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FIRSTLINE, Jan 1, 2011
Ask the Experts
Ask Shawn: Advice for a new practice manager
By Shawn McVey, MA, MSW
I'm getting ready to take over as practice manager. It's my first leadership role, so I'm a little intimidated. What are the biggest things I should avoid in the beginning?
Q&A: Keep a sharp eye on canine influenza
How concerned should we be with the threat of canine influenza? And how should we contain the virus if we have an outbreak in the area?
Pearls of Practice
An easy way to make reusable kennel cards
Write. Erase. Reuse.
A creative way to reuse a coat hanger
Put the "hang" in coat hanger.
Fundraising idea: Hold a pet supplies drive
Try this "parasite drive" and save lives.
Fundraising idea: Hold a skijoring race
See you on the slopes.
Special report
California bill gives technicians a seat on the state's Veterinary Medical Board
By Liz Marsh, Senior Editor
AB1980 reflects veterinary technicians' value and gives them a voice.
Technicians take on state medical boards
Licensed technicians represent their profession across the boards.
Veterinary technician becomes Tennessee medical board VP
By Liz Marsh, Senior Editor
Hear the path of one woman who helped give veterinary technicians a voice in Tennessee.
Professional Growth
Veterinary team members: Open the door to practice ownership
By John Lofflin
Three veterinary team members who are or have been part-owners reveal the challenges, benefits, and strategies for making it work.
What if my state doesn't allow non-veterinarian ownership?
Use this loophole to negate vague or exclusive bylaws.
Patient care
"Stick a needle in it"—How to perform a thoracocentesis
By Jessica Kerr, CVT, VTS (ECC) , Alison Gottlieb, CVT, VTS (ECC)
Quick thinking and teamwork resulted in a successful thoracocentesis any may have saved this cat's life.
Skill Builder
Happy New You!
By Dana Durrance
It's time to leave compassion fatigue in the past. Start anew with 10 revitalizing resolutions, a self-care pact, and compassion fatigue quiz.
Team communication
How to eliminate gossip in your veterinary practice
Everything you need—policies, sample scripts, advice—on how to establish a no-gossip policy at your veterinary practice.
By the Numbers
Top 10 ways to sell yourself short
Dr. Robin Downing outlines sure-fire ways to self-sabotage.

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