collaborative strategy-building; 2) identifying some of the barriers and then helpful skills and practices to foster healthy team and organizational dialogue; 3) exploring knowledge and resources from outside of the veterinary profession such as social work and mindfulness practices to contribute to collective wisdom and toolbox building as the healthier veterinary profession of tomorrow is cultivated.

Dr. Sonja Olson, DVM
827
Ambulatory Veterinary Medicine and the Business of Education

Dr. Kinsley will give students a whiteboard talk with visuals and discussions revolving around financials in a hospital. He will also touch on decision making surrounding hiring, equipment purchases and price increases. The talk will also include a discussion about pricing and idiosyncrasies associated with ambulatory clinics. As the executive director of hospital operations at the ISU Hixon-Leid Small Animal Hospital, Dr. Kinsley will use his experience and real financials to engage students and aid in discussion.

Dr. Marc Kinsley, DVM
826
VEG: How to Make A Lasting Career Out of Emergency Medicine

UGA graduate Dr. Shelby Baden DVM presents ”How to Make a Lasting Career Out of Emergency Medicine” on how to make a career in emergency medicine including discussions of positions for advancement in emergency medicine, what a typical ER work schedule looks like, and how to handle the hours of an emergency veterinarian long term. There has historically been a high burn out rate associated with emergency medicine. In this presentation, we will cover what it actually looks like to work as an emergency veterinarian and the benefits and struggles associated with it. It will also cover how to navigate this area of veterinary medicine to create a fulfilling and lifelong career.

Dr. Shelby Baden, DVM
823
Your 5 Year Plan to Financial Success Starts Today

Dr. Whalen will discuss how to plan your financial success post graduation.

Dr. Joe Whalen, DVM
821
Client Communication: How Shared Decision Making can help veterinarians build trust with pet parents, improve outcomes, and increase career satisfaction

Client Communication: How Shared Decision Making can help veterinarians build trust with pet parents, improve outcomes, and increase career satisfaction. Participants can expect to learn: What Shared Decision Making (SDM) is, and how veterinarian can use it to build an alliance with their clients, and improve compliance and patient outcomes, as well as having more joy in their careers and decreasing burnout.

Dr. Dani Rabwin, DVM
820
Equine Practice: A Discussion of the Facts, Myths, and Legends

Join us as Dr. Chris Wickliffe gives his insight into equine private practice’s past, present, and future. We will be looking at numbers from his and other trend setting practices in the industry, discussing why choosing the right practice as your first job is so crucial, and why choosing a species-specific career path early is important in career and personal development.

Dr. Chris Wickliffe, DVM
819
VIN News Brief: Reducing Antibiotic Use

As concerns for pathogen drug resistance rise, large veterinary businesses begin to more closely monitor and limit their use of antimicrobial drugs. AniCura, Mars’ European company, has already achieved a nearly 50% reduction in antimicrobial use in dogs since 2016. Additionally, regulators such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are hoping to reduce use in companion animals similar to what has already been achieved in food animals. Come learn more about the future of antibiotics and how to limit their use! https://news.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=210&catId=619&Id=11301488

Dr. Paul Pion, DVM
818
AVMA Trust: Making the Most Out of Your SAVMA Benefits!

Dr. Rebecca Stinson from the AVMA Trust as well as Hannah Mader, an AVMA PLIT representative will be discussing the benefits of SAVMA within our academic education as well as AVMA benefits upon graduation.

Dr. Rebecca Stinson
817
How to Find the Ideal First Job

Topic: ”How to Find the Ideal First Job” - Why this is important. How to start your search. Resume and interview tips.

Dr. Joe Whalen, DVM
816
Know your Numbers: P&L Statements for Beginners by MVP

Learn veterinary practice financials from a birdseye view and cement key concepts. Dive deep on the significance of EBITDA in our industry and the impact of the cost of goods sold on practice financials. Students will participate in two interactive exercises during the presentation. Bring your calculators!

Dr. Stacy Johnson, DVM
813
What Recent Graduates Need to Know to Practice Medicine

This meeting was hosted in partnership with our GVMA chapter and the panelists were Dr. Keri Riddick and Dr. Wendy Cuevas (both from the GVMA) and moderated by Dr. Sarah Wheat.

Dr. Sarah Wheat, DVM
811
A Vision for Virtual Medicine

She will be discussing the ways technology has changed the practice of veterinary medicine and what telehealth can look like as a veterinarian.

Dr. Lisa Lippman, DVM
810
ZOOM ONLY: Stressors in Transitions

Join us as we listen to the insight of Dr. Mazaheri (@mentalhealthdvm) as she talks about managing stressors and change as a recent graduate.

Dr. Razyeeh Mazaheri, DVM
807
Q&A with Dr. Charles McCully

Come join us for a Q&A session with Dr. Charles McCully to find an answer for all your burning questions!

Dr. Charles McCully , DVM
806
Tele-health, One Veterinarian's Journey into the Virtual Exam Room

Do you know the difference between tele-medicine, tele-health, tele-triage, and tele-advice? Until I started on the journey into the virtual exam room, I did not have a strong understanding of the differences between the 4. However, I recognized that all have been hot topics these past few years. Human medicine made the shift into the virtual exam years ago, and I figured it is probably only a matter of time to when we will see this more in veterinary medicine. Therefore, I decided to take the time to truly understand this space and then determine if I would provide care through a virtual platform. I had many questions, and wanted to understand the various aspects both legally and ethically. Over 8 months I learned a lot and this lecture will share not only what I learned, but also how and why I decided to provide care to clients virtually. In addition, I will share what I learned from providing care virtually to pets. I will share some case examples where I partnered with clients, and how these interactions help to solidify the value of the virtual connection when in person care is not available. From my experience I absolutely recognize that virtual care will not replace in person care, I do however now feel strongly on the value it can provide to both clients and their pets.

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM
805
Bouncing into our Resilency

Somewhere in the path of our career in veterinary medicine many of us question why we entered this profession. Finding ourselves in a place of burn out, compassion fatigue, ethical fatigue, distress, or just plain tired. Call it whatever you want, if you have found yourself in this space, you are not alone. We each enter this profession with high hopes and dreams. We have this idealistic vision of what we can accomplish, knowing that it won’t be all puppies and kittens. We are fully aware there will be death and heart ache, and yet we enter into the field with much excitement and vision. Along the way we start to lose our steam and many find ourselves wishing we didn’t enter this field. Yet we don’t want to leave due to that inner pull that brought us here in the first place. At this point we look for our resilience, or our BOUNCE. That direction that helps us reconnect with ourselves and find our direction again. We each have our own direction in this journey, our personal BOUNCE. Learning the BOUCNE framework will help us find our own resiliency. Learning these ideas will assist all us in beginning our own direction of our BOUNCE. B – Become Aware O – Our Choice U – Unique Journey N – Navigate the Pain C – Connected as One E – Embrace All. Learning Objectives • Understand the idea behind how we bounce into resiliency within our careers of vet med. • Define the idealistic vision of what many of us carry into beginning a career in vet med. • Begin the path in helping to understand our personal bounce within our career. • Provide clarity in helping us each reconnect to our passion as we navigate the challenges of the vet industry.

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM
803
Know Your Value: A Guide to Profit and Loss Statements

Do you understand all the benefits of working in a financially healthy practice or business? Do you know how to recognize the signs of a financially healthy practice vs one that may be struggling? In this interactive presentation, we review a variety of factors that can influence the financial statements of a veterinary practice. We discuss common benchmarks of success on a profit and loss statement and most importantly how the number on financial statements can impact the team around you as well as yourself regardless of whether you have are an owner or not.

Dr. Daniel Phillips
801
Making Yourself Marketable to Employers

Dr. Nora Hickey will dive into how to best market yourself to future employers while also making sure that the position is right for you – all coming from someone who just got a position here at the university!

Dr. Nora Hickey, DVM
800
Understanding Practice Financial Statements

Dr. Tim Loonam owns Grace Animal Hospital in Lexington, SC and will be speaking on “Understanding Practice Financial Statements.” This talk that will cover an introduction to P&L statements, balance sheets, and cash flow analysis.

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
797
How to Tackle Student Debt

The discussion will be focused on how veterinary students should position themselves to tackle student debt, in order to enjoy an excellent work life balance and financial success.

Dr. Michael Delliere, DVM
796
15 Minute Practice Physical and Top 5 Small Business Mistakes

Any proper assessment of health/disease status starts with a good physical exam. The same goes for evaluating a veterinary practice. Mr. McCormick walks through a 15-minute monthly protocol that evaluates your practice’s overall financial health - or lack thereof. Mr. McCormick will also be discussing the five major mistakes that many practice managers and owners make and how to avoid them.

David McCormick
794
Tele-health, One Veterinarian’s Journey Into The Virtual Exam Room

”Tele-health, One Veterinarian’s Journey Into The Virtual Exam Room” with Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson. 1 Hour of Category 2 Credit. Do you know the difference between tele-medicine, tele-health, tele-triage, and tele-advice? Until I started on the journey into the virtual exam room, I did not have a strong understanding of the differences between the 4. However, I recognized that all have been hot topics these past few years. Human medicine made the shift into the virtual exam years ago, and I figured it is probably only a matter of time to when we will see this more in veterinary medicine. Therefore, I decided to take the time to truly understand this space and then determine if I would provide care through a virtual platform. I had many questions, and wanted to understand the various aspects both legally and ethically. Over 8 months I learned a lot and this lecture will share not only what I learned, but also how and why I decided to provide care to clients virtually. In addition, I will share what I learned from providing care virtually to pets. I will share some case examples where I partnered with clients, and how these interactions help to solidify the value of the virtual connection when in person care is not available. From my experience I absolutely recognize that virtual care will not replace in person care, I do however now feel strongly on the value it can provide to both clients and their pets.

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM
793
Open to Outcome, Clinical Medicine and a Startup Company

”Open to Outcome, Clinical Medicine and a Startup Company” with Dr. Ginny Rentko. In this session, Dr. Rentko will cover the story of two startups, clinical medicine and a career path options to satisfy curiosity and meld clinical medicine, drug development, academia and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Ginny Rentko, VMD
792
Practice Ownership in The Next Decade; Dead or Alive?

”Practice Ownership in The Next Decade; Dead or Alive?” with Dr. Jeff Rothstein. 1 Hour of Category 1 Credit. In this lecture, Dr. Rothstein will discuss innovation as it relates to business finance and practice ownership.

Dr. Jeff Rothstein
791
Innovation in Career Planning for Veterinary Professionals

”Innovation in Career Planning for Veterinary Professionals” with Dr. David Haworth. 1 Hour of Category 4 Credit. Veterinary Medicine is a career path overflowing with opportunities for world-changing, deeply impactful and life-fulfilling work, but so often these potential paths are lost in the sea of veterinary training. By becoming invested in the wrong path for your goals, or worse yet, despairing that there is no right path for you, we can quickly lose the passion that drove us to applying to vet school in the first place. In this presentation, Dr. Haworth will use his atypical career to help provide a framework for professionals early in their journey to better understand their own driving motivations and explore the full breadth of what could lie in their futures. What is it that you’re seeking in a career after vet school? More training? Deep impact on individual animals? Broad impact on millions of animals? Financial security - sooner, rather than later? Location and work-life blend? All of those are possible, and in a style that has been described as ”informative-enjoyable”, he will attempt to help you plan a path towards your perfect spot in this veterinary world.

Dr. David Haworth, DVM
790
From Ideas to Impact: Don’t be afraid to take the plunge

”From Ideas to Impact: Don’t be afraid to take the plunge” with Dr. Diane Levitan. In this lecture, Dr. Levitan will discuss innovation as it relates to business operations, management, and ownership.

Dr. Dr. Diane Levitan, VMD
789
Bouncing into Our Resiliency

”Bouncing into Our Resiliency” with Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson. 2 Hours of Category 4 Credit. Somewhere in the path of our career in veterinary medicine many of us question why we entered this profession. Finding ourselves in a place of burn out, compassion fatigue, ethical fatigue, distress, or just plain tired. Call it whatever you want, if you have found yourself in this space, you are not alone. We each enter this profession with high hopes and dreams. We have this idealistic vision of what we can accomplish, knowing that it won’t be all puppies and kittens. We are fully aware there will be death and heart ache, and yet we enter into the field with much excitement and vision. Along the way we start to lose our steam and many find ourselves wishing we didn’t enter this field. Yet we don’t want to leave due to that inner pull that brought us here in the first place. At this point we look for our resilience, or our BOUNCE. That direction that helps us reconnect with ourselves and find our direction again. We each have our own direction in this journey, our personal BOUNCE. Learning the BOUNCE framework will help us find our own resiliency. Learning these ideas will assist all us in beginning our own direction of our BOUNCE. B – Become Aware O – Our Choice U – Unique Journey N – Navigate the Pain C – Connected as One E – Embrace All. Learning Objectives - Understand the idea behind how we bounce into resiliency within our careers of vet med. - Define the idealistic vision of what many of us carry into beginning a career in vet med. - Begin the path in helping to understand our personal bounce within our career. - Provide clarity in helping us each reconnect to our passion as we navigate the challenges of the vet industry.

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM
785
Rx For Patient Care: Effective Communication

”Rx For Patient Care: Effective Communication” with Dr. Kristi Yee. 1 Hour of Category 3 Credit. Join Dr. Kristi Yee, owner of Hometown Veterinary Hospital, as she shares communication strategies utilized inside and outside of the exam room to optimize patient healthcare. Dr. Yee will discuss confidence and competence in your veterinary knowledge, comfort with conveying your veterinary knowledge to clients and team members, dealing with uncomfortable situations, and professionalism in a social media age.

Dr. Kristi Yee, DVM
783
Tact and Influence: An Emotionally Intelligent Approach to Fostering Innovation in the Early Veterinary Career

When highly-skilled, intelligent individuals, such as early career veterinarians, join an established team, they bring fresh knowledge and cutting edge ideas. They are often eager to share their ideas and bring a new standard to their career. This enthusiasm may be met with similar enthusiasm and receptivity, but it can also be met with caution, reservation, and, in some cases, downright rejection. The success of the new team member in implementing novel strategies will depend on: (1) leadership’s receptivity (did they intentionally seek out an innovative new hire and are they humble enough to learn from this person) (2) the existing team’s overall level of wellbeing and organizational psychological safety (are team members confident in their skills and curious to learn from a newer, possibly younger, team member) and, (3) the communication skills, tact and emotional intelligence of the new team member. While leadership receptivity and team dynamics are not entirely out of the new hire’s control -- they can be assessed during the hiring process – the third factor (communication skills) is the part of this equation the new team member can control. An overly eager new team member may be perceived as pushy, arrogant, or even naïve. A team member who is too reserved may be perceived to have low investment or lack ideas. Fortunately, emotional intelligence and confident communication of ideas can be cultivated and improved upon. In this two-hour, highly interactive workshop, participants will: (1) Identify their core values to understand why they value innovation in veterinary medicine (2) Learn the 12 subdomains of emotional intelligence and identify which of these subdomains are important in promoting innovation in their future veterinary roles (3) Use the Thomas-Killman conflict resolution model to understand their personal preferences around conflict and best approaches to introducing innovative concepts when they are likely to be met with conflict

Dr. Ginger Templeton, DVM
782
Open to Outcome, Clinical Medicine and a Startup Company

In this session we will cover the story of two startups, clinical medicine and a career path options to satisfy curiosity and meld clinical medicine, drug development, academia and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Ginny Rentko, VMD
780
Job Dissatisfaction Prevention: How to Find the Right Fit for You!

Preventative care isn’t just for our patients; it is for us as well! Our profession is full of individuals that feel stuck in jobs that don’t make them happy and even make them think, ‘Why did I spend all that money and time for this?’ There is a lot we can do before accepting an offer to decide if the position is a good fit, and luckily, change is also always an option. This profession has too many opportunities for joy to feel stuck!

Dr. Brooke Bennett, DVM
779
"Cost of a Lifetime of Care"

Danielle Niccoli from CareCredit will be joining us talking about the cost of a lifetime of care.

Danielle Niccoli
778
Well-Being, Well Done

This presentation explores how to support a Healthy Work Environment including a discussion about why wellbeing matters to business and techniques on how to put wellbeing into practice!

Dr. Rob Trimble, DVM
775
How to Read a Profit and Loss Statement

Profit and Loss Statement 101- How to read and understand what P and Ls tell you.

Dr. Steve Dullard, DVM, Dr. Scott Petereit, DVM
774
ZOOM ONLY: Exotics, Relief Work, and Social Media Marketing with Dr. Sydney Pokard

Dr. Pokard (@doctorsydney_dvm) works relief and uses social media to market herself. Come hear her speak about how this plays into getting relief work, how she gets exotics jobs, etc., and the transition from associate vet to relief vet (including salary, expenses, etc.)!

Dr. Sydney Pokard, DVM
773
Business Finance

Josh Ervasti and Dr. Cynthia MacKenzie from the AVMA Trust will be presenting on the business finances. Topics discussed will be key-person life and disability insurance, business overhead, and buy/sell planning.

Josh Ervasti
772
Negotiations and Contracts from a Business Owner/Management POV

Join us in welcoming Dr. Houser, a former OSU grad, as she discusses the important ”red flags” to look out for when reviewing a new contract and what today’s typical benefits should like in your contract.

Dr. Jodi Houser, DVM
771
Getting the Job You Want

Mike Falconer, a practice manager from Craig Road Animal Hospital, will discuss interviewing, externships, and being successful at your first job.

Mike Falconer
770
The Most Important Thing No One is Talking About: The Current State of Cyber Security in Vet Med

In a world dominated by technology it is becoming increasingly important for veterinary hospitals to adopt the technology demanded of them by their clients. However, the more we are connected the more we are exposed. The issue arises that most veterinarians don’t understand how cyber-attacks work and the issues around data compliancy IE CCPA and GDPR. Most veterinarians think ’Why would anyone want Fluffy’s vaccination records?’ When the truth is that data is now more valuable than oil. We will also talk about 5 simple steps you can take to reduce your risk of a cyber-attack.

Dr. Clint Latham
769
Increase acess to care by engaging teams and improving efficiency

What if veterinary teams could work more efficiently, providing more care for more pets and achieving better outcomes for pet families? This presentation maps out action plans to help effectively engage technical staff and utilize a spectrum of care approach, delivering better results for your patients, increasing productivity, and boosting team satisfaction.

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli, DVM
768
"The Veterinary Student's Guide to Jumpstarting Their Career"

Updating Your Resume, Mentorship, Internships, Networking, Personal Finance and Budgeting, Dealing With Student Debt, Finding a Job and Negotiating Contracts

Stephanie Jones
767
Key Performance Indicators: How Can They Benefit Your Prosal vs. Salary Negotiation?

Join us as we present Dr. Glenn Kalick from United Veterinary Care to discuss and understand the key performance indicators (KPIs) you should look for in a clinic when negotiating a prosal or salary financial plan with your future employer. He will walk through the various KPIs that are important to keep in mind when choosing your place of work and help to explain what the difference between prosal and salary may look like for you!

Dr. Glenn Kalick, DVM
765
Reading Profit and Loss Statements

Come join us for Dr. Dullard’s talk about the ins and outs of ”Reading Profit and Loss Statements!”

Dr. Steve Dullard, DVM
763
Getting the Best View: Benchmarks in Practice

This hour-long talk focuses on how to use common veterinary practice benchmarks to evaluate your practice and foresee potential issues. Dr. Stinson makes clear analogies to personal budgets and lives and hosts an interactive discussion.

Dr. Rebecca Stinson
762
10 Tips to Make the Most of Your Externships

He will be discussing his top 10 suggestions for students to make the most of their externships.

Dr. Bruce Coston, DVM
761
Pearls of Wisdom

Responsibilities of a vet. Communication with other veterinarians, staff and clients.

Dr. Staci Brigham, DVM
759
Everything you want/need to know about internships

Although internships are absolutely not needed to becoming a great veterinarian it is important to at least understand what they are and if doing one is the right choice for you. (If you’re re thinking of becoming a specialist there’s no choice as it’s required for a residency.) This will be a casual discussions covering everything from what an internship is, how to pick one, how to get one and everything in between. We’ll also talk about mentorship program and advice for what a first or second year student can do to improve the odds of getting one later.

Dr. Odie Marcovici, DVM
756
Practice Valuation

Learning tips and tools that can be used to assess the valuation and growth potential of a practice.

Dr. Jeff Falone, DVM, Dr. Staci Brigham, DVM
755
Staying Above Water: Real-world Budgeting to Get Out of Debt

Veterinary student debt to income ratios historically aren’t too pretty. It can feel overwhelming upon graduation to pay everything off, like a mountain that needs to be climbed. Yet, it is quite doable, but it may require a lifestyle change. The speaker will utilize personal experience combined with advice from financial experts on how to create a budget that propels students towards a student-debt free life.

Dr. Jacob Geis, DVM
754
Finally A Doctor: A New Grad's Perspective On Navigating Life After Veterinary School

I will be discussing my journey as a new graduate from veterinary school since graduating in May 2022. I will share things that I’ve learned so far, things that I wish I knew sooner, and things I’ve learned or used in veterinary school that I still use today!

Dr. Indya Woods, DVM
753
Business of the Bovine Aspect of Practice Q&A w/ AABP

In conjunction with AABP, Dr. Plaisance will provide a look at the business of bovine production and care through the lens of a mixed animal practitioner in rural Alabama.

Dr. Randall Plaisance, DVM
752
Listening

Leadership is a challenging proposition requiring constant humility, patience, courage and love. A key component to leading successfully is the skill of listening. Listening is an active process, one that is imperative in communicating with not only our clients but also our team. Listening is a skill that requires intention and cultivation to master. Listening builds relationships and diffuses conflict. Listening is a gift of time and attention, nurturing those we have been privileged to serve.

Dr. Wendy Walden, DVM
751
So you’re thinking about buying a practice?

Veterinary practice ownership is a huge career step and the entry into some of the most challenging and rewarding work within veterinary medicine. You are right to make the decision slowly and methodically, because this is not a decision to take lightly.

Dr. Lance Roasa, JD, MS, DVM
744
Career & Personal Development: Choosing the Right Job

Veterinarians are fortunate to work in a growing industry with a job outlook that is predicted to grow by 17% between 2020 – 2030 – a rate that is much faster than the average for all occupations across the country. By the time you graduate, it’s likely you will receive multiple job offers, but not all offers are created equal! During this session, we’ll not only discuss offer letter details that can easily create confusion, but also those that are commonly overlooked by new grads. By the end of this session, you should leave with knowledge of how to ask better questions about your offer letters and how to determine which offer is the right one for you.

Dr. Jeff Falone, DVM
743
Financial Understanding and Clinic Ownership

Brief overview of the state of the veterinary practice market and paths ownership, to include acquisition of an existing practice, starting your own (de novo), or partnering through a joint venture model.

Brian Jindra, Kevin Maher, Dr. Kate Maher
742
POPO 2/21 East University Veterinary Hospital

Paws On Practice Ownership

Dr. Dr. Austin Patten, DVM
741
POPO 2/20 Auburn Veterinary Hospital

Paws On Practice Ownership

Dr. Mary Smith, DVM
738
POPO 2/2 - PetVet Animal Health Center w/ Dr. Brawner

Paws On Practice Ownership

Dr. Blue Brawner, DVM
737
The Income Statement of Life

Join us with Dr. Delano while he explains what an income statement is and how to interpret them. He will run through the basics of an income statement, discuss their importance, and help you to understand income financial literacy.

Dr. James Delano, DVM
736
What is the Business Model Canvas?

Please join us for a 2hr workshop with Dr. Conor Blanchet, founder of Lacuna Diagnostics. We will be walking through what it looks like to own a start up and how to start building you dream practice. You don’t want to miss this opportunity!

Dr. Conor Blanchet, DVM
735
Identifying the Critical Components of an Employment Contract & An Introduction to the Future of Job Searching

Paul Diaz is a United States Marine Corps Veteran with over 20 years of experience leading recruiting teams in various industries. In his most recent corporate position, Paul was the Vice President of DVM Recruiting for one of the nation’s largest veterinary employers. He led that team to over 1,100 DVM hires in just 2 years. Paul started his own company, Hire Power Consulting, with the intent to do things differently. He saw a need to support veterinary job seekers through the employment process and built his business around advocating for the veterinary professional. He created a patent-pending process which eliminates the uncomfortable nature of offer negotiations, empowers veterinary professionals to achieve their true professional value, and best of all, with his process veterinary job seekers can get a detailed, written offer as the very first step. Paul will be talking us through what to look out for in employment contracts and what searching for a job might look like in the near future.

Paul Diaz
734
Difficult Conversations: End of Life Decisions

Difficult Conversations: End of Life Decisions: One of the most difficult conversations to have with clients involves end of life decision making. These conversations must balance the patient’s needs with the emotional and financial needs of the client and can take a large emotional toll on the veterinary team. We will discuss management of cases where clients refuse euthanasia in a critically ill patient and others where clients request euthanasia for a patient that could be treated. How do we, as veterinarians, handle these conversations, advocate for our patients, serve the human-animal bond, and preserve our own wellbeing?

Kate Boatright, VMD
733
Mentorship: What does it look like to you?

Join Dr. Kerby and VBMA to learn about what mentorship looks like to you! He will discuss different style of mentorship that may compliment your personal and professional dreams. Additionally, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages of traditional internships, graduate programs, and starting a new practice . Lastly, he will help you to determine your course & conquer the start of your successful veterinary medicine journey.

Dr. Samuel Kerby , DVM
732
Starting a Practice

We will discuss the key decisions a business owner will make when looking to own a practice. We will also discuss the financial aspects of ownership, including financing, pro forma statements and buying vs. leasing space.

Dr. Tyler Foreman, DVM
730
Mental Toughness in Veterinary Medicine: Welcome to the Crucible!

This evidenced-based presentation looks at the value of mental toughness, resilience, and emotional intelligence in veterinary medicine, and how they relate to burn-out, compassion fatigue, and imposter syndrome. A discussion on how to bring back life and joy into your practice and your personal career.

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
729
Veterinary Practice Leadership: We Need a Hero!

Veterinary Medicine practices have enough managers…We need leaders at all levels! Discuss combating Imposter Syndrome and God Complex.

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
728
VetWealth - Veterinary Contracts

VetWealth’s 2023 VBMA Presentation entitled “Veterinary Contracts and Your Financial Future” will highlight several basic aspects of employment agreements that can have a significant impact on short term and long term financial outlook. The three parts addressed will be compensation, benefits, and non-competition clauses. VetWealth will discuss production pay and the varying structures as well as how to compare them from one employer to the next. We also discuss best practices for truly nailing down what production may be worth at a prospective employer. Lastly, we’ll touch on bonuses, their tax treatments, and ramifications if employment timeline stipulations are not met. The presentation will also touch on benefits that are most common in today’s veterinary employment agreements. We will discuss which are most important to look for, how they impact taxes and wealth accumulation. Finally, VetWealth will look at non-competition clauses and their impact on the veterinary landscape. We will share stories from veterinarians who have been impacted by both sides of the agreement and discuss the most negatively impactful clauses and how to reach an agreement that is in the best interest of both parties. Throughout the presentation we will highlight the importance of all the facets discussed, as well as those outside the scope of the presentation, while also emphasizing the importance to not lose sight of the big picture and how to find success in an employment agreement outside of what it is contained in a contract.

Landon Evans
727
Business & Employment Law

Omar Lopez, Esq.
726
Personal and Professional Liability Protection

This informative discussion will address ways to protect both your personal and professional life. Insurance terms can feel like learning an entirely new language, allow us to help you translate into what these coverages mean for you. This presentation specifically provides information on how to prevent client complaints, how to assure you as a future licensed veterinarian will be fully protected, and how to protect you, your earning capabilities, and your loved ones through personal coverage. Actual closed claim examples are used to highlight the importance of each coverage.

Dr. Nina Mouledous, DVM
725
Veterinary Practice Careers-Land a Job at the Practice of Your Dreams

You’re graduating! Now what? Learn the secrets to uncovering potential employment opportunities, tips on how to nail the interview, plus screening strategies that give you the tools you need to assess whether a practice is a good fit for you.

Dr. Kelley Lay, DVM
724
5 Suggestions for Making the Most of your Externship

Dr. Gomez will be sharing her advice on how to get the most out of our internships as we get closer to becoming a veterinarian. The five tips she dives into are as follows: 1) dont be afraid to travel, 2) be professional, 3) be prepared, 4) engage with as many doctors as possible, and finally 5) use the internship as a possible job interview.

Dr. Jessica Gomez, DVM
723
Career Mapping in the World of Corporate Veterinary Medicine

Speaker: Kelcey Collins How to navigate and identify career opportunities that align with your personal and professional goals. If you’re wondering how to select a position with a Corporate Veterinary Group- this presentation will offer some key things to consider before you make a selection.

Kelcey Collins
722
“Tell-Health, One Veterinarian’s Journey Into the Virtual Exam Room”

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM
721
“From Ideas to Impact: Don’t Be Afraid to Take the Plunge”

Dr. Dr. Diane Levitan, VMD
720
“Bouncing into Our Resiliency”

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM
719
Stop Bossing, Start Coaching

How can you coach like a boss? The command and control leadership style is out-dated and at every turn being rejected by the up-and-coming generations. We will look at the key tenets of how organizations can move from bossing to coaching with their team members to create a thriving workplace that respects the key drivers of motivation of autonomy, mastery, and purpose.

Dr. Rob Trimble, DVM
718
VMG and Practice Ownership

Dr. Oberschlake obtained his DVM from Ohio State then did an internship in Large animal medicine and surgery at the University of Minnesota before entering a mixed animal practice. He initially spent 20% of his time in small animal practice. The majority of his time was spent in Bovine surgery and theriogenology work. which included 15 years of Embryo Transfer practice. He transitioned to owning two small animal hospitals in 1996 in the Fox Valley area of WI. He became the first VMG practice in the state of WI and will be sharing his journey into practice ownership. A short portion of the talk will be on the Veterinary Management Group (VMG) and what it provides for private practice owners.

Dr. Dan Oberschlake, DVM
717
Practice Ownership in Today's World

Once a standard protocol after graduation, practice ownership is becoming a diminishing dream. Many factors contribute to this, such as increases in student debt, changing work ethics, increases in equipment and real estate costs, as well as competition from other practices and veterinary groups. If you have a desire to own your own practice, there’s many aspects that should be taken into consideration to determine if practice ownership is a right fit for you. Once you’ve decided that practice ownership is in your wheelhouse, how can you select or build the best practice for you and for your community? How can you make sure you have the best support staff to help you achieve your and their dreams?

Dr. Jeff Rothstein
716
Hidden Secrets about Hospital Revenue

Our meeting will show the how, when, and why of efficient, time managed and profitable practices are now the gold standard of practice valuations. This meeting will have an emphasis on Revenue and Expense streams.

Dr. Glenn Kalick, DVM
715
You Can’t Make Money If You Can’t Count Money

During this presentation, you will have the opportunity to learn about why daily bookkeeping and accrual bookkeeping is important to your business. We will also cover how various bookkeeping styles can affect your financial statements.

Mckayla Swanepoel
714
What Leadership Looks Like

Do you think you are a leader? If you answered, “yes” please join us and see if you have what it takes. If you said, “no”, I may be able to convince you otherwise. This is going to be a fun and interactive discussion with very few PowerPoint slides.

Dr. Mark Hilton, DVM
713
Evaluating Mentorship - What you want and want clinics can offer.

Please join Dr. Alissa Edoff for a discussion on the importance of externships and mentorship in your first position out of school. We’ll discuss what mentorship really means and why CityVet is leading the way.

Alissa Edoff
712
"Financial Statements"

Western Summit 2023.

Dr. David Julien, DVM
711
"Practice Ownership Considerations for Students"

Westen Summit 2023. This session journeys deeper into the path to ownership addressing topics like start-up vs acquisitions, lending criteria, cash flow, building your team, and more.

Jeremiah Harrison
710
"Building a Career that lasts"

Western Summit 2023. Dr. Bowden is a 2016 WSU College of Veterinary Medicine graduate and a VBMA Honors Portfolio Graduate. She will start by discussing the 8 areas of wellness, imposter syndrome, and how we set standards for ourselves about what being a good vet is. She explains how soft skills and efficiency improve patient care and the bottom line. She discusses how to build client trust, how good medicine is good business, and how to communicate value.

Dr. Melanie Bowden
709
"What I Look for In a Resume"

Western Summit 2023. A resume is frequently your initial introduction to a potential externship, scholarship, job, research grant, etc. In conjunction with a cover letter, it can lead you to the opportunity of your dreams or block your chance for advancement. After discussing what goes into a classic resume, we will review YOUR resumes and give you accolades as appropriate or coaching as needed. This is a unique way to set yourself up for long-term success by learning how to build a resume or fix your resume’ for the future.

Dr. Peter Weinstein, MBA, DVM
708
"Rx For Patient Care: Effective Communication"

Western Summit 2023. Join Dr. Kristi Yee, owner of Hometown Veterinary Hospital, as she shares communication strategies utilized inside and outside of the exam room to optimize patient healthcare. This talk will discuss: confidence and competence in your veterinary knowledge, comfort with conveying your veterinary knowledge to clients and team members, dealing with uncomfortable situations, and professionalism in a social media age.

Dr. Kristi Yee, DVM
707
"Practical Implementation of Hemp Products in Practice Information"

Western Summit 2023. This talk will go over the dosing strategy, record writing, and general monitoring and laws of hemp products. This lecture also will cover reading a certificate of analysis and choosing a product.

Stephen Cital
706
Understanding your Debt: A Guide to Financial Literacy

Work to improve your career and professional development in this discussion by the mission veterinary partners team. They will use your debt as a springboard into understanding the basics of personal finance that are critical to know as you launch your career as a veterinarian.

Dr. Daniel Phillips
705
Communicating with Pet Families Along a Spectrum of Care

Are you still a little confused on the exact definition of Spectrum of Care? Do you wonder how to communicate treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs? Or do you want to know how Nationwide works with the veterinary medicine, and potentially network with the vets from Nationwide? Come join us for a 2 hour workshop to learn more!

Dr. Emily Tincher, DVM
704
Finding Your Why & Ultimately Your Passion

Without a clear why, the focus becomes what and how and that leads to a passionless trudge through the day to day. Your team, your friends and ultimately your family follow you and buy in to what you do because of your why. Once you know your WHY, you have a choice to live it every day. Living it means consistently taking actions that are in alignment with the things you say…When the things we say and the things we do are aligned with what we believe, we are fully living our WHY.

Dr. Alan Knott, DVM
703
How Veterinarians Get Paid

Dr. Weinstein will be discussing the various ways that veterinarians get paid, including production-based, straight salary only, and more!

Dr. Peter Weinstein, MBA, DVM
702
Diversity, Inclusion, & Inclusive Mentorship

Dr. Valerie C. Marcano is a speaker, consultant, and veterinarian with her core values of authenticity, integrity, and fairness to advocate for health and belonging in veterinary medicine. Dr. Marcano received her veterinary and PhD degrees at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. She is a board-certified diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians. Her educational background affords her experience in research, government, diagnostics, and private industry. In 2020, Dr. Valerie co-founded Pawsibilities Vet Med, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to increasing support for veterinary teams and individuals from underrepresented communities. Pawsibilities Vet Med offers a virtual mentorship platform, regular professional development opportunities and numerous resources to its members. In 2022, Dr. Valerie founded ValCri Consulting, LLC providing inclusive mentorship, poultry health and veterinary accessibility consulting services.

Dr. Valerie Marcano, DVM
701
"End of Life Discussions"

BCP Category 3 lunch talk, held in HPC Ap2. This meeting will cover one of the most difficult conversations to have with clients involves end of life decision making. These conversations must balance the patient’s needs with the emotional and financial needs of the client and can take a large emotional toll on the veterinary team. We will discuss management of cases where clients refuse euthanasia in a critically ill patient and others where clients request euthanasia for a patient that could be treated. How do we, as veterinarians, handle these conversations, advocate for our patients, serve the human-animal bond, and preserve our own wellbeing?

Dr. Kate Boatright, DVM
699
IN-PERSON: Increase Access to Care by Engaging Teams and Improving Efficiency

What if veterinary teams could work more efficiently, providing more care for more pets and achieving better outcomes for pet families? This presentation maps out action plans to help effectively engage technical staff and utilize a spectrum of care approach, delivering better results for your patients, increasing productivity, and boosting team satisfaction.

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli, DVM, Dr. Laura Philbin, DVM, Dr. Kristen Walker, DVM, Byron Farquer, Rachel Luoma, DVM, Dr. Erin Johnson, DVM, Dr. Garrett Ryerson, DVM
697
How to evaluate the health of a practice and/or starting up & closing a business

Dr. Drew Neilley, DVM CVA, will discuss how to evaluate the health of a veterinary practice. Part of this will include starting up and closing a practice.

Dr. Drew Neilley, DVM
696
IN-PERSON Part 2: Your 5 Year Plan to Financial Success Starts Today + The Profit of One More + Why You Should Embrace Practice Ownership

This is Part 2 of 2 meetings you need to RSVP for in order to receive both BCP credits at this evening’s event. Join us at Stout’s as Dr. Whalen lays out a plan for veterinary students and young associates to set themselves up for future financial success, discusses how the profit of a little extra effort yields tremendous gains, and encourages students to embrace practice ownership with insight from various practicing owners.

Dr. Joe Whalen, DVM
695
IN-PERSON Part 1: Your 5 Year Plan to Financial Success Starts Today + The Profit of One More + Why You Should Embrace Practice Ownership

This is Part 1 of 2 meetings you need to RSVP for in order to receive both BCP credits at this evening’s event. Join us at Stout’s as Dr. Whalen lays out a plan for veterinary students and young associates to set themselves up for future financial success, discusses how the profit of a little extra effort yields tremendous gains, and encourages students to embrace practice ownership with insight from various practicing owners.

Dr. Joe Whalen, DVM
694
Know Your Value: A New Grad's Guide to Contracts

Join Dr. Heather Roberts, DVM for a Know Your Value: A New Grad’s Guide to Contracts lecture. In this lecture, Dr. Roberts will walk you through understanding what you are worth and what should you earn as a new grad. Dr Roberts will also cover questions about what reasonable compensation and parts of a contract look like so you can feel confident and prepared before your interview!

Dr. Heather Roberts, DVM
693
Master the Interview for Mentorship & Career Success

Applying for your first job includes the practice interviewing the candidate and the future team member interviewing the practice. Learn how to be interview ready by “stacking the deck” and utilizing the STAR Method. Determine what is on your future practice “wish list” and what are your “deal breakers” as you seek out your dream job. This presentation is already optimized for a virtual session.

Dr. Stacy Johnson, DVM
692
It’s Crazy Out There! Picking the Right Practice and Justifying Your Compensations

With the shortage of veterinarians practices are offering great signing bonuses, benefits and compensation. The fast rise in compensation being offered may alter the judgement of those looking, especially with student loans. Many fail to look at what is most important- picking a heathy practice where a new veterinarian can grow and thrive. This talk will discuss current labor trends and offers. We will also analyze practices behaviors and give important questions to determine if this is “the right practice.” We will also discuss traits of high producers that if repeated will help you justify your this higher compensation.

Jeff Sanford
691
Business Taxes

Nobody wants to pay them, but everyone wants to understand them! This lecture is presented by Dr. Katherine Stieh, a DVM/CPA who will review all pieces of the tax puzzle and review your personal responsibility when it comes to paying taxes.

Dr. Kathryn Stieh, DVM
690
Clinic Ownership

Dr. Margaret Trumble along with Dr. Andrea Anderson will be talking to our LSU VBMA chapter about the fundamentals of owning a veterinary hospital as a female veterinarian.

Dr. Margaret Trumble, DVM
689
Entrepreneurship in Veterinary Medicine

Dr. McMillan will be discussing entrepreneurship in the veterinary field, as well as the importance of establishing a healthy work-life balance in order to build a more sustainable career. He will also discuss externship opportunities through GoodVets.

Dr. Charles McMillan, DVM
688
How to Pitch

Craft your 90-second elevator pitch for the upcoming pitch competitions. Throughout the workshop, you’ll learn how to quickly and effectively tell your story to any audience. You are not required to have a business idea for this workshop! But if you do have an idea, the workshop will help you create your pitch.

Judi Eyles
687
The Economics of a Toxic Workplace

According to HR experts, one in five people will leave their job because of a bad company culture. The cost of that turnover is an estimated $223 billion just in the US. Billions of dollars are wasted every year with employee turnover. Find out how much it costs to replace team members, from expensive lawsuits, to the cost of finding new employees, and learn how you can protect yourself and your own practice from the expense of a toxic workplace.

Dr. Jill Lopez
685
Know Your Value: A Production Report

Dr. Gerardo Navas will discuss how to maximize your production as a newly-practicing veterinarian and examine the factors involved in finding your ideal production volume.

Dr. Gerardo Navas, DVM
684
Let's Talk about CE

Dr. Verna Serra, along with Dr. Allie Poole and Dr. Lynsey Rinelli from Veterinary Emergency Group will be talking to our chapter about continuing education. What is it, why is it important, and how do we utilize it for our career and personal development? Come to this lunch meeting and find out all about it!

Dr. Verna Serra, DVM
682
How to Put Your Best Self Forward

A professionalism workshop: top tips on professionalism and how they can help you stand out in your career and moving forward. Speakers include Dr. Lucy Clunes (DOS panelist), Dr. ANthony Andall (SAS panelist), Dr. Anna Cyrus-Murden (SOM panelist), and Dr. Kerri Nigito (SVM panelist)

Student Government Association
681
Conflict Resolution Workshop

Disagreements are natural and knowing how to navigate tension and resolve disputes without alienating others takes skill. Seize the opportunity to build your conflict resolution skill set by attending this workshop!

Psychology Department
679
Building a Successful Career in Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Yarnell will be providing us with his tips and insights into how he grew his practice from a single doctor with a support staff of 4 into a highly successful 6 doctor practice with a staff of 30. The discussion will include practice philosophy, challenges faced, preparing for practice growth, and work-life balance. Dr. Yarnell will also be sharing his experience in building wealth along the way.

Dr. Gary Yarnell, DVM
678
10 Suggestions for Making the Most of Your Externships

Your externship experiences will be some of the most enjoyable time during your veterinary school career. But finding the right ones can be challenging. This talk provides 10 valuable and practical ways to be sure your externships are valuable and enjoyable. Maybe that means using it as an extended job interview, or traveling to some exotic location, or diving into the deep end of medicine or surgery. Whatever it is you would like to achieve with your externships, this talk can help you find it.

Robert Blakely, Dr. Huey Beckham, DVM, Dr. Beatriz Vivanco, DVM
677
Veterinary Ethics and Law - VMED 9010

Core Course
675
Professional Development and Business Fundamentals - VMED 9050

Core Course
674
How to Slay the Interview

This interview workshop is designed to strengthen your interpersonal skills in order to slay the interview. We will discuss the most updated strategies and techniques, such as how to present yourself confidently, showcase your expertise and experience, and pass the vibe check. We will also cover the importance of research and preparation, as well as tips on how to de-stress the process. By the end of the evening, you will have the skills and knowledge to make a lasting impression and have the best chance of success in your veterinary interviewing process.

Ashley Russell
673
Protecting yourself while protecting your patients

Understanding the role of insurance in veterinary medicine to protect yourself and your career.

Dr. Rebecca Stinson, Dr. Cassie Wagner, DVM
672
Western Summit A Practical Guide to Financial Statements

We will be discussing how to read financial statements and how they can be used to evaluate the state of your future veterinary business!

Dr. David Julien, DVM
671
Leading Up and Enacting Change in Your First Job Without Rocking the Boat

Leading Up - Enacting change in your first job without rocking the boat!!! Your first veterinary job is stressful simply learning how to practice and what it means to be a doctor. Many new grads exacerbate this stress by unwittingly causing rifts with their employer and coworkers. This presentation is designed to help newly minted veterinarians navigate these uncharted waters to tactfully build influence without damaging relationships and their reputations.

Dr. Seth Solomon, DVM
670
Thinking outside of the box in Business Management

Dr. Solomon operates a dynamic and growing multi-site clinic in Amarillo. He has created an extraordinary, team-focused culture by providing the doctors and staff with a refreshing work-life balance, numerous personal-growth opportunities, and an environment where each person is empowered to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Dr. Seth Solomon, DVM
669
How can you utilize business strategy to create long-term success in veterinary medicine?

There are proven strategic frameworks to help business owners be competitive during changing times in veterinary medicine. These timeless methods can be applied to both your personal career strategy and your practice’s strategy. Learning to employ strategy properly is a valuable topic for all practitioners.

Heidi Shull
662
A Practical Guide to Financial Statements

We will be discussing how to read financial statements and how they can be used to evaluate the state of your future veterinary business!

Dr. David Julien, DVM
661
How to thrive in your first year of practice

Dr. Singletary and his wife Natalie offer their perspective on new grad life, tying in tips for wellness and setting yourself up for success in your first year out of vet school.

Dr. Patrick Singletary, DVM
659
Internship and Mentorship

Join us for lunch and learn with Dr. Christina Moore, DVM, MBA from Thrive Pet Healthcare. Dr. Moore will be discussing internship and mentorship within the veterinary field. She personally graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012, then completed a 1-year rotating internship in NY, NY. After a couple of years in small animal general practice, she moved into a role on the business side of veterinary medicine, working with veterinarians to find their best fit practice. This led to a role with Thrive Pet Healthcare, where she has spent the past 5 years recruiting vets and techs for the Thrive teams, leading a team of recruiters, and now leading Thrive’s University Relations and Doctor Mentorship programs.

Dr. Christina Moore, DVM
658
Veterinary Profession Loss and the Financial Implications of Turnover in Veterinary Practice

Dr. Paulson will be detailing common reasons for veterinary profession resignation and how practice considerations for engaging and retaining veterinary professionals can ensure they start, stay, and grow with your practice.

Dr. Nicholas Paulson, DVM
657
Mentorship and Wellbeing

We’re all told that a good mentor relationship can provide an exceptional value to a young professional, but how do we ensure the quality of that relationship, and what happens to your wellbeing when that relationship isn’t good? Dr. Riolo joins us to discuss setting up for a successful mentor-mentee relationship and what to do if things aren’t working out.

Dr. Carlo Riolo, DVM
655
"Finding Balance and Happiness in Your Veterinary Career"

A roundtable/Q&A type session about being true to yourself as you grow over time as a veterinarian in today’s everchanging landscape. We’ll touch on life in both traditional veterinary practice as well as alternative careers such as industry.

Dr. Avi Shaprut
653
How to Handle Student Debt Crisis

Options for getting out of student debt.

Dr. Michael Delliere, DVM
652
Remembering the FOOD in food animal medicine – tools for producer education

Food animal veterinarians are the backbone to a safe and secure food supply. Learn how incorporating preventive medicine techniques in practice benefits the health of the livestock herd and business through short case studies. Producer education tools provided by the Beef Checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program will be discussed and how you can enhance your practice and education in the field.

Dr. Julia Herman, DVM
649
Know Your Numbers: A Guide to Profit and Loss Statements

Dr. West Hamryka will be presenting on ”Know Your Numbers: A Guide to Profit and Loss Statements”. This presentation teaches basic financial literacy and gives students a better understanding of how to evaluate profitability - the hallmark of how we value practices and people.

Dr. West Hamryka, DVM
648
Western Summit: Practice Ownership Considerations for Students

Jeremiah is a healthcare consultant supporting veterinarians ranging from students to retirees. He works in conjunction with a dedicated team of industry experts providing a comprehensive option for Health Care Professionals to achieve their financial and professional goals. Wells Fargo Healthcare Industries Group is a specialized division focused exclusively on the needs of, Veterinarians, Dentists, Optometrists, and Medical Doctors.

Jeremiah Harrison
647
Western Summit: Building a Career that Lasts

She will start off discussing the 8 areas of wellness, imposter syndrome and how we set standards for ourselves about what being a good vet is in our minds. She transitions into how soft skills and efficiency improve patient care and the bottom line. She discusses how to build client trust, how good medicine is good business, and how to communicate value.

Dr. Melanie Bowden
646
Western Summit: What I Look for in a Resume

A resume is frequently your initial introduction to a potential externship, scholarship, job, research grant, etc. In conjunction with a cover letter it can lead you to the opportunity of your dreams or block your chance for advancement. After a discussion of what goes into a classic resume’ we will review YOUR resumes and give you accolades as appropriate or coaching as needed. This is a unique way to set yourself up for long term success by learning how to build a resume’ or fix your resume’ for the future.

Dr. Peter Weinstein, MBA, DVM
645
Western Summit: Rx for Patient Care: Effective Communication

Communication strategies utilized inside and outside of the exam room to optimize patient healthcare. Discussion will include: Confidence and competence in your veterinary knowledge, Comfort with conveying your veterinary knowledge to clients and team members, Dealing with uncomfortable situations, and Professionalism in a social media age.

Dr. Kristi Yee, DVM
644
Practical Implementation of Hemp Products in Practice Information

We will go over dosing strategy, record writing and general monitoring and laws. This lecture will also cover reading a certificate of analysis and choosing a product.

Stephen Cital
642
Equine Veterinary Business Management

Dr. Hayna will discuss the management of equine veterinary business management, especially as it relates to mobile service business management.

Dr. Justin Hayna, DVM
640
Why Millennials Make the Best Clients

Dr. Jill Lopez, founder and CEO of Vet Candy, LLC, will discuss the marketing trends in veterinary medicine and how these trends impact your clientele as a practicing veterinarian.

Dr. Jill Lopez
638
Practice Ownership Considerations for Students

This session journeys deeper into the path to ownership addressing topics like start-up vs acquisitions, lending criteria, cash flow, building your team, and more.

Jeremiah Harrison
637
Operational Excellence

”Operational Excellence” - centers around creating communication avenues and routes for DVMs, support staff, and clients. It also touches on creating workflows for new DVMs to help avoid the most common problems new DVMs face. This presentation is adapted from the operating protocols for veterinarians at Swann Animal Clinic in Amarillo, TX.

Dr. Seth Solomon, DVM
636
Protecting Yourself as a Veterinarian with Insurance

Dr. Rebecca Stinson from the AVMA Trust as well as Philip Ladner, a local insurance agent that works almost exclusively with veterinary practices, presented ”Protecting Yourself as a Veterinarian with Insurance”. They discussed topics such as how to protect yourself as a vet with insurance, why you need insurance while in practice, and how to go about getting it.

Dr. Rebecca Stinson
635
New Grad Survival Skills

VMBA will be holding a meeting with Dr. Jessi Farris from Heartland Veterinary Partners on Thursday, January 19 at 6pm at Waves Cider Co. She will be discussing new grad survival skills with us.

Dr. Jessi Farris, DVM
634
Taming the Feral Inventory

Taming the Feral Inventory: Learn the basics of veterinary inventory management beginning with how good inventory management impacts practice management. We will cover deciding what to keep on the shelves, how much to stock, and how to keep track of it all! The information presented applies to all veterinary practices, large and small.

Neda Panuska
633
Living with Intention; 5 Actions for a Life of Passion and Purpose

How to avoid a post-vet school deceleration, become an effective clinician and achieve professional success. Also discuss future challenges and opportunities in ties of vetmed.

Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM
631
"Ownership shortly after graduation and business ethics"

Dr. Lima will be discussing the process of becoming a practice owner shortly after graduating veterinary school. Additionally, Dr. Lima will provide information on important business ethics that are important for all graduating veterinary students to know as they begin looking for employment and should they choose to start their own practice.

Dr. Manuel Lima, DVM
629
ZOOM: How to Network on LinkedIn

Dr. Jill Lopez is someone who has done it all: DVM, MBA, and CEO of Vet Candy. As someone who understands the different spheres of veterinary medicine and business, join us as she guides us in mastering how to use LinkedIn and refining our profile. These tools will be a booster to those attending MVMA and interested in connecting with more veterinary professionals lifelong!

Dr. Jill Lopez
628
ZOOM: Clinic Culture and Staff Retention

Join us and Dr. Brownlee, current V.P. of the MVMA, as she shares her expertise about clinic culture and staff retention developed throughout her career as a clinic owner and veterinarian in the Twin Cities.

Dr. Ann Brownlee, DVM
627
IN-PERSON: Clinic Culture and Staff Retention

Join us and Dr. Brownlee, current V.P. of the MVMA, as she shares her expertise about clinic culture and staff retention developed throughout her career as a clinic owner and veterinarian in the Twin Cities.

Dr. Ann Brownlee, DVM
624
Making Cents of Financial Statements

Jessi Farris is a 2017 Missouri graduate who started her career in small animal general practice before joining Heartland Veterinary Partners’ Clinical Recruiting team. She is a former National VBMA President and currently serves on the board of the Missouri VMA. Dr. Jessi is passionate about mentorship, veterinary career development and helping veterinary students find the best opportunity for them.

Dr. Jessi Farris, DVM
623
Building a Career that Lasts

She will start off discussing the 8 areas of wellness, imposter syndrome and how we set standards for ourselves about what being a good vet is in our minds. She transitions into how soft skills and efficiency improve patient care and the bottom line. She discusses how to build client trust, how good medicine is good business, and how to communicate value.

Dr. Melanie Bowden
620
Pathway to Practice Ownership

Explore the many advantages of, and paths to, private practice ownership for early career veterinarians and to also understand buying options and where value lies in a practice.

Dr. Kristen Fox, DVM
619
Practice Acquisition

The talk will focus on the challenges and benefits of veterinary practice ownership. We will discuss the different paths to practice ownership, including partnership, buying an existing practice, starting a new practice, and taking stock in a larger veterinary practice group. We will then discuss the process for buying a practice, including how to build a team of experts and the basic outline of the deal process. Finally, we will ”buy a practice together” as we build an acquisition model and discuss the financial implications of buying and then later selling a practice.

Greg O'Brien, Dr. Chad Ely, DVM
618
How to Perform an Annual Wellness Exam to Maximize Your Finances

Dr. Rowe from the AVMA will be giving a talk on how to properly execute an annual wellness exam with your finances in mind. New grad vets may oftentimes miss out on these opportunities to make the most ”bang for your buck”. Dr. Rowe will outline the best ways to go about maximizing your financial gain in the exam room.

Dr. Lauren Rowe, DVM
617
Finding your voice – the power of persuasion

Finding your voice – the power of persuasion Leadership is more than exercising power, whether that’s in politics, the community or the workplace. In a very simplistic way it’s extending yourself, and your view of how things should be, to others. It’s about influence, and the ways we influence others can be boiled down to power or persuasion. We rarely get real power; as parents know all too well most power is an illusion. Exerting influence in most cases really comes down to persuasion. There are significant gender differences in how easy it is – or isn’t – to be heard. We’ll talk about some of the challenges women face and how to meet them. Speaking out in public and developing your voice and confidence using it – in group settings or for an audience – is a great way to evolve your leadership skills and your impact in the world.

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
616
The P&L Workshop

”This two-hour session starts with a review of the business aspect of veterinary practice – understanding how you generate revenue in a companion animal practice and what expenses you incur in doing so. While practicing veterinary medicine is complicated, the business underlying it is surprisingly straightforward and easy to grasp – at least in the abstract. Attendees will review the financial data from a real practice in small groups, and work with an interactive spreadsheet that allows them to experiment with “fixes” for an underperforming practice. After working in their group, attendees will talk about the problems they identified and engage in a facilitated discussion about potential solutions with other students. Learning objectives - Understanding why profits are important in veterinary practice - How to read and understand a veterinary P&L statement - The lever and how they can change financial performance - Problem-solving to repair an underperforming practice”

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
611
"What to Know About Purchasing a Practice and Building a Team"

Join us to hear an anecdotal experience from MSU grad Dr. Theresa Driscoll on her experience as a veterinarian and buying and selling two practices.

Dr. Theresa Driscoll
610
"Veterinary Leadership: Saying Yes to Opportunities"

A BCP Category 3 Presented by Dr. Anna Foster and Bethany Weinheimer from VEG. In this lunch talk we’ll cover things like how to gain unique skills, networking tips, identifying growth opportunities, taking risks to get rewards, moving fast, investing in yourself, etc.

Dr. Anna Foster
609
"Life lessons learned from the most successful people in our industry"

What separates the most successful veterinary professionals from the average associate? Aside from the fact that they probably paid off their student loan in a lump sum, it is how they deal with life and business. Learn about some of the most successful people in our industry and how they rose through the ranks.

Dr. Jill Lopez
608
"Networking and Personal Branding: Building your Support structure to Be Well Connected"

Drs. Bautista and Farve will discuss networking skills in veterinary medicine and how best a budding or established veterinary professional might level up their associated personal branding skills. This BCP Category 4 event will be held on Wednesday (1/11) from 12-1pm in HPC (classroom TBD)

Dr. Taneeka Bautista, DVM
607
Yes, You Can Buy a Practice While Owing $250K or more

Dr. Peter Weinstein, MBA, DVM
606
Clinic Start Up

The basics of funding and operating a brand new small animal clinic.

Dr. Tyler Foreman, DVM
605
Economics of a Toxic Workplace

A toxic workplace is the primary reason employees quit their jobs or start quiet quitting. Employees working in a toxic workplace may dread coming to work, feel they can’t communicate honestly with their supervisor, and sometimes they endure harassment or discrimination. Workers flee companies and managers who they feel are responsible for a caustic environment—and the cost to companies is very high, in fact, a recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management, The High Cost of Toxic Workplace Culture, shows 58% of employees who quit a job say their managers are the main reason they left—with turnover costing U.S. employers more than $223 billion over the past five years.

Dr. Jill Lopez
604
Retirement Planning

Participants will learn how much they need for retirement, how to minimize taxes in retirement, and how to invest successfully for retirement.

Dr. Erik Hofmeister, DVM
603
Missional Leadership: How to Relentlessly Care for your Team

Good Dog Veterinary Care is on mission to enrich all lives in our care and that starts with our team. We will share specific examples of how to build and cultivate a strong team including how to address healthy conflict, how to build a strong organizational structure, and how to equip and empower each team member to use their specific gifts for the good of the team. We have a team of 25 to support our 4 DVM practice, and we haven’t voluntarily lost a team member in 18 months - come learn how we do it!

Dr. Patrick Singletary, DVM
601
VMC 775 Practice Management - Approved Course

VMC 775 Practice Management - Approved Course

Core Course
594
Internships & Residencies: What Path is Right for You?

Dr. Chapman will speak about his experience in his veterinary path and how the common differences, advantages, and disadvantages of pursuing an internship or taking an associate veterinary position. He will also cover the major components of an internship and describe what graduates should expect as an intern and as an associate veterinarian. This information will dovetail with other presentations covering interviewing skills, contract law, insurance needs, and the application of new knowledge at the WesternU Career Fair and the employers at the event.

Dr. Annette Chapman, DVM
590
"Branding Secrets for Your Clinic and Yourself," "Why It's Time for Gender Balance, Inclusion, and Diversity in Veterinary Medicine," and "Life Lessons Learned from the Most Successful People in Our Industry"

Branding secrets for your clinic...and yourself How to create a dynamic and memorable brand that can help pave the way to be remembered for your expertise and personal uniqueness leading to a more successful and rewarding career. Learn why personal branding is important and complete a brief personal assessment exercise to help create a powerful personal brand. Why it is time for gender balance, inclusion, and diversity in veterinary medicine According to the AVMA, 63% of small animal practitioners are female. Women also makeup 81% of all veterinary students. Sadly, although women outnumber men in the veterinary field, they are still underrepresented in leadership roles. Our record on diversity is even worse, with only 1% of our profession identifying as African American, well below the nation norm. This lecture discusses three ways we can change veterinary medicine for the better including promoting diversity, gender balance, and supporting inclusion. Life lessons learned from the most successful people in our industry. What separates the most successful veterinary professionals from the average associate? Aside from the fact that they probably paid off their student loan in a lump sum, it is how they deal with life and business. Learn about some of the most successful people in our industry and how they rose through the ranks.

Dr. Jill Lopez
588
"You are Only as Strong as Your Team" (12/14)- Dr. Laura Leinen

You are only as strong as your team (exploring actionable ways that veterinarians can improve the job satisfaction and retention of paraprofessionals).

Dr. Laura Leinen, DVM
587
"How a Practice Owner Generates Income" (11/17)- Dr. Christopher Smith, AVG

Dr. Christopher Smith discusses the breakdown of how an owner generates income within a practice. Topics covered include: assessing revenue growth on a monthly basis, identifying key services of revenue generation in a practice, identifying and minimizing unnecessary costs, and

Dr. Christopher Smith, DVM
585
Know Your Value: What are you Worth and What Should you Earn as a New Grad? What does Reasonable Compensation look like? Common Contract Components, etc.

We will be welcoming Dr. Farnsworth as she discusses ”Know Your Value: What are you Worth and What Should you Earn as a New Grad? What does Reasonable Compensation look like? Common Contract Components, etc.” (Category 3).

Dr. Chelsea Farnsworth, DVM
584
Practice Culture and Mixed Animal Practice Management

Dr. Lauren Mack, owner of The Animal Hospital, a mixed animal practice located in Kansas, will talk about her experience owning and managing a mixed animal practice. In the last four years, Dr. Mack has worked on the challenges of a truly rural, mixed animal practice, the constant learning curve associated with owning a business, and building the great, but elusive, practice culture.

Dr. Lauren Mack, DVM
583
Your 5-year plan to financial success starts today

A plan for veterinary students and young associates to set themselves up for future practice ownership. Short 15 minute speech on what all good practice owners realize-the profit of a little extra effort yields tremendous gains Why you should embrace veterinary practice ownership A video speech of comments from practicing veterinary owners.

Dr. Joe Whalen, DVM
581
Owner Financing as an Option for Practice Acquisition

Monday, December 5th | 5:00 - 7:00 PM | LH4 | Dr. Jorge Colón | This 2-hour workshop will be exploring aspects of practice acquisition through owner financing, including ways in which owners get paid outside of compensation for service provision. We will also explore essential concepts of financial statements required to understand the ways in which owners get paid, and how the new partner can utilize their own personal financial statements to forecast their acquisition payments.

Dr. Jorge Colón, DVM
573
Telemedicine: From your exam room to their living room

Telemedicine has great potential to transform the ways that veterinary medical services are offered for the better, but it does not come without its own set of challenges. Recognizing that there is certainly a patient population that has never seen the inside of a veterinary hospital is a crucial step in appreciating the need for telemedicine in the veterinary world. How rewarding would it be to offer extraordinary veterinary care to animals who have never received it before? Join us for an online event with Dr. Lacroix.

Dr. Charlotte LaCroix, DVM
572
ZOOM ONLY: Nationwide Spectrum of Care Communications Workshop

Please join us for an interactive communications workshop that will allow students to practice exam room skills, including communicating treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs. The meeting will take place on zoom, 11/29 from 5-7pm.

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli, DVM
566
Approved Course - Personal Finance for Veterinary Professionals (VMEDG 1724)

Approved Course - Personal Finance for Veterinary Professionals (VMEDG 1724)

Core Course
563
Pauper or Plutocrat? How are UCD SVM Grads faring?

Dr. Jim Clark where he will share the latest compensation information for UCD SVM graduates from the AVMA Exit Survey and discuss what the future may hold for current students.

Dr. Jim Clark, DVM
562
There’s More Than One Way to Treat a Cat: A Practical Approach to the Spectrum of Care

Join me in my most popular student lecture, as I guide participants through an interactive, case-based presentation on one of the biggest challenges veterinarians face in practice. In school, vet students learn the gold standard of diagnosis and treatment. The clients and patients we see on clinical rotations at our teaching hospitals tend to be those who have the means to pursue advanced diagnostics and treatments. After graduation, away from the ivory tower, veterinarians are often faced with balancing tighter financial limitations of clients with the best interest of the pet. There are often flexible ways to get the information we want and need for a patient while still working within a client’s means.

Kate Boatright, VMD
560
Approved Course - Practice Management

Approved Course - Practice Management

Core Course
557
Habits of Highly Effective Clinics

Over the course of his 20-year veterinary career, Dr Cothern practiced and held various roles in the animal health industry. These experiences provided him the opportunity to visit hundreds of successful veterinary practices across the US. In late 2017 he left industry and became the managing partner of Orchard Park Animal Hospital. While there he was able to successfully implement many of these “Habits of Highly Effective Veterinary Practices” we will be discussing today.

Dr. Whit Cothern, DVM
553
How to Thrive as a Student, New Grad, and Beyond

How to Thrive as a Student, New Grad, and Beyond presented by Dr. Caleb Frankel for a category 4 BCP credit.

Dr. Caleb Frankel, VMD
552
“Corporate Veterinary Medicine: Is Winter Coming?” - Dr Tim Loonam

“The purpose of the “Corporate Veterinary Medicine: Is Winter Coming?” presentation is to familiarize VBMA members with rapidly growing acquisition of veterinary practices by corporate entities. The presentation includes the financial vocabulary used in discussing practice sales as well as a historical financial perspective of the veterinary industry leading to the increase in corporate practice acquisition and consolidation. We’ll look at the practice attributes that make them attractive to consolidators as well as compare and contrast private versus corporate acquisitions. We’ll discuss the forecast for future corporate acquisitions based on the 2019 Braake Consulting study and recommendations of the Veterinary Studies Group, and what corporate consolidation means for new and recent veterinary graduates.”

Dr. Tim Loonam DVM, DVM
551
Nationwide presents: Communicating With Pet Families Along a Spectrum of Care

Rachel Luoma, DVM
548
Personal Finance

Are you worried about student debt? Do you have a plan? Do you know the options that are available to you for how to tackle your debt and grow your wealth for future? This talk will reveal tips to help you begin to navigate this critical journey of your professional career.

Josh Klein, BA, Dr. Hunter Like, DVM
545
Leading Up

Enacting change in your first job without rocking the boat!!! Your first veterinary job is stressful simply learning how to practice and what it means to be a doctor. Many new grads exacerbate this stress by unwittingly causing rifts with their employer and coworkers. This presentation is designed to help newly minted veterinarians navigate these uncharted waters to tactfully build influence without damaging relationships and their reputations.

Dr. Seth Solomon, DVM
541
Social Media, Personal vs. Professional

Dr. Duhon speaks on professional social media.

Dr. Brandy Duhon, DVM
540
VM 626 Business Basics in Veterinary Medicine

*Students: do not add yourself to this meeting.* VM 626 Business Basics in Veterinary Medicine. Fall 2022 course offered by the university that has been approved for BCP Credit.

Core Course
538
VM 643 Fundamentals of Management

*Students: do not add yourself to this meeting.* VM 643 Fundamentals of Management. Fall 2022 course offered by the university that has been approved for BCP Credit.

Core Course
535
Operational Evaluation of a Veterinary Practice

Our first in-person speaker event in years! Dr. Robinson is Founder and former CEO at Heartland Veterinary Partners and will be giving us one of his favorite lectures on the operational evaluation of a veterinary practice.

Dr. George Robinson, DVM
534
Fiscal Responsibility

Our first in speaker event in years! Dr. Robinson is Founder and former CEO at Heartland Veterinary Partners and will be giving us one of his favorite lectures on fiscal responsibility!

Dr. George Robinson, DVM
533
Nationwide Spectrum of Care Workshop #2

Two series interactive communications workshop that will allow students to practice exam room skills, including communicating treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs.

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli, DVM
531
Money Matters

Getting your financial ducks in a row - This presentation offers an overview of personal finances for veterinary students. We will discuss the basics of financial literacy as well as what students can do during and after veterinary school to achieve financial success. We will talk about specific actions students can and should take to ensure their current and future financial wellbeing.

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli, DVM
529
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Dr. Seth Solomon, DVM
527
HBP

Dr. Brandi Duhon HVP, virtual meeting for ISU-UNL north central VBMA summit

Dr. Brandy Duhon, DVM
525
What I look for in a Resume

What I look for in a resume

Dr. Peter Weinstein, MBA, DVM
524
Nationwide

Money Matters: Getting your financial ducks in a row - This presentation offers an overview of personal finances for veterinary students. We will discuss the basics of financial literacy as well as what students can do during and after veterinary school to achieve financial success. We will talk about specific actions students can and should take to ensure their current and future financial wellbeing.

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli, DVM
522
The New Grad Transition

Dr. Hadi is a 2020 Oregon State CVM graduate and former VBMA president that is starting a vet clinic in Portland, Oregon. He will detail the steps to take now and in the near future to prepare for a smooth transition from a veterinary student to associate to business owner in a presentation titled ”The New Grad Transition.” The focus is on how to best prepare yourself for a successful first year out, focusing on both medical and business/financial aspects of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Saum Hadi, DVM
521
The Price is Right

Ever wonder about how prices get set in a veterinary practice? Learn about the key considerations for making smart decisions to set prices that won’t scare clients you want away. We will discuss spectrum of care, market forces, shopped services and communicating your value to a client.

Dr. Bret Halishak, Dr. Ben Buchanan , DVM
518
Nationwide Spectrum of Care Workshop #1

Two series interactive communications workshop that will allow students to practice exam room skills, including communicating treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs.

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli, DVM
516
Financial Planning for Veterinarians

Shoemaker Financial, independent financial advisor that specializes working with veterinarians with their personal and business financial planning. From graduating students to veterinarians in the field, he helps with their transition into their career and helps them make better decisions with their money.

Michael Powell, CFP
515
Ownership Equity

Are you aware of the full breadth of practice ownership opportunities available to you? From independent practice owners to partnerships, and start-ups to hospital equity, we will cover the spectrum of new ownership models that are emerging within the veterinary profession.

Dr. Rob Trimble, DVM
514
Pricing Strategies

Ever wonder about how prices get set in a veterinary practice? Learn about the key considerations for making smart decisions to set prices that won’t scare clients you want away. We will discuss spectrum of care, market forces, shopped services and communicating your value to a client.

Dr. David Gonsky, DVM
507
Nationwide Communications workshop - Dr. Erin Johnson

The Nationwide-VBMA ”Communicating with Pet Families Along a Spectrum of Care” workshop is an interactive communications workshop that will allow students to practice exam room skills, including communicating treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs. Learning Objectives: · Review the definition of a spectrum of care · Learn about core communication skills · Apply communication skills and a spectrum of care approach to clinical exam room settings

Dr. Erin Johnson, DVM
502
Contract Basics

What are the Key Pieces of a Contract and how do I start contract negotiations? Join us for a Lunch Lecture with Dr. Rebecca Stinson where she will go over key factors of a contract and how to start negotiations. This event will be held at Ray Jan Sis 2 at 12:30pm on Monday, November 7th. All participants will receive 1 SAVMA point and 1 BCP Category 4 point!

Dr. Rebecca Stinson
494
Co-Ownership: Finding the Right Partner

Over the past dozen years or so, with veterinary graduates facing crushing educational debt, we’ve come up with no solutions to lower the expense side of a degree. The only real answer to the Debt-to-Income Ratio equation is to make the degree more valuable. The economic data is abundant and clear. Veterinarians who are practice owners are rewarded with higher earnings, and practice owners create wealth in the form of a saleable asset during their career – the practice itself. The new generation of veterinary graduates looks different from the past and are entering a very different ownership landscape, already carrying a heavy educational debt burden. Current practice valuations have put many existing practices out of reach of debt financing, and running a business is more intense and complicated than in the past. Practice ownership and the financial rewards it brings can seem a dream that will be impossible to achieve. It doesn’t have to be. The profession has more choices at its disposal than a wholesale corporate sell-out. Joint ventures between doctors and corporate partners are common in other medical fields but they hardly existed in veterinary medicine until very recently. This lecture will explain the co-ownership model and the opportunities it offers to practice owners and associate veterinarians. Co-ownership is a partnership that combines the professional knowledge and ethical approach of veterinarians with the business knowledge of corporate partners, leveraging their skills to make stronger and more profitable practices – profits that veterinarians will share.

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
489
“Increasing Your Client Base and Compliance With One Powerful Word”

What is one word that will increase your client base and compliance? It is the most basic word, yet unbelievably powerful. When we keep this word in mind, our interactions with clients, staff, and patients will change for the better. With these improved relationships, your client compliance, quality of medicine, and the number of referrals you acquire will all increase. We will also discuss what you can do to influence the culture of your practice and the attitudes of your staff and clients.

Dr. Dan Bieck, DVM
488
Clinic Start-Up Panel

The Clinic Start-Up Panel will be beneficial for any graduate DVM regardless if they plan to associate, startup, or buy a practice. We will have several diverse speakers available ready to answer any questions you may have about how a clinic is run. The panel will include: 1) Karen Nickle, DVM (owner) - Animal House Veterinary Hospital Associate for the first part of her career and then started her own practice in Tulsa. She utilized CARR for her real estate, Bank of America for her startup financing, and IDEXX for her startup laboratory equipment and testing. She will bring a wealth of information for the students. 1) Curtis Hesser - Commercial Real Estate Real Estate strategies, advisement, and negotiation for veterinary startup leases, practice acquisition real estate, new construction, and existing hospital purchases. Assembling the right team such as contractor, architect, attorney, lender, marketing, cpa/financial advisor, supply/equipment, etc. Katie Maguffee Bank of America Practice Solutions Veterinary lending for practice acquisitions, startup practices, new construction, and existing building purchases. 100% financing for DVMs and will discuss lending requirements and how the funds are allocated between real estate construction, equipment, and working capital in each practice scenario. 3) Hristo Mintchev/Kristi Oriley - IDEXX Laboratory services and equipment advisement for startup practices and practice acquisitions.

Curtis Hesser
486
Disability Coverage

Joey Snyder is a financial advisor with North Star Resource Group’s Medical Division. He has developed a national financial consulting practice working exclusively with physicians, dentists and their families. He has dedicated his career to developing long term client relationships by taking a personal holistic approach to financial advising.

Joey Snyder
484
Collaboration & Accountability

You can’t have one without the other, and you need both to succeed. We’ll teach you the art of balance to build the culture you want, to use conflict effectively, and to create efficient processes that work.

Dr. Carlo Riolo, DVM
481
Life during and after the PPVM program

Dr. Robert Reid went through the PPVM program through UNL and ISU. He then moved to Crawford Nebraska and opened his own equine practice. He relates well to us as he also went through the PPVM program and then moved to an area of geographical need.

Dr. Robert reid, DVM
478
"Finding your voice – the power of persuasion"

A BCP Category 3 lunch talk presented by Dr. Aspros. This event will be held in person (room tbd). This talk will cover how leadership is more than exercising power, whether that’s in politics, the community or the workplace. In a very simplistic way it’s extending yourself, and your view of how things should be, to others. It’s about influence, and the ways we influence others can be boiled down to power or persuasion. We rarely get real power; as parents know all too well most power is an illusion. Exerting influence in most cases really comes down to persuasion.

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
477
"Know Your Numbers (How to Read a Profit and Loss Statement)"

A BCP Category 1 lunch talk. This event will be in person (romm tbd). Dr. Philips will be going through the mechanics of how to read P&L statements. As well as, numbers and benchmarks from financially healthy practices.

Dr. Daniel Phillips
476
"Veterinary Internship Economics"

A BCP Category 4 lunch talk presented by Dr. Tony Barteles. This talk will be held over zoom and will cover a numerical overview and strategic analysis of the internship decision using published statistics and data on veterinary internships. We discuss the resources available to help veterinary students analyze the internship decision for their desired career path.

Dr. Tony Bartels
473
ZOOM: Retention of Employees in Rural Vet Med w/ Dr. Greiner

Join us for the final day of the Business Certificate Week! Dr. Kendra Greiner has been the primary owner of Lake Region Veterinary Clinic for the past 15 years. Kendra is a graduate of the UMN CVM, and has been practicing in rural Minnesota ever since. This talk will be focusing on the benefits, work-life balance, and leadership needed to retain veterinary support staff.

Dr. Kendra Greiner, DVM
472
IN PERSON: Retention of Employees in Rural Vet Med w/ Dr. Greiner

Join us for the final day of the Business Certificate Week! Dr. Kendra Greiner has been the primary owner of Lake Region Veterinary Clinic for the past 15 years. Kendra is a graduate of the UMN CVM, and has been practicing in rural Minnesota ever since. This talk will be focusing on the benefits, work-life balance, and leadership needed to retain veterinary support staff.

Dr. Kendra Greiner, DVM
471
ZOOM: Veterinary Real Estate w/ Dr. Foreman

Join Dr. Foreman in a conversation about veterinary real estate. This talk will be specific to choosing the best location to build or buy a practice financially and geographically. Dr. Foreman has held many roles, but most recently completed his MBA and is providing relief care to Dallas hospitals while working towards starting his own practice.

Dr. Tyler Foreman, DVM
470
IN PERSON: Veterinary Real Estate w/ Dr. Foreman

Join Dr. Foreman in a conversation about veterinary real estate. This talk will be specific to choosing the best location to build or buy a practice financially and geographically. Dr. Foreman has held many roles, but most recently completed his MBA and is providing relief care to Dallas hospitals while working towards starting his own practice.

Dr. Tyler Foreman, DVM
469
ZOOM: Understanding Your Credit Score w/ Ryan Gargaro

Ryan Gargaro of Northwestern mutual has created a meeting for students to understand the basics of Credit Score. His expertise as a wealth management advisor, and experience with students makes him uniquely qualified to walk us through the importance of maintaining/attaining a good credit score. He will also be covering why this is important for future business owners and loan borrowers.

Ryan Gargaro
468
IN PERSON: Understanding Your Credit Score w/ Ryan Gargaro

Ryan Gargaro of Northwestern mutual has created a meeting for students to understand the basics of Credit Score. His expertise as a wealth management advisor, and experience with students makes him uniquely qualified to walk us through the importance of maintaining/attaining a good credit score. He will also be covering why this is important for future business owners and loan borrowers.

Ryan Gargaro
467
ZOOM: Termination of Employees w/ Blue Pearl

Hailey Lanning, CVT is the Practice Manager of one of Minnesot’as largest referral and emergency hospitals; BluePearl in Arden Hills. Hailey has worked with this company for many years, as an extern, CVT, internal Medicine Team lead, Technician Manager, and now practice manager. As someone who has successfully climbed the ranks, she has also had to learn how to have difficult conversations with employees. Join us as she discusses how to navigate the difficult conversation of terminating employees, what goes into the decision and the legalities that you as a hospital leader need to follow.

Hailey Lanning
466
IN PERSON: Termination of Employees w/ BluePearl

Hailey Lanning, CVT is the Practice Manager of one of Minnesot’as largest referral and emergency hospitals; BluePearl in Arden Hills. Hailey has worked with this company for many years, as an extern, CVT, internal Medicine Team lead, Technician Manager, and now practice manager. As someone who has successfully climbed the ranks, she has also had to learn how to have difficult conversations with employees. Join us as she discusses how to navigate the difficult conversation of terminating employees, what goes into the decision and the legalities that you as a hospital leader need to follow.

Hailey Lanning
462
The Cash-Strapped Client: What to Say & How to Say It

Dr Andy Roark will discuss how to work with a cash strapped client.

Dr. Andy Roark, DVM
460
Employment Contracts: What to look for and What to Avoid!

Mr. Diaz has presented at UT last spring, and his knowledge on contract negotiations is always helpful! Thursday Mr. Diaz will be presenting on Employment Contracts: What to look for and What to Avoid! Whether you are actively negotiating contracts as a 4th year, or want to prepare yourself as a 2nd and 3rd year, this would be great to attend. This presentation will be worth 1 category 4 BCP credit and lunch will be from Tomato Head for any VBMA member who RSVPs.

Paul Diaz
456
“Know Your Numbers: A Guide to Profit and Loss Statements”

How to read a basic production report. 1 or 2 fundamental rules to remember to evaluate a “P&L” for any practice. Understand why joining a profitable practice is important for any team member regardless of whether or not you are part of the ownership group.

Dr. Chris Anderson, DVM
455
Communicating with Pet Families Along a Spectrum of Care

This is is an interactive communications workshop that will allow students to practice exam room skills, including communicating treatment plans best suited to pet family needs.

Dr. Garrett Ryerson, DVM
454
Can I Have it all? Parenting as a Veterinary Professional

Are you interested in learning how to parent while being a veterinarian? If so, this lecture is for you! Dr. Kate Boatright will discuss her experience balancing her professional and personal life.

Dr. Kate Boatright, DVM
453
Habits of Highly Effective Veterinary Practices

”Dr. Whit Cothern will be expressing his knowledge on the Habits of Highly Effective Veterinary Practices. He will be providing an overview of the numerous “best practices” he witnessed over the years at several clinics then successfully implemented them into his own practice.”

Dr. Whit Cothern, DVM
446
Honor's Portfolio

Working on the Honor’s Portfolio, focusing on the career prep!

442
Business Operations, Management & Ownership: Veterinary Medicine, Meet Technology

Description: Historically, the veterinary industry has not been an early adopter of innovative technology.. but times are changing! During this session, we’ll discuss how you as a future veterinarian and hospital owner can embrace technology to grow your practice, deliver high quality medicine, and improve patient outcomes.

Dr. Jeff Falone, DVM
441
Let's Make a Deal: Understanding Employment Contracts and Negotiations"

Kelly Cronin
440
How to start a practice

The most important thing is knowing when you’re ready. After discussing this, I will outline all the steps you need to take from finding a location to the first day you open your new practice. This is a career changing move, and you’ll need help. We will outline which professionals you’ll need and why.

Dr. Joe Whalen, DVM
439
Social Media Marketing - Key Components and Measures

Dr. Farris will be discussing how she uses social media as a marketing tool and explains how she keeps track of whether or not her efforts are working!

Dr. Jessi Farris, DVM
438
Financial Statements - Evaluating Business Health

Dr. Farris will be discussing balance sheets, profit/loss/income statements, and cash flow statements!

Dr. Jessi Farris, DVM
437
"The Nationwide VBMA Communications Workshop”

”The Nationwide VBMA communications workshop is an opportunity for students to practice exam room communication skills as it relates to spectrum of care approaches to veterinary medicine. We will start with an overview of spectrum of care and why it is important in serving a diverse pet owning population. We will discuss some core communication skills that will help us to complete our medical history with information about the owners resources and relationship with the pet. Our first small group breakout session will role play an exam room situation where one student will serve as the pet parent (and be given ”secret” pet parent information) while the others practice being the veterinarians and using the discussed communication skills to ascertain that pet parent information. The students’ findings will then be discussed and a review of what skills were easy to incorporate and which may have been more difficult will follow. We will then discuss clinical empathy, how that differs from personal distress empathy, and how we can use empathy to build a relationship with our clients. We will then not only express empathy to our clients, but show our clients we care by presenting to them care options that best suit their specific family. Our second breakout session will revisit the previous cases with the new client information and our doctors will practice deciding what care plan they think best suits their clients family, and how to clearly present a client with multiple care options without the client feeling judged or overwhelmed.”

Dr. Laura Philbin, DVM
435
Developing your Special Interest at the Hospital you Join

Join us to learn how to introduce your niche interest to hospitals during the job search process, ways to discuss the potential benefits for a hospital by expanding their services, and a roadmap to creating the career path you’ve always dreamed of.

Dr. Laura Leinen, DVM
433
Nationwide Workshop- Communicating with Pet Families Along a Spectrum of Care

Nationwide Workshop presented by Dr. Laura Philbin, DVM. This workshop is meant to provide team work based communication skills to enhance professional skills.

Dr. Laura Philbin, DVM
431
ZOOM: Mentorship w/ Dr. Lindsey Redderman

Join us for a talk by Dr. Redderman, the Director of Veterinary Quality for the Banfield MN/WI market, on the mentorship do’s and don’ts as a new grad.

Dr. Lindsey Reddemann, DVM
430
Climbing Mt. Debt

Most veterinarians (80-90%) borrow to cover their education and living expenses to get through veterinary school. With student debt-to-income ratios for new veterinarians routinely exceeding 2:1, repaying student loans can be a significant and persistent source of financial and mental distress for many veterinarians. During the Climbing Mt. Debt session, we will approach student loans clinically, like any complex medical case. We start with a good physical exam of your current student loans. Next, we project your debt balance at graduation and talk about strategies to help you Borrow Better during school. We’ll finish the analysis with some recommended repayment treatment plans for your best guess of your post-graduation plans. We will also explore veterinary incomes, compensation benefits, financial wellness, and how your

Dr. Tony Bartels
429
Spectrum of Ownership

Are you aware of the full breadth of practice ownership opportunities available to you? From independent practice owners to partnerships, and start-ups to hospital equity, we will cover the spectrum of new ownership models that are emerging within the veterinary profession.

Dr. David Gonsky, DVM, Dr. Bret Halishak
428
Nationwide: The Evolution of Pet Protection, An Introduction to "Access to Care" and "Spectrum of Care"

Learning Objectives: By the end of the presentation, students will be able to: - Review barriers to accessing veterinary care – access to care - Define how pet insurance works - Describe how pet insurance helps more pets receive more care – spectrum of care

Dr. Jack Perkins, VMD
427
Skills for New Grads

Dr. Jessi Farris, VP of Campus Recruiting and Clinical Recruiting at Heartland Veterinary Partners, will cover some lessons she learned her first year and discuss how to lean into mentorship, tackle difficult conversations, and present new ideas in a way that will be well-received by a practice’s team.

Dr. Jessi Farris, DVM
425
Negotiating, Acing the Face to Face, and Landing your Dream Job

In this presentation, we will learn tips to uncover potential employment opportunities, screening strategies to help you assess a practice, and ultimately land a job at the right hospital for you. We will review all stages of the job negotiation process from resources new graduates can utilize to find the right job, to questions you should be asking potential employers, and to the art of negotiation itself. We will evaluate interviewing strategies to ensure you make the right first impression, as well as discuss, in an interactive small group format, standard components of an employment agreement including compensation, benefits and non-competes and discuss strategies for earning a competitive package.

Dr. Kelley Lay, DVM
423
Communicating with Pet Families Along a Spectrum of Care

”Communicating with Pet Families Along a Spectrum of Care” workshop with Dr. Jack Perkins from Nationwide! This two-hour workshop is approved for two Category 3 BCP credits and the opportunity for VBMA chapters to earn sponsorship funds that will assist with sending VBMA chapter Officers to the VBMA National Meeting in Orlando, Florida. Although the workshop was created with the VBMA in mind, we request this opportunity be extended to all veterinary students. This is a 2hr workshop and you must attend a majority of the workshop to receive credit. Category 3 worth 2BCP credits!

Dr. Jack Perkins, VMD
421
Joining Finances: Building Your Investment Portfolio with a Significant Other

Building a life with a significant other can be difficult, especially financially. Andrew Rotz, the Director of Personal Finance and Financial Literacy at North Carolina State University, will discuss building an investment portfolio with someone else.

Andrew Rotz
420
"Master the Interview"

A BCP Category 4 dinner talk presented by Dr. Stacy. This talk will be held via zoom and its goal is to cover how to prep students for career fair interviews and schedule 5 rockstar small animal GP students for a virtual meet & greet with Dr. Stacy after the event.

Dr. Stacy Johnson, DVM
418
"Weaponized Reviews – Defense against those using reviews as a weapon"

A BCP Category 2 lunch talk presented by Mike Falconer. The talk will be held in the HPC Amp 1. This lunch talk will cover how nobody in business likes getting bad reviews. Anyone who pours their heart and soul into an enterprise can feel dispirited, and treated unfairly, when receiving criticism; particularly when you have not been given the chance to try and resolve the issue. However, like it or not, reviews are here to stay. They are a fact of doing business today. But what to do when clients use reviews as a tool for revenge? When reviews become weaponized? Mike Falconer, veterinary Hospital Administrator, speaker and writer will discuss how to prevent reviews becoming a weapon, and how best to respond should the worst happens.”

Mike Falconer
417
Westpac- Financial Well- Being

Joshua D. Brown, CFP, MBA will discuss: Financial Organization--Being able to assess your financial picture to make smart financial decisions; Assembling a team of trusted advisors(who you should be partnering with for a successful outcomes) Defensive Strategies as a Practicing Veterinarian and/or Practice Owner(--This will address the necessary lines of insurance coverage within the scope of practice and personal liability), Understanding employee benefits versus independently owned plans Student Loan Overview(Understanding repayment plans, concepts regarding efficient debt management, and levering resources that are free for students like VIN) Basic Tax Concepts(Investment & personal Tax planning concepts versus business income tax planning)

Joshua Brown
416
Preparing for Veterinary Business Ownership

Dr. Hadi is a 2020 Oregon State CVM graduate and former VBMA president that is starting a vet clinic in Portland. He will detail the steps to take now and in the near future to prepare for a smooth transition from a veterinary student to associate to business owner

Dr. Saum Hadi, DVM
414
Path to Practice Ownership

Path to Practice Ownership discusses the timing of, the preparation for, and reasons to become a veterinary practice owner. It also touches on factors to consider and resources to help along the way!

Dr. Kim Wilke, DVM, Dr. Christopher Torre, VMD
413
Protecting Yourself While Protecting Your Patients: Understanding Risk in Veterinary Medicine

”Protecting Yourself While Protecting Your Patients: Understanding Risk in Veterinary Medicine” with Dr. Rebecca Stinson from AVMA/PLIT LIFE. 1 Hour of Category 2 Credit. This discussion will address ways to manage risk to protect both yourself and your patients. Although we cannot eliminate risk from our lives, we can reduce risk and make choices that will help to protect our veterinary careers, our families, and our patients.

Dr. Rebecca Stinson
410
Common Topics in HR

Dr. Morgan Dawkins will be talking to us about Human Resources in the veterinary field. This will be for 1 credit of Category 3 BCP credit

Dr. Morgan Dawkins, DVM
407
Communicating with Pet Families Along a Spectrum of Care

The Nationwide-VBMA ”Communicating with Pet Families Along a Spectrum of Care” workshop is an interactive communications workshop that will allow students to practice exam room skills, including communicating treatment plans along a spectrum of care best suited to pet family needs.

Dr. Erin Johnson, DVM, Rachel Luoma, DVM, Dr. Laura Philbin, DVM
405
Communicating with pet families along a spectrum of care

Together with the VBMA, Nationwide is excited to present ”Communicating with Pet Families Along a Spectrum of Care” this semester. This interactive communications-based workshop will equip students with the essential tools they’ll soon need (in clinics and day one as a doctor!) to communicate various treatment plans best suited to the patient’s and client’s needs. We will review the meaning of a spectrum of care, learn about core communication skills, and apply these communication skills and a spectrum of care approach to clinical exam room settings.

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli, DVM, Dr. Jack Perkins, VMD, Dr. Garrett Ryerson, DVM
399
"Money Mootivation from a Calf Vet and Mom"

Please help us welcome Dr. Anne as she shares information about student loan repayment plans, her debt payoff journey, the uniqueness of working in large animal practice, and some tidbits about being a mom and full time veterinarian.

Dr. Anne Vargo
397
Demystifying Student Loans for Veterinary Students

The idea of graduating with six-figure student loan debt can feel daunting and overwhelming. However, veterinary students can start taking action now in order to borrow less money and have a plan for how to repay their loans post-graduation. This presentation will provide an overview of the current student loan landscape, discuss ways to manage your student loan debt while in vet school, as well as provide an overview of current student loan repayment options.

Dr. Grace Kim, DVM
396
Marketing and Hospital Growth

Firehouse Vet clinics will be discussing Marketing/Hospital growth. They will be discussing components of an integrated marketing plan. They will go over modern public relations and various media options.

Dr. Hunter Bowen, DVM
393
Business Finance Lunch and Learn

Rene Johnson and her associate Jeremy Stackhouse take questions in a forum style meeting regarding Business Finance.

Rene Johnson
391
Profit and Loss Statement Analysis

Join Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) as we welcome Dr. Gary Goldstein from Lakefield Veterinary Group to talk about Profit and Loss Statements! The P&L (Profit & Loss Statement) is a tool, generated monthly, to help you understand how your hospital is performing in terms of overall revenue and profitability. The P&L is designed to be a tool to offer insights to areas of potential improvement or needs at the hospital. The P&L is not a clear indicator of hospital health or well-being; however, happy hospitals generally translate to healthy Profit & Loss statements. The Profit & Loss statement combines revenue automatically extracted from your Practice Management System (PMS). A discussion of what the P&L means high level well as an open discussion on ways you can work with the P&Ls to improve overall profitability.

Dr. Gary Goldstein, DVM
388
Spark Your Inner Mediator

We often feel pulled and pushed in every direction. As a vet student, I wonder how often do you feel like this? Have you also thought of wanting to feel happier, enjoying your studies and the island life?That constant inner conflict suggests we need a mediator and we do have one! With simple and committed effort and patience, you can evoke that mediator to show up right when you need it! Interested in how to spark your inner mediator? Good! Me too! See you soon. - Dr. Cruz, Mindset Trainer

Dr. Luis Cruz, DVM
387
Managing Risks as a Business Leader

This discussion will address the exciting world of leadership in veterinary medicine. Today, leadership may take any of a number of forms including medical director, practice owner or shift lead. In all of these cases, others are counting on your guidance. We will address how to manage risks not only for yourself but for your team, your clients and your patients.

Dr. Rebecca Stinson, Dr. Rebecca Stinson
386
Jumpstart Your Finances

CJ Burnett, co-founder of Florida Veterinary Advisors and financial advisor, will discuss personal development in the financial arena to give students a “jumpstart” on finances before graduation and beyond.

Christopher Burnett
385
Finding the Story in the Numbers

This talk given by CJ Burnett, co-founder of Florida Veterinary Advisors and financial advisor, will teach students business financial terms, how to analyze financials, what is necessary and not when it comes to business, and more!

Christopher Burnett
383
Leading a Great Team

Dr. Douglas Aspros is the Chief Veterinary Officer for Veterinary Practice Partners (VPP). An experienced companion animal veterinarian, he has been the owner of two AAHA-accredited practices in suburban NY, where he founded and was the managing partner of an emergency practice. He will discuss how to successfully lead a team.

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
382
Managing the Financial Health of Your Practice

Dr. Douglas Aspros is the Chief Veterinary Officer for Veterinary Practice Partners (VPP). An experienced companion animal veterinarian, he has been the owner of two AAHA-accredited practices in suburban NY, where he founded and was the managing partner of an emergency practice. He will be discussing how to manage the financial health of one’s practice.

Dr. Douglass G. Aspros
377
ZOOM ONLY: Budgeting in Veterinary Medicine w/ Dr. Kim

Budgeting is a foundational life skill, and veterinary school is the perfect time to learn the basics of budgeting. Grace Kim, DVM, AFC® will cover practical tips and strategies so that students can budget successfully for vet school and beyond. Please fill out this Google form with any questions you may have for Dr. Kim prior to her presentation, so she can answer them and tailor her presentation as best as possible to what our chapter would like to know more about! https://forms.gle/wieq9buaceu3rEbv9

Dr. Grace Kim, DVM
376
ZOOM: Leadership and Management w/ Dr. Jay Ryan

Dr. Jay Ryan is a 2001 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He began his career in general practice in the St. Paul area and transitioned to emergency medicine in 2003. He has been an emergency doctor and medical director in the Columbus, Ohio and Chicago area and in 2021 joined VEG as an area medical director over Illinois, Colorado, and Ohio. Today he will be talking about business leadership and management for new grads!

Dr. Jay Ryan
375
In Person: Leadership and Management w/ Dr. Jay Ryan

Dr. Jay Ryan is a 2001 graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He began his career in general practice in the St. Paul area and transitioned to emergency medicine in 2003. He has been an emergency doctor and medical director in the Columbus, Ohio and Chicago area and in 2021 joined VEG as an area medical director over Illinois, Colorado, and Ohio. Today he will be talking about business leadership and management for new grads!

Dr. Jay Ryan
374
The Myth of Time Management

Ever walk into work and become paralyzed by everything that you have to do? Or start the day doing one thing, and then remember something that is more important and that you need to do first? Learn about the magic number seven and how to turn your jobs list into an action plan. Learn how to create a routine you can stick to and how to prioritize everything else. Find out what, how, and why you delegate and leave with actual tools that you will be able to use.

Mike Falconer
372
Personal Branding & Marketing

Danielle Lambert, CEO of Snout Group, will be presenting on Personal Branding and Marketing. Danielle’s presentation will be from 1:15pm-2:30pm at the Stewart Center.

Danielle Lambert
367
Managing Change

Mizzou alum Dr. Jessi Farris from Heartland Veterinary Partners will be discussing ”Managing Change” (Category 2)

Dr. Jessi Farris, DVM
365
Life Decisions: Pay Off Calculator

Help students to learn how to quantify their decision on what practice is the best for them after graduation. Will discuss mentorship, culture, and practice operations and how students are able to rank those to align with their own personal preferences.

Dr. Scott Bernick, DVM
364
Protecting you and Your Practice with Liability Insurance

This meeting is taking place at the Stewart Center from 4:15pm-5:30pm. Dr. Mouledous will be speaking about AVMA trust and what you need to know about liability insurance.

Dr. Nina Mouledous, DVM
363
Imposter Syndrome

As veterinary students, and soon-to-be veterinarians, imposter syndrome is especially prevalent and can truly shake your self-confidence. Learn to recognize the signs and how to manage these feelings that are all too common! Dr. Laura Garlow, Mentorship Program Director at United Veterinary Care, will present on this very important topic.

Dr. Laura Garlow, DVM
362
Communication with Pet Families Along A Spectrum of Care

A workshop on how to go about communicating with pet families along a spectrum of animal care

Rachel Luoma, DVM, Dr. Garrett Ryerson, DVM
361
Inflation: The What, Why, and How You Should React by Isaiah Douglass

”Inflation: The What, Why, and How You Should React: What is inflation? How does it impact you? Why should you care? These are all important aspects as you plan your personal and professional career after veterinary school. The discussion will center around the decisions you can make to help alleviate the impacts of inflation as you start working as a veterinarian. ”

Isaiah Douglass
358
Honors Portfolio Workshop & Scholarship Discussion

Learn tips for the honors portfolio and be the first to hear about our plans for a scholarship for WSU VBMA members!

357
Contract Negotiation

While they can be intimidating, contract negotiations are a crucial part of your professional growth. We will begin with showing why negotiation is so important to helping you lead the life you want inside and outside of veterinary practice. Then we will move into tactics for negotiations, demonstrating practical phrases and techniques that you can utilize and make your own.

Dr. Annie Chavent, DVM, Laura Andrews, Dr. Alanna Chesney, DVM, Glen Sellers, Dr. Odie Marcovici, DVM, Dr. Derrick Hall, DVM, Dr. Lauren Rowe, DVM, Kathleen Cochrane
355
"Green Dot" : A Presentation on Personal Branding

Whether it’s getting that super competitive job you wanted or increasing your hospital’s client base by improving its reputation, creating and developing a brand is the best way to set yourself apart from the competition. This lecture will discuss the concepts behind veterinary branding and will give some insight on how to establish your own successful brand.

Dr. Odie Marcovici, DVM
352
Know Your Value

Dr. Stacy Johnson will discuss our value as future veterinarians. She will cover topics such as: What are you worth and what should you earn as a new grad? What does reasonable compensation look like? Common contract components, etc.

Dr. Stacy Johnson, DVM
349
Communicating with pet families along a spectrum of care

Communicating with pet families along a spectrum of care

Dr. Jayme Cicchelli, DVM, Dr. Erin Johnson, DVM, Dr. Jack Perkins, VMD
348
Know Your Numbers: A guide to P&L’s

Dr. Dan Phillips from Mission Veterinary Partners will be giving us a talk about profits and losses in regard to a veterinary practice/ business. Dr. Philips graduated with his DVM from North Carolina University in 2011 and has experience as an associate, a medical director, and a director of university engagement.

Dr. Daniel Phillips
343
How to Get Your Veterinary Practice to the Top of Google Search

Gain insights on how to get your veterinary practice at the top of Google's first page from an online marketing expert. We'll break down a Google search results page and show you how to leverage each of the sections so that your practice can climb to the highest spot of local search results to generate more patients and revenue

Alejandro Lopez
342
Tips to Leverage Digital Marketing to Grow Your Practice and Attract More Patients

Learn the top tips to optimize your website for search engine results pages and learn how to be seen on the first page of Google to generate more patients and revenue. We'll share best practices for reaching new and potential patients and discuss some of the most effective marketing tools business owners can start using right now to take their practice to the next level

Alejandro Lopez
341
Know Your Numbers (Understanding the P&L)

In this talk we simplify the basics of the profit and loss statement so that students can learn how to evaluate the financial health of a practice.

Dr. Daniel Phillips
340
Master the Interview to find the Right Job for you and Mentorship that fits your goals

Classic interviews last a lunch hour or maybe an afternoon of shadowing. Is this enough time to make the most important decision of your career? Probably not. This talk is focused on things that students can do proactively to maximize their interview experience and prepare to ask the right questions to ensure they find the right job with a culture of mentorship that fits their needs.

Dr. Daniel Phillips
339
Set You Goals and Assembling Your Team

It's never to early to start thinking about your 1, 3, and 5 year plan. Setting goals after vet school is critical to finding the right path, measuring your progress, and holding yourself accountable. We talk about why many people don't set goals and the potential consequences. We also focus on finding the people to contribute to your team to help you get where you want to go.

Dr. Daniel Phillips
338
Veterinary Mentorship in the 21st Century

Our approach to structured, tailored, goal oriented mentorship. Putting "meat on the proverbial" bones to the nebulous term "mentorship" thrown around too much without definition or context.

Dr. Daniel Phillips
337
The Modern Veterinary Hospital Flow

We all know the typical hospital flow: you start in a loud, smelly lobby with barking dogs and scared cats, next you move to a cold exam room with no windows, then your pet is taken to the "back" while you can hear her barking. Shortly after, you receive a confusing treatment plan that comes along with the misunderstood bill, and now you leave as a frustrated pet parent checking out at the front desk. Imagine a world where your pet is sick and you call to speak directly with a veterinarian. After they recommend you come in, you are texted a check in link and address on google maps. When you arrive, you walk straight inside, past the front desk, right into a large open treatment area. You see the doctor right away. You see other families sitting on the floor with their pets. You notice a woman sleeping on a large bean bag with her small dog in her lap who is hooked up to IV fluids. Your pet is treated right in front of your eyes while you are safely next to your pet. The cost breakdown of your treatment plan is explained expertly by the doctor. You check out instantly with a link sent directly to your mobile phone. When you arrive home, your pets medical record is sitting in your email inbox. We will discuss how to use First Principle Thinking to choose a hospital flow that is uniquely best for your hospital.

Dr. Anna Foster
336
How to Create a Level 3 Customer Experience

How do you excel in customer experience? The answer may not be so obvious. Your employees come first. "The outcome in our industry normally depends on the front-line employees — doormen, bellmen, waiters, maids, the lowest-paid people — and often, in too many companies, the least motivated. These front-line staff represents our product to our customers. In the most realistic sense, they are the product. When our employees are trusted to use their common sense, they can and do turn mishaps into new service opportunities. Then, what the customer remembers is not the complaint, but the outcome." -Isadore Sharp, Four Seasons. We will discuss how to love and empower your employees.

Dr. Anna Foster
335
Innovation in Veterinary Medicine: Bring Big New Ideas to Life

We have learned that veterinary hospitals are, for the most part, recession-proof and pandemic proof. They have some of the lowest default rates of any business type. This is great news for us, right? There’s more to the story. The ease with which a veterinary hospital can open and operate with little business acumen has led us down a path of complacency and doing things 'the way they have always been done.' Times are changing. Customers demand more. Employees seek flexibility. Veterinary professionals must challenge the status quo. How do we do this in a historically stagnant industry? Democratize innovation. The best ideas come from our frontline employees. Let them feel empowered to use their voice to transform the hospital, the company, and their careers. Creativity and entrepreneurship must be encouraged, celebrated, and rewarded. Look outward for inspiration to industries like hospitality, technology, and the arts. Take risks and embrace failures. A rising tide lifts all boats, your individual innovation contribution improves the entire industry.

Dr. Anna Foster
334
Operational Transparency in the Vet Hospital

Do you allow customers to appreciate your work? Every single day veterinary teams are heroes. Our customers want and need to see the heroic work we do. Not only does operational transparency allow for less customer complaints, miscommunications, stressed pets, and invoice disputes; it leads to less burn out. Veterinary teams get more thank yous. We work for thank yous. How do we manage the increasing customer demands with accelerated rates of burnout? It's simple: keep people and their pets together. We will dive into ways to increase transparency in your practice.

Dr. Anna Foster
333
Wellness Plans and Budgetable Care, You Had Me at Yes We can!

This presentation explores the background of Wellness Plans and why even with much hype they have been a failure at many veterinary practices. It then focuses on how to administer them successfully and why having plans available in the future will be very important to practice well-being.

Dr. Jeff Rothstein
332
Starting Your Own Veterinary practice: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

While many think that starting your own veterinary practice is near impossible today, there are those that strongly disagree and want to brave the waters. This presentation goes in-depth and reveals what it takes to successfully start a new practice.

Dr. Jeff Rothstein
331
How to Enhance Practice Profitability for a Brighter Tomorrow

Appropriate planning can greatly increase practice profitability. We will focus on planning for profit and see how it increases the day-to-day quality of life for the whole team, and also learn how significantly it impacts practice value.

Dr. Jeff Rothstein
330
Own the Exam Room and Slay Medical Notes

Mastering the exam room is the key to a successful veterinary career, and it doesn't just happen on its own. We'll cover 5 Key tools for excelling in the exam room, and also focus on the importance of the Team Exam and Team Utilization. Time is also spent on how to make medical notes manageable and how to leverage practice software to your benefit. End result is these strategies will lead to a healthy work-life balance.

Dr. Jeff Rothstein
328
Be a Boss

This is a presentation that looks at styles of leadership. If you are not a boss, then you have a boss. All of us can become better leaders under a boss or while becoming a boss. Leadership styles are prevalent, but this presentation applies leadership styles to common scenarios that veterinarians face. Learning from great leaders can be quite empowering! I will share some of the best resources that I use to help me facilitate practice ownership.

Dr. Misti May Smith
327
Career Transitions

Students and seasoned practitioners may come to a point where careers undergo change. This presentation focuses on the reasons for a job change vs. a career change. Comparing healthy and unhealthy reasons for career transitions can make one know which direction to take. This presentation can be for veterinary students who are contemplating such decisions as academia vs. practice; corporate vs. private practice; industry vs. government, etc.

Dr. Misti May Smith
326
Beyond Graduation

When I graduated, I felt like I knew enough information to be dangerous. Although I think that the veterinary educational process has improved, we still have so many topics that are daily challenges and never in the curriculum. This presentation can be a prepared list of topics such as angry clients, negotiating contracts and benefits, euthanasia challenges, office politics, leadership, debt literacy, etc. However, it is always nice to hear from audiences the topics that are on their minds. It has been my experience that most professional stress has nothing to do with the information we learned in school, its the other stuff that keeps us up at night. Talking openly and candidly about such topics can bring awareness and solutions before they are overwhelming.

Dr. Misti May Smith
325
Do You Doc

The most important piece of professional success is to make sure that one is honest about who you are and what makes you successful. This presentation will guide participants into finding the answers to what drives their passions. This is can be a short presentation that presents an outline for work to be completed later or can take several sessions to define specific passions for participants. The biggest piece is to learn to "DO YOU" but we must know exactly who that is.

Dr. Misti May Smith
324
Buy, Buy, Buy

Owning a practice creates such opportunities for personal freedom and financial rewards. I like to share my unique ideas on practice ownership that created financial success while also balancing family my life. You can have both!

Dr. Misti May Smith
323
A Guide to Networking and Mentorship

In this presentation, Kevin will walk through the importance and how-tos of networking and mentorship. Topics covered include: the importance of belonging to state and national associations and organizations, engaging in opportunities to interact with veterinary students at other schools, learning from summer experiences and externships, and how to build credibility among a network of people. Kevin will also cover asking for Letters of Recommendation from employers or mentors, as this is an important component of applying to jobs, internships, and residency programs.

Kevin Maher
322
Introducing and Managing Change

In this presentation, Kevin will discuss introducing a novel product and concepts into veterinary clinics. Kevin has ample experience in this topic as GVL (GlobalVetLINK) was influential in introducing computers, internet connectivity, digital cameras to veterinary practices in the early 2000s, and VetMeasure is now introducing wearable monitoring technology into veterinary practices. Topics included in this presentation include how to address the veterinary practice needs, discerning a target market strategy through trade associations and industry contacts, hurdles that may be faced in the process, and the use of finding a way your product can address current needs.

Kevin Maher
321
Developing a Business Plan

Business model innovation can have a stronger, swifter impact on profit margins than service or product innovation, it can disrupt established industries, and it can lead to exciting and vibrant cultures that attract top talent. So what about personal innovation? During this interactive and fun program Dr. Mia Cary will facilitate a conversation centered on five building blocks of personal innovation that mirror the cornerstones of business model innovation. Participants will be invited to create an actionable personal innovation roadmap to help guide you on your continued career journey, regardless of which path and stop you currently find yourself on.

Kevin Maher
320
From an Idea to a Successful Business: Starting Up a Startup Company

In this presentation Kevin will discuss how to transform a concept into a company that produces a product or service. Examples in this presentation will be based on Kevin’s experiences with GlobalVetLINK (GVL) and VetMeasure. Additional topics covered will include: identifying current problems and how to create/ implement solutions, how to attract funding sources and appeal to investors, how to expand the business, and startup support options including incubators, accelerators and University relationships.

Kevin Maher
319
Startup Product Development & Validation

In this presentation, Kevin will discuss product development, product validation, and then lead into business models and profit structures. This topic will be based on his experience with VetMeasure, and the process of developing MeasureON! (a harness that monitors a patient’s TPR). The importance of scientific studies and positive user experiences will be discussed.

Kevin Maher
318
Radically Candid Communication

Raise your hand if you believe communication is always part of any problem, and also always part of the solution. To any issue, at any point of your career. We agree! The purpose of this radically candid communication program is to provide strategies and resources for managing difficult conversations and helping upset clients and colleagues. Kim Scott’s Radical Candor model of caring deeply and challenging directly creates a firm foundation that will set program attendees up for successful, strong, and sustainable communication wins.

Dr. Mia Cary
317
Powerfully You

Our greatest superpower is being authentically ourselves. We know playing to our strengths leads to our growth and development, It also allows us to bring our best selves into everything that we do. But how do we create and cultivate the self-awareness that is a prerequisite for understanding our strengths? And how can we ensure that our workplace will be accepting of our authentic selves? Researcher and storyteller Brené Brown defines authenticity as “the daily practice of letting go of who we think we're supposed to be and embracing who we are”. During this program we will discuss the pros and cons of bringing authenticity into the workplace, dig deep on the knowledge that words matter, and reinforce why and how to be powerfully you.

Dr. Mia Cary
316
Personal Innovation aka #youdoyou

Description: Business model innovation can have a stronger, swifter impact on profit margins than service or product innovation, it can disrupt established industries, and it can lead to exciting and vibrant cultures that attract top talent. So what about personal innovation? During this interactive and fun program Dr. Mia Cary will facilitate a conversation centered on five building blocks of personal innovation that mirror the cornerstones of business model innovation. Participants will be invited to create an actionable personal innovation roadmap to help guide you on your continued career journey, regardless of which path and stop you currently find yourself on.

Dr. Mia Cary
315
Life Hacks: Work-Life Integration

The average person will spend 90,000 hours at work over a lifetime. This includes most of the hours that we are awake during the week and often includes time during weekends as well. Our work is a big part of our lives, not an either/or balance that we should be striving to achieve. It is not work or life. It is work as a part of life. During this interactive program, participants will discuss why work-life balance is unrealistic and how work-life integration will set us free. Tools and resources will be shared for managing stress, finding focus, and learning how to thrive regardless of role, title, or practice type.

Dr. Mia Cary
314
Active Allyship

You likely have heard the phrase “getting comfortable being uncomfortable” more and more often within the last few months. It means that to help create real change, to expand and grow, to be an antiracist, to stand up for the oppressed and marginalized - we must invite and initiate tough conversations. We must speak up. We must be active allies. Does this ring true but you’re not sure what to do next? Then you’re in the right place. During this program we will discuss important elements of allyship including self-education, leveraging privilege and power, reaffirming that allyship centers on the oppressed, and the power of committing fully. Join us!

Dr. Mia Cary
313
The Contagious Culture of Inclusivity

Veterinary medicine is known for its historic lack of diversity. The movement is to make vet med more diverse and that's a huge task that will be accomplished over many years. But we don't need to wait years for that change. We have the power, right now, to support everyone in our profession by being more inclusive. Inclusivity is not just a descriptor, but a way of life- it is our mindset, our interactions, and our delivery. The best part about inclusivity, it's contagious. After this session, participants will be able to: - Define and understand the difference between diversity and inclusion - Identify ways to initiate being inclusive in their workplace - Discuss ways to shift the culture of a workplace to be more inclusive

Dr. Tierra Price
312
Lessons Learned: Starting an Organization from Scratch

Lessons Learned touches on aspects of starting a business or organization that aren't routinely discussed. This includes organizational skills and soft skills such as forming a team, productivity, and sparking creativity.

Dr. Tierra Price
311
Investing - The How To Guide for Young Veterinarians

• The goal of investing • What accounts can/should I have? • How to invest for the student loan tax bomb? • How to think about your 401k plan. • Why you don’t want to mix insurance with investing? • What are mutual funds? • What are exchanged traded funds? • How to be a tax savvy investor. • What is diversification? • How to construct a written investment plan.

Isaiah Douglass
310
The Ownership Opportunity in Veterinary Medicine

• Why become a practice owner? • The difference between economic and entrepreneurial ownership. • What financial advantages are there to owning your own practice? • How to build your team to be a successful owner. • Business Models – building your vision. • How to market and build a brand. • Dealing with student loans and debt. • Styles of ownership. • Getting ready for ownership.

Isaiah Douglass
309
even Deadly Sins of Financial Planning

The clinical evidence on why money is so emotional. • The landscape of veterinary medicine for the future. • The ownership opportunity. • What is investing, and what is speculating? • Concentration vs. Diversification? • What insurance coverage do you need vs. don't need? • Why simple estate planning needs to be done and the ramifications of not doing so. • The biggest driver of our personal consumption and the impact of debt. • Why holding cash is a problem. • What do to with excess cash. Pay down debt or invest? • When it is time to change course and adjust long term plans? How do you determine that?

Isaiah Douglass
307
Nestle Purina and working as an industry veterinarian

Career as an industry veterinarian and Nestle Purina.

Dr. Lauren Stump
306
Companion Animal Nutrition

Can cover a variety of topics pertinent to canine and feline nutrition, please reach out if interested in discussing.

Dr. Lauren Stump
305
Training beyond vet school, Canine rehabilitation

Instruct on what training pathways there are beyond vet school, outside of internship and residency, like becoming a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Veterinarian, as well as how this can build a practice. I have worked at a canine rehabilitation facility for the last 4 years with an underwater treadmill and our rehab patients and clients become very bonded to the practice.

Dr. Anne Vargo
304
Working with dog breeders

I am currently the president of the Chihuahua Club of Michigan, the Chihuahua Club of America's health committee chair, and I show and compete in AKC events like conformation and rally obedience. I can shed light on some of the better breeders out there, as well as how to make canine reproduction beneficial to the clinic with a good working relationship.

Dr. Anne Vargo
303
Hospice and palliative care, as well as getting certified

A discussion about what hospice and palliative care is, how it works as a business model, special consideration like DEA and controlled drugs during transport. Also best practices in end of life care. I can also discuss what the certification process is like for becoming a CHPV.

Dr. Anne Vargo
302
Veterinary Real Estate

Understand commercial real estate transactions and where these might fit related to veterinary hospitals. Also understand the tax code related to real estate ownership.

Dr. Gary Ackerman, Dr. Lauren Stump
301
Veterinary Practice Valuations

Understand what is material and valuing a veterinary practice and how you might both monitor it and improve it.

Dr. Gary Ackerman
300
Practice Transitions

Understand all facets of the material items in order for you to purchase or sell a veterinary practice.

Dr. Gary Ackerman
299
Starting on your own Path

Earning a DVM or VMD is just the beginning. The real excitement comes with the journey day to day. Let's discuss your vision of your career and what steps you may want to consider in order to get there.

Dr. Rebecca Stinson
298
Protecting You While You Protect Your Patients

Understanding the role of different insurance products in the life of a veterinary student, associate and practice owner

Dr. Rebecca Stinson
296
"The Partnership Perspective"

Dreams of private practice ownership can be accomplished by several different routes. Knowing that leadership is lonely, but that you can "have you cake and eat it too" are key components to entertaining the idea of a Partnership to reach your goal of being a practice owner. In this discussion, we will review the nature of private practice ownership in general, explore the potential pitfalls and beautiful benefits of being a partner, and ensure that those interested are aware of what they will need to make that relationship a lasting and profitable one for all involved.

Dr. Kelley Lay, DVM
295
"Negotiating, Acing the Face to Face, and Landing your Dream Job"

In this presentation, we will learn tips to uncover potential employment opportunities, screening strategies to help you assess a practice, and ultimately land a job at the right hospital for you. We will review all stages of the job negotiation process from resources new graduates can utilize to find the right job, to questions you should be asking potential employers, and to the art of negotiation itself. We will evaluate interviewing strategies to ensure you make the right first impression, as well as discuss, in an interactive small group format, standard components of an employment agreement including compensation, benefits and non-competes and discuss strategies for earning a competitive package.

Dr. Kelley Lay, DVM
294
"Profit and Loss Statements – Obtaining a Practice's "Pulse" in 15 Minutes or Less"

This interactive discussion will teach attendees how to dissect the key components of a P&L such as COGS (cost of goods sold), payroll, rent and net income, and apply the necessary adjustments to improve practice profitability. At the end of this session, attendees will be able to look at key P&L metrics and compare with those of best practices, make adjustments and realize the profound impact those adjustments have on net income, and utilize strategies discussed in the session to improve practice profitability and practice value.

Dr. Kelley Lay, DVM
293
"Great Expectations"

Frustration and disappointment usually stem from mismatched or unfulfilled expectations. This workshop will teach attendees effective communication strategies to clearly define, communicate, and set expectations for employees. After the discussion, attendees will know how to identify and set goals with employees, the importance of showing appreciation in various ways to employees, steps for conducting effective feedback and having high courage conversations, strategies and tools for creating a culture of accountability, and what to do when expectations are not met. This is an interactive workshop with small group discussions.

Dr. Kelley Lay, DVM
292
"Private Practice Ownership - How to Make a Competitive Offer when Competing Against Corporate Consolidators"

The ability of corporate consolidators to offer higher than fair market prices for veterinary hospitals can make it difficult for private owners to pursue their dream of practice ownership. In this session, we’ll delve into the valuation process and discuss specific strategies private practitioners can employ to boost their appeal to sellers.

Dr. Kelley Lay, DVM
291
The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Combating Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

Learn how Emotional Intelligence can play a strong role in combating compassion fatigue and burnout. Understand how Improving self-awareness and practicing self-management techniques can be a powerful tool to improve coping mechanisms.

Alexis Wells, CVPM
290
Work Life Harmony: How to Balance Your Career for a Happy, Healthy Life.

Work-life balance implies a competition or a trade-off so that the opposite sides are balanced. In reality, each aspect of life and work combine providing “notes” that come together harmoniously in which one complements the other, leading to an enjoyable result. Determine what work-life harmony means to you and the importance of balancing your career and a happy, healthy life. Learn how to recognize when one of the “notes” is out of tune, and various strategies to re-establish harmony.

Alexis Wells, CVPM
289
Evaluating Expenses, Hidden Costs, and What to Do About it.

Learn on how to evaluate a profit and loss statement for a better understanding. Understand the importance of industry benchmarks for expense categories. Discover some hidden costs that can wreak havoc on a practice’s finances and cash flow if not planned for. Learn how to create action plans to better control expenses.

Alexis Wells, CVPM
288
Increasing Revenue through Identifying Compliance Gaps

Determine possible compliance gaps in your practice and the importance of communicating value, delivering effective recommendations and client education. Learn how standard operating procedures and standards of care can increase your overall compliance and provide best patient care. Understand the importance of reducing missed charges, forward booking and lost client recovery in increasing revenue and compliance.

Alexis Wells, CVPM
287
Making Cents of Practice Finances

The purpose of this presentation is to provide an understanding of financial statements and how to properly evaluate them. Discuss the benefits to an organized chart of accounts, key performance indicators, and budgeting for a veterinary practice. Learn how to utilize this information on a regular basis to make sound financial decisions for the practice.

Alexis Wells, CVPM
286
Remembering Your Why

Dr. Bessler's presentation encourages students to remember why they chose to become a veterinarian and how they should refrain from selling themselves short. He will talk about his ER Medicine journey and how he created the "VEG" way and now owns 12+ hospitals.

Dr. David Bessler
285
Business School in Under 1 Hour: Maximizing Your Value as a Veterinarian

Dr. Bessler will teach students how to maximize their value as a veterinarian and discuss Ownership of a Hospital, Understanding a Hospital's Profit and Loss Statements.

Dr. David Bessler
284
A Story of a Successful Emergency Start-up

Dr. Bessler will speak about his vision to revolutionize emergency veterinary medicine, where it is focused on client AND patient experience. In 2014, he purchased the first VEG hospital, which allowed him to bring his vision to life. There are currently 12 VEG hospitals throughout the US. We plan to have 40 by 2021.

Dr. David Bessler
283
Client Connectivity: Creating Ideal Appointment Resulting in Greater Care and Your Earnings

Jeff Sanford
282
Understanding Practice Performance In Context of Assessing Your First Job

Jeff Sanford
281
Understanding the Maze of Compensation and Contract Negotiations

Jeff Sanford
280
Game On! Competing with Chewy and Corporate: Priming Your Practice for Ideal Care and Better Performance, Resulting in S

The veterinary landscape is changing! Chewy, Walmart, Amazon and others are looking at ways to capitalize on this industry. The United States is due for another economic adjustment or recession. Shortages of veterinarians and technicians are driving up wages. Most veterinarians will expect a 6 figure income in 2020. Furthermore, there is a fervor of consolidating in the marketplace with suppliers and veterinary practices. How are you preparing practice? Is your practice ready for these changes? Working with over 800 practices (400 with DVM students), we found that most practices are operating in a “path of least resistance” and are not capitalizing on the opportunities available to them. This culture can defeat the best intentions and create an environment of apathy, poor standards, resulting in lower earnings. Alternatively, we have found that a growth culture creates an environment where standards are high, staff enjoy coming to work, and the practice grows profitably. When practices gain traction with a clear direction, we have seen hospitals nearly double revenues and tripling profits in a relatively short period of time. Because of this, practice values also went through the roof. It is time to put your game face on! The time is now to get your practice ready!

Jeff Sanford
279
Top Ten Performance Problems in Veterinary Practices Hurting Culture, Care, and Your Pay

Performance heavily relies on the culture of a practice. In visiting over 800 practices, many with a team of veterinary students, we have found that a positive practice culture toward care creates the most profitable and “happy” practices. Alternatively, culture can defeat the best intentions and strategy, creating an environment of apathy, poor standards, and lower earnings. Three core “practice pillars” have been found to greatly affect the culture at veterinary practices: Leadership, People and Systems. If any of these three pillars is deficient, a practice will never be able to achieve its best. During this presentation, real life examples will illuminate the truth to the importance of practice culture on operations. Ten practice barriers have been identified to be the most problematic toward cultivating an appropriate culture and toward high performance.

Jeff Sanford
278
Mentorship matters

The value of a good mentor throughout your career as a veterinarian cannot be overemphasized. I discuss the importance of mentorship as a student and new veterinarian. I give specific questions you should ask when interviewing for your first job to find a good mentor. I also share stories from my career where my mentors helped me immensely.

Dr. Tannetje' Crocker
277
Finding a unicorn practice to work for

There are veterinary practices out there that offer good mentorship and a healthy environment for you to grow and flourish in. They are called "unicorn practices". I will offer ways for students to network and set themselves up to find and be hired by those types of practices.

Dr. Tannetje' Crocker
276
Discussing finances as a veterinarian

Communicating about finances as a veterinarian is a difficult skill to hone. Having good communication is key to reduce stress in veterinary practice. I give real life scenarios and information for how to handle the different types of clients you will encounter. I can discuss it as it pertains to ambulatory, ER, or general practice life.

Dr. Tannetje' Crocker
275
ER relief work as a veterinarian

Having practiced as an ER relief veterinarian for over 6 years I discuss the value of having a relationship with the local ER. We discuss how to find relief work, the financial benefit, and how challenging yourself professionally should be every practitioners goal. I also share cool ER cases pictures and videos.

Dr. Tannetje' Crocker
274
Dr. Crocker- My veterinary story

The veterinarians career path can be full of unexpected obstacles and career course corrections are sometimes needed. Dr. Crocker shares her journey from one career phase to the next. She give tools for making smart decisions so you can find your joy in practice.

Dr. Tannetje' Crocker
273
How to become a Kick-ass Vet: Veterinary Workflow, Caseload, & Mentorship

According to PayScale.com the average vet in the united states is paid $84,555. That means for a veterinarian working 40-50 hours a week 50 weeks a year (typical full time employment) they are making $33-44/hour. The average electrician charges $40-100/hour according to PayScale.com. Since graduating I have never made less than $100,000/year and that was working in the Spokane, WA & North Idaho market, not necessarily a high pay urban area like Seattle or Portland OR. In today’s veterinary environment there is a lot of pressure to handle a high case load, have a competitive ACT, and earn enough money to service your student loan debt. In this discussion we will talk about typical clinic work-flow, the benefits of horizontal scheduling and drop off assistants, how to delegate appropriately to team members, & how to be actively involved in team training. We will also discuss how to develop a mind-hive of veterinary mentors and resources to help you grow and develop your skills.

Dr. Melanie Bowden
272
I Chose Standard Repayment: I am not Crazy. I had $240K in Student Debt. Debt free 2026

There are tons of different options out there for student loan repayment including Income based repayment, graduated repayment, standard repayment and loan consolidation. I AM NOT A FINANCIAL PROFESSIONAL. But have extensively studied each of these in deciding how to deal with my student loan debt. We will go through a basic understanding of the options and discuss some of the pros, cons, and things many of my friends didn’t fully understand about income driven repayment until they experienced it. I will then discuss my personal loan repayment strategies and how I am making aggressive loan repayment work for me without sacrificing quality of life and living on Top Ramen.

Dr. Melanie Bowden
271
What they didn't teach you about being a veterinarian

In all honesty, in private practice the medicine is the easy part of my day. The vast majority of my day is taken up with non-medical issues. Whether it be managing client expectations and brand reputation, to team culture, to financial advising, to end of life counseling, a lot of my job is less about the hard science and more about the soft stuff. This talk will go through personal scenarios and how I handled them, recommendations on how to improve in reading clients and communicating effectively, how to deal with angry clients and the tough conversations. What if you really did mess up? What if you don’t know what is wrong? What if a client questions your ability because you “look young.” I have been there, here is how I dealt with it.

Dr. Melanie Bowden
270
Building Your Veterinary Career

One of the upsides to the current demand for veterinarians is that you have a ton of options. In this talk we will start with the pros and cons of working for corporate groups vs. private practice vs. internships when first graduating. We will then discuss how the corporate structures of many companies also allows for increased leadership opportunities outside of ownership, including medical director positions. I will share my experience as a medical director, what a typical job description looks like, and how to gain the respect of more experienced colleagues when leading a doctor team. We will then go through what it looked like to set up my relief business, considerations for filling in at other practices, advertising and building clientele.

Dr. Melanie Bowden
269
SHRM - How to Attract & Retain Top Talent Associates

The associate compensation debate – the good/bad of each model & a model for the future; managing knowledge workers & the importance of participative management styles, employee/colleague-centric leadership styles; other innovative ideas to prevent burnout including caregiver bill of rights, stop rewarding bad client behaviors & incentivize good client behaviors; staff incentive/reward programs that increase staff accountability.

Dr. Lisa Mausbach
268
Wave of the Future – Veterinarian “Take the Reins” & Control Your Career

Frustrated as an associate but don't want to own your own practice? Don't settle by giving your time & energy away for someone else to realize their dreams & financial success from YOUR knowledge, skillsets, expertise & hard work. Kaleidoscope careers, Rise of the Independent Contract Veterinarian, Mobile Practice, Telemedicine & much more!

Dr. Lisa Mausbach
267
Innovative & Actionable Solutions Organizations can Implement to Mitigate the Work-Related Stressors of Veterinarians

Innovative & Actionable Solutions Organizations can Implement to Mitigate the Work-Related Stressors of Veterinarians

Dr. Lisa Mausbach
266
The Organizational Contributors to Work-Related Stress & Burnout in Veterinary Professionals

Defines occupational stress & it’s contributors; analysis of recent Merck Veterinary Well-being study; identifies & defines employee the burnout-engagement continuum; compares/contrasts burnout to compassion fatigue; introduces job-person mis-match; introduces the 6-work domains (environments) & the factors influencing work-related stress within each domain; effects of burnout in veterinary health care.

Dr. Lisa Mausbach
265
Pet Loss and Bereavement

Honoring the bond, client expectations, memorialization, ethical aftercare

Dr. Kathleen Cooney
264
Aquamation (Water-based Cremation)

Science of alkaline hydrolysis, system management, marketing, veterinary integration, client communication

Dr. Kathleen Cooney
263
Compassion Fatigue

Resiliency, self-regulation, intentionality, core strengths

Dr. Kathleen Cooney
262
Animal Hospice

Business management, personalized care plans, interdisciplinary team approach, logistics, multimodal approach to care

Dr. Kathleen Cooney
260
Veterinary Fees: Understanding the True Cost of Care

For most people who work in a veterinary clinic, the fees that are charged to pet owners may not seem to make intuitive sense. They may seem arbitrarily expensive and sometimes difficult to reconcile and explain to pet owners. This lecture goes through the discussion of how fees are determined based on the expenses associated with operating a veterinary clinic, making sure that all expenses are covered, clients receive appropriate value for the money spent, and that the hospital has a fair return on investment.

Dr. Lowell Ackerman
259
Improving Veterinary Employee Development: Everyone Wins!

Most veterinarians are employees (associates) rather than owners, but it is important that both employees and owners remain aligned in a win-win relationship. Hiring a new graduate involves challenges because they still have a lot to learn, they don’t yet have a lot of experience dealing with clients, and they are often resistant to charging clients according to hospital policies. For more seasoned employees, it may be difficult to offer raises once they have reached a compensation plateau, regardless of their tenure. This lecture addresses what the hospital needs from associates and what associates need from the hospital so these can be addressed much earlier in the process, for mutual benefit.

Dr. Lowell Ackerman
258
Is Practice Ownership Worthwhile?

Currently about 75% of veterinarians are working as associates (employed veterinarians), but the continuation of the current veterinary practice model depends on younger associate veterinarians one day deciding to take over the reins of ownership. However, too many veterinary clinics today are not as profitable as they should be, when assessed by common business standards. The good news is that practice ownership can indeed be worthwhile for all concerned with the appropriate focus on value.

Dr. Lowell Ackerman
257
Pet-Specific Care: A Lifetime of Personalized Medicine

Today’s consumers demand customized products and services. They realize their pet is unique and are sometimes dismayed when their veterinary hospital doesn’t seem to recognize this. Pet-specific Care drives opportunities for veterinarians and veterinary staff to get involved proactively, when there are not only more medical options, but also a much better chance for clients to get actively engaged in and committed to the process. This lecture discusses the value (both medically and financially) of setting up personalized and customized health care programs to address the specific issues of pets over their entire lifespans rather than waiting for pets to get ill before they benefit from veterinary intervention. Better medicine really does lead to better business outcomes!

Dr. Lowell Ackerman
256
Change is Here! Why We Should Embrace It

If we are not totally satisfied with the prospects for veterinary practice today, then we need to reflect on the current veterinary practice model and see where beneficial changes might be needed. Aspects of the economy, such as income inequality and consumer debt make it likely that people will have to budget for non-essentials, which often includes veterinary care. Technology will also play an important role and there are bound to be “apps” and other things that challenge the current “bricks & mortar” model of veterinary clinics. This lecture explores some of these likely scenarios so that we might proactively deal with these issues before we are negatively impacted by them.

Dr. Lowell Ackerman
255
Mortgages & Home Purchase

In this discussion we cover everything related to home ownership. Topics include: When does renting make more sense than buying? How does the bank calculate how much it will lend me (front-end ratio and the back-end ratios). How much should I borrow vs how much can I borrow? The role of the realtor How much of a down payment will I need at the closing? What if I don't have the enough saved for the down payment (PMI & physician mortgages). Is Is a home really an investment? How much should I plan to spend on maintenance.

Dr. Mark Acierno
254
Student Loans. Ugh – Why is it so complicated

We explore standard and income-based student loan repayment plans (IBR, PAYE, and REPAYE) and who should choose the latter. How to use student loan repayment simulator to estimate monthly payment, projected forgiveness and total payment for student loans is covered. We discuss the “tax bomb” associated with income-based repayment plans and how to develop a plan to pay it off. We examine why REPAYE and marriage are a terrible mix. A portion of time is spent demonstrating why income-based repayment plans are nothing to fear and the concept of "leveraging ones living."

Dr. Mark Acierno
253
Retirement (Eventually, you’ll want sand not cat litter between your toes)

This talk focuses on how to plan for our future. We dive into strategies for calculating how much we need in retirement and, using TVM calculations, how to invest enough to have this amount saved. We explore various investment vehicles including (401K, 403b, “Simple IRA” or a SOLO 401K, IRA, Roth IRAs) and why it's important to seek-out employers who offer employer sponsored retirement programs.

Dr. Mark Acierno
252
The Time Value of Money (TVM)

In this finance orientated talk we explore the concept of “time value of money” and the effect of compounding on monies over time. Using an App that is free to download, we discuss the basic math needed to answer many personal financial questions. Some of the questions that can be easily answered after mastering a few concepts include: If you invested periodically (e.g., 401K, IRA, etc.) how much will you have at a future date - due to the effect of compounding the answer may surprise you! How to calculate the amount needed need to save every month for a future event (e.g., tax on loan forgiveness). How much is $1,000,000 really worth in the future.

Dr. Mark Acierno
251
Investments 101

An introduction to basic investment instruments including savings accounts, stocks, bonds, money market accounts, and mutual funds. Integrated into the discussion is the concept of risk vs reward. We also cover common investment jargon.

Dr. Mark Acierno
250
How To Make Your “Best Medicine” The Best Option (1-2hrs)

Veterinary medicine is more advanced today than ever before. Practitioners have access to great innovative diagnostic testing and treatments. Specialty medicine continues to grow year over year. However, with better veterinary care comes higher expenses. With higher expenses comes more fees to the clients. And here we are, the ability to help pets with advance medical services but having a hard time keeping it affordable for your average person. This talk will cover how to create an ecosystem in an animal hospital where compliance comes easy. Attendees will see how to best leverage pet insurance, wellness plans and financing to create financial success. Reduce the financial burden to clients, allow the doctors to practice high quality medicine and stimulate growth.

Paul Camilo
249
Clients Gone Wild! Dealing With Disgruntled Clients

This presentation will use real video and audio of disastrous situations to illustrate true management issues and techniques to resolve them. The reasons why clients get upset vary greatly. In some cases their reason is something that the doctor or staff did, Some examples: You can have a client that lashes out at you or your staff for the wait being too long; another client being put in an exam room before them; or not getting a phone call back with their pet’s lab results. In this situation, expect the irate phone call or embarrassing lash-out in your waiting room.

Paul Camilo
248
Growing Your Dental Department-Communication (1-2hr)

This communication talk will provide attendees with a strategic process for dental client communication. We will teach interpersonal communication techniques influenced by Toastmaster International. Some of the skills covered will be; Building Rapport, Vocal Variety, Body Language, Attention Grabber, The Prolonged Pause, Eliminate Distractions, Overcome Objections, Show Them, Tell Them, Give Them, using a smart device’s camera, VisioCare Consult Technology, etc. Attendees will walk away with a well-defined communication compliance plan for veterinary dentistry.

Paul Camilo
247
Growing Your Dental Department (1-2hr)

This talk will provide attendees with a strategic process for growing their animal hospital’s dental departments. Attendees will learn how to quantify the active dental opportunity in an animal hospital. We will also share with attendees the top five dental initiatives that have helped animal hospitals grow their dental department. The 5 initiatives are : 1) keeping great records 2) using different nomenclature 3) oral x-rays on every case 4) adopting pictures into the dental culture 5) understanding the 60/40 rule

Paul Camilo
246
Tips for Starting Up Your Startup

In this session, attendees will learn tips for navigating the startup process including: 1. Determining whether a startup is right for you 2. Exploring if your desired market is right for a startup 3. Understanding the financing process 4. Laying a foundation for success

Stith Keiser
245
Private Practice Ownership - How to Make a Competitive Offer when Competing Against Corporate Consolidators

The ability of corporate consolidators to offer higher than fair market prices for veterinary hospitals can make it difficult for private owners to pursue their dream of practice ownership. In this session, we’ll delve into the valuation process and discuss specific strategies private practitioners can employ to boost their appeal to sellers.

Stith Keiser
244
Profit and Loss Statements – Obtaining the Pulse of the Practice in 15 Minutes or Less

This interactive discussion will teach attendees how to dissect the key components of a profit and loss statement such as COGS (cost of goods sold), payroll, rent and net income, and apply the necessary adjustments to improve practice profitability. At the end of this session, attendees will be able to: 1. Look at the four key P&L metrics and compare with those of best practices 2. Make the adjustments to those key metrics that are necessary to realize the profound impact those adjustments have on net income. 3. Utilize strategies discussed in the session to improve practice profitability and practice value

Stith Keiser
242
Financial Statements: The Stories Behind the Numbers

In this workshop, attendees will: 1. Review key financial documents and indicators to study when assessing a practice’s financial health 2. Analyze a P&L to better understand its components 3. Read the “story” of several hospitals and evaluate potential hospital purchase opportunities

Stith Keiser
241
Path to Practice Ownership: Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing for Practice Ownership

Review steps on the path to ownership including advantages and common pitfalls of practice ownership, financing options and basic management principles.

Stith Keiser
240
Stress Reduction and Balance

Defining what success means to you and how to ACHIEVE IT! Understand how to establish appropriate boundaries. Gain clarity on the areas in which cause you the most stress and how to form better habits. The art and science behind turning off ruminating thoughts or negative self-talk to promote being present, feeling good, improve sleep quality, and productivity. Increase resilience and inventory checks to lead a life and career driven by your true (and changing) principles or values both of which can empower you in the many roles you hold.

Renee Machel
239
Wellbeing Simplified

In the veterinary profession today, we’re hearing a lot about wellbeing. Compassion fatigue, burnout, ethical fatigue, psychological distress, depressive episodes, impostor syndrome, suicidal ideation, perfectionism: these are all things veterinary professionals have to be aware of. With all of these mental afflictions and many more, maintaining personal and professional well-being can seem like a large, labor-intensive, and complex task. Not any longer! Attendees will walk away with an easy-to-understand and follow blueprint for maximizing their personal and professional well-being without having to know the cause, definition, and solution of every possible mental affliction that exists.

Renee Machel
238
Progressive Leadership

Training leaders and aspiring leaders, in their respective industries how to begin operating from places of understanding that yields a workplace culture of collaboration and innovation. Developing empowered teams that are inspired and consistently performing at optimal levels keeping burnout and stifled creativity at bay. Infusing practical and progressive strategies to apply to your life today and take into your career or entrepreneurship leading to more innovation in the workplace. Efforts in a 'Well-Being Matters' Leadership mindset can even reduce turnover and the management of daily 'fires' while improving team morale and individual job satisfaction.

Renee Machel
236
Providing Care to the Indigent: Street Medicine

A look at the homeless in the US, their pets and the issues and challenges of providing care.

Dr. Jon Geller
235
Social Entrepreneurship in Veterinary Medicine

Opportunities to get engaged with the community outside of the small circle of veterinary medicine.

Dr. Jon Geller
234
Creating a Premiere Internship Program

A look at an alternative model for internships, and why it is works for the hospital and the intern

Dr. Jon Geller
233
Emergency Hospitals: Pitfalls and Potentials

In up close look at the management and leadership required to run a successful emergency practice

Dr. Jon Geller
232
Practicing at the Speed of Trust

How creating a trust-based practice can improve efficiency, reduce turnover and result in a workplace of choice.

Dr. Jon Geller
231
How to Build Resilience: And How Much Should We Be Expected to Have

Burnout is becoming increasingly problematic in veterinary medicine. And yet, many veterinarians are thriving in their jobs and finding fulfillment in their purpose. So how do they stay resilient through the ups and downs of veterinary medicine? Researchers have identified ten “resilience factors” including realistic optimism, facing fears, spirituality, social support, and physical fitness, among others. These ten factors can be developed and improved upon to help veterinary professionals remain resilient and thrive in their careers. But there is a limit to resiliency. Personality factors and genetics can play a role in what those limits are. So, should resiliency be the sole responsibility of the individual, or should the industry be working towards changes that will help make the veterinary field a more sustainable place for everyone? What changes can we implement to help our colleagues find long and fulfilling careers? And what, if any, options should veterinarians have to continue their careers if they find the stress of full-time practice to be too much?

Dr. Lauren Smith, DVM
230
Vet Med is a BattlefieldBut it Doesnt Have to Be: How to Harness the Power of Empathy to Bridge the Veterinarian/Clien

Theres a growing disconnect between veterinary professionals and clients. Studies show that empathy is on the decline and this makes it harder for us to connect with the people were trying to serve. We expect clients to understand usthat were people with lives outside of work; that we deserve to make a living; that were trying our best. But do we extend the same courtesy to them? When a client gets upset, or frustrated, or lashes out, do we respond with understanding and compassion, or do we immediately go on the defensive? If we head to work each day expecting to fight a war, thats what well get. And that wont make us effective veterinarians, and it definitely wont make us happy ones. This lecture will teach us how to tap into our empathy and grow it, how to better understand our clients, and how to use empathy to diffuse difficult situations.

Dr. Lauren Smith, DVM
229
The Curse of Knowledge: How What We Know Can Hinder Us

Neoplasia, radiographs, stifle, echocardiogram—during school, these words become a normal part of our vocabulary and we don’t realize that most other people don’t have a clue what they mean. This is the curse of knowledge; the belief that what we know, others know as well. And in veterinary medicine, where most of us deal with clients without medical backgrounds, this can be a big problem.The curse of knowledge can lead to poor communication, decreased compliance, and clients who feel overwhelmed and untrusting of us and our motives. This lecture will focus on effective communication that will help bond clients to us as practitioners. I will discuss tips and tricks to educate clients using language they can understand. It will also discuss the importance of staying present with each individual client and tailoring the conversation to them so that they feel appreciated and understood.

Dr. Lauren Smith, DVM
228
Gaining a Client's Trust--Stat

A trusting relationship between veterinarian and pet owner is essential. Whether it’s an emergency and you need a client you’ve never even met before to trust you with their pet’s life—right then and there, or it’s a new kitten appointment and you want to start their them out on the right foot so that pet can have consistent, high quality, life-long care—establishing trust quickly can make all the difference. So how can you make the best first impression possible? What can we do to establish trust from the very moment we meet a client? How do we inspire clients to comply with our recommendations and convince them to come to us with their pet care concerns? This lecture will teach the body language, communication, and emotional skills needed to gain a client’s trust—stat.

Dr. Lauren Smith, DVM
227
Mime in a Box: Defining and Setting Personal Boundaries

Do you often find yourself saying "yes" when you really want to say "no." Healthy boundaries help us say "yes" to the things that really matter. They help us connect better with our clients, co-workers and patients. And they help us prevent burnout, compassion fatigue, and unhappiness in our careers. So what are healthy boundaries? What are the roadblocks we face in setting them? How do we decide what our individual boundaries are? And how do we effectively and safely enforce them? This lecture will address each of these topics and provide practical tips and advice for living a more boundaried life.

Dr. Lauren Smith, DVM
226
Performance Improvement Culture

This is a discussion on how to develop a culture of performance improvement and safety in the veterinary hospital. The topic covers well researched and proven methods in healthcare - and how they can be implemented in the veterinary team. The topic will cover psychological safety, PDSA cycles, communication and engagement.

Kurt Smith, MBA
225
Getting Meaningful Results by Using Key Metrics

This topic covers the key performance indicators (KPIs) typically used by veterinary practices, and how to track and use them. Benchmarks for healthy practices will be covered as well as how to set performance goals. The presentation will focus on where to avoid 'analysis paralysis' and team disengagement by being too focused on the numbers.

Kurt Smith, MBA
224
Strategic Planning in the Veterinary Practice

This is an interactive presentation on how organizations move from Strategic Thinking to Implementation. The presentation reviews several case studies, approaches and situations, and the results. Strategy often fails not because it was a poor idea, but often because of poor planning and implementation. This presentation is ideal for anyone who is a key stakeholder in the veterinary practice.

Kurt Smith, MBA
223
Understanding Financial Statements

This presentation simplifies the process of how to organize, read and understand the financial statements. This presentation caters to veterinarians who are new to ownership or management roles and would like to have a better understanding of practice finances.

Kurt Smith, MBA, Dr. Morgan Dawkins, DVM
222
Creating Values, Vision, and Mission

Workshop style can be for yourself or your practice.

Dr. Michelle Larsen
221
Interview Do's and Don'ts

List of top 5 do's and don'ts and ways to prepare for interviews

Dr. Michelle Larsen
220
Resumes and Cover Letters

List of top 5 do's and don'ts and examples of ideal and not ideal cover letters and resumes. Can also critique.

Dr. Michelle Larsen
219
Exam Room Tips for Introverts

How to not deplete your energy and still find connection with your clients.

Dr. Michelle Larsen
218
Early Career Transitions

Help with the decision of internship private practice or academic and why to do one, transitioning into practice from school, how to map out your first 10 years and why you should do this.

Dr. Michelle Larsen
217
Killing the Cattiness

Staff Conflict is not uncommon in any business, but in a high-stress and emotional environment like the veterinary hospital it can sometimes spiral out of control. We will discuss the connection between clear accountability and employee dissatisfaction, learn how accountability is learned and communication methods that will help to limit or eliminate cattiness in your practice.

Jim Poissant
216
The Whys of Wellness Plans

Wellness plans are a great way to gain compliance, make it easier for your clients to afford care and stabilize cash flow. This presentation will explore the pros and cons of wellness plans, what pitfalls to avoid and most importantly, how to price your plans appropriately.

Jim Poissant
215
Inventory Management

In a large business, inventory management is handled by a crowd of individuals, but in a veterinary hospital it’s usually one or two individuals that have to wear all the hats. We’ll use examples from large inventory management to understand what these hats are and how to make smarter decisions about managing your inventory.

Jim Poissant
214
HR Lessons from Netflix

Netflix turned the world of Human Resources upside down with radical management theories and benefit plans. Find out how your practice can benefit from their example by digging into the concepts that made them one of the top-rated employers in America.

Jim Poissant
213
Financial Literacy

This presentation covers the three basic financial statements; Profit & Loss, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow. We will explore how they interrelate, how they are best used to understand your practice and what their information really means at the simplest level.

Jim Poissant, Dr. Gerardo Navas, DVM
212
Top Management and Leadership Pitfalls to Avoid

Management can be a dark and lonely place. As a growing manager I made a lot of mistakes I wish I had known about. As associates, and potential future management team members you'll want to know about these pitfalls before falling into them.

Brandon Hess
211
Effective Communication and Conflict Resolution

One of the most challenging things in practice is dealing with upset clients, and combative team members.

Brandon Hess
210
Veterinary Professional Wellness

Compassion fatigue, burnout, work-life balance and suicide awareness.

Brandon Hess
209
Grow A Better Practice - The Competitive Pharmacy

The perception that the internet and Amazon is taking over the world has created a "sky is falling" mentality. Being competitive doesn't always mean cost. Fulfillment of orders in ways the consumer wants will drive sales and insure your pharmacy is competitive with outside forces.

Dr. James Delano, DVM
208
Financial Planning for the Freshly Minted DVM

In 1987 my debt to income ration was 1.95:1. I became practice owner 30 months following graduation. Half the battle of financial literacy is understanding basic finance concepts. Topics covered include student debt, credit/debit cards and taxes. Understanding production based practice and how this can help your financial well-being are also discussed.

Dr. James Delano, DVM
207
Income Statements & Equipment Purchasing

Where does all the money go? These topics are presented in an interactive fashion with the VBMA members. The income statement is compared to attendees personal expense buckets - presenting the concept an "everyday life" format. Practice owners are faced with determining the ROI of a piece of equipment. Sharpen your pencils, bring your calculators and be prepared to figure out how a practice owner decides he he/she can afford that new ultrasound machine (or any piece of equipment).

Dr. James Delano, DVM
206
Grow A Better DVM - Mentoring Communications in Private Practice

Come get an idea of how to make the WISE COACH exam-room communication tool as well as other communication tools work for your practice. Using these tools and more, learn how to incorporate communications mentoring in your practice for a productive team experience.

Dr. James Delano, DVM
205
Grow A Better DVM - Organized Onboarding(TM)

Learn how the specific methods of resource dedication and training facilitation laid out in Organized Onboarding will help you grow the next generation of DVMs for your practice. Our team approach to onboarding facilitates the mentoring of associates in medicine, surgery, and communications. The successful integration of this approach has led to greater production, higher ACTs, a higher client-bonding factor, faster reduction of student debt, and most important- retention of DVMs with high job satisfaction.

Dr. James Delano, DVM
204
Externships at Craig Road Animal Hospital

A description of Craig Road Animal Hospital and related practices and the high successful externship program that we run for 3rd and 4th year students. (Not for BCP credit)

Mike Falconer
203
Numbers for Those who Hate, or are Scared of, Numbers

A basic introduction to the numbers behind practice management for students, technicians, and doctors. Learn why certain numbers are important, what they are, and which ones to ignore. How to interpret numbers, and make numbers work for you. Demystify terms like gross, net, EBITDA, profit, loss, average transaction, markup, and understand their relationship to what you do every day. Use actual practice examples to decode what prices should be and why. Use basic math skills (addition, subtraction, and a little multiplication) to get a grip on the financial side of any veterinary practice. Have actual understanding of the basic metrics that all veterinary hospitals use.

Mike Falconer
202
Disaster Preparedness

Planning for every type of disaster or emergency is almost impossible. But creating strong policies to allow management and staff to adapt can allow organizations to adapt and respond to unforeseen events. Walk through on how to run disaster preparedness exercises. Learn how to make strong protocols to deal with internal and external disasters and how to test them.

Mike Falconer
201
Myths of Time Management

“They say time is a fire in which we burn.” Time management can seem like a mythical creature, we think we know what it looks like but actually finding it can seem impossible. In this hands on and practical workshop, we will take your actual list of jobs, tasks, and responsibilities and use real world practical strategies to turn them into a workable, and achievable, daily plan. We will also look at the role of delegation, structure, and routine, in personal time management. Touch on the new generation of computer tools, and why SEPs are important. There will also be lots of geeky references.

Mike Falconer
200
Weaponized Reviews

Reviews are here to stay, and that’s a good thing. But how do businesses defend themselves from those who would abuse the review system for their own ends? I offer practical advice on how to handle Yelp bombing campaigns and how to mitigate their effects. We look at how to prevent, and initially respond, to weaponized reviews. We look at preventing and then handling a weaponized review campaign going viral. And we look at other tactics undertaken by Yelp bombers, other than just posting reviews, and coming to a resolution. Strategize about how to tackle and respond to situations using a set of customized guidelines customized for your individual practice. Actual strategies for replying to and mitigating the effects of adverse reviews, online attacks, and abuse of the review system.

Mike Falconer
197
Customer Service: What We Have Learned From a Mouse

This talk/workshop is based on the book by Dennis Snow. We look at the veterinary clinic visit through the eyes of the client and determine best practices to implement to create an extraordinary client visit

Dr. Jennifer Ramirez, DVM
196
Compassion Fatigue and Suicide Awareness

In this talk we identify how to recognize burnout and compassion fatigue which can lead to undesirable outcomes including suicide. We will look at ways to increase early awareness, resiliency skills and self-care.

Dr. Jennifer Ramirez, DVM
195
4 Core Communication Skills

Using the Frank Communication principles we look at applying them in our everyday client communication. These skills were developed by veterinarians and are specific to our exam room communication situations so it is extremely practical and relevant.

Dr. Jennifer Ramirez, DVM
194
Getting Paid in the Field

A discussion on ambulatory billing, payment structures, collections and accounts receivable, from an associates perspective. How do we manage these things. Ideas for keeping it all in balance. (LA Focused)

Dr. Zach Loppnow, DVM
193
Client Communications

Setting Boundaries. Managing Expectations. Follow Through. These are the three tenants of successful client communication. This talk will dive into the practical application of these three ideas in your practice. (Not Species Specific)

Dr. Zach Loppnow, DVM
192
The First Contract

A general discussion of the first contract as a veterinarian. What factors need to be considered beyond just straight compensation, as well as how the contract affects different parts of your life. (Not Species Specific)

Dr. Zach Loppnow, DVM
191
The First Year of Practice: Tips on how to not only survive, but thrive.

A outline of tips that I have either been taught, or found out through my own mistakes, that I believe are important for finding success as a new graduate in veterinary practice. (Not Species Specific) - Abbreviated Version given at 2019 NVBMA Roundtables

Dr. Zach Loppnow, DVM
190
Resume Creation and Editing

Kelly Lynn Conrin
189
Financial Fitness

Kelly Lynn Conrin
187
Medical Records: The Value of Accuracy

A patient’s medical record is critically important for a number of reasons. It is both a formal documentation of the patient’s health status and can serve as the clinician’s defense if a question of care is ever raised. This presentation will explore a variety of factors about patient medical records, including: what state regulations require; how to determine what your state regulations are; the significance of standardized records; how the medical record can impact future patient care; how the medical record can help or hinder the clinician in the event of a formal complaint; the importance of transferring records accurately; real life case study examples of acceptable and unacceptable records

Marshall Liger, LVT, CVPM
186
Bridging the Gap Between the Client and the Practice; Tips to Increase Client Compliance

1. Identify the four factors that influence client compliance 2. Explore each factor, learning how each one impacts client behavior 3. Learn methods to increase the influence of each factor in your practice 4. Identify methods to analyze client behavior

Marshall Liger, LVT, CVPM
185
Finding your Target Hospital Location and Creating a Business Plan

We will explore the value in continued goal setting and how this can lead to a more fruitful and well-balanced career. Comparison of the success of all 8 Caring Hands Animal Hospitals will be discussed. Actual demographic data and analysis will be presented to help you choose your future hospital location as well as presentation of creating a business plan. Finally, an update on the new Florida location will be presented.

Dr. Michelle Vitulli, DVM
184
Practice Ownership: Case Study of transition of Associate to Partner with Caring Hands and the Path to Success

Veterinary practice ownership remains one of the most financially rewarding positions in the veterinary profession. There are about 26,000 animal hospitals in the United States, and less than 10% are corporately owned. There is unbelievable opportunity for young associates to become practice owners. However, it will require serious evaluation and research by the associate veterinarian to determine which opportunity is best suited for his or her needs.

Dr. Michelle Vitulli, DVM
183
If It was Easy, Diapered Monkeys Would be Doing It

An overview of how I started a successful business with no experience.

Dr. Chuck Wiedmeyer, PhD, DVM
182
Potholes on the Road to Success

Will talk about the many failures encountered in my educational, academic and business career which eventually lead to success.

Dr. Chuck Wiedmeyer, PhD, DVM
181
Is there Life After Veterinary School?

It is never too early to start to think about what you will do after graduation. Is there a way to do this effectively and efficiently so you get the best outcome? Absolutely.

Dr. Peter Weinstein, MBA, DVM
180
Where the Money Comes From and Where the Money Goes in Practice

Understanding the income and expense categories of a practice can help give you a better understanding of how to make a veterinary practice more profitable. And understanding a practice profit and loss can help you better understand your own financial situation

Dr. Peter Weinstein, MBA, DVM
179
Controlling the Exam Room Experience

How to make effective use of your time in the exam room so that you get respect and trust from your clients and make effective use of your limited time. The Exam Room is Show Time for you...here is how to be a star!

Dr. Peter Weinstein, MBA, DVM
178
Being a Leader in Your Practice

Just because you are a veterinarian (or future veterinarian) doesn't mean you will be a leader in your practice or job. What does it take to be a leader and what do you need to do to be successful as a leader.

Dr. Peter Weinstein, MBA, DVM
177
Can you Afford to Buy a Practice with $250k in Debt....Can you Afford Not To

Understanding how practice sales are financed and determined so that you can understand that owning a practice is really the only way to get out of debt in the long term.

Dr. Peter Weinstein, MBA, DVM
176
Pet Obesity - Pathophysiology and Practical Solutions

The #1 health threat our patients face -- and a disease you're not taught much about in veterinary school!

Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM
175
Creativity and Leadership

Developing your leadership skills, working within clinic teams, planning your future, remaining intellectually curious and avoiding burnout through creative endeavors.

Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM
174
Personal Wellness - Daily Rituals to Tilt toward Optimism

Simple steps and daily rituals anyone can take to improve health, enhance enthusiasm, and perform better in the classroom or exam room.

Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM
173
Why it is time for gender balance, inclusion, and diversity in veterinary medicine

According to the AVMA, 63% of small animal practitioners are female. Women also makeup 81% of all veterinary students. Sadly, although women outnumber men in the veterinary field, they are still underrepresented in leadership roles. Our record on diversity is even worse, with only 1% of our profession identifying as African American, well below the nation norm. This lecture discusses three ways we can change veterinary medicine for the better including promoting diversity, gender balance, and supporting inclusion.

Dr. Jill Lopez
172
Simple ways to have better communication in the workplace

To be successful, veterinary health professions must be able to communicate effectively. These tips focus on simple ways to make your communication more effective with a focus on audience, listening, and explaining your goals.

Dr. Jill Lopez
171
Branding secrets for your clinic...and yourself

How to create a dynamic and memorable brand that can help pave the way to be remembered for your expertise and personal uniqueness leading to a more successful and rewarding career. Learn why personal branding is important and complete a brief personal assessment exercise to help create a powerful personal brand.

Dr. Jill Lopez
170
Life lessons learned from the most successful people in our industry.

What separates the most successful veterinary professionals from the average associate? Aside from the fact that they probably paid off their student loan in a lump sum, it is how they deal with life and business. Learn about some of the most successful people in our industry and how they rose through the ranks.

Dr. Jill Lopez
169
Vet Candy's Guide to Vet School

Vet Candy Guide to Vet School focuses on physical, emotional, and financial wellbeing for students entering or already enrolled in Vet School, including tips on how to create a budget, secrets to a healthy relationship with food, and easy ways to stay physically fit.

Dr. Jill Lopez
168
Teamwork

How to Build and Unify a Strong Team

Tim Schoenfelder
167
Communication

How to Communicate Effectively and Be a Great Motivator.

Tim Schoenfelder
166
Eliminating Student Loan Debt

Ways to Eliminate Your Debt After Graduation.

Tim Schoenfelder
165
Leadership

How to Be an Effective Leader That Others Will Follow.

Tim Schoenfelder, Dr. Dan Markwalder, DVM
164
Owning Your Own Clinic

Exploring Affordable, Easy Ways To Be The Owner of a Clinic.

Tim Schoenfelder
163
“Practice success in ANY economy…. tips and plans to help pave the road to an outstanding practice.” (2-3 hrs)

A review of the current state of the veterinary economy and action plans for practice success. your veterinary small business. However, avoid these top 5 mistakes commonly made with social media!

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM
162
The case for diversity and Inclusion in Veterinary medicine. (1 hour)

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM
161
A primer of Basic financial concepts of companion Animal Practice (1-1.5 hrs)

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM
160
Ethical and Moral Practice decisions…interactive real case discussions (1 hr. +)

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM
159
Everything (or at least a lot) you need to Know About Veterinary Business, Finances and Management." (1 -1.5 hrs)

Put your veterinary business knowledge to test. Does the thought of “performance based compensation” make you uneasy? What does your average transaction cost need to be to and how many appointments do you need to see each day to justify an $80,000 salary? …. This is NOT a lecture! This is an interactive discussion and quiz (no pressure)!

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM
158
Communication in The Exam Room...Getting the Client to Yes…(1.5-2hrs)

You do not get to put into practice your medical and surgical skills without the client's permission. ...the key to that happening is communicating with the client to establish trust, understanding and bonding. A client that understands what you are doing, why you are doing it and trusts you this will help you to get the client to "yes".

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM
157
Combination of exam room mastery / practice developing talk (About 4.0 hrs)

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM
156
Mastering the exam room-the keys to allowing you to practice great medicine and surgery and increasing client compliance

Good Medicine is good for the pet the client and for the bottom line...only if the clients lets you do what the pet needs and deserves!

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM
155
Developing the million dollars plus practice…. without the Million-dollar building (2.0-2.5 hrs.)

Real world tips and insights related to high tech-hi touch customer service and professional and financial success.

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM
154
Choosing a Practice (1.5 Hrs.)

Keys to practice choice including, evaluating what is the “right fit”, red flags, finances etc. etc.

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM
153
Introduction to the AAHA/Vet Partners Mentorship Toolkit. (1 hr.)

Looking at the new mentorship program and how to use it and why.

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM
152
Internships and mentorship’s. The myths and realities. (1.5 Hrs.)

No other presentation presents the facts and realities in this eye opening manner.

Dr. Mark Russak, DVM
151
Job Seeking Tips for Veterinary Professionals

Whether you are new to working within the veterinary community or not, there are a few tips and tricks that may help you land the ideal position at the best veterinary hospital for YOU. First, you may need to do some soul searching to determine your personal and professional values. Then consider what you are seeking in your career within the veterinary practice (i.e., what will make or break “the deal”). Finally, set expectations on what to identify for the interviewing process. Let's get candid and be honest about "red flags" in the hiring process. Your first job past college can make or break you. Let's set you up for success!

Rebecca Rose, CVT
150
"I'm not in it for the money," exploring limiting beliefs and behaviors related to money

What are your beliefs about money setting you up for failure? It is good to identify your personal relationship with money and how to manage it. Money is neither good or evil, it is a tool, but you may have unconscious ideals that will not serve you in your career as a veterinarian. While exploring and defining limiting beliefs we may touch upon behaviors you never knew existed. Then we will outline how to retrain your brain to help you reach your goals in financial stewardship.

Rebecca Rose, CVT
149
Leveraging your DYNAMIC veterinary team!

Let's talk veterinary team dynamics, services and profitability! You just landed your first job in a veterinary hospital. GOOD FOR YOU! Now, how will you amp up and be as productive as you possibly can be? How will you generate the services you need to, provide the best possible care, be an asset and profitable? Together we will identify time management tips, learn more about team leveraging, delegation and how to impact the bottom line. You are now a part of a team; lead through example and flourish

Rebecca Rose, CVT
148
It takes a TEAM to offer extraordinary veterinary care

Veterinary team members are formally trained, eager and passionate. Get the team rowing in the same direction to offer the best possible care for the patient and pet parent. Together we will discuss trust, training and communication being key components in team satisfaction and patient care.

Rebecca Rose, CVT
147
Effective Veterinary Team Communication : A key to building a team

Success in your career (regardless of your role on the veterinary team) comes from effectively communicating. There is no one greater skill that will boost your career and job satisfaction. As a new veterinarian, how do you engage and establish a relationship with the team, allowing for trust, synergy and teamwork? Together we will dive into components of team communications.

Rebecca Rose, CVT
146
Practice Ownership: You can make it happen!

Veterinarians wishing to purchase a practice or start a practice will be guided through the search, valuation, negotiation, closing and transaction process. The discussion will examine common mistakes, traps, and also opportunities. The presenter will use his experience as a practice buyer, seller, and transactional attorney that commonly works through the transition process. Particularly addressed are the cash-flow requirements and financial aspects of the practice negotiation.

Dr. Lance Roasa, JD, MS, DVM
145
Knowledge is Power: Using Facts to eliminate the Gender Gap

Gender inequality is real in veterinary medicine, just as in other professions and careers. Pay inequality will not “go away” on it’s own and requires disruption by those affected. You can help close the pay gap by knowing the facts, statistics and biases and putting them to use in your contract and salary negotiations. This session is taught by a veterinary practice owner, veterinarian and attorney who has hired, managed, and fired male and female veterinarians, and negotiated countless veterinary salaries. This interactive and thought provoking discussion is designed to teach you how to overcome the biases that can be affect female veterinary associates and earn more.

Dr. Lance Roasa, JD, MS, DVM
144
How do Veterinarians get Paid?

Veterinary association compensation plays a major role in our employment relationships, but many don’t fully understand the mechanics of the compensation scheme. Understanding the theory behind the money flow and the incentivization methodology will help both employers and employee perform better in their roles. The discussion will specifically address salary, base or production, base and production, Pro-Sal, straight production, profit sharing and other common compensation packages. The presenter will use his experience as a former associate, current practice owner and contract attorney to teach the pros and cons of the packages, and help you create the ideal compensation package.

Dr. Lance Roasa, JD, MS, DVM
143
Business Leadership for Veterinarians

No matter their job title, a veterinarian is a leader within their organizational team upon graduation. Leadership skills used in business fields are deep and diverse, but rarely taught in veterinary medical training. Most veterinarians in private practice stumble around business leadership using ineffective communication, poor leadership strategy and outdated motivation techniques. In this discussion we will explore leadership needs and styles among veterinarians as well as discuss employee motivation techniques for the team around you. Successful businesses are based on highly motivated and skilled employees; business leadership is essential training for successful veterinarians.

Dr. Lance Roasa, JD, MS, DVM
142
The Art and Science of Negotiations

In this highly interactive session, we will teach your chapter how to negotiate effectively and give them the tools to earn a extra $5,000-$10,000 in their first year out of veterinary school. This is taught from the perceptive building a strong relationship with the employer and specially address negotiation strategy for women.

Dr. Lance Roasa, JD, MS, DVM
141
The Jedi Mind Trick

10 Techniques for getting colleagues, bosses, or support staff to do what you want without manipulating, twisting arms, begging, or threatening. All based in classic communication and negotiation principles, these tips are clearly illustrated with examples from practice.

Dr. Andy Roark, DVM
140
Working With The Cash-Strapped Client

If money were no object, veterinary medicine would be so much easier! Unfortunately, finances are a big factor in quality pet healthcare. This session is all about developing effective strategies for talking about money and getting pets the best care possible when resources are limited.

Dr. Andy Roark, DVM
139
How To Be An Exam Room Rock Star

Medicine is a duet. When you and a pet owner are both singing the same tune, pets will get great healthcare and pet owners will happily follow advice and return year after year. This session is all about delivering a veterinary experience pet owners will eagerly line up for.

Dr. Andy Roark, DVM
138
Diffusing The Angry Client

This six-step program was created using data from the hotel, restaurant, and airline industries. It is a systematic approach to dealing with angry or complaining clients and one that every staff member should know.

Dr. Andy Roark, DVM
137
How To Drive Change In Your Veterinary Practice

Change is both difficult and necessary. This program is probably my most popular, and it outlines key steps that anyone can take to help create change in their organization. The stories I tell here will make you laugh, cry, and, most importantly, remember.

Dr. Andy Roark, DVM
136
Basic Finances

Discussing how to properly budget, planning for emergencies, credit cards, student loan and investment basics.

Michael Powell, CFP
134
Perfectionism

Tips on How to Become a Recovering Perfectionist. Perfectionism or high-achievement syndrome is a common trait of those that enter into the medical field, and the speaker has found this to be especially true in the veterinary industry. This is a great personality trait to drive the individual through their schooling and training, however it is often not so great in providing them with a sustainable authentic fulfilling career. This talk takes the audience through one veterinary professional’s personal journey of finding a way to accept her perfectionism tendencies. This journey brought her to recognizing personal shame and how to then develop shame resiliency. These tips on how to become a recovering perfectionist literally saved her life and she wants to share them with the profession.

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM
133
Team Work Dynamics

Working in the trenches – What 12 Mile Mud Runs teach us about working in a veterinary hospital. Many of us would agree that each day working in a hospital brings a level of uncertainty, which is often unwelcome. The appointment book can be described as a “guestimate” to how the day is going to proceed. Each day provides challenges and each day there is a team that works to come together to approach these challenges in the hopes of a positive outcome for all involved. Those individuals show up from their own purpose, yet everyone has the same overarching theme in being part of the team. To support the power of the human animal bond and the positive value that all lives have in this world. Tackling a 10-12 mile military obstacle course provides a unique view into the daily journey of a veterinary team. Having visibility to this journey from the mud runners perspective, can help us all find value in each other and also in ourselves as we navigate through this profession.

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM
132
Managing Emotions in Tough Conversations

How to Manage Personal Emotions in Tough Conversations. There are multiple factors that need to be determined and shared during a conversation with a client when their pet is suffering with a difficult or complex medical situation. These conversations can elicit a number of emotions from the veterinarian and their staff when attempting to support the client through a decision. This presentation covers the traps that a team can fall into due to the emotions within themselves not being recognized and addressed during these conversations. It will provide direction on how to partner with the client and shares ideas and tools with the audience to help manage the emotions related to these conversations. While there is no right answer on how to have these conversations, this presentation helps to define the situation and allows the audience to recognize that we are all normal in our struggle and that true connection and acceptance of our own emotions is in fact the answer.

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM
131
Human Animal Bond and Our Wellbeing

The Unspoken Connection; How the Human Animal Bond Can Both Hurt and Save Us in This Career. This lecture is designed to take a look into how the human animal bond presents itself in both the struggle and survival of our careers within the veterinary profession. The Human Animal Bond is often the critical piece that drives each of us into the profession, yet the reality of the profession both challenges that value of the bond and can also promote an unhealthy reliance on that bond. However, it is not all compassion fatigue and an over connection to the bond. This lecture will start to look at the dynamics of this bond in the profession and how in fact it can provide support to our wellbeing. The bond is powerful, and this lecture is to provide visibility on how that power can be better understood in hopes to find that individual path to each of our authentic sustainable careers within veterinary medicine.

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM
130
Overall Wellbeing and Sustainability

Finding The Path To Honor Ourselves As We Live the Veterinary Oath. We each come into this profession following and honoring the veterinary oath in our unique way. Along the way we often lose ourselves from the challenges and struggles of the space that is veterinary medicine. In this process many lose their drive to stay within the profession. The goal of the 1 Life Connected is to provide a space that allows each individual to find their unique path to sustainability while they honor the veterinary oath. 1 Life Connected does not tell people how to do this, instead it creates the permission for individuals to follow a framework to find longevity within the veterinary industry. When we uniquely honor the veterinary oath and also commit to Be 1 Life Connected, we find sustainability. Attendees will come away with understanding what this commitment states and then begin to find how each piece applies to themself. In the end, allowing each individual to start the journey to Be 1 Life Connected and find their sustainability within the veterinary industry.

Dr. Kimberly Pope-Robinson, DVM
129
What do your clients expect of you?

The first day of being on your own is a scary thought, but it doesn't have to be scary. We will talk about what you think your clients want vs what your clients really expect of you.

Cassi Pettyjohn, DVM
128
Ownership vs Non Owner DVM

While there are many benefits of owning a practice, it is not for everyone. We will discuss what it really means to own a practice and what the pros and cons are. There are many advantages to being an associate as well. You need to think about what fits in your life.

Cassi Pettyjohn, DVM
127
Where to invest your money to succeed

You are about to start your life. It's time to think about how to make your money work for you. Do you pay off your student loans first? Do you invest? Do you buy a house? The answers are here for you!

Cassi Pettyjohn, DVM
126
The Future of Veterinary Medicine

As a private practice owner we are seeing corporations buying up a lot of our industry. The private practitioner is becoming less and less while the specialists are becoming more abundant. We will discuss how this will affect your decision now and what veterinary medicine will be like in the future.

Cassi Pettyjohn, DVM
125
Internship vs Associate Position

The number one question coming out of veterinary school is: Should I take an internship or should I take a job in Private Practice? What are the benefits of both? What do I want out of my career? All topics will be covered with a look into the future on how this decision can affect you financially and professionally.

Cassi Pettyjohn, DVM
124
Small Business Creation / Development

Contact directly for specific lectures

Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DVM
123
Work-Life Balance

Contact directly for specific lectures

Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DVM
122
Social Media​

Contact directly for specific lectures

Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DVM
121
Emergency / Critical Care

Contact directly for specific lectures

Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DVM
120
Marketing: Here's what I would do if I were you.

Marketing is how businesses get and keep a customer - profitably. Yet many businesses fail this essential aspect and focus instead on operations. Bob will share the five questions every business should be able to answer as well as discuss some useful actions you should take when planning your business.

Bob Muscat
119
Business Strategy: It's not what you think.

Many small businesses struggle needlessly because they either have no strategy or follow a template without thinking. Successful businesses understand customer profitability and set up a management system to do just that. Bob will show attendees the essential tools they need to run a profitable business and why most advice is utterly wrong in today's competitive environment.

Bob Muscat
118
In Defense of Money: Why you shouldn't be ashamed of financial motivation

Do not enter veterinary medicine thinking, or even expecting, to not make any money. There is nothing wrong with earning a good income and there are very particular ways you need to think in order to set yourself up for success. Dr. Dani discusses the three most important changes you MUST make in your life if you want to truly be wealthy - and not just balance-sheet wealthy, but actually sustained high net-worth.

Dr. Dani McVety, DVM
117
Avoiding School Burnout

Dr. Dani discusses how to make your dreams a reality, and avoiding the "daily grind" that occurs for many students and professionals. This talk focuses on life balance, relationships, health, and fulfillment. Veterinarians often experience burnout very early-on in their careers based on the combination of the rigorous hours, job demands, and their common personality traits. By understanding how to combat compassion fatigue in vet school, and set expectations for life beyond the classroom, you can be better equipped for a fulfilling future!

Dr. Dani McVety, DVM
116
Top 5 things that will ensure your success in vet school

An interactive discussion that helps students with tips on surviving vet school, regardless of what year they are in. This is a great talk to begin the year with, as it offers fantastic tips on staying grounded despite the rigorous demands of vet school.

Dr. Dani McVety, DVM
115
Entrepreneurism in the Medical Field and Beyond!

Whether you dream about, plan on, or are even remotely considering starting your own practice, acquiring an existing one, or simply being a valued, integral part of a business, you need to hear some things before you set out on your own. You need to know what will lead to your success, what obstacles will be in your way, and most importantly, what your true vision is supposed to include. I may not have all the answers, but I guarantee you that if I can do it, anyone can. Other topics offered by Dr. Dani that relate to entrepreneurism and workplace success include: Networking, Thriving with Coworkers, and Laws for Success.

Dr. Dani McVety, DVM
114
Gold Standards of Compassionate Communication (Verbal and Nonverbal)

The words you use and the words you fail to use say more about your intentions and emotions than you may think. Verbal communication anchors a client’s feelings and experience about you and your ability to help their pet before you’ve even presented them with an estimate. When combined with non-verbal communication (body language), verbal “anchors,” set the client (and you) up for a good experience. In Dr. Dani's verbal communication presentation, she addresses handling difficult discussions, conveying positive emotions, responding to clients’ concerns, and sets the foundation for the entire team to ensure the best experience possible. Her nonverbal communication presentation addresses awareness of unspoken subtleties, and offers tools to discern, confirm, and reshape the attitude a client may be feeling without saying a word.

Dr. Dani McVety, DVM
113
What else does your program need?

We can work together to build a program that fits your schedule and what is needed.

David McCormick
112
Personal Financial Health

This session covers the basics of personal finance, things that you can be doing now that can have significant impact on your financial future.

David McCormick
111
Practice Financial Operation & Management

This is a dive into the financial side of veterinary medicine - fixed & variable expenses, income-expense ratios, profit & loss statements, balance sheets, and more. All the core financial elements plus the management perspectives on how to use the data to track and improve your practice.

David McCormick
110
Practice Value & Ownership - Yes you can!​

What makes one practice worth more than another? Can you buy a practice when you have no money? Yes, you can own a practice and your debt will not get in the way. Learn more about practice value, the purchase process and how the ownership cash flow makes the purchase possible.

David McCormick
109
Veterinary Practice Financial Health - and why it matters!

What makes a practice financially healthy and why is this important to you as an associate? Learn to make sense of the revenues and expenses data - and more importantly, what it means to your compensation! These are important details that can impact your veterinary career whether you are interested in practice ownership or not. Depending on the time available, this session can add in case studies on practices that were financially sick and recovered.

David McCormick
108
Employment as a new veterinarian and the contracting process

Your due diligence as an associate and employment talking points.

Elliot Matloff
107
Insurance and Financial Planning Needs as a Veterinarian and/or practice owner

Disability, life and health insurance, investments, retirement.

Elliot Matloff
106
Culture: The key to practice success

Culture will beat strategy all day long. I will outline the why, how and benefits of developing a culture no matter your role as a veterinarian.

Dr. Dan Markwalder, DVM
104
How to have financial freedom as a veterinarian

Practice ownership