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Have You Lost Your Passion for the Profession?

Working to Find Your Unique Path to That Authentic, Sustainable Career in Veterinary Medicine

Join us in exploring the struggle within the veterinary industry to find career contentment and resiliency. Dr. Kimberly Pope, author of The Unspoken Life: Recognize Your Passion, Embrace Imperfection, and Stay Connected, will guide us as we probe the following questions:

  •      What is the framework to help us each develop our unique path to sustainability?
  •      Is the struggle within the profession all just compassion fatigue?
  •      How do we find resiliency in our daily lives?
  •      What drives our negative bias to a large portion of daily situations?
  •      What is the struggle that exists and how is it unique to each of us?
  •      How do perceived threats have a factor on our wellbeing?
  •      How do we give ourselves permission to find wellbeing in the profession?
  •      What does the study of psychology in the workforce tell us about our profession and the struggles at hand?

Our session will share Dr. Pope’s poignant story of her personal journey in veterinary medicine, coupled with interactive and reflective exercises to help participants discover a personalized pathway to wellbeing.

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Event Schedule

Friday, October 20

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Board of Directors Meeting

1:00 – 4:30 PM

Leadership Council “Strengths Finder” Professional Development Workshop
(open to members of the CVMA Leadership Council only)

2:00 – 4:00 PM

Power of Ten Meeting

5:30 – 6:30 PM

Welcome Reception

Sunday, October 21

7:00 – 8:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Issue Forum: Have You Lost Your Passion for the Profession?
Working to Find Your Unique Path to that Authentic, Sustainable Career in Veterinary Medicine

12:00 – 1:30 PM

Lunch and Leadership Council Updates

1:45 – 3:15 PM

Commission Meetings*
Commission on Advocacy and Outreach
Commission on Animal Issues
Commission on Education
Commission on Leadership

3:30 – 5:30 PM

Leadership Council Meeting

*All attendees are welcome and encouraged to attend any of the Commission meetings.

The Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine typically approves 4 hours of continuing education for CVMA BIG Ideas Forums. In order to earn the CE credits, attendees must attend the main Issue Forum presentation. A Record of Participation will be given at registration, which you will retain for your files.

Our Issue Illuminator

Kimberly Pope, DVM

Dr. Kimberly Pope has served in the veterinary field for over 20 years. After graduating from UC Davis, she practiced in both the large and small animal sectors. In 2007 she transitioned from running a single veterinary practice to managing multiple veterinary hospitals for a large corporate practice. She eventually shifted into the pharmaceutical sector as a Regional Strategic Veterinarian, where she primarily worked with specialists and their teams. These experiences throughout her career have provided Dr. Pope with a unique insight to understanding the stresses involved with maintaining a career in veterinary medicine. Finding that path to each individual’s authentic sustainable career has become her passion. She founded 1 Life Connected Consulting (1Lifecc) in 2015 and her vision in starting 1Lifecc was to help Connect Careers with Life’s Passion. She does this through one-on-one, customized team support, and as a dynamic speaker to both small and large audiences. She welcomes any inquires on how she can help us all connect our careers with our life’s passion. For in the end, Dr. Pope truly believes that we are all 1 Life Connected.


Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa
136 East Thomas Place
Beaver Creek, CO 81620-159
Phone: 970-949-1234
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CVMA group rates at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort start at $159 per night plus tax and a $10.00/night resort services fee. King-bedded rooms are available upon request and based on hotel availability. Resort services fee includes wireless in-room internet access, newspaper, in-room coffee and tea, fitness center access, two bottles of water per day, and S’mores Happy Hour. Valet parking is provided complimentary to all BIG Ideas Forum attendees upon identification of your attendance at the CVMA program.

Don’t forget your four-legged friend — Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is pet-friendly! Learn more…

Rates are available until September 28, 2017 or until sold out

Reserve your hotel room today while group rates are still available!

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Preferred pricing is based on membership level:

Premium, Core, Basic.

Premium members receive free registration to both BIG Ideas Forums (spring and fall); simply select the free Premium member registration option. No coupon or code is needed.

Core members receive free registration to one BIG Ideas Forum. If you are a Core member, please enter your promo code during the registration process. Your promo code can be found in the membership guide you receive with your 2017 membership renewal confirmation. You can also call our office and register over the phone to obtain your free registration.

Space is limited –
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Register by October 6 to receive preferred pricing. Rates go up after October 6.

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Questions? Contact Kristin Payne, Director of Learning at 303.539.7264 or email

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.

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