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, and VMAE Strategic Initiative Partner webinars.

Certified Veterinary Assistant Program – Growing Your Team

Thursday, June 8, 2023 – 2:00-2:30 PM Eastern

This presentation focuses on how the CVA program can help your members with staff retention and building a stronger veterinary team. We will discuss the basics of bringing the CVA program to your state and the benefits of doing so.


Larisa Respondek

Director of Credentialing

Texas Veterinary Medical Association

Larisa started out as a kennel assistant during college and discovered that she wanted to learn more about the veterinary world. She volunteered at that clinic so she could learn blood draws, IV catheter placement, and anything else the lead tech would teach. From there Larisa started her climb up the veterinary assistant ladder, from room assistant, to surgery assistant, to specialty work. She has been a practice manager, inventory manager, IT, and everything in between. In 2017 she was given the opportunity to become the Director of Credentialing for the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and has loved this role ever since. She enjoys helping to make veterinary hospitals stronger in their team members and team support.

In her spare time, she likes to travel and watch her kids play their favorite sports.

Mandy Fults, MS, LVT, CVPP, VTS-CP (C/F)

Licensed Veterinary Technician

Mandy has 20+ years of experience as a Licensed Veterinary Technician (LVT) in Texas. Her career path has focused on small animal medicine, with most of her time in the general practice setting. She became board certified as a Veterinary Technician Specialist (VTS) in Canine/Feline Clinical Practice in 2011 and a Certified Veterinary Pain Practitioner (CVPP) through the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management in 2012. Additionally, she obtained a master’s degree in Veterinary Biomedical Science through the University of Missouri in 2018.

Mandy is an active advocate for the advancement of the veterinary technician profession. With this interest, she has authored articles on the topic and serves on multiple veterinary committees/task force teams. She enjoys collaborating with colleagues and listening to different perspectives regarding the profession. Encouraging education and the development of advanced veterinary nursing career paths for career development is a passion of hers and she will continue to venture down this path.

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

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Four Tips to Help Your Members Reduce Team Turnover

September 19, 2019

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Successful Associations Know When To Say No

August 15, 2019

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How Veterinary Practices Are Successfully Using Digital Marketing Tools

July 18, 2019

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Effectively Messaging to Member Segments