VETERINARY ECONOMICS, Aug 1, 2008 - Veterinary Economics
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VETERINARY ECONOMICS, Aug 1, 2008
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Portal to another dimension
By Kristi Reimer, Editor
Strap in and hold on for the ride. We've just launched dvm360.com—and you're on board!
Practice Finances
Roaring against the recession
Practitioners in Michigan say their troubles are what the whole profession will see soon.
Do clients see pets as property, friend, or family?
When it comes to veterinary spending, the issue isn't clients' income level but how pets fit into their lives.
Ownership Issues
The infamous ancillary service debate
Boarding and retail are important revenue sources for some veterinarians. Others say no.
Gender shift
Women are less likely to own a veterinary practice, even when you account for age.
Practice Growth
Compliance comparisons
Client compliance does more than affect a pet's health—it directly affects your practice's bottom line. Are you doing all that you can to ensure clients follow your recommendations?
The future of diagnostic testing
Veterinary diagnostic testing is a growth industry, experts say. Find out how you can better put it to work at your practice.
Pet insurance and your practice
You wish more of your clients had pet insurance, but do you know enough to help clients get the information they need?
Personnel Solutions
Owners' and associates' views differ on team training
Owners and associates aren't on the same wavelength when it comes to team education. What's causing the divide?
Heads-up on hiring
How many veterinary clinics are fully staffed, how many are hiring, and what positions are they filling? Plus: Overhiring—is it for you?
Stop stealing technicians' jobs
Technicians help you care for patients, but they could do more—if you'd let them.
Cover story
The skinny on fat pets
It's the elephant in the room. We all know pets are getting fatter, but just how fat? Until now, there was no concrete data.
Preventing zoonotic diseases
To reduce the risk for pets and people, the new thinking should be, "We're all in this together."
Declining feline health: Cats get poorer healthcare than dogs
Fight that trend and attract cat owners to your practice.
Law & Ethics
State board complaints: Protect yourself
More clients are complaining about their veterinary care because they expect more of you.
Managing Smart
Simple tips for your 10 greatest management challenges
Here are the top 10 toughest parts of your job, in order, with advice for solving them from our Editorial Advisory Board.
Personal Finance
How veterinarians are saving for retirement
Even if you haven't started yet, you can still set your eyes on the prize.
Equine Solutions
Horse owners reveal their sources of information and what they want to learn
Where do horse owners get their info? Sometimes from you, sometimes from less-reliable sources. Here's what they want to know—and how they'd like to learn it.
Equine Issues
Where veterinarians fall on the equine slaughter ban
Equine doctors and the AVMA oppose the U.S. ban on horse slaughter. But small animal veterinarians are divided.
Life Balance
Bridging the generation gap
Ever feel like you're talking to a wall? Can't understand your boss's way of thinking? What is it with kids these days? Before you get frustrated, check out how the generations in today's workforce are different.
I love being a veterinarian ... most of the time
Here's inspiration and advice for those highs and lows.
The Tail End
Where the pets are
This map shows how many pets per small animal practitioner live in each state.

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