Beyond the Numbers Blog Thoughts & Advice on Veterinary Practice Management

U.S. economy creeping toward recession: What veterinary practices should keep an eye on

  Busy days, rising costs, price increases, staff shortages, and burnout—what a good time for veterinary practices! In reality, none of these factors have shifted much, if at all, in my New York practice but my overall outlook certainly has, along with the state of the U.S. economy. As a CVPM, part of...Read More

Parenting and practice management: One CVPM’s work/life balancing act as a mom of twins

  At the end of this year, I sit contemplating all that happened during this difficult year. Surprisingly the biggest challenge was not running a veterinary practice during the ongoing madness of Covid. There is a lot of talk about the way practices are running now being “the new normal” as opposed to...Read More

Is a professional business coach right for you? 3 surprising findings that could sway your decision

  How many of us take the opportunity to work on ourselves? This question could be asked about our work lives or personal lives, but I’m specifically asking about our work lives. Before I started working with a leadership coach aka professional business coach, my answer to this question would have been, “very...Read More

Veterinary cybersecurity checklist: Some practices only follow 1 or 2 of these 5 online protection guidelines; what about you?

  Just like with animals, there are certain cyber pests that are easy to get infected with and hard to get rid of. Thankfully, similar to veterinary medicine, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to keeping your business safe against the creepy-crawly threats of the internet—aka...Read More

5 ways COVID-19 and Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease changed this New York veterinary practice’s SOP

  When COVID-19 started hitting the New York area hard, we weren’t sure how Long Island Bird and Exotics Veterinary Clinic would be affected. Would people continue to want to bring their pets in for emergency visits? What about routine appointments?  We’ve found the answer to both of these questions to be a...Read More

Don’t just think outside the box: Approaching our veterinary practice challenges with alternative thinking

  Unprecedented times, periods of upheaval and tumultuous change, valleys of hardship that we think will exist indefinitely – not to start this off on such a grim note but let’s face it, these are all inevitable challenges of real life for any of us in veterinary practices. While accepting this to be...Read More

CVPM opens up about coping during COVID-19 plus highlights something we’re all missing here

Just a few short weeks ago, I was spending my days working on long-term exit strategy planning for my practice owner and myself about five or six years out. I was fretting about profitability, valuations, fee schedules, and all the relevant things one would normally think of. I was even making plans for...Read More

Inbox zero: How a simple email management technique from a guy named Merlin can decrease your anxiety

  Emails are a necessary evil in business today, and the sheer amount that we get can take a toll on anyone. Just reading each one and determining whether the information is pertinent to you is a task in and of itself, let alone engaging and replying to them. Merlin Mann, the productivity...Read More

4 leadership archetypes: Why negative data gets your boss in a tizzy and what you can do about it

Do you know what your owner’s leadership archetype is? Read on to find out. If you’re in any sort of leadership position at your practice, there’s no doubt you’ve been the bearer of bad news to your owners at least once or twice. Even with a booming pet industry, there’s still the potential...Read More

The power of getting team buy-in – A path toward boosting productivity, profitability and staff loyalty

I was driving home from a clinic earlier this week and heard on the radio that unemployment had reached an all-time low of about 3.7% nationally[1]. The AVMA has confirmed that it’s even lower in veterinary medicine at around 1.6%.[2] This means that most people who want to be employed, are. To most...Read More