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CVMA Spring BIG Ideas Forum!

CVMA is busy planning the speakers for BIG Ideas Fall 2018. Please continue to check this website as content will be updated as soon as it becomes available.
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Save the Date for Fall 2018!

November 2-3, 2018
Colorado Springs, CO

Topic: Behavioral Finance

About BIG Ideas

CVMA holds BIG Ideas Forums twice a year—spring and fall. The conferences are vital to the health of CVMA because they bring the association’s members and leadership together to:

    • Explore issues relevant to veterinary medicine in Colorado
    • Identify desired outcomes
    • Develop recommendations for board consideration
    • Review progress on action plans, and build community

So you might be asking, “What’s it all about? Why should I attend?” Each conference has a dedicated focus where we tackle important subjects that span all practice types and look at emerging issues that affect the veterinary profession. We carefully select the discussion leaders, inviting the best and brightest to share their knowledge, insight, and expertise with our members.

Another reason to participate is that you have direct access to CVMA leadership and issues, and can help guide CVMA, generating ideas that direct our continuing education offerings, shape our position on legislative and regulatory issues, and lead to task forces or work groups for specific issues we decide to pursue.

BIG Ideas Forum takes place on a Saturday and consists of four hours of continuing education (The Issues Forum), Commission meetings, and a Leadership Council meeting (which all voting members are encouraged to attend), wrapping up around 6:00 PM to allow everyone the chance to head home rather than spend the night.

At Issue

Building a Healthy Practice Culture for Engagement, Growth, and Success

Studies show that workplaces with fully engaged employees are more productive, more profitable, can change and adapt more quickly, and have lower attrition rates. A healthy culture is good for business and enhances employee satisfaction and morale.

Veterinary professionals play essential leadership roles in the intentional development of a practice culture that determines the success of the venture.

  • How do you develop the best culture for your practice?
  • What are the consequences of just letting a culture evolve on its own?
  • What is the connection between personal wellbeing and practice culture?
  • What are the foundation-level principles and values, deep questions, and courageous conversations that underpin healthy workplace cultures?
  • How does the profession foster the growth of healthy practice cultures?

We will explore all these concepts and strategies at BIG Ideas | Spring 2018 on March 24 in Golden with our Issue Illuminators Laurie Fonken, PhD, and Rebecca Rose, CVT. Dr. Laurie Fonken is the Director of Counseling and Wellness Programs for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at CSU, where she provides support to students, interns, residents and faculty. Rebecca Rose, CVT, is the owner of Catalyst Veterinary Practice Consultants, and an expert in team development and practice cultures for prosperity.

Be sure to join us for this leading edge conversation about BIG Ideas related to Practice Culture!

*CVMA has four commissions, which are work groups dedicated to providing the organization with ideas and guidance in carrying out its mission. The four commissions are Advocacy and Outreach, Animal issues, Education, and Leadership. All are welcome!

Commissions meet twice a year at the spring and fall BIG Ideas Forums. Any CVMA member is welcome to attend a commission meeting. Getting involved with a commission is a great opportunity to help shape CVMA’s work on behalf of the veterinary profession in Colorado!

Click here to learn more about CVMA commissions and to read past commission minutes.


Denver Marriott West
1717 Denver West Boulevard
Golden, CO 80401
(303) 279-9100

Step into comfort and convenience at Denver Marriott West. Guests are near the concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the shops and restaurants of Colorado Mills Mall and tours at Coors Brewery. For more information on the Denver Marriott West, please visit their website here.

CVMA Group Rate: $99/night + tax
Rate available until March 9th or until the group block sells out, whichever comes first.

How to Make Your Reservation:

  • Phone: 800.228.9290; ask for CVMA BIG Ideas group rate.
  • Online: Click here.

Send A Student

Support the Next Generation of Veterinary Medicine with our Send-a-Student Program!

Contribute to the future of veterinary medicine by sponsoring a dedicated CSU veterinary student to attend CVMA’s BIG Ideas Forum. Sponsorship helps cover registration fees as well as meals, transportation and lodging that may have otherwise hampered a student from attending.


For more information, click here!


Are you a Core or Premium member?

Don’t forget to take advantage of your member benefit that allows you to attend one (Core) or both (Premium) CVMA BIG Ideas Forums for FREE!

Look to your 2018 CVMA Member welcome packet for more information.

Registration now open!