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The Price of Success

Politics and Policy

From A to V, here’s what you can expect from legislators and regulators on policy issues involving pet health care.

My company, Animal Policy Group, employs a team of four researchers who track legislation and state board or agency actions in 50 states and the District of Columbia 365 days a year. Believe it or not, last year we monitored over 15,000 pieces of legislation affecting veterinarians or pets. Most of those bills fell to […]

practice owner

Ownership Is a Great Idea

Money Matters

Nothing is guaranteed, but investing in and running a veterinary hospital can be a win-win financially and for your career.

At some point in their career, all veterinarians in private practice imagine their ideal hospital — from the type and level of medicine practiced to the diagnostic equipment purchased to the experience that clients would expect. To create that ideal practice, you need to own the business. Becoming an owner is achievable regardless of how […]

residents

6 Ways to Reverse the Specialist Shortage

Innovation Station

How we train residents isn’t sustainable. Online learning and greater collaboration between universities and private practice are among the solutions.

I followed a relatively typical path to becoming a veterinary ophthalmologist. I graduated from an accredited veterinary school, matched and completed a one-year rotating internship at an academic institution, and then did a two-year private practice ophthalmology residency alongside dedicated board-certified mentors. I attended MD program lectures and rounds, spent a month here and there […]

veterinary technicians

Let’s Embrace Techs and Tech

Creative Disruption

Making full use of a veterinary nurse’s skills and competencies can help more pets get the care they need and make the practice even more successful.

I’m certain that readers will agree when I remind them that veterinary professionals are brilliant, charming, good-looking, popular and humble. Can’t forget humble. In fact, we’ve never been more popular. Don’t believe me? Just look at your appointment book. Everyone wants to spend time with you. An American Pet Products Association survey reported that 11.38 […]

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A Crisis Situation

Protect and Defend

The pandemic upended how veterinary care is provided. Make sure your business is adequately protected.

COVID-19, the little virus responsible for so much tragedy, changed our collective future in a few short months. We are at a crossroads today. On one hand, we mourn the unprecedented loss. On the other, we rejoice in an incredible scientific achievement: Modern science and technology delivered multiple highly effective vaccines within a time frame […]

injectable

Forget-Me-Nots

Prescribing long-acting injectable drugs drives compliance and return visits and gives the pet exactly what it needs.

Advances in veterinary medicine and pharmacology are giving practitioners access to more options than ever in the treatment of companion animals. A newer technology that’s changing the product landscape is the long-acting injectable. Drugs like ProHeart, Cytopoint, Adequan and others offer several advantages over oral take-home medications. Chief among the advantages? Client compliance. “To me, […]

independent contractors

Classified Information

Legal Lingo

Employers pay the price if they don’t follow the rules on who is and isn’t an independent contractor.

Are they employees of yours or 1099 independent contractors? On Jan. 6, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor clarified the guidelines for classifying workers as independent contractors under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which among other things establishes minimum wage and overtime pay for private-sector employees. The final rule, which went into effect March 8, […]

pet crematory

Final Farewells

Doing on-site pet cremations can give a veterinary practice an advantage over its competitors and even generate revenue from them.

Have you ever considered turning your veterinary clinic into a referral practice? We’re not talking about taking on supercomplicated medical cases but rather providing after-care services. For around $100,000, give or take, you could install an on-site crematory and start a new revenue stream, compassionately assisting not only your grieving clients but also pet owners […]

dental care

9 Tips to Sink Your Teeth Into

How you communicate with clients and what you do behind the scenes can help grow your practice’s dental revenue.

Paul Camilo didn’t plan on working in the veterinary industry for long when he became a kennel assistant at Hometown Animal Hospital and All Pets Dental. But within two weeks of starting his Weston, Florida, job, he saw a Rottweiler get a set of braces, and that made him do a double take. Working under […]

smarter not harder

Less Is More

Practice Smarter

Fine-tune how your hospital is run so that you don’t have to work so hard.

A great catchphrase is: “Practice smarter, not harder.” But what does it mean exactly? Here’s what veterinarians and practices can do to bring the concept to life. Leverage Your Team Leveraging has to do with the number of full-time support staff you have compared with the number of full-time doctors. The “normal” practice has a […]

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