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Veterinary Business Management Association to hold 3rd Annual Symposium

by Rodney Tanaka

January 9, 2013

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The veterinary community is invited to WesternU’s Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) 3rd Annual Symposium on Sunday, January 27, 2013.

The symposium creates an opportunity for students and veterinarians to gain valuable veterinary-related business information on managing loans and personal finances, financing their futures, communicating effectively with clients, and how to be a successful veterinarian in today’s economy, according to the VBMA.

The VBMA 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.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences is offering continuing education (CE) credits for attending the symposium.

The symposium is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in WesternU’s Health Education Center, Lecture Hall 1, 701 E. Second Street, Pomona, Calif. Guest speakers include Ernie Ward, DVM, Cornel Catrina, and Stith Keiser.

Ward will speak on “”Performing the Perfect Physical Exam: Communicating Compassion and Expertise”” and “”What You Need to Know to Succeed During the Next 20 Years.”” He is a 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), and author of “”Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter – A Vet’s Plan to Save Their Lives.”” Ward is also a founder and board member for the International Veterinary Senior Care Society (IVSCS) and has been a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for Veterinary Economics since 1999.

Catrina will speak on “”Managing Student Loan Debt, Personal Finances and Personal Investing.”” She is an associate with GL Advisor, the advisory subsidiary of Graduate Leverage, which is a student debt advisory service started eight years ago as part of a research project by students at Harvard Business School.

Keiser will speak on “”The Economy’s Effect on Practices and Why it Matters to You.”” He is the business manager of Career Development and My Veterinary Career for the American Animal Hospital Association.

For more information, cost, and to register, please visit the VBMA Symposium website or email

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