VECCS is Seeking Full-Time Chief Executive Officer

VECCS is Seeking Full-Time Chief Executive Officer

Dear VECCS Members and Colleagues,

I am addressing you at this time to publicly announce that I have made the decision to transition and retire from my position as Executive Director of VECCS.  I have passionately served VECCS for 40 years (since 1978) and it has been my life.  The work that began with a small group of eight like-minded veterinarians in 1977 has blossomed into a society of over 5000, two specialty colleges (ACVECC and ECVECC), a VTS (AVECCT), additional societies (EVECCS, LAVECCS, SVECCS RoVECCS, JCCS, etc.) and several other special interest groups.  The IVECCS we created in 1988 will now celebrate its 30th Anniversary this year and our well respected JVECC is now over 25 years old.   Most significantly, I think is the impact our society has had on the practice of veterinary medicine and patient care across the world.  I believe together we have changed the profession in a very positive way, for this we should all take pride.

A search committee has been formed and there is a link below for the committee request for applicants.  Be assured, I plan to remain active in VECCS, particularly IVECCS and I will do all I can to facilitate a smooth transition to the new leadership.  The culture of VECCS is unique, the bonds so strong that we will definitely continue to work as a team. VECCS is a truly special organization with a legacy of being inclusive, compassionate, visionary, innovative and productive…… and one committed to improving the level of patient care through education and training.

I want to thank my many colleagues, particularly early associates (brothers) Drs. Zaslow, Haskins, Crowe, Kuitu, Knowles, Sattler, Raffe, Ross and Milligan who were so inspirational and instrumental in the formation of VECCS.  The rocks of IVECCS, Dr Elke Rudloff, Harold Davis, Sandra Llewellyn have been ever-present, totally dedicated and truly amazing cohorts in building and conducting IVECCS for over 20 years.  I also want to thank the thousands of VECCS members and volunteers who have supported and befriended me over the years as we shared great times and a vison together.  I sincerely appreciate and acknowledge the many extraordinarily dedicated Board of Directors and the incredibly talented and committed staff members who have assisted me as we worked together to make VECCS what it has become. It has truly been an honor to serve.

Lastly and most importantly of all, I must recognize my family, wife Mary and children Alisa and Eric (as well son-in-law Drew and grandson William) who have provided support at every level from the early years of VECCS and IVECCS. They are woven into the fabric of VECCS and IVECCS and their contributions cannot be overstated.  They have always been there for the society and me.

I look forward to our continued relationship and seeing you all at our next IVECCS in New Orleans….. and beyond.

Gary S

Gary L. Stamp, DVM, MS
Diplomate, ACVECC
Executive Director, VECCS



The Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society (VECCS), with the support of Association Options, is recruiting and evaluating candidates for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).


The Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society (VECCS) founded in 1978 is an IRS designated 501(c)3 organization with an associated 501(c)3 Foundation. Led by a 7-member Board and supported by 4 staff, VECCS is comprised of 5,000 veterinarians, veterinary technicians, veterinary practice managers, veterinary students, physicians, nurses, scientists and other persons who are interested in the advancement of veterinary emergency and critical patient care.  VECCS is a prominent and growing Society recognized as an international leader in veterinary continuing education, an innovator in conducting national and international conferences and an organization continually focused on high quality scholarly programs.

The purpose of the Society is to promote the advancement of knowledge and high standards of practice in veterinary emergency medicine and critical patient care. Toward this purpose, the Society:

  • Associates and affiliates into one organization doctors of veterinary medicine, veterinary technicians, veterinary students, veterinary practice managers, and other individuals engaged in the practice of, or who have special interest in, the field of veterinary emergency and critical care;
  • Establishes and promotes uniform standards and guidelines for the practice of veterinary emergency and critical patient care;
  • Fosters and encourages education, research and scientific progress in veterinary emergency and critical patient care; and
  • Disseminates information pertinent to veterinary emergency and critical care to all interested groups and organizations.

VECCS Vision

Raising the level of patient care.

VECCS Mission

Supporting the veterinary healthcare team to improve the delivery and quality of emergency and critical care.

VECCS Values

  • Integrity
  • Service
  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Support
  • Wisdom
  • Inclusiveness

2018 Strategic Goals

The Society’s current strategic goals are as follows:

  • Knowledge – Provide education, support research, and expand opportunities to raise the quality of patient care.
  • Outreach – Promote the VECCS mission through public and professional education, leveraging alliances with affiliated organizations, and altruism.
  • Support – Provide Society resources to enhance the success and wellness of the healthcare team.
  • Sustainability – Ensure a strong, viable future of VECCS through engaged leadership to promote active membership.

VECCS strategic plan can be found at


Position Description

VECCS is eager to identify a highly motivated, experienced, and dynamic executive who is prepared to build upon the Society’s current successes.  The successful candidate will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of VECCS, working closely with the Board to lead the Society in the implementation of its strategic vision and to fulfill its stated internal and external objectives. The Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for overseeing the operations and activities of the Society as a whole and maintaining effective staff performance to assure the attainment of the Society’s mission and goals.

The successful candidate will be a visionary and charismatic leader with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills able to inspire others and lead VECCS to organizational success.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Within the limits of VECCS’s guiding documents, the Chief Executive Officer is responsible for, and has commensurate authority to accomplish, the following duties and responsibilities. The Chief Executive Officer may delegate portions of his/her responsibilities consistent with sound operations and staff competency, together with proportionate authority for their fulfillment. However, she/he may not delegate nor relinquish any portion of his/her accountability for results.

Organizational Leadership

  • Implement the strategic goals and objectives of the Society.
  • Give direction and leadership toward the achievement of the Society’s mission, strategy, goals and objectives.
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Society; provide oversight and guidance to all programs and staff.
  • Provide oversight and supervision of a 4-member staff team including monitoring staff performance and ensuring an adequate staffing plan.
  • Ensure that VECCS is staffed with competent people; that they are delegated authority and are equitably compensated; and that appropriate limitations of their authority are defined and understood with respect to policy, commitment, expenditures and actions affecting personnel; and that they receive on-going training to assist them in performing their job functions.
  • Responsible for the overall personnel policy, for hiring of key management personnel and oversee the hiring of support personnel, maintenance of salary administration procedures, and has ultimate responsibility and authority for promotions and terminations.
  • Ensure a growth-oriented, skill-centered environment in which staff grows and further develops skills helpful to meeting the goals and objectives of the organization.
  • See that the development of programs authorized by the Board are implemented in a timely manner and that they are effectively administered and controlled.
  • Utilize and implement proven, sound association management practices to ensure the organization meets or exceeds the high standards of association management and is in compliance with applicable state and national rules and policies governing non-profit associations.
  • Coordinate outside contracts to augment intrinsic capabilities of the staff and volunteers.
  • Coordinate Board functions and activities to ensure efficient and effective governance.
  • Be capable of crisis management and of devising remedial actions to resolve issues as necessary consistent with Board policies and directives.

Financial Management

  • Responsible for financial management of the organization and, in coordination with the elected officers and Board, ensure fiscal integrity is maintained.
  • Oversee investments and fundraising activities.
    • Coordinate with the VECCS Finance Committee on policies and issues as necessary to ensure the utmost accuracy and integrity are maintained in Society financial records.
    • Retain and utilize services of outside experts such as accountants, bookkeepers, investment advisors, and attorneys, as needed, for review, advice, and analysis related financial issues and reports.

Membership & Member Services

  • Working with the Board, ensure membership services are robust and responsive to meet the variety of needs of the members; services to include online information and education, career board management, merchandising, etc.
  • Ensure an information management system is in place, utilizing technical experts as needed to augment staff capabilities.
  • Have programs and policies in place to attract new members and incentivize current members renew.

Education & Meetings

  • Oversee IVECCS Director and other key staff responsible for the overall production of the International Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Symposium (IVECCS) which attracts 2500-3000 attendees, 150 exhibitors and utilizes over 60 volunteers. IVECCS has a gross revenue of $2.5 million. Responsibilities of the IVECCS Director include:
    • Effectively coordinate and integrate the programs of the affiliate groups into IVECCS.
    • Serve as primary fund raiser and sponsor coordinator for IVECCS
    • Plan and coordinate all IVECCS planning meetings to ensure the scientific program and all other aspects of IVECCS are successfully woven together.
    • Responsible for all outside contract negotiations to include hotels, meeting facilities, lab facilities, decorator, logistics, registration, staffing, security, food and beverage and general meeting management.
  • Plan and coordinate all aspects of the VECCS Spring Symposium, including but not limited to scientific program development, hotel arrangements, food & beverage management, logistics, contracting for exhibitors, sponsors, etc. Responsible for conducting the symposium in accordance with Board directives with the support of VECCS staff.
  • Develop and coordinate on-line CE programs to serve member needs as directed by the Board.


  • Serve as Managing Editor to ensure the Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (JVECC) is published according to VECCS standards.
  • Secure vendor contracts and/or agreements (i.e. printing, IT, publisher, etc.).
  • Coordinate and oversee the publication of other VECCS’s publications to include IVECCS proceedings, digital media products, promotional brochures, etc.
  • Provide news releases, interviews and other communications as necessary and consistent with the Board of Director’s directives.

Professional Relations  

  • Serve as the professional liaison to ensure strong relations are established and maintained between VECCS and other national and international organizations.
  • Facilitate and negotiate agreements with other professional organizations to ensure VECCS interests are the highest priority.
  • Maintain a strong student support program.
  • Ultimately be the “face of the organization” being clearly identified as the spokesperson and recognizable as the VECCS representative.
  • Have deep understanding of, and appreciation for, related national and international organizations to facilitate mutually beneficial relationships in order to contribute to the global growth of VECCS.
  • Develop and cultivate meaningful relationships with veterinary industry partners.
  • Attend and represent VECCS at various international, national and regional meetings and events.

Board and Volunteer Engagement

  • Ensure that the VECCS Board is kept fully informed on the activities and operations of the Society including proactive communication around progress towards strategic goals and financial performance.
  • Manage and distribute Board meeting agendas as set by the President; obtain necessary reports and ensure Board members have all materials in sufficient time prior to meeting.
  • Oversight of governance training and best practices.
  • Execute and implement all decisions of the Board.
  • Proactively bring ideas for service and program improvements to the Board.
  • Provide appropriate staff liaisons to committees and provide authority to staff members to enable them to properly perform their liaison functions; provide Committee Chairs with the necessary support and assistance.
  • Promote interest and active participation in VECCS activities among the membership and supervise proper communication of activities of the Board and committees through the communication vehicles of the Society.

Chief Executive Officer Profile

The ideal candidate for this position will be an effective, inclusive and relationship-oriented leader able to lead VECCS towards the achievement of its goals and objectives through outstanding organizational oversight.   She or he will bring a variety of experiences and attributes to the Society including:

  • Ability to build and cultivate strong relationships with various constituencies.
  • Excellent and effective communication skills including the ability to articulate the value of VECCS to its diverse members and stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work cooperatively with the Board, staff and stakeholders.
  • Ability to build, lead and motivate an effective team of staff, volunteers and leadership including potentially working with the current Executive Director who will continue to manage IVECCS.
  • Insight and vision in identifying and anticipating trends in veterinary emergency and critical care medicine and how they affect the role of VECCS in this industry.
  • Understanding of the importance of strategic planning and the ability to execute and implement an annual work plan to achieve VECCS’ goals and objectives in line with the Society’s core values.
  • Experience in leading and/or managing associations, societies or businesses.
  • Respectful, honest, transparent, and ethical leadership style; strong moral compass.
  • Ability to lead as well as support the Board and interact effectively.
  • Knowledge and understanding of conference management from Board meetings to major national meetings.
  • Ability to negotiate and manage contracts in support of VECCS and IVECCS functions.


The Chief Executive Officer is committed to VECCS’s mission and vision and should have an authentic interest in improving the delivery and quality of veterinary emergency and critical care. Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people;
  • Comfortable speaking in front of professional groups;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • A persuasive and passionate communicator;
  • The ability to think strategically and critically, synthesize complex issues and information, and manage change;
  • Ability to plan organization-wide activities (setting objectives, developing strategies, budgeting, developing policies and procedures, and organizing the functions necessary to accomplish the activities);
  • Minimum of 5 years of management experience;
  • Has managed or lead a team of 5+;
  • Financial Management experience, including budget preparation and implementation;
  • In-depth knowledge of the management process, especially as it applies to growth and long-term planning;
  • Willingness and ability to travel nationally and internationally 14-16 weeks out the year;
  • Experience maintaining a presence with the public and elected officials;
  • Ability to multitask and oversee many initiatives at once;
  • Passion for the mission, core values and success of VECCS and willingness to embrace the VECCS’s culture; and
  • Respect for the diversity and inclusion of all members.


  • Veterinarian, Veterinary Technician or Veterinary Practice Manager;
  • Familiarity or knowledge of the veterinary medical industry, ideally emergency/critical care;
  • Holds CAE (Certified Association Executive);
  • Veterinary nonprofit or related association management experience;
  • Proven track record of working successfully with a Board;
  • Has served as a CEO, Executive Director or Chief Staff Executive of a non-profit or for-profit organization;
  • A record in growing organizations from a revenue and value perspective;
  • Fundraising experience;
  • Advanced degree, ideally in veterinary clinical medicine, an MBA, MPA or similar;
  • Meeting management experience;
  • Successful track record in securing sponsorships and grants, and in building partnerships with sponsors and industry contacts.


Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements by June 29, 2018 to the search firm. If these items are not provided in their entirety by the deadline, your submission will not be considered.  Also, in the cover letter, please provide brief details stating how you meet the qualifications listed and how you can positively contribute to VECCS now and into the future. Thoughtful responses are greatly appreciated by the search committee.

Compensation: Starting compensation of approximately $170,000 (flexible and commensurate with experience and qualifications)
Benefits: Competitive benefits including healthcare (spouse incl.), profit sharing/401k, cell phone, and pet insurance allowance
Budget: $3.8 million
Location: San Antonio, TX
Telecommuting: Negotiable
Relocation Assistance: No
Application Deadline: June 29, 2018

Send Cover Letter, Resume and Salary Requirements to