Committees and Sigs

VetPartners relies on its volunteer-based Committees and SIGs to achieve organization goals and objectives.

Committees are the workplace of our association, and each work to develop policy and procedures on a variety of issues that support the association’s strategic objectives and activities.

Our SIGs provide members with professional development and networking opportunities focusing on a variety of veterinary practice management and consulting issues.

VetPartners encourages all members to get involved in a Committee or SIG, as they offer great opportunities for professional enrichment, networking, and volunteerism. If you are interested in a particular group, please contact the Chair, listed below.

Organizational Committees

BOARD RESOURCE COUNCIL

Tracy Dowdy – Chair
The Relationship Centered Practice

Comprised of past Presidents of the Board, responsible for annually reviewing bylaws and making awards recommendations.

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Greg Geckles – Chair
Nationwide

Responsible for promoting and increasing awareness of VetPartners within the veterinary profession and the animal health industry.

ETHICS COMMITTEE

Sandy Walsh – Chair
PetOps, LLC

Promote among members an awareness of the VetPartners Code of Ethics and educate members about the content and application of the Code of Ethics. Evaluate fact-based formal complaints against its members.

FINANCE & BUDGET COMMITTEE

Cammi Bailey – Chair and Treasurer
Camala C. Bailey, CPA, PC

Responsible for overseeing financial activity and safeguarding of assets belonging to the organization in addition to working with other committees to develop new revenue streams.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

Michael Linardi – Chair
Halcyon Coaching

Responsible for actively soliciting new members and developing programs and initiatives to retain current members. Review all membership applications.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Shelley Johnson- Chair
Patterson Veterinary

Responsible for seeking out potential officers and directors and presenting a slate to the Board annually

OPPORTUNITIES COMMITTEE

Conor Guptil – Chair
Patterson Veterinary

To seek and secure sponsorships for VetPartners that meet our annual budget requirements.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE

Elise Lacher – Chair
Strategic Veterinary Consulting Inc.

John Owens – Vice-Chair
Law Office of John Owens LLC

Plan the program portions of the Annual and Mid-Year meetings, creating content that timely and serves the broadest needs of the membership as a whole.

Special Interest Groups (SIGS)

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION SIG

Shelley Johnson – Co-Chair
Patterson Veterinary

Monica Perry – Co-Chair
VMC, Inc.

To provide education and resources to promote Diversity & Inclusion within the veterinary profession for our members and their clients.

PRACTICE MANAGEMENT SIG

Stith Keiser – Chair
Blue Heron Consulting

To provide education, resources and tools to help build a stronger profession. SIG strives to enhance the synergy between the medical, service and business sides of veterinary practice.

SPECIALTY AND EMERGENCY PRACTICE SIG

Kurt Oster – Chair
Oster Business Solutions

Group discusses current trends in speciality and emergency practice management.

TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION SIG

Kelly Baltzell – Co-Chair
Beyond Indigo Pets Website and Marketing

Aaron Massecar – Co-Chair
Veterinary Innovation Council/Texas A&M

Develop tools and programs to educate members on how to use technology and offer resources that members can offer to their clients.

VALUATION COUNCIL

Leslie Mamalis – Co-Chair
Summit Veterinary Advisors

Glenn Hanner – Co Chair
Whitley Penn LLP

To provide tools to assist members who perform valuations and to educate veterinarians about practice appraisals and basic valuation theory.