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GSD: October 25-28, 2018

GSD uses the same vision, attitude, format, and resources as the original Uncharted conference, just with a different subject. Where Uncharted is all about marketing and strategy for brand and practice growth, Uncharted: GSD is all about operations. Time management, staff leadership, and effective in-person communications are the focal points here. Register for GSD October 25-28, 2018.
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A Unique Experience

The skills, knowledge, conversations, and connections you will get at Uncharted: GSD are unlike what you will find anywhere else. While the educational format at Uncharted: GSD is very similar to the format used at Uncharted, the topics, conference focus, and attendees will differ significantly. You do not need to have attended the original Uncharted conference to jump right into Uncharted: GSD, and very few people will attend both conferences in a single year.
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Find Your Tribe

Uncharted:GSD will allow only 150 attendees, and these people will largely come from direct invitation and referral from existing Uncharted members. Our events have a distinct “family feel” that simply can’t be replicated. If you are a passionate veterinary professional who is growing, improving and developing without any intention of slowing down, then you might be a perfect fit. You just need to see the glass as half full, dedicate yourself to working hard, and never stop lifting up your colleagues as they overcome the same obstacles you’ve faced.
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Work Shoulder-To-Shoulder

Uncharted: GSD is as much about introducing you to incredible people who have mastered the skills you’re looking for as it is about teaching you what’s on the agenda. Conversations here can save you months or years of headaches. Workshops average less than 25 individuals per session, and each attendee has multiple opportunities to attend each workshop.
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Previous attendees have priority in claiming registration spots, and this event will sell out quickly. If you come to GSD, you won’t be lonely (or hungry). All meals and drinks are included in registration!

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World Class Instructors

Saye Clement, DVM

Saye Clement, DVM

Dr. Saye Clement graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1993. Over her career, she has been a general practitioner (and proud of it!), with stints as an emergency veterinarian and as a locum. She has been with Carling Animal Hospital in Ottawa, Canada since 1998, first as an associate and now as a co-owner. She has developed a special interest in practice management along with seeing her patients. Outside of the hospital, she donates her time to several not-for- profit arts organizations, as well as spending time with her family and her sheltie, Kiefer.
Mike Falconer

Mike Falconer

Originally hailing from Scotland, and after a career in the entertainment lighting business, Mike is the Hospital Administrator for a 14 doctor veterinary practice in Las Vegas. A Hospital Administrator for 10 years, and the 3rd hospital administrator position he has held, Mike also writes, speaks and consults on management, human resources, marketing, and social media. A frequent poster on Quora, and his own blog, Mike is also involved in various veterinary management, human resources, and marketing organizations.

Mike supports retired Greyhound rescue and shares his home with and retired racer, Chip, along with an Russell Terrier Mix named Dapple. In his spare time, Mike is a voracious reader, consumer of film, and theater patron.

He also spends far too much time on Twitter.
Andy Roark, DVM

Andy Roark, DVM

Dr. Andy Roark is a practicing veterinarian, international speaker, author, and media personality. He is the founder of the Uncharted Veterinary Conference and DrAndyRoark.com. He has been an award-winning columnist for DVM360 and his popular Facebook page, website, and YouTube show reach millions of people every month.

Dr. Roark received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and was voted the Practice Management Speaker of the Year at NAVC (one of the world’s largest veterinary conferences) three out of the last four years. Practices where Dr. Roark works were named as finalists in the American Animal Hospital Association’s Practice of the Year Contest in 2013 and 2015.
Dani McVety, DVM

Dani McVety, DVM

For some, there is a light that appears at the toughest moments of being a doctor. Dr. Dani McVety found that light early in her career, and it sparked an idea that has become one of the most unique and fastest growing businesses in the veterinary space. Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, a service that has visited the homes of over 50,000 families, is now a nationwide network of over 100 passionate doctors and a full time interdisciplinary support staff dedicated to making the end of life experience for pets, and the people that love them, as dignified and peaceful as possible.

Dr. McVety is Co-Founder and CEO of Lap of Love and co-host of PetCareTV. She frequently writes and speaks for professional and lay audiences around the country and internationally, empowering both parties to seek the highest standards of care and communication. Her talks have quickly garnered the reputation of being “fantastically hilarious,” “bringing humor where it’s needed most,” “incredibly inspiring,” and “refreshingly authentic.”

In her talks, Dr. McVety shares her struggles through veterinary school, how she found her passion in the emergency room, why she felt a calling in the toughest moments of medicine, and how her and her business partner have grown an internationally recognized business.

Additionally, as a certified body language instructor, one of her favorite topics is communication. “Communication is the heart of all that we do; it is lifeblood of all our interactions.” Dr. McVety and Lap of Love have been featured on numerous local, national, and professional media outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, and many more. She proudly graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and is the youngest recipient of both the college’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award (2013) and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association's President's Award (2014). She was honored to also receive the Pet Industry Woman of the Year award for 2017!
Senani Ratnayake, BSc RVT

Senani Ratnayake, BSc RVT

Senani Ratnayake is an RVT who believes that people don’t change because you tell them to, they change because they feel something. That said, her goal as a facilitator and founder of Motivatum Consulting is to ensure people feel something that ignites a change in their behaviours.

Senani discovered her niche after realizing that many of her colleagues had chosen veterinary medicine because they loved animals, and didn’t really like humans that much! She has been educating veterinary professionals on customer service, communication, and team building for over 14 years. Her experiences in practice, combined with time spent working in Industry, have given her a unique perspective. Having received multiple awards for her contributions to the profession, Senani is noted as a relatable and thought-provoking story-teller, capturing hearts and attention to inspire change!

As the Director of Learning and Engagement at P3 Veterinary Partners, her focus is on supporting and coaching team members, managers and Medical Directors on how to provide the ultimate Client/Patient Experience all while maximizing business potential and genuinely getting along. In her “spare” time Senani works as a facilitator for Learn2 Solutions; work that stimulates her knowledge from a non-vet perspective.

A Past-President of both the OAVT and TAVM, a member of the advisory council for Veterinarians Without Borders and the OAVT Legislative Task Force, and a facilitator for the OAVT Professionalism and Ethics course, she maintains a strong presence throughout the veterinary industry.

While veterinary medicine is an integral part of her identity – acting, Netflix, nail art and hosting e-gaming events are things she makes time for! Senani’s passion for animals is unbridled (her rabbits literally have their own bedrooms) and with her husband and pets by her side she is ready to empower the veterinary profession – one team member at a time!
Dave Nicol BVMS, Cert Mgmt, MRCVS

Dave Nicol BVMS, Cert Mgmt, MRCVS

Dr Dave Nicol is a graduate of Glasgow University Veterinary School. His initial plan was to become a surgeon, but almost immediately he was drawn into general practice by the interaction with pet owners and the problem solving opportunities that cropped up each day. At first this meant finding and fixing animal problems, but quickly it became clear that there were plenty of problems with how veterinary practices operated as well.
Inevitably, this meant Dave was almost constant pain in his boss’s backside and eventually, probably because they got sick of his nagging, he was given the opportunity to mentor his first junior vets. After his initial attempts fell someway short of expectations, he realised that raw enthusiasm alone was not going to be enough. So he began a journey to educate himself on how to be a better leader, coach and manager.
Fast-forward more than fifteen years and Dave has undertaken a huge amount of training and research; building a reputation as a successful leader within the veterinary profession. He has been head vet with a large group practice in London, worked as a clinical performance coach for a 50 vet group in the UK and has owned, managed and successfully sold his two veterinary hospitals in Australia.
Prior to relocating back to the UK, he worked as the Chief Veterinary Officer for a corporate group where his principle responsibilities were maintaining the standard of clinical care and leading the clinical teams.
In 2011 he made a “pay it forward” commitment to hire a new graduate in every hospital he owns and give them a great start in veterinary practice and subsequently set up the first Australian graduate training internship in general practice. This program is now available in his UK practice too. He is also the creative brain behind and program director of VetX™, an online education, support and mentoring community for new and recent graduates who wish to rapidly accelerate their careers under his guidance.
Dave has just published his third book “So You’re A Vet, Now What?” a title to help new graduate vets settle into their new careers. He is a columnist for the Veterinary Business Journal and DVM360, writes the weekly Hamster Wheel Blog and produces the Blunt Dissection Podcast where he explores the anatomy of veterinary success by profiling top class performers from all walks of veterinary life.
It is his personal mission is to help pets and their people live happy, healthy lives by exploring the daily challenges we face in veterinary medicine, creating solutions and helping those around him to grow.
Denise Tumblin

Denise Tumblin

Denise Tumblin, owner of WTA Veterinary Consultants, provides management, valuation, and transition services to independently-owned veterinary practices across the U.S. Her company co-authors the Well-Managed Practice® Benchmarks Study, and Denise is the co-founder and facilitator of the WellMP® Management Groups. Denise speaks regularly at national and regional meetings on valuation and management issues and has authored numerous veterinary management articles. Denise is a graduate of The Ohio State University and is a member of: The AICPA, the OSCPA, and NACVA VetPartners - serves on the Valuation Council and is a past Board Member Veterinary Team Brief Advisory Board AAHA The Capital Area Humane Society
Dr. Odie Marcovici

Dr. Odie Marcovici

Dr. Odie Marcovici graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College and has experience in almost every conceivable small-animal practice type. He has opened, managed and operated multiple hospitals including emergency, single, multi-doctor practices, a specialty hospital and an adoption center. Ten years ago he developed the Recruiting & Professional Relations Director role for VCA and since then has been recruiting every type of veterinary professional.

Having interviewed thousands of candidates at schools and at hospitals, he has tried to affect positive change in the profession one hire at a time. He is passionate about finding that perfect long-term hire and reducing the risk of hiring the wrong person.

He coaches, trains and leads communication workshops across the US and Canada and having personally experienced the changes in the profession he can speak both retrospectively and prospectively about the future of recruiting.

Workshops, Lecture/Guided Discussions & Mic Drop Session Topics

Workshops are 100 minute sessions where attendees actually work and create resources/skills that they can take back to their practices and put to use immediately. Each workshop is repeated four times so that attendees have ample opportunity to attend.
  • Lecture/Guided Discussions are larger group sessions with lecture and round table discussion lasting 50 to 100 minutes each.
  • Mic Drop Sessions are 20-minute TED Talk-style presentations by our members about marketing successes, failures and lessons learned in their own practices.

Lectures and Guided Discussions

  • Prioritizing, Delegating and Managing Your Time by Mike Falconer
  • The LEAN Veterinary Hospital by Denise Tumblin
  • The Battle to Get Things Done When There’s No Time by Andy Roark, DVM
  • Confessions of a Corporate Recruiter by Odie Marcovici
  • Nonverbal Communication for Management & Exam Room Communication by Dani McVety, DVM
  • More coming soon!
  • 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

    Westin Poinsett Lobby Level

    Registration & Meetup
  • 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    Poinsett Ballroom

    Opening Banquet, Networking Experience, Keynote Address & Entertainment
  • 7 to 8:30 a.m.

    Gold Ballroom

    Southern-Style Hot Breakfast
  • 7:20 to 8:30 a.m.

    Gold Ballroom

    General Session – How to GSD at GSD – Dr. Andy Roark
  • 8:45 to 10:25 a.m.

    General Sessions
  • 10:25 to 10:50 a.m.

    Poinsett Mezzanine

    Morning Break
  • 10:50 to 12:30 p.m.

    Breakout Sessions
  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

    Gold Ballroom

    Lunch
  • 1:40 to 3:20 p.m.

    Breakout Sessions
  • 3:20 to 4 p.m.

    Poinsett Mezzanine

    Afternoon Break
  • 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Gold Ballroom

    Mic Drop Sessions
  • 6:30 to 10 p.m.

    Downtown Greenville

    Night Out in Downtown Greenville
  • 7 to 8:30 a.m.

    Gold Ballroom

    Breakfast Buffett
  • 7:20 to 8:30 a.m.

    Gold Ballroom

    General Session with Jamie Holms
  • 8:45 to 10:25 a.m.

    Breakout Sessions
  • 10:25 to 10:50 a.m.

    Poinsett Mezzanine

    Morning Break
  • 10:50 to 12:30 p.m.

    Breakout Sessions
  • 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

    Gold Ballroom

    Lunch
  • 1:45 to 3:30 p.m.

    Gold Ballroom

    Work Time
  • 3:30 to 4 p.m.

    Poinsett Mezzanine

    Afternoon Break
  • 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    Gold Ballroom

    Mic Drop Sessions
  • 6:30 to 10 p.m.

    UP on the ROOF

    Royal Canin Reception and Networking Dinner at UP on the ROOF
  • 8 a.m.

    Gold Ballroom

    Breakfast Buffet
  • 8:30 to 11 a.m.

    Gold Ballroom

    Discussion Groups
  • 11 to 11:15 a.m.

    Gold Ballroom

    Closing Remarks
  • 11:30 a.m.

    Gold Ballroom

    Group Photo
  • 12:30 p.m.

    Lobby

    Westin Airport Shuttle Departure

ROOM RESERVATIONS

To reserve your room at the Westin Hotel with the special conference rate call 1-800-westin1 and ask for the Uncharted Veterinary Conference rate.

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FAQ

Are these conferences really going to sell out?

Yes. Yes they are. There is a firm cap of 150 people per conference. This is because nothing is more valuable than meeting brilliant people in an intimate and vibrant setting. Our first year, Uncharted Veterinary Conference sold out in 10 weeks. We expect both conferences to sell out faster than that in 2017. Depending on how quickly they sell out, we may or may not add more conferences in 2019.

Are introverts going to hate this?

No. At least, we try really hard to make sure they don’t. Yes, there is a ton of socializing and meeting people and talking about your practice, career, goals, challenges, etc. However, half of the team that works to plan Uncharted conferences is introverted and we are very aware that some people will need downtime to recharge batteries. These conferences are exhausting (think: best-vacation-ever exhausting), but you will have a lot of control over how you spend your time.

Does everyone have an equal chance to get a spot in the conferences or online community?

Yes and No. Registration works in stages. First, 2017 attendees will have the chance to register for 2018. Then, 2017 members will have the chance to nominate new people for early registration for 2018. After that, registration of all remaining seats will open to the public.

How are Uncharted Conferences different from all the other conferences?

That’s a big question. Definitely review our conference web pages to get all the insight, but briefly… Uncharted is all about taking the perfect number of the brightest, most enthusiastic veterinary business/communication/marketing geeks in the world and putting them all together in a tiny, swanky hotel with incredible food, a fanatical focus on getting them to know each other, a 15:1 attendee to instructor ratio, and educational topics that are more advanced than traditional vet conferences. We pump in enthusiasm, energy, and an attitude that anything is possible. Seriously, last year people cried when it was over.

Is this a subscription?

No. It's a set price for one year which can be broken into monthly payments for your convenience.

How many workshops can I attend?

You can attend up to six workshops. However, lecture and discussion sessions will also be happening on the main stage. How many workshops you do depends entirely on how many lecture/discussion you choose to do (and also whether you choose to use one of your sessions to work on the skill you have just learned or take a break from the action to recharge. Both of those activities are totally fine as well.)

How will you keep the workshop sizes small?

We are using a system similar to college registrars to allow attendees to rank their preference before the conference begins. We will then provide each attendee with a personalized schedule to ensure optimal workshop sizes with no stress.

How will I know which workshops I want to attend?

Attendees will b provided with detailed information regarding the content of workshops and lecture/discussions prior to the conference to assist in selecting sessions.

How does payment work?

There are three options for joining up with Uncharted. You can come to both Uncharted conferences (Uncharted & Uncharted: GSD) and be part of the online community, you can come to one of the two conferences and be part of the online community, or you can just join the online community. Choose what’s right for you then pay monthly or as one lump sum.

I REALLY WANT A SPOT!! What’s my best chance for getting one?

Sign up for the Uncharted newsletter at https://unchartedvet.com/newsletter . Public registration open dates will be emailed out every year. That will also be the first place we announce when registration is live. Keep an eye on your email and be ready!

So, if I join the online community this year, I’ll get first shot at a conference spot next year?

Yes. Our members will always come first when it comes to registration for future events.

Can I see the live Uncharted conferences in the online community?

YES! Both of our conferences are filmed and archived versions go into the online school. It generally takes a month or so to get everything processed and edited, but then it’s all there. When you join the online community, you’ll already have access to the 2017 Uncharted conference including all the workshops, general sessions and the keynote address.

Can I register for the online community whenever I want?

No. There is a limited window to register for the 2018 online community. This is to help ensure a cohesive group and a to provide a certain level of confidentiality that can’t be achieved with people coming and going. Registration for 2018’s online community will close when all spaces are full or on February 15th, whichever is first.

Is there really a limit to how many people can be in the online community? That’s weird.

There is absolutely a limit to how many people can join. Right now that limit is 150 people. We want our community to really serve its members. We want them to have access to the people who can help them. We want them to get into ALL the courses they want, and have a meaningful, intimate experience when they do. We can’t offer this is we let too many people in.

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