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Recipients of the VMG/CVPM Scholarship Announced

Wednesday, September 20, 2017   (1 Comments)
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Recipients of the VMG/CVPM Scholarship Announced
Five Veterinary Managers Selected


Veterinary Study Groups, Inc., Zoetis and the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) have collaborated to create the VMG/CVPM scholarship program that provides veterinary professionals with an opportunity to attain the highest level of certification a veterinary manager can achieve, the Certified Veterinary Practice Management (CVPM) credential. The CVPM, which requires applicants to pass a written exam that assesses both experience and knowledge, is offered through VHMA.


The 2017 VMG-CVPM Scholarship recipients are: Dena Chiddister, Dawn Ellis, Melissa Gibson, Rachel Ray and Michelle Wilcox.


The VMG-CVPM Scholarship is awarded to managers employed by veterinary hospitals belonging to Veterinary Management Groups (VMG’s) whose professionalism, expertise and commitment will be enhanced with CVPM certification. The scholarship award includes the CVPM exam fee, a complimentary copy of the CVPM Preparation Workbook, $1,000 cash toward the purchase of publications on the CVPM recommended reading list and complimentary membership in the VHMA for 2017.


Meet the scholarship recipients


Dena Chiddister is a practice manager who has been with Dundee Animal Hospital in Dundee, Illinois since 2001.She is responsible for a staff of 75 team members across three AAHA accredited locations, including 24-hour emergency at the Dundee hospital. “I am thrilled and honored to receive the scholarship. I know it will help enhance my skills as a manager and help me grow as a professional,” she said.


Dawn Ellis, LVT arrived in Florida in 2011 and began working with the Tampa Veterinary Hospital where she is employed as a hospital manager. A long time goal of hers has been to sit for the CVPM exam. “I want to thank Zoetis for funding this scholarship. Their support acknowledges the important function the practice manager plays in the veterinary industry,” Ellis said.


Melissa Gibson is a hospital administrator with Orchid Springs Animal Hospital in Winter Haven, Florida. Gibson applied for the scholarship at the urging of her supervisor. She believes that becoming a CVPM will solidify her 19 years of experience in the field. “I know that the CVPM speaks volumes about the certificant’s ability to manage effectively and professionally,” she said.


Rachel Ray represents Caring Hands Animal Hospital in Centreville, Virginia and is Director of Marketing for eight hospital locations in Northern Virginia and Maryland. In addition to marketing, she has a wide array of responsibilities that require diverse skills. She believes that earning a CVPM will allow her to better serve the hospital owners, staff, and managers. “This certification will widen my knowledge of practice management, which will allow me to share that information with my colleagues and elevate us all to grow,” Ray said.


Michelle Wilcox, RVT, is employed as Chief Personnel Officer at University Veterinary Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is excited to enhance her skills and supplement her knowledge as she goes through the process of becoming a CVPM. She is thankful that the practice owners encouraged her to apply for the scholarship. “I am excited to be a member of the CVPM community, which represents, excellence, commitment and knowledge of practice management,” she said.


All scholarship recipients are active in VMG study groups.


“We look forward to working with our scholarship recipients as they embark on the certification process. We are pleased with the high level of performance and commitment demonstrated by these five candidates,” said Christine Shupe, CAE, Executive Director, VHMA.


About The VHMA

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association Inc. (VHMA) was formed in 1981 to provide effective communication and interaction for individuals actively involved in Veterinary Practice Management. Membership is composed of hospital administrators, practice managers, office managers, veterinarians, consultants, and others interested in veterinary management. The mission of VHMA is to enhance and serve professionals in veterinary management through superior education, certification, and networking. For more information, visit

About VMG

Veterinary Study Groups (VSG), the parent company for 41 Veterinary Management Groups (VMG) operating throughout the United States and Canada, is comprised of more than 740 members. These members own and operate close to 1,000 small animal and equine veterinary practices, with 4,100 full‐time equivalent veterinarians on staff and $2.3 billion in aggregate revenue. Each VMG is made up of 16-22 individuals and meets bi‐annually to share information, data, management experiences, ideas, resources, problems, solutions, and successes. Mutual support and motivation help each member to attain higher levels of success as practice administrators and leaders. These independent practice owners gain access to intellectual capital, purchasing programs and professional development resources typically available only to the largest corporate practice groups. For more information on Veterinary Study Groups, please visit


About Zoetis
Zoetis is a global animal health company. Building on 60 years of experience, Zoetis delivers quality medicines and vaccines, complemented by diagnostic products, genetic tests, bio devices and a range of services. The company is working every day to better understand and address the real-world challenges faced by those who raise and care for animals in ways they find truly relevant. For more information go to

The VMG/CVPM scholarship program is sponsored in-part through an educational grant by Zoetis.













Joanne Graham says...
Posted Thursday, September 21, 2017
Congratulations scholarship winners!

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