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January E-Bulletin


    Greetings VetPartners Members. Happy 2022!

    As your new President, I am grateful for the trust you have placed in me to help guide the association this coming year. Fortunately for me, you elected some awesome board members that will certainly make my life easier. I would like to welcome VP Robin Brogdan, Directors Mary Berg and Steve Strickler to the board and to thank David McCormick, Karen Felsted and Deb Stone for their service this past year and beyond.

    I am happy to announce that our Annual Meeting went very well and feedback from the 70+ members who attended was positive and enthusiastic. I will share with you; this meeting was difficult. Omicron made us feel like we were making plans with one foot on a banana peel and the other in quicksand, but our members came through with some marvelous Hot Rocks and our keynote speaker Dr. Jean-Yin Tan was enlightening, engaging and inspirational.

    I want to give a shout out to Dr. Heather Kvitko-White for suggesting Dr. Tan to our Program Committee and to our Program Co-Chairs Mary Mongioi and Ruth Garcia and the entire program committee for working so hard to make this meeting valuable to our members. Dr. Tan shared stories of discrimination both personal and from veterinary team members that were sad and painful to hear. But she also showed us how each of us can work to end discrimination and bias through knowledge and examination of the things we do and say, often inadvertently, that hurts others. VetPartners members can be proactive by encouraging your BIPOC and LGBTQIAP+ friends who advise the profession to join.

    The beach balls bounced back this year with new questions to ask during our first networking session. I discovered that Branson Bruce runs around 10 miles every day and Monica Dixon-Perry used to play slow pitch softball in school. When the ball asked me what my Olympic sport would be I said, "Spectator!".

    Our Hot Rocks were well received. Members shared stories related to the topics and asked some really great questions of our presenters. These presentations are available to our members online.

    Nationwide shared their newest set of pet health data called “Oodles of Doodles” which studies cancer in dogs. I encourage you to check it out at

    CareCredit also shared their newest eBook on cost of care. The data shows that 7 of 10 pet owners consider pets family yet a bill of $250 would cause them stress and payment challenges. Follow this link to read the entire study.

    Thanks to both of these Premier Sponsors for sharing this excellent information. A really cool thing about being at VetPartners is you get to hear the latest and greatest information – FIRST!

    Our second networking session was “free form” so our members just got to sit for over an hour and have those great deep conversations that we all love. I think this may have been one of my favorite activities and I hear the same from several members. Then we had the magnificent Friday evening social thanks to CareCredit. Yes there was shrimp – and crab! 

    We had many first-time attendees and many new members which is very exciting. Take a look at the picture on the VetPartners Networking group on Facebook to see all the smart new people who got their pin.

    New members, welcome to our association. We are thrilled to have you!

    Members who couldn’t attend this year – you were greatly missed but I hope I have given you enough information about the meeting so that next time you won’t have to have FOMO.

    As we embark on a new year it is my sincere wish that you all have health, joy and prosperity and that your membership in VetPartners helps you achieve that wish. Please reach out to me with any ideas, concerns or questions. I am here to serve.

    Kind regards,

    Deb Boone



    At the January meeting, the VVC discussed sales to associate doctors and the ultimatums they sometimes state to sell the practice at a very low price or the doctor will quit. While not a common practice (and not recommended!), Council members have seen this tactic used but have not seen it succeed. The general consensus was that this could force the seller to sell to a corporate buyer instead of keeping the practice in private hands.

    Members of the Valuation Council must be actively involved in a business related to veterinary valuations. Members are required to obtain 36 hours of CE in valuation/appraisal-related topics every 3 years. 

    The WVC Annual Conference has announced the award winners for the 2021 Continuing Educators of the Year. Our own Dr. Stacee Santi of Vet2Pet is the award winner for the Practice Management section. Congrats, Stacee!


    It was great to see those that attended the Annual VetPartners meeting! The Ethics Committee is a great way to get more involved and connect with other members within VP. We have two seats open in our committee and welcome any member that has been a member for at least 2 years. You do NOT need to be an attorney to be an Ethics Committee member. The time commitment is about 30 minutes per month. We like to keep things low key and boring (thank you members for playing nice in the sandbox). If you are interested in knowing more, please email me, Andrea Crabtree the Chair of Ethics Committee at


    Did you know that as a member of VetPartners you have access to the VetPartners Slack channel?

    Please be on the lookout for an email invitation to join. This email will come from, subject line, "VetPartnersAdmin has invited you to work with them in Slack."


    Missing people? Want to say hello to familiar faces? Whether you were at the annual meeting and want to continue networking, or couldn’t make it and want to connect with others, come join us on February 15th at 7pm Eastern!! The Technology Committee is hosting a social with breakout rooms. We will rotate the breakout rooms every 10 minutes to enable people to connect with others. Mark your calendars, grab a beverage, hop on this ZOOM Link and come share!

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