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The banker’s role in a practice acquisition

You can’t afford to skip any critical steps when buying a veterinary practice.

Forecast is grim for veterinary services in 2020

Packaged Facts expects a pandemic-related thrashing of the U.S. pet market over the short term.

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The true you

Spend time writing your online biography so that it communicates the essence of your personality and values. Pet owners look for a genuine connection when they search for a veterinarian.

Team up to tackle pain

Too many dogs and cats don’t receive needed relief. Hospital staff should use the power of observation and diagnostics to do what is best for the patient and to build client trust.

Don’t confuse the issue

Shared decision-making between the veterinary team and pet owner promotes better patient outcomes.

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What the corporates get wrong

Successful, happy practice is more about commitment than compliance.

The problem with tone policing

Focusing on the delivery of information rather than the content can impair efforts to have substantive discussions about diversity and inclusion.

Step on up — now

The profession and industry need to support our underfunded state veterinary medical boards before they are pushed aside by politicians.

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leadership

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Don’t shortchange yourself

Practice owners, just like their staff, deserve fair compensation. Revenue is key, of course, but you can increase it by regularly adjusting your fee schedules and eliminating giveaways.

The forgotten team member

Outnumbered and full of responsibility, practice managers aren’t immune to the personal struggles afflicting doctors and staff. Solutions are within reach.

A recipe for success

Leveraging technicians gives them a greater role in patient care and frees veterinarians to focus on active, rather than passive, revenue streams.

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Pick a winner

Don’t try to sell every flea and tick preventive. Settle on a favorite and get to work educating your team and clients.

Is it time for a change?

Core training isn’t just for the athletically inclined. Bring your teams together as often as possible to talk about retail products and client messaging.

How do you measure up?

Client feedback is essential for improving a practice, especially in the purchase of pharmaceuticals and food. If a pet owner is disappointed and you don’t know why and can’t make amends, you might have lost a patient.

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Climate change

HVAC systems do more than just adjust the ambient air temperature. They’re also crucial for controlling odors, humidity and the spread of pathogens.

Don’t shortchange yourself

Practice owners, just like their staff, deserve fair compensation. Revenue is key, of course, but you can increase it by regularly adjusting your fee schedules and eliminating giveaways.

What the corporates get wrong

Successful, happy practice is more about commitment than compliance.

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products

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FDA authorizes Dechra’s generic antibiotic

Marboquin tablets, similar to the Zoetis drug Zeniquin, can be prescribed to treat certain skin and soft tissue infections in cats and dogs.

FDA approves Simparica Trio from Zoetis

The chewable canine drug fights heartworm disease, ticks and fleas, roundworms and hookworms.

Scopio Labs launches high-res digital cytology system

ScopioVet delivers “gold standard” 100X magnification, according to the manufacturer.

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The banker’s role in a practice acquisition

You can’t afford to skip any critical steps when buying a veterinary practice.

How COVID-19 affects your student loans

Conserving cash is a smart move during these trying times even as the government steps in with relief for borrowers.

A 5-step approach to telemedicine

E-consultations might be just what your practice needs — or maybe not. First, you have to assess the situation.

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