2019 Business Summit
We've closed the books on our 2019 Business Summit, and it was a huge success! Thank you so much to our speakers who came out to make the event happen - Joseph Coury from California Bank of Commerce, Jim Vander Mey and Steve Kikiskis from Omni Practice Group, and Joe Romberg from Lukins & Annis Attorneys. Thank you also to our sponsor, AVMA PLIT!
Students participated in three roundtable workshops covering contracts, entrepreneurship, leasing, and partnerships, along with a final panel Q&A. We hope Business Summit proved beneficial for everyone who attended, and we can’t wait to see you all again next year!
On April 5th we celebrated our annual VBMA Graduation Ceremony, for all student who completed 32 BCP credits. The evening consisted of mingling, a keynote address from Dr. Kristen Britton, and the graduation ceremony itself. Thank you to our graduates for your commitment and dedication to the VBMA and your futures! Congratulations!
The VBMA began at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. This completely student run organization has grown rapidly and is now a national organization that has a chapter at every veterinary school in the United States and over 3,000 members. The goal of the National VBMA was to provide a support network among students with common interests and goals. These students believed that in order to practice quality medicine, veterinarians needed to possess subsidiary skills to enhance client compliance and personal success. The basis of the VBMA is rooted in practice quality medicine by expanding the knowledge base of graduating students to include business acumen, leadership, and personal development.
The VBMA gives DVM candidates a platform for networking, opportunities for leadership, and the ability to earn a business certificate while completing their Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Learn more about the National VBMA at www.vbma.biz.
“One of the real joys of being a veterinary educator has been to encounter former students who are now out in veterinary practices, health care companies, research labs and related health enterprises, changing the face and impact of our profession. I cant help but notice that amongst the population of highly successful colleagues I have encountered in recent years, VBMA alums are over represented. I would encourage every veterinary student to become a VBMA member.”
- Dr. Richard DeBowes
“The VBMA students are clearly the future stars of our profession. They understand that, to be successful, they MUST have some interest in and knowledge about the business of veterinary medicine. VBMA, a completely student-run organization, is possibly the best thing that has happened to veterinary medicine in the last several decades. If I were hiring a new or recent graduate, I would want to know that he/she had been a strong participant in his/her school’s VBMA. If not, I would probably look further.”
- Dr. Dave Gerber
Why listen to us toot our own horn? Here's what professionals have to say about VBMA:
“These young people will be the successful veterinarians of tomorrow who understand what it takes to create a practice or program of excellence.”