Veterinary associates | Veterinary Medicine

Associate know-how

No good deed goes unpunished

FIRSTLINE - Sep 26, 2016

To save a kitten, a veterinary technician like me can't help but share good advice to see the veterinarian, whether it's in the feed store, the grocery store or anywhere. But sometimes trying to help just gets you a slap in the face (not literally).

Super DVM saves the world


You're busy, you're stressed, it's easy to be wasteful. But make your veterinary hospital a beacon of environment kindness, not a black hole of disposable garbage.

Who’s going to buy your veterinary practice?


Every ambitious associate should share this with their practice owner. (Hint hint! I want to own!) Every smart practice owner should share this with their ambitious associate…or start planning to find one. (Hint hint! I’d rather sell to you!)

Calm down right now

VETTED - Sep 13, 2016

Squeeze, roll and punch your way to a calmer day in veterinary practice with these toys.

Our "every time" pet owner questions

FIRSTLINE - Aug 30, 2016

Our visits are action-packed, and our clients are time-strapped. But at our veterinary hospital, DVMs and technicians make sure we don't miss some crucial questions about home life and history for our patients.

Career development for associates

In veterinary practice, lifestyle matters, but work ethic does too

Sep 15, 2016

Dr. Greenskin's morning quickly switches from Pokemon GO to an impromptu discussion on her investment in the practice with Dr. Codger.

10 things to love—and hate—about owning a veterinary practice

Aug 03, 2016

Are you an "owner type"? Find out right here. Here's what I struggle with and what I truly enjoy about owning a veterinary hospital.

Into the fires of Mordor: Overcoming your biggest veterinary fears

Jul 18, 2016

"One does not simply walk" fearlessly through life. Dr. Hilal Dogan knew that FOR SURE in the case of her early fear of surgery.

Checklist for buying a practice

Jun 22, 2016

Don't buy—or buy into—a veterinary hospital before you work through this checklist.

Vetting the viability of new equipment

May 13, 2016

Can Dr. Greenskin convince her scrimping superior that investing in an ultrasound machine is prudent for both their patients and their pocketbooks?

Personal finances for associates

Resources for paying off veterinary student loan debt

Dec 08, 2014

Check out these tips for living with veterinary student loan debt.

How veterinarians can avoid losing the credit card game

Oct 01, 2014

Get over your hangups and start getting ahead of your veterinary debt with these dos and don’ts.

Your veterinary associate may want personal finance guidance

Sep 01, 2014

Practice owners rated "personal finance" dead last in what they provide in their mentorship programs, according to Benchmarks 2014: A Study of Well-Managed Practices. But associates didn't completely agree.

Personal finance: What veterinary associates should know

Sep 01, 2014

This pyramid provides a visual explanation of which areas make the most sense to implement after graduation and what areas to consider later in a career.

The retirement trap

Sep 01, 2014

Aging is inevitable, but the ability to retire is in your hands—so plan ahead to avoid getting caught in false financial security.