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agreement

Close the deal

Legal Lingo

When negotiating an employment agreement with an associate veterinarian, start with the basics — at-will or contract? — and go from there.

Managing your veterinary practice can be overwhelming, but protecting your business is of the utmost importance. That’s why having a solid employment agreement with an associate veterinarian — one delineating pay and responsibilities — is critical. For an employment agreement to be enforceable, what need to exist are a clear job offer, an acceptance of […]

shelter

The fearless journey of a homeless pet

Fearless

Veterinary practices should partner with shelter and rescue organizations to ensure that animals are ready for adoption and get the lifelong medical care they deserve. A new Fear Free program can help.

U.S. shelter groups care for approximately 10 million or more homeless animals annually, mostly dogs and cats. Why is this important to small animal practices? Because we should strive to: Make these dogs and cats our patients and their new owners our clients. Improve and maintain the animals’ physical and emotional health. Help the pets […]

student loans

Find your financial footing

Financial Wellness

Are you stressing over an enormous student loan balance? Peace of mind is achievable if you follow three steps.

What’s the most important issue facing the veterinary profession? It’s student debt, according to the Merck Veterinary Wellbeing Study. In the study of more than 3,500 veterinarians, over 91% ranked student debt as a “critically” or “moderately important” issue facing the industry. High levels of student debt cause serious psychological distress such as depression, anxiety […]

learning

Always be learning

Creative Disruption

The path to enlightenment is paved with lecture halls and PowerPoint presentations. Or we can try something different. In the end, we need to be engaged, excited and current.

The continuing education myth is the fallacy that attending CE events keeps veterinary professionals current with contemporary standards of practice. Remember when your professor told you that half of everything you learn today will be obsolete in five years? Man, was she right! Lifelong learners, that’s what we all aspire to be. In fact, we […]

dog shortage

The dog shortage is real

Politics and Policy

The flourishing import market poses genuine health threats. Certifying large commercial U.S. breeders could be a worthwhile solution.

Mark the summer of 2019 as when the United States finally took seriously the issue of how many dogs, mainly puppies, were being allowed into the country illegally each year and the perilous condition of their health. To understand the situation, we need to step back and understand where we’ve been. A 2015 Moore Information […]

strategic

What’s your game plan?

Take Charge

You can’t rely on a stroke of luck to get your practice to the next level. Strategic planning and written goals are essential.

When executed well, strategic planning sessions can be an invigorating experience where dreamers and number crunchers join forces to improve a veterinary practice. If these leadership meetings are not part of your hospital’s culture, here are ways to get started. Review the Mission, Vision and Core Values Formal leadership gatherings are a great time to […]

technicians

5 things you didn’t learn in school

Getting Technical

Your clinical skill set is important, of course, but there’s more to being a veterinary technician if you want to thrive and survive.

Veterinary technicians enroll in credentialing programs for many reasons — a love of animals, a love of science or the desire to make a difference in the lives of pets, to name just a few. Inside the classroom and in clinic rotations, there is so much to learn, from chemistry, anatomy and radiology to pharmacology, […]

So far, so good in 2019

The Vetalytix Report

Overall clinical volume was positive in all regions during the third quarter.

Welcome to The Vetalytix Report for the third quarter of 2019. In the tables that follow, we reaffirm the theme that no two markets for veterinary medicine are identical and that the practices serving those markets face unique challenges. For the independent practice to thrive in today’s hypercompetitive environment, it’s critical to understand the definition of […]

builder’s risk

Building a case for a builder’s risk policy

Protect and Defend

You should purchase additional insurance coverage whenever your practice is under construction or undergoing a facelift.

Are you considering building, expanding or remodeling your veterinary hospital? Before starting any construction or renovation project, make sure you have the proper insurance coverage in place. Your property will be at risk of several exposures significantly different from those associated with an operational veterinary facility. Many of these exposures are typically not covered by […]

communication

Fix the disconnect

H.R. Huddle

Bad communication will stunt a veterinary practice’s growth. Staff meetings and active listening can ease tensions and create a more productive workplace.

When you look back at your former teachers, you realize that some people make learning more engaging and communicate concepts better than others. They all might have the same degree of knowledge, but not everyone possesses the communication skills needed to effectively share that knowledge. In the same vein, someone can be incredibly knowledgeable in […]

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