VETERINARY ECONOMICS, Jul 1, 2005 - Veterinary Economics
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VETERINARY ECONOMICS, Jul 1, 2005
Cover Story
Giving away a fortune?
By Denise Tumblin, CPA
Find out—and crack down on missed charges using these strategies. Remember: Focused attention on this issue brings prosperity and job satisfaction to your future.
Click & Copy
Mystery shopping demystified
How well do you treat your clients? A mystery shopper can help you answer this question objectively.
Practice Management Q&A
Bringing down inflated salaries
By Roger Cummings, CVPM
My partner and I recently learned that we're paying associates more than other practitioners in our area do. How should we get our compensation more in line with prevailing wages—with a salary freeze or a pay cut?
Responding to requests for personnel records
By Kerry Richard, JD
A problem staffer asked for a copy of her personnel record. Must I release it?
Keeping sticky hands out of the till
By Karl Salzsieder, DVM, JD
What signs should I watch for to head off employee embezzlement?
Addressing the responsibilities microchips raise
By Charlotte Lacroix, DVM, JD
We took in a boarder from a longtime, good client, who said the pet was a stray that he acquired from the local groomer. During our exam, we found a microchip and were able to locate and contact the original owner, who said the dog had been stolen about six weeks earlier. What are our rights and responsibilities in situations like this?
Growth Bulletin
Case Study: Hip Screenings may Help Improve Quality of Live
During a continuing education meeting held by local orthopedic specialists, Dr. Mike McLaughlin, owner of Animal Medical Center of Cumming, in Cumming, Ga., was intrigued about a surgical procedure called TPO, or triple pelvic osteotomy. He heard the specialists say that some large-breed dogs with hip dysplasia can enjoy an improved quality of life, or at least a slowed disease progression, by undergoing TPO.
Vetcetera
May I see your registration, please?
The Secretary of Agriculture announced a proposal that calls for mandatory registration and reporting of movement of U.S. livestock through the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).
Water safety for the dog days of summer
Here's peace of mind for owners of small dogs that are too compact to swim effectively—or of dogs that disobediently swim in the neighbor's pond.
Retirement angst
According to Gallup's annual Personal Finance poll, American's top financial worry is retirement.
Helping clients through loss
What steps does your practice team take to support clients after the euthanasia of a pet?
Technology
Practice management software company contact information
We contacted more than 40 companies that provide software products to the veterinary profession. The data presented in ?Apples to Apples: Comparing Your Software Options? is compiled from those companies that responded. Use the contact information below to find out more about featured software products.
Apples to apples
By Jessica Harper
Look at the choices to decide which practice management software system best meets your needs—and learn what users say about their systems' best and worst features.
Hot Button
Give up the guilt
By Craig Woloshyn, DVM
Enjoy a happy veterinary career by leaving your angst at the door.
Practice Tips
Easy in-house marketing
By Donna Recupido, CVPM
Inundated with signs, slogans, and sales pitches, pet owners may fail to notice a key message that you've posted right in front of them.
Put yourself in your clients' shoes
By Jason Palm
If you're not careful, the hustle and bustle of the day could distract you from communicating your deep caring for clients' pets. To avoid this pitfall, Dr. Jason Palm, of Hiawassee Veterinary Clinic in Orlando, Fla., imagines that every pet he examines is his own.
Taking shortcuts in financial management can cost you big
By Jeff Rothstein, DVM, MBA
Even small businesses create hundreds of transactions during a month. And when you add your personal banking to the mix, it's easy to become overwhelmed, especially if you don't like bookkeeping.
Safeguard team safety
By Stephanie Slahor, Ph.D., JD
When you think about protecting your assets, you likely focus on securing the premises, locking up valuables, and making sure patient files are safe. But keeping your team safe is even more important. Use these tips to help you get started
More ways to get new team members started right
By Bob Levoy
As we discussed last month, the first day on the job sets the tone for everything that follows. And a great first day leads to a smoother transition, improved performance, and less turnover. Here's more on how to make a new employee's experience a great one
Equine Solutions
Comparison of pay and living expenses
By Mark Rick
When you consider the cost of living in your area, you get a clearer picture of what you need to pay to attract and keep strong team members.

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