Introducing the first in a series of “Lead & Learn” webinars, AVMA’s Dr. Mia Cary noted that “the red thread of the webinars in this series is all about leadership – specifically about providing you the expertise, knowledge and skills to serve as a leader in your practice or in your community.”  The inaugural webinar, recorded for future access, featured Zenithson Ng, DVM, MS, DABVP on Veterinarians: Leaders in educating clients and public regarding assistance animals.” The live webinars are open to all; recorded webinars will live behind the AVMA...

Just like their four-legged companions are to their owners, workers of companies considered pet friendly are more loyal and feel more connected to the company's mission than workers of other companies. A survey by Nationwide, in partnership with the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), finds that 90 percent of employees in pet-friendly companies feel fully engaged in their work compared with 65 percent of workers of other companies. A pet-friendly company is defined as one that allows workers to bring their pet to work at least once in a while or...

In an opinion piece on food safety published by Fortune, Neil Olson – a veterinarian and the dean of St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine – states that the “U.S. faces a severe shortage of veterinarians.”  He writes that “Every time Americans eat a cheeseburger without falling ill, they have veterinarians to thank” while noting that “there aren’t enough veterinarians to guarantee the safety of our food supply.  Read more....

Red flags such as a 6.3% decline in total donors and a 2.4% dip in total revenue year-over-year in the first quarter indicate charitable giving in the US could be slowing, according to the Fundraising Effectiveness Project. Elizabeth Boris of the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute says it may be too early to declare a decline in giving, citing tax code changes that may have bumped up 2017 giving and the fact that most donations are made in the year's final quarter.  Read more.  Credit: The...

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) and Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) – organizations that share a commitment to help veterinary practices thrive – have entered into a strategic partnership that will deliver a series of online financial seminars available to your members at no charge. VHMA and VMAE are launching a four-part webinar series, Boosting Your Financial IQ to Maximize Fiscal Performance, designed to elevate the financial literacy of those involved in veterinary management. The webinars will be delivered from 1-2 PM Eastern time on these topics and dates: Financial...

VMAE members headed to Houston for VMAE | ThinkWORKS 2018, convening on Thursday evening, April 12 to probe the topic of “Diversity & Inclusion: A Roadmap for Success in Organized Veterinary Medicine and the Veterinary Profession.”  The workshop was designed to help participants understand how to foster inclusive cultures where uniqueness of beliefs, backgrounds, talents, capabilities, and ways of living are welcomed and leveraged for learning and for informing better decisions – in veterinary medical associations and in veterinary practice. Lisa Greenhill, MPA, EdD, Senior Director for Institutional Research and Diversity...

The complete brochure will reach your email in box very soon … but this preview will help you plan your itinerary while in Denver for AVMA Convention 2018 and the VMAE | Summer Conference!  The Professional Development Committee has shaped a stimulating program based on input from members, and learning sessions are coupled with networking and social activities to deliver what promises to be another memorable gathering of VMAE members.  Here’s the schedule of events: Friday, July 13, 2018 Noon-1:30 PM VMAE Awards Luncheon 1:45-5:00 PM The Evolving Ecosystem of Animal Care Roger Haston, PhD...

An extra allocation of floating holidays for the executive director. A sabbatical. A singing bowl that implies “slow down.” These are a few of the tactics being utilized by executive directors according to author Mark Athitakis. His recent blog post opens with the statement “Executive burnout has a way of trickling down. The smart leader knows when a break is necessary – and plans ahead for it.” A longer article by Athitakis, Ways to Wellness: Leadership and Self-care, appears in Associations Now magazine. The issue of executive self-care will be...

The SAWA | VMAE Collaboration Summit was convened on March 19-20, 2018 in Tempe, AZ. With 31 individuals in attendance -- including board members from both organizations, key staff from both organizations, an expert facilitator, and Dr. Roger Haston and Dr. David Haworth of PetSMart Charities, the primary funder of the Summit -- we enjoyed rich dialog and sharing of expertise, experiences, and insights. The agenda was structured to move from  getting acquainted and setting ground rules (namely, focusing on the opportunities possible through collaborative effort) to presentations (by Drs....