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Deborah A. Stone, MBA, Ph.D., CVPM


Deborah Stone owns and operates Stone Veterinary Practice Management (StoneVPM), based in Austin, Texas. She has been involved with the veterinary profession for nearly 30 years and has experience in specialty, emergency and general practice management. She earned her MBA, with a concentration in business management, and completed her Ph.D. in organizational leadership. She is a certified veterinary practice manager, accredited from the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. She devotes time toward community service and holds memberships with many associations. She is a national speaker, the founder of the Austin City Unlimited Veterinary Management Symposium and a published author. She enjoys spending time with her family as well as performing with her bands the LaxaTones, No-Lo Prophets and Home Bass.

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Ken Niedziela


Ken Niedziela is a longtime journalist and editor who started his professional career at The Blade newspaper in Toledo, Ohio, before he moved to Southern California for an array of assignments at The Orange County Register newspaper. He entered magazine journalism in 2008 as managing editor of Veterinary Practice News and later as special projects editor and news editor at Pet Product News International. He was the editor of Veterinary Practice News until January 2017, when he joined NAVC to work on the launch of Today’s Veterinary Business. The Rochester, New York, native earned his journalism degree from Michigan State University. He lives in San Clemente, California, with his wife, Deanne; son, Alex; and daughter, Alyssa.