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 bonding with peers, colleagues, and other VHA practice owners.


The event is free to attend for the first 100 registered DVM VHA clinic owners and only $100 for the clinic owner's guest. If the clinic owners guest is also a registered DVM clinic owner, there is no fee. 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. If your guest is also a clinic owner, there will be no charge for their leisure activity. 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:

  • Pontoon rides on Gull Lake
    • 42 free spaces for clinic owners available for Sunday. There will be three boats holding 14 passangers each, with each ride lasting 1-2 hours. Launch times to be determined.
  • 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. Guests are welcome to participate for $65/guest.
      • All guided fishing reservations have been taken.

  • 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:

  • Pontoon rides available with launch times TBD.
  • 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
    • All guided fishing tours have been registered for.
  • Foot golf on Par 3 is open to everyone and available at your leisure

After leisure activities are concluded, Sunday evening includes:

  • 5:30-6:30pm: Social Hour
  • 6:30pm: Dinner
  • 7:00-8:00pm: State of the Industry Update with Dr. Michael Dicks, Ph.D.
  • 8:00-8:30pm: Forum: What Does This Mean for Your Practice
  • 8:30pm: Dessert Social


  • 7:00-8:00am: Breakfast
  • 8:00-9:00am: What is the Market Potential for My Practice with Dr. Michael Dicks, Ph.D.
  • 9:00-10:00am: Strategies to Capture Market Potential with Dr. Michael Dicks, Ph.D.
  • 10:00-10:30am: Break
  • 10:30-12:00pm: Shark Tank with Dr. Michael Dicks , Ph.D, Stith Keiser, and Melissa Maddux, AVMA
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch and Final Comments

CE Credits

This event has been approved for 5 CE credits.


Registration closed on August 11, 2017. No registrations or requests for refunds will be accepted after this date.


Clinics will be invoiced for any additional guests, rooms, and leisure activities once registration is complete. Due to the nature of this event, refunds will not be issued.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

economic 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 59
Available place 23
Cut off date 08-11-2017
Cragun's Resort
11000 Craguns Dr, Brainerd, MN 56401, USA
Cragun's Resort
We are no longer accepting registration for this event

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