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October 2018 

Message From the President

In this month's message, Jeff Thoren dons a halloween costume to entice members to hear his message. What does his costume have to do with the 2019 Annual Meeting? Click below to find out....    

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


Welcome New Members

Jerry Shevick
Peaceful Pets Aquamation, Inc.     
Lisa Zola
University Animal Hospital     

Member & Association News

 Never Fear: Registration for the 2019 Annual Meeting is Here

Fall is here, and soon the streets will be filled with scary ghosts and goblins and witches and Donald Trumps, oh my!

Don't be scared—we've got a sweet treat that will soothe your fears this October. Registration is open for the 2019 VetPartners Annual Meeting, and this year's program is so spooktacular, not only will you want to come, but you'll want to bring your boo-tiful ghoulfriend, all your fangtastic friends, and your wicked awesome colleagues along.

Had enough of the Halloween puns? We didn't think so... We would make a skeleton joke here, but you probably wouldn't find it humerus. Instead, we'll creep it real and jump into the highlights of this year's program.

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 — We'll dig deep into the difficulty behind recruiting and retaining associate veterinarians, and we'll pay close attention to compensation. What is the future of compensation, and how will it affect every practice?

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. You'll be energized and challenged, and you'll walk away with a specific action plan to implement immediately. Click on the image at the right for a sneak peek.

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

Updates from our Committees & SIGs
Ethics Committee
Beginning in November, the Ethics Committee will feature a monthly "What If?" ethical dilemma with real life examples. We will tie it in with the VetPartners Code of Ethics. If you have an experience to share or a question related to ethics, please reach out to the Ethics Committee.

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 will meet in Dallas later this month for a two-day workshop. Every year for the past 18 years our members get together at our own expense because we just can't accomplish enough in a monthly webinar. Also, we just like being around other people who do practice valuation for a living. Thanks to Lacher, McDonald, we earn some RACE-approved CE to help us maintain our valuation credentials. And let's be honest, we have a little bit of fun too.

Technology & Innovation SIG
The Tech SIG will be teaching at least one hour of classes at the Annual Meeting and maybe two! We will also have a submission box at the registration desk for tech questions that we will answer in future VetPartners newsletters. Finally, bring your devices for class and our help desk what will be open during breaks!

News From our Members
  • Be sure to view the recent Spark! interview with Jessica Trichel. VetPartners members truly are the experts, and we're working hard to promote that! 
  • Shout out to Sarah Rumple for her help with the new VetPartners Blog. And be sure to catch her September entry, "From The VetPartners Experts: How to Write a Veterinary Blog Post"
  • 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.  
  • Gifted Leaders coaches Jeff Thoren and Peg Thoren will be facilitating a workshop on "Shift Happens! Next-Stage Practice Management and Leadership" for a Veterinary Management Group on October 19 - 21 in Phippsburg, ME. VMG members include VetPartners members David McCormick, Larry McCormick and Jim Wilson.
  • Wendy Hauser and Joy Fuhrman  joined forces to author this months cover article for NAVC's Today's Veterinary Business. "A Prescription for Change" tackles production based veterinary compensation and offers an alternative strategy. 
  • Wendy Hauser will be presenting a full day track at the Michigan VMA's Small Animal Seminar Series titled "Growing Leaders in Your Practice," and sponsored by Crum & Forster Pet Health Insurance Group. 
  • Lauren Lane is proud to announce that PetWell Partners has been named the 13th fastest growing private company in Houston, TX. Read all about it
  • has an article that will be appearing in the October issue of Veterinary Team Brief. She will also be speaking at NY Vet and the NC Veterinary Conference in November.
  • Stith Keiser has a number of speaking engagements coming up. He'll be in Germany Oct. 22-26 for the Europe Military Veterinary Short Course; at the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association Nov. 1 speaking about "Profit or Perish"; doing a VetMedTeam  Webinar on Nov. 7 titled "The Ace in the Hole for the Jack of All Trades" and a VIN Rounds Webinar on Nov. 8 titled "Investment or Folly." 
  • If you're attending the AVMA Economic Summit next week in Chicago, be sure to attend Stacy Pursell's session, "A Hiring Manager's Outlook." Click here for the full agenda
  • Jeff Poisson is excited to announce the JAVMA has given a great review of Preventive Vets Essential Tips books. To celebrate, Preventive Vet is offering vet hospitals the ability to get two free copies for review. Preventive Vet will be happy to send VetPartners members who share the offer via this LinkedIn post with clients free copies as well. 
  • Michael Linardi and Dean Tyson are offering a new program called "Veterinary Associate Success." It is a group program designed to support the young associate in their first few years of practice with confidence, skill set,.etc. Find out more here.
  • Cindy Trice of Relief Rover was mentioned in the September print version of Veterinary Team Brief, and in a recent Trends magazine article.
  • Mary Berg is offering a new RACE-CE approved webinar, titled "Gaining Dental Compliance." Find out more about it here.
  • Amanda Landis-Hanna will be presenting to the faculty and veterinary students of Texas A&M and Mississippi State University in November, on the role of the veterinarian in the world of animal welfare and the human-animal bond.
 Veterinary Innovation Summit
Join Us for this One-of-a-Kind Event!
April 5 - 7, 2019, College Station, TX

Veterinarians today are playing a more significant role and having a more substantial impact on the world than ever before. They are developing new therapies to treat cancer, containing the spread of disease, supporting disabled people through animal assistance programs, promoting the human-animal bond, combating climate change and addressing food security. Veterinarians are quite literally transforming the lives of people and our society each and every day. Join us to:
  • Investigate the trends and technologies that impact the profession during panel discussions and breakout sessions
  • Learn about the global impact of veterinarians and explore organizational growth during an innovation showcase
  • Connect with others during structured partnering sessions that encourage joint discovery.
Register Now!

 VHMA Insiders' Insight Report
This month's Insiders' Insight Report asked managers about their practice information management software (PIMS), specifically about their reporting habits and needs. When asked what reports were the most helpful in managing the hospital eight reports were the most helpful to 50% of the respondents:
  • End of Day/Daily Transactions
  • New Client
  • Production by Veterinarian or Other Provider
  • Revenue/Transaction/Visit/ATC Reports for a particular period
  • Inventory On-Hand
  • Total Accounts Receivable
  • Revenue by Profit Center/Income Category
  • Open Invoice
Find out what other reports managers would find helpful and what frustrates them the most in the full article.

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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January 16 - 18, 2019
Orlando, FL

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Washington, DC

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