My journey to practice ownership
What I learned about running a veterinary hospital and what my former colleagues in industry should consider.
I can’t say I always wanted to be a veterinarian, but I grew up on a farm in rural middle Tennessee and have been surrounded by animals all my life. Becoming a mixed-animal practitioner was my goal throughout veterinary school, and I accomplished it with my very first job. Quite early in my career, however, […]
South Atlantic states show 5 percent gain in clinical volume
The Vetalytix Report
The third quarter was a mixed bag overall, with flea and tick doses tending to lag.
Welcome to The Vetalytix Report for the third quarter of 2018. In previous issues, we reported that the first two quarters proved to be challenging for many veterinarians nationwide as revealed by decreases in product consumption across numerous categories. After a slow start to the year marred by snow and cold in many regions, preventive […]
You and Google
Current and potential clients will learn a lot about your practice at a glance if you properly manage your free Google My Business entry.
Mobile devices have changed the landscape of how people find businesses. Because smartphones are with us wherever we travel, we have access to information 24/7. Hungry? Look at “Restaurants near me” to find out what is close by, see menus and check busy times. The snow is melting and mosquitoes are emerging? A search for […]
Protect and Defend
Make sure you are adequately covered against medical missteps and that your insurance provider will fight for you during a state license challenge.
Companion animals play an ever-increasing role in society. They have migrated from the barn and backyard to become members of the household, spending their days lounging on our couches and beds. Therefore, it is not surprising that when a pet dies or experiences an adverse event during the delivery of veterinary care, the owner frequently […]
Sustainable and resilient
Environmentally friendly hospitals help pay for themselves through lower energy costs. The right light fixtures and appliances and even the building’s orientation are major factors.
When it comes to a project’s environmental impact, much is made about building-rating programs such as LEED and Green Globes. People equate a high rating with a good environmentally sound design and assume that no other steps can be taken. While LEED and Green Globes are legitimate rating programs, many people don’t know that nonprofit […]
A place to call your own
Becoming an independent practice owner carries many risks, but the rewards can be hefty if you have a knack for business and are willing to sacrifice sizable paychecks for a while.
I have noticed a surge in the number of associate veterinarians interested in starting a practice. Whether this interest is the result of skyrocketing sales prices for existing practices, the desire to create something of one’s own or other factors, I am seeing new privately owned startups, even in areas with many competitors. Of the […]
5 ways to better manage labor
Being creative with employee schedules and developing a team-oriented culture can lead to a more profitable practice.
In the midst of the day-to-day flurry of wagging tails and purring patients, it’s easy to lose sight of strategies that can help keep a veterinary hospital healthy and running smoothly. Developing a plan to effectively manage labor costs is one strategy that can help do just that. The cost of labor is one of […]
Persuading clients to sign up for coverage can ensure top-notch patient care, improve a clinic’s bottom line and boost a veterinarian’s production pay. Try these seven strategies.
A veterinarian has many reasons to recommend pet health insurance to her clients. Among them is the fact that insured pet owners are more likely to bring the animal in at the first sign of illness or injury rather than hold back out of “fear of the big bill.” And they are much more likely […]
Take control of employee health insurance costs by selecting the right plan and benefits. Self-funding, captives and a level-funded program are your primary options.
If you’re a veterinary practice owner who has decided to offer group health insurance benefits to your staff, you’ve likely done so for one of three reasons: Your practice is large enough that you’re required to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate (more than 50 full-time-equivalent employees) and you’d rather not pay penalties […]
See the light
The smart use of natural illumination supports the health and happiness of patients, employees and clients. Artificial light has its place, too, but you should be selective.
What if I told you about a simple strategy that would make team members feel more alert, improve their attitude and attendance, and help them achieve higher goals? It also would help clients feel more relaxed and, most importantly, reduce patient stress. When implemented during a hospital’s construction or renovation, it would cost very little […]