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Associate know-how

Don't be sheepish! Send a thank-you!


I scored four appointments for $20. That's pretty good marketing ROI for a veterinary hospital. An old-fashioned thank-you—in snail mail and personalized to them—did the trick.

4 steps to get those monkeys off your back

VETTED - Aug 07, 2017

If you take emotional responsibility for everyone else's problems, putting their monkeys on your back and in your mind, you'll have a hard time finding room for your own needs at the end of the veterinary workday.

Are you speaking pet owners' language?

DVM360 MAGAZINE - Aug 04, 2017

You can brush up on slang, dialect, accents and weird vocabulary to reach pet owners in the exam room. But the best way to be understood in veterinary practice is always, first, to listen.

How to sell to an associate for a corporate price


A veterinary practice owner who wants more than "fair market value" and an associate veterinarian who wants to buy in slowly and receive mentorship will want to consider this plan.

From veterinarian to betterinarian: How I improved my production


Paying your bills and chipping away at your student loans as a veterinary associate? These strategies can help you build your income—and practice top-notch medicine.

Career development for associates

Death and the road to 'One Health'

Jul 10, 2017

Over and over again, we veterinarians hear it from our clients: Our pets die better than we do. In many cases, they’re right.

Veterinary confessions: In control ... or out?

Jul 07, 2017

We selected confessions from the Vet Confessionals Project that reflect the feelings of control (or lack thereof) that plague the profession.

'I am an angel of death'

Jun 23, 2017

I wear that title as a badge of honor. My value as a veterinarian lies in the art and skill of death at the heart of my mobile hospice practice.

Resume, interview tips from a hiring manager

Mar 29, 2017

Write your next great resume or nail that next job interview at a veterinary practice with my tips from years of hiring and firing.

Your Veterinary Voice Episode 10: Jenifer Chatfield, DVM, DACZM

Jan 26, 2017

Chatfield shares her tips on finding an alternative career in veterinary medicine, her worries about the next big zoonotic disease, and her all-American approach to pet ownership.

Personal finances for associates

Repayment realities: Why do some DVMs take longer to pay off student debt?

Mar 02, 2017

Demographic factors correlate with shorter—and longer—veterinary loan payback periods.

What happens to taxes under Trump?

Feb 13, 2017

Everybody will be affected: the well-off as well as the nation's veterinary practice owners and just about every tax-paying American. Here’s our guess in President Trump’s first month of office on the future of Uncle Sam’s revenue.

I don't give discounts ...

Nov 09, 2016

To my veterinary clients. And I don't feel bad about it.

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.