Articles by Shawn McVey, MA, MSW - dvm360
Articles by Shawn McVey, MA, MSW

How to juggle a veterinary job and training

Dec 1, 2013

I'm a receptionist, but I also do a lot of assisting the doctor and technicians. My biggest frustration is trying to learn tasks at the back of the clinic that would make me more helpful while always being interrupted by the phone and walk-ins. How do I balance the work?—Not dropping the ball

Our veterinary team is broken

Nov 1, 2013

Every person at our practice has an important job to keep this business running smoothly. But our reception, kennel and lab team members don't always get along. I wish all areas could be more understanding of each other's jobs. But sometimes it feels like we're considered expendable. How can we bring our group together as a team?—Feeling expendable

I'm fed up with the manager at my veterinary clinic

Sep 1, 2013

I love my job but our office manager is a big problem. She's very unprofessional and rude. She has given a tongue lashing to many clients and driven them away. I and my other team members suspect that she's stolen money, and we're sick of her attitude, the disrespect to others and her laziness. We confronted the owner about our concerns. He will have brief chats with her, but it only does good for a couple of hours. Help!

Ticked at a texting veterinary team member

Jul 1, 2013

Q: A team member hangs out in the kennel area on her phone and spends all her work time texting her boyfriend and Facebooking with friends. Some of the other team members and I end up working harder to pick up the slack. How can I tell the manager without sounding like I'm tattling?—Tempted to tattle

Heal your fractured veterinary team

Apr 1, 2013

Constant conflict creates a wedge between you and your co-workers and shatters teamwork. Learn to fill in the crevices you've created and repair your broken team.

Must we guard our speech at work?

Mar 1, 2013

A team member at our veterinary practice has controversial decorations on her car, and our practice manager is worried that the materials will offend clients when they see the car parked in front of the veterinary practice. Does it violate the employee's right to freedom of speech if the manager asks her to remove the potentially offensive material?—Caught in the Middle

A Cinderella story

Feb 1, 2013

Our veterinary practice has a list of duties all team members are responsible for, but not everyone helps out. A few of us always get stuck doing all the work and staying late, and the manager chooses to ignore the issue because the team members who don't help are her cronies who always suck up and tell her she's right. There are many reasons I love my practice, and changing jobs just isn't an option right now. What can I do? —Cinderella

Personal problems, professional consequence

Dec 1, 2012

I'm going through an ?unexpected romantic breakup, and it's affecting my veterinary work. Several of my co-workers have noticed my distraction and made comments. I'm trying to stay more focused, but I don't want to talk about my personal life—our practice manager tends to gossip. I don't want to lose my job over this. What should I do? —Broken Heart

Facebook foibles in a veterinary practice

Nov 1, 2012

One of the technicians at our practice has made friends with a lot of the practice's clients on Facebook. The problem is, sometimes she posts personal comments about her politics and her activities that make me uncomfortable. As the practice manager, should I say anything?

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