Lectures

upcoming lectures

 

  • September 14, 2022: There’s More than One Way to Treat a Cat: A Practical Approach to the Spectrum of Care, dvm360 webinar
  • October 10-12, 2022: Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference (ACVC)
  • Emergency Stabilization for the General Practitioner (Tue 10/11, 4:30 pm)
  • There’s More Than One Way to Treat a Cat: A Practical Approach to the Spectrum of Care”
  • How to Provide Mentorship for Early Career Veterinarians Using the Whole Clinical Team (Wed 10/12, 2:45 pm)
  • October 26, 2022: “Can I Have It All? Parenting in Vet Med” – The Ohio State University VBMA
  • November 17, 2022: “There’s More Than One Way to Treat a Cat: A Practical Approach to the Spectrum of Care” – Iowa State University SAVMA

veterinary professionals

Practice Pearls: Emergency Stabilization for the Emergency Practitioner

Do emergency cases cause you anxiety? This presentation will review common emergency presentations to the veterinary hospital including blocked cats, trauma cases and foreign bodies. Initial evaluation and stabilization that should be performed by the general practitioner prior to transfer to an emergency clinic will be the focus of this lecture as well as client communication tips.

Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: Building Your Wellness Toolbox

How do you thrive in your veterinary career for 5, 10, 50 years? You learn to make self-care a priority. This lecture will begin with a review the state of mental health in the veterinary profession. A discussion of recognizing burnout and tools for recovery will follow using Dr. Boatright’s personal walk through professional burnout. Skills that you can cultivate to keep yourself at the top of your game: boundaries, resiliency, and networking will be discussed as well! [Note: This lecture can be presented as a 1 or 2 hour session].

 

There’s More Than One Way to Treat a Cat: A Practical Approach to the Spectrum of Care

Do you find talking about money stressful? Working within client financial limits is one of the biggest stressors veterinarians face in practice, often on a daily basis. In school, students are taught the gold standard of diagnosis and treatment. The clients and patients we see on clinical rotations at our teaching hospitals tend to be those who have the means to pursue advanced diagnostics and treatments. After graduation, away from the ivory tower, veterinarians are often faced with balancing tighter financial limitations of clients with the best interest of the pet. There are often flexible ways to get the information we want and need for a patient while still working within a client’s means by embracing the concepts of spectrum of care and incremental care. (Previously titled “Tales from the Trenches: Working Within Client Financial Limits”)

How to Provide Mentorship to Early Career Veterinarians Using the Whole Clinical Team

New and recent graduate veterinarians have unique needs for mentorship in order to thrive in practice. Join Dr. Boatright for a discussion of how to set up a mentorship program in your practice and the role that every team member can play in helping these young veterinarians gain confidence and become superstar clinicians.

Consistent Team Communication to Improve the Client Experience

Is your team communicating efficiently between the front desk, the technicians and veterinarians? No matter how good your medicine is, client perceptions of your practice will often come down to communication. By ensuring that all team members are providing a consistent message, your practice can improve the client experience and patient care.

Communication Skills to Make Clients Love You

Excellent communication skills are crucial to develop client bonds and improve client compliance. This lecture will review basic communication tools and then discuss their application in various situations in the clinic, including talking to upset clients, managing critical emergencies, discussing complications, and more.

Vet Med Students

 

There’s More Than One Way to Treat a Cat: A Practical Approach to the Spectrum of Care (VBMA BCP Category 3)

Join me in my most popular student lecture, as I guide participants through an interactive, case-based presentation on one of the biggest challenges veterinarians face in practice. In school, vet students learn the gold standard of diagnosis and treatment. The clients and patients we see on clinical rotations at our teaching hospitals tend to be those who have the means to pursue advanced diagnostics and treatments. After graduation, away from the ivory tower, veterinarians are often faced with balancing tighter financial limitations of clients with the best interest of the pet. There are often flexible ways to get the information we want and need for a patient while still working within a client’s means. (Previously titled “Tales from the Trenches: Working Within Client Financial Limits”

 

Wellness Toolbox: Essential Skills for Success (VBMA BCP Category 4)

How do you thrive in your veterinary career for 5, 10, 50 years? You learn to make self-care a priority. In this lecture, we will review the state of mental health in the veterinary profession and discuss my own journey through burnout. Then we will discuss skills that you can cultivate to keep yourself at the top of your game: boundaries and resiliency! [Note: This lecture can be extended to 1.5 hours and include a discussion on networking.]

 

How to Create a Career You’ll Love (VBMA BCP Category 4)

One of the best things about a career in veterinary medicine is the huge variety of career paths that you can pursue. During this lecture, I will trace my own career path and discuss tips for launching a successful career. Participants will learn networking tips, discuss the age-old question of whether an internship or mentorship is best for them, and review tips for choosing a first job following graduation.

 

The Valuable Associate: Understanding Production Numbers (VBMA BCP Category 2)

This lecture will help students to understand the common pay structures offered to associates (salary, production, hybrid models). We will discuss important key performance indicators (KPIs) for associates and how they impact your production and compensation packages and evaluate a detailed breakdown of production numbers to evaluate your medical practices as an associate.

 

Communication Skills to Make Clients Love You (VBMA BCP Category 3)

Excellent communication skills are crucial to develop client bonds and improve client compliance. During this lecture, we will review basic communication tools and then discuss their application in various situations in the clinic, including talking to upset clients, managing critical emergencies, discussing complications, and more.

 

Difficult Conversations: End of Life Decisions (VBMA BCP Category 3)

One of the most difficult conversations to have with clients involves end of life decision making. These conversations must balance the patient’s needs with the emotional and financial needs of the client and can take a large emotional toll on the veterinary team. We will discuss management of cases where clients refuse euthanasia in a critically ill patient and others where clients request euthanasia for a patient that could be treated. How do we, as veterinarians, handle these conversations, advocate for our patients, serve the human-animal bond, and preserve our own wellbeing?

Roadmap to Mentorship

More information coming soon, debuting Fall 2022

Can I Have It All? Parenting in Vet Med

More information coming soon, debuting Fall 2022

 

Previous Events

 

 National Conferences/Webinars

  • August 2022, AVMA Convention (Philadelphia, PA)
    • Emergency Stabilization for the General Practitioner
    • How to Provide Mentorship for Early Career Veterinarians Using the Whole Clinical Team
  • June 2022, United Veterinary Care webinar, “Self-care Isn’t Selfish: Building Your Wellness Toolbox”
  • January 2022, Pets App Webinar has a replay link: https://petsapp.com/blog/self-care-isnt-selfish-building-your-wellness-toolbox
  • January 2022, Pets App Webinar: “Self-Care Isn’t Selfish: Building Your Wellness Toolbox” (1 hour)
  • January 2022, AVMA VLC: “ReVETilization: How to Be a Leader to Enact Positive Change” with Alyssa Mages, CVT of Empowering Veterinary Teams
  • November 2021: Hill’s @ Home Webinar: Optimizing Customer Service to Build a Stronger and More Loyal Client Base [multi-speaker virtual series, live Q&A]
  • November 2021, Pet Boarding and Daycare Expo: “How to Create a Career You’ll Love Caring for Pets and People” (Keynote Address) and “Medical Must-Knows for Boarding Staff” (Hershey, PA)
  • November 2021, Eudaimonia Conference (virtual): “It Takes a Village: A Team Approach to Supporting Early Career Veterinarians
  • September 2021, dvm360 webinar sponsored by Vetoquinol: “Substitution Permissible? A Discussion About Generics” with Lauren Forsythe PharmD, DICVP
  • August 2021, Vet on It, LLC virtual series: “Secrets of Success” (3 hours of content including Wellness Toolbox, Tales from the Trenches and Practice Pearls: ER Stabilization)
  • May 2021, dvm360 webinar sponsored by Nationwide: “Navigating the Muddy Waters of Pharmacy: Improving Communication and Reducing Errors” with Lauren Forsythe, PharmD, DICVP
  • February 2021, Fetch Virtual (pre-recorded session): “Mentorship Matters: Be a Superstar Mentor” and “Mentorship Matters: Find a Superstar Mentor” with Tannetje Crocker, DVM
  • August 2020, AVMA Virtual Convention (pre-recorded session): “Tales From the Trenches: Working Within Client Financial Limits”
  • January 2020, AVMA VLC: “Building Your Leadership Toolbox: Essential Skills for Success”
  • October 2019, Wild West Veterinary Conference: “Navigating the Muddy Waters of Pharmacy: Improving Communication and Reducing Errors” with Lauren Forsythe, PharmD, DICVP
  • January 2019, AVMA VLD: “What’s Stopping Your Ideas?” with Kristen Britton, DVM

State/Regional Conference/Webinar

  • May 2022, Hill’s Regional Webinar, “Self-care Isn’t Selfish: Building Your Wellness Toolbox”
  • February 2022, Music City Veterinary Conference:
    • “It Takes a Village: A Team Approach to Supporting Early Career Veterinarians”
    • “There’s More Than One Way to Treat a Cat: A Practical Approach to the Spectrum of Care”
    • “Building Your Wellness Toolbox” – 2 hour session
  • November 2021, Keystone Veterinary Conference:
    • “Navigating the Muddy Waters of Pharmacy: Improving Communication and Reducing Error”
    • “Substitution Permissible: A Discussion About Generics”
    • “There’s More Than One Way to Treat a Cat: A Practical Approach to the Spectrum of Care”
  • April 2021, Maryland VMA Spring Webinar Series: “Building Your Wellness Toolbox: Essential Skills for Success”
  • October 2020, Massachusetts VMA Fall Webinar Series: “Building Your Wellness Toolbox: Essential Skills for Success” (3-hour virtual workshop)
  • March 2020, Pennsylvania VMA THRIVE Conference: “Essential Skills for the Successful Veterinary Team” (3-hour live workshop, presented twice)
    • Part 1: Boundaries and Resiliency
    • Part 2: Communication Skills to Improve the Client Experience
  • November 2019, PVMA Three Rivers Symposium: “Navigating the Muddy Waters of Pharmacy: Improving Communication and Reducing Errors” with Lauren Forsythe, PharmD, DICVP

Veterinary Students

One of my professional goals is to speak at every U.S. veterinary school. As of the end of Fall 2021 semester, I’ve spoken to 4 U.S. schools in-person and 9 virtually, plus 1 Caribbean and 3 international schools.

  • March 23, 2022, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine VBMA: “Difficult Conversations: End of Life Discussions”
  • April 1, 2022, St. George’s University VBMA: “There’s More Than One Way to Treat a Cat: A Practical Approach to the Spectrum of Care” (virtual)
  • January 2022, VBMA National Meeting, Virtual Round Tables: “Can I Have it All? Parenting in Veterinary Medicine”
  • November 2021, University of Glasgow SAVMA: “How to Create a Career You’ll Love” [virtual]
  • October 2021, St. George’s University VBMA: “How to Create a Career You’ll Love” [virtual]
  • October 2021, Western Region VBMA Fall Summit, “Money Talks, But It Isn’t Easy to Talk About” [virtual]
  • October 2021, Royal Veterinary College SAVMA Business Series: “Tales from the Trenches: Working Within Client Financial Limitations” [virtual]
  • September 2021, National VBMA Webinar: “Introduction to the VBMA” with Dr. Emily Tincher [virtual]
  • September 2021, Western University VBMA: “Tales from the Trenches: Working Within Client Financial Limits” for Western University VBMA Chapter [virtual]
  • April 2021, Midwestern University VBMA: “Practice Pearls: Working With Community Pharmacists” with Lauren Forsythe, Pharm D, DICVP [virtual]
  • April 2021, Texas A&M VBMA and WVLDI: “Practice Pearls: Working With Community Pharmacists” with Lauren Forsythe, PharmD, DICVP [virtual]
  • April 2021, Tuskegee University SAVMA: “Building Your Wellness Toolbox” (Kick-off lecture for SAVMA’s Week of Wellness) [virtual]
  • March 2021, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, sponsored by NVA: “Tales From the Trenches: Working Within Client Financial Limits” [virtual]
  • February 2021, Oregon State University VBMA, sponsored by NVA: “Tales From the Trenches: Working Within Client Financial Limits” [virtual]
  • February 2021, Oklahoma State University VBMA, sponsored by NVA: “Practice Pearls: Working With Community Pharmacists” (solo presentation) [virtual]
  • January 2021, University of Minnesota VBMA, sponsored by NVA: “Practice Pearls: Working With Community Pharmacists” (solo presentation) [virtual]
  • January 2021, VBMA National Meeting, Virtual Round Tables: “Practice Pearls: Working With Community Pharmacists” (solo presentation) [virtual]
  • January 2021, Students of the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Symposium, sponsored by NVA: “Tales From the Trenches: Working Within Client Financial Limits” [virtual]
  • December 2020, NVA Winter Learning Series (national webinar): “Communication Skills to Make Clients Love You” [virtual]
  • December 2020, NVA Winter Learning Series (national webinar): “The Valuable Associate: Understanding Production Numbers” [virtual]
  • November 2020, University of Pennsylvania VBMA: “How to Build a Career You’ll Love” and “Building Your Wellness Toolbox” [virtual]
  • November 2020, NVA Winter Learning Series (national webinar): “How to Build a Career You’ll Love” [virtual]
  • October 2020, Mississippi State University VBMA and VOICE, sponsored by NVA: “Tales From the Trenches: Working Within Client Financial Limits” [virtual]
  • September 2020, Kansas State University VBMA, sponsored by NVA: “How to Build a Career You’ll Love” [virtual]
  • May 2020, VBMA National Webinar Series: “Building Your Wellness Toolbox” [virtual]
  • February 2020, Ohio State University VBMA, sponsored by NVA: “Tales From the Trenches: Working Within Client Financial Limits”
  • December 2019, University of Missouri VBMA, sponsored by NVA: “Tales From the Trenches: Working Within Client Financial Limits”
  • November 2019, Cornell University VBMA, sponsored by NVA: “The Valuable Associate: Understanding Production Numbers”
  • April 2019, Kansas State University VBMA: “Tales From the Trenches: Working Within Client Financial Limits”