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Are Large Animal Practitioners Ready for Corporate Practice?

Image from College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida A large share of small animal practices turned corporate have several things in common. Corporate medicine allows veterinarians to escape the management aspects of a large practice and the majority of veterinarians want a profitable exit from a profitable practice.  The …

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Practices and Methods

Protecting Against Bioterrorism

Image from VCA Animal Hospitals Veterinarians are already versed in the understanding of infectious disease and toxicants; this understanding must now be applied to bioterrorism agents. Since the Pandora’s box of anthrax has already been opened, this discussion will be restricted to the most probable spectrum of biologic agents terrorists might consider.  …

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Supplemented Diets Can Boost Piglet Immunity

Image from FeedNavigator.com Swine diets supplemented with fish oil and spray-dried plasma may boost immunity in piglets and eliminate the use of growth-promoting antibiotics in piglets younger than 21 days, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service reported today. Researchers at the ARS Livestock Issues Research Unit in Lubbock, Texas, …

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Life Insurance for the Pet with Cancer

Image from TrustedChoice.com While many believe that a chance to cut is a chance to cure, when cancer might have spread outside the primary site, adjuvant chemo-therapy should be considered.  The word “adjuvant” means the use of additional measures to prevent or delay the cancer’s recurrence. This type of treatment …

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Tips for Gaining Repeat Customers

Examine a veterinary practice that provides award-winning service, and it becomes clear that it’s because of all the small things the staff does right. I frequently tell my staff it’s the 101 or the 1001 little things we do that make our clinic a great practice.  Here are 10 of my …

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Designing, Remodeling, and Equipping the Practice

Building or remodeling a clinic can be more than just including an extra exam room or larger office space. Today’s clinics are becoming one-stop shops.  Technology has also advanced so that services normally associated with referral clinics can be incorporated into small practices. With the function of veterinary clinics changing, …

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Practices and Methods

Customer Service is the Entire Staff’s Job

In her book Client Satisfaction Pays (AAHA Press, 1998), Carin Smith, DVM, sums it all up: “Client satisfaction is whatever your clients say it is.”  The challenge, Dr. Smith said, lies in “taking the time and effort to think about it and to take action, in the midst of a …

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Cheat Sheets Come of Age

Image from veccs.org Reference charts in the exam room. Sticky notes tacked inside the pharmaceutical cabinet. Procedures transcribed on scratch paper and taped to a crash cart.   Sound familiar? Most clinics use these quick-reference sheets of one sort or another, whether they reference the life cycle of a flea, drug …

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Some Library Recommendations

Reptiles and Amphibians  §         Feldman, BV, et. al. Schalm’s Veterinary Hematology. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, 2000.  §         Frye, FL.  Biomedical and Surgical Aspects of Captive Reptile Husbandry. Krieger Publishing, 1991.  §         Girling, Simon and Paul Raiti. BSAVA Manual of Reptiles. Blackwell Publishing, 2004.  §         Mader, Douglas and Geoff Stein.  Reptile Medicine and Surgery, Elsevier, 2005.  §         Pough, F.H., and Robin M. …

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Continuing Education Gains Momentum

Lifelong learning has been part of veterinary education for many years. The availability and form of continuing education has changed as the accumulation of knowledge increases in speed and requires an organized and efficient delivery to veterinarians and veterinary technicians.  In the 1950s and ‘60s, the American Veterinary Medical Assn. …

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