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Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA)

Our Goal:

As officers of the VBMA at LMU-CVM, we aim to provide our members with business-related knowledge and networking opportunities, no matter what field of veterinary medicine they are entering. 

Mission Statement:

The Veterinary Business Management Association is a student-driven organization dedicated to advancing the profession through increasing business knowledge, creating networking opportunities, and empowering students to achieve their personal and professional goals.

2016-2017 Officers

President – Victoria Benson, Class of 2018

President-Elect – Natalie Seckel, Class of 2019

Vice President – Bridget Dixeey, Class of 2019

Treasurer – Alisha Siddons, Class of 2018

Secretary – Jenna Badenhop, Class of 2019

BCP Director – Holly Hruza, Class of 2018

Class Representative – Natasha Knight, Class of 2018

Class Representative – Melissa Rapien, Class of 2019

Class Representative – Stephanie Jacoby, Class of 2020

Past Events

3/12/16 Dr. Cherie Buisson, Basics of Euthanasia, Euthanasia Words & Wisdom, Veterinary Hospice Care, Compassion Fatigue 1&2

Dr. Cherie Buisson is a 2000 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the owner of A Happy Vet and Helping Hands Pet Hospice. Her articles are featured on and other publications. She lectures throughout the United States on hospice, euthanasia, self care, compassion fatigue and being happy in veterinary medicine. Dr. Buisson is a recovering perfectionist, bookworm, cyclist and living proof that being a nerd isn’t all that bad.

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3/1/16 Stith Keiser, My Veterinary Career

Stith is the founder and business manager of My Veterinary Career. He created the firm to address veterinary medicine’s high rate of turnover and the struggles practices go through to identify and retain exceptional team members. Stith’s industry experience includes facilitating workshops at the American Animal Hospital Association’s annual conference, publishing articles, and participating in videos on AAHA’s student website. He also presents at state and national veterinary conferences. In addition to speaking, he writes for My Exceptional Veterinary Team and Vetstreet’s VetLearn website. Stith also conducts career development-related workshops for veterinary business management associations, AAHA student groups, and student chapters of the AVMA at veterinary schools across the country. Stith is a member of VetPartners and serves on AAHA’s New Graduate Task Force.

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2/27/16 Dr. Andy Roark

Dr. Andy Roark is a practicing veterinarian, international speaker, author, and media personality.  His popular Facebook page, website, and YouTube show (The Cone of Shame) reach millions of people every month.  Dr. Roark received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and he was voted the Practice Management Speaker of the Year at NAVC, one of the world’s largest veterinary conferences, two out of the last three years.  Practices where Dr. Roark works were named as finalists in the AAHA Practice of the Year Contest in 2013 and 2015.


11/10/2015 Dr. Jessica Trichel, Live Oak Bank

Dr. Jessica Trichel combines her veterinary training with a passion for business education to lead Live Oak Bank’s educational outreach program. She aims to educate current and future small business owners by addressing topics that help remove the mystery around financing and topics relating to business ownership. She is equipped with a wealth of information from Live Oak Bank’s industry specific loan portfolios and team member’s expertise. Dr. Trichel presents nationwide on a variety of topics related to small business ownership, with the goal of inspiring and educating the next generation on how to live out the American dream of owning their own businesses.

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11/14/2015, Dr. Robert Lester

Dr. Lester is  a graduate of Oregon State and Washington State Universities, and recently completed the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Leadership Academy. He spent his early career as a small town mixed animal practice owner before joining the founding leadership team at Banfield Pet Hospital. At Banfield he held positions in medicine, operations, franchising, human resources and professional relations. After a rewarding 20 year career at Banfield/Mars Inc. he left as Vice President of Professional Relations to help found the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine where he serves as Assistant Dean. Dr. Lester’s LMU team  leads the fourth year community based clinical education program, and directs the professional skills curriculum including instruction in communication, leadership, teamwork and practice management. In addition Dr. Lester serves on a variety of professional, university, and college committees, boards and task forces including as a two time gubernatorial appointee to the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board which he chaired from 2013- 2015, a state delegate to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards,  consultant for Guidepoint Global, board member and Treasurer at Pet Peace of Mind a non-profit which keeps hospice patients together with their pets through end of life, board member for the North American Veterinary Community, a board member of easyvetclinic, and on the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Job Analysis SME Working Group. His family includes his wife Crystal, two daughters McKenzie and Paige, and two Yorkie’s Jessie and Woody.

LMU-CVM VBMA’s first symposium was led by Dr. Robert Lester.

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11/2015, VBMA Donation Drive for Knox-Whitley Animal  Shelter

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Labor Day Weekend, 2015, VBMA and ZEWAC Whitewater Rafting Trip,