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Office labor costs are increasing: Pass them on

Apr 1, 2007

The mean hourly wages of veterinary technicians and assistants were recently reported to be $12.90 and $9.90, respectively, as of March 2005. That was two years ago, so I would predict those figures will increase by 10 percent – to $14.14 and $10.90 – by the time you read this.

'What's this going to cost?' Answer with caution

Mar 1, 2007

Everybody loves detailed estimates. It's just that practices cannot afford them. The labor is just too costly.

Engaging the drive to succeed

No room for guilt over charging clients a fair fee
Feb 1, 2007

All life forms appear to have a central inner drive — a soul, a balance of yin and yang or one of many other concepts that are more than this publication, I am sure, wants to address. This is not about religion.

Darwin was right

Jan 1, 2007

The next five years will be remembered by the survivors as a time of chaos; a time of reordered priorities and a time of major adjustment. I'm sure that Nostradamus said something or other about this event.

The everything specialist: You can't do it all

Nov 1, 2006

Before graduation we should have been taught how to use these surrogates profitably.

Guess who's not coming to dinner?

Oct 1, 2006

What a pity that respect is not an edible commodity.

Space on your client's invoice the final frontier

Billing templates save time, create transparency for clients
Sep 1, 2006

Taking a half hour or so to input any bundles saves hours and prevents missed income...

Have you noticed who pays the bills?

Like it or not, only those with discretionary income can afford our services
Aug 1, 2006

After 30 years of practicing small animal and exotic medicine, I found myself doing exploratories on the business of veterinary medicine.

The sky is not falling

But veterinary practice as we know it must shift to maintain profits
Jul 1, 2006

Evolution is a most awesome force, and it is seldom, if ever, benign. Right now, mankind tops the food chain, but for how long is anyone's guess. Like the characters in the Jurassic Park epics, we will fall and be replaced someday, probably by something that the current flea products don't protect against. The Earth is neither our friend nor our enemy. It just is what it is, providing us with sustenance on one hand and catastrophic devastation on the other.


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