Mastermind Groups

Human Resource Mastermind Group

Get intermediate to advanced level HR continuing education without the expense of travel!

A mastermind group is a dedicated group of professionals that meet on a regular basis to discuss issues important to them. VHMA peer-to-peer Mastermind Groups are typically led by a thought leader who moderates discussions and facilities organization of the group.

VHMA is pleased to announce the launch of our fourth Human Resources (HR) Mastermind Group facilitated by Andrea Crabtree, BS, CVPM, SPHR, PHRca, a Veterinary Practice Management Consultant, author, public speaker, and certified HR specialist.

The VHMA HR Mastermind Group will run for a six-month term and will meet live online once a month for 90 minutes. Meeting dates and times are listed below.

Each meeting will include: a presentation on a special topic of interest to the group; discussion on HR issues that participants are currently facing; as well as other relevant HR policies, tools or issues specific to the monthly topic. Each meeting will also have one or two five-minute “hot seat” mini presentations from one of the participants. Meetings will have time allotted for providing feedback, discussion, accountability, implementation, failures and successes from peers. The program is focused on problem-based learning, participants will learn how to solve problems that are important to them. Participants will share real life experiences in a supportive community of like-minded individuals. Active participation is required.

VHMA's HR Mastermind group members will also belong to a private community within VHMA's MemberConnect to communicate and share resources throughout the program term.

Participation in the group will allow members to:

  • Learn what to do – and what not to do – from other VHMA professionals who have experienced the same issues
  • Learn new systems that elevate HR knowledge and skills
  • Get the perspective of an HR expert
  • Receive advice on how to run operations more efficiently
  • Deepen conflict resolution skills
  • Build confidence in Leadership Development

Meeting Dates

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 1:00 to 2:30 pm EST
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 1:00 to 2:30 pm EST
Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 1:00 to 2:30 pm EST
Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 1:00 to 2:30 pm EST
Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 1:00 to 2:30 pm EST
Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 1:00 to 2:30 pm EST

Future program dates TBA

CE Credits

1.5 continuing education credits will be available for each session (9 continuing education hours for the full program). In addition, anyone certified through SHRM or HRCI would receive credit through those organizations as well. Attendance will be taken at each meeting. You must attend each session completely to get the full credit for that session.


The agenda of topics will be determined by the group's participants but anticipated topics would be:

  • Skill Level and Compensation Structures
  • Leadership Strategy
  • Phase Training and Skill Assessment
  • Employee Performance Management and Separation
  • Conflict Management
  • Employee Burnout – Recognizing and Preventing

Please note that group discussion relating to laws and regulations is focused on U.S. law only.


VHMA's HR Mastermind Group is only available to VHMA Members. Registration is $695. Seating is limited to 20 participants - don't miss this opportunity, register now.

This is a great opportunity to get intermediate to advanced level HR continuing education without the expense of travel!

Mastermind Groups

Mastermind Groups: Human Resources

About the Facilitator

Andrea Crabtree

Andrea Crabtree, BS, CVPM, SPHR, PHRca, CCFP

Andrea is a Southern California native and was raised in San Dimas. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a BS in Animal Health Science in 2004. She became a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager in 2011, received her Professional in Human Resources in 2016, California Professional in Human Resources in 2017, accomplished both her Certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional in 2019. In January of 2016 Andrea received the Southern California VMA Paraprofessional of the Year Award. She is currently the owner of FurPaws Consulting in Orange, CA where she works with practice owners and hospital managers to develop their team as well as to expand and develop their business.

When Andrea is not busy in a veterinary practice, she can be found speaking at local SoCal veterinary events, doing what she loves - teaching, coaching and training. She has presented at The North Orange County, South Orange County, Los Angeles – South Bay, and San Diego Manager’s Group Meetings, as well as California Veterinary Specialist Veterinary Spring Forum. She has lectured at the VCA AVCC Annual Wet Lab, ASEC’s Annual Symposium and the FurPaws Training Symposiums. She has also published in Veterinary Team Brief. Her passion for veterinary medicine also keeps her busy with Southern California VMA events and the Manager’s Group in Orange County she co-founded. She is a member of Southern California VMA, VHMA, and VetPartners.

Andrea lives in Orange County with her newlywed husband, Andrew, son John, two cats and two dogs. She loves professional football and the Green Bay Packers have been her favorite team since she was four years old. She is active and loves to hike, bike, run, and swim and go to Disneyland. Her other favorite past times include attending St. John Lutheran Church and reading novels.