Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA)

Welcome to the Veterinary Business Management Association!

VBMA Logo

National Mission Statement:

The Veterinary Business Management Association is a student-driven organization dedicated to advancing the profession through increasing business knowledge, creating networking opportunities, and empowering students to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Our History Video

Why should you join VBMA:

“The Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) is a national organization founded on the determination, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit of future veterinary leaders who desire a higher level of business education than what is currently offered through veterinary colleges.”

Introduction to VBMA Video

Click here to find out more about the national VBMA organization:

http://www.vbma.biz/
Click here to record meeting attendance: https://www.myvbma.biz/ 

Business Certificate Program:

The VBMA prides itself on its ability to provide strong business education to help shape the modern veterinary business professional. The four pillars of the educational program are business finance, operations, management, and ownership, along with teaching leadership skills, and career and personal development. To ensure that all VBMA chapters consistently deliver the highest caliber of VBMA graduates, a national curriculum was developed. Completion of The BCP demonstrates that a student made a concentrated effort to become competent in the essentials of veterinary business. The program is designed to optimize the individual strengths of each student and foster a productive career as an employee or employer. Through interactive and informational lectures, workshops and events outside of their regular curriculum, the BCP graduate learns about managing business and personal finances, management skills, engaging emotional intelligence, marketing, and more.

We know that not all of the VBMA student members are interested in owning a practice but may just be interested on increasing their business knowledge and leadership skills. We have designed this program so that more than two-thirds of the required hours are applicable to all students and less than one-third of the required hours are specifically on practice ownership. We encourage you to participate in the program whether you plan to own a practice or not.

The Business Certificate Program (BCP) is a program that VBMA members can obtain from attending meetings and other events. This certificate is a professional development program meant to distinguish future veterinarians.

For more information about the BCP Curriculum and Completion Requirements, click the link below.

BCP Curriculum with Honors

For a video describing the BCP Program including some commentary about it from previous students click on the video below:

BCP Description Video

Spring 2021 Meeting Schedule:

This year, meetings will look a bit different.  We will send a zoom link to members via email.  So please keep an eye out!

January 30th (10:00AM-3:00PM): Professional Seminar

  • 10:00-11:00AM
    “Building and Growing Your Practice”
    Dr. Dan Johnson – Category 2
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
    “Financial Planning for the Transition from Student to Doctor”
    Keith Lerner – Category 4
  • 1:00-2:00PM
    “Behavioral Differences”
    Karlene Belyea – Category 3
  • 2:00-3:00PM
    “You Can Own A Veterinary Practice Even With Your Debt – Post COVID-19 Update on Practice Finances”
    Dr. Lance Roasa – Category 1

February 9th (7:00-8:00PM): Dr. Erin Tolson – “The Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Graduation” (Category 4)

February 10th (12:00-1:00PM): Dr. Lori Teller – Getting Involved in Veterinary Leadership (Category 3) *Joint Meeting with WVLDI*

February 15th (7:00-8:00PM): Dr. Brandon Thornberry – “How Clients Pay For Veterinary Care” (Category 1)

March 9th (7:30-8:30PM): Dr. Tannetje Crocker – ER Relief Work (Category 3) *Joint Meeting with SVECCS

March 16th (7:00-8:00PM): Dr. Kristin Wuellner – “Bitter to Better: Changing Your Mindset For Success” (Category 4)

March 23rd (7:00-8:00PM): Dr. Lauren Mack – Team and Practice Dynamics (Category 3)

March 30th (7:00-8:00PM): Dr. Michelle Vitulli – Finding a Location and Making a Business Plan (Category 2)

April 5th (7:00-8:00PM): Dr. Brandon Thornberry – “How Veterinarians Are Paid and Ways To Influence This Income” (Category 1)

Contact Us:    vbma@cvm.tamu.edu

Caitlynn Moon, President – cemoon@cvm.tamu.edu

Tori Carraway, Vice President – vacarraway@cvm.tamu.edu

Mikayla Heckmann, Treasurer – mheckmann@cvm.tamu.edu

Trevor Smith, Compliance Chair – tasmith@cvm.tamu.edu

Bailey Minor, Public Relations Chair – bjminor@cvm.tamu.edu

Katherine Trotter, Fundraising Chair – ketrotter@cvm.tamu.edu

Hope Flint, Innovation Ambassador – hflint@cvm.tamu.edu

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