Grace Animal Hospital
Dr. Tim Loonam is the owner of Grace Animal Hospital, an AAHA Accredited, mixed-animal practice in Lexington, SC. Dr. Loonam received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado and served as an Army officer with assignments throughout the Pacific Rim as an Airborne Ranger. After a successful Company Command, Dr. Loonam, left the Army to complete his pre-vet requirements and at the same time managed a successful high-tech medical sales territory for Baxter Healthcare. Upon acceptance to veterinary school, Dr. Loonam was awarded a U.S. Army Veterinary Corps Health Professions Scholarship to the University of Georgia were he graduated with several clinical awards. As an Army Veterinary Corps officer, he was assigned to FT Jackson in South Carolina, and in 2003, deployed to Iraq with an Airborne Veterinary Detachment. Dr. Loonam was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service throughout Iraq with military working dog teams and public health missions. Besides his award-winning private practice, Dr. Loonam has served on local and state veterinary medical associations, including a veterinary and animal health committee with the state legislature and is a frequent guest lecturer across the country and overseas at veterinary colleges.
Dr. Loonam and his associates, and their experienced staff, host veterinary and veterinary technician externs and are known for their interactive, hands-on clinical training, and are respected for their compassionate care and well-managed business practices. Dr. Loonam’s speaking style is up-beat, real-world, and entertaining with lots of opportunity for Q&A.
Dr. Tim Loonam
Topic #1: Veterinary Job Search and Interview Seminar
Description: VBMA Category 4. Best as two 50-minute presentations. Includes 50 page handbook specific for new graduates and current veterinary students; this is not your father's resume advice! Discusses resumes/CV's, cover letters, how to 'creep' on a practice or position, interviewing, and fantastic self-knowledge drills. Includes an evidence-based discussion to help decide whether or not to do an internship.
Topic #2: Intro to Practice Acquisition and Start-up
Description: VBMA Category 1 or 2. 50-100 minute presentation discussing buying, partnering, or building a veterinary practice, either mobile, leasehold, remodeling, or design build. Discusses why practice ownership is the way to financial freedom, as well as the pros and cons of ownership. Also discusses practice loans, various types of lenders and preparing your credit score.
Topic #3: Veterinary Practice Financial Statements
Description: VBMA Category 1. 50-minute presentation on the most important financial statements in veterinary practices: P&L, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow Statement. Lively discussion of a potentially dry and boring topic! Not only important for practice owners for especially for young associates to know and understand what keeps their practice owner up at night. Can be expanded to 100-min by including discussing of the decision on whether to pursue practice ownership and/or whether to pursue an internship.
Topic #4: How to Be An Exam Room Super Hero
Description: VBMA Category 3. Multiple veterinary surveys tell us our industry is failing in the basics that occur in the exam room. Here we discuss how to bond with clients and their animals, how to best utilize your techs, how to handle the problem clients, where does euthanasia fit into the client-doctor-patient relationship, and numerous tips to keep you on-time in today's fast-paced, competitive environment
Topic #5: Careers in Military Veterinary Medicine
Description: VBMA Category 4. 50 minute presentation endorsed by the US Army Veterinary Corps. As a veteran and former career Army officer, I explain the differences and training between enlisted and officer ranks, where officers come from, how officers are trained, and then the specifics of being a Veterinary in the Army, Navy and Air Force. We also discuss roles of veterinarians in the National Guard and Reserves. Can be expanded to 100-minute with adding an my experiences in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Speaker Fees: Typically, fees include reimbursement for air travel or mileage if driving, lodging, modest per diem for meals while away from home, an usually a discounted speaking fee for VBMA. Call or email for more information!
Phone: 803 931 2770