The Wolfpack Leadership Conference is held annually at the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and hosted by the NC State Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA).  The conference welcomes veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary students, veterinary office managers, and NC State faculty for a weekend of CE focused on developing and enhancing leadership within the veterinary profession.

Each year, the VBMA brings in highly experienced and widely recognized speakers to engage conference attendees with realization of core leadership skills they possess and the challenge to further develop personal leadership potential with intentional and practical application in their practices or classrooms.  This year’s Wolfpack Leadership Conference will focus on innovative ways leadership can be used to positively shape veterinary medicine, keeping it current in our every-changing society.  This theme welcomes the interaction and shared experiences of all who attend as we broaden our foundation of leadership principles. Topics will include:  Creating an energizing culture, implementing change, providing meaningful mentorship, building teams to excel, shaping an exceptional client experience, striking a healthy work-life balance, and much more!

The NC State VBMA welcomes you to join us February 16-17, 2018, for a weekend of innovative leadership and business management training that we hope will take your practice and personal influence to the next level.

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Friday, February 16, 2018 (Student Focus - no CE credit)


Time Topic Speaker
4:30pm - 5:00pm Check In
5:00pm - 6:00pm Practice Ownership Overviews & Issues Dr. Julie Reck
6:00pm - 6:30pm Dinner (provided)
6:30pm - 7:30pm Don't Leave Money on the Table Dr. Karen Felsted
7:30pm - 8:30pm Numbers for Those who Hate, or are Scared of, Numbers Mike Falconer

Saturday, February 17, 2018


Time Topic Speaker
7:30am - 8:00am Check In & Coffee
8:00am - 9:00am Preventing Hiring Disasters Dr. Karen Felsted
9:00am - 10:00am Economic Trends in Veterinary Medicine Dr. Karen Felsted
10:00am - 10:30am Break
10:30am - 11:30am Fear Free Dr. Julie Reck
11:30am - 1:30pm Generational Panel & Lunch
1:30pm - 2:30pm Navigating Conflict in Veterinary Practice - Part One Dr. Julie Reck
2:30pm - 3:15pm Navigating Conflict in Veterinary Practice - Part Two Dr. Julie Reck
3:15pm - 3:30pm Break
3:30pm - 4:30pm Preparing for the Unexpected Mike Falconer
4:30pm - 5:30pm Surviving Weaponized Reviews Mike Falconer

Dr. Peter Weinstein – Executive Director, Southern California Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Peter Weinstein attended Cornell University undergraduate and the University of Illinois to receive his DVM.  After graduation, he worked as an associate for three years before opening his practice.  As he was running his practice, he identified the need for increased business acumen to make his practice successful. Thus, while managing and practicing full time, he attended University of Redlands to receive his MBA.  As a result of the MBA, he was able to relocate, expand and sell his practice to a corporate consolidator.

Politically, he has served as President of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association and President for VetPartners, the national consultants association. Additionally, he acted as Medical Director overseeing the Claims Department for Veterinary Pet Insurance.  Presently, he is the Executive Director for the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Weinstein has provided small business and corporate consulting via his company, PAW Consulting, and has spoken and written extensively on practice management, team building, leadership, collegiality, marketing, and other topics focused on making the veterinary profession better for all those affiliated with it.  Most recently, he co-authored with Michael E. Gerber, “The E Myth Veterinarian – Why Most Veterinary Practices Don’t Work and What to Do About It”.

Dr. Kenneth Thornberry – Veterinary Group of Chesterfield

Dr. Kenneth Thornberry received his DVM from The University of Missouri in 1988, and currently is an adjunct professor and co-facilitates the VM2 Business Management Course at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. He is also the off-campus advisor for the Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Thornberry founded, owned and sold both general and specialty practices in St. Louis, Missouri. He owned his general practice for over 25 years and grew it to a 17,000 square foot, eight doctor, full-service veterinary hospital.  The specialty practice opened in 2007 and grew to a 13,000 square foot, 24-hour emergency/critical specialty hospital with eleven doctors and six specialties. Dr. Thornberry still practices and manages his original general practice as a National Veterinary Associates (NVA) hospital – Veterinary Group of Chesterfield – a full service, eight doctor, small animal practice that includes boarding, daycare, grooming and training.

In addition to providing practice and business leadership mentoring, speaking and consulting services to industry and corporate leaders, Dr. Thornberry is a frequent guest lecturer at veterinary colleges, Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) and practitioner events across the country. He lectures and independently consults on practice management, veterinary business operations and practice profitability/valuation creation, along with selling strategies. He is active is his community and has been recognized for his academics, leadership, practice, and service.


Dr. Samantha Morello – Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Morello received her BS with honors from Cornell University in 2002 and her DVM from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. She completed a surgical internship at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and a residency in Large Animal Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center, becoming a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2011. Following residency, Dr. Morello joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a Clinical Assistant Professor. Her clinical practice encompasses both equine and farm animal species, with a focus on traumatic and developmental orthopedic diseases as well as performance-limiting dynamic diseases of the upper airway. She is dedicated to the didactic teaching of pre-clinical students and has a strong interest in using interactive and immediate-feedback techniques in the classroom. Dr. Morello has served as faculty liaison for the UW Global Health Field School and has worked extensively in Andean Ecuador with students from various graduate programs in health sciences on topics related to animal health and disease and their impact on human health.

Dr. Morello has published on a variety of surgery-related topics, including upper airway physiology and dynamic respiratory disorders, traumatic orthopedic disease, and wound healing. Most recently, Dr. Morello has completed studies of specialty medicine through large-scale surveys. Topics addressed have included academic versus private practice for surgeons, internists, and other clinical specialists; work-life balance; factors contributing to career success and satisfaction; and the generational and gender shifts that specialized medicine is experiencing. This work was highlighted when she delivered part of the keynote address at the 2015 ACVS Surgery Summit, and she has been an invited speaker at other colleges of veterinary medicine. Her goals are to provide information that can aid in the mentorship of students and trainees and that can help those in management and leadership roles shape policy that best serves their specialist staff and the profession at large.

Dr. Rebecca Tudor – Founder, Tarheel Veterinary Surgical Specialists

Dr. Tudor is the founder of Tarheel Veterinary Surgical Specialists, a traveling surgical practice based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Dr. Tudor began her practice 15 years ago as a part-time career and it has grown into a two-surgeon practice serving over 85 small animal hospitals in Raleigh and the surrounding area. Dr. Tudor graduated from the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995.

She completed an internship at the University of Georgia prior to returning to NC State to complete her surgical residency. She became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2000 and is one of four veterinary surgeons in the world who is boarded in both small and large animal surgery.

Registration for this year’s conference is now closed.

The registration fee for the conference is $120 for Veterinarians, Veterinary Technicians, and Practice Managers. This fee includes lectures, dinner Friday night, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and 8 hours of NCVMB approved CVME credits. NC State Faculty, Staff, and Students can register at a discounted rate.