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June 2018 

Message From the President

Click the image below to hear the president's message for this month and check out Jeff's favorite summer tank top! Jeff shares information on the upcoming Mid-Year Meeting, the fabulous collection of Hot Rocks presentations, and ample opportunity to network with your peers and learn about current association initiatives and activities. With over 100 registered already, it's going to be a vibrant two days of collaboration and education. See you in Denver!   


Welcome New Members

Cindy Barnes
Shepherd Software, Inc.
Timothy Burns
Roaring Brook Veterinary Hospital
Jason Collins
Joy Fuhrman
Shepherd Software, Inc.
Phillip Jackson
Old Hickory Group
DJ Lipke
Prairie Capital
 Anthony Mahan
 Mahan Law
Marshall Liger
Liger Veterinary Consulting
 Karen Osborne
 Lacher McDonald & Co., CPA's
 Samuel Razor
 Hippo Manager Software, Inc.
 Brei Silvia
 BBVA Compass Bank
 Mark Sizemore
 Sizemore & Associates, CPA

Member & Association News

2018 Mid-Year Meeting 

Today is the last day to register and receive the early bird discount, a $50 savings off of the registration price, for the 2018 Mid Year Meeting. We hope to see you in Denver next month!  

Not sure why you need to attend? We feature the top 8 reasons in the new VetPartners Blog. Read the blog at the link below, then register and join us! 

Blog Link

Register Now!  

Call for Volunteers

VetPartners has many great programs and initiatives in the works to help promote our association and our members and advance the industry as a whole. We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join a Committee or SIG and use their knowledge and experience to help us reach our goals. What's in it for you? A chance to develop leadership skills, connect and network with colleagues, and give back to the association and industry. 

Please review the list of various committees and SIGs at http://vetpartners.org/Committees and if interested, feel free to reach out to the Chair of that group, or contact Elizabeth McArthur at admin@vetpartners.org. Or, if you will be attending the Mid-year Meeting, you can find out more about any group you are interested in by visiting with them during our Committee/SIG meeting time during the program.

 Become a Brand Ambassador

VetPartners members are the face and voice of our association, and we need your help now. As part of the VetPartners public relations initiative, we encourage our members to become brand ambassadors for the organization.

How can you do that? First, read the attached Member Brand Guide to get a sense of the messaging we want to put out there, and begin using this language when talking about VetPartners with colleagues and clients. Second, add the Member Logo, available for download Here, to your website, collateral materials and presentations to show that you are a proud member of our organization.

Please be sure to adhere to the logo use guidelines as outlined in the brand guide, and read and agree to the terms and conditions for use of the logo, both available for review and download on the website.

VetPartners Board, Committees & SIGs Updates

Diversity & Inclusion SIG

This new SIG held it's second meeting this month, and is looking for member participants. Please contact Shelley Johnson or Monica Perry if you would like to join. 

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is continuing to focus on our initiatives from the board, i.e. encouraging collaboration between members, creating opportunities for new members to network at meetings as well as in-between meetings, and improving member engagement by creating more connections and enhancing our new member "on-boarding" process.  Have some ideas about how to achieve these goals?  Contact Michael Linardi, Chair.  Or better yet, join the committee and help us develop the plan and process! 

Program Committee

We are actively looking for new members for the Program Committee. We meet on the fourth Thursday of each month via conference call at 11am EST. This committee has a lot of fun working to pull together both the Mid-Year and Annual Meetings. Want to join us? Let Elizabeth know.

Technology & Innovation SIG

The Technology and Innovation SIG will be seeing you at the Mid Year Meeting. We will be working on teaching members how to use the various technologies available to improve their day-to-day jobs. We are also considering a public facing focus which is still being determined. Want to chime in with that focus? Come join our meetings at 10am Central on the second Tuesday of each month.

Social Media Reminder
Have you joined our private Facebook Group page yet?  This is a great place to ask questions, collaborate, and share ideas with other members. We hope you'll join us!

News From our Members
  • Bridge Club co-founders Catherine Haskins and Brenda Andresen invite all VetPartners members to a special Bridge Club Live Event supported by ASPCA Pet Health Insurance. The event will be held on Friday, July 13, 8 - 9:30pm at the Honor Society Handcrafted Eatery in Denver. Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register, click Here.
  • Ira Gordon and his company, VetPrep, are actively recruiting submissions to the third season of The Idea, their innovation competition for veterinary students. This is a great opportunity for veterinary students to gain mentorship and support toward entrepreneurship and to potentially win up to $10,000 in prize money. Submission deadline is July 1. More information can be found at https://info.vetprep.com/the-idea.
  • VetPartners President Jeff Thoren's company, Gifted Leaders, is pround to be affiliated with the Extraordinary Teams Partnership! Together, we are Transforming Teams for Amazing Results! We have identified The Essential Elements of Extraordinary Teams. Learn about them at https://extraordinaryteams.us/essential-elements
  • Gifted Leaders coaches Jeff Thoren, DVM, PCC, BCC and Peg Thoren, M.Ed., BCC are excited to be facilitating a coaching skills workshop at the Great Ideas Conference on Friday, June 22 at the Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, Ontario! The concept of leadership as we know it is dramatically changing. Coaching skills are increasingly recognized as an essential competency to facilitate learning and positive change for employees, especially younger ones.
  • Debbie Boone, BS, CVPM now has a column in Veterinary Team Brief called Culture Coach. Articles appear every other month and are focused on improving communication in practices between team members. Debbie is also completing a feasibility study for NC State University on the possible success of a distance learning certificate at University level for Veterinary Practice Management. This is the course Monica Dixon Perry teaches on campus now.
  • Mary Gardner, DVM, was featured on a recent edition of  Spark! on the subject "How to get Geriatric Patients into Your Practice." Check out the video Here
  • Featured articles by members in the June 2018 issue of Today's Veterinary Business:
    • Give it Your Best Shot: Compete with low-cost vaccination clinics by doing what they do or by building a better client relationship, by Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA
    • The Real Deal: With practice sales and corporate offers, the devil is in the details, by Leslie Mamalis, MBA, MSIT, CVA
    • Common Ground: Human biotech leaders would welcome a closer relationship with animal health interests, by Aaron Massecar, MA, Ph.D.
    • Talk the Talk: Why embrace Generation Y? by Amanda Donnelly, DVM, MBA
    • Socially Acceptable: How may I assist you?, by Eric D. Garcia
    • Go With the Flow: Choosing wisely, by Jeff Thoren, DVM, PCC, BCC and Trey Cutler, JD
    • Getting Technical: The royal treatment, by Sandy Walsh, RVT, CVPM
    • VetPartners Corner: The ripple effect, by Stacy Pursell, CPC, CERS
 Ready to Get Human-Animal Bond Certified?

There's no question that today's pet owners are very different from pet owners just a few years ago. The next thing pet parents are going to be looking for is a veterinarian that can prove they understand and support the relationship they have with their pets. The Human-Animal Bond has been proven to improve the health and well-being of both pets and pet owners. Understanding the science and receiving practical training will help strengthen your practice. Veterinarians that complete the course will earn an official Human-Animal Bond Certification from the NAVC Learning Academy and HABRI.


 VHMA Insiders' Insight Report

VHMA's May Insiders' Insight Report explores the services offered to pet owners during wellness exams. Several of these questions were previously asked in early 2015 and the comparison between the answers then and now is presented. Here are some highlights:
  • The percentage of respondents selecting the physical exam as one of their top-three services dropped from 84% in 2015 to 72% in 2018.
  • The percentage of respondents selecting heartworm/flea products as one of their top-three choices jumped from 34% in 2015 to almost 50% in 2018.
  • Financial limitations topped the list as the primary reason clients didn't accept veterinary team recommendations (87%) with failure to understand the value a close second (75%.) The third most selected item was failure of the client to fully comprehend the recommendation (59%.)
For more details review VHMA's May 2018 Insiders' Insight Report.

The VetPartners e-Bulletin is published monthly on or around the 15th of the month. We are always looking for news and information to share.  If you have any, please send to our Association Administrator, Elizabeth McArthur, at elizabeth@vetpartners.org.  You can review our e-Bulletin Submission Policy HERE.

Upcoming VetPartners Events


July 11 - 13, 2018
Denver, CO

January 16 - 18, 2019
Orlando, FL

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