What is a CVPM?  A Certified Veterinary Practice Manager is a professional certification that requires veterinary management experience, college coursework, veterinary management continuing education and you still have to pass a difficult exam! 

What is the purpose of becoming a CVPM? You will gain knowledge studying for the exam, and you just might be able to take your career to the next level! Becoming a CVPM proves that you have the knowledge and experience required to run a veterinary hospital. And you can join an elite (but inclusive) group of veterinary management professionals. 

As of 8/2023 there were only 932 active CVPM's in the US and Canada.  

Do you want to become one of us?

About the speaker, 

Melissa started working in the veterinary field in 2003 as a tech assistant  & receptionist.  She has worked in general practice (Feline only), specialty, & emergency. 

She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly Pomona, is a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager, a PHRca and a Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional. 

She owns her own management consulting business; South Coast Veterinary Management Solutions, so she can help multiple hospitals with training and other business needs.   

She is a published author of multiple articles in DVM360.com, Veterinary Practice News, Veterinary Team Brief, Firstline Magazine, Veterinary Economics, and VPN+. 

She has also been a speaker at several annual conferences and symposiums including WVC 2023, PacVet 2022, VHMA’S management exchange, CVS’s Veterinary Forum, Oklahoma’s Annual Conference, ASEC’s Conference, AAFP National Conference, The Vet Show, and more!  

Because she loves helping other veterinary professionals, Melissa is highly active within the local veterinary community.  She co-founded the North Orange County Veterinary Hospital Manager's group & the SoCal Veterinary Manager’s Network & is on the Board of Trustees for the SCVMA.

She spends her free time running or walking in 5k’s & half marathons.  She also spends time with her friends and family.  She shares her home with her husband, stepson, and their furry babies.