Join us at the VHA Expo!
Thursday, November 17, 2022
Minneapolis Marriott Northwest
All veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and practice managers are invited to attend the 2022 VHA Expo to learn about the latest industry trends, innovative products, services, and programs that will make them successful in the future. Receive CE, network with industry professionals, and improve future patient care, all in one day!
The VHA Expo is among the most highly anticipated events in our local veterinary community. We have a line-up of fantastic speakers, including Opening Keynote and Kansas City Chief's mascot Dan Meers, a humorous speaker who will be opening our event with a talk about "Courageous Leadership." Breakout sessions will be led by exceptional speakers covering topics on Fluid Therapy, Nutrition, Fear Free, and Insurance. Our event winds down with our widely anticipated Closing Keynote Speaker Wendy Myers.
Tracks and Sessions
Courageous Leadership, by Dan Meers
On November 23, 2013, Dan Meers came within inches of losing his life while practicing a bungee jump and zip line stunt at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs. What Dan anticipated being the thrill of a lifetime ended up being the spill of a lifetime. The stunt went terribly wrong, and Dan plummeted 75 feet before crashing into the stadium seats. Miraculously Dan survived. He spent 9 days in the hospital and got some really big scars. Dan smiles when he says, “Scars are just Tattoos that come with a Cool Story.” During this powerful presentation, Dan shares his incredible story and the important lessons that he learned during his long road to recovery about leadership and about life.
Meet Dan Meers
Dan Meers goes to work each day like many other men, dressed in a suit. The only difference is that instead of wearing a tie with his suit, Dan wears a tail. You see, Dan is a professional mascot. Dan began his career in 1986 at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Dressed as the school mascot, Truman Tiger, it didn’t take long for Dan to establish himself as one of the top college mascots in the nation. After finishing second in 1988, Dan was selected as the nation’s #1 college mascot at the 1989 National Collegiate Mascot Championships. As graduation approached, Dan began to receive offers to use his talents at the professional level. After graduating with honors, Dan decided to trade in his tiger stripes for bird feathers and began his professional career as Fredbird, the mascot for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. Although many thought Dan's “bird legs” were a perfect match for his costume in St. Louis, Dan stayed only a short time. He was offered a job in professional football and decided to exchange his bird suit to become a wolf. Today Dan is widely known as KC Wolf, the official mascot of the Kansas City Chiefs. He travels throughout the United States and the world, entertaining thousands of people both in and out of costume. Dan is in high demand not only as a mascot but also as a humorous and motivational speaker to audiences of all ages. His enthusiasm, optimism, and love for life are contagious and makes Dan an inspiration to all those he meets. After listening to Dan, you realize that what makes him so truly special is his genuine desire to motivate others to enjoy life as much as he does. The constant smile he wears comes from within. The humorous message he shares has encouraged thousands to strive for the best in life and enjoy it each and every step along the way. Whether you are a Kansas City Chiefs fan or not, you’ll enjoy Dan Meers as he shares his unique wit and wisdom about life. Author of the book, “Wolves Can’t Fly,” Dan lives in Kansas City with his wife, Cameron, and their three children.