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Seminar Descriptions

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Veterinarian to Leader: Leadership Skills for Medical Directors

This seminar is just for Medical Directors and zeroes in on the unique leadership challenges they face. This seminar will allow Medical Directors to put aside veterinary and technical issues for two days and focus in on what it takes to provide outstanding leadership to a team, including communication skills, self awareness, collaborative decision making, conflict negotiation, and the essential practices of servant leadership. This small group setting of Medical Directors and veterinarians on a management career track provides a fun and safe environment for participants to improve their skills and connect with like-minded colleagues. The seminar is RACE Approved for 15.5 CE credits is and taught by Emancipet Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Laura Helmueller, and Emancipet New School VP, Myles Chadwick.

Upcoming Dates:

  • October 27-28 (Gainesville, FL) 
  • March 23-24 (Ithaca, NY)

Cost per person: $500 (includes all materials, breakfast and lunch on both days)

Who Should Attend: Medical Directors of Spay/Neuter clinics or shelters, or veterinarians on a management career track

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Beyond Spay/Neuter: Why You Need a Low-Cost Healthy Pet Clinic & How to Build It

In many communities the model of providing spay/neuter, possibly with an optional vaccine or two and a microchip included at the time of surgery, is no longer enough. In this seminar, Emancipet will provide participants with lessons learned, best practices and budgeting tools for adding and managing low-cost vet care to your organizations services. The inclusion of an affordable public “Healthy Pet” clinic component at many shelters and spay/neuter organizations would begin to close the gap in services to lower income and underserved families. The benefits of offering these services are myriad, and their inclusion into communities in need will increase the basic level of pet health literacy, in many cases effectively keeping healthier animals in happier homes. The seminar is taught by Emancipet Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Laura Helmueller, and Emancipet New School VP, Myles Chadwick. Beyond Spay/Neuter is limited to 15 attendees per session.

Upcoming Dates: January 18-19 (Austin, TX)

Cost per person: $500 (includes all materials, breakfast and lunch on both days)

Who Should Attend: Medical Directors, Executive Directors, CEOs, COOs, and senior managers of Spay/Neuter clinics or shelters.

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Turn Up the Volume: Safely Increasing Clinic Efficiency & Capacity

This two-day seminar will teach veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and clinic operations managers how to increase their spay/neuter efficiency and volume without sacrificing quality and safety. The seminar will include time in the clinic and in a classroom setting, and will provide step-by-step, actionable plans for increasing efficiency and volume. Participants will walk away with a complete toolkit for implementing changes back at their clinics. The seminar is taught by Emancipet Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Laura Helmueller, and Emancipet New School VP, Myles Chadwick. Turn Up the Volume is limited to 15 attendees per session.

Upcoming Dates: January 25-26 (Austin, TX)

Cost per person: $500 (includes all materials, breakfast and lunch on both days)

Who Should Attend: Spay/Neuter Clinic management, senior vet techs, and veterinarians

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More Money, More Mission: Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

Are you ready to kickstart your organization’s fundraising?In this workshop, we will explore the importance of creating an organization-wide culture of philanthropy that extends beyond the development team. We’ll review fundraising strategies that engage staff at all levels and help overcome anxiety about asking for donations. Further, we’ll talk about the importance of creating optimistic, donor-centered fundraising programs which move away from all-too-common gloomy tales of suffering and give donors a sense of purpose, agency and hope when engaging with your organization. This seminar is taught by Emancipet Chief Philanthropy Officer, Jill Beckwith.

Upcoming Dates: February 26-27 (Austin, TX)

Cost per person: $500 (includes all materials, breakfast and lunch on both days)

 Who Should Attend: Fundraisers, Executive Directors, Board Members, anyone with fundraising program oversight

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Big Impact: Designing Programs, Services, and Messages for Social Change

Sheltering, rescue, and low-cost veterinary organizations make a difference in the lives of animals every day. In the last few years, our focus has begun to expand from homeless or at-risk companion animals to be more inclusive of all the pets in our communities. We are pioneering programs, services, and messages for new populations, especially lower-income and underserved pet owners. We have the opportunity to create real and lasting social change — to completely transform our communities’ attitudes and behavior patterns when it comes to pet care and critical issues like spay/neuter. In order to be effective in this work, we need to deepen our understanding of the art and science of social change by learning from other successful social change movements and social innovation strategies. This seminar is for senior level executives and leaders who want a creative space to design new programs, services, or messages to help drive social change in their own community. The seminar is taught by Emancipet New School VP, Myles Chadwick.

Upcoming Dates: TBD

Cost per person: $500 (includes all materials, breakfast and lunch on both days)

Who Should Attend: Executive Directors, CEOs, COOs, and senior managers

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Next Generation Leadership: Skills for Emerging Leaders

Effective leadership is critical to the future of animal welfare. As our field evolves and a new generation of leaders emerges, organizations that provide training and support to upcoming leaders will have a significant edge in fulfilling their missions and building healthy organizational culture. This seminar is for the next generation of animal welfare leaders: staff or volunteer leaders who are new to a leadership role or are on a leadership track. This seminar will equip participants with a deeper understanding of their own leadership and communication style, and provide the opportunity to learn and practice new skills in conflict negotiation, servant leadership, and collaborative decision-making. The seminar is taught by Emancipet New School VP, Myles Chadwick, and Emancipet Director of HR, Cindy Gunderson.

Upcoming Dates: TBD

Cost per person: $500 (includes all materials, breakfast and lunch on both days)

Who Should Attend: aspiring leaders on the management career track or new managers with less than 10 years in a leadership role

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Great Culture, Great Results: Building Healthy Organizations from the Inside

We believe that the internal culture of an organization has at least as much influence over success as the strategy and program. Unhealthy culture leads to disengaged staff, higher turnover, and unhappy clients – all of which make it difficult for an organization to stay on mission and accomplish goals. Conversely, healthy culture is the fuel in the fire of the mission and makes the impossible become possible (and more fun). This two-day seminar will provide participants with specific tools and systems that can be implemented right away to increase employee engagement, hire the right staff for culture fit and values alignment, manage for a healthy workplace culture, and even help people that are in the wrong position move on from the organization compassionately. The seminar is taught by Emancipet New School VP, Myles Chadwick, and Emancipet Director of HR, Cindy Gunderson.

You should attend this workshop if:

  • Your employee turnover is higher than your client turn over.
  • In the last year, you have thought “fingers crossed” about a new hire that you were unsure about.
  • Alliances among staff change more frequently than in an episode of Game of Thrones.
  • You blew your staff pizza budget for the year in 4 months because it’s the only thing that seems to make them happy – and it doesn’t really work.
  • You fantasize about letting everyone go when you have to roll out a change because starting from scratch sounds easier than getting staff buy in.
  • You hear more bad feedback at work than at a heavy metal concert.

Upcoming Dates: TBD

Cost per person: $500 (includes all materials, breakfast and lunch on both days)

Who Should Attend: Executive Directors, CEOs, COOs, and senior managers of any animal welfare organization

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Customer Service for Social Change: How to Talk About Spay/Neuter Effectively

One of the biggest questions people ask us is “How do you convince people to spay or neuter their pets?” Most often, it’s less about what you say than how you say it! This one-day seminar is for any staff member of an organization who routinely discusses the importance of spay/neuter and veterinary care with pet owners and wants to improve their communication skills and confidence in having “the conversation.” The session will empower attendees by spending time both on WHAT to say, and HOW to say it.

Attendees will receive updated, clear, and factual information about:

  • research about pet owners who have not yet altered their pets and what the barriers are
  • the true medical benefits and risks or “myths and facts” about the procedure
  • the facts about pediatric spay/neuter and its benefits
  • the current state of animal homelessness in the US

The rest of the seminar will focus on the “how” – communication techniques, effective messaging, non-verbal communication, and forming a connection with pet owners to make space for the conversation. Attendees participate in fun, interactive activities that immediately improve their confidence and ability to discuss this important issue with all kinds of pet owners – from those who already believe in spay/neuter to those who have never sought it out. They will come back to their clinics re-energized about their work, and as more informed spay/neuter advocates and more effective, compassionate communicators overall. This seminar is taught by VP Emancipet New School, Myles Chadwick.

Upcoming Dates: TBD

Who Should Attend: Customer Service, Technicians, anyone talking to potential clients about spay/neuter

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Community Outreach for Social Change: Effective Engagement Strategies for Spay/Neuter

Between walking 10 miles a day knocking on doors and making human (and animal!) connections in their communities, our outreach specialists are in shape, in love with what they do, and excited to share about their experiences in the field. In this one day seminar, developed specifically for “boots on the ground” spay/neuter and veterinary care outreach specialists, attendees will learn the tried and true practices that have worked for Emancipet and other leading organizations, as well as hear about some of the mistakes we have made and lessons we have learned from them along the way. We will spend time talking about WHERE to be, WHAT to say, and HOW to say it.

Attendees will receive information about:

  • what services to offer for maximum efficacy
  • choosing communities to serve and making inroads there
  • pet owners who have not sought out spay/neuter or vet care for their pets and what the barriers are
  • how people make decisions about new messages
  • road tested tactics for reaching clients who are not seeking your services
  • verbal and non-verbal communication techniques
  • effective messaging

Attendees will watch short videos and participate in fun, interactive activities that will immediately improve their confidence and ability to discuss important issues and form a connection with all kinds of pet owners – from those who believe that they already have the information that they need, to those who are eager to learn. This seminar is taught by Outreach Strategies Manager, Matt Piccone, and VP Emancipet New School, Myles Chadwick.

Upcoming Dates: TBD

Who Should Attend: Outreach Program Managers, Spay/Neuter Outreach Professionals, Community Engagement Specialists, Community Advocates including anyone who is frequently working in underserved communities and talking to about spay/neuter and veterinary care.

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