2017 VHA Fall Owner's Economic Summit

craguns resort brainerd mnThe veterinary industry is experiencing changes at a rapid pace; how will your clinic continue to compete with multi-million dollar mergers on the rise, the cost of doing business increasing, or the shortage of qualified employees? Register to attend the 2017 VHA Fall Owner's Economic Summit September 17-18 at Cragun's Resort in Brainerd, MN. Discover ways to improve the financial health of your practice while relaxing and boding with peers, colleagues, and other VHA practice owners.


The event is free to attend for the first 100 registered VHA clinic owners and only $100 for the clinic owner's guest. Each registered clinic owner is invited to bring one guest. The guest fee does not include any additional rooms or leisure activities. After the initial 100 spots are filled, registration will increase to $200 for the clinic owner and $100 for the clinic owner's guest.

18 clinic owners pre-registered at the VHA Annual Meeting, so only 82 free spaces remain.

Room Rates

Lodging is included for the first 100 registered clinic owners. If an additional room is needed for your guest, the guest fee is $185.00 instead of $100.00.

If you are interested in staying at Cragun's Saturday, you will need to contact Cragun's directly to make your reservation.

Leisure Activities

One complimentary leisure activity per clinic owner is included. Additional leisure activities or guest's leisure activities can be scheduled for an extra fee. Any additional fees will be included on final invoice prior to the event. Registration is on a first come, first served basis with priority given to clinic owners. Once the free spaces for a leisure activity are filled, additional doctors and guests may register for an additional fee.

Leisure activities include:

  • Golf tournament on Cragun's Legacy Golf Course
    • 30 free spaces for clinic owners available. $79/clinic owner and/or guest after free spaces are filled.

  • Massage, facial, or mani/pedi spa treatments
    • Due to appointment scheduling, there are 15 appointment times available on Sunday.
      • All Sunday appointments for Doctor Owners are full and no longer available. Monday appointments for guest attendees (not Doctor Owner) are still available.
    • Clinic owner guests may be registered for appointments on Monday during session at $100/guest.
    • If the requested service or appointment time is unavailable, we will contact you to select a service or different time.

  • Guided fishing on Gull Lake
    • 30 free spaces for clinic owners available. $65/clinic owner and/or guest after free spaces are filled.

  • Foot golf on Par 3 (unlimited free availability)

For a full list of additional leisure activities not included in our list, please visit Cragun's website.

Tentative Itinerary

Hotel check-in is at 5:00pm, but attendees can begin to arrive as early as 12:00pm to begin enjoying the wonderful amenities provided by Cragun's. The resort recommends leaving luggage in your vehicles so that transporting it to your room is easier. Leisure activities are tentatively scheduled to begin at:

  • Golf tournament beings at 12:00pm with a shotgun start
  • Appointments for Spa Services begin at 11:30am
    • All Sunday appointment slots for Doctor Owners are filled and no longer available. Monday appointments for guest attendees (not Doctor Owners) are still available.
  • Guided fishing tours run at 12:00pm and 2:30pm
  • Foot golf on Par 3 is open to everyone and available at your leisure

At 6:00pm we will start our social hour, followed by a dinner with keynote on the State of the Industry, led by Dr. Michael Dicks.

We will begin the day at 7:00am with breakfast. Throughout the day, we will be discussing "Corporitization and What it Means for You". Dr. Michael Dicks will lead a keynote in the morning, followed by a group brainstorming session. After a brief break, we will meet again for a second keynote lead by Jim Poissant, VHA Director of Business Services, and a second group brainstorming session. Afterwards, we will enjoy lunch with a wrap-up session before parting around 1:00pm.

CE Credits

We are working to have sessions approved for CE credit and will share more information once it becomes available.


Registration closes on August 1, 2017. No registrations or requests for refunds will be accepted after this date.


Clinics will be invoiced for any additional guests, rooms, or leisure activities once registration is complete.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

summit sponsors


Event Properties

Event Date 09-17-2017 12:00 pm
Event End Date 09-18-2017 2:00 pm
Registration Start Date 04-24-2017
Registered 30
Available place 52
Cut off date 06-01-2017
Location Cragun's Resort

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