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Ontario Veterinary Medical Association

Your Source. Your Voice.

When & where?  

June 22 – 24, 2016

Blue Mountain Resort, Collingwood, Ontario


The 2016 conference is now over and we are so pleased to have heard how much you enjoyed it!

Thank-you to everyone who came and we will see you in 2017!

Conference Proceedings

Thursday, June 23

Big Picture Series with Andy Roark, DVM, MS

Diffusing the Angry Client
How to Drive Change in Practice

Life Skills Series with Carlos Esteves,BSc, M.Ed.

Boosting Your Positive Outlook
Living Well with Stress
Welcoming Change Into Your Life
Creating Balance in Your Life

Friday, June 24

Big Picture Series with Eric Garcia

Management "Nuts N Bolts" with Darren Osborne

Accounting 101: Take Control of Your Bottom Line
Finance 201 - Budgeting: Make a Better Bottom Line
Finance 301 - Metrics: Top 20 Metrics for Maintaining Your Bottom Line
Finance 401 - Succession Planning: The Bottom Line on Retirement and Practice Ownership 

What's it about?

Great Ideas is a brand new OVMA event, offering top-notch practice management and life skills CE! We're bringing you the opportunity to network with your colleagues and swap ideas on topics of interest to you.

The event setting features a wide array recreational facilities and activities to help you de-stress and unwind at the end of the busy spring season.

Who should attend?

  • veterinarians
  • practice managers
  • anyone who wants to improve their practice management and life skills!

Come by yourself, or bring the whole family.


2016 CE highlights in review...




Dr. Andy Roark - Effective Client Communication 

NAVC’s Practice Management Speaker of the Year will teach you the most effective ways to communicate with clients, and entertain you with his strategies for dealing with angry clients and delivering great service.                            





Dr. Betsy Charles - Improve Your Leadership Skills     

A facilitator and speaker with the Veterinary Leadership Institute, Dr. Betsy Charles has a passion for helping others be the best they can be. She’ll teach you how to develop your leadership skills, apply emotional intelligence to everyday life and effectively influence others.                    





Eric Garcia - Effective Practice Marketing

Eric is a sought after veterinary speaker because of his holistic approach to creating marketing solutions for veterinary practices.Using real-life case studies he’ll illustrate how to successfully integrate technology and marketing solutions into your practice.                     

You'll also have access to “How To” sessions on a wide range of practice and life management topics!  Each session is designed to provide you with tangible skills you can take home and implement right away, such as:

  • Introducing wellness plans in your practice
  • Filling your practice’s appointment schedule
  • Turning shoppers into clients
  • Giving clients what they want
  • Taking control of your practice’s bottom line
  • Creating a practice budget from scratch
  • Veterinary retirement & succession planning
  • Boosting your positive outlook
  • Living well with stress
  • Stress relaxation techniques
  • Creating balance in your life


Come for the CE, stay for the great outdoors!

At Blue Mountain, you’ll enjoy access to the widest array of recreational activities available anywhere in Ontario like hiking, golf, tennis, mountain biking,treetop walking, zip-lining, swimming and kayaking!

After an invigorating day of learning, spend a day at the world class spa, or take advantage of Blue Mountain’s many shops, great eateries & nightlife.

We look forward to seeing you there!


420 Bronte Street South,
Suite 205,
Milton, Ontario L9T 0H9
Phone: 905.875.0756 / (toll free) 1.800.670.1702  



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