Practice Management

WSVMA’s 2017-18 Power of Ten class creates practice modernization guide

  |   Practice Management

When charged with the task of developing this year’s class project, members of the Power of 10 Leadership Academy immediately began brainstorming ways to address many of the issues facing veterinary professionals today. As they attempted to narrow their focus to a single issue, they soon found that there simply was not one matter that seemed more pressing than others. Instead, they identified a network of concerns highlighting the changing face of the practice of veterinary medicine. The term ‘practice modernization’...

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VBMA’s 5th Annual Partners in Practice takes place November 10

  |   Practice Management

Washington State University’s Veterinary Business Management Association (VBMA) – ranked #1 globally – is excited to host its Fifth Annual Partners in Practice. The event will take place Saturday, November 10, 2018 at WSU in Pullman. This is an important opportunity to meet veterinary students at all points in their schooling to advertise a job or internship position, market your practice/company, learn about the newest generation of vets, and network with students and fellow veterinary professionals. Partners in Practice will be...

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National Veterinary Technician Week Oct. 14 – 20, 2018 – Show your appreciation

  |   Practice Management

As a critical member of the veterinary healthcare team, veterinary technicians are educated in the latest medical advances and skilled at working alongside veterinarians to give pets the best medical care possible. In honor of the important work they do, NAVTA has proclaimed October 14-20, 2018 to be National Veterinary Technician Week. This annual event recognizes veterinary technicians for their contributions to pet healthcare, as well as to veterinarians, assistants, practice managers and others involved in pet care. Show appreciation...

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A Successful Addition to the Team – Hiring an Associate

  |   Practice Management

Whether it is the first associate hired at your practice or an additional associate, getting the right person to fill the role on the team is essential. Panic hires or hiring out of desperation can feel inevitable at times, but this can mean sacrificing clients, a cohesive environment and overall employee morale.  By taking the time to think about what is important for the entire hospital, it is possible to hire an associate who is a great fit to the...

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Getting New Clients Thru the Door

  |   Practice Management

While practices continue to get better at measuring the success of various performance indicators in the hospital, there is still a need to measure what is working in getting new clients thru your door. Given the financial investment required for many of the ways you market your practice, it is important to know if you are getting return on your investment. What is working for your clinic and what are you doing to ensure new clients are coming to you? Consider...

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Baker Commodities no longer accepting animals euthanized by barbiturates.

  |   Practice Management

Veterinarians who euthanize horses are being told by haulers that Baker Commodities is no longer accepting horses and other animals that have been euthanized “using any barbiturates, pentobarbital, other chemicals harmful to animals, or prohibited chemicals or drugs.” Baker says the new directives are to protect a safe feed product, protect the public food supply chain, and to comply with FDA regulations. They will accept animals that have been euthanized using acceptable methods of euthanasia including penetrating captive bolt to...

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August 15 deadline to complete WSVMA’s Compensation and Benefits Survey

  |   Practice Management

The WSVMA office receives frequent requests for compensation and benefits information specific to the practice of veterinary medicine in Washington. To answer these inquiries, we are compiling data again this year through our bi-annual Compensation and Benefits Survey. The WSVMA is only a handful of state associations that compile and provide such information to its members. The survey is electronic and the link has been sent to practice owners via email, although a paper survey is available. In order to obtain...

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Enhance your practice management expertise

  |   Practice Management

To enhance veterinary practice management, VetPartners has developed Veterinary Practice Management Essentials (VPME), a free digital booklet available for download. The VPME is a free tool developed by veterinarians, practice owners, and management professionals of VetPartners to help elevate financial acumen, business skills and management experience amongst veterinary professionals. The VPME provides an inventory of management and business functions and skills critical to operating a financially viable veterinary hospital. Topics include: Strategic Planning Finance & Accounting Law & Ethics Human...

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Averting Problems with a Social Media Policy

  |   Practice Management

Stories about employees who get fired for their posts on social media have become common in the news. The backlash for companies can be costly when a staff member posts an inappropriate photograph or statement. It’s important to have a social media policy in place for your veterinary practice when staff engage with family, friends, acquaintances and even clients, on social media. While it may not seem like an issue now, a social media policy helps to avert problems by...

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Boosting Your Financial IQ to Maximize Fiscal Performance

  |   Continuing Education, Practice Management

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) and Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) – organizations committed to helping veterinary practices thrive – have entered into a strategic partnership to realize their shared goal of advancing practice health in veterinary medicine.  The collaborators are pleased to announce the launch of a webinar series, Boosting Your Financial IQ to Maximize Fiscal Performance, which is designed to elevate the financial literacy of those involved in veterinary management.  The webinars are available free of charge...

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