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Want to Get CVPM Certification?
How It Works, What You Can Do
The Veterinary Hospital Managers
Association administers the
widely recognized certification
program for practice managers
that helps create standards in the
industry while defining a practice
manager's responsibilities.
Here's how the program works and
some thoughts from experienced CVPMs
on how aspiring candidates can help themselves
win certification.
VHMA Executive Director Christine
Shupe said that one of her pleasures
is working on the program. " Being certified
can transform your career, " she said. " It
validates your experience and education
and - more importantly - gives you a sense
of accomplishment and confidence. It also
promotes growth of the practice manager's
role in the profession. "
She added that certification helps practice
owners understand their practice managers'
responsibilities and lends credibility
to their roles. More than 730 practice managers
in the United States have earned the
right to add " CVPM " after their names.
Christine
said that
there
are three
requirements for certification:
* Three years of experience as a practice
manager.
Christine Shupe
18
* 18 hours of formal education.
* 48 hours of continuing education in the
previous three years.
" We validate the three years of experience
with an employer, who must certify
that the applicant performed 26 of the 30
typical duties of a practice manager for a
minimum of three years, " she said.
The 18 hours of formal education is centered
on business courses. " We want to make
sure the applicant is staying current with
trends and best practices, " she said. " Then
each candidate must submit four letters of
recommendation. We vet those letters. "
Once these requirements have been met,
the candidate can take the examination. It
is offered electronically four times a year at
test centers around the nation.
Leslie Boudreau, practice manager and
administrator at the Animal Hospital of
Huntington Beach, said that the original
Orange County Veterinary Hospital
Managers Group was started more than 10
years ago " as a study group so local managers
could get together to figure out the
CVPM process. We studied together for the
test. The group got so large it became more
than a study group. But the ultimate goal of
the group still is to urge practice managers
to become certified. " (The group later split
into north and south county groups.)
She said that, as its members were certified,
the group became a good source
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pulse - September 2021

Pulse - September 2021
Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
Pulsepoints
SCVMA Profile
How Veterinary Managers’ Jobs Differ
Practical Pathology
Medical Leeway
UC Davis Update
Tools for Success
Angel Fund
Dear Tabby
The RVT
Industry Insights
Quick Reference
AVMA Diplomates
Digital Photography for Veterinarians
Resources
Disease Table
From the SCVMA Office
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