Annual Conference


Monday, May 6

8:00 am–Noon

UVSA Board of Directors Meeting

2:00 pm–5:00 pm


2:00 pm–5:00 pm

Next Gen Session: A Leadership MasterClass
Michael Canic, PhD, Making Strategy Happen

NextGen leaders bring ambition and energy to their roles. But do organizations equip them with the necessary tools–processes, practices, models, and methods–that enable them to lead with competence and confidence?

In this 3-hour, interactive Leadership MasterClass, Dr. Michael Canic will outline a wide-ranging set of tools to help NextGen Leaders develop and sustain focus, create an environment of engagement and performance, and build a high-performing team. For anyone serious about developing into a first-rate leader, this session is not to be missed.

Learn more and register here.

6:00 pm–8:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Tuesday, May 7

7:00 am–8:30 am


7:00 am–11:00 am


8:30 am–9:00 am

Opening Remarks and Annual Business Meeting

9:00 am–10:00 am

General Session I: Build Your Reset Mindset
Penny Zenker

In today's fast-paced and ever-evolving world, maintaining balance, focus and clarity in our personal and professional lives is more challenging than ever. But the problem is often not the rate of change—it's the mindset with which we face change. If we want to level up, we need to Build a Reset Mindset.

Penny Zenker (aka The Focusologist) draws on more than two decades of experience founding, running, and scaling multimillion-dollar organizations to reveal a proven game-changing way to find balance, maximize productivity, and strengthen leadership by focusing on simple daily reset moments. Regardless of your job title or situation. the simple three-step Reset Practice—1: Step Back; 2: Get Perspective; 3: Realign—will help you adapt quickly, reduce complexity, and simplify decision-making to get and stay focused on the right things to achieve your work, relationship, and leadership goals.

All you need is a Reset Mindset and you build it one Reset Moment at a time.

10:00 am–10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am–11:30 am

General Session II: Bridging the Gap: Enhancing Access to Animal Care
Moderator: Julia Loew, MWI Animal Health
Panelists: Scott Bormann, Merck Animal Health
Dr. Phil Boutet, MARS Veterinary
Kent McClure, DVM, AVMA
Dr. Rustin Moore, Ohio State University
Susan Groeneveld, Sylvester AI

Key topics of discussion will include identifying barriers to access, strategies for improvement, successful initiatives in different parts of our industry, leveraging technology to enhance care accessibility, and fostering collaboration among our member companies.

Together, we can bridge the gap and create a future where every animal has access to quality veterinary care.

#AccessToCare #AnimalHealth #BridgingTheGap

11:30 am–1:00 pm


Executive Leadership Session
(Invitation Only)
Strategy + Execution: An Advanced Seminar for Elite Leaders
Michel Canic, PhD

Almost everyone does strategic planning. Yet the published failure rates for strategic planning range from 70 to 90 percent. How does the committed leader go beyond the strategic planning charade and make significant change happen?  
In this fast-paced, 90-minute, Strategy + Execution Advanced Seminar, Dr. Michael Canic will detail a well-proven framework for strategy and execution that will help leaders successfully navigate our uncertain and complex world. He will also address specific strategy and execution challenges identified by the participants prior to the conference. 

1:15 pm–2:00 pm

General Session III: CATalyst Report
State of the Cat: Wellness and Nutrition
Jim Thomas, PhD, The Beta Group, LLC

The session will present findings from surveys conducted with a geographically stratified, representative sample of 1,900+ cat owners (representing 3,765 cats) and 410 practicing veterinarians along with salient PIMS data covering eight years of key feline data. The surveys were commissioned by CATalyst Council and fielded by M/A/R/C Research with an objective to examine changes in behaviors affecting feline healthcare as compared with published data from the Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Studies (2011–2013). Additional PIMS data, supplied by Greenline Pet and Animal Care Technologies, offers further insights into critical practice metrics driven by feline and canine patient volumes across 1,250 veterinary clinics and hospitals.

2:00 pm–2:45 pm

General Session IV: US Animal Protein Situation and Outlook
Kevin Good, CattleFax

Kevin will cover the factors effecting the supply and profitability for the cattle, hog and poultry industries. He will address the contraction taking place in the cattle industry and the expectations for cattle numbers over the next five years.

2:45 pm–3:00 pm

Networking Break

3:00 pm–3:45 pm

General Session V: Industry Challenges – Perspective from those Seeking and on the Front Lines of Veterinary Care
Brad Seipel, M/A/R/C

This session will provide an update on the current state of the veterinary services market—defining how the market has responded to market pressures and the current forces affecting pet owners and the veterinarians who serve them.

Brad will share data from recent research to shed light on how current industry challenges are being viewed and managed by those seeking and managing veterinary care.

4:30 pm–6:00 pm

Networking Activity: Iron Bartender

Cost: $125 per person

Join fellow UVSA attendees for an unforgettable blend of teamwork, innovation, and mixology mastery! Work with your peers to create a craft signature cocktail, utilizing locally sourced vodka. The winning cocktail will be spotlighted at the reception that evening.

6:30 pm–9:00 pm

No Tie Lounge Reception

Wednesday, May 8

7:15 am–8:30 am


8:30 am–9:30 am

General Session VI: AI and the Animal Health Industry
Cal Lai, Ask.Vet

9:30 am–10:15 am

General Session VII: AVMA Advocacy: An Update on the Current Legislative and Regulatory Opportunities and Challenges for the Profession
Kent McClure, DVM, AVMA

As the landscape for veterinary medicine continues to change, so do the opportunities and challenges. We will provide an update and discuss the AVMA’s advocacy on behalf of the profession and some of areas receiving regulatory and legislative attention.

10:15 am–10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am–Noon

General Session VIII: Economic Trends and Outlook 2024-2025: A Changing Landscape
Connor Lokar, ITR Ecomonics

Interest rates, inflation, labor, military conflicts, and a presidential election are on the minds of most leaders as they make plans for the rest of 2024 and prepare for 2025. Join us as we look at the trends for 2024, including a weakening economy, lower inflation, and a shift in consumer spending. We will take a look at key markets, both domestic and global. The presentation will give you valuable insights in time to develop tactics and strategies to beat the cycle and prepare for the business cycle rise ahead. Knowing what to watch for and the probable timing of the reversal to rise will give you confidence as you enact plans that enable you to get the most out of 2024 and 2025 while simultaneously getting ahead of your competitors. 



1:30 pm

Regatta Bay Golf & Yacht Club
465 Regatta Bay Boulevard

Registration Deadline for Golf: Friday, April 5, 2024
Consecutive Tee Times starting at: 1:30 pm
Transportation: Regatta Bay is located about 2 miles from Henderson Beach Resort, please note you will be responsible for your own transportation.

Regatta Bay is an absolute must-play course when visiting Destin, Florida. Nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Emerald Coast, this championship golf course offers an unrivaled experience for both avid golfers and casual players alike. Regatta Bay's impeccable course conditions ensure a consistently challenging yet enjoyable round of golf, catering to golfers of all skill levels.

From the moment you step onto the first tee until the final putt drops, Regatta Bay embodies the perfect blend of natural beauty, superb design, and exceptional service, making it the ultimate choice for golf enthusiasts visiting Destin, Florida.