|Date:||Fri 28th Sep 2018 - Sun 30th Sep 2018|
|Venue:||Buck's T-4 Lodge and Restaurant, Yellowstone National Park|
|Location:||Big Sky, MT (Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport)|
|Accredited Hours:||15.5 (RACE accredited)|
|Price: (net price, no tax will be added)*||
|Early Booking Deadline:||Saturday 18th August 2018|
|Registration Deadline:||Friday 31st August 2018|
* VAT (= MWST/MOMS/SALES TAX) will only be added for certain UK vets attending courses abroad and for all attendees when attending courses in the UK.
Please Note: The venue 'Buck's T-4 Lodge & restaurant' offers special room rates for attendees of this event. Please contact the hotel directly and quote 'The VetPD Meeting'.
If you wish to bring a partner who is not taking part in the course, please register as '1 Vet & 1 non-Vet Guest (no CE)'. This registration fee covers all meals (3 x lunch and 2 x dinner) plus the surprise activity. The room rate includes breakfast.
Most veterinarians graduate from veterinary school with minimal or no training on how to run a veterinary practice/clinic and are left to acquire this knowledge elsewhere. In today’s competitive veterinary market it has become increasingly difficult to run a profitable veterinary business with just common sense and by ‘winging it’.
This course was specifically developed for busy equine practitioners and practice managers who are aiming at streamlining their practice/clinic and at making it more profitable. Attendees are not expected to have any pre-existing knowledge in the field of practice/clinic management and this course will provide them with readily applicable tools to increase their practice’s bottom line as soon as they return home.
The panel of speakers have all had long-standing involvements with the management of very successful equine practices/clinics and will present the material through a very practical approach based on personal experience as equine practitioners and practice managers.
The topic of finance & business strategies is approached by providing the attendees with the foundations of business management via a logical progression of interactive lectures, examples and case-discussions which are tailored to the specific needs of equine practitioners and practice managers. The following topics will be discussed on Day 1:
The day will be concluded with a relaxing Wine & Chees Reception and a mouth-watering dinner experience which provides an ideal opportunity to get to know the other attendees and the speakers.
Day 2 will then focus on specific topics affecting all practices and clinics whatever their size:
In the second half of the afternoon a thrilling surprise activity will be on offer followed by wining and dining at a popular local restaurant.
On Day 3 the following topics will be covered:
The course fee includes coffee/tea breaks, lunches, the wine & cheese reception, dinners at restaurants, a surprise fun activity, extensive electronic course notes and a certificate of attendance. Early course registration is recommended as there are only a limited number of places available for this course.
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Kirk Eddleman is the founding partner and CEO of Inova Partners in Texas. He also serves as the CEO of Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery, a large and rapidly expanding equine practice headquartered in Weatherford, Texas. In the six years since Kirk took charge, this practice has grown from a midsized clinic to a premiere 25-doctor practice encompassing racetracks in six states, a world class reproduction center, and a flagship emergency & referral hospital.
Prior to joining ESMS, Kirk was the Assistant Hospital Administrator for the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at Texas A&M University. In addition, Kirk has years of veterinary technical experience in all aspects of equine medicine and surgery. He has authored articles for veterinary technical and managerial publications and presented on the technical and business aspects of equine practice. Kirk holds a Masters of Health Administration from Texas A&M University’s Health Science Center.
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Dr. Grice was an ambulatory equine practitioner in the Hudson Valley of NY for 25 years. She served as the managing partner of Rhinebeck Equine LLP, a large equine referral practice, until 2015, when she opened a veterinary business consulting firm, Amy Grice VMD, MBA, LLC. Dr. Grice's areas of special interest are communication, leadership, and business strategies.
Dr. Grice grew up in Woodbury, CT, where she was a Pony Clubber and competed in local hunter-jumper shows and hunter paces. She received her BA in Biology from Wellesley College and completed her veterinary education at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her MBA from Marist College School of Management in 2014. Dr. Grice is a member of the Board of Directors of the AAEP, where she also serves on several committees.Full details
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Tera is the Director of Accounting and Finance for Inova Partners in Texas. In her role, she serves as the financial leader for several large equine practices. Tera obtained her bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Tarleton State University in 2004. She started her accounting career in a small CPA firm in Stephenville, Texas where she did bookkeeping, financial reporting, and prepared individual, corporate, and partnership tax returns. Tera also served as an auditor on the audit team, working with governmental clients and non-profit agencies. From there, she then joined the accounting team at FMC Technologies, a large oil and gas exploration manufacturer, as a cost accountant. While at FMC, Tera handled international accounting, and performed extensive costs, production, and financial analysis for the publically traded company.
After five years with FMC, Tera sought a different accounting opportunity. In 2010, Tera found her home in the equine veterinary industry by taking a job with Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery as their staff accountant. Tera soon led the accounting team and was instrumental in the company’s growth. She helped with the division of the practice into several affiliated companies, including the Equine Practice Management Group and its merger Business Infusions; now known as Inova.Full details
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Ky is General Counsel and Director of Operations for Inova. In a word, Ky is a navigator. With a background in business and law, combined with nearly two decades of experience in the equine and veterinary industries he provides strategy and guidance to Inova clients. Ky works with Boards, leadership teams and practice stakeholders to help them achieve their business and lifestyle goals.
His experience provides two enormous benefits for our clients: a thorough and detailed knowledge of the equine veterinary industry and authentic and powerful solutions to crafting a strategy for growth. Clients can expect and will receive a high level of individualized attention and timely responses to emerging issues.
Ky began his career in the equine industry working on a Kentucky Thoroughbred farm. After a one year internship with Breeders’ Cup, he spent five years with the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) as their Director of Industry Relations, handling sponsorship, organizing public policy positions and providing oversight to the AAEP Foundation.
He spent eight years as Director of Client Relations & Advancement for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital & Equine Health Studies Program with the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in Baton Rouge, LA. During this time he helped spearhead the emergency response for the rescue of hundreds of horses and companion animals during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, which he chronicled in the book “Horses of the Storm”.
Ky holds a Bachelor of Science in Equine Science from Colorado State University, an MBA from the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University, and a law degree from Southern University Law Center. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.
Buck’s T-4 Lodge has been a Big Sky tradition for over 50 years. Visitors to Big Sky and Yellowstone National Park experience unparalleled hospitality and the genius of our cuisine. Buck’s is also uniquely equipped for your wedding, meeting group or family reunion. In the summertime, we offer great value room rates and activities, and in the winter, we have the best ski packages in town at both Big Sky and Moonlight. Come experience warm Montana hospitality at Buck’s T-4.
Our welcoming atmosphere, nationally acclaimed restaurant, hearty breakfast and many amenities make us the natural choice for lodging in Big Sky, Montana. Our guests enjoy the Biggest Skiing in America at Big Sky and Moonlight Basin and find us a convenient and restful spot as Yellowstone's Base Camp. Whether seeking a ski adventure, a relaxing getaway or a productive meeting, Buck's T-4 Lodge in Big Sky is the place. Experience the best in Big Sky lodging.
Things to do
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
Yellowstone National Park, the nation’s first and greatest park, offers myriad activities for the summer vacationer. Breathtaking vistas, teeming wildlife and spouting geysers make a visit to Yellowstone a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Big Sky is located 18 miles from Yellowstone’s border, and just 45 minutes from the park’s West Entrance, making it well-situated as Yellowstone’s base camp.
WHITEWATER RAFTING AND ZIP-LINE ADVENTURE
Big Sky Montana is home to the Yellowstone region’s best whitewater rafting, zipline adventures and horseback riding. Book your trip now with Geyser Whitewater, conveniently located right next door to Buck’s T4 Lodge. Visit the new Zipline Adventure Park in West Yellowstone. It’s much more than an ordinary zipline tour and a favorite activity to add to a day of touring Yellowstone Park. Save $19 per person when you book the Rafting/Zipline Adventure Park Package with Geyser Whitewater Expeditions.
The Basecamp to Yellowstone, located at Big Sky Resort, is proud to present the experience of a lifetime to stand at an 11,166-ft. summit and view two national parks, three states, and many mountain ranges. You’ll ride to the summit via chair lift, expedition vehicle, and tram with a guide to point out different areas, views, and more.
It’s no wonder that year after year, fly fishermen flock to the area to cast into the blue-ribbon rivers and streams…the absolute beauty is overwhelming. Big Sky is home to several fishing outfitters, all within minutes of Buck’s T-4, who can provide the equipment, guide service, or simply directions to the best holes.
GRIZZLY AND WOLF DISCOVERY CENTER
The Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center is an AZA accredited Not-for-Profit, wildlife park and educational facility. The Center offers every visitor to Yellowstone a chance to uniquely experience the world of grizzly bears and gray wolves. All the animals at the Grizzly & Wolf Discover Center are unable to survive in the wild and serve as ambassadors for their wild counterparts.