Spring Solving Event Rules


By making a submission (“Submission”) to the Veterinary Visionaries challenge event (“Program”), you agree that your Submission will be subject to the Contest Rules below. All decisions related to the Submission shall be made by the Veterinary Visionaries collaboration, including its founding organizations (the “Collaborative”) and/or its designees, which decisions shall be final and binding in all respects relating to this Program. 


You must be at least 18 years of age. The Program is void where prohibited by law. Program is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws.  Other Submission terms and restrictions can be found here. <<embed link to submission terms>>


The Contest organizer is the Collaborative.  The list of the Collaborative’s participating companies can be found here.  To contact the Collaborative, send an email directly to hello@veterinaryvisionaries.org.  Or, feel free to reach out to the American Animal Hospital Association, one of the early founders of the Collaborative, at the following address:

American Animal Hospital Association
12575 W Bayaud Ave
Lakewood, CO 80228

CareCredit, IDEXX, and Boehringer Ingleheim are not sponsors of the contest and do not endorse, recommend, warrant, or take responsibility for the contest or related prize fulfillment.


To enter the contest, your Submission:

  • Must be submitted on the https://vv.ideascale.com website (the “Website”)
  • Must be submitted through the Collaborative’s submission form on the Website
  • Must provide enough detail, as requested on the submission form, to be evaluated
  • Must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm MST May 27, 2022 


Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Systemic | The idea is a multi-level approach that drives broad system-level change.
  • Innovative | The idea introduces new or improved solutions or methods that are not currently common practice in veterinary medicine.
  • Evidence-based | The idea is supported by scientific evidence or expert consensus in relevant fields.
  • High Impact | The idea has the potential to make significant improvements in mental health and psychological well-being within the veterinary ecosystem.
  • Broad Reach | A significant proportion of veterinary professionals and students will be exposed to the idea.
  • Feasible | The idea has a high likelihood of being developed and implemented successfully.
  • Sustainable | The actions and benefits from this idea will continue beyond its initial implementation.
  • Coherent | The idea is consistent with the needs and culture of the veterinary ecosystem.

There will be an expert panel of evaluators who select the contest’s winning submissions using the above criteria.  The panel includes:

  • David Ballard, PsyD, MBA, MA, Founder and Principal, GhostNote Consulting, U.S. | UK | Global
    (formerly Senior Director, Office of Applied Psychology, American Psychological Association)
  • Courtney Keim, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, Bellarmine University
  • Addie Reinhard, DVM, Founder MentorVet
  • Phillip Richmond, DVM, CAPP, CPPC, CCFP, Chair, FVMA Wellness & Wellbeing Committee
  • Elizbeth Strand, Ph.D., LCSW, Founder and Director, Veterinary Social Work Program, University of Tennessee

Evaluators will use a weighting system where submissions will be ranked with ~75% weighted on the evaluation criteria and ~25% based on idea popularity as identified by the community of users of the Website.

Judging will be completed by July 1, 2022 with results announced soon thereafter. 


A single Grand Prize of $2,000 cash will be awarded to the person with the top-ranked idea.  Three runner-up $1,000 cash prizes will also be awarded based on the evaluators’ rankings.