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Moving Forward: Investing in the Future of Your Practice

Travis Meredith, DVM, MBA, Diplomate ACT Affinity Veterinary Center of Malvern, Malvern, Pennsylvania Axxiom—The Practice Impact Group, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Dr. Meredith explores proactive, strategic investment decisions for practices committed to generating additional income, offering the highest quality of medicine, providing an optimum patient experience, and creating a productive work environment. This year’s Practice Development series …

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In-Clinic Form: Developing Protocols for Obese Animals

Justin Shmalberg, DVM, Diplomate ACVN To ensure weight loss in obese pets, veterinarians must provide sound information and guidance to owners. The following guidelines can be used to formulate successful treatment plans. 1. Calculate body condition score (BCS); then ideal body weight (BW). Follow the BCS definitions closely as it is an objective system. Dogs: …

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Practice Step By Step: Leveraging Social Media Communication

Sheila Grosdidier, RVT, PHR In the November/December 2011 issue of Today’s Veterinary Practice, the article How Practices Can Thrive in an Online Environment provided a fundamental review of the online resources available to create and enhance your ability to connect with clients, potential clients, team members, and business alliances. This article will address how to establish …

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Hot Topic: How to Handle the Headaches of Recalls

Christine M. Meredith, VMD, and Travis B. Meredith, DVM, MBA, Diplomate ACT In recent years, animal health news has been overloaded with safety-related product recalls. Since 2007, more than 150 brands of pet foods have been voluntarily recalled. For example, in 2007 many pet illness and deaths were attributed to melamine-contaminated pet foods. Then late …

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Veterinary Teams & Clients: Facing Financial Facts

Karen E. Felsted, CPA, MS, DVM, CVPM This is the third article in Dr. Karen Felsted’s Growing Your Practice series, which is based on results from the 2011 Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study. This study investigated veterinary practice performance from both the veterinary professional and pet owner viewpoints.  The goal of this series is to …

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Is Your Practice Proactive or Reactive?

  Michele Wright, DVM Practice to Practice, Peer to Peer Welcome to Today’s Veterinary Practice’s newest column—Practice to Practice. This column allows veterinary clinics to share their personal experiences with our readers—their peers. We’ll bring you stories about how clinical medicine and practice development concepts became a reality for veterinary team members and their patients and clients. …

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Practices That Continue to Grow: What Are They Doing Right?

  Karen E. Felsted, DVM, MS, CPA, CVPM What can you do to grow your practice? Whether you’re the owner, an associate veterinarian, veterinary technician, practice manager, receptionist, or other staff member, it takes the entire practice team working together to create a successful practice in these tough economic times. In the next couple of …

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