Mike Staver and Shawn McVey are scheduled to deliver keynote speeches at the Veterinary Specialists in Private Practice’s annual conference Feb. 2-4, 2012, in Austin, Texas.
Staver will open the event with a speech titled “Change Management” focusing on the skills necessary to lead staff through change. McVey will close the event with a speech titled “Veterinarian Heal Thyself: Lessons In Leadership” addressing the key emotional intelligence challenges in veterinary medicine and specific strategies to overcome the most common concerns.
The conference will also feature two panel discussions. Pfizer Inc. of New York and Calpro Research of Rocklin, Calif., will host a panel discussion on their collaborative Referring Veterinarian Strategic Communication Initiative, aimed at strengthening communication between specialists and referring veterinarians. The second discussion will focus on corporate practices and will include a panel consisting of Reuben Merideth of Eye Care for Animals, Brian Cassell of Moon Collaborative, Doug Drew of VCA Antech and Neil Shaw of Bluepearl Veterinary Partners.
The conference will also include a presentation titled “State of the GP’s and the Specialists Industry” focusing on challenges facing the industry and actions that can be taken.
VSIPP will also offer two pre-conference specialty tracks on Feb. 1 for an additional fee. The “Self Improvement Track” will focus on using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to learn how personality types affect the ways people communicate, solve problems, manage change and manage conflict. The “Emergency & Critical Track” will address some of the common obstacles faced in the areas of emergency and critical practice.
Registration for the conference is available through the VSIPP website.