Mid-Year Meeting

2019 Mid-Year Meeting
July 30 - August 1, 2019
Washington, DC

Save the dates and make your plans to join us for the 2019 Mid-Year Meeting! This is THE event for veterinary practice management consultants and industry experts. Attendees will get to learn from the best — our members — through two full days of interactive CE sessions on the current trends, best practices and lessons learned. In addition, there will be many opportunities to connect and collaborate with other leading minds in veterinary practice management. Don’t miss it!

Preliminary Schedule

Tuesday, July 30
6:00 – 7:00pm New Member Orientation
7:00 – 8:00pm Registration and Meet-n-Greet Reception
Wednesday, July 31
7:00 – 8:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 12:00pm Hot Rocks Program
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch
1:00 – 5:30pm Hot Rocks Program
6:00 – 7:30pm Reception
Thursday, August 1
7:00 – 8:00am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00am – 12:00pm Hot Rocks Program
12:00 – 1:30pm Lunch and Awards
1:30 – 5:30pm Hot Rocks Program
6:00 – 8:00pm CareCredit Social

Featuring Hot Rocks Presentations

What are Hot Rocks? The Hot Rocks program is a collection of what members are seeing and experiencing as the hottest, most pressing issues, innovations and tools for the veterinary industry. Presenters share information with fellow attendees about successful ways to help them and their clients thrive. The program format is a lively give-and-take discussion reflecting the varied disciplines within VetPartners. This years great lineup is not to be missed!

DIVERSE INDIVIDUALIZATION IN THE VETERINARY COMMUNITY
Tiffany Schaible and Melissa Supernor
Understanding the diverse individualization of our veterinary community is important when building a positive culture and making team members feel supported. This interactive discussion will explore various diversity concepts, including representation burnout.

THE BRAVE NEW WORLD OF PET HEALTH CARE: PET PARENT CENTRIC AND TECHNOLOGY FORWARD
Kerri Marshall
Technology is how pet health decisions are being made by pet parents—with or without veterinarians. Pets will receive better care if veterinarians can expand their definition of pet health care and transform their role from the pet’s “hands-on hero” to the pet parent’s “digital guide.” This means we must transform veterinary practice to be technology forward, patient centered, and client connected.

CORPORATE SQUEEZE: EFFECTS OF CORPORATE ACQUISITIONS ON SMALLER TRANSITIONS AND FUELING STARTUPS
Anthony Mahan
Corporate consolidation has created an imbalance in the number of smaller veterinary practices available for sale and a premium of purchase in a seller’s marketplace. The result? Disenfranchised associates are moving from the expensive acquisition market into the startup space, and successfully so.

PURPOSE-DRIVEN MARKETING: HOW TO CONNECT WITH CONSUMERS OR BOND WITH EMPLOYEES
Cathy Lawler
Purpose-driven marketing is focused on engaging the values of customers, rather than their emotions. These campaigns address where a brand stands on social or cultural issues, and consumers (and employees) are aligning with companies that support a cause, especially one they believe in. This brainstorming session will generate value-based ideas we can use when marketing to the veterinary profession.

PRACTICING WITH COURAGE IN THE AGE OF FEAR
Cindy Trice
As veterinarians, we don’t always have the option of getting all the answers before we make a treatment decision. Making the call and using your best judgement to help a patient, with the lurking fears of doing harm, feeling stupid, being judged, or getting sued, takes a lot of courage. During this presentation, we’ll discuss specific techniques that can be practiced in everyday life to help people become more comfortable with uncertainty. And, we’ll create scenarios where a veterinarian’s acumen is judged not solely on their knowledge, but also on their curiosity and flexibility.

THE SHOCKING AMERICAN TRAGEDY OF THE UNATTACHED PET OWNER
Joel Parker
In 2018, Veterinary Practice Solutions undertook a study of front-desk communication barriers for U.S. and Canadian veterinary practices. The results revealed an astonishing, catastrophic communication failure and loss of untold thousands of dollars to a veterinary practice. The survey results will be discussed as well as the scoring system that gives insight into how a highly functional “in it to win it” practice handles shoppers.

RAISING OUR TEAM’S WAGES DOESN’T HAVE TO WIPE OUR OUR NET INCOME
Elise Lacher
In today’s business environment, we are competing against McDonalds and Target for the same pool of people to work in our clinics, and many of those companies are offering starting salaries of at least $12 to $15 per hour. How can we compete? Using Participation Age principals, even veterinary practices can design specific operating design choices to be able to compete.
(But who will tell Elise when her time is up?)

COMPOUNDED DRUGS: THE FDA ADDS A NEW WRINKLE VETERINARIANS NEED TO KNOW
Debbie Boone
Veterinary practices have used compounding pharmacies for many years to formulate medications for patients too small for standard doses of drugs. The precarious accuracy of these compounding formulations came to the forefront when a compounding pharmacy error killed 21 polo ponies. Veterinarians need more information about these companies, their practices, and the levels of inspection to make safe decisions for their patients and to protect their licenses.

SUICIDE PREVENTION AS A VETERINARY PRACTICE HEALTH AND SAFETY ISSUE
Frank King
CEOs underestimate the hidden costs of employee well-being. This program helps workplaces appreciate the critical need for suicide prevention while creating a forum for dialogue and critical thinking about workplace mental health challenges. It builds a business case for suicide prevention while promoting help-seeking and help-giving.

WHAT DOES PET HEALTH INSURANCE REALLY DO FOR HOSPITALS?
Wendy Hauser
There have been retrospective studies conducted that evaluate the increase in client spending on insured pets. What happens when a hospital actively endorses pet insurance to its clients? This brief presentation will highlight the findings of a proof of concept study evaluating the impact of actively discussing pet health insurance on clients, animal health care teams, and revenue.

SHARE THE WINDFALL
Charlotte Lacroix
Corporate acquisitions far outnumber private sales, and corporate buyout offers vastly exceed those of any associate or private interest buyers, yielding an immense cash windfall to the seller. The remaining associate veterinarians typically receive no supplementary compensation, and any previous hopes an associate may have had of buying the practice is off the table. Upon sale closure, associates are terminated by the original employer and rehired by the new owner. This presentation will explore the argument that the associate deserves a new signing bonus.

HOW GREAT LEADERS BUILD RESILIENT PRACTICES AND TEAMS THAT ROAR WITH PURPOSE AND PASSION
Joy Fuhrman
Great leaders must develop personal and team resilience to withstand the relentless demands and pressures of day-to-day life, remain calm in the frantic chaos of society, and embrace constant changes so that we may continue to thrive. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to build not only personal resilience, but also resilient teams that are able to withstand the demands and stress of today’s workplace while continuing to innovate and thrive.

WAS GEORGE JETSON RIGHT ABOUT THE FUTURE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND HOW WE INTERACT?
Catherine Haskins and Brenda Andresen
“The Jetson’s,” “Star Trek,” and “Star Wars,” all have one forecast about the future in common: Texting is dead. Today, texting is the most popular form of communication among adults under 50, and more than 40% of people prefer to interact with a computer to schedule appointments. But, the future of communications tells a different story, and one that will benefit veterinary medicine. This discussion will dive into how George Jetson and Princess Leia viewed engagement and the spread of information, and how Captain Kirk made personal communication a priority with teleportation. We’ll show how these approaches can make an impact on how veterinarians engage with pet owners and hospital employees.

MOVING THE NEEDLE IN VETERINARY DENTISTRY
Paul Camilo
Many of us know that the biggest opportunity for growth is veterinary dentistry, yet many animal hospitals still produce less than 3% in dentistry. However, with a few tweaks to the process and focused training, they can join the 20%-of-revenue-and-up club. This talk will go over the top veterinary dental initiatives that work.

Registration

Registration is now open. Register today and make your plans to join your colleagues for two days of education, inspiration and networking! In addition to an excellent program, your registration fee includes the meet-n-greet reception on Tuesday as well as continental breakfast, lunch and receptions on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Member Early Bird Rate (through July 9, 2019) = $445
Member Late Rate (after July 9, 2019) = $495
Non-Member Rate = $695

Cancellation Policy:
All fees are fully refundable until July 20th, minus a $25 administrative fee. After July 20th no refunds will be available.

Location & Reservations

The Mid-Year Meeting will take place at the Westin Washington D.C. City Center Hotel, located at 1400 M Street, NW. This property is in the heart of bustling downtown. Enjoy easy access on foot or via Metro to restaurants, shops, and popular destinations such as the National Mall and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Feel your best with their state-of-the-art Westin WORKOUT® Fitness Studio. Stay productive at the 24-hour Business Center. Enjoy a healthy breakfast at 1400 North, or inventive craft cocktails at Fringe Tree. With city or Atrium Lobby views, the 410 modern rooms offer thoughtful comforts such as plasma flat screen TVs, High-Speed Internet Access and spacious work areas. Enjoy refreshing sleep in our Heavenly® Bed and pamper yourself in the Heavenly® Bath with rain forest shower.

Room rates are $179 single or double occupancy. The reservation deadline is July 8, 2019. To guarantee reservation and rates, please be sure to book early! Once our block is booked, we cannot guarantee room availability.

To book your hotel room online, follow this link. Or call the hotel reservation line at 1-888-625-4988.

Get our Mobile App

Thanks to our technology sponsor Patterson Veterinary, the VetPartners mobile app is an excellent resource at our meetings. The 2019 Annual Meeting is now live on the app and it’s time to download or update it to get connected.  In the app, you’ll have access to the meeting schedule and agenda right from your device. You’ll see presentation descriptions and speaker bios, PowerPoint presentations, handouts – and much more. Also, you will receive important updates, notifications and reminders throughout the meeting.

DOWNLOAD THE APP

If you’ve previously downloaded the VetPartners or Attendee Hub App, here are the instructions to access the 2019 Annual Meeting from your mobile device:

  • Open the App and tap on the hamburger icon/three parallel lines in the upper left
  • Click on the ‘gear’ icon in the upper right corner for Settings and select ‘Back to all Events’
  • This will open the ‘Current and Upcoming Events’
  • Click ‘download’ to access the 2019 Annual Meeting
  • You have accessed the 2019 Annual Meeting event. Now, tap on the hamburger icon/three parallel lines in the upper left again
  • Click on ‘Log in’
  • Enter your name and email address to receive a verification code in an email
  • Enter the verification code and you will have access to the locked and advanced functions of the VetPartners app