Do we really want to postpone preventive care?
In these pandemic days, wellness visits might not be a priority, but the risks to animal health aren’t going away.
Like all of us, I’m following with great interest the changing landscape of COVID-19 and am especially appreciative of our associations’ continuously updating the profession and providing expert guidance. However, I’m troubled by the recommendation that we postpone preventive care. I’m struck by our profession’s long-term discounting of the value of wellness care. With tens […]
Telemedicine to the rescue
Remote tools can help blunt COVID-19’s impact on veterinary practices.
As a practicing veterinarian for a quarter century, I have never experienced a time like this, when vets must be as concerned about potentially sick pet owners as we are about the clients’ sick pets. Many clients are understandably reluctant to come to the office for a face-to-face consultation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Added to […]
How to modernize your veterinary practice
Embrace new techniques to increase customer satisfaction, boost productivity and drive revenue long term.
The world has gone digital, with nearly all major industries embracing technology wholeheartedly to streamline operations and improve customer experiences. Whether it’s a restaurant that offers online reservations and ordering, a physician’s office that provides telemedicine services for its patients, or an e-commerce retailer that proactively displays curated selections based on a customer’s unique tastes […]
TV’s critter fixers
A new Nat Geo Wild program showcases two Georgia veterinarians who were also Tuskegee classmates.
It’s a tense moment at Critter Fixer Veterinary Hospital in Bonaire, Georgia, as Vernard L. Hodges, DVM, struggles to get a French bulldog puppy to breathe after a planned C-section. Earlier, Dr. Hodges and his business partner, Terrence Ferguson, DVM, did pregnancy checks on four alpacas and treated a skin condition on a rescue horse. […]
For your employees’ benefit and yours
Compensation is more than just a paycheck. Health coverage, retirement plans and tuition reimbursement can help a practice recruit and keep talented workers.
Employee fringe benefits are a hot topic for many U.S. employers, and as long as businesses have to compete for talented workers, benefits will remain front of mind for hiring managers. Benefits significantly influence a person’s quality of life, and they help compensate employees for the value they provide to the business. A healthy benefits package […]
Employee health insurance and the small practice owner
From reimbursing premiums to group policies to self-funding, companies have several choices.
2020 is just around the corner, and with the new year come changes to health insurance standards and employee expectations. As insurance spending continues to increase year over year, small veterinary practices often struggle to compete with larger practices for top talent. Below is a summary of the top three health care options that a […]
Automation gets the job done
You don’t have to do everything as a practice owner. From bookkeeping to budgeting, technology will save you time and money.
I was listening to the dreams of a soon-to-be owner of a one-doctor veterinary clinic. The young gentleman was truly excited, and he was inspired to implement trendy solutions to change the old practice. His ideas were bold but humble in timing. One step at a time was his motto — renovate an abandoned building, […]
The SBA 504 solution
A Small Business Administration program allows business owners to purchase real estate with 10% down and at a below-market interest rate.
Veterinarians who own their practice should absolutely own the building. The benefits of owning outweigh those of leasing, and deciding to purchase a building is one of the most significant steps a business can take toward securing its future. When you own your building, you have peace of mind. Occupancy costs will be steady month […]
Don’t be a fraidy-cat when marketing
Advertising is a whole different animal. You first need to focus on a marketing plan that is actionable and measurable.
I vividly remember a conversation from my childhood. Driving with my dad to his office, we passed a billboard of an attorney with whom my dad had graduated. My 10-year-old self eagerly exclaimed, “You should get a billboard, too!” I’ll never forget his response: “If you need a billboard, you aren’t a very good attorney.” […]
Enjoy the payoff from a new client payment system
The latest technology can assist with data analytics and inventory management. The ability to accept chip cards fights fraud.
How consumers pay for services is always changing, so making sure your veterinary practice’s payment system is up to date is crucial. Answering the four questions below can help you determine whether the time is right for an update. 1. Does your current payment system provide access to business analytics? Legacy payment systems do not […]