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November 2018 

Message From the President

 For the November message, Jeff Thoren encourages everyone to look for things to be grateful   for. He also shares what in VetPartners he is grateful for. Click below to find out....    

Help turn Jeff's video viral.... Watch now!!


Welcome New Members

Curt Boisfontaine
Meridian Veterinary Capital  


Isaiah Douglass
ID Financial Planning & Wealth Mgmt     


 Ruth Garcia 
 Fear Free, LLC


Lisa Mausbach


 Randy Trammell
 Mahan Law



Member & Association News

 Join us for the 2019 Annual Meeting!

It's shaping up to be a great event!

Day #1: Current Trends in Today's Veterinary Practices

We will have two extended panel sessions, during which we'll explore some of the issues that veterinary practices are facing today:

Insights and Trends in Corporate Consolidation — A behind-the-scenes look at the most important trend in veterinary practice today: the rapid consolidation of practices into corporate groups.

The ProSal Debate - Peter Weinstein facilitates a panel discussion on salaries and how we pay our doctors, and the implications and impacts this has on the entire profession and the economics of the entire business. Find out more about the session by viewing Peter's Video.

Day #2: From Survive to Thrive

Join Steve van Remortel, author of Stop Selling Vanilla Ice Cream, as he leads a day-long workshop, during which you'll develop a strategy and plan to increase profitability for your business and/or for the businesses of your clients.

Bonus: if you register before December 27, you'll have the opportunity to participate in a DISC and Talent Insights Assessment and receive those results prior to the meeting - a $300 value in and of itself! 

For more information about the program and to register today, head over to the website

Cast Your Ballot!

If you haven't done so yet, be sure to cast your ballot soon for the 2019 VetPartners Board of Directors. this year we are electing a President, Vice-President, Treasurer and two General Director positions. Please consider the statements by our candidates that are attached to the ballot before you vote. Voting will close on November 26 at 11:45pm EST.

The candidate statements and ballot can be found on the website at the following link:


Please note that you will need to be signed into the website with your email and password to view the nominations page, and will need to supply your VetPartners Member User ID when completing the ballot. To find the ID, once you are logged into the website click on the "view profile" link. Please follow the directions found online and note that each member can only vote once.

Updates from our Committees & SIGs

Membership Committee
One of the initiatives for the Membership Committee is to create more opportunities for our members to network, not only at our meetings, but throughout the year. We would welcome any suggestions and innovative ideas from our membership. Please send to michael@michaellinardi.com .

Opportunities Committee
We want to remind members that VetPartners relies heavily on sponsorships to keep our membership and meeting prices low and to have opportunities to highlight our members to the industry. Please be sure to thank our sponsors regularly!  And, if you know of a company that might be interested in reaching the best and brightest minds in the industry, please share our Sponsorship Brochure with them. We are actively seeking new sponsors for 2019! 

Valuation Council

The VetPartners Valuation Council has just sent an updated and expanded The No Lo Practice, Avoiding a Practice Worth Less publication to print! The goal of this publication is to shed light on the distressing trend of no- to low-value practices in the veterinary industry. Ultimately, the goal is to reverse this trend. This revised publication will be available to members via download from the website. Look for the announcement soon.

Technology & Innovation SIG
The Tech SIG will be presenting an hour of classes on Thursday afternoon. LinkedIn class will be back by popular demand! We ask people to bring their own devices for this class. We will be using ZOOM conferencing software for everyone to follow along on their own device. We will also have a submission box for technology questions that we will answer in 2019 monthly newsletters. We look forward to seeing you!

News From our Members
  • Gina Fortunato is excited to share an announcement from Crum & Forster Pet Insurance Group, that they have entered into a partnership with Midwest Veterinary Supply. Read the Press Release.
  • Congratulations to David Strauss and PetWell Partners for being awarded the first ever Practice Network Accreditation from AAHA. Read the Press Release
  • Amanda Donnelly will be presenting at the Tri-City Academy of Veterinary Medicine in Johnson City, TN on December 2, 2018, topic is "Getting More Pets the Care They Deserve," and at the AAEP in San Francisco on December 4, 2018, with the topic of Building Better Teams.  
  • Check out the October/November Today's Veterinary Business Journal. Lots of articles authored by VetPartners Members:
    • A Prescription for Change, by Wendy Hauser, DVM and Joy Fuhrman, DVM, MBA, CPA
    • In-SURE!-ance, by John Volk
    • Calculated Risks, by Cory Friedman, CBC
    • A View From the Trenches, by Karen Felsted, DVM, CPA, MS, CVPM, CVA and Travis Meredith, DVM, MBA, DACT
    • Think Twice, by Leslie Mamalis
    • Fear Factors, by Ed Branam, DVM, CIC
    • The Lowdown on IRS Section 179, by Gary Glassman, CPA
    • Care Repair, by Amanda Donnelly, DVM, MBA
    • Picture Perfect, by Eric Garcia
    • Surrender to the Present, by Trey Cutler, JD and Jeff Thoren, DVM, BCC, PCC
    • Gray Matters, by Sandy Walsh, RVT, CVPM
    • Modern Mentoring, by Charlotte Lacroix, DVM, JD
    • Keep Some Skin in the Game, by Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA
    • A Balancing Act, by Stith Keiser (VetPartners Corner article)
 Register for 2019 VMX Before Prices Increase November 31

Get ready for mind-blowing learning, tremendous networking opportunities and explosive entertainment featuring: country superstars Little Big Town, TV personality Brandon McMillan, renowned model and actress Brooke Shields, and actor Rob Lowe – only at VMX 2019!

There’s no better time or place to enjoy sunny Florida than at VMX 2019, January 19-23 (not to mention the amazing 1,200+ hours of CE learning opportunities).

Check out the Preliminary Program
Register Now!

 VHMA Insiders' Insight Report
This month's Insiders' Insight Report asked managers what kind of support they get from their owners.  Overall 77% of the responding managers feel their owner provides them with the tools and resources necessary to manage operations effectively.

Managers were also asked which tools and resources were not available. About 1/2 of the respondents noted that several very critical resources were missing: the job description, support for their decisions and access to the owners.

78% of respondents have had to advocate for the tools and resources they need to perform their job.

Read the full report, VHMA's October 2018 Insider's Insight Report, to find out how managers convinced their owners to provide the support they need.

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



January 16 - 18, 2019

Orlando, FL


July 30 - August 1, 2019

Washington, DC


February, 2020

Las Vegas, NV

Check out VetPartners Upcoming Events Calendar...

 VetPartners Board, Committee and SIG Meeting Calendar

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