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VetPartners e-Bulletin


July 2018 

From the President

Reflections on the Mid-Year Meeting

Reflecting back on the Mid-Year Meeting, all I can come up with is the word "WOW!" My intuitive sense is telling me that it's one of the best VetPartners meetings I've ever attended while my brain is trying to find the words to support and explain that gut feeling. Perhaps it's just that the collegial, fun, and intellectually stimulating nature of our gathering is still fresh in my mind? Maybe it's that I thought that this year's line up of Hot Rocks presentations was one of the most diverse, timely, and thought provoking that we've ever had? Of course, it could be that there seemed to be an endless supply of shrimp and crab legs at the Care Credit reception! I think, though, that it's more than all of those things. READ MORE


Welcome New Members

Ed Branam
Safehold Special Risk, Inc.
William Hodges
Catherine Kim
Synergy Veterinary Imaging Partners
DJ Lipke
Prairie Capital
Josh Vaisman
Flourish Veterinary Consulting

Member & Association News

The 2018 Mid-Year Meeting is a Wrap!

The Program Committee would like to thank all Mid-Year Meeting participants, including our wonderful Hot Rocks presenters! We know the commitment that it takes to put a presentation together and we appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge with your peers. The Hot Rocks presentations are what make the Mid-Year Meeting so successful. The presentation powerpoint decks are available for members to view at http://vetpartners.org/Proceedings.  

We would also like to give a special shout out to our sponsors, without whom these meetings wouldn't be possible - CareCredit, Nationwide, Boehringer Ingelheim, NAVC, VetSource, Patterson Veterinary, AVMA PLIT, and Babelbark!

And, an extra special thanks to Lynn Davis for doing another great job with the event photography. We share a few teasers below, but be sure to check them all out on our Facebook Page.

We will be sending out a meeting survey soon, so please be on the lookout for that, and please participate, even if you did not attend, as we will be asking for suggestions for future meetings as well.

See you all at the Annual Meeting, January 16 - 18, 2019 in Orlando!!

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. 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

We hope you have had a chance to check out our newly launched VetPartners Blog!  Thanks to member Sarah Rumple for getting that up and going.  Now we need your help.... we are looking for volunteers to write articles for the Blog. Interested? Want more information? Feel free to reach out to Sarah or Elizabeth.

 Social Media Request

Now more than ever, we need YOUR engagement with VetPartners social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. Thanks to our knowledgable members, we are able to push out original content, relevant to veterinary practice management -- particularly from Today's Veterinary Business, SPARK Casts and other industry publications. This is content that YOUR followers/clients/constituents want to know about.

This week, for example, there are two very interesting and timely pieces posted to VetPartners social sites; "May I Assist You?" written by VetPartners Member, Eric Garcia, and "Choosing Wisely" by Jeff Thoren and Trey Cutler, also members. Engage with these posts, and others like it, on Facebook and Linkedin by liking, sharing and commenting. Any of these steps, helps others see that it's content coming from VetPartners. Have you seen the message "Bruce Truman likes this"? This means you are seeing content that Bruce likes, shared or commented on. By engaging with our posts, more people will see VetPartners organically.

Twitter is easy. Tap over to VetPartners Twitter feed and like all of the tweets, and ideally, retweet all or some of our Tweets. Let others see what we already know -- VetPartners, and its members, are industry experts!

Plus, engagement by sharing and retweeting helps your own engagement. You will notice more people liking what you like.

We are always looking for relevant content. Please continue to share your blog posts, published articles, news and updates.

VetPartners Board, Committees & SIG Updates

Sponsorship Opportunities
If you know a company that would be interested in reaching the best and brightest minds in the veterinary industry, we are looking for new sponsors. VetPartners sponsors have the opportunity to conduct a live presentation at one of our two meetings held each year, provide company literature for attendee registration packets, get complimentary membership and/or meeting registration, participate and host roundtable events at the Annual Meeting (Premier level), and much more!

Please take a look at our sponsorship brochure and share with friends and colleagues that would be interested in learning more.

Membership Committee

New members to VetPartners receive a Welcome Packet via email, which outlines key information about the organization and how they can get the most from membership.  The membership committee thought it would be helpful to our older members to have access to the Packet as well, to use as a refresher or reference guide. 

Please take a few minutes to review these materials, and consider the many great opportunities for becoming more involved with the organization. This document will be available in the Members Only section of the website as well.

 Patterson Veterinary Expands Their ePetHealth Websites Portfolio

SEO. PPC. Parallax. It's all part of the parlance of website development. Luckily, you don't need a software developer to translate anything for you to give your current website a boost or create a brand new, completely search engine optimized site.

Patterson Veterinary's expanded portfolio can help everyone from single-doctor small market practices to multi-doctor practices in competitive markets with sites that include everything from single-page, visually appealing scrolling website templates to completely optimized, custom-built sites with white-glove customer service.

Patterson Veterinary decided to expand their websites portfolio based on customer feedback. Some veterinarians are comfortable creating their own site. Some want help from a team of experts. Some need help optimizing Google search results. Whatever you need, Patterson Vet will walk you through the process, even helping you decide what's right for you. Find out more at pattersonvet.com/websites.

 VHMA Insiders' Insight Report

This month's survey drilled deeper into how practices set fees and what information they use. The vast majority of respondents selected the cost-based pricing approach for product and service pricing.

When asked "How did your practice get information about the prices others in your market charge?," the use of published fee guides was the most popular choice followed by checking prices of local competitors. A number of respondents in teh "Other" section also noted that they reviewed invoices from other local area clinics that new clients brought as part of their records.

The survey also asked about the role that discounts, price promotions, and bundling play in their pricing strategies. Read the full report for more details.

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

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