Practice tip: Get an outside assist for your veterinary management problem


Consultants and other managers are invaluable resources to help you navigate tricky business situations at your veterinary practice.

hobbitfoot/stock.adobe.comNot every business or practice management problem can be solved within the walls of your veterinary hospital. Sometimes you need an outside expert to help out. My favorite resources for finding help? VetPartners-an organization for veterinary industry consultants-and the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA).

If you need a practice management, legal or other business consultant with specific expertise, has a list. You can search by geographic region or by expertise.

If you need the answer to an obscure or unique practice management question, consider joining the VHMA. The association has a website library of documents that covers almost anything you need. And if it's not there, the folks on the online forum are like VIN for hospital management. If you have an HR or inventory question, post it on the open forum and someone has likely already dealt with the problem and will have an answer for you. You don't always need to reinvent the wheel.

Tracy Sheffield, BS, LVT, CVPM, is practice administrator at Wimberley Veterinary Clinic in (you guessed it) Wimberley, Texas, as well as co-owner of T&L Veterinary Business Consulting. She was a dvm360/VHMA Practice Manager of the Year finalist in 2016.

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