May 5 – 7   •   LaGrange, GA   •   6 HOURS OF CE 

Connect ⋅ Learn ⋅ Grow

The GVMA is partnering with the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association to bring you the 2023 Regional CE Program, Transforming Workforce Woes into Workforce Solutions.

Veterinary practices have struggled with recruitment and retention for a long time. While the recent pandemic has clearly exacerbated those issues, it has also served as a catalyst for reimagining workforce management. It’s time to address nagging problems with new strategies via a systems approach. This program will empower you to do that! Practice Managers are able to earn up to 6 CEU’s of VHMA CVPM Qualified CE. Veterinarians and Technicians may earn up to 6 non-medical CE credits.

OBJECTIVES

  • Learn the profession’s workforce issue and its impact on all stakeholders.
  • Develop a systems approach to defining organizational problems.
  • Identify new ways owners and managers can visualize and strategize for their desired future.

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Program

SCHEDULE

Saturday, Dec 4, 2022

7:00 am – 8:00 am |  Exhibit Open with Continental Breakfast

8:00 am – 10:00 am  |  Leadership Through Partnership: Owners and Managers Working Together to Improve Business Outcomes, Part I

10:00 am – 10:30 am  |  Break in Exhibit Hall

10:30 am – 12:30 pm  |  Leadership Through Partnership: Owners and Managers Working Together to Improve Business Outcomes, Part II

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm  |  Exhibit Open with Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm  |  Leadership Through Partnership: Owners and Managers Working Together to Improve Business Outcomes, Part III

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm  |  Break in Exhibit Hall

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm  |  Leadership Through Partnership: Owners and Managers Working Together to Improve Business Outcomes, Part IV

Friday

  • 11:00 am – 6:30 pm |  Conference Registration
  • 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm |  CVPM Informational Meeting
  • 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm |  GAVMA Roundtable Discussion
  • 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm |  Exhibit Hall Opening: Wine &Cheese Reception

Saturday

  • 7:30 am – 4:20 pm |  Registration
  • 8:00 am – 8:30 am |  Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
  • 8:30 am – 10:10 am  | Transforming Workforce Woes Into Workforce Solutions, Part I
  • 10:10 am – 10:40 am |  Break in Exhibit Hall
  • 10:40 am – 12:20 pm |  Transforming Workforce Woes Into Workforce Solutions, Part II
  • 12:20 pm – 1:20 pm |  Lunch in Exhibit Hall
  • 1:20 pm – 3:00 pm |  Transforming Workforce Woes Into Workforce Solutions, Part III
  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm  |  Break in Exhibit Hall
  • 3:30 pm – 4:20 pm  |  Transforming Workforce Woes Into Workforce Solutions, Part IV

Sunday

  • 7:30 am – 12:00 pm |  Registration
  • 8:00 am – 8:30 am  | Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
  • 8:30 am – 9:30 am  | Social Media: Your Underrated Tool for Recruiting in a Staffing Crisis, presented by Nicole Scott-Jones, GVMA Digital Marketing and Content Strategist
  • 9:30 am – 10:00 am  |  Break in Exhibit Hall
  • 10:00 am – 11:50 am  | ICU Technician Utilization (LEAP Approved), Presented by Justin Toth, DVM & Jen Thacker, LVT, Dallas Highway Animal Hospital
Speakers

Julie Nash, CVT, CVPM, PHR, SHRM-CP

Julie Nash is a management consultant with twenty years of experience working in veterinary hospitals. Prior to consulting, Julie spent eight years as Hospital Administrator at a ten-doctor practice which, provided general, 24 hour emergency, and specialty services.

Julie has also worked with a veterinary-specific accounting firm impacting change in over 20 practices by teaching managers and owners how to understand and utilize their financial statements to impact profitability, increase practice value, and improve organizational health. Julie has spoken at local, state and national conferences about her specific areas of expertise, which include financial management and key performance indicators, inventory management, organizational development, communication strategies, conflict mediation, employee engagement and retention, performance management, employment law, manager/owner relationships, and Manager “Moxie” skills for new managers. Also trained as a mediator, Julie can facilitate discussions that diffuse conflict in the workplace and create a healthy and productive culture of trust and accountability.

Jim Nash, MHA, CVPM

Like many managers, Jim started his leadership career a long way from veterinary medicine. He served as a Warrant Officer and Aviator during Desert Storm where he flew OH-58 Scout helicopters in an armored cavalry squadron. Jim believes that being a good leader is about being a great team member first. He also feels that the loyalty, dedication, and commitment that he learned in the military are the fundamental transferable skills that lead to success.

After completing his military service, he attended the University of Florida where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He then began working in the human healthcare field and had the opportunity to learn about all aspects of hospital business operations including: billing, collections, insurance contracting, reimbursement, and patient service. He decided to pursue his goal of a graduate degree while working for HCA and earned his Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration through an executive program at the University of Florida.
In 2004, Jim transitioned to Veterinary Medicine and accepted a position as the Hospital Administrator of a five-DVM general practice. Over the next four years, he helped grow and develop this Hospital into a ten-DVM, 24-hour, three-location, general, and emergency hospital. It was during this time that Jim was afforded the opportunity of practice ownership. He has also worked as a practice consultant and international speaker.
He is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Managing Partner of AscendVets which operates four general practices and one emergency clinic. Jim believes that we have a responsibility as leaders and managers to advocate for our industry.

Location

BRING THE FAMILY AND HAVE SOME FUN!

Great Wolf Lodge
150 Tom Hall Parkway
LaGrange, GA 30240
1-844-473-9653

Registrants receive our special nightly rate of $199.00 with block offer code 2303GVMA!

*All reservations should be made on or before April 5, 2023.

Each deluxe room has 2 queen beds and a sleeper sofa (can accommodate up to 5 people) and INCLUDES YOUR PASS TO THE INDOOR WATER PARK.

REGISTRATION

Coming Soon!

Pricing & Discounts

Special Rate
  • GVMA Premier Members

  • $175
  • Rate increases to $225 after 4/5.
  • GVMA Individual Members & GAVMA/VHMA Members

  • $225
  • Rate increases to $275 after 4/5.
  • Non Members

  • $275
  • Rate increases to $325 after 4/5.

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