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VHA Leadership Summit

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Event Date Sep 12, 2021 3:30 pm
Event End Date Sep 13, 2021 3:50 pm
Registration Start Date Jun 30, 2021
Capacity 120
Registered 77
Available place 43
Cut off date Aug 12, 2021 12:00 pm
Individual Price Varies
Location Madden's Resort
VHA Leadership Summit

Current and future veterinary practice owners face a unique set of challenges that come with owning a business.

Veterinary practice owners, associate DVMs, and practice managers are invited to join us for the fourth annual VHA Owner's Leadership Summit, an unforgettable educational event September 12-13, 2021, at Madden's on Gull Lake in Brainerd, MN.

We will dive into business fundamentals for future practice owners and managers, uncover the business challenges practice owners face, and strategies to overcome them. Attendees can earn up to 6 CE credits.

Get Away at Madden's on Gull Lake

Get away from the hustle and bustle at Madden's on Gull Lake, a classic Minnesota luxury resort experience. Come early to enjoy the wonderful amenities the resort offers, including trapshooting, waterskiing, horseback riding, zip line tours, and more.

The event begins on Sunday, September 12, at 3:00 PM with an opening kick-off, followed by room check-in and activities between 3:30 - 5:30 PM. Everyone is invited to join VHA for lawn games and pontoon boat rides, and while additional leisure activities will not be offered, you are welcome to plan ahead and make reservations to enjoy spa appointments, golfing, and more.

Hotel check-in is at 4:30 PM. Check-out is at 11:00 AM.

Cost - Register Early and Save!

This year, we invite all veterinary practice owners, associate DVMs, and practice managers to this exclusive VHA member-only event. Registration fees are as follows:

  • Registrations 1-50 are $75- FILLED!
  • Registrations 51-100 are $100
  • Registrations 101+ are $135

All non-veterinary professional guests are $185.00. You may register associate DVMs, practice managers, and additional DVM owners in one registration and will only be invoiced for the appropriate amount (example: one DVM practice owner and their guest who is the practice manager would be charged $150.00 if sharing one room. If a second room is required, there would be an additional charge of $185.00).

Your Registration Fee Covers

A one-night hotel stay at a premier destination resort in northern Minnesota, all meals included (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), and up to 6 CE credits taught by experts in their respective fields. Plus an opportunity to network and connect with your peers!

Double the Speakers, Double the Tracks, Double the Learning

Ethan Dawe, the founder of Innovative Financial Solutions, LLC, and Dr. Michelle Harcha, DVM, MA, owner of LeadYourShip, will be leading two tracks this year, one focused on finance and the other on emotional intelligence.

  • 3:00 – 3:30 PM: Opening Kick-off
  • 3:30 – 5:30 PM: Room Check-in and Activities
  • 5:30 PM: Social Hour
  • 6:30 PM: Dinner
Track One - Finance with Ethan Dawe
Track Two – Emotional Intelligence with Dr. Michelle Harcha

About the Speakers

Ethan Dawe

Ethan Dawe was born and raised in Atmore, Alabama, and started his first business while a sophomore at the University of South Alabama. He received his BS in business management in 1994 and continued developing, owning, and operating wholesale, retail, and property investment companies.  
In 2005, Mr. Dawe founded Innovative Financial Solutions, LLC, in Auburn, Alabama, with the desire to provide financial services, estate planning, tax-advantaged strategies, and more.  He is currently a cooperating affiliate at Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, teaching Practice Management and Practice Financial Literacy.


Michelle Harcha, DVM, MA

Dr. Michelle Harcha received a BS in Agriculture (1981) and DVM (1985) from The Ohio State University. She completed a Master of Arts in Business Management from Antioch University McGregor in 2001. Dr. Harcha practiced for 10 years in Cincinnati, Ohio. Most of her practice career included being a staff veterinarian and hospital administrator in an emergency veterinary clinic. In addition to performing relief work, she also was employed as an associate veterinarian at two small animal practices in the Cincinnati area. She worked in the industry for Hill’s Pet Nutrition for 12 years, holding various positions, such as veterinary territory manager, consulting veterinarian, and veterinary affairs manager. 

In 2007, she became the Director of Alumni Services and Professional Development Education at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, leading the Professional Development curriculum for veterinary students.  She held this position until May 2017, when she formed LeadYourShip, LLC, a veterinary consulting company specializing in teaching leadership, communication, emotional intelligence, and The Work of Byron Katie. She resides in Grove City, Ohio, with her yellow lab, “Colby.”

CE Credits

Attendees can earn up to 6 CE credits.


Registration closes on August 12, 2021. Due to resort rules and restrictions, no registrations or requests for refunds will be accepted after this date.


Clinics will be invoiced for any additional guests and rooms once registration is complete.

In the event of cancellations, attendees may receive a 100% through August 12. After August 12, no refund will be given. Attendees who do not show on the day of the event will incur the cost of the room and guest fee (if applicable), which will be reflected on your October billing statement from VHA.

If you feel ill leading up to the event, please contact Andrea Thorne at 651-287-3344 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Duty of Care

assertion ATG2s392SXiz8KpNY foTQIn response to COVID-19, we are implementing additional precautions to ensure the safety of our attendees and staff. This includes nearly contactless check-in, extra hand sanitizer stations, and working closely with the resort to maximize current in-place safety procedures.


Please review our Safety Code of Conduct before registering.
Please review our Liability Waiver before registering.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Summit 2021 Sponsors

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