2016 Veterinary Business Conference

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University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine

2015 SW 16th Ave

Gainesville, FL 32608

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On March 5th, 2016, UF's Student Chapter of the Veterinary Business Management Association will be hosting its 4th annual UF VBMA Veterinary Business Conference. This conference is an amazing opportunity for students, veterinarians, and practice managers alike! Practitioners who attend earn 5 free continuing education credits. Our speakers are invited from all over the country to lecture on business and practice management in the veterinary world. This year we are pleased to host Dr. Wendy Hauser, Debbie Boone, Michelle Guercio-Winter, and Stith Keiser.
New this year, we are adding interactive wet labs that correspond with each of the morning lectures! These will take place after lunch, with each session consisting of groups of approximately 30 practitioners and practice managers. Meanwhile, students will attend a separate lecture and wet lab with Stith Keiser.


Debbie Boone
Debbie Boone has trained thousands of veterinary team members in communication and service while inspiring them to live a life of purpose as animal champions. She believes veterinarians must find ways to help clients afford quality patient care.The co-author of “The Veterinarian’s Guide to Healthy Pet Plans”, she was inspired by her experiences utilizing preventive care plans to positive results.

Wendy Hauser
Dr. Wendy Hauser established Peak Veterinary Consulting in January 2015 after working as an industry Technical Services Veterinarian. With a DVM from OK State in 1988, she practiced for 26 years as an associate and owner. She is highly engaged in AAHA in new initiatives and leadership. The co-author of “The Veterinarian’s Guide to Healthy Pet Plans”, she enjoys consulting and presenting workshops on hospital culture, leadership, client relations and operations.

Join Debbie Boone, CVPM and Dr. Wendy Hauser as they present a broad overview of preventive care plan concepts. The first session will examine necessary components for a successful preventive care plan. The second will explore the most common pitfalls that cause preventive care plans to fail. The small group afternoon sessions will be formatted to delve more deeply into the financial aspects of plan design (Wendy) and team training (Debbie).

Michelle Guercio-Winter
Michelle Guercio-Winter is an Education Development Management Specialist with Patterson Veterinary, where she creates the content for and leads the team of instructors for the Patterson Veterinary University courses. She is also an Adjunct Instructor here at the University of Florida where she developed the course materials for and teaches the Entrepreneurship for Veterinarians course, which is part of the Business Certificate Program. Michelle works diligently to develop and deliver educational material relevant in meeting the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s veterinary professionals to strengthen the business within the profession. She brings to her speaking 30 years of practical experience and an unwavering passion for every aspect of the profession.
As someone with a vested interest in the performance of your practice, you may have questioned the significance of some of the management metrics used in your practice. And in some cases, you may have even watched certain metrics go from being very important to pretty much insignificant over time. With all the changes in veterinary practice management that have taken place over the past few years, it’s necessary to understand what metrics are needed to best measure success of your practice in today’s business climate. This seminar will focus on the most needed measurements that should be considered for your management metrics repertoire.


Stith Keiser


Stith Keiser is the founder and manager of My Veterinary Career (MVC) for the American Animal Hospital Association. MVC is a veterinary matchmaking firm matching veterinarians and practice managers with all types and sizes of practices across North America. His industry experience includes facilitating workshops and speaking at national and state veterinary conferences. In addition to speaking he writes for industry publications and websites. Stith also conducts career development-related workshops for student clubs and organizations at veterinary schools across the country. Stith is a member of VetPartners, co-chair of the Career Development Special Interest Group which most recently released the VetPartners/NVBMA/AAHA Mentorship Toolkit, and partner in several small and mixed animal practices.
Business acumen is consistently ranked by practice owners as one of the most sought after traits in new graduates. In his session Stith will discuss exactly what it means, the formulas, numbers and concepts you need to know and how to convey your veterinary business prowess to future employers.
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