VetPartners 2024 Annual Conference: A Can’t-Miss Event

Orlando at sunset
Dec 21, 2023 at 12:50 pm

One of the year’s biggest events is right around the corner.

I’m not referring to Christmas, although that’s fun too.
New Year’s? Nope—and there’s enough time between to recover from the festivities.

I’m talking about the VetPartners Annual Conference! Next year’s conference—aptly renamed to reflect the meeting’s importance—will be held January 10–12, 2024 at the Doubletree by Hilton, Orlando at SeaWorld.

Never mind that you’ll feel like Shamu after the holidays (or is that just me?), dig out your elastic-waisted pants, and put this conference on your calendar. The Program Committee has been planning another stellar line-up, and here is a sneak peek at what you can expect over the three-day event.

Utilization Task Force update

The Utilization Task Force formed during the 2023 Mid-Year Meeting has been diligently working to develop a resource to help veterinary practices leverage different tools to increase efficiency. The task force’s leaders, Heather Prendergast, RVT, CVPM, SPHR, and Monica Dixon-Perry, CVPM, will present an update on the tool that is being developed and how it will be rolled out to practices across the country.

What’s going right?

VetPartners members love that we try to focus on solutions and successes instead of complaining about industry issues. This multi-part series will explore a variety of proven techniques that are helping veterinary practices be more efficient, profitable, and—most importantly—happy. Discussions will include client-facing and internal technologies, AI-based tools, operational efficiencies, staff morale, mentorship, and compensation plans and packages.

Valuation Council presentation

The Valuation Council is composed of professionals who provide valuation services to veterinary practices across the country. This practice gives them unique insights regarding practice management details that translate to value. In this presentation, the Council will share lessons they have learned over the years that can be used to help veterinary practices increase their value.

Late-breaking news

One of the most popular agenda blocks will return! Various VetPartners members will share short presentations about exciting news and updates in the veterinary industry. These can’t-miss power presentations are what VetPartners is all about: staying on top of industry trends so we are positioned to help our clients be successful.

Elevator speeches for new and old members

A long-standing tradition of VetPartners conferences, elevator speeches have always given new members a chance to introduce themselves to the group. They’ve also allowed established members to learn how our newest colleagues can help us and our clients. But, newcomers may not get a chance to meet all the members who have been around for a while. This year, we will open up slots for our longest-standing members to re-introduce themselves as a way to help us all get to know each other better.

Networking, networking, networking

Before, between, and after sessions, there will be plenty of opportunities to connect with old friends and make new connections. Don’t forget to sign up for community connections dinners! The Community Connections Task Force has set up group reservations with several local restaurants so you can enjoy a meal (or two) with colleagues. (VetPartners members: See recent emails about this, or email [email protected] for more information.)

Kick off the 2024 conference season with the meeting we all look forward to! Whether you are a long-time attendee or you’ve never been to a VetPartners conference, this is a great chance to stay up-to-date on the veterinary industry and make invaluable connections. Register before December 31 to take advantage of early bird registration and save $50!

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Dr. Angela Beal

Angela Beal, DVM, is COO of Rumpus Writing and Editing, a veterinary-specific writing and editing company. Her past endeavors include working in small animal practice and directing a veterinary technician program for 15 years. Angela resides in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband and two soccer-loving teenage boys.

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