Corporatization, Unions and Your Veterinary Team
There’s a convergence of 21st century conditions that are challenging the old ways of veterinary practice. Veterinarians rely on support staff to enhance and improve the quality and delivery of veterinary medicine, but it’s increasingly difficult to attract and retain them. And now, corporate medicine is quickly changing the practice landscape and there are rumors afoot about unionizing. What’s a veterinary practice to do?
This forum will help veterinarians and team members understand why it’s difficult to attract and keep technical staff, how corporate medicine may or may not affect entry and retention of the veterinary team, and what it means for the profession to unionize.
Here are the burning questions we’ll address:
Why am I having trouble finding and keeping technical staff in my practice?
How is corporate medicine changing what it’s like to work in veterinary medicine? Does it have an impact on entry and retention into the profession?
There are whispers about unionizing the veterinary profession. What do we need to know as practice owners, hospital managers, and support staff?
What changes are needed to attract and retain a veterinary team so I can enjoy a thriving practice, regardless of whether my practice is private or corporate ?
Rebecca Rose, CVT
Rebecca Rose, CVT, is the founder and president of CATALYST Veterinary Practice Consultants. She has over 30 years of involvement in the veterinary community including working at a mixed animal practice in rural Colorado, experience as a practice manager of two AAHA-accredited animal hospitals, a veterinary practice management consultant and a collaborator with industry partners. She is a Past President of the CACVT (2002) and National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (2016). Her book, Career Choices for Veterinary Technicians; Opportunities for Animal Lovers, co-authored with Dr. Carin Smith, was originally published in 2009 by the American Animal Hospital Association and revised in 2013.
Scott Spaulding, DVM
Scott Spaulding, entrepreneur and inspirational leader in the veterinary industry, combines exceptional business management skills, financial acumen, strategic foresight, and leadership skills to educate, mentor, and support practice owners, entrepreneurs, and professional groups seeking to improve business profitability and enhance work-life integration. Dr. Spaulding is Badger Veterinary Hospital’s president and CEO, joining the practice in 1992 as an equine doctor and becoming a practice shareholder in 1996. Badger Veterinary Hospital has grown to a three-location mixed animal practice in Southern Wisconsin. Dr. Spaulding is founder and president of Mixed Animal Veterinary Associates North America, Inc. (MAVANA), a nationwide group of 21 mixed animal, equine, and companion animal practices.
Kent McClure, DVM, JD
Dr. Kent McClure is the AVMA Chief Government Relations Officer where he leads the AVMA Advocacy Strategic Business Unit, which includes all of the AVMA federal and state advocacy efforts. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University, and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. Prior to joining the AVMA Dr. McClure served as the General Counsel for the Animal Health Institute.
David Gill, DVM
Dr. David Gill is an emergency medicine practitioner at BluePearl in Seattle. He’s a founding member of the effort to form a union for veterinary professionals. A 1987 graduate of UC Davis, Dr. Gill enjoys the challenging aspects of emergency medicine, the quickly changing focus from one patient to the next, and being able to help both suffering animals and their families. At home, Dr. Gill enjoys the company of his wife, two daughters, one cat, two guinea pigs, 12 hens and three dogs.
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