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Issue: 70 - Oct 15, 2014
Second Annual Veterinary Technology Summit Draws Record Crowd
By: Veterinary Technology Summit
Veterinary Technology Summit

A total of 510 veterinarians, practice managers, and staff members from around the country attended the second annual Veterinary Technology Summit in Schaumburg, IL. This event combined ImproMed & AVImark software training opportunities with practice management sessions from industry experts – a combination not found at other industry conferences.

The event began on September 2nd at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center with an opening reception. Wednesday, Sept. 3rd kicked off with an address from Kevin Vasquez, chairman and CEO of Henry Schein Animal Health, followed by humorous motivational speaker Brad Montgomery, who challenged attendees to connect happiness at work with business success.

One of the biggest highlights were the ImproMed & AVImark Learning Labs, in which attendees were able to receive one-on-one assistance with software questions from trainers and technical support experts.

“I was able to ask questions and get them answered immediately, and not have to pile up notes and say, ‘I’ll call later,’” said Jessica McClure, from Pikes Peak Veterinary Clinic in Colorado Springs, CO.

In addition, attendees could earn up to 28 CE credits for attending sessions ranging from basic software skills to advanced practice management principles, including:

  • Introducing New Products (by Mark Opperman)
  • Blending Old and New Marketing Strategies, and Communicating for Results (by Dr. Amanda Donnelly)
  • Preventative care, wellness plans, and compliance (by Wendy Myers).
  • Making Social Media Pay Off (by Dr. Andy Roark)
  • Paperless Practices (by Dr. Stephen Pittenger)
  • Walk and Talk like a Woman; Be Heard Like a Man (by Dr. Bernadine Cruz)
  • Inventory Best Practices (by Jim Ganschow, Henry Schein Animal Health)

Other highlights included keynote sessions on Building Rapport with Clients by Dr. Bernadine Cruz, What Blockbuster and a Girls’ Basketball Team Can Teach Us About Veterinary Medicine by Dr. Andy Roark (whose sessions were standing-room-only), a vendor exhibit hall filled with the latest animal health technology solutions, and evening entertainment with improvisational comedy from The Second City as well as an old-world-Chicago casino night.

As always, we loved the opportunity to meet and mingle with these users, help them with their software questions, and hear their ideas on ways we can continuously improve our software products. But more importantly, here’s a snapshot of what attendees had to say about the Summit:

The speakers were excellent and entertaining, and the staff members were superb … I enjoyed hearing what other clinics had to say which helps me know how I can change or improve at my own clinic … The speakers are fantastic, it’s as if they have been in my practice ... Great information to make my practice more profitable … This conference gives you a lot of information in a short period of time that you can definitely implement, and implement quickly.

Dates are being worked out now for the 2015 Veterinary Technology Summit; keep and eye out and plan to attend!

**Due to the fact that the Learning Labs were so effective, both AVImark and ImproMed will be offering the same type of assistance via the internet at on 11/12/14 from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. CST! Make sure you sign up for the FREE trade show to assure you get your questions answers, and earn more CE credits!!