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A lesson from Firstline Live:

Apr 22, 2008

There's a simple reason my practice's compliance rate was twice the AAHA compliance study numbers. It's communication," says Dr. Ernest E. Ward Jr., a Veterinary Economics Editorial Advisory Board member and owner of Seaside Animal Care in Calabash, N.C. Dr. Ward spoke at Firstline Live at CVC East in Baltimore about how to improve communication and boost compliance.

Those new arrivals

Apr 1, 2008

We haven't told our dog, Sebastian, that he'll have a new sibling this August. When our son was born a few years ago, Sebastian was the most enthusiastic cheerleader you could ask for. So I'm hoping he'll revive that same joyous spirit when he has another little human brother or sister. These transitions take patience, but there are many little rewards along the way.

Those little betrayals

Mar 1, 2008

Mary's a customer service guru and a gossip. Lisa's a whiz with lab work, but she tends to grouch when she's pressed and running behind. These are the perfect set-ups for little betrayals.

Tell your story

Jan 1, 2008

Most of us aren't very comfortable talking about ourselves. It's a hard skill to master, and too often it feels like you're bragging. But if you're not talking about what you do well, how will others know? If you're waiting for them to catch you in the act, you may have a long wait.

Give yourself a gift

Dec 1, 2007

Feeling sapped? Rundown, tired, out of sorts? Oh yeah. It's so easy to give and so hard to say no. You do it all the time. It's the 15 minutes at the end of the day you spend making a comfy bed for a sick pet or the extra walk you sneak in for your favorite boarder. Or maybe you volunteer to stay late to finish filing or clear the clutter from the reception area. The truth is, you do a lot.

You need a mentor

Sep 1, 2007

For the first few months after I gave birth to my son, I was pretty sure I wanted to quit my job. I loved my work, but those 12 weeks I'd spent at home getting to know this interesting little person weren't enough. Every morning, when I sent him off to day care, the guilt crept in. By mid-morning, it was an ache. And by 3:30 p.m., I could only think about rushing home for a few minutes with my son before bedtime.

Is your work a job or a career?

Aug 1, 2007

What's the difference between a job and a career, and which would you use to describe the work you do? While some team members deliberately take the veterinary path, others just stumble across it by accident. Regardless of how or why, let's see what the label you've chosen means.

How do you stack up against other professionals?

Aug 1, 2007

You can probably look down the street and see someone you know doing a job similar to the one you do every day. The only difference: The patients at your practice are pets, and theirs are people.

Who's on your team?

Aug 1, 2007

AVMA data shows 56,092 practicing veterinarians in the United States at 27,123 practices. That's about two doctors in each practice. And in two-doctor companion animal practices, the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI) reports a staff-to-doctor ratio of 2.99. That's six team members and two doctors in the average companion animal practice.

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