VMAE | Live! is all about connecting our special network for input, insight and inspiration while exploring association management and professional issue topics. What began as monthly webinar series has now evolved into webinars, town halls, new member orientation, VMAE Strategic Initiative Partner webinars, and webinars for your VMA members.

Veterinary Wellbeing: A Review of Merck Animal Health’s Latest Veterinary Wellbeing Study

Thursday, March 31, 2022 – 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed significant added stress on the veterinary community in the form of staff shortages, longer work hours and increased psychological distress. Today, Dr. Joseph Hahn, executive director of U.S. Companion Animal and Equine Professional Services at Merck Animal Health, will share newly released findings from the company’s third collaborative Veterinary Wellbeing Study with AVMA, which examines the mental health of U.S. veterinary professionals while providing tangible recommendations to help alleviate some of the stress and wellbeing challenges experienced across the profession. This iteration of the study is the first to include the perspectives of technicians and support staff respondents along with veterinarians. For more information and resources following the Wellbeing Study discussion, visit www.vetwellbeing.com.


Joseph Hahn, DVM

Executive Director, U.S. Companion Animal & Equine Professional Services

Merck Animal Health

Dr. Joseph Hahn is the Executive Director of the US Companion Animal and Equine Professional Services at Merck Animal Health. In his current role, Dr. Hahn has been a champion for the enrichment of the veterinary profession helping to sponsor and advance initiatives from the AVMA, Not One More Vet, the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association, MentorVet and others.

Prior to joining Merck Animal Health Dr. Hahn was in practice for ten years. He spent the first four years of his clinical practice in general practice. During those years, he was able to gain experience in everything from a large corporate practice to a small one doctor practice. His last six years in practice were in Emergency Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Hahn received his DVM degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.

Catherine Peskuski

American Veterinary Medical Association

Catherine Peskuski, MBA, serves as Director of Strategy for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).  Ms. Peskuski’ s primary role with AVMA is to work with the CEO and Board of Directors to facilitate the annual planning process and strategy development. Since the implementation of a formal strategy management process, AVMA has achieved record growth and continues to expand member benefits and offer critical support to the veterinary profession. To be successful amid the challenges and complexities of working with a non-profit, Catherine relies on her experience as a key problem solver and strong communicator. She is performance driven and excels at facilitating diverse groups working through tough issues.

Catherine earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University and Master of Business from the University of Colorado. She is a new member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) where she is pursuing her Certificate of Association Executives (CAE).

Doug Raven

Ontario VMA – Retired

Doug Raven holds degrees from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) and the University of Toronto, and was the CEO of the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) for 23 years. During his tenure with OVMA, the association doubled its membership and quadrupled its annual revenue through effective strategic management. In 2002, Doug spearheaded the creation of the Farley Foundation, a charitable organization that has raised over $7 million to assist over 10,000 low income pet owners to care for their pets. Doug has been a longtime VMAE volunteer, and was the only non-U.S. citizen to serve as the association’s President. In his spare time, he facilitates strategic planning for state, provincial and national associations across North America.
Future VMAE | Live! Sessions

None scheduled at this time

The Why and How of Strategy for a VMA

  • Lisa Perius
  • Catherine Peskuski
  • Doug Raven
Recordings of Previous Sessions

Veterinary Wellbeing: A Review of Merck Animal Health’s Latest Veterinary Wellbeing Study

The Why and How of Strategy for a VMA

The future of employer-sponsored retirement plans in America and the AVMA Trust Retirement Plan

June 17, 2021

Veterinary Managers:
Adding Value to Create Better Veterinary Practices

October 15, 2020

VMAE | Member Meeting and Awards Celebration

August 27, 2020

What is a Socially Conscious Community?

August 6, 2020

Slide Deck

Virtual Town Hall
Hotel Contracts in the New Era

May 28, 2020

Slide Deck

Virtual Town Hall with VMAE Strategic Initiative Partners

COVID-19: Mental Health Primer – A Guide for Veterinary Medicine Association Executives

April 16, 2020

Slide Deck

Sustaining the Human-Animal Bond During Hospice Care

February 20, 2020

Slide Deck

Influence: The Biggest Challenge in Leadership

January 16, 2020

Randy Hall Slide Deck

Animal Emergencies: What Have We Learned about the VMA’s Role?

Reframing our View of Veterinary Work — Calling or Career?

October 17, 2019

Slide Deck

Four Tips to Help Your Members Reduce Team Turnover

September 19, 2019

Slide Deck

Successful Associations Know When To Say No

August 15, 2019

Slide Deck

How Veterinary Practices Are Successfully Using Digital Marketing Tools

July 18, 2019

Slide Deck

Effectively Messaging to Member Segments