Today's Veterinary Business

FEB 2019

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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44 Today's Veterinary Business Community Community EMPLOYMENT For today's young veterinary professionals, an excellent quality of life is a must-have. Practice owners need to embrace a new employment model if they want to hire and keep the best and brightest. Life first, work second Continued from cover The profession is exploding. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 19 percent job growth for veterinarians from 2016 to 2026 and 20 percent for veterinary nurses. Wow! Perhaps best of all, we continue to attract the best and brightest. Veterinary school applicant numbers continue to grow. New graduates — veterinari- ans and nurses — are just as prepared, or more so, than when I came out of school sometime last century. These millennial graduates are idealistic, hard-working multitaskers. They work well in teams, they're tech savvy and they're open to change. They, however, have a completely different view of their lives and careers than my baby-boomer generation. Baby boomers like me put our careers first and worked to fit our lives around our jobs. Today's graduates, wisely, have a life first and a career second. Job Prerequisites So, what is it they want from today's employer? Just flex schedules, four-day work weeks, generous vacation time, good benefits, well-equipped practices, AAHA-qual- ity medical standards, mentorships, regular feedback, employee assistance pro- grams, professional development allowances, a tech-enabled workplace, empower- ment, meaning, and a healthy and fun culture in which to work. That's all. Can all this be provided? It's not an unreasonable ask. We all want that kind of workplace. To attract and retain today's new and recent graduates, it's what employers must deliver. Graduates can, and are, holding out for exactly what they want. If you, the employer, don't offer it, someone else will. Life first, work second isn't limited to the veterinary profes- sion. It's true throughout the economy. I kind of like it. Bill Gates is quoted as saying: "The competition to hire the best will increase in the years ahead. Companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge." That Was Then, This Is Now My WellHaven Pet Health practice has embraced what we call a "white coat off " phi- losophy. The important parts of life come when the white coat is off. Again, life first, work second. Today's employers need to remember the correct order. Without vets and vet nurses, we can't take care of pets. I run into colleagues who insist that today's new doctors must conform to how many of us were hired years ago. In the "old days," new graduates received little 2 3

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