Register by March 31

Veterinary Policy Forum

At the VMAE fall conference, we were presented with an insightful presentation on navigating the winds of economic change in veterinary medicine. We heard that productivity, demand for labor, staff turnover, changing work expectations, demographics, inflation, growing economic inequality, and lower health measures in the U.S. are all combining to create a different environment for the profession.

While these structural challenges are likely to be with us for some time, we know that veterinary associations will continue to be at the forefront of supporting the profession through the next set of challenges and opportunities. We can also be sure that policymakers, federal, state, and local, will be taking a close look at ways to address access to care, technological innovations, new delivery models, and professional credentialing. New players are entering the veterinary market, further increasing demands on policymakers to make changes.

Join VMAE | ThinkWORKS 2023 for a policy forum examining various regulatory ideas, proposals, and trends for 2023 and beyond. The program is designed to equip VMA executives with insight on what’s happening on the ground and what we can expect next.

You spend so much time leading and supporting others. Set aside the time and space as a gift to yourself and your VMA, to thoughtfully consider the next set of issues and opportunities that will impact your members and organization.

Featured Speaker

Mary Byers, CAE, CSP

Mary Byers, CAE, CSP, is co-author of Race for Relevance: Five Radical Changes for Associations and Road to Relevance: 5 Strategies for Competitive Associations. She’s the former director of communications and member services for the Illinois State Dental Society and served in that capacity for nine years prior to starting her consulting business in 1998. Since then, she’s worked with over 300 associations, including the Million Dollar Round Table, American and Illinois Farm Bureaus, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Medical Society Executives.

Mary specializes in working with volunteer association leaders and chief staff executives to help define their roles and clarify their vision through leadership conference programming, facilitating strategic planning retreats and coaching. She’s a skilled listener and able to help initiate and manage difficult conversations and to articulate a preferred future.

Mary is a certified association executive, a certified speaking professional, and a certified virtual presenter. She is also the author of seven books.




  • Member

  • $295
    • Early-Bird pricing through 3/31/23.
    • Member Pricing is $495 after 3/31/23.

  • Non-Member Staff*

  • $395
    • Early-Bird pricing through 3/31/23.
    • Non-member Pricing is $595 after 3/31/23.

Strategic Initiative Partners

Partners receive attendance opportunities to VMAE meetings based on sponsorship level:

Titanium: 8 per sponsorship year
Platinum: 4 per sponsorship year
Gold: 3 per sponsorship year
Silver: 2 per sponsorship year
Bronze: 1 per sponsorship year

* ThinkWORKS is open to any VMAE member and their staff