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Innovations to watch in veterinary medicine

Wearable medical devices, biomarker and genetic testing, 3D printing and virtual care are among the advancements impacting the veterinary industry.

Sixty-seven percent of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet, according to the 2019-2020 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA, americanpetproducts.org). With the increasing number of pet owners, the demand for quality veterinary services is also experiencing strong growth. Keeping up to date on the latest […]

Tips for sharing clinic space with a veterinary specialist

A multitude of specialty services can generate revenue, build stronger client relationships and provide better care for your veterinary patients.

A thriving veterinary practice is one that continually evolves. Do you have some underutilized space in your facility and wish it could be leveraged to generate more revenue? Consider a creative arrangement with a specialist where you provide the overhead and the radiologist, surgeon, dermatologist or fill-in-the-blank-specialist provides the services. You both could be on […]

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Experts weigh in on the biggest changes coming to the veterinary industry

Artificial intelligence, regenerative medicine and an increasing minimum wage ranked among our experts’ movers and shakers.

Change is the only constant for anyone working in a veterinary practice or related business. While this is true for many industries in a technology driven world, it hits veterinary professionals particularly hard as they feel the pressure to not only stay up to date on the latest tools and techniques for treating patients, but […]

The value of integrative veterinary medicine

This field benefits patients and improves the clinic’s bottom line.

As most veterinary professionals know, the health of a patient is more than the sum of its various parts and systems. Besides absence of illness or injury, a pet’s well-being encompasses lifestyle, nutrition, behavior and exercise. Nobody understands this like veterinarians who take an integrative approach to patient care. Treatments and services such as acupuncture, […]

nutraceuticals

Cash in on the opportunity

Clients want veterinarians to provide advice and recommendations about nutraceuticals. If you’re not part of the discussion and not stocking supplements, pet owners will look somewhere else.

If you haven’t been hiding under a rock for the past several years, you’ve undoubtedly heard that clients have an ever-increasing number of sources of pet health products, services and information. And you’ve probably seen a steady decrease in your bottom line as your clients turn to those external sources, leading to the sense that […]

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The first-time practice owner

Legal Lingo

Opening a veterinary clinic is a fabulous opportunity, but planning for it is best done one step at a time.

Starting a veterinary practice is an exciting endeavor for any clinician, but trials and tribulations are a normal part of the process. I’ve found that the following seven steps will help establish the foundation for a successful start-up. 1. Develop an Airtight Business Plan Creating a business plan — the framework for opening a practice […]

cranky client

From enraged to engaged

If your first thought is to fire cranky clients, don’t. Anyone can have a bad day or even a bad year. Dig deeper into their discontent and earn their admiration.

A cranky old cat hides inside all of us. Most of the time she’s napping, but when we haven’t gotten enough sleep or we’re overwhelmed by work, she wakes up. And the world knows it. What sets her off might appear trivial or insignificant, but she’ll still hiss with irrational and unexpected malice. Months into […]

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3 trends advancing practice software

Mobile apps save time by quickly connecting the veterinary team to the records system and to clients. Also here to stay and evolving quickly are telemedicine and artificial intelligence.

If the only true technology constant is change, then 2020 has been an exemplar for technology in the veterinary industry. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, veterinary clinics of all sizes have been forced to reconcile with technology changes in adapting their workflows. While change can be stressful and disruptive, it can have a silver lining. […]

Kristina Kanani Henricks financing

Be right on the money

If you need capital for a practice start-up, upgrade or expansion, should you pursue debt or equity financing? With one you answer to a lender and the other to an investor.

Kristina Kanani Henricks, DMV, MS, Ph.D., was following her dream when she opened Good Karma Spay and Neuter Clinic in Hilo, Hawaii, this past summer. “I had no idea how hard it would be to secure financing,” Dr. Henricks said. “My credit score is exemplary, and I am an experienced veterinarian, so I thought I […]

fleas ticks

The choice is yours

When it comes to fleas and ticks, clients will be motivated to buy preventives from you if you focus on convenience, cost, compliance and a select number of products.   

Fleas and ticks, like cockroaches, have been around much longer than pets and people. They don’t disappear or hunker down during public health crises. They do what fleas and ticks have always done: cause irritation, infection and even infectious diseases. Because of that, veterinarians planning their seasonal or year-round attack on fleas and ticks have […]

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