Today's Veterinary Business

DEC 2018

Today’s Veterinary Business provides information and resources designed to help veterinarians and office management improve the financial performance of their practices, allowing them to increase the level of patient care and client service.

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Sandy Walsh Getting Technical Page 50 18 columns inside Brian Conrad Selling Points Page 59 Abby Suiter Take Charge Page 56 7 security essentials Are your computer systems protected from viruses? Backing up data is smart — if done correctly — but it cannot be the only precautionary step. Page 8 Time out! Money is wasted during each minute of a meandering back-office meeting. You need to set a tight schedule, establish ground rules and be selective with the invitations. Page 53 My journey to practice ownership I can't say I always wanted to be a veterinarian, but I grew up on a farm in rural middle Tennessee and have been surrounded by animals all my life. Becoming a mixed-animal prac- titioner was my goal throughout vet- erinary school, and I accomplished it with my very first job. Quite early in my career, how- ever, I started wondering when the James Herriot moments would begin. I found I'd rather pull num- bers off a P&L statement than pull another calf. In the year 2000 B.C. (before children), my wife, Terri, also a veterinarian, and I took off for South Florida to pursue a different path. I would become medical director at a VCA small animal clinic and she would soon become one at a nearby sister hospital. By 2003 we had our first child and I started looking for a job in industry. Several sales reps had suggested that my interest in the business side of veterinary medicine and my gift of gab made an industry posi- tion a worthwhile consideration. Frustratingly, I soon found that the best way to get a job in industry was to have — or have had — a job in industry. Continued on Page 18 By Whit Cothern, DVM What I learned about running a veterinary hospital and what my former colleagues in industry should consider. CDS/Today's Veterinary Business 440 Quadrangle Dr, Ste E, Bolingbrook, IL 60440 ELECTRONIC SERVICE REQUESTED MEDIA DECEMBER 2018/JANUARY 2019 A N O F F I C I A L J O U R N A L O F T H E N A V C

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