Coming in the March 2009 issue of Veterinary Economics


The No. 1 read practice management journal among small-animal doctors*


  • Parasites

  • Getting to the root of behavior problems and helping clients identify them


2009 Veterinary Economics Hospital Design Competition

Hospital of the Year: Westbury Animal Hospital, Houston, Texas.

Highlights include:

Private dog boarding rooms and VIP boarding suites with TVs and Web cameras

Digital radiography suite

Separate dog and cat exam rooms

Phone room

Flushing floor drains in treatment and kennel areas

Automatic hot-water flushing trench drains in runs and boarding areas

14 outdoor and 46 indoor video cameras

Access card readers to control entry into hospital

Electronic white board in central treatment area

130 kilowatt natural gas powered emergency generator (this was utilized during Hurricane Ike, when the neighborhood was left without power for 12 days).

Tips for practitioners about how to wow clients with diagnostics at every visit, by Dr. Fred Metzger.

Creating effective client surveys gives practice owners the feedback they need in order to improve their practices, by Mark Opperman, CVPM.

The 10 biggest marketing mistakes veterinary practices make, by Linda Wasche.

The Obama Tax Plan: An unbiased look at what it means for veterinarians and their business, by Tom McFerson, CPA.


Encouraging referrals and how to maintain strong relationships with colleagues

Ad Closing Date: February 6, 2009

Materials Deadline: February 11, 2009

Notes: Free capital equipment leads for qualified advertisers. Plus, the spring issue of Vetguide polybags with the March issue of Veterinary Economics.

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