VETERINARY ECONOMICS, Jan 1, 2011 - Veterinary Economics
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VETERINARY ECONOMICS, Jan 1, 2011
Special Report: Ownership
Nonveterinary ownership: A new option for practice owners
By John Lofflin, Special Assignments Editor
New veterinary practice owners have big shoes to fill—only it might be team members filling out those size 12s. Don't miss out on your next potential partners: your own employees.
Why associates won't buy practices—and what you can do about it
By Mark Opperman, CVPM
Associates are turning away from traditional practice ownership in greater numbers. Can the industry bring veterinary ownership back to life?
Opinion: An associate is worth $35 an hour?
By Mark Opperman, CVPM
No wonder veterinary associates can't imagine ownership. Where does their low self-esteem come from?
Checking in
Whoa, hoss! Regaining control
By Kristi Reimer, Editor
Here are some strategies for veterinarians and veterinary team members to manage emotional reactions.
Practice Management Q&A
Q&A: The trouble with helping needy employees
By Karl Salzsieder, DVM, JD
A hard-working veterinary assistant at my practice is having money troubles and turning to payday loans to make ends meet. Our salaries are fair and reasonable for our area and our economy. I'm worried this is a poor personal financial decision on his part. What should I do?
Q&A: YouTube? You bet!
By Karyn Gavzer, MBA, CVPM
Our practice has Facebook and Twitter profiles, but we're looking for additional marketing opportunities. What should we try next?
Practice Tips
New year, new goal: Collect client e-mail addresses
By Jeff Rothstein, DVM, MBA
Here's a resolution you can actually keep: Stop wasting your time with snail mail and start using e-mail to communicate with clients. Here's how to get started.
Beware the doorbell effect when you make clients wait
By Bob Levoy
When your clients need to wait beyond their appointment time, don't leave them in the cold.
The basics of buying a business vehicle
By Gary Glassman, CPA
Here's what you need to know about the transaction to make the tax code work for you instead of against you.
Use old boxes to create disposable litter boxes
Use old boxes to create disposable litter boxes
Debunk these 3 myths about third-party payment plans
By Lorraine Monheiser List, CPA
Clear up the confusion about this oft-misunderstood resource to help your clients pay for services.
Equine Solutions
The best training for equine practice? Equine practice
While veterinary school imparts valuable clinical skills, some lessons can't be learned through anything other than experience. One equine practitioner describes her journey from student to doctor.
Legal Ease
Need to vent? Must be toxic fumes
By Phil Seibert, CVT
Find out what OSHA wants you to do when a chemical bottle warns you to provide adequate ventilation.
OSHA plays by its own rules—and anyone else's it wants to
OSHA plays by its own rules—and anyone else's it wants to
Click & Copy
Survey says: Ask team members for feedback
By Brian Conrad, CVPM
Give this survey to new team members to find out what they think of your practice.
Cover story
How to compete with spay-neuter clinics
By Denise Tumblin, CPA , Helen Hoekstra
Low-cost clinics provide the bare minimum. Start showing—and telling—your clients and community that your practice's high-quality veterinary care is the well-balanced meal pets need.
Conduct a community survey for your veterinary practice
By Denise Tumblin, CPA , Helen Hoekstra
A survey helps you gather fees on price-sensitive services and illustrates how important it is for you to handle incoming calls appropriately.
Hospital Design
Stretching a budget and space
By Sarah Moser
Heavy research and wishful thinking went into making Creekside Animal Clinic in Norton, Ohio, an outstanding outpatient facility.
Hot Button
Offering veterinary medical 'choices' may hurt patients
By Dr. Dave Nicol
Don't confuse your clients. Convince them of the best plan first to protect the health of pets in your clinic.

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