Market data enables you to leverage trends, manage expectations, and identify opportunities for both your career and your practice. And that’s exactly what a new report from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) enables you to do. At the end of July, the AVMA released the 2015 AVMA Report on the Market for Veterinarians. It offers information on income trends, supply and demand for veterinary labor, and a forecast of what’s to come.
As a practice manager, do you sometimes think the grass would be greener if your practice was smaller—or larger? A survey conducted by the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) suggests size doesn’t matter. In fact, it’s the seriousness of the issues, rather than the types of issues, that is the differentiator. Survey results were reported on the VHMA website in June.
Research shows that pet owners are willing to make changes and embrace preventive healthcare visits if they know it will benefit their pets. But for pet owners to find value in the recommendations of veterinary professionals and be motivated by their advice, there must be effective communication between the healthcare team and pet owners.
Practice owners and managers are familiar with Form I-9, Employee Information and Verification, required by law for employees to work in the United States. A new version of that form hopes to make that process more straightforward. The latest version of the I-9 form will be available this week, reported the Society for Human Resource Management. Practices will have until Jan. 21, 2017 to use the new form, after which previous versions will become invalid.
Antibiotic Awareness Week is happening right now, and most of the time we hear about how important it is use antibiotics only when necessary. But there’s one important, less talked about approach: cleaning.
Eighty-three percent of cats are taken to the vet in the first year of ownership, yet over half of them don't return, according to the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Here’s an opportunity to change that. In honor of National Bring Your Cat to the Vet Day on Monday, Aug. 22, the AAFP is offering free, downloadable resources practices can use on their websites, via social media, and by posting in their practices to educate cat caregivers on the importance of routine check-ups.
It’s easy to compare prices among local competitors for common, straightforward services like preventive care exams or spay/neuter surgeries. But most veterinary visits involve a combination of services that can make it impossible to make fair comparisons. AAHA’s biannual report, Veterinary Fee Reference, can help. Based on a biannual nationwide survey, Veterinary Fee Reference reports on more than a thousand fees for all types of simple and complex services.
If your goal this year is to add or replace staff, be prepared, including for some eccentric behaviors, as a recent survey revealed. On Jan. 14, CareerBuilder announced the results of its nationwide survey of more than 2,500 hiring and Human Resources managers. In the survey, conducted online by Harris Poll from Nov. 4 to Dec. 1, 2015, respondents shared the most memorable job interview mistakes candidates have made. And there were some doozies.
Only 33% of dog owners regularly have their pets’ teeth cleaned by a veterinarian, according to Pet Product News. Instead, many of them are replacing those professional cleanings with treats. Indeed, according to a report published by Packaged Facts on Oct. 29, Pet Oral Care Products and Services in the U.S., business in the oral care products market appears to be booming.
Are too many veterinarians crowding the marketplace? Not according the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). The AVMA released its fifth economic report, 2015: AVMA Report on Veterinary Capacity (the Report), on Oct. 8. The Report offers a view of the veterinary marketplace through the lens of excess capacity, and concludes that the need for veterinary services continues to outpace the ability to supply those services, according to the Report’s Executive Summary.