TUESDAYJanuary 17, 2023

Dear Veterinary Student,

Whether you have considered practice ownership or plan to enter the profession as an associate, veterinary business education has never been more crucial to your career. This weekly publication is designed to supplement your education by providing information on veterinary business including ownership and management, finance operations, communication, team building and emerging technologies that will shape the future of veterinary medicine.

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Reflecting on VMX   
Commentary from VSI managing editor Bre Demaline  

Now in its 40th year, VMX commenced over the weekend and continues until tomorrow. With the vast opportunities available at the event such as networking, relationship-building and educational materials, students will travel back to their home states with experience they can use in their career and personal development for life. 
Until VMX 2024. I hope our subscribers continue to take conference and networking opportunities in the year to come! 


Economic efficiency in veterinary practice          

The issue of efficiency arises in discussions of both the origin and potential solution for the current tight labor market in companion animal veterinary practice. 

Efficiency isn’t a new concept in veterinary medicine, and while it’s generally improved in recent decades, it isn’t necessarily a solution every veterinary practice should seek to implement, Dr. James Lloyd writes in the Fountain Report. 

In the latest column in his series on the economy’s impacts on veterinary medicine, Jim discusses how to define efficiency, why increasing efficiency may or may not be valuable for any given veterinary practice, and how practices can effectively improve efficiency. 

> Read the column here.


Why spend time on stay interviews?       

Stay interviews, in which management gathers information from individual employees about their experience at the organization, have increased in popularity in veterinary medicine as employee retention has become more critical.  

These conversations give company leaders an opportunity to find out what’s working and what needs improvement at the organization, as well as to demonstrate concern for their employees’ needs. 

In her latest Fountain Report column, veterinarian and consultant Karen Felsted discusses why practice leaders should consider conducting stay interviews and how they can do so effectively. 

> Read the column here.

Idexx announces new canine cancer screening test  

Idexx has launched a new cancer screening test for adult and senior dogs. The company also announced that a study of more than 220,000 patients shows its preventive care testing reveals clinically relevant findings across adult life stages for up to one in five dogs and one in three cats. 

> Read the announcement here.

Veterinary profession should focus on other issues before midlevel practitioner position: NAVTA survey 

While credentialed veterinary technicians have interest in a “midlevel practitioner” concept, it’s not as urgent to them as other issues such as title protection, utilization and wages, according to a new survey  

The National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) conducted the survey in December. It showed that on a list of eight current hot topics, the creation of a midlevel practitioner position for credentialed veterinary technicians ranked seventh. 

> Read the announcement here.

Also: Creating a midlevel practitioner position in veterinary medicine would not be an adequate solution to workforce or access-to-care problems, members of the AVMA’s House of Delegates concluded at their recent winter session. 

> Read the announcement here.

Association of Shelter Veterinarians releases updated standards of care for shelter animals 

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians has released the second edition of its “Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters.” 

The guidelines were originally created in 2010 to provide a trustworthy resource for the housing, husbandry, medical and behavioral care of animals living in shelters. “Following an extensive review process, the guidelines have been updated to include expanded research and information in the field of shelter veterinary medicine,” according to ASV. 

> Read the announcement here.
This week’s Veterinary Student Insider was compiled by managing editor Breanna Demaline. 

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