Opening Remarks & The Veterinary Shortage

Recorded On: 06/09/2021

The Association's Board Chairman, Brad Shear, will kick off Day 2 of the conference from 11:30 - 12:00 noon ET.

General Session - The Veterinary Shortage: 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

A recent Banfield study estimates a shortage of 10,000 veterinarians in the next 10 years which could impact the care of 75 million pets. Many shelters and clinics already feel the pinch and struggle to get animals altered before adoption or limit services due to staffing shortages. Join a robust discussion about how your organization can be involved in the short-term and long-term solution of getting more veterinarians into the field, including leveraging vet techs and new mid-level professionals. You will learn:

  • How to write a stellar job ad to attract candidates
  • Which benefits and compensation packages to offer and see how you stack up to other organizations
  • What is important to veterinarians and why they stay or leave a position – the reasons may surprise you
  • How mid-level professionals could reduce shortages, expand access to care, and boost the veterinary profession

This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
  • 1 NACA CE
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Mark Cushing

Founder and Managing Partner, The Animal Policy Group

Mark Cushing is the Founder and Managing Partner of the Animal Policy Group, which provides high-level strategic advice, government advocacy, regulatory, and policy services to animal health and veterinary clients, universities, and industry groups throughout North America. Mark served as an adjunct professor of law at the LMU Duncan School of Law in Knoxville, Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, and the University of Oregon School of Law. Mark is the author of Pet Nation, an inside look at the forces behind how our pets transformed American society and culture.

​Aimee St. Arnaud

Founder, Open Door Veterinary Support

Aimee St. Arnaud is a business partner in two full-service veterinary clinics that focus on removing barriers to care and increasing access to veterinary services while still maintaining a net positive revenue. She has created a mentorship training for clinics that want to replicate their business model. Aimee has experience mentoring from her time at the ASPCA Spay/Neuter Alliance where she helped develop six training programs that mentored over 170 clinics and trained over 1,000 veterinary professionals annually in efficient spay/neuter techniques.

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