2017 Heartland Veterinary Conference

Hosted by the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association

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Schedule of Events

Thursday, June 15
  • 4 – 6 p.m. : Registration & Information Center open
  • 8 – 10 p.m. : Hospitality Suite open
Friday, June 16
  • 7:30 – 9:30 a.m. : Registration & Information Center open
  • 8 – 9:15 a.m. : Breakfast & Welcome
  • 9:15 a.m. – 12 p.m. : Seminars
  • 12 – 1:15 p.m. : Lunch
  • 1:30 – 4 p.m. : Seminars
  • 4 – 5 p.m. : Presidents, Deans, House of Delegates  and Executive Director Information Exchanges
    Informal exchanges of information and emerging issues within the perspective of specific leadership roles.  
  • 5:45 – 9 p.m. : Off-site networking at the Franklin Park Conservatory
    Relax and network among colleagues with food and drink as Columbus shares one of its cultural treasures.
Saturday, June 17
  • 8 – 9 a.m. : Breakfast
  • 9 – 11:40 a.m. : Seminars
  • 11:40 a.m. : Closing comments


Anti-Trust, Telemedicine & Other Association Leadership Quagmires

When: Friday, June 16 (9:15 – 11:55 a.m.)

Speaker: Charlotte Lacroix, DVM, J.D.

About: Utilizing a variety of current concerns facing veterinary medicine, along with interactive group discussions, the morning program will explore the legal, ethical and practical implications of issues facing veterinary volunteer leaders.  Telemedicine, the North Carolina U.S. Supreme Court case on regulatory board actions, shelters expanding scope of services, and other polarizing debates represent challenges on a variety of levels for state associations leaders. Noted veterinarian and attorney Charlotte Lacroix will guide you through a thoughtful analysis of what roles your association may and may not elect to pursue.



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Imposter Syndrome

When: Friday, June 16 (1:30–2:30 p.m.)

Speaker: Lori Teller, DVM, DABVP

About: What causes high-achieving veterinarians to feel incapable of managing a practice or serving in important volunteer roles? How can veterinary organizations create pathways and tools to foster the emergence of otherwise talented members feeling limited in the contributions they can offer is service to the profession? This session will address these common questions.


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State VMA Roles in Advancing Women in Veterinary Leadership

When: Friday, June 16 (3–4 p.m.)

Speaker: Lori Teller, DVM, DABVP

About: The creation of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative helped focus efforts within the profession to remove barriers and provide support to future leaders who reflect the changing gender demographics of veterinary medicine. This session will offer an inside perspective of how state associations can cultivate and advance the role of women leaders within their organization.


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Do's and Don'ts of Volunteer Leadership

When: Saturday, June 17 (9–10 a.m.)

Speaker: Clarke Price, CAE

About: You have been trained to effectively diagnose and treat animals while also advancing human health. But those skill sets do not automatically make you a good volunteer leader. Non-profit management has a science to it as well. As a former chairman of the board of the American Society of Association Executives and CEO of the nationally recognized Ohio Society of CPAs, Clarke Price will share insights on what makes volunteer leaders effective, as well as pitfalls to avoid.


What Works For Us

When: Saturday, June 17 (10:30–11:40 a.m.)


About: Continuing a popular segment from last year’s Heartland, three state associations will share specific programs and approaches that advanced their organizations in a brief interactive format.

Registration Fees

  • Regular Attendee: $225
  • Spouse/Guest – Full Conference: $150
  • Spouse/Guest – Friday Evening Only: $75
  • Registration Deadline: June 1, 2017
    Registrations cancelled prior to June 12 will receive a refund less 6 percent.


Travel Information

Hotel Reservations

Hilton Columbus Downtown
401 N. High St., Columbus OH 43215

Single/double/triple/quad: $165/night*
*Rate valid from June 12 through 19. Does not include current hotel tax of 17.5%.
Cut-off date: May 15, 2017

Block Code

855-380-9591 or online

Crowne Plaza Columbus Downtown
3 3 E. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus OH 43215

Single/Double: $170/night*
Valet parking: $26
*Does not include current hotel tax of 17.5%.

Block Code

800-338-4462 or online

Block Cut-Off Date
May 31


Visitors' Guide


Columbus Clippers vs. Durham Bulls

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Area Dining






  • Nada – 220 W Nationwide Blvd, Columbus, OH 43215




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Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support:

Ceva Elanco Wedgewood Pharmacy