The Program

The Veterinary Innovation Summit is a collision of different ideas, technologies, organizations, and people we are all committed to advancing the future of the veterinary profession. The North American Veterinary Community and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine have collaborated to create a unique and immersive program that will challenge the status quo while developing a mindset and skillset to thrive in this world of change.


Veterinary Professionals Changing the World

  • Patients Like Us
  • The Human-Animal Bond
  • Veterinarians Serving Society


Each theme will feature 3-4 keynote speakers who will deliver TED-Style talks designed to expand the perspectives and minds of participants. After gaining this foundational knowledge, participants will move into smaller breakout sessions that have been designed to provide participants with the knowledge and expertise to turn these ideas into action.



Friday, April 6, 2018

8:00 - 9:00 AM: 
Arrive and Register for Workshop

9:00 - 9:15 AM: Opening Remarks

9:15 - 10:45 AM: Telemedicine Foundations (4 Speakers, 25 minutes each)

  • Changing client needs
  • New Approaches to Client Communications
  • Bridging Online and Offline Worlds
  • Use Cases and Lessons Learned

10:45 - 11:00 AM: Break

11:00 - 12:30 PM: Startup Pitches (10 minutes per company, approximately 5 companies)

12:30 - 2:00 PM: Lunch

2:00 - 3:45 PM: Matchmaking / Breakout sessions led by individual companies

  • Focus on networking and business development
  • Roundtable discussions of 20 minutes each (6 total)

3:45 - 4:00 PM: Break

4:00 - 5:30 PM: Next Steps and maximizing the relationship with the company

  • Action Plans
  • Preliminary Commitments

5:30 - 6:00 PM: Break

6:00 - 7:00 PM: Regular Program Begins / Registration and Cocktail Hour

7:00 - 7:30 PM: Opening Remarks by Dr. Eleanor M. Green / Keynote Speaker

7:30 - 9:00 PM: Dinner


Saturday, April 7, 2018


7:00 - 7:30 AM: Registration

7:30 - 8:00 AM: Greetings from speaker Dr. Eleanor M. Green

8:00 - 9:00 AM: Theme 1- Patients Like Us

  • Performance Athletes
  • Fireside Chat
  • Behavior

9:00 - 10:30 AM: Topic-based Networking Activity

  • Wearable Tech

10:30 - 11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM - 12:15 PM: Theme 2- The Human-Animal Bond

  • Human-Animal Bond in the 21st Century
  • E-Commerce
  • Marginalized Communities & Building Veterinary Capacity &
  • Adoption Attitudes
  • Global One Health

12:15 - 1:45 PM: Lunch

1:45 - 2:45 PM: Facilitated Breakouts by Topic

  • AI & Big Data
  • Technology's impact on individual business models
  • Wellness Consolidation of Practices
  • Telemedicine
  • Blockchain

2:45 - 3:00 PM: Break

3:00 - 4:00 PM: Leadership Panel (Moderated by Dr. Eleanor M. Green)

4:00 - 5:30 PM: Unconference - Additional Networking

6:00 - 8:00 PM: Reception & Innovation Competition


Sunday, April 8, 2018

7:30 - 8:00 AM:

8:00 - 9:00 AM: Closing Keynote / CEO Panel

9:30 - 10:30 AM: Theme 3 - Veterinarians Serving Society Sessions

  • Veterinary Emergency response Team Speaker
  • Food Security/Safety
  • Working Dogs

10:30 - 11:00 AM: Break

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Theme 3 - Veterinarians Serving Society Panel

  • Training the Next Generation of Graduates - Panel

12:00 - 12:30 PM: Closing Remarks by Dr. Eleanor M. Green


Workshop Program

Friday 8 AM - 6 PM

This immersive one-day bootcamp will focus on providing practitioners with both the insights they need to grow their business for a new generation of clients, but also the roadmap to bring these approaches back home to your practice and create a path for success.

The day will be broken into three sections that will offer practices a comprehensive experience on how to upgrade their practice to not just survive, but thrive in a world of change.

- The first part of the day will bring in key leaders in areas of client management, practice branding, and in-clinic implementation strategies, etc to give our participants a baseline understanding of the current trends, best practices, and lessons learned from their 100+ years of total consulting experience.

- Towards lunch, our attendees will change roles and act as our judging panel. Our event will feature 5 startups that have been selected by the VIS committee to pitch their businesses to the audience. Each startup will have 10 minutes followed by 5 minutes of Q/A from the audience. Workshop participants will then select the startup they are most interesting in learning more about for the afternoon session.

- Ultimately, theory isn’t enough and practices are looking for support in how to bring about change in their own practices. In the last part of the day, small groups of practitioners will work with the companies they have chosen and one of our coaches on developing implementation plans for their respective clinics. Not only will this session give practices a specific plan of action for this specific technology partner, but more importantly give practices a foundation for any new project they wish to take on.

Target Attendee Profile:

Progressive practice owners, veterinarians, and managers that are looking to be exposed to new techniques and services that they can incorporate into their practices
Cap of 75 participants

If you are a startup who is interested in participating, please sign up here.

Brought to you by Texas A&M University and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC)

April 6-8 • College Station, Texas