Beyond Medicine Workshop

Enhancing Your Veterinary Practice through Mentorship

Beyond the exam room, the surgical suite, and the hours studying the latest research, the challenges facing veterinary professionals have to do with running a business, collaborating with a team, and finding purpose in the daily work.

Join us for an exclusive learning opportunity tailored for every member of the veterinary team. Led by industry experts James Desir, DVM, and Alyssa Mages, CVT, this mentorship workshop is designed to empower veterinarians, CrVTs, veterinary assistants, CSRs, practice managers, and anyone committed to fostering a positive, inclusive, and supportive culture within their veterinary practices.

Take a deep dive into the invaluable power of mentorship in veterinary medicine. Mentorship isn't just a fleeting trend; it's a fundamental pillar of success. Discover how nurturing mentorship relationships can foster collaboration, inclusivity, and unwavering support within your practice. Uncover the unique role each team member plays in this process and equip yourself with practical tools to enhance mentorship within your veterinary community.

This FREE workshop is open to all practices, including those not accredited by AAHA.

CVPM Qualified Continue Education

This workshop is generously supported by Chewy Health.


Learning Objectives

  • Understand what mentorship means in a veterinary practice setting
  • Learn what the role of a veterinarian is regarding mentorship 
  • Learn what the role of a veterinary technician is regarding mentorship 
  • Learn how to recognize the importance of having every team member involved in a mentoring relationship in practice
  • Learn that mentorship is needed both internally and externally for a practice


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Understanding Mentorship in the Veterinary Practice
  3. The Veterinarian's Role in Mentorship
  4. The Veterinary Technician's Role in Mentorship
  5. Every Team Member as a Mentor
  6. Building Effective Mentorship Programs
  7. Interactive Q&A Session
  8. Conclusion and Next Steps

Beyond Medicine Workshop: Enhancing Your Veterinary Practice through Mentorship

Dates: May 18th, June 1st, July 13th, August 3rd (All on a Saturday)
Times: 9 am - 12: 30 pm (Mountain Time)

Speaker: James Desir, DVM & Alyssa Mages, CVT
Sponsor: Chewy Health

RACE/VHMA: 3 hours RACE approved and VHMA approved CE

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James Desir, DVM

James Desir, DVM

Since graduating from Ross University in 2011 and completing his clinical year at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Vet Med, James has been advancing his medical knowledge through a multitude of general, urgent care and emergency/specialty veterinary hospitals across the United States. James was certified in canine sports medicine (CCRP) from the University of Tennessee in 2013 and is currently working on his MBA through Louisiana State University. He prides himself on promoting an environment for both personal and professional well-being while offering the highest quality of care for his patients. In turn, he hopes to share that knowledge with the veterinary community.

Alyssa Mages, CVT

Alyssa Mages, BS, CVT

Co-Founder/Chief Visionary Officer (CVO)
Empowering Veterinary Teams, LLC

Alyssa, the Chief Visionary Officer (CVO) at EVT (Empowering Veterinary Teams), directs content development, clinical skills training, and overall company vision. She co-founded EVT to offer training programs, materials, coaching, and learning opportunities for veterinary practices and industry service providers. The EVTeam comprises veterinary professionals, industry leaders, and coaches.

Alyssa holds a BS in Marine Biology from the University of Rhode Island, transitioning to the veterinary field with an AS in Veterinary Technology from Manor College, earning her CVT credentials. With 18 years of experience, she has held leadership roles including Lead Veterinary Technician, Adjunct Professor, and Education & Development Coordinator.

Alyssa serves on the Board of Directors for Pawsibilities VetMed, advises BlendVet, and directs MentorVet Tech. She also co-founded and directs Veterinary Strategy for nûrtûr. She has spoken at national conferences, co-authored a guidebook, written a textbook chapter and articles, and been featured on podcasts across North America.