The INOVA Equine Practice Management Summit - Finance & Business Strategies for Equine Practitioners


Date: Fri 28th Sep 2018 - Sun 30th Sep 2018
Venue: Buck's T-4 Lodge
Location: Big Sky, MT (Bozeman Yellowstone Intl Airport)
Contact Hours: 15.5 (RACE accredited)
Course Language: English
  • Net price, no tax will be added*
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Qualified Vet - USD 1990.00
2nd vet, same clinic - USD 1930.00
Practice/Clinic Manager - USD 1990.00
Intern/Resident (Requires Certification from Clinic) - USD 995.00
1 Vet & 1 non-Vet Guest (no CE) - USD 2340.00
Early Booking Deadline: Saturday 18th August 2018
Registration Deadline: Wednesday 26th September 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.


Fri 28 - Sun 30. September 2018 - A 3-Day Interactive Course

The registration deadline has been extended as this course will definitely take place.


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 Path to Profitability                                   
  • The Path to Mediocrity - How Not to Run Your Practice
  • Understanding Financials – The Three Numbers that Matter Most
  • Pricing & Client Loyalty – The Secret to Growing Your Practice
  • How to effectively promote your Practice
  • Equipment Purchasing & Inventory Management

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:

  • How to Hire and Keep an Associate            
  • Contracts & Non-Compete Agreements  
  • Practice Valuation
  • Protecting Your Practice from Fraud
  • The Importance of Leadership
  • Great Employees – How to How to Create a Great Team    
  • The Importance of Effective Communication        

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:

  • Things I wish I Knew When I started Practice
  • Building Winning Partnerships  
  • Exit Strategies – Trends in Equine Practice
  • What would you do… - A case-based approach to common business challenges

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

    United States

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    Kirk Eddleman is a professional veterinary practice manager, consultant, author & presenter. He is a founding partner of INOVA Partners, LLC., a veterinary business consulting and management company providing directional management and back office support to veterinarians who want to better manage and grow their practices.

    Kirk is also the CEO of Equine Sports Medicine & Surgery, a large and rapidly expanding equine practice headquartered in Weatherford, TX. In the 13 years since he took charge, this practice has grown from a mid-sized clinic to a premiere 20+doctor practice encompassing racetracks in six states, a world class equine reproduction center, and a premiere emergency & referral hospital.

    Prior to joining ESMS, Kirk served as a Hospital Administrator for the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at Texas A&M University. Kirk also worked as the Large Animal ICU and Technical Staff Coordinator, and the Chair of the Infectious Diseases Control Committee for the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

    Kirk has years of veterinary technical experience in all aspects of equine medicine and surgery. He's written dozens of articles for veterinary technical and managerial publications and lectures on the technical and business aspects of veterinary practice.

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    Amy Grice
    VMD, MBA

    United States

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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.

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    Tera Latham Nance
    BBA, CVA

    United States

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    Tera is currently Consultant and Valuator for Summit Veterinary Advisors in Littleton, Colorado.  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.

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    Clint Spruill

    United States

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    Clint is the Director of Accounting and Finance for Inova Partners. In his role he serves as the financial leadership for several large equine practices as well as a growing management company. Clint obtained his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Tarleton State University and a master’s of science in accounting from Texas A&M Commerce. He started his career in banking where he performed commercial credit analysis for a large financial institution doing financial statement analysis, large loan underwriting, and technical support for financial and equity transactions. Clint went on to serve as Business Director of a start-up lakefront retirement village. In that role he compiled and reported the financial accounting for the businesses, processed payroll,  as well as managed a team of 100+ for the venture. He also spent time as senior staff for a private equity firm based out of Fort Worth, TX specializing in private investment transactions and alternative investments. His role with the private equity firm allowed for extensive insight into capital markets, liquidity reporting and management, and equity transactions. . Clint joined Equine Practice Management Group in 2013 which came to form as Inova Partners. Clint was instrumental in the growth of the organization into what it is today.

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Course Program

Buck's T-4 Lodge


Buck's T-4 Lodge & Restaurant
46625 Gallatin Rd
Big Sky, MT 59716

Group Hotel: Buck’s T-4 Lodge & Restaurant  
46625 Gallatin Rd., Big Sky, MT 59716   
The hotel has a preferential room rate for attendees of the conference. Please contact the hotel and quote 'The VetPD Meeting'
A room (single or double occupancy) costs between $160 and $170 per night (plus 3% resort tax and 7% lodging tax).

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, 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.


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.


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.