Southwest Ohio

Veterinary Managers


SOVMA Spring Conference

  • Wed, April 18, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim's International Market, 5440 Dixie Hwy, Fairfield, OH 45014


  • Price includes all conference materials, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and drinks.

    Conference registration is $50 per attendee. If you'd like to register on behalf of an additional attendee, add them as a guest on your registration. If you have any trouble with this, please contact Ben Spinks at or 937-361-4833.
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Managers, doctors and staff members interested in leadership are invited to join us for the Southwest Veterinary Managers Association's second annual Fall Conference. 

 Unique Opportunity to Network and Connect with Your Peers

5 Hours of Advanced Management CE

Roundtable Discussions

Door Prizes

 Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, and Snacks

Venue: Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim's International Market: 5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield, OH 45014 (513-674-6055)

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 18th, 9:00am-4:00pm (registration opens at 8:15am)

CE Credits: 5 hours of management CE (OVMA, KVMA and VHMA approved)

Registration Fee: $50 per attendee - includes conference materials, breakfast, lunch, drinks, and snacks.

Sponsors: Conference sponsors include Faithful Companion Pet Cremation Services, Zoetis, Elanco, US Bank, and Midwest Veterinary Supply. 

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Program Descriptions

Session 1 (9:00am - 10:45am)

The Care & Feeding of First Line Supervisors (Karyn Gavzer)

Whether you’re thinking about creating a first-line supervisor position at your practice, you want to step into that role yourself, or you already are one, there are certain things you need to know to be successful. Managing people is VERY different from being a good technician, veterinary assistant, or receptionist. New supervisors and managers require training, support, and new skills to perform well in their new role. Find out what’s needed to turn a super staff member into a super supervisor in this practical, thoughtful program.

Session 2 (11:00am - 12:00pm)

Roundtable Discussions

Topics Pending

Session 3 (1:00pm - 2:30pm)

Working with "THOSE MILLENNIALS!" (Karyn Gavzer)

You can complain about Millennials or you can learn to work with them in veterinary practice because Generation Z is already on its way and there’ll be new challenges soon! So let's roll up our sleeves, learn how to communicate and work with each other, have some fun, and even open ourselves up to what we can learn from younger team members to help our practices flourish. This idea- packed program will equip you communicate and work more effectively with Millennials, build your team, and take better care of all of your team members – regardless of generation.

Session 4 (2:45pm - 4:00pm)

Hospice Care Trends (Dr. Jenn Roedig)

Veterinary hospice care is a unique case approach centered around education, preparation, and support for the pet and the client. Understanding what this service includes and what it doesn’t include will help veterinary teams solidify their role as animal advocators, strengthen the human animal bond, and maintain the highest level of client care.

Conference Schedule

 8:15am Registration Opens
 9:00am Session 1: The Care & Feeding of First Line Supervisors (Karyn Gavzer)
 10:45am Morning Break: Refreshments & Networking
 11:00am Session 2: Roundtable Discussions
 12:00pm Lunch
 1:00pm Session 3: Working with "THOSE MILLENNIALS!" (Karyn Gavzer)
 2:30pm Afternoon Break: Refreshments & Networking
 2:45pm Session 4: Hospice Care Trends (Dr. Jenn Roedig)
 4:00pm End of Conference

Meet the Speakers

Karyn Gavzer, MBA, CVPM (KG Marketing & Training)

Karyn is a practice management consultant specializing in marketing, training and customized solutions for veterinary practices. Her mission is to help practices “go and grow” with new ideas and practical plans. She has worked with industry, associations, and veterinary practices for over 20 years. She is a popular, engaging speaker and was named North America Veterinary Conference Practice Management Speaker of the Year and Western Veterinary Conference Practice Management Educator of the Year. You can find many of her articles on and Today's Veterinary Business.

Dr. Jenn Roedig (Lap of Love)

Dr. Roedig was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. After attended veterinary school at Western University of Health Sciences in sunny Southern California, she moved back to Cincinnati where she began her career as a small animal veterinarian. During that time, she found that some of her most fulfilling appointments were helping families through one of the most difficult times and decisions they would ever have to face as a pet owner. To relieve the guilt that so many face and to reassure them that they are making the best decision for their pet means so much to her. She truly believe that this is one of the greatest gifts and most selfless acts of love one can offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who should attend the SOVMA Spring Conference?

A: Anyone working in the industry that's interested in management and practice development to encouraged to attend. This includes Practice Managers, Veterinarians, Team Leaders and any other staff members in a positions of influence.

Q: Aside from the conference registration fee, are there any other expenses that's I should anticipate?

A: Conference materials, meals, drinks, and snacks are all covered by your registration fee. Parking is available free of charge.

Q: Since registering, I've had something come up and I'm not able to attend the conference. What's the refund policy on registration fees?

A: If you'd like to cancel your registration and receive a refund, please contact us at by Friday, April 13th at 5:00pm for a full refund. Refunds are not available past that point.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Ben Spinks at or 937-361-4833.

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