2020: We start a new decade of education, support and friendship.

2020 Membership drive is open. We have individual membership for only $50.00 per year. This allows you to attend any meeting we sponsor and any meeting we co-sponsor with NJVMA.  It's a great way to meet other managers and exchange ideas and techniques on managing a veterinary practice. Click on membership from tab to sign up.

January 2020 Posting:

Meetings coming in the next several months. 

NJVTC March 8th, 2020

NJVHMA March 26, 2020

NJVMA May 15-17, 2020

Information on these meetings can be found on link above: Events and Meetings of Interest.

January 2020 Posting

Opioid FAQs and requirements for Veterinarians.

As of January 2020 minimum wage increase goes into effect. 

For more information on any of these articles, click on  Articles of Interest above.

We have new articles being added to reference library in the members only side of our website. To be able to accesses the members only side you must be a member of NJVHMA in good standing. To join, you must click the members tab at bottom of page and put in your email address and password. Once confirmed as a member in good standings you will be granted permission to accesses information.

New Laws will be going into effect by end on June 2019. Others will or have gone into effect in the next 6 months. More information can be found in our Articles of Interest section. A must read.

To all of our members and non -members we are making our Newsletter available for viewing by clicking here.. Our Winter newsletter is available for viewing under the membership section of our website. Just sign in and click on newsletter tab.

We have new Hoodies for sale on our online store. Click on NJVHMA store tab and then NJVHMA items. We also have Hot and Cold Bottles with paw prints. Also on our store page.

Start the New Year off right by joining NJVHMA. The 2019 memberships are being accepted now. Forms can be downloaded from our home page or follow the direction to our on line store. Once a member sign up for membership accesses to our website by going to the bottom of this page and clicking on Member tab. This will allow you to enter the members only site where we have a video library, article library and resource library. This is free with membership.

Check out our New Products and Services tab.

We will be posting new products and service offered to veterinary hospitals throughout the year.


Management agenda is available on our Event and Meeting of Interest Tab, to view click here.

Aug 29, 2019

Bi-Annual meeting will be held at Red Bank Vet. Hospital. Sept 18, 2019. For complete information click on NJVHMA Event Schedule tab.

May 9, 2019 NJVMA/ NJVHMA Management Meeting on Sales Tax and Labor Issues. Held at NorthStar Veterinary Hospital  Go to Event and Meeting of Interest Tab for more information.

March 21, 2019 Spring Meeting at Oradell Veterinary Hospital. Click here to find out more.

NJVMA Veterinary Education Conference March 8-10, 2019. Click here for more info.


February 8th is the end of early registration. Sign up to receive savings. Only 4 weeks until the meeting.

Please see map on our NJVHMA Event Schedule tab for parking at RBVH. Please do not park anywhere near the building. Thank you.

The NJVHMA tries to tackle everyday practice problems from a realistic and experienced perspective. Management issues involving hiring, firing, staff discipline, employment laws, training, continuing education, client compliance and practice profitability are discussed at almost every meeting. We work in groups or in round-table discussions and almost every meeting begins with an industry-renowned speaker. Imagine having some of our industry's most experienced and innovative professionals available to speak with for the whole day! Meeting locations are rotated throughout the state. We also have regional meetings. These meetings are informal discussions about issues we face every day.

We also have the support of the NJVMA and NJVTA! We continue to join our efforts to help all areas of the veterinary profession in our state! So how can you go wrong by joining a group that is here to help you, your staff, our profession and our state!

Interested hospital owners or managers should contact Mandi Vilares at njvhma@gmail.com or sign up for LinkedIn. Then request to join NJVHMA under group search.

Once a member, you can also join the conversation onwww.LinkedIn.com. For more information visit our website www.njvhma.com or our Facebook page! New Jersey is home to so many talented veterinary professionals. We hope that answering this invitation is the first step all of us will take to come together, exchange ideas and enrich our profession.

Jim Harper
Trenton | New Jersey Veterinary Hospital Managers Association | 609-888-2812

Our Staff

  • Karen Critchley
    Membership Committee

    I am a graduate of the Bergen Community College, Veterinary Technician Program in 2004, where I received a degree in Applied Science. I joined Oradell Animal Hospital in 2003 as a veterinary assistant, shortly after I became a LVT. Over the next few years, I became a supervisor, and then moved to my current position as the Patient Services Manager. 

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  • Jon-Eric Bjorling

    Jon Eric’s first job was at P.F. Chang’s in Princeton when he was 16 years old, being trained in every position of the restaurant including management. By age 19 he attended Mercer County Community College and had completed a managerial internship through P.F. Chang’s that counted as credits towards his business management degree.

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  • Jim Harper

    Jim Harper has worked at Hamilton Veterinary Hospital as the hospital manager from 1995 to present. He was promoted to Hospital Administrator in 2004 to present. Jim has spent more than 45 years in the veterinary field. Early years as a high school student Jim was enrolled in the Co-operative Industrial Education program at his high school as a veterinary technician.

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  • Heidi Milano

    Heidi Milano has been the working at Raritan Animal Hospital since 2010 and in 2012 became the Practice Manager. She started working as a receptionist and veterinary assistant back in 1994 at Midtown Animal Clinic in Manhattan.

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  • Carol Olea

    Carol Olea is the Client Services Manager at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. She has been with the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital Network for fifteen years. She also participates in the Assistant Technician Program at Brookdale College teaching a class in Client Services. She graduated from Union College and pursued an Equine Career with Thoroughbred Racehorses.

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  • Eileen Schuck

    My name is Eileen Schuck and I am the Director of Vet-I-Care. Working at NorthStar VETS Emergency Specialty Veterinary Practice has truely inspired me to forward this foundation towards its mission.

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  • Stephen Tracey

    Stephen's focus is designed about refining opportunities in the veterinary field. Focused on real life solutions to common and core problems we walk you through the transition periods. Small project or long term culture change? He is with you every step of the way.

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  • Mandi Vilares

    Since 1998, Mandi has been enjoying the field of veterinary medicine. She began her career as a client service representative. Having a lifelong love of animals, it's no wonder that she quickly fell in love with the industry. She later accepted a full time technician position and enjoyed several years of hands-on nursing with the development of her technical and surgery skills.

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  • Tammy Veerland
    Board Member

    Tammy has worked in the veterinary industry since 1988 when she started as a customer service representative at Cranbury Veterinary Hospital.  She moved from there to Route 516 Animal Hospital where she trained to become a veterinary technician and then head technician.  In 2003, she began work at Sayrebrook Veterinary Hospital as a technician, and has been there ever since.  In 2013, she took on the role of assistant practice manager.

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