Student debt and well-being are at the core of VIN Foundation’s mission in supporting veterinary colleagues. This course provides simple and engaging content to help encourage success and happiness in your veterinary career. Available for free through a collaboration with the VIN Foundation, VIN, and drip.vet, the course is delivered via the drip teaching methodology. You will receive an email with video, audio, and text every other day to lead you down the path to personal financial wellness.
VIN Foundation Board Member Dr. Tony Bartels graduated in 2012 from the Colorado State University combined MBA/DVM program and is an employee of the Veterinary Information Network (VIN). He and his wife, a small-animal internal medicine specialist practicing in Denver, have more than $400,000 in veterinary-school debt that they manage using federal income-driven repayment plans. By necessity (and now obsession), his professional activities include researching and speaking on veterinary-student debt, providing guidance to colleagues on loan-repayment strategies and contributing to VIN Foundation resources. Beyond debt, his professional interests include small- and exotic-animal practice. When he’s not staring holes into his colleagues’ student-loan data, Tony enjoys fly fishing, ice hockey, camping and exploring Colorado with his wife, Audra, and their two rescued canines, Herbie and Addi.
Dr. Roasa has earned his veterinary and Master’s degrees from Texas A&M University and his law degree from the University of Nebraska. He has worked for Banfield in Phoenix and has owned and operated a mixed animal practice in the mountains of Colorado. He has co-founded and co-owns a group of practices in Nebraska, operates a law practice and delivers on-line CE via drip.vet. He is the past president of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association and a national co-advisor to the Veterinary Business Management Association. His wife, Abby, is also a veterinarian (they were classmates). They have 3 children, a Jack Russell Terrier named Milo and a Standard Poodle named Maeve, and a whole herd of horses!