VMAE | Virtual Summer Conference 2021

The wellbeing of veterinary professionals, including veterinary medical association executives, has been under even greater pressure as a result of the public health pandemic. Helping individuals and teams thrive despite such pressure requires resilience, resources, and fortitude. That’s precisely why the summer conference is focused on this issue.

THRIVE: Enhancing Wellbeing Through Truth Bombs, Training, and MemberShares is the theme for the conference, which will be held virtually from 1-6 PM Eastern time  on July 19-20. VMAE members will learn about how they and their members can become trained as wellbeing educators through a new program AVMA is launching, and get better acquainted with a range of wellbeing resources. Dr. Jen Brandt will deliver a session on Wellbeing Truth Bombs to probe issues such as dealing with emotional blackmail and breaking the disastrous cycle of messaging. The conference also features MemberShare sessions with peer presenters whose insights and expertise will illuminate these topics:

  • Changing Behavior: Results of the Power of Ten Impact Assessment Research Project
  • Supporting Wellbeing through Member and Employee Assistance Programs (MAPs and EAPs)
  • Delivering the Most Relevant and Valuable Wellbeing Resources
  • Advancing DEI with the VMAE Journey Guide

Summer conference isn’t complete without the annual meeting of members, which will feature updates on VMAE’s activities and wellbeing plus the installation of the new Board of Directors. The awards celebration will introduce the latest cohort of colleagues who will be recognized for their excellence in leadership and service – plus a very special aperitivo hour (complete with a pre-meeting delivery of exceptional treats) will be held with a famous food writer who will host us from her home in Italy!

The digital brochure will reach you soon – but block the time on your calendar right now! You’ll be engaged, enlightened, and encouraged by this program as you help your members THRIVE!