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  • 06/18/2018 7:02 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Boosting Your Financial IQ to Maximize Fiscal Performance

    MVMA Members Invited to Register for FREE Webinars Designed to Elevate Financial Literacy of Veterinary Practice 

    For veterinary practices to thrive, those in leadership and management positions must be proficient in financial management. If financial management is not your forte, Boosting Your Financial IQ to Maximize Fiscal Performance will bolster your skills and increase your confidence in addressing a range of key financial topics. 

    This FREE, comprehensive, straightforward series dives into the essentials of financial management equipping participants to develop a deeper understanding of the financial statement, participate in real-world applications of KPIs, become better at budgeting, and gain insights into how to improve practice profitability.

    Speakers Terence M. O'Neil, CPA, CVA and Beth Scott, CPA from Katz, Sapper & Miller's Veterinary Services Group provide veterinary hospitals with business, financial, and tax advice to assist with the growth and management of their businesses.

    The schedule of webinars is as follows:

    Financial Statements 101
    Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
    Click for more details and registration.

    Key Performance Indicators - Simplifying the Tools that Gauge Hospital Performance
    Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
    Click for more details and registration.

    Why Budgeting Can Prevent Problems and Relieve Stress
    Wednesday, October 3, 2018, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
    Click for more details and registration.

    Trends at the Most-Profitable Veterinary Hospitals
    Wednesday, January 9, 2019, 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET
    Click for more details and registration.

    These events are free of charge. The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) will issue a one (1) hour continuing education certificate to attendee for each session for a maximum of four (4) continuing education hours. RACE approval TBA.

    Terence M. O’Neil, CPA, CVA

    Terry O’Neil is the partner-in-charge of Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Veterinary Services Group. Terry provides veterinary hospitals with business, financial, and tax advice to assist with the growth and management of their businesses. He aids clients with tax and strategic planning, forecasting, budgeting, mergers and acquisitions and/or sales of businesses, debt structuring, employment incentive contracts, financing, business valuations, buy-sell agreements, and other business and accounting services. In addition, Terry is responsible for the preparation and review of financial statements and tax returns. Terry often speaks at conferences regarding profit improvement, veterinary business valuation, succession planning, financial benchmarking, and other business topics. Terry was previously the CFO for a group of eight veterinary medical practices and was a stakeholder in the business. He was also a regional financial analyst for a national veterinary medical practice. Terry is responsible for the management of the Veterinary Study Groups’ database of veterinary hospital financial data for over 400 hospitals across the country. Leading this database allows Terry to identify trends and opportunities.

    Beth Scott, CPA

    Beth Scott is a director in Katz, Sapper & Miller’s Business Advisory and Veterinary Services Groups. She has been with the firm since 2004. Beth advises clients in accounting, tax, and business matters and has extensive experience in tax planning, tax compliance, financial statement analysis, forecasts and projections, accounting systems implementation, and key performance indicator reports. As a member of the Veterinary Services Group, Beth provides hospitals with benchmark and profit-enhancement consulting to help increase their profit and practice values. In addition to the day-to-day management of one of the largest national veterinary benchmarking databases, Beth actively participates in speaking engagements and industry membership groups. Beth was instrumental in working with the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and Veterinary Management Group (VMG) to combine their chart of accounts that was subsequently released to the veterinary industry in June of 2017.

    Learn More Here

  • 06/11/2018 7:43 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Then "Getting the Most Out of Your Career: Success Strategies for Personal and Professional Growth" is just what you're looking for!

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

    What is it? This program is modeled after our very popular Power of 10 Leadership Academy for recent graduates and is designed for veterinarians, technicians, assistants, practice managers and others who work in the veterinary profession in any capacity and need a refresh, recharge, or renewal of their passion for veterinary medicine. This program features two one-day sessions, two online video trainings and monthly links to leadership and wellness videos/content/tips to educate and inspire your career. In addition to the great content being offered, you will connect with colleagues and learn from them as well!

    Register Online Now!

    View the Certification Brochure

    ISSUE ILLUMINATORS

    Karlene Belyea, MBA, CEO, Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, Certified DiSC Trainer & National Speaker
    One of Karlene’s passion is working with groups on improving communications in the workplace. She is a certified Everything DiSC® Trainer and presents sessions on behavioral styles, generational differences, body language, leadership, dealing with negative mojo, brain training/neuroscience, happiness and work/life integration. Karlene focuses on how to work together more effectively through understanding and appreciating the differences in people, while working to improve communications, team building, customer service and conflict resolution. Karlene has been the CEO of the Michigan VMA since 2003 and has more than 29 years of experience in association management. She also serves as Executive Director of the Michigan Animal Health Foundation. She holds an MBA from the University of Michigan and a BA in Telecommunications from Michigan State University so she can cheer for whoever is winning! She speaks to a wide variety of groups nationally including AAHA (speaks at all their Indispensable Association workshops around the country), AVMA and numerous state and local VMAs. For fun, she sings and plays keyboards for a band called Rear View Mirror.

    Regina Carey, Life Coach, Consultant and Speaker
    Regina Carey is the founder of Carey On, LLC. She is an educator. She is a creative. She is a leader. In her own words: “Everything I do, I do to lift others UP, move them forward, and INSPIRE them to use their unique voices. The way I do that is by challenging, questioning, and motivating people to jump outside their comfort zones. I’m a Coach, Consultant and Passion Instigator – what do you want to do with your life?” Veterinary Medicine has been a part of her life’s work, as she has been with her husband of 26 years through his pre-vet, veterinary, internship, residence and Ph.D. training. Regina has been a part of Michigan State University’s CVM programming for over 15 years. The goal of her work is to educate and empower those who are stuck, struggling, and ready for positive change. Regina customizes her approach to meet the needs of each unique situation. Her methods focus on MOVING FORWARD, using positive feedback, and embracing all that comes with that journey.

    Chandra Grabill, PhD, Assistant Dean for Student Wellness and Engagement
    Chandra Grabill is the Assistant Dean for Student Wellness and Engagement in the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine (MSU-CVM). She is responsible for several programs that support student success in the college, including new student orientation, tutoring, the House System, and other wellness-related activities. Dr. Grabill has been at MSU-CVM since 2004. Before moving into her current administrative role, she provided counseling to students in the DVM and the Veterinary Technology programs, as well as mental health-related consultation services for the MSU-CVM community. Dr. Grabill received her Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology from Kent State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Emory University School of Medicine. She is a fully licensed psychologist who has worked in a number of academic, inpatient, and community-based mental health settings. Dr. Grabill is a founding member and Chair of the Veterinary Mental Health Practitioners group of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC).

    Hilda Mejia Abreu, PhD, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Michigan State University CVM
    Hilda Mejia Abreu, joined MSU CVM as assistant dean for the Offices of Admissions, Scholarships, Diversity and Inclusion in January 2016. Dr. Mejia Abreu received her Baccalaureate and Master of Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts and her Ph.D. from MSU’s College of Education. She served as associate dean at the University of Texas Health Science Center for the School of Nursing where she developed a recruitment strategy that increased enrollment and was responsible for the strategic direction of the Committee on Faculty and Student Matters (Diversity Committee). After her time at the University of Texas, Dr. Mejia Abreu joined Liaison International, the leading provider of centralized application services for veterinary medicine, nursing, dental, and other health professions, as their executive director for program partnerships and higher education content expert. Hilda knows that leadership is the ability to collect the strengths of all team members and organize these in a way that will ensure success. She sees her role as nurturing the team, as well as internal and external stakeholders. Hilda’s philosophy is to grow and nurture strong relationships from local to global. For fun, she loves taking care of her animals (3 horses, 2 goats, 1 dog and 1 cat), spending time with family and paddle boarding.

    Joe Grimm, Editor in Residence, School of Journalism, Michigan State University
    Joe Grimm is visiting editor in residence in the Michigan State University School of Journalism. His course in career branding won an ATT innovative technologies award. Grimm prepared for his teaching career with 30 years in newspapering, 18 of those years as the recruiting and staff development editor at the Detroit Free Press. Teaching as an adjunct helped him make the career change. He is also a book author and freelance writer, which helps keep him and his career fresh. Joe relaxes in the summer by teaching 84 high school students journalism and living in a dorm with them for five weeks.

    Betsy Charles, DVM, MA (online video trainings), Executive Director, Veterinary Leadership Institute
    Dr. Charles combines a wide variety of professional experiences with her love of veterinary medicine in order to help others be the best they can be. After graduating from Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine she completed a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership where her thesis dealt with implementation of change efforts within veterinary practices. To that end, she loves helping veterinary professionals understand how the principles of emotional intelligence can help facilitate implementation of change initiatives in practice. She has been involved with the Veterinary Leadership Experience as a speaker for 9 years and is now the Executive Director of The Veterinary Leadership Institute. Dr. Charles is also an Assistant Professor at Western University of Health Sciences where she teaches radiology, leadership, and serves as a content expert in equine medicine and surgery. Her role as Executive Director of the VLE allows her to continue to combine her passion for veterinary medicine, leadership development, teaching, and communication. When she is not trying to make a difference in the veterinary profession, you can find her at the barn riding, Lenny, the best horse ever.

    This is a year-long course, and if you do not sign up to attend the October 2018 seminar you must wait and register for the 2019 program. Please contact us at 517/347-4710 or mvma@michvma.org with questions.

  • 06/04/2018 9:48 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Andy Roark, DVM, MS

    Owner, Cleveland Park Animal Hospital
    Greenville, South Carolina


    Take just a minute to listen to what you can expect to see from Dr. Roark at the GLVC.

    Dr. Roark is a practicing veterinarian, international speaker, author, and media personality. Dr. Roark has been voted Practice Management Speaker of the Year at NAVC, one of the world’s largest veterinary conferences, two out of the last three years. He also received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Practices where Dr. Roark works were named as finalists in the American Animal Hospital Association’s Practice of the Year Contest in 2013 and 2015.

    Dr. Roark is fully sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.


  • 05/28/2018 6:48 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    Join Us at the 2018 Great Lakes Veterinary Conference August 12-14, 2018 at Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island


    Would you like to attend a fun CE event that’s worth driving across the state or flying in from far away? Then join us at Grand Hotel for great speakers and awesome social events! We’ve added more CE than ever before so you won’t want to miss it!

    Register Online Now!
    View the 2018 Conference Brochure
    Print a Paper Registration Form
    Make Your Hotel Reservation Now

     

    Meet the 2018 Conference Speakers . . .

    Andy Roark, DVM, MS
    Owner, Cleveland Park Animal Hospital
    Greenville, South Carolina

    Dr. Roark is a practicing veterinarian, international speaker, author, and media personality. Dr. Roark has been voted Practice Management Speaker of the Year at NAVC, one of the world’s largest veterinary conferences, two out of the last three years. He also received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Practices where Dr. Roark works were named as finalists in the American Animal Hospital Association’s Practice of the Year Contest in 2013 and 2015.

    Dr. Roark is fully sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health.


    C. Guillermo Couto, DVM, DACVIM (Internal Medicine & Oncology)

    Owner, Couto Veterinary Consultants
    Hilliard, Ohio

    Dr. C. Guillermo Couto is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in the specialties of Internal Medicine and Oncology. He has coauthored the best selling Small Animal Internal Medicine textbook (Elsevier), now on its 5th Edition, has published over 150 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, and 150 book chapters. He has 40 years of experience in clinical and comparative hematology, oncology, transfusion medicine, and clinical pathology, and is an expert in Greyhound and sighthound medicine.

    Dr. Couto is fully sponsored by IDEXX.

    Jared Galle, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
    Owner, Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    A native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Dr. Galle graduated from Mississippi State University in 1999. He then completed a small animal internship at the University of Tennessee, followed by a three-year neurology/neurosurgery residency at Auburn University. After completing his residency and receiving board certification with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2003, Dr. Galle moved to Metro Detroit and has practiced locally until co-founding Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center in 2011. Dr. Galle is a Board-certified Veterinary Neurologist. His primary interests include intervertebral disk disease, spinal trauma, wobbler syndrome, inflammatory brain disease, and developmental brain abnormalities (hydrocephalus and Chiari malformation).


    This event is generously sponsored by . . .



  • 05/21/2018 7:19 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    MAHF Grant Applications are Due Friday, June 1

    Did you know that MVMA's non-profit arm, the Michigan Animal Health Foundation (MAHF), awards grants each year for education and research projects?

    MAHF was created to allow those who love animals an opportunity to offer monetary support for critical research and education that benefits the health and welfare of animals. The MAHF offers grants of up to $10,000. Learn more about MAHF and its grant opportunities. The Research and Educational Grant Application InstructionsApplication Form for Educational Grants and Application Form for Research Grants will provide the additional information you will need in order to apply.

    Michigan Animal Health Foundation's Mission

    To provide financial assistance to individuals and institutions for educational and scientific purposes in order to advance science to benefit the health and welfare of animals.

  • 05/14/2018 7:44 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, productivity, and the culture in your practice or work environment?

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

    If so, the MVMA and MSU CVM Professional Competencies Certification Program is for you!

    Register Online Now!
    View the Certification Brochure

    Getting the Most Out of Your Career: Success Strategies for Personal and Professional Growth is a year-long program based on our members’ and employees’ preferred learning models and topics. The program is open to all veterinarians, technicians, assistants, practice managers and others who work in the veterinary profession in any capacity.

    The purpose of the new certification program, Getting the Most Out of Your Career, 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.

    This is a year-long course, and if you do not sign up to attend the October 2018 seminar you must wait and register for the 2019 program. Please contact us at 517/347-4710 or mvma@michvma.org with questions.

  • 05/07/2018 7:28 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    As you may recall, On March 15, 2016, Governor Snyder signed Public Acts 47 and 49 into law requiring continuing medical education (CME) for veterinarians and veterinary technicians. Beginning in 2020, an applicant for a veterinarian license renewal who held a license for the 3-year period immediately preceding the expiration date of the license shall have earned, within the 3-year period immediately preceding the date of the application, 45 hours of approved continuing education. Veterinary technicians will need 15 hours during the same 3-year period.

    The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and the Michigan Board of Veterinary Medicine have drafted revised Administrative Rules for veterinarians and veterinary technicians after taking into consideration all of the public comments they received at the first hearing on September 29, 2017. The revised rules specify the details on what is required for Continuing Medical Education (CME) in Michigan and based on the previous public comment, many more entities have been included in the list of providers for which CME will automatically be counted. MVMA is contacting you to make you aware of the second public hearing that will be occurring on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at 1:00pm in the G. Mennen Williams Building Auditorium at 525 W. Ottawa St. in Lansing, Michigan. If you would like changes in the revised Administrative Rules, this is your chance to voice your concerns.

    The proposed revised rules for veterinarians can be found here.

    The proposed revised rules for veterinary technicians can be found here.

    We are pleased that LARA and the Board of Veterinary Medicine took MVMA’s suggestions into account. Comments on the proposed rules may be presented in person at the public hearing. Written comments will also be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on May 23, 2018, at the following postal or email address:

    Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
    Bureau of Professional Licensing– Boards and Committees Section
    PO Box 30670
    Lansing, MI 48909-8170
    Attention: Policy Analyst

    Email: BPL-BoardSupport@michigan.gov

    After May 23, LARA will compile the public comments and send them to the Board of Veterinary Medicine Rules Committee for possible revisions. The Rules Committee will then hopefully take any suggested revisions to the full Board of Veterinary Medicine for approval at their meeting on June 21, 2018. MVMA will share any new information we receive as the Administrative Rules are finalized.

    Please remember to keep all of your CME certificates in a file or stored on MVMA’s CE Portal. Although the rules are not yet finalized, you’ll want to keep proof of your attendance in case you need it when you renew your license.

    Sincerely,

    Lori Penman, DVM, President
    Karlene Belyea, MBA, Chief Executive Officer
  • 04/16/2018 7:37 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    The 99th Michigan Legislature ended the first year of a two-year cycle on December 13, 2017. From a practical standpoint, the two year cycle only means that introduced legislation carries over into the New Year and can be considered for passage in 2018. However, the MVMA successfully amended opioid legislation passed in 2017 and can now focus 2018 efforts on other legislative issues important to the veterinary profession. The article that follows describes the package of legislation passed to combat opioid addiction and the role the MVMA played in being part of the solution.

    In an effort to halt what has become a national epidemic in recent years, the legislature took a first step in taking on the rise in the number of people addicted to opioid pain killers. Legislation signed by the Governor included requirements for physicians to check a patient’s medical history to ensure they are not getting excess medications, capping prescriptions for acute pain at seven days, parental consent for prescribing controlled opioid substances under certain circumstances, improved reporting requirements, and instruction to school students on opioid abuse prevention. While the MVMA was supportive in a comprehensive solution, we also were active in stopping additional veterinarian requirements and reporting that would not assist in solving opioid abuse.

    In particular, the MVMA legislative team at Karoub Associates was successful after talking with the bill sponsor, committee chairs, and Legislative leadership in getting Senate Bill (SB) 166 amended to create a partial exemption for veterinarians. As introduced, SB 166 would require all licensed prescribers to obtain a report concerning a patient/client from the Department of Health and Human Services' electronic system for monitoring Schedule 2 through 5 controlled substances, before prescribing or dispensing a controlled substance. Under the amended version signed by the Governor, the requirements would not apply under any of the following circumstances:

    • If the dispensing occurs in a hospital or freestanding surgical outpatient facility and the controlled substance is administered to the patient in that hospital or facility.
    • If the dispensing occurs in a veterinary hospital or clinic and the controlled substance is administered to the patient in that hospital or clinic.
    • If the controlled substance is prescribed by a licensed prescriber who is a veterinarian and the controlled substance will be dispensed by a pharmacist.

    Please note that SB 166 does not go into effect until June 1, 2018.

    Lastly, Governor Snyder will give his annual and final State of the State address on Tuesday, January 23rd. Expect him to use the speech as a summary of what the administration has accomplished during his term as Governor and how the forward momentum will continue. While he may outline a few legislative priorities, don’t expect the legislature to act on much with this being an election year.

  • 03/26/2018 6:55 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    April 4, 2018: Dr. Tammy Grubb, Anesthesia & Pain Management

    Register Online Now

    You will want to attend this seminar by Dr. Tamara Grubb on the latest drugs and techniques in anesthesia and analgesia. Are you practicing balanced anesthesia and multimodal analgesia? Are you incorporating the newest drugs, using the most effective local anesthetic blocks and digging deep into your toolbox to treat chronic pain? In this interactive 6-hour seminar we will discuss those topics and answer all of your questions on anesthesia and pain management.

    Topics covered will include:

    • Pain Management
    • Balanced Anesthesia
    • Regional and Local Anesthesia
    • New Drugs
    • Multimodal Analgesia
  • 03/19/2018 7:57 AM | Kara Henrys (Administrator)

    SAVE THE DATE FOR THE 2018-2019 SAS SERIES!

    • Veterinary Forensics, Melinda Merck, DVM, September 12, 2018

    • Rehabilitation and Pain Management, Tara Edwards, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CVPP, cVMA, October 10, 2018
    • Practice Management, Wendy Hauser, DVM, November 7, 2018
    • Surgery, Gary Thompson, DVM, Diplomate, ABVP Canine & Feline, December 12, 2018
    • Renal and Urinary, Joe Bartges, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DACVN, March 13, 2019
    • Nutrition, Craig Datz, DVM, MS, DABVP, DACVN, April 10, 2019
    Learn More About Registration Here!


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