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Vet Student Leadership Summit 2020

The Vet Student Leadership Summit (VSLS) is the veterinary profession's premier free digital student leadership conference focused solely on economic challenges, leadership, alternative career pathways and entrepreneurship opportunities for veterinary students.

Veterinary students will gain valuable insights into what the future of the veterinary profession might look like and how their decisions today can influence their social and economic health tomorrow.

Leading experts in veterinary leadership, social networking, veterinary law, accounting, and financial planning will deliver short TED talk-style lectures that will allow veterinary students to develop their leadership and entrepreneurial skills.


Saturday, September 26, 2020

Time (EST)SpeakerSession Title
10:00AM - 10:05AMGlenn Kalick, DVMIntroduction
10:05AM - 10:15AMJames W. Lloyd, DVM, PhDLead-off Inspirational Speaker
10:15AM - 10:55AMPeter Weinstein, DVM, MBAKeep Your Eyes on the Prize
10:55AM - 11:00AMDr. Nick
11:00AM - 11:30AMRobert Trimble, DVMThe Past, Present and Future of Veterinary Medicine
11:30AM - 12:00PMGlen SellersLet's Make Money – What's My Worth?
12:00PM - 12:30PMAndy Roark, DVMWhat You Need to Know Your First Year Out of School
12:30PM - 12:35PMDr. Aubrey J. Kümm, MSc Med (Neuroscience) BVSc MRCVSNAVC Retriever – Finding an Externship Has Never Been This Easy
12:35PM - 1:05PMDarby Affeldt, DVMGet Ready for a BRILLIANT Career – Even IF You Have Student Debt!
1:05PM - 1:35PMEric GarciaStand Out in an Ever-Saturated Marketplace
1:35PM - 2:05PMCaleb Frankel, VMDThrive Workshop – Uncommon Guide to Thriving as a Student, New Grad, and Beyond
2:05PM - 2:35PMLance Roasa, DVM, JDPractice Ownership! Even With Your Debt?!
2:35PM - 3:05PMGlenn Hanner, CPAThe Path to Wealth in Veterinary Medicine: Why you should consider practice ownership
3:05PM - 3:35PMChristopher HackneyLoan Options to Start or Buy a Veterinary Practice
3:35PM - 3:40PMRobert Trimble, DVMVeterinary Entrepreneurship Academy
3:40PM - 4:15PMAllison Sateren, DVM, Mary Gardner, DVM, Julia Georgesen, DVMRound table discussion on alternative career paths
4:15PM - 4:30PMGlenn Kalick, DVMWrap Up and Thank You


Our mentors are excited to help students build and strengthen their leadership skills to be the veterinary leaders of the future.

Glenn Kalick, DVM

Opening and Closing Remarks

About this speaker:
Dr. Glenn Kalick is the director of the Vet Student Leadership Summit. His vision was to create a national digital leadership platform for veterinary students that allowed world renown Veterinarians and industry specialists to mentor veterinary students from the comfort of their own homes on topics such as leadership, entrepreneurism, career pathways and financial planning, just to name a few.

Dr. Kalick is the Practice Improvement Manager for PSIvet, facilitator for PSIvet’s management groups and its liaison to the Veterinary schools. Dr. Kalick is a 1995 graduate of Tufts School of Veterinary medicine and was the 19-year owner of Brookside Animal Hospital located in Coral Springs Florida that recently sold corporately. He is a five-time winner of the Coral Springs Veterinarian of the Year, a 20-year contributing author for the Parklander Magazine and the designer for the Merial’s Broward County Animal Hospital at Wannadoo City, an interactive learning experience for children who wanted to be veterinarians.

James W. Lloyd, DVM, PhD

Lead-off Inspirational Speaker

About this speaker:
In July 2019, Dr. James Lloyd became CEO and senior consultant for Animal Health Economics, LLC, a company he founded. For the six years prior, Jim served as Dean of the University of Florida-College of Veterinary Medicine, where the overall size of UF-CVM increased by nearly 70% during his tenure. Notably, substantial growth occurred in research expenditures (100%), hospital revenues (70%), gifts and endowment income (110%), and total faculty numbers (40%).

Key programmatic successes for UF-CVM during Dr. Lloyd’s deanship included industry-leading innovations in teaching and learning, an unparalleled scholarship initiative, creation of a Center of Excellence in One Health, significant enhancements in diversity and inclusion, and an award-winning strategic marketing campaign. As an outcome of these achievements, UF-CVM improved its national ranking to 9th, remarkably jumping five spots from 14th in only four years.

Before becoming Dean, Dr. Lloyd was Professor and Associate Dean for Budget, Planning and Institutional Research at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. As a scholar, he has authored or co-authored a total of 174 scientific publications and has delivered over 350 scientific presentations and workshops. Dr. Lloyd received both his DVM and his PhD in Agricultural Economics from MSU.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Lloyd has progressively applied the disciplines of economics, management, and business to the veterinary medical profession. He led the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues working group on Enhancing the Skills, Knowledge, Aptitude, and Attitude of Veterinarians from 2000-2009. He has experience in both private veterinary practice and organized veterinary medicine; in addition to several years in mixed animal practice, he served on the executive committee of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association for five years, including one year as president. He also has worked as an organization development consultant, emphasizing strategic management and leadership development with diversity, equity, and inclusion as core elements.

Now as a consultant whose focus is economics and strategy in veterinary medicine and animal health, Jim draws on his unique blend of executive leadership experience, expertise in economic and business analysis, broad-based industry knowledge, and extensive professional network. He works with executive leaders in the animal health industry and allied organizations to successfully identify, develop, and implement key strategic opportunities, initiatives, and alliances.

Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBA

“Keep Your Eyes on the Prize”

You are on your way to being a part of the world’s greatest profession. It is a marathon. Of course, with the current viral pandemic, it feels as if might be an Ironman Triathlon. Let’s talk about and envision the road from where you are to where you want to be. From personal experiences, it will be challenging but rewarding. Your mind may change; your career path may vary; but you will always be a veterinarian. So, Keep Your Eyes on the Prize – the rewards will be immeasurable.

About this speaker:
Dr. Peter Weinstein attended Cornell University undergraduate and the University of Illinois to receive his DVM. After graduation, he worked as an associate for three years before opening his practice. While he was managing and practicing full time, he attended University of Redlands to receive his MBA. As a result of the MBA, he was able to relocate, expand and sell his practice to a corporate consolidator. Politically, he served as President of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association and President for VetPartners, the national consultants association. In the veterinary industry, he acted as Medical Director overseeing the Claims Department for Veterinary Pet Insurance.

Dr. Weinstein provides small business and corporate consulting via his company, PAW Consulting. He was the 2018 Speaker of the Year for the Western Veterinary Conference Practice Management Section, and is the Chair of the Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee of the AVMA. He co-authored with Michael E. Gerber, The EMyth Veterinarian – Why Most Veterinary Practices Don’t Work and What to Do About It. On top of all that, Dr. Weinstein is the Executive Director for the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Nick Pope

About this speaker:
Nick Pope is a veterinarian and currently the Director of Leader Development for Prior to joining the Harbor team, he was an associate veterinarian for 5 years, practicing small animal general medicine in New Jersey. Nick received both his B.S. and DVM degrees from Oklahoma State University.

He is also a principal owner of a 3-doctor small animal general hospital outside of Clinton, NJ and operates a small registered cattle operation.

Nick lives in Pottersville, NJ with his wife Elizabeth (a fellow small animal veterinarian), son Benjamin and his two dogs, Eloise and Brody. When not at work he enjoys traveling, fishing, golfing, and watching Oklahoma State sports.

Robert Trimble, DVM

“The Past, Present and Future of Veterinary Medicine”

About this speaker:
Dr. Rob Trimble is a future-focused veterinarian and entrepreneur with a passion for innovating at the intersection of medicine, technology, and organizational design. In 2016, he co-founded Fuzzy (a pet health technology startup based in San Francisco) and now serves as the Executive Director of the Veterinary Entrepreneurship Academy with the goal of accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship from within the veterinary profession, starting with veterinary students.

Growing up on a Midwestern dairy taught him two important life lessons: 1) Treat people like they’re your neighbors (because they are) and 2) Treat animals like your livelihood depends on their well-being (because it does).

He likes small towns, big waves, authentic conversation, and working with business leaders to prepare their organizations for a future of rapid change.

Glen Sellers

“Let's Make Money – What is My Worth?”

A lecture discussion reviewing current compensation models and how an associate compensation is calculated, determined and monitored within a veterinary practice or corporation.

About this speaker:
Glen Sellers is a clinical lecturer in the Departments of Clinical Sciences and Academic Affairs at Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Mr. Sellers completed undergraduate studies in Animal Sciences at Auburn University in 1998. He earned his Master of Science degree in Bio-Medical Sciences in 2006 and a Master of Business Administration in hospital management in 2009, both from Auburn University. He has served Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine over 25 years, while gaining valuable experience in pharmacology, anesthesia and hospital management.

He currently provides clinical service in anesthesia, teaches the clinical practice management rotations and business courses at the College of Veterinary Medicine. His research interests include veterinary clinical anesthesia and veterinary practice management.

Andy Roark, DVM

“What You Need to Know Your First Year Out of School”

Spoiler alert, it’s not what you think. It’s not about large animal parasites, the coagulation cascade, or anything that was on a test. What will get you through the first year and through your career is communication, compassion, and adaptation.

About this speaker:
Dr. Andy Roark is a practicing veterinarian, international speaker, author, and media personality. He is the founder of the Uncharted Veterinary Conference and He has been an award-winning columnist for DVM360 and his popular Facebook page, website, podcast and YouTube show reach millions of people every month.

Dr. Roark has received the NAVC Practice Management Speaker of the Year Award three times, the WVC Practice Management Educator of the Year Award, the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Veterinarian of the Year Award from the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians. His greatest achievement however involves marrying a bad-ass scientist and raising 2 kind and wonderful daughters.

Dr. Aubrey J. Kümm, MSc Med (Neuroscience) BVSc MRCVS

“NAVC Retriever – Finding an Externship Has Never Been This Easy”

About this speaker:
Dr. Aubrey Kümm is the founder and CEO of Guava Ai, a veterinary technology company that developed NAVC Retriever, the first veterinary-specific algorithm-based recruitment platform for the profession. He qualified from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa in June of 2000 and holds post graduate certificates in Veterinary Ophthalmology and Veterinary Endoscopy and Endo-surgery from the European School of Veterinary Post Graduate Studies. After 13 years in small animal practice in the United Kingdom, he returned to South Africa to pursue research in Neuroscience. In 2018 he received his Master of Science degree in Neuroscience from the University of Cape Town with distinction. He advises veterinary practice owners on innovative technologies and recruitment.

Darby Affeldt, DVM

“Get Ready for a BRILLIANT Career – Even IF You Have Student Debt!”

In this session, we will discuss the 2,000+ new grads that I have personally sat one-on-one with and counseled when they were graduating from vet school and as they have matriculated into their careers. As it turns out, the things that most new grads were worried about initially are not what they’re talking about now. This is a wonderful career path, and despite debt, whether it’s a modest amount and the goal is to pay that off or whether it’s a staggering amount, we will explore how building a financial plan can help you navigate through this, successfully! The daffodils are up, you’ll be practicing medicine, there will be food in the fridge, you are loved, it is a great day to be a veterinarian!

About this speaker:
Darby Affeldt, DVM, built a relief veterinary career, founded and operated a successful construction and development company for 12 years, and with her DVM husband, they sold their 8-doctor mixed animal practice in 2018. All of this has inspired her to become a veterinary specific financial advisor. She helps protect and build wealth by offering a comprehensive and educational approach. Darby specializes in planning, investments and insurances to help veterinarians all over the US to achieve financial literacy, independence and security. Darby coauthored Real Life Financial Planning for Veterinarians, teaches at 4 veterinary schools, writes for multiple industry publications, and speaks at many veterinary conventions.

Eric Garcia

“Stand Out in an Ever-Saturated Marketplace”

The veterinary industry is growing by leaps and bounds each year. The good news is that this means more business. The bad news? More competition. In this session, we’ll first start off by how you as a graduate can stand out among the rest! Second, most veterinary practices market themselves in the same way. Fully stocked in-house pharmacy? In-house laboratory? Unfortunately, this is now the standard and competitors are showcasing these services in the same way too. If you’re looking to define your brand and market yourself more effectively, this is the session for you. We’ll be deep-diving into these fundamental questions of branding and identity so that you can enhance your practice and create an impact on social media, the web, and locally.

Spoiler alert: standing out in a saturated marketplace is actually easier than you think.

About this speaker:
IT expert. Digital marketer. Industry thought leader. When it comes to helping veterinary practices streamline their technology and attract and retain clients, Eric Garcia has a proven track record of educating the industry and producing results. Eric is an internationally recognized IT and Digital Strategist working exclusively with veterinary practices. In addition to a long list of satisfied clients, Garcia’s work has been recognized throughout the industry. Eric is an advisory board member with the American Association of Feline Practitioners and marketing columnist for Today’s Veterinary Business, an NAVC publication. Eric was voted VMX 2020 Speaker of the Year. He speaks regularly at conferences all throughout the world.

Caleb Frankel, VMD

“Thrive Workshop – Uncommon Guide to Thriving as a Student, New Grad, and Beyond”

A guide to not just surviving, but thriving as you take the next steps in your career from someone who’s been there, based on the advice I wish I had when I was in your shoes.

About this speaker:
Dr. Caleb Frankel is an internship-trained veterinarian and alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania.

He is the Founder/CEO of Instinct Science (, a new veterinary software company focused on improving state-of-the-art veterinary hospitals that incorporates true workflow improvement, decision support, patient safety tools, and charge capture automation.

He also practices emergency medicine at the Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center, an 80-doctor referral hospital in Greater Philadelphia, PA.

He previously served as Director of New Product Development at Brief Media where he led the development of products such as the Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs app. He also blogs on all things technology and workflow in veterinary medicine.

Lance Roasa, DVM, JD

“Practice Ownership! Even With Your Debt?!”

Is practice ownership a dream that is fading as your student debt grows? Don’t let the dream die! In this discussion we will reinvigorate your dream of practice ownership and talk proven techniques to get you into a practice ownership position, soon after graduation. It’s my passion and job to get recent grads into practice ownership, regardless of student debt.

About this speaker:
Dr. Roasa is a 2008 graduate of Texas A&M who has bought, operated and sold veterinary practices. He has completed a law degree from the University of Nebraska, is the president of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association (AVMLA), and on the board of directors of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Roasa is a founder of Drip Learning Technologies, a veterinary continuing education provider, and guest lectures in 13 veterinary colleges on the legal aspects of medical recordkeeping, veterinary malpractice and veterinary business as part of the curriculum. He serves as a national co-advisor to the Veterinary Business Management Association and regularly lectures to regional VBMA chapters and the national association on the topics of growth, business metrics, technology implementation.

Dr. Roasa is also the primary attorney for the Roasa Law Group, P.C., a law practice dedicated to serving veterinarians in practice transactions, employment contracts and as legal counsel to startup businesses.

Glenn Hanner, CPA

“The Path to Wealth in Veterinary Medicine: Why you should consider practice ownership”

Should you plan on working as an employee or owning your own practice? Veterinary school is a major investment. Why not make that investment pay off for you instead of another owner? We will project earnings and wealth over a typical career contrasting an associate and practice owner.

About this speaker:
Glenn Hanner is the tax partner in charge of the veterinary medicine practice at Whitley Penn LLP and has over 33 years of experience in helping clients navigate the complex world of tax and accounting. In addition to being a CPA, Glenn is a Certified Information Technology Professional, and a Certified Valuation Analyst.

He enjoys helping veterinarians create long-term value from their practice and achieve their professional goals. He is on the Board of Directors for VetPartners and is the former co-chair of the VetPartners Valuation Council. Glenn speaks to veterinarians across the country on practice management and valuation issues. He is co-author of the American Animal Hospital Association book Selling Your Practice.

Whitley Penn is one of the region’s most distinguished public accounting firms, with offices in Austin, Dallas, Plano, Fort Worth, and Houston. We continue to be recognized as one of the Best of the Best firms in the nation by Inside Public Accounting. Glenn leads a team that serves more than 80 companion and large animal hospitals across the country. In his free time, Glenn enjoys traveling, riding his Harley-Davidson with his wife Carre, and volunteering at his church.

Christopher Hackney

“Loan Options to Start or Buy a Veterinary Practice”

There are several loan options available to help you take ownership of a veterinary practice, but it can be challenging to understand which option is best suited for your needs. This presentation will discuss common loan terminology and compare common veterinary loan options to start your own practice or buy a practice when you are ready.

About this speaker:
As the head of veterinary lending for First Home Bank based in St. Petersburg, FL, Christopher dedicates his time to assisting practice owners nationwide to purchase, construct or expand their practice facility to accommodate future growth. Christopher has presented at numerous practice finance seminars for veterinary students and alumni at various Veterinary Colleges including Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

His SBA knowledge and experience were fundamental in First Home Bank finishing FY 2019 as the sixth ranked SBA lender in the country.

Allison Sateren, DVM, Mary Gardner, DVM, Julia Georgesen, DVM

Round Table Discussion on Alternative Career Paths

About these speakers:

Dr. Sateren received her B.S. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University in 1995. She earned her DVM from the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. Upon her return to South Florida, she worked as an associate and then relief doctor in the Jupiter, Florida area. Dr. Sateren joined Merial Ltd in 2005 as a Territory Manager in Melbourne, Florida. She was promoted a year later to Professional Service Veterinarian, South Florida where she remained for the next nine years. In late 2014, Dr. Sateren became a Regional Veterinary Director for Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health (previously Merial). She currently leads a team of ten Professional Service Veterinarians in the SE Region. Dr. Sateren is a wife and the mother of two boys (Cooper 14 and Crosby 12). She resides in Jupiter, Florida with her family and terrier mix Murphy.

There is nothing better to Dr. Gardner than a dog with a grey muzzle or skinny old cat! Her professional goal is to increase awareness and medical care for the geriatric veterinary patient and to help make the final life stage to be as peaceful as possible, surrounded with dignity and support for all involved.

A University of Florida graduate, she discovered her niche in end of life care and is the co-founder and CTO of Lap of Love which employs over 140 veterinarians around the country dedicated to veterinary hospice and euthanasia in the home.

Dr. Gardner and Lap of Love have been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, The New York Times, the Associated Press, The Doctors and numerous professional veterinary publications.

Dr. Julia Georgesen is a graduate of Purdue University Veterinary School, class of 2000. She completed an equine internship at the Marion DuPont Equine Center in 2001, before switching to companion animal medicine. Dr Georgesen became an associate at Blum Animal Hospital, the largest general practice in Chicago, IL in 2002. Blum Animal Hospital is a busy,10 doctor AAHA general practice and has received several “best practice” awards and was the first Fear Free certified practice in Illinois. She became an owner of Blum Animal Hospital in 2006 and was an active member in VMG and on the Trupanion Medical Advisory Board. Her clinical interests focused on soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and building lifelong client-pet relationships. Dr. Georgesen hosted a radio show on WGN for several years, “Eye on Pets,” educating pet owners on common pet illnesses/issues. She sold her practice to Pet Partners in November of 2017 and left practice a year later to join Pet Partners as the Director of Business Development. She currently is the Director of Business Development for VCA. She resides in Austin, TX with her husband Matt, her college-age stepchildren Emily and Henry and her four dachshunds Penelope, Walter, Kevin and Alice. In her free time, she loves cooking, spending time with family and friends, discovering new restaurants, and travel.

Kate Olson
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, V21

Kendall Leet-Otley
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, V22


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