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Veterinary Business Group Virtual Summit
Veterinary Business Group Summit 2020
Veterinary Business Group Virtual Summit


Empowering current and aspiring veterinary business leaders.

The 2020 VBG Summit is a three-day virtual conference focussing on effectively managing a veterinary practice in today’s environment. It will dive into the day-to-day management issues across specialties as well as concentrating on barriers to growing and building a sustainable veterinary business into the future.

This event is tailored to suit all levels of experience within veterinary business – from those just starting out and needing to establish all the key skills and framework, to those that have significant experience and knowledge already but want to further increase their knowledge and discuss the higher-level issues they are facing and the future of the industry itself.

Welcome, from the VBG Summit Convenor

Paula Parker, Summit Convenor

Watch the welcome video here

The Veterinary Business Group Summit is about the best in Veterinary Business. Since the summit’s inception in 2017, the leaders of veterinary business in Australia and New Zealand have come together to take stock of the business environment, confront the challenges, innovate, and collectively lead veterinary business into a brighter future.
Of all of the concepts, ideas, and frameworks in business, the Stockdale Paradox seems the best suited to 2020. The need for us to both confront the brutal realities of this tumultuous year, while at the same time retaining faith in our eventual prevail, has been as challenging as it has been necessary.
As a business community, what is it that we most need from summit? The chance to pause and take stock? To connect with colleagues and friends? To hear that we are not alone? To celebrate the opportunities that have arisen this year? To reckon with the risks on the horizon, and act now to mitigate their consequences? Or maybe, to get back to basics, and focus on just one thing that will make a difference? 
The virtual VBG Summit has been planned to allow you to take what you need, regardless of where you are. Over the first two days of summit, Michael and Katerina will lift us up from the day to day and challenge us to consider our sector from the outside in, and in the context of the broader societal and business environment. 
On day three of the summit, we will bring our fresh perspective and ideas into the tactical, and the operational. We have challenged seven leaders from our sector to distill their wisdom into one, essential idea, ready for us to pick up and implement. We are confident that you will find at least one thing that resonates deeply with you. 
We will miss not catching up in person. Finding colleagues and new friends to connect with is one of the highlights of the VBG Summit. We have worked to re-create the summit magic in the digital space. Each day, we will break out into small groups, to unpack the lectures, ask questions, and workshop ideas as a business community. You will be asked to select a discussion group you feel best fits your needs at summit. 
2020 has asked a lot from all of us. We have been forced to confront the realities of the moment. Our goal is to provide you with the opportunity to take stock, to lift your head, and with support from your colleagues, take one thing into 2021, regardless of what the year may bring.
Paula Parker

About the Veterinary Business Group 

The Veterinary Business Group  is a special interest group of the Australian Veterinary Association. It is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive community for people within veterinary industries, including veterinarians, veterinary technicians, practice managers, nurses, and receptionists. It’s your chance to be part of a real community – to network with your peers and to grow your businesses together.

We aim to foster leadership, future-proof businesses, and create sustainable practice models.

Membership of the Veterinary Business Group is open to both veterinarians and non-veterinarians. Non-veterinarians just need to become associate members of the AVA first. For more information on membership benefits and joining, visit our website

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