VetPartners e-Bulletin

The latest news from your association for veterinary practice development.
June 2017    
Note from the President
Hi VetPartners Members,

The Mid-Year Meeting is right around the corner, so please make sure you register now to take advantage of the early bird special registration rate. I was just at ACVIM in DC and it was great to see so many of you while there and as usual VetPartners members were speaking on practice management topics.

This year at AVMA VetPartners members will be consulting with veterinary practices that participate in the AVMA Practice Profitability Sessions. Application for participation has closed, but if you are still interested in participating, please contact Elizabeth directly. This consulting is very high visibility for members and our organization, and I want to thank everyone that is consulting on the project.

We hope to have great attendance and networking at the Mid-Year and we are hard at work to promote the event via social media. Please help us out and share our posts about the upcoming meeting and share the videos that our speakers are creating. Also, we all know consultants that are not yet members, so INVITE THEM TO JOIN. There is a special meeting registration rate for first time attendees of just $99.

See everyone at the Mid-Year! 


 Welcome New Members
 Andrea Crabtree
 FurPaws Consulting
 Michael Kalman
 Crum and Forster Pet Insurance Group              

 Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton
 Hamilton Law and Mediation


Member & Industry News
Time to Register for the 2017 Mid-Year Meeting!
The Mid-Year Meeting is just around the corner!  Have you registered yet?

We have 12 wonderful presenters for our Hot Rocks presentations. You'll want to view the Agenda to see what's on tap.  And be sure to check out the promotional videos some of them have done. Just click on the photos to access: 

The Program Committee is excited to host our Mid-Year Meeting in Indianapolis, IN, the home of the Indianapolis 500! We will incorporate this theme into our Thursday evening reception, so after a day of learning, be prepared to try your skills on an Indy driving simulator! And rumor has it that NoLo Profits will be making an appearance. If you want to join your colleagues for two days of education, inspiration, networking and fun, do so soon to take advantage of the early bird discount rate, which ends June 28th!  For more information and to register, click HERE

Did You Know? (An Ethics Committee Feature Article)
Did you know that the VetPartners Code of Ethics (Section IV, F6) explicitly states that accepting "finders fees" is a violation of the code of ethics, if it prevents rendering impartial, independent advice (see article IV, D4)?

Example: A client is starting a practice and will need a variety of professional services. The consultant offers to make appropriate introductions to the professionals providing services that the veterinarian will need. Based on prior working relationships, the consultant offers one choice per category (i.e., one lender, one insurance agent, one marketing company, one accountant, etc.) The veterinarian trusts the consultant and enters into professional relationships with those parties recommended. What is not disclosed is that the consultant receives benefits from those individuals that are recommended, in the form of either cash or reduced fees for personal services.

Code of Ethics states:
Article IV D: Members agree to avoid conflicts of interest by:
1. Preventing competitive advantage to one client through use of confidential information from another client, who is a direct competitor without that competitor's permission.
2. Immediately disclosing and acknowledging any influences or perceived influences on the member's objectivity to clients.
3. Offering to withdraw from a consulting or advising engagement when objectivity or integrity may be impaired.
4. Rendering impartial, independent advice.

Refusing "kick back" or finder's fees from giving referrals or otherwise recommending products or services of any third party, if accepting those fees would result in a violation of Article IV.D above or any other professional code governing the member.
VetPartners Board, Committees & SIGs Updates
Board Motions Approved This Month
  • Approval for VetPartners to sponsor the NAVC Trends Track in 2018.
  • Approval for VetPartners to co-brand an educational webinar with VHMA on the new AAHA/VMG Chart of Accounts
  • To dissolve the Digital Committee and fold its mission/goals into the Communications Committee
Communications Committee
The Communications Committee has launched a new VetPartners Facebook Group page to help facilitate more networking and collaboration between our members. Within this group, participants will be able to ask questions, share information, self-promote (within reason!) and support each other in a networking style format.  We hope you will join us and actively participate!  The name of the group on Facebook is VetPartners Networking Group. Just type that into the search bar and ask to join.  

Industry Research SIG
The Industry Research SIG is seeking ideas from YOU about your favorite industry resources. Whether it's a news source, database, industry report or any other credible, informative source - all suggestions are good suggestions. The IBISWorld report has provided a framework from which topics can be derived - the goal now is to have supplemental information sources from which to draw. Please email your suggestions to research@vetpartners.org. Thank you in advance!

Membership Committee

As you know, most of our new members come from referrals; a friend, colleague or client of a current member joins us because they learned about VetPartners from you! We don't want VetPartners to be a 'best kept secret" - YOU are the best advertisement of our organization. The bigger we grow, the better for you. And, you know VetPartners Membership Has Its Perks. Awesome networking opportunities, access to members-only information, member to member webinars, social media support and much more. We challenge you to spread the word and recommend one new member this year. Ready, set, go!

Social Media Sub-Committee

The success of our social media presence depends, in part, on our members. The more people that see our content, the more people will know about our organization. Engagement on VetPartners  Facebook and LinkedIn pages is as easy as clicking 'like.' Ideally, you would comment too. Something like, "way to go" "congrats" or "welcome aboard" are easy and help more people see our content. When you 'like' something, your followers will see it. Twitter is easy too. Simply 'like' or even better, retweet.  
 News From our  Members
  • Cammi Bailey was invited to join the AZVMA Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee. The committee advises the AVMA Board of Directors on economic issues affecting veterinary medicine and makes recommendations to develop strategies for improving them, including how to develop and deliver information to the veterinary profession that will improve the profession's business knowledge, acumen, and financial success. 
  • Mark Olcott and his company VitusVet were featured in a recent Washington Post article about his veterinary record system. Read the article Here.
  • Gina Fortunato and Mike Kalman are pleased to announce that Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group has launched a veterinary care insurance policy for companion horses, and product typically reserved for race or performance horses. Read more about it here.
  • The Western Veterinary Conference honored Linda Markland with the WVC Special Service Recognition Award. The honor is given to a member for years of leadership, service, and contributions to the organization's success. Congratulations Linda!
  • Veterinary Money Digest interviewed Amanda Landis-Hanna of PetSmart Charities about the importance of her work to improve how veterinarians, shelter veterinarians and animal welfare organizations communicate with one another. Catch the video Here.
  • Tracy Dowdy has put together some great and free Veterinary Practice training videos. Check them out Here.
Veterinarian's Money Digest Welcomes Editorial Advisory Board Members

Veterinarian's Money Digest, a business and financial resource for veterinary professionals, and a sponsor of VetPartners, announced the first 18 Editorial Advisory Board members from across the United States. Many of this group are members of VetPartners!  The board will advise on content and work directly in collaboration with the editorial staff to help deliver the most up-to-date advice on best practices for today's veterinary leaders. Read the Press Release


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.
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