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FREE CEs on Marketing, IT, Finance, and Real Estate topics, plus a Networking Event to Support Your Veterinary Practice Goals

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  • Who Veterinary practice owners and their managers and decision-makers
  • When October 28, 2024
    9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    Cocktails and Networking from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Where Pinstripes in Edina, MN
  • Cost to Attend FREE

Overwhelmed by decision-making at your veterinary practice? Need more patients (and more patience)? a remodel? to keep your data safe? dollars to make it all happen? We Got You!

Need to set your veterinary practice up for success and meet your growth goals? We Got You!

  • Earn 4.5 hours of CE focused on marketing, real estate, finance, IT security, and MVMA support.
  • Receive personalized, actionable resources and recommendations for your veterinary business.
  • Network with other veterinary and industry professionals.
  • Time away from the day-to-day of the practice to focus.
  • Enjoy breakfast, lunch, and cocktails!

Join Us for this FREE event for networking, CEs and more! Whatever you need to handle the day-to-day of your veterinary practice, We Got You!

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Space is limited
Registration deadline: September 30, 2024


October 28, 2024
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Pinstripes in Edina, MN

  • 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Breakfast nibbles, and networking
  • 9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Welcome and introductions
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. It All Starts With $$$—Expansion and Start-up Financing Considerations Presented by Donnie Colvin Whether you are a healthcare practitioner just starting out or a seasoned practitioner planning to grow, we have specialized programs to help you achieve your private practice goals. In this presentation, we will address financing options for projects (expansion or start-ups), discuss the process and your project team, and break down the numbers and considerations through some examples. You will leave with an understanding of not only what we can do to help but how the numbers work to ensure your financial success and growth.
  • 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Practice Real Estate and Construction—Avoiding Pitfalls! Presented by Jon Helle Juggling the demands of patient care and the business side of running a practice is no easy task. When it comes to practice real estate, doctors are far too often "going it alone," risking the health and future of their practice. Join us as we take a crash course on how to avoid costly pitfalls in your practice lease and purchase negotiations. We will discuss the construction process for build-outs and new builds, along with real-life cost estimates for projects that you are considering. Come and learn:
    • How to avoid common pitfalls in practice real estate.
    • How to build a strategy for your next practice real estate opportunity.
    • The construction timeline and process to successfully open the doors on a new project.
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch with round-table discussions for vendor questions and answers. Bring your feedback and questions, and learn what is new with local industry.
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Cybersecurity—What You Need To Know and How To Protect Yourself Presented by Eric Senst Cybersecurity services and software is one of the fastest growing industries in the world—and for good reason. Stopping cyber threats before they happen can save you time, money, and frustration and, in many cases, can save your business from complete financial ruin and irreparable damage to your reputation. Since the pandemic, there has been an exponential rise in cyber-crime incidents. Businesses all around the world have been impacted and forced to change how they do business. The further we go into the future and the more dependent we become on digital technology, the more important it is to safeguard your data and information. It's time to adapt! In this course, you will learn:
    • The modern-day threat landscape businesses face today.
    • Up-to-date trends and analysis.
    • The impact cybercrime has had on businesses across the globe.
    • What steps you can take today to avoid becoming a victim.
  • 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. What's Your Narrative to Your Community? How Do They Know You? Presented by Kelly L Baltzell, MA People make decisions about your business without ever stepping foot into your lobby. What are you telling your pet owners about you? What is your narrative or story? Narratives are woven into our daily lives. We personally craft and tell narratives all the time to our friends and family members. As a business, narratives are generated whether you have your hand on the “helm” or not. How the world thinks, perceives, and engages with the hospital can depend greatly on its narrative, which is not the same as the mission statement. Come to this lecture to learn:
    • Some historical narratives that still live with us today and influence how we utilize and purchase certain items.
    • How we consume narratives ourselves to use as a reflection on how the messaging should be about our own practice.
    • How to craft and nurture a narrative that can influence pet owners positively about the hospital.
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. What Are The MVMA Common Questions? Presented by MVMA
  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Cocktails and networking with other industry professionals


Our speakers are experts in the industry and you'll be qualified for CEs for each session.


Kelly Baltzell, President and CEO, Beyond Indigo Pets

Kelly Baltzell
President and CEO, Beyond Indigo Pets

Kelly Baltzell, M.A. is President and CEO of Beyond Indigo Pets marketing agency ( She founded Beyond Indigo in 1997 to meet the specific and under-served needs of funeral homes, and in 2004 moved into the veterinary industry. Under her leadership, Beyond Indigo Pets has remained at the forefront of the veterinary marketing community, providing data-driven marketing services, custom website design, and results-focused product innovations for 25 years.

Kelly’s depth of experience has enabled her to lead dialogue on key marketing trends and challenges specific to the needs of veterinary practices, hospitals, and associations. She is a featured columnist for the Fountain Report, Patterson Veterinary, and MWI. She has also spoken and been published across the United States and in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the UK. Kelly is dedicated to sharing marketing strategy expertise and building connections between veterinary industry professionals across the country. She is a true relationship builder who works to promote her clients and broadcast their stories to the world.

Kelly graduated from George Washington University with a degree in international affairs and economics and received her master’s degree in counseling and psychology from St. Mary’s University. Her first website,, remains under her guiding hand.

Donnie Colvin, Business Development Manager, Wells Fargo Healthcare Industries Group

Donnie Colvin
Business Development Manager, Wells Fargo Healthcare Industries Group

Donnie Colvin is Business Development Manager with Practice Finance, a specialized healthcare lending division of Wells Fargo focused exclusively on Dentists, Veterinarians, Optometrists and Physicians.

Donnie specializes in providing financing to Dr’s to start, acquire, expand, equip, refinance, or relocate their practices in addition to financing for commercial real estate, ground up construction and working capital. He is connected to and partners with a broad team of industry relationship experts providing a “one stop shop” for Health Care Professionals to achieve their financial and professional goals. With 15 plus years’ experience in the field he is skilled in supporting Dr’s at all stages of their career.

Donnie is based in Minneapolis, MN and is responsible for the Upper Midwest Region . He started his career with Wells Fargo as a Community Bank Branch Manager in 2008. He has also held positions as a Market Development Consultant and Commercial Lender–Business Relationship Manager and has several years of leadership, mentoring and management experience outside of Wells Fargo. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physiology from University of Minnesota where he was Pre-Med, explaining his passion for the Health Care Industry.

Donnie lives with his high school sweetheart and wife Michele, son’s Mason and Brayden and dogs Zoey and Kenzie. He enjoys working out, travel, being outdoors, and constantly trying new things.

Jon Helle, Senior Advisor, RYZO Commercial Realty

Jon Helle
Senior Advisor, RYZO Commercial Realty

Jon Helle is a Senior Advisor with RYZO Commercial Realty (, specializing in serving Veterinary practices in all real estate service capacities. Jon understands the unique needs of Veterinary practices, anchoring clients’ success by providing steady research, evaluation, and negotiations for new leases, lease renewals, building sales/purchases, or real estate transactions related to transitions.

RYZO, as a firm, is committed to the support and success of healthcare providers. Our thorough, timely, and collaborative approach puts our clients in the best position to maximize their real estate opportunities and ultimately to serve their patients and clients at the highest level.

Outside of work, Jon enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two boys. Engaging in outdoor adventures, such as camping, fishing, or hunting, fills any free time. He actively participates in his church community and is no stranger to DIY house projects.

Eric Senst, Director of Sales, Boonya Systems

Eric Senst
Director of Sales, Boonya Systems

Eric Senst is the Director of Sales with Boonya Systems ( Boonya Systems is an IT company that provides a wide array of IT services to private practice healthcare clinics, including dental, optometry, veterinary, and medical.

Eric focuses on providing clients with IT and cybersecurity solutions to suit the specific needs of their clinic. Boonya Systems provides a variety of services such as IT helpdesk support, offsite/cloud backup, email services, network administration, cybersecurity solutions, cloud hosting, as well as hardware sales. Eric’s goal is to simplify IT and cybersecurity to help clients spend less time dealing with IT issues, so they can focus more time on what really matters – providing great care to their patients.

Boonya Systems is headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota  and serves clients all over the United States. Eric joined Boonya in 2015, where he has helped Boonya grow into one of the top private practice healthcare IT providers in the Midwest. By establishing strategic business partnerships with vendors and industry thought leaders and creating long-term relationships with clients, Eric has helped Boonya achieve new heights by helping deliver uncompromised value to its customers.

Eric lives with his wife, Dayna, and two sons, Parker and Nolan. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and doing everything outdoors, including downhill skiing, fishing, hunting, camping, canoeing, and hiking.

Nicole Kast, MS, Continuing Education Program Manager, MVMA

Nicole Kast, MS
Continuing Education Program Manager, MVMA

Nicole Kast is the Continuing Education Program Manager for the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association ( Nicole has over 20 years of experience with continuing education, with 11 years in veterinary medicine as previously she served as the Director of Veterinary Continuing Education at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to working in veterinary medicine, she held various roles in the Office of Educational Development in College of Pharmacy; and worked at the Center on Aging in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Nicole graduated from Northern Michigan University with her bachelor’s in health education and earned her Master of Science from Minnesota State University, Mankato in community health with a certificate in gerontology.

Founded in 1897, MVMA is the professional association for veterinarians in Minnesota. With over 2,300 members, the MVMA represents leaders and decision makers in all areas of veterinary medicine. Our mission is: Supporting and empowering veterinary professionals, advancing animal well-being and promoting public health.

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