Dear fellow and prospective WVPMA members,
I am excited for the opportunity to serve as President of the WVPMA this year.
As a member of the WVPMA since 1998, I have seen the WVPMA grow and mature into the vital organization that it is today.
My career in the veterinary profession spans over 30 years. From my early beginnings as the “Kennel Kid”, to working as a Licensed and Certified Veterinary Technician for 12 years, I have always valued these opportunities for professional growth.
I attended and completed AAHA’s “Veterinary Management Institute” at Purdue University, in LaFayette Indiana, and attended Mark Opperman’s Veterinary Management Consulting “School of Veterinary Management” course in Colorado.
Recently, I was elected Chairperson for the Veterinary Technician Program Advisory Committee at Madison College.
Since 2000, I have had the pleasure to be the Director of Hospital Operations at WVRC, a state-of-the-art 24-hr veterinary emergency and specialty hospital with over 190 employees and 3 locations.
Throughout my career, I have always looked to the WVPMA for guidance, education, camaraderie, and leadership opportunities. The members have always been welcoming and fun to talk to. They are giving of their time and quick to help if you have a question, or need some advice on a particular professional issue.
The WVPMA’s E-mail List Serv is a very active and valuable real-time resource to use whenever you have an urgent question, or need some advice.
The Membership Meetings are always thought provoking, and are a great opportunity to network with your colleagues.
When I am not working, I spend my “down time” by reading, gardening, hiking, and camping with my husband and our cat, Nikita.
I hope you consider making WVPMA a part of your professional life. The knowledge you gain and relationships you make are invaluable, and a reminder that you are never alone in those everyday management challenges.
Director of Hospital Operations – WVRC (Wisconsin Veterinary Referral Center)
(262) 309-6942 ext 130
As you well know, the rapid pace in which the veterinary profession is changing requires devoted attention to detail in order to succeed. Today's practice owner does not always have the time to maintain, promote and enhance the evolution of the practice. As a result, a practice manager is enlisted to take on the responsibility of managing the practice.
The position of veterinary practice manager is typically filled by promoting from within the practice or by hiring a qualified individual. This person will take on a variety of responsibilities from human resource management and organizational leadership to practice budgeting and financial management.