College of Veterinary Medicine

Student Organizations

Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) 


First place chapterCongratulations

WSU's VBMA chapter won first place in the 2013 National VBMA Chapter Awards out of 32 national and international chapters.


5 generations of VBMA presidents are pictured left to right: Brittany Dawson (2013 president), Melanie Bowden (2014 president), Kristen Britton (2011 president), Mary Linker (2014 President Elect), and Heidi Fingerson (2012 president).


Mission Statement

The Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) is a national student-managed organization intent on improving the veterinary profession through increasing business knowledge. We share the belief of many other veterinary professionals -- in order to provide the best care for animals, we need to increase our knowledge about subjects outside of the medical realm.

We feel that bringing business management issues to veterinary students is integral to the education of a well-rounded veterinarian and the advancement of veterinary medicine as a profession. This knowledge of business will translate into increased sales, stronger veterinarian-supplier relationships, and allow veterinarians to practice better medicine.

Though veterinary business management issues are a large concern, our organization is not limited to solely promoting veterinary business management issues. Others issues include managing debt, how to plan for the future, client interaction, and the importance of managing personal finances. It is our belief that a veterinarian cannot be successful professionally without first having a firm control of their personal finances.

In addition this association has been created for and is controlled by all those that are concerned with broadening their knowledge of the veterinary business. We have several goals that we would like to see the VBMA fulfill:

  1. Increase student and veterinarian interest and awareness regarding their financial affairs, entry into the job market, personal management skills, and opportunities that are available to persons with a VMD/DVM degree.
  2. Involve students and veterinarians in discussions with knowledgeable veterinary practice management consultants and advisors.
  3. To provide a forum for learning life skills and the principles of successful business management


Officers 2014 - 2015

President: Mel Bowden
President Elect:  Mary Linker   
VP: Hana Kazunas 
Treasurer: Lydia Durant  
Secretary: Lauren Restis  
Public Relations Officer: Rebecca Tracey
Chapter Operations:  Raquel McBride
Advisor: Dr. Richard DeBowes


Officers 2013 - 2014

President: Brittney Dawson
President Elect:  Melanie Bowden   
VP: Lexi McGilvray
Treasurer: Laurel Plemmons 
Secretary: Lauren Restis  
Public Relations: Hana Kazunas
Chapter Operations:  TC Chartkunchand
Advisor: Dr. Richard DeBowes


Certificate Program

The VBMA Certificate Program offers a variety of evening seminars that focus on the many aspects of business, ranging from accounting to client communications to personal finance. To complete the program you must be a dues paying VBMA member and attend two courses in Communications and Accounting, attend electives equaling twelve credits total and complete a Capstone Project (one credit).  Presently, we are working with faculty and staff to have the Certificate Program recognized by WSU CVM as well as through Washington State University. This would enable the Certificate Program to appear on one's WSU CVM transcript and fulfill the individual's goals of being able to manage a business in their future career.


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Last Edited: Jan 23, 2014 7:15 AM   

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