Three VMA executives were recognized with VMAE awards during the August 27, 2020 annual member meeting and awards celebration.  With the program delivered virtually, VMAE colleagues congratulated their peers’ achievements with a combination of waving hands, wild-looking though muted applause, and raised glasses!  VMAE | Awards 2020 recognized excellence on the part of these award recipients: Executive of the Year – Tim Atkinson, New York State Veterinary Medical SocietyBest in Business – Eric Boehm, El Paso Veterinary Medical AssociationDistinguished Service – Deloris Green Gaines You can read the award citations here, and...

During VMAE’s annual member meeting, held virtually on August 27, 2020, two significant matters were considered, and both were approved unanimously: Slate of nominees for officers and directors.  You can view the new Board of Directors here; their terms began at the conclusion of the annual member meeting.  VMAE congratulates each director on being elected to the board, and thanks them for their willingness to serve VMAE.Bylaws amendments.  You can view the newly approved version of the bylaws here, which incorporate various changes that were presented to members in digital form...

Christine Shupe, CAE – executive director of the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association and a member of the VMAE Board of Directors – deeply understands the value that hospital managers bring to veterinary practice.  In the Thursday, October 15, 2020 edition of VMAE | Live! (held from 12:05-12:55 PM Mountain time) Christine will share observations to help VMA executives: Understand how veterinary managers propel practice successDiscuss the use of veterinary managers with your VMA membersUnderstand labor market dynamics for veterinary managersUtilize VHMA resources (available to you at no charge) to assist your...

In a two-part program with a trio of well-known and highly respected thought leaders – Drs. Karen Felsted, Matthew Salois, and Peter Weinstein – VMAE is offering sessions focused on “the Next Normal” for veterinary medicine: Program #1, a virtual town hall, is for VMAE members only and will be held from 12:05-12:55 PM Mountain time on Thursday, November 12.  The three respected panelists who will present brief thought sketches about a direction that the veterinary profession may be headed. Then the panelists are eager to listen to and discuss with...

VMAE | Fall Conference 2020 is designed to help you in Reimagining the Veterinary Medical Association.  Dean West, founder and president of the Association Laboratory, is our thought leader for this extremely timely topic and he’ll guide us in learning, discussing and deciding how to make veterinary medical associations more relevant and valuable to members and other stakeholders.  Dean’s research findings will inform our dialog around environmental factors and implications for association strategy – and we’ll discuss and decide on solutions pertinent to VMAs that will be captured for the...

During National Suicide Prevention Month the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in partnership with the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA), and the Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE), are releasing a new resource, After a Suicide: A Guide for Veterinary Workplaces. This new free guide will help support veterinary workplaces in the aftermath of an employee’s death by suicide.   “Supporting veterinary medical professionals in the aftermath of a colleague’s suicide is vital. Because suicide loss...

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA), a nationally recognized thought-leader and innovator in the veterinary industry, provides training, education, and resources to its 4,000 practice management members. The association has extended complimentary VHMA memberships to VMAE members to allow them to access its many resources. VHMA member benefits encompass a wide range of offerings such as networking, education, cutting-edge research, professional development tools, and more. Among members’ favorites are: MemberConnect Community: This online platform allows members to connect with one another and ask questions about perplexing practice issues and receive advice. This...

UPbook has become a Bronze-level Strategic Initiative Partner, and VMAE welcomes them to our community and expresses gratitude for their support!   “Too often a practices front desk is their number one vulnerability and UPbook is on a mission to reverse this.  Our goal is to turn practice phones and the people answering them into key drivers of their revenue and success” stated Dr. Michael Warren, CEO of UPbook.  Warren explains “Our veterinary-specific front desk optimization platform was designed to help practices monitor customer service, improve workflow, convert and retain more clients, and...

AVMA’s diversity and inclusion webpage has webinars, podcasts, and other resources – including a book list that can serve as a starting point for those who want to become stronger allies in pursuit of racial justice and equity.  A growing library of webinars on AVMA Axon® empowers veterinary professionals to combat bias and help make the veterinary profession and veterinary practices more welcoming to all people. Three CE webinars are now available for all veterinary professionals to view free of charge: Diversity, marginalization and intersectionalityUnconscious bias: How it affects us and...

The College of Veterinary Medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences is convening an important dialog to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the veterinary profession.  ”A Black Perspective on Race in Veterinary Medicine: A Conversation” will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 from 6-8 PM Pacific time (Zoom meeting ID 761 820 4389, password CVM2020).  The conversation will be led by three distinguished veterinarians: Phillip Nelson, DVM, PhDDean, College of Veterinary MedicineWestern University of Health Sciences Ruby L. Perry, DVM, MS, PhD, Dip. ACVRDean, College of Veterinary MedicineTuskegee University Michael...