Stephanie Onken

Stephanie Onken

2019 Social Media Marketing Calendar for Veterinary Clinics Final

With the new year comes fresh opportunities to increase awareness of your veterinary clinic, gain new clients, and grow your business. However, amid a busy veterinary clinic atmosphere, it can be challenging to find the time to research opportunities, draft posts, and launch promotions based on timely opportunities.

Veterinary Hospitals Association has compiled its 2019 Social Media Marketing Calendar for Veterinary Clinics, an all-in-one calendar with special observances, holidays, and events for veterinary clinics.

SOUTH SAINT PAUL, MN – (September 27, 2018) – Veterinary Hospitals Association (VHA), the leading association for veterinary clinics in the Midwest, will be hosting their 13th Annual VHA Expo on Thursday, November 1, 2018 from 8:00-4:40pm at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, Minn. This one-day event is expecting to be visited by nearly 300 veterinarians, practice managers, veterinary technicians, and staff and will highlight the newest products, services, and programs in the industry.

This event will be led by top industry speakers, including 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist Jessie Diggins and Animal Planet’s Emergency Vets Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald. Diggins will open the event with her keynote, “Going for Gold: The Team Behind the Team”, explaining how to identify and focus on individual strengths for the greater good of the team. Dr. Fitzgerald will close the event with his keynote, “Practice Makes Perfect”, sharing tips and secrets from his over 32 years in the veterinary industry.

Additional speakers include:

  • Melissa Maddux, DVM, speaking on the practice ownership, student debt, and financial growth;
  • Amy Haarstad, DVM, DACVD, speaking on feline and canine dermatology topics;
  • Stephanie Goldschmidt, BVM&S, DAVDC, speaking on dental anesthesia and analgesia as well as instrumentation;
  • And Becca Osmolak, discussing pet care industry insights and ways to connect with today’s pet owners.

“We are very excited about the line-up of exceptional speakers for this event,” says VHA Executive Director Jeff Benson, “Attendees can earn up to 6 continuing education credits in incredibly important topics and learn about the latest new products and services from our industry partners at the trade show. It’s a one-day event unlike any other.”

This year’s Expo is sponsored by veterinary industry partners Patterson Veterinary, Boehringer Ingelheim, Hill’s, Royal Canin, and Antech Diagnostics.

To learn more about the 13th Annual VHA Expo and to register to attend, visit

About Veterinary Hospitals Association

Established in 1984, Veterinary Hospitals Association (VHA) is a not-for-profit, member-driven association organized to represent the interests of members and the veterinary community. VHA currently serves nearly 400 member veterinary practices. The goal of VHA is to enhance the profitability of each member practice by positively impacting its bottom line. With member involvement, VHA will continue to offer services that either save money or make money for all members. Follow VHA on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Media Contact

Stephanie Onken
Communications Coordinator
Veterinary Hospitals Association

With various Crazy Days or town and county fairs and celebrations, it’s important for your veterinary clinic to be prepared for your involvement with branded merchandise. Parades, open houses, booths, and Crazy Days are all just a few of the opportunities you have to meet face-to-face with current and potential clients, and you want to make your meeting memorable.

Innovative Office Solutions has a wide range of promotional materials available (over 33,000!) that are designed to meet any budget. VHA members receive end quantity pricing – an extreme discount from the listed prices!

Enjoy making each meeting with clients memorable with branded promotional materials from Innovative Office Solutions. Don’t miss the special extreme discount for VHA members! Get started today by visiting or by contacting Melissa via email at or by phone at 763.441.6800.

Looking for ideas? Check out the gallery of suggested products below!

June 28, 2018

About Bri Hatch

bri hatch vhaName: Bri Hatch

How long have you been with VHA? Since November 2017.

Tell us about yourself: I graduated from Argosy University with a degree in Veterinary Technology. I am a CVT and worked in emergency medicine as well as general practice for over six years before joining the VHA team. I live in Farmington with my husband, two daughters, and two high-strung English Cocker Spaniels so we are always on the go!

What's one interesting fact about you that very few know? I am a Detroit Lions fan… thanks to my husband!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? It would be to morph into anything I wanted because you can do anything if you can morph!

What's one thing you like about working at VHA? The staff is so dedicated to helping our members.


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May 25 will be here before we know it, and with it comes the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation. While VHA serves veterinary clinics in the United States, we believe in protecting our user's data and privacy by maintaining the same level of high security as what is being mandated by the GDPR. With that said, the following information from MarketingProfs shares why even businesses in the United States (like veterinary clinics) should be aware of the changes happening and how they will affect marketing moving forward. As they state in their blog post, even if your clientel is only located in the United States - if you've ever taken collected someone's information who may be located in Europe, the changes still apply to you. The best course of action is to be fully aware of the changes occuring and the requirements needed to stay compliant, then make changes to how you collect and store data if necessary.

Historically, the creation of new technologies ushers in the development of new products and services. From the first cell phone call made in 1973 to asking Alexa to play a song, technology changes the products and services used in everyday life.

SOUTH SAINT PAUL, MN – (April 4, 2018) – Veterinary Hospitals Association (VHA), the leading association for veterinary practices in the Midwest, has announced the election of three local veterinarians to join the VHA Board of Directors.

SOUTH SAINT PAUL, MN – (March 6, 2018) – Sai Xiong, Manager of Cremation and Delivery for Veterinary Hospitals Association (VHA), recently earned his Crematory Operator Certification through International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association (ICCFA).

A large part of any good marketing plan is content, whether it's the content that you fill your emails with, post on your website, or share on social media. Without quality content, effectively marketing your practice can become difficult.

However, in the midst of caring for patients, handling clients, and completing other important business management tasks, sometimes creating quality (and fun) content for visitors can get put on the backburner. This is especially true for when you sit down to write something and your mind goes blank.

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