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  • 12/26/2016 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 | Anonymous

    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 registrations@michvma.org 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 | Anonymous

    “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 mvma@michvma.org 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

  • 11/14/2016 7:16 AM | Anonymous

    Wellness Risk Factor Study Finds Positive Correlation to VMA Membership

    Caroline Faust, DVM
    Elizabeth Strand, PhD, LCSW
    The University of Tennessee | Knoxville, Veterinary Social Work Program

    In a recent article published in JAVMA, Nett et al. (2015) found that membership in a veterinary medical association is positively correlated with less mental illness and suicidal ideation.

    The authors also found that 9.3% veterinarians were experiencing severe psychological distress at the time of the survey and that 16.8% had contemplated suicide since graduation. These distressing numbers are higher than that of the general US adult population.

    The number of veterinarians currently in psychological distress nearly doubles when controlling for membership in organized veterinary medicine (9.3% for members of a VMA vs. 17.5% for those that are not). A similar but less pronounced pattern is seen when examining the relationship between currently married, separated/divorced and never married veterinarians (8.1%, 13.8% and 14.3% respectively).

    The authors hypothesized that these patterns may be related to the interpersonal relationships in a veterinarian's life. They go on to site research that names social support as a positive influence on mental health.

    Alternate factors associated with psychological distress were working in shelter medicine and being in practice for less than 20 years. It was unclear from the data if it was age, a change in class selection criteria, or another factor that led to increased risk in younger vets.

    Other research questions revealed a disconnect between veterinarians and the general population when it comes to perception of those with mental illnesses and the help available. Psychologically stressed veterinarians were significantly less likely than those similarly afflicted in the general population to state that "People are caring towards those persons with mental illness," and less likely than non-distressed veterinarians to agree that "Mental health treatment is accessible." This perception of a lack of support may be one factor contributing to higher distress levels.

    The findings of this study open a pathway to better caring for veterinarians in psychological distress. Veterinary medical associations play an important part in this battle as they provide social support and a vehicle for dissemination of information. Because so many veterinarians in distress perceive that no aid is available, VMAs have the opportunity to step in as helpers. Support systems such as the AVMA's Early Career Online Community and VIN's From the Trenches message board provide practitioners with a group with whom they have similar trials, worries, and sometimes even victories.

    If you are experiencing psychological distress, please seek help. If you have suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

    Citation:

    Nett, R. J., Witte, T. K., Holzbauer, S. M., Elchos, B. L., Campagnolo, E. R., Musgrave, K. J., … Funk, R. H. (2015). Risk factors for suicide, attitudes toward mental illness, and practice-related stressors among US veterinarians. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 247(8), 945–955. http://doi.org/10.2460/javma.247.8.945

    Written by:

    Dr. Caroline Faust, DVM
    Veterinary Social Work Intern
    University of Tennessee
    College of Social Work
    www.carolinefaust.com

    Dr. Elizabeth B. Strand, LCSW
    Director, Veterinary Social Work
    University of Tennessee
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    College of Social Work

  • 11/07/2016 7:32 AM | Anonymous

    We are excited to invite you to join us on Wednesday, December 7 to welcome William Folger, DVM, MS, ABVP Feline! Register today to learn the nuances of diabetes mellitus management in cats: basic information concerning diagnostics, treatment choices, as well as a mild review of the current literature and why it can be misleading. A section on “tricks and traps” is presented to help practitioners avoid common issues which can lead to life-threatening decision-making. Next, 2 unusual and “under-diagnosed” endocrine diseases will be examined as case studies. The final session of the day will be devoted to end of life issues in feline medicine, and euthanasia in cats in a clinical setting.

    Learn More Here!

    Topics to be convered include:

    • End-of-Life Issues and Euthanasia in the Clinical Setting
    • Hyper/Hypothyroidism
    • Adrenal Diseases
    • Diabetes and Acromegaly
    • Diabetes Insipidus
    • Hyperparathyroidism

    Generously sponsored by

  • 10/31/2016 7:57 AM | Anonymous

    Register Online Now!
    View the 2016 Conference Brochure
    Print a Registration Form

    We are working with MSU to finalize the registration process for MSU CVM and non-CVM MSU faculty and staff. Please check back soon for updates regarding the registration process. Thank You!

    About the Program

    Once again the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association brings together experts in animal behavior and welfare from across the country for a full day of educational sessions. We are pleased to offer some of the country's most sought-after speakers in animal welfare and know that you will enjoy their presentations. MVMA encourages all those interested in animal welfare to attend including:

    • Veterinarians, veterinary technicians and veterinary practice staff
    • Humane society and other shelter personnel
    • Farmers/producers and related organizations
    • Rescue groups
    • Students
    • Animal owners/advocates

    The conference will emphasize how veterinarians work together with producers and others for humane treatment of animals at every stage of life. A variety of issues facing veterinarians and and other individuals involved in all aspects of animal care and handling will be examined.

    Learn More Here

  • 10/24/2016 7:21 AM | Anonymous

    “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 life.  Our Answer Team can help you with a wide variety of common questions and concerns.  Just email the MVMA at mvma@michvma.org with your question and you will be matched with an “A” Team expert who can assist 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
    • Wellness 

    5.     Human Resources: 

    • Employee/Staff Management Issues
    • Hiring an LVT verses a veterinary “assistant”
    • Hiring and Firing (Legal Issues to Consider)
    • Staff Meetings
    • Motivating Staff
    • Reviews and Performance Evaluations 

    6.     Veterinary Ethics 

    7.     Financial & Debt Assistance 

  • 10/17/2016 7:36 AM | Anonymous

    Advice from MVMA's Recommended Collection Services Provider, American Profit Recovery

    Information is a great way to keep in contact with your customers for a whole host of reasons. Marketing new products and services, rescheduling appointments and good old fashioned customer service.

    It’s also vital to working with your customers to work out late payments. After all, the easier it is to get in contact with a delinquent account, the easier you can resolve that payment issue. We can’t tell you how many times we see a business come to us and they have very little information on their clients. In fact the credit bureaus just released news that starting in 2017 you may not be able to report someone to a credit bureau without a full date of birth and social security number.

    Here are just a few tips on what you need to do to collect the proper information from your customers.

    Collect all the personal information you can: A first name and last name just isn’t enough. You need a physical address and all phone numbers. Just about any information you’d use to check credit history should be collected. This information won’t just help you contact the customer, but also determine their reliability.

    Collect as much contact information as possible: This also includes any and all email addresses, phone numbers, and emergency contact numbers. Remember to collect it all up front! A great way to do this is on a credit application or if it’s a new customer, consider an info sheet from all new clients.

    Less information, more problems: The less data you have on your customer, the harder it is to get in touch with them—which means the less likely you are to get your money. We mentioned it’s hard to get paid when you don’t have good information and it can be even harder for a collection agency to help you if you come in with nothing. There are other methods but the best method is to have your customer information up front.

    If you have any questions or you would like more information, feel free to reach out to American Profit Recovery at 800-711-0023.  We are here to help!

    Matt Helz:

    Has been working in the collection industry for over 24 years.  Has extensive experience working as a collector, operations manager and now lead sales consultant.  APR specializes in the collection of third-party debt in industries such as veterinary, funeral, plumbing, heating and cooling, medical/dental, banking, heating oil delivery, lawn care and other professional services. The firm serves approximately 3,500 clients. The firm’s web address is http://www.americanprofit.net/


  • 10/10/2016 9:56 AM | Anonymous

    Register for the Dental Seminar Online Now!
    Print a Registration Form
    View the SAS Brochure

    Join us on Wednesday, November 2 where we are excited to welcome Dr. Brook Niemiec for a very practical day of veterinary dental education that you can literally "use on Monday". We will cover the most common oral conditions and their basic therapy including periodontal therapy, radiology, and extraction techniques. We will also cover dental radiology interpretation and help you sell dentistry to your clients.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Canine Oral Pathology
    • Feline Oral Pathology
    • Dental Extractions Made Easier
    • Surgical Extractions and Complications
    • Periodontal Disease and Therapy

    Generously Sponsored by

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