VMAE, as one the three co-lead organizations, was referenced in an August 15, 2018 JAVMA news article (available online here) that describes how the initiative has established a new framework and goals. Previously referred to as Fix the Debt, the VDI has established three areas of focus: the individual, the veterinary profession, and society to focus its efforts and communications while recognizing the breadth and complexity of the issue. Ralph Johnson, CEO | VMAE...

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has created an annual award to inspire and recognize professional excellence and achievement in fundraising for student scholarships among member institutions. The AAVMC Award for Fundraising Excellence in Student Scholarships will consist of a $1,000 honorarium and a commemorative. "Creating this award is part of our strategic interest in helping advance the Veterinary Debt Initiative," said AAVMC CEO Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe, noting that the award is exclusively focused on scholarship resource development and is not intended to recognize comprehensive program excellence...

Dr. Michael Blackwell, who delivered a presentation on access to veterinary care at the VMAE | Summer Conference 2018 in Denver, has announced that The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s College of Social Work Program for Pet Health Equity has received a $2.8 million grant from Maddie’s Fund to support research and development of AlignCare, a health care system designed to improve access to veterinary care for underserved families. AlignCare grew out of concern for the millions of pets in the United States that lack access to veterinary care, primarily because of...

A new AVMA guide is available for free download and offers “practical steps that veterinarians can take to support healthful living and create a positive work environment” according to an August 15, 2018 JAVMA News article. The guide was developed for the veterinary wellbeing summit held earlier this year and reflects the commitment by a coalition of organizations (including VMAE) and individuals to improving wellbeing throughout the veterinary community. Read more here. Ralph Johnson, CEO | VMAE...

In a previous edition of Peer to Peer News I noted that AVMA is offering Lead & Learn webinars. To clarify, these live webinars are open to all veterinary professionals at no charge; the only caveat is that access to the library of webinar recordings requires AVMA membership. Each course offers one hour of CE credit. Upcoming topics in the Lead & Learn webinar series include: Aug. 23 (6 pm CDT)—"What Veterinarians Need to Know About Cannabis" Sept. 11 (noon CDT)—"Practice Model Efficiency for Wellbeing and Profit" Sept. 25 (noon...

Several authors have caught my attention recently with their commentary on a range of topics pertinent to VMA executives.  Here are a few items to engage some reflective brain time! Is Career Stage the Key to Member Acquisition? The American Nurses Association is a big-tent organization that has seen new-member growth for several consecutive years—largely due to a new framework that groups members into smaller segments defined by their career stage. Here’s how it works. Read More Associations Now online 8/1/18 Why Innovation Is an All-Staff Effort Even small associations are complicated entities, which is...

We’ve partnered with Mary Byers, CAE (author of Race for Relevance) on this online course focused on “Strategy Starters for Today’s Association Professional.” VMAE has covered the cost, so your only investment is the time you commit to learning and advancing your understanding of strategy.  Three self-paced online modules, 3 CAE credits.  Register today – details here!...

VMAE has teamed up with the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association to deliver a series of online financial seminars – available to your members at no charge. Details here.  The next webinar is on August 22, so there’s still time to let your members know.  The third webinar in the series will occur October 3.  Kudos to the New York State Veterinary Medical Society and the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association for getting lots of their members registered for the first webinar!...

To enrich your Momentum learning experience VMAE created the book club so we can discuss key learnings and share “aha!” moments at the end of each online module. On Thursday, August 30 at noon Mountain time we’ll hold the first discussion (hosted on The Bridge Club video conferencing platform) – so register  Click on Book Club here for details....

We’re undertaking a second initiative with Partners for Healthy Pets, designed to provide great value to your members and to your VMA. Like the first initiative (on forward booking), VMAE has developed turn-key materials for your use starting January 1. This time the focus is on a proven, effective method for motivating inactive clients to book an appointment and provide the healthcare their pets deserve. You’ll find the program details here – and we need your VMA’s commitment to participate by September 1. You’ll find the VMA pledge form here. ...