VETERINARY ECONOMICS, Jan 1, 2008 - Veterinary Economics
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VETERINARY ECONOMICS, Jan 1, 2008
Cover Story
A good boss lets bad eggs go
By Mark Opperman, CVPM
You show consistency as a boss and respect for your top employees when you terminate someone who needs to go.
Equine Relations
Your winter run: Making the most of the slow season
By Elise Lacher, CPA
Make the most of downtime with a well-earned vacation, wellness appointments, and practice housekeeping.
Hospital Design
An oasis of tranquility
By Amanda Bertholf
Dr. Gary Gallerstein knows that when clients bring their pets to the veterinarian, they're stressed out—and so are the pets.
Practice Tips
Generating new ideas is easy as pie
Everyone loves getting their piece of the pie, especially when it leads to an even bigger reward.
One ringy-dingy, two ringy-dingy
A doctor looks to shorten his ring time.
What's backing up your computer?
By Jeff Rothstein, DVM, MBA
I've had quite a few mishaps with my cell phone. I wasn't worried this last time, though, because I'd opted for the "backup assistant" service provided by my wireless carrier. At least my contact list would be safe—so I thought.
Get your landlord to fix things up
By Gary Glassman, CPA
Your "construction allowance" is considered taxable income unless you follow these rules.
Benefits of e-mail
By Bob Levoy
An effective e-mail program gives your practice a high-tech image, says author Ralph Laurie.
Practice Management Q&A
Starting an associate on ProSal
By Mark Opperman, CVPM
Q. My associate earns 22.5 percent of her total production. Of that, about 17 percent is wages and the remainder is fringe benefits. She also receives a bonus. How can I switch her to ProSal without giving away the farm?
Offering paid time off
By Jan Miller
Q. How do I implement a paid time off policy at my practice?
Making the most of an open house
By Linda Wasche
Q. How can I get the most out of my practice's open house?
Vetcetera
Be prepared to help clients
In the wake of the devastating California wildfires that displaced more than 250,000 people and many more animals, pet owners should be more aware than ever that they need a plan for their animals during an emergency. You can help by getting your clients the information they need.
The color of health
A gene that determines a dog's coat color may help scientists learn why people are thin or fat, or cope differently with stress.
What would you do with $1 million? How about $100 million?
If you came unexpectedly into a huge chunk of cash and you're like most Americans, you'd pay off your household expenses or give the money to others. The difference between the two choices is how much money you actually had to fritter away.
Webwatch
Web sites following pet estate planning, veterinarian shortages, and more.
Cover story
Good ways to break bad news
By Brendan Howard, Business and Team Channel Director
They're the situations you dread.
Law & Ethics
Doctors fire back on emergencies
By Craig Woloshyn, DVM
Local veterinary hospitals refused to treat a dying dog—and not because they didn't have the skills or the client wouldn't pay.
Hot Button
Our industry's drug problem
By Nicole Winkler, LVT
Should we send clients to get drugs elsewhere, or do we keep our profitable, well-monitored pharmacies busy?
Click & Copy
Finding reputable Web sites
Fight misinformation and reward curiosity with a handout that teaches clients to sort fact from fiction on the Web.
Client handout: Finding reputable Web sites
Fight misinformation and reward curiosity with a handout that teaches clients to sort fact from fiction on the Web.
Help clients think critically about Web sites
Some clients accept. Some nod a lot and disregard your advice. And some nod a lot, then go home to check for themselves. As frustrating as this last set can be, many pet owners who seek pet health information online are conscientious clients you want to hang onto.
Legal Ease
Legal briefs: DNA, divorcing pets, battered families
Latest in legal animal news.
A history of violence
By Phil Seibert, CVT
Be careful firing bad apples who may fight back.
Checking in
Brave new world
By Marnette Denell Falley
This issue of Veterinary Economics has been quite an experience for our editorial team—we switched software. Any of you who've done that in recent memory can probably identify.
Growth Center
Carry food to care for clients
Pet owners are clearly learning about nutrition. But where are they getting their information? Brian Conrad, practice manager at Meadow Hills Veterinary Center in Kennewick, Wash., worries that it's not from you.
You do what else?
With ease on the flying trapeze
A veterinarian soars and says goodbye to stress.
Practice Finances
12 painless ways to save money
By Tom McFerson, CPA, ABV
Learn how to cut your costs and keep more in the coffers with these tips.

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