March 31 - April 1 | Colorado Springs
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:
While a basic framework exists for the conferences, the structure is dynamic and open by design so that the Forum can chart a course it deems appropriate for current circumstances.
Complex problems with polarized opinions are an essential reason why CVMA created the BIG Ideas Forum — and this edition, focusing on cat health and welfare, is no exception. The landscape seems different today, reflecting changes in perceptions of cats and experience gained through new strategies and collaborative approaches to cat health and welfare. Thanks to the participation of a stellar set of issue illuminators, we will hear insights from experts and share perspectives amongst colleagues about cat health and welfare as we probe questions such as:
We will address these questions through presentations, panel discussion, and audience dialog, thanks to an all-star line-up of experts in cat health and welfare.
We are pleased to welcome these experts in cat health and welfare to lead our exploration and discussion:
Over the years, after each leadership conference, we’ve heard members say “Wow, I wish I’d been there! I didn’t know I could attend, I thought it was just for CVMA leaders and not for members.” Realizing that we needed to let members know they are welcome—and enthusiastically encouraged to participate—CVMA began brainstorming and strategizing how to better structure and present the leadership conferences. The result? The CVMA BIG Ideas Forum.
The biggest change—besides the new, more descriptive name—is the schedule. Rather than a two-day event that mandates an overnight stay, the Issues Forum, Commission meetings, and Board meeting (which all voting members are encouraged to attend) will all take place on Saturday, wrapping up around 6:00 PM to allow everyone to head home rather than spend the night. The Executive Committee meeting will still be held on Friday afternoon, and a reception that is open to all will follow. Anyone interested in attending is welcome to come and spend the night if they wish. CVMA secures a reduced rate at the hotel for attendees.
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.
Cheyenne Mountain Resort
3225 Broadmoor Valley Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
CVMA group rates start at $109 per night plus tax and an $8.00 nightly resort fee. King-bedded rooms available upon request and based on hotel availability. CVMA rate available until March 9, 2017 or until sold out.
Resort Fee waived for CVMA attendees on March 30, March 31, and April 1. Resort fee includes wireless in-room internet access, newspaper, in-room coffee and tea, fitness center access, and parking.
Rates are available until March 9, 2017 or until sold out.
Come early to BIG Ideas or stay late – bring your family and take time to restore, rejuvenate and have fun with any of the following activities at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort:
And be sure to save time to enjoy any of these local area activities, all within about a 20 minute drive of the resort:
The Colorado State Board of Veterinary Medicine typically approves three continuing education credits for each BIG Ideas Forum. In order to earn the CE credits, veterinarians must participate in each of the presentations and activities on Saturday. As a service to our members, CVMA updates and maintains the continuing education credits for all CVMA programs. CVMA will distribute a sign-in sheet at each meeting to help us maintain an attendees CE list for each Forum. This information can be accessed at any time. Please call CVMA at 303.318.0447 if you have any questions.
Cultivate the next generation of veterinarians!
As you register for BIG Ideas Forum, please consider sponsoring one or more Colorado State University veterinary students to participate. You can designate your donation to be used to send a specific student, such as the person you mentor or another promising veterinary student.
Students benefit through student-to-professional learning opportunities during Issues sessions, social event networking with colleagues and veteran professionals, and most importantly – developing leadership skills by observing their state and national role models in action!
Your gift doesn’t just send a student to a CVMA leadership program – it builds the future of veterinary medicine.