Today's Veterinary Business

APR 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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8 Today's Veterinary Business Business Business MONEY MATTERS When you have one or more strong leaders on your team, be sure to keep them engaged and intellectually stimulated so they continue to grow and thrive in their positions, and help them make a career out of veterinary medicine. For many, veterinary medicine is much more than a career; it is a calling. I am not talking just about veterinarians, but about veterinary nurses and managers, too. While non-veterinarian practice ownership is legal in some states, provided a licensed veterinarian makes decisions related to medical care, other states prevent non-vet- erinarians from owning a clinic. The opposition to non-veterinarian ownership arises from a legitimate concern over animal welfare. Veterinary practice acts were written to ensure that medical treatment options were decided by Creating a successful veterinary practice takes more than a veterinarian. It takes a team to engage the pet owner, schedule appointments, provide veterinary medical and surgical care, assure a safe work environment, keep inventory stocked at appropriate levels, and find the best suppliers of everything from gauze to controlled drugs to appointment cards. A Different Approach In a profession where we wring our hands over the number of veterinary nurses who leave for better-paying jobs in human health care and over managers who lack the opportunity for pro- fessional growth and the salaries that go with it, there should be more discussion about ownership models that include these dedi- cated team members. By Leslie A. Mamalis, MBA, MSIT, CVA Make it your business Practice ownership opportunities aren't just for veterinarians. In some cases, managers and nurses can become proprietors, too.

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