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What is the Power of You BUSINESS?

This program is modeled after our very popular Power of 10 for recent graduates. The Power of You BUSINESS program is designed for IVMA members (owners or associates) who may want a refresh of the business of veterinary medicine.

This program features four one-day sessions in key areas to educate and inspire your business career. In addition to the great content being offered, you will connect with colleagues during the four meetings. Making new connections in your profession is important!

All sessions will be offered at the IVMA offices in Indianapolis. Lunch is provided.

Issue Illuminators

Insights Personality and Leadership
August 20, 2020
10 am – 3 pm

Presenter: Dr. Heidi Hulon

Are you facing stress, empathy or burn-out?  How can you continue to burn bright and not burn out? Insights will give you a deeper understanding of yourself and how you communicate with and react to others and situations.   Once you understand yourself, you can better adapt to and relate to others.

This program will also cover the additional topics of:

Blind spots – areas of your personality that you may not be aware of but others are.  They may inhibit you from successfully interacting with others.  This will help you recognize and address them.

Handling Stress – we all have stress in our lives but some people seem to handle it better than others.  This help you address what triggers stress in your life and how to deal with it more effectively.

This session is generously sponsored by Elanco Animal Health.

Financial Wellness Bootcamp
September 10, 2020
10 am – 3 pm

Session 1:  Presenter: Dr. Matthew Salois, Chief Economist with the American Veterinary Medical Association (via Zoom)

Video Link Click Here (Password provided by Lisa)

This session will offer an overview of the economic impacts of COVID-19 on veterinary practices, how practices can successfully navigate through the coming economic challenges, and the importance of innovation and re-imagination of veterinary medicine in a time of transformation.

Session 2:  A follow-up session will highlight and focus on the following:
*veterinary hospital trends and key performance metrics
*financial statement basics
*internal controls – what every owner needs to know about employee theft
*veterinary hospital valuation – current update
*Post-COVID – Hospital: What we learned from March 2020 through today

Presenter: Terry O’Neil, CPA, Katz, Sapper & Miller

This session is generously sponsored by AVMA and Katz, Sapper & Miller.

The Technician Utilization Report Card
Implementing Veterinary Virtual Care

October 1, 2020
10 am – 3 pm

Session 1:  Presenters: Kenichiro Yagi, MS, RVT, VTS (ECC) (SAIM) (via Zoom)

Kara M. Burns, MS, MEd, LVT, VTS (Nutrition), VTS-H (Internal Medicine, Dentistry)

Where Patient Care, Team Health, Retention, and Revenue Intersect

How well is your practice utilizing veterinary technicians compared to other practices? Placing Veterinary Technicians in the appropriate role within the team is linked to better patient care, staff fulfillment, better-distributed workload, increased practice revenue and even team wellness. This session will include a quick assessment of one’s practice and provide tools to further assess how well the practice utilizes credentialed veterinary technicians, identify common obstacles, and possible solutions. The presentation will help attendees develop take away points that can be implemented into the practice.

Session Goals
*Gain insight on how well your practice is utilizing veterinary technician
*Recognize the areas and levels in which well-trained veterinary technicians can be utilized
*Describe the negative effects of underutilization and the positive effects of appropriate utilization in veterinary practices
*Identify action items to implement better utilization in veterinary practice.

Session 2:  Presenter: Dr. Aaron Smiley

Implementing Veterinary Virtual Care

Virtual care is an area of practice that uses technology to enable detailed communication between clients and veterinarians via text message, video or phone calls. With a valid VCPR, veterinarians can diagnose problems and prescribe medication remotely. Implementing veterinary telemedicine became an important strategy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn how to make virtual care a key component of your practice.

Session Goals

*How to integrate virtual care in your practice
*Virtual care can provide better customer service
*How to charge for virtual care
*Virtual care can empower the VCPR

Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
Managing a Compliant Work Place
November 12, 2020
10am – 3 pm

Session 1:  Presenter: Dr. Mia Cary (via Zoom)

Getting Comfortable Being Uncomfortable

It’s time for critical conversations that lead to positive change. We must get comfortable being uncomfortable as we intentionally create environments that welcome these tough conversations. Recent research supports what we know intuitively, diversity matters and diversity is good for business.  After discussing the business case for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), participants will align on terminology as the stage is set to evaluate a variety of tools and resources that support individual and organizational growth. Participants will then be guided on the creation of a personalized and actionable diversity, equity, and inclusion leadership roadmap.

Learning Outcomes:
*Discuss DEI related terminology and align on a common language.
*Evaluate tools and resources that support and strengthen individual and organizational growth.
*Create a personalized and actionable DEI leadership roadmap with targeted success outcomes.

Session 2Presenter: David Gintzler, HUB International (via Zoom)

Managing a Compliant Work Place

umerous employment laws exist that affect the day-to-day responsibilities of those who perform the HR function.  Organizations that are non-compliant may be assessed penalties.  In order to be in compliance, it is import for veterinarians and clinic owners to understand how these laws affect their workplaces and to be able to recognize signs when action is needed.  Doing so will help minimize risks for your employees, your organizations, and yourself, resulting in a respectful work environment and being better positioned to retain a talented workforce.

Topics to be discussed during the session include:
*Equal Employment Opportunities
*Civil Rights Act of 1964
*Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
*Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978
*Civil Rights Act of 1991
*Equal Pay Act of 1963
*Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986
*Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008
*Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938
*Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990/ADA Amendments Act of 2008
*Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970

The discussion on the Americans with Disabilities Act will also include an overview of what you should know in light of COVID-19.

This session is sponsored by the AVMA PLIT.


“As always it has been a great experience working with the IVMA.  I always gain knowledge and support when I come down to participate.”  Dr. Hilary Christner Class of 2018

“I am so glad I took the time to attend!  I gained some great perspective about some of the parts of being a veterinarian that tend to get glazed over.”  Dr. Beth Frank Class of 2018

“This is a great way to learn more or get reminders about how to make your practice better and safer.”  Power of YOU participant 2018

“It was great to have specific time set aside to focus on self and business.  The sessions were informative and thought provoking.  Power of YOU participant 2018

“I was initially skeptical of the program, but I found the time spent rewarding personally and professionally.”  Power of You participant 2018

“This program gives veterinarians the tools and resources available to truly become better bosses, and coworkers. “Power of YOU participant 2018

“The Power of YOU was a refreshing take on veterinary continuing education.  It covered topics that generally do not get brought into light.” Power of YOU participant 2018

“A good source of practical, common sense information that is not easily found elsewhere.”  Power of YOU participant 2018

“As veterinarians go further into their career, issues we face may change, our need to “know” things continues, but is different.  Things that a new veterinarian may find challenging are different from those for mid-career veterinarians.  The Power of YOU offers a mid-career veterinarian relevant and valuable information and skills to make practice more enjoyable and stimulating.”  Dr. Jerry Risser Class of 2018

“The IVMA provides Power of YOU – a CE opportunity that helps us understand how to be more effective and satisfied in our chosen profession.”  Power of YOU participant 2018


IVMA Office
1202 East 38th St. Discovery Hall
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Indianapolis, IN 46205
(317) 974-0888

Pricing & Discounts
  • Members

  • $349/person
    • Includes:
    • All 4 Sessions
    • 20 Hours of CE
    • Lunch provided

  • Non-Members

  • $549/person
    • Includes:
    • All 4 Sessions
    • 20 Hours of CE
    • Lunch provided