The Art of Emergency Medicine; so it doesn't ruin your day!
Presenter: Dr. Cindy McCauley
Date: February 21, 2018

When an emergency arrives at your practice does everyone question what they should do, does the stress level in your practice rise? And who really wants to talk about money?  An unexpected emergency case can really wreak havoc on your day, but it doesn't have to be that way. Topics covered: Handling the Difficult/Hysterical Client, Ways to Minimize the Stress, Staff Roles, Setting Protocols and Procedures, and Discussing Treatment Plans & Finances!  **The valuable insight you will gain can be applied to many situations, not just emergency cases. This will be invaluable for not only managers but all staff that interact with clients or other team members.**

2019 Topics

How to Train the Trainer
Performance Evaluations
Your Professional Image: Brand Management & Looking Ahead for Career Growth 
Transitioning to Management
Staff Motivation

Upcoming Continuing Education Opportunities

Train the Trainer: EDGE Method
Presenter: Carol Hurst, LVT, CVPM, CVJ

Date: Feb. 20, 2019

-the pitfalls in current training systems
-learn a basic and easy to use EDGE method to help guide those who are in a training          role 
- see what this method looks like in action
- bring your own phase training program to compare, contrast and seek advice from your peers on (this is not a phase training program creation course)

​How to Train the Trainer
Performance Evaluations
Your Professional Image: Brand Management & Looking Ahead for Career Growth 
Transitioning to Management
Staff Motivation

Create or Revamp Your Employee Handbook
Presenter: Board of Directors
Date: January 17, 2018-**This meeting is being rescheduled due to inclement weather**

This will be a workshop to help everyone create a handbook from scratch as well as re-vamping your existing employee handbook. Bring your current handbook, your outline, your plan, and any materials you may find helpful and can share with the group.

Phase Training Workshop
Presenter: Dr. Cindy McCauley
Date: June 20th, 2018

This meeting will be a hands-on workshop where attendees are encouraged to bring current training programs as well as their laptops for the editing or creation of those programs. The instructor will lead attendees through the evaluation of a few examples of phase training programs and then use the remainder of the time to facilitate the creation process. The goal of the workshop is for all attendees to walk away with either completed or thoroughly started training programs for immediate implementation within their hospital. 

When Pets Cross the Rainbow Bridge. Pet End of Life Services and the Impact on Business, Clients and Staff
Presenter: Fond Memories
Date: June 23rd, 2018

Join us as we take a party bus to tour Fond Memories and learn about the impact end of life services has on our practices.

JOB DESCRIPTIONS - You Never Knew How Much You Needed Them!
Presenter: Kathleen Tollison
Date: August 22, 2018

Need a good, solid job description for every position in your hospital? Come on over! Also...job descriptions are more than just a basic list of duties and standards. I'll show you how to use them in other places besides your employee manual. 

How to be a Conversation NINJA
Presenter: Carol Hurst, LVT, CVPM, CVJ
Date: March 27, 2018-*Webinar

Join Carol Hurst as she puts on an hour long RACE Approved webinar on the art of having difficult conversations. Attendees can expect to achieve their Conversation Ninja badge and be ready to tackle some of these challenging conversations that occur everyday in practice. Details for how to join will follow. Participation and attendance during the webinar will be required for RACE CE. We hope to "see" you there!  Associated Reading: Crucial Conversations

HVPMA'S Bi-Annual Meeting - April 18, 2018
"Leaders: No Matter Who You Are...It Matters"
Presenter: Deb Stone, MBA, PhD, CVPM

"No matter if you are the owner, owner's significant other, manager, associate, technician, or CSR....Leadership matters." We are thrilled to have Deb Stone speaking this year on Leadership and how we can get the best results and performance for our practices.

Fundamental of Veterinary Marketing
Presenter: Leslie Gutierrez
Date: July 18, 2018

Leslie Gutierrez will be discussing the fundamentals of veterinary marketing. Leslie will help you evaluate your current marketing efforts and identify current marketing methods to improve your Hospital's marketing plan.

In addition to our Annual CE meetings, each of our board members hosts regional meetings on a variety of topics. Regional meetings are generally held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month between 12p-2:30pm.  If you would like more information on a regional meeting, or if you have topic suggestions, please email us at

Past Continuing Education Opportunities