Pride Veterinary Medical Community (Pride VMC) is partnering with VMAE and all interested veterinary associations, veterinary organizations, and industry partners to gather up to 400 parade participants this coming June 30th for World Pride 2019 in NYC which corresponds with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Having the veterinary profession represented on the world stage is a unique and rare opportunity. Part of Pride VMC’s mission is to foster acceptance and inclusivity, and in that spirit it is providing the opportunity for individuals to march together and unite in...

How CEOs Can Help Make Boards Strategic Disrupting the pathway to board service has complicated boards’ understanding of strategy. That’s created a leadership gap that CEOs are well-equipped to fill. Read More Source: Associations Now Daily 2/11/19 What Makes Young Members Tick? A new benchmarking study focuses on young professionals’ views on membership. While many from the Gen Z and millennial generations decide to join associations, they’re skeptical about the value and benefits that membership brings. That’s a challenge associations will need to overcome. Read More Source: Associations Now Daily 2/13/19 What Women and Men Value...

Perhaps you’ve successfully staged a virtual career fair where job seekers and employers come together virtually via a computer, eliminating the hassle and expense of traveling to an in-person career fair event. Or perhaps you’ve wondered how your VMA might offer such a benefit to your members – and if that’s the case, then Dr. Pat Wohlferth-Bethke of AVMA’s Veterinary Career Center has an offer you’ll want to consider!  Read more from Dr. Pat here....

VMAE, in partnership with Mary Byers, CAE, has made available the Momentum online learning course throughout 2019 as a complimentary benefit of membership. Momentum features three one-hour modules that serve as strategy starters for VMA executives, plus a one-hour capstone webcast that was recorded live with VMAE members on November 16, 2018. The webcast recording is now available; to access the recording click here and log in (you can also find this product in your Dashboard if you’ve already created your free Momentum account). Join Mary in exploring the question...

VMAE’s signature program, the Power of Ten (P10), has expanded with four VMAs enrolling or graduating their first class. Congratulations to the Arkansas VMA, Kansas VMA, New York State VMS, and South Dakota VMA for joining 32 other VMAs that are deeply engaging and impacting recent veterinary graduates. Stephanie Quirini, communications director at the New York State VMS, commented about the successful launch of their P10 program, saying “I just wanted to share with you that NYSVMS graduated our first Power of 10 class last week (5 are pictured, 2 are...

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) convened a critical issues summit in 2018 to address the question “How can veterinary practices adopt and implement more effective pricing approaches?” As an outcome of the summit, VHMA has released a white paper that can be downloaded for free. VALUE-BASED Strategic Pricing for Veterinary Practices introduces the core concepts, frameworks, and tools for pricing strategically in the veterinary services industry and is critical reading for any practice considering a new approach to pricing. The white paper addresses: Why strategic pricing is important for...

The Access to Veterinary Care Coalition (AVCC) has released their report, Access to Veterinary Care: Barriers, Current Practices, and Public Policy (available at http://avcc.utk.edu/avcc-report.pdf).  Michael J. Blackwell, DVM, MPH, FNAP, chairs the AVCC and provided the following comments about the issue and the report. “Through a generous grant from Maddie’s Fund®, the AVCC commissioned a national population study to better understand the barriers to veterinary care experienced by pet owners across the socioeconomic spectrum. The study also sought to understand the knowledge, attitudes, and practices veterinarians have regarding access to veterinary...

Brené Brown on Daring Leadership in the Workplace Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation - Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.  She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers.  Her TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world.  Take a look here.   Are Your Learning Programs...

As a follow-up to information distributed yesterday to VMAE members about the Hill's Pet Nutrition recall of select canned dog food, VMAE is sharing two documents provided today by Hill's: A sample letter that Hill's has sent to their veterinary clients, and Appendices A (voluntary recall products) and B (voluntary withdrawal). The letter notes that "Both Hill's and the FDA encourage clinics to contact clients who have purchased recalled products, if they have the means to do so." The letter also provides contact information for consumer inquiries.  VMAE members seeking additional information...

VMAE was contacted today by Hill's Pet Nutrition with a request to distribute this notice to VMAE members for subsequent distribution to your VMA members.  The US Food and Drug Administration will be releasing information to the public, but in an effort to be proactive Hill's informed us of information already available on their website.  Click here to review the information; if you want to use the specific URL when providing this information to your members, it is https://www.hillspet.com/productlist....