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October 31, 2013

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Leading Veterinary Practice Management Consultants to Offer Free Seminar

Noting that "it's a changing world in veterinary medicine," two of the nations top consultants on the economics of veterinary practice will outline societal changes that will impact veterinary businesses over the next 10 years and suggest how practices can adapt to these changes and succeed.

John Volk, senior consultant with Brakke Consulting, and Dr. Karen Felsted, who owns a veterinary practice management consulting practice, will provide a one-hour seminar entitled "Best Practices: How to Thrive in the Changing Veterinary Marketplace," at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine on Wednesday, November 20, beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Veterinarians can earn one hour of continuing education credit. Registration is free, but space reservation is strongly encouraged. Reserve a seat at

Volk managed several landmark studies on veterinary economics, including the 1998 Brakke Study on Veterinary Financial and Business Behaviors, the 2004 AVMA-Pfizer Business Practices Study, and the 2011 Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study. Dr. Felsted collaborated on the latter two studies.

"Our profession wont look the same in 10 years as it does now," says Dr. Felsted, who served as chief executive officer of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues from 2008 to 2011.

"Leaving aside the economic climate, the increases in the number of veterinarians, veterinary fees and other societal changes are impacting the number of pet owners seeking veterinary care and what they are willing to spend," she says. "The practices that will continue to thrive are those that can adapt to these changes."