Veterinarians who are dealing with declining feline patient numbers might have one untapped source of feline patients right in their neighborhoods.
Veterinary dentistry was a common theme shared between several lectures at the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC). More specifically, speakers pointed out that dentistry is absent from far too many practices in the United States.
Veterinarians have a tall order in front of them when it comes to managing the health and mental well-being of their patients, their clients, their co-workers - and themselves. To help practices protect the well-being of staff and clients, AAHA Vice President Kate Crumley, DVM, MS, worked with an ad-hoc committee to develop an interactive document titled "Human Support in Veterinary Settings."
The debate over animal sentience has been going strong for years, but many animal health organizations have been hesitant to publicly define their stances on the controversial topic. That may change now that AAHA has made it clear where the organization stands.
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Applications to U.S. veterinary schools are back up again, after a decrease in applications last year.
The American Veterinary Medical Association held its 146th annual convention in Seattle from July 11-14. The following are a few briefs on some of the topics covered at the conference. Connecting with clients “’Have a nice day’ is over,” says Karyn Gavzer, MBA, CVPM. “The standard has floated up.” Veterinarians and staff should strive for a high level of customer service, and doing so requires tapping into and empathizing with the emotional needs of your clients, Gavzer said. A genuine, personal relationship with your clients is one of the best ways to connect with them and keep them coming back. That includes building trust and rapport with clients by giving them personalized recommendations and being authentic with them. “If you fail in being empathetic, you will never reach your full potential,” she said.
The field of veterinary oncology has advanced greatly in the last several years, and there have been some exciting developments in this area. NEWStat asked some of the top veterinary oncologists around the country what they thought were the most interesting and noteworthy recent developments in animal cancer research, as well as some of the studies they are involved with.
Nineties rap group Wu-Tang Clan once proclaimed: “Cash Rules Everything Around Me.” Turns out they were right. Just one year ago credit was king; today, small business and veterinary financial experts are all about cash—collecting it, using it and saving it wisely. Cash flow is the lifeblood of any small business. Most small businesses rely on cash to pay for normal operating costs month-to-month. As business grows soft, and with banks promoting low- or no-interest home equity loans, it can be tempting to bolster your business with “mini loans” — cash advances, planned overdrafts, deferred credit card payments, infusions from personal savings, and so on. Don’t do it.
There’s no single answer to retaining good employees, especially during an economic downturn. But experts say that if you’re willing to go the extra mile to hire and keep the best people, the solutions are out there.