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Reference Desk August 2012

VMHA Conference October 18-21 to Focus on Thriving in a Challenging Economy

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia—Veterinary hospitals, administrators and owners are invited to tackle their greatest challenges when the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) holds its Annual Conference “Championing the Challenge” in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    “Championing the Challenge” will equip participants with the knowledge they need to transform the efficiency, profitability, and marketability of their practice using strategies they can immediately implement. Networking opportunities will offer additional opportunities for attendees to gain insight from colleagues and more experienced managers. The conference offers 15.5 continuing-education credits, 16.5 for CVPMs.

    Participants will learn how to:

    • turn destructive tension into productive action
    • thrive in an interruption-driven environment
    • manage and master multiple reporting requirements
    • set priorities and delegate the workload
    • improve communications

    Attendees will gain new insights into how to strengthen the owner-manager relationship, make strategic technology decisions and get a jump on the top 10 consumer trends and their impact on veterinary practices.

    Roundtable discussions are a key component of the learning experience. This informal educational format allows for extended discussion among a small cohort of professional colleagues, encouraging targeted feedback and in-depth dialogue about similar interests.

    Scheduled networking events will add another dimension of expertise to professional development. VHMA meetings are always structured to allow attendees adequate time to engage in collaborative dialogue with others in the profession.

    Before the conference’s registration opens, VHMA’s one-day Legal Symposium “Hiring, Firing & the Law” will be held October 18 at the same location. The symposium will explore the legal issues related to hiring and termination procedures. Legal experts from the United States and Canada will focus on the legal ramifications of employment contracts and termination procedures and applicable laws governing these issues.

    To register for “Championing the Challenge,” the VHMA Legal Symposium, or both, go to www.vhma.org.

    About VHMA
    The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association Inc. was formed in 1981 to provide individuals actively involved in veterinary practice management a means of effective communication and interaction. Membership is composed of hospital administrators, practice managers, office managers, veterinarians, consultants, and others interested in veterinary management. The mission of VHMA is to enhance and serve professionals in veterinary management through superior education, certification and networking. For more information, visit www.vhma.org.

    Source: Veterinary Hospital Managers Association

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