The success of a new veterinary associate is essential to the success of the veterinary practice as a whole. That's why AAHA has created, in collaboration with Zoetis and Hill's Pet Nutrition, "Becoming the Indispensable Associate," a one-day program for veterinarians who graduated from veterinary school between the years of 2011 and 2014. 

This valuable program will help new associates master key business and communication skills. 

After attending this program, associates will walk away with a mastery of:

  • The core principles of emotional intelligence, and its importance to leadership
  • Utilizing DISC and emotional intelligence to foster successful communication within your practice
  • How to "set the stage" for success in the practice, including the exam room entrance, introductions, physical barriers, and body language
  • Professionalism and what it takes to truly bond with a client
  • Key expenses and revenue centers for a practice
  • The synergies between good medicine and good business
  • Maintaining your mental and physical well-being for a long career

Mark Russak, DVM, AAHA past president was the director of student affairs at Mississippi State University of Veterinary Medicine and taught there for seven years. Before the move to academia, he owned a multi-doctor, AAHA-accredited practice in Connecticut for nearly 25 years. 

This no-cost program is provided through an educational grant from Zoetis and Hill's Pet Nutrition. All programs begin at 7:30 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. and include continental breakfast, lunch, pre- and post-work, and seven CE credits.

Upcoming dates and locations:
August 5: Tampa Bay, Fla.
August 26: Atlanta, Ga.
September 9: Boston, Mass.
September 23: Tinton Falls, N.J.
October 7: Clackamas, Ore.
October 14: San Antonio, Texas

Space is limited, so register today by calling 800-883-6301 or visit aaha.org/associate

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Patricia MacCabe
Patricia MacCabeUnited States
8/27/2015 9:55:50 AM #

I would love to see a similar program offered for veterinarians who are not new graduates.

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