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  • 02/13/2017 4:17 PM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Are you a practice owner? If so, have you told us? We've contacted the practice owners shown in our database about this survey but if you are a practice owner and haven’t updated your record, we hope you will. Login to to update your information with us to make sure you receive the latest news and information from the MVMA. Please contact us at if you need your login information. 

    If you are a practice owner, you should have received the link to complete MVMA's Compensation and Benefits Survey earlier today. This comprehensive survey asks questions about the compensation and benefits offered to your associates and practice team (practice managers, technicians, assistants and front office staff). It also examines several other areas (type of practice, years in practice, location, etc.). Survey results will allow MVMA members to evaluate their compensation and benefit policies compared to those of other MVMA members. 

    We are asking the owner and/or practice manager to complete this survey online to help us compile the data more efficiently by March 17. If you have not received the link, please contact us at

    Please have compensation information for your veterinarians and staff available to you when you begin the survey, as well as information about medical and retirement plans, if applicable.

    The more data we can collect from Michigan practices, the better information we will have to share with you!

  • 02/06/2017 7:59 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)
    March 8, 2017
    Renal with Mark J. Acierno, DVM, MBA
    Register for the Renal Seminar Online Now

    We are excited to have Dr. Mark Acierno give a six hour seminar on commonly encountered urology / nephrology topics. Dr Acierno will cover a wide range of topics ranging from how to improve the life of patients with chronic kidney disease to the latest in treating acute kidney injury. Other important topics will include FLUTD, canine incontence and how to treat common nephrotoxicosis. 

    • Help! Help! I Can’t Pee (FLUTD)
    • Acute Kidney Injury: An Update
    • Improving the Life of Feline Patients with CKD
    • Canine Incontinence: Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Nephrotoxicosis: Ethylene Glycol and Beyond
    • Protein-Losing Nephropathy: Current Recommendations

  • 01/30/2017 9:01 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Presented by The Michigan Veterinary Medical Association and the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine

    Do you need help improving communication and productivity in your practice or work environment?

    Are you struggling with compassion fatigue, work/life balance and finding happiness?

    The MVMA & MSU CVM Professional Competencies Certification Program is for you!

    Since 2012, the MVMA has had a successful leadership program for young veterinarians called the Power of Ten Leadership Academy. This program is now ready to be shared with others in the form of a Professional Competencies Certification. The purpose of the new certification program is to engage and develop veterinary professionals through a dynamic and evolving leadership experience. This program includes a series of learning opportunities and connects participants with a network of peers who have similar challenges.

    Register Online Now!
    View the Certification Brochure

  • 01/23/2017 7:00 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Are you an MVMA member who is looking to grow within the profession?

    Do you want to reach beyond your comfort zone and build your leadership skills? 

    The Power of Ten Leadership Academy is for you! Spaces are filling up quickly – if you’re interested contact us at ASAP for an application.

  • 01/16/2017 8:09 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    By Kristin Knirk, DVM
    MVMA Board of Directors Representative, MVMA Membership Committee Member, Young Professionals Task Force Member

    I am one of those individuals who joined organized veterinary medicine early in my career. I think it is important to be involved and the benefits of membership can be immeasurable. Membership in the MVMA allows one to take advantage of discounted continuing education, free legal help, debt relief information and wellness resources dedicated to assisting veterinarians in need. MVMA also assists with networking and mentoring in all stages of one's career. These are a few examples of why practice owners should encourage and facilitate MVMA membership for their associates and colleagues.

    With the passage of continuing medical education in Michigan, the MVMA established a CE portal with over 1,000 online courses, many of which are free for members. The online portal will also track member’s hours of continuing education, even from outside sources. MVMA programs like the Small Animal Seminar Series and the new CE portal are convenient and effective resources for members to stay current in the profession.

    Other valuable tools that the MVMA is committed to developing are designed to help veterinary students and new graduates reduce their debt-to-income ratio. The average student debt for 2016 was approximately $180,000 with some students exceeding $300,000. The MVMA has partnered with the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and other national groups by providing student debt resources on their website, offering sessions for MSU CVM students and offering free financial advice for current members. The debt-to-income ratio has become a burden for both new graduates and their employers, and the MVMA is looking for ways to help new members succeed for the long-term.

    During 2015-2016, MVMA had a Wellness Task Force dedicated to assisting veterinarians who were challenged with compassion fatigue, financial concerns, psychological distress, or issues around work-life balance. A recent study published by Nett, et. al. in JAVMA, (2016) reported that membership in a professional veterinary association was positively correlated with reduced mental illness and suicide. The authors found that 17.5% of veterinarians who were not association members experienced severe psychological distress at the time of the survey compared to 9.3% of veterinarians who belonged to an association. Strand, et al. (2016) noted in a Wellness Risk Factor Study that veterinary medical associations (VMAs) played a critical role by offering social support and a means for sharing information. State VMAs, along with online social communities, are important outlets for helping veterinarians across the profession find and maintain positive support systems. The MVMA Wellness Task Force was specifically created in an effort to design and develop ongoing resources for our professional community across Michigan.

    Encouraging membership in the MVMA can provide numerous benefits for all. Free or reduced-cost CE is a major concern for many. Legal and financial resources for managing debt relief will continue to be important tools for helping new graduates succeed, and promoting the physical, mental and emotional wellness of our colleagues across the veterinary profession is something our association is committed to for everyone’s long-term benefit. Endorsing membership in the MVMA and assisting colleagues with costs of membership could be priceless.


    Nett, R. J., Witte, T. K., Holzbauer, S. M., et. al. (2015). Risk factors for suicide, attitudes toward mental illness, and practice-related stressors among US veterinarians. Journal of the American Veterinary Medicine Association, 247(8), 945-955.

    Strand, E., and Faust, C. (2016) Wellness Risk Factor Study Finds Positive Correlation to VMA Membership.

  • 01/09/2017 7:04 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Follow up is key to the health and well-being of your clients.

    Happy New Year! As you embark on veterinary practice in 2017, the MVMA has a gift – which means it is complimentary, free, of no charge! – for you to ring in the near year.

    As you may know, MVMA is a proud Associate Member of Partners for Healthy Pets (PHP) and we are very pleased to announce a collaborative program between PHP, Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) and our association to implement the concept of forward booking in all veterinary practices in Michigan. The MVMA is partnering with 45 other veterinary medical associations in the US and Canada to make a difference.

    We believe this initiative will have a significant impact on the health of your patients and your practice. This collaborative program focuses on the importance of forward booking, which simply means scheduling all patients’ next appointments before they leave your practice, regardless of the reason for their current visit. This includes medical progress exams and preventive healthcare exams.

    Forward booking ensures your patients receive the highest quality care at the right time. The traditional way to schedule appointments for your clients is costly, time-consuming, and only 30% of your clients will respond. According to the 2015 AAHA State of the Union Report, 6 out of 10 pet owners said they would forward book their next appointment before leaving the practice.

    You have probably been hearing about and maybe even considering implementing forward booking in your practice, but are not quite sure how to get started. With this program, you will have a straightforward, step-by-step process that provides the entire practice team with the skills necessary to be successful.

    MVMA provides you with all the tools to be successful. Ready to get started? 

    1. Visit Partners for Healthy Pets for resources that include the keys to implementation, training information and communication tips to use with your staff, and a link to order buttons (at no cost!) for your team to wear.
    2. MVMA, along with VMAE, is providing the opportunity to engage with preeminent veterinary consultant Karen Felsted, CPA, MS, DVM, CVPM, CVA in four FREE live coaching sessions. These conference calls will be held on January 31February 14February 21, or February 28 at 1:00 pm EST to answer questions you and your staff might have about implementing forward booking in your practice. Just click the date(s) that work best for you and register to reserve a connection.
    MVMA is very excited to provide this opportunity. Whether you are a practice owner or an associate veterinarian, we hope that you will help to carry the message forward about forward booking in your veterinary practice. The results will be healthier patients and a healthier practice!
  • 12/26/2016 9:15 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    January 27-29, 2017 • Lansing Center • Lansing, Michigan

    Register Online Now!
    View the 2017 MVC Program
    Print the MVC Registration Form
    Make Your Hotel Reservations

    You won’t want to miss the 2017 Michigan Veterinary Conference! With over 150 hours of continuing education, 100 exhibitors and fun social events the MVC is worth driving half-way across the state to attend.

    Visit the MVC webpage for more information.

  • 12/19/2016 6:17 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Sessions Start April 2017!

    Designed to cultivate leadership capacity in recent graduates and provide learning experiences, MVMA's POTL Academy will give you real-world skills and connections that will help to enrich both your personal and professional life.

    The Power of Ten Leadership Academy will provide ten fairly recent graduates with leadership development sessions during 2017. MVMA will provide topic experts and food at no charge for participants to attend four or five one-day sessions that not only convey the key learning points about leadership, but also deepen the understanding of class members on a number of related topics. Apply now - space is limited!

  • 12/05/2016 7:21 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Register Now for the MVMA 2016-2017 Small Animal Seminar Series!

    Print a Registration Form
    View the 2015-2016 Series Brochure

    If you would like to register online, you must register for each seminar individually. This not only increases the accuracy of CE tracking, it also ensures you receive the correct confirmation information. Please contact us with questions. 

    March 8, 2017
    Renal with Mark J. Acierno, DVM, MBA
    Register for the Renal Seminar Online Now
    • Help! Help! I Can’t Pee (FLUTD)
    • Acute Kidney Injury: An Update
    • Improving the Life of Feline Patients with CKD
    • Canine Incontinence: Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Nephrotoxicosis: Ethylene Glycol and Beyond
    • Protein-Losing Nephropathy: Current Recommendations
    April 8, 2017
    OSHA with Philip J. Seibert Jr., CVT.
    Register for the OSHA Seminar Online Now
    • Getting Your OSHA Program Started
    • The Top 5 OSHA Rules Every Practice Needs to Know
    • Pushing Drugs: Pharmacy Rules and Regulations You Need to Know

    This Event is Generously Sponsored by

    Michigan State University Veterinary Medical Center

  • 11/21/2016 10:11 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    “What do I need to know to start my own practice?”

    “How do I negotiate a raise?”

    “What do I do when someone threatens to sue me?” 

    Contact the “A” Team!  MVMA has expanded the traditional mentoring concept to include mentoring at all stages of your career.  Our free and confidential Answer Team can help you with a variety of common (and not-so-common) questions and concerns.  

    Just email the MVMA at with your question and you will be matched with an “A” Team expert who can assist you.  There are multiple experts in all areas so we will make sure you are matched with someone appropriate for you!  

    Topics include the following:

    1.            Practice Management: 

    ·         Buying a Practice

    ·         Starting a Practice

    ·         Selling a Practice

    ·         Partnering

    ·         Consolidation

    ·         Starting a Mobile Clinic


    2.            Career Assistance: 

    ·         Employment Agreements/Non-Compete Clauses

    ·         Career Transition/Job Change

    ·         Career Counseling/Career Options

    ·         How to Negotiate a Raise

    ·         How to Negotiate Time Off

    ·         Retirement – When and How


    3.            Litigation:  

    ·         Dealing With Upset Clients Before Things Get to Litigation

    ·         What to do When Someone Threatens to Sue You

    ·         Sexual Harassment


    4.            Personal Development: 

    ·         Burnout/Depression/Compassion Fatigue

    ·         Euthanasia

    ·         Doctor/Client Communications

    ·         Professional Image

    ·         Finding and Maintaining Work-Life Balance

    ·         Mental Health and Physical Wellness


    5.            Human Resources: 

    ·         Employee/Staff Management Issues

    ·         Hiring a LVT verses an “assistant”

    ·         Hiring and Firing (Legal Issues to Consider)

    ·         Staff Meetings

    ·         Motivating Staff

    ·         Reviews and Performance Evaluations


    6.            Veterinary Ethics 

    7.            Financial & Debt Assistance 

    “My A Team mentor was able to walk me through steps and what to think about as I started looking to purchase a practice.  He was incredibly helpful!”  Dr. A

    “I had a complaint filed against me with the Board of Veterinary Medicine and didn’t know what to do.  I was devastated!  My A Team mentor helped me understand the process and what I needed to do.”  Dr. S

    “After being at a practice for 4 years I felt I deserved a higher salary and wanted to negotiate a raise.  My A Team mentor helped me understand ways to approach my practice owner that helped me to get that raise!”  Dr. M

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