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3 Steps For Resolving Conflicts About Animals

Debra uses a simple, 3 step life lesson from grammar school to explain how to resolve a conflict about an animal. The answers can be found in just three words – STOP, DROP, and ROLL.

Speaking Engagements

Fees vary depending on the type of speaking event. Here are some of the variables to consider when planning your meeting and creating a budget to include Debra in your event.

  • Type of presentation – keynote, general session, or breakout workshop
  • Multiple presentations – different or same presentation repeated 1 – 6 times
  • Length of presentation – full day (up to 6 hours), half day (3 hours)
  • Location or venue – where meeting is being held
  • Expenses – Actual out-of-pocket, or inclusive with fee
  • Licensing fee – for permission to audio or video tape Debra’s presentation
  • Customization fee – for going above and beyond to personalize a program
  • Terms – your choice between paying in full upfront or a 50 /50 payment option

Please contact Debra directly to discuss how she can help you

meet the needs and wants of your event sponsors and attendees.

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MAAP Short and Long Term Pet Care Planning Community Call -- Jan 20| Hosting | 6:30 pm EDT

Are you doing everything you possibly can to make sure you and your loved ones stay healthy and safe during this pandemic?

Have you made your pet's MAAP pet care plan yet? There really is no time like the present to "Get'er done"

If you haven't yet, I want to encourage you to come to our weekly MAAP Pet Care Planning community call at 6:30 pm to get started.

There's still time for you to register for this week's webinar:

Co-Chair NYSBA Committee on Animals and the Law - Preparing for Emergencies - January 25, 2021 - 3:25 to 4:30 pm | Presenting

NYSBA (New York State Bar Association) Annual Meeting

I'm thrilled to be speaking from 3:25 to 4:15 pm on January 25, 2021 at the NYSBA Annual Meeting -Committee On Animals and the Law about "Preparing for Emergencies"

I'll be covering what happens if you are no longer able to care for your animal(s) and how to create a legally sound pet care plan!

We'll be having a Q & A after the presentation!

There will be 1.0 CE Credits available in the area of Professional Practice.

To learn more and register:


2021 Virtual Legal Symposium | February 16 and February 18, 2021 | 1:00pm – 4:15pm | Presenting

Federal and state legislation, pandemic concerns, reporting requirements, and stress in the workplace, are constantly testing practice managers. By understanding and becoming well-versed with legislative requirements, managers can help the practice avoid legal problems. There is a lot to know and it’s not always feasible to access the latest information. VHMA’s Virtual Legal Symposium was designed to connect managers with legal experts who provide information about the veterinary industry’s most compelling legal issues and offer suggestions for actions to ensure compliance.

Program Highlights:

  • HR Issues in the Time of COVID
  • Top 10 Tips to Improve Veterinary Medical Records
  • Nipping conflict in the bud-Skills that help de-escalate

Multiple members from the same hospital are encouraged to attend – take advantage of the $99 rate for additional attendees.


Tuesday, February 16, 2021
1:00 to 4:15 pm ET (presented in three 50-minute blocks)

HR Issues in the Time of COVID
Speaker: Jennifer S. Jackman, JD

Workers are returning to the workplace, even though COVID-19 has yet to be contained. Among employers and employees, safety remains a concern and a priority. Jennifer Jackman, an attorney with the firm Whiteford, Taylor and Preston, will discuss urgent human resource topics that managers are confronting due to COVID-19 and will lead participants through the maze of leave management issues and COVID-19 related precautions and accommodation that employers may be required to protect employees under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).
Among the pressing topics on the agenda are:

Handling an employee’s request for ADA accommodations.
The legality of mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for employees.
COVID fears and their impact on a worker’s decision to return to the office: rights of employees and responsibilities of employers
Federal laws governing protected leave and other state rights and protections afforded to employees.

Thursday, February 18, 2021
1:00 to 2:30 pm ET

Top 10 Tips to Improve Veterinary Medical Records
Speaker: Sarah Babcock, DVM, JD

The patient medical record is a communication tool used with the client, as well a the entire veterinary team. Therefore, the entire veterinary team should participate in drafting a legally defensible medical record. All team members must be aware of and compliant with ethical and legal requirements related to veterinary medical record-keeping. When the team works together, the effort can prevent the veterinary medical record from becoming the rate-limiting step in the practice.

The session will use real examples of state veterinary medical board disciplinary cases to highlight the impact of medical record deficiencies and illustrate how they can be prevented to improve patient care and client communications.

Participants will enhance their ability to describe the benefits of good medical record-keeping, define the components of a professional medical record entry, identify requirements to comply with record-keeping principles—including retention and records release— recognize practical tips for obtaining and documenting owner consent, and list strategies to improve the record-keeping practices of the clinic.

2:45 to 4:15 p.m. ET

Nipping conflict in the bud – Skills that help de-escalate
Speaker: Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton

Veterinary practice managers will find several strategies that can be applied to decrease/diffuse the emotional upheaval and distress that can occur among doctor, staff, and clients. The session incorporates listening, appreciating, and acknowledging perspectives and perceptions while building a bridge toward solutions that will work for all.

Topics include:

Maintaining boundaries by encouraging listening over speaking
The importance of getting it right over being right
Finding the balance between doing it yourself knowing when to hire a third party
Learning to de-escalate potential conflicts to improve the practice’s overall well-being.
Case examples will be used. Discussions will focus on how things could have been addressed earlier/differently by the practice team to diffuse the conflicts and resolve it without litigation and license complaints and participants will learn strategies that can be applied in the workplace. Language cues and ‘go to’ phrases will be shared to help you nip conflict in the bud.

Registration Fees
VHMA Members
$355 first per person, per event
$99 each additional person, per event

Non Members
$595 per person, per event (rate includes VHMA membership)
$99 each additional person, per event

Need help presenting the meeting expenses and value to your employer? Start with VHMA’s Employer Justification Letter.

Continuing Education
6 hours of continuing education are available

For cancellations received in writing two weeks prior to the event, all fees, other than a $25 processing fee, will be refunded. After the two week deadline, no refunds will be issued.


They Are Counting On You – Navigating The Journey Your Pet Takes When You Can’t Care For Them | Assisi Animal Health | Webinar Dec 1st 12:00 pm | Presenting


I'm honored to be presenting this webinar for Assisi Animal Health on December 1st. If you need to make or review your beloved companion's care plans, then I want to encourage you to attend.

  • Do you have a plan to care for your beloved companions if you are unable to care for them due to death or injury?
  • Do you want to know if the plans you have in place will keep your pet safe?
  • Do you know how to make a plan for your animal companion?
  • Are you tired of worrying about what will happen to your pet if something happens to you?
  • Are you looking for information that will help you make that plan, giving you peace of mind?

Register for this free webinar to get the information you need to create your pet's MAAP Pet Care Plan sooner rather than later.

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