Beyond the Numbers Blog Thoughts & Advice on Veterinary Practice Management

How medical ratios support best medicine – Every time

We hear a lot about the importance of practicing “best medicine.” Conceptually, many of us would agree that practicing best medicine is, in fact, best. Even so, the question lingers, how do we do it in the real world and how do we measure it? To help our practice teams reach their full...Read More

6 reasons why working with data can be hard

There are no two ways about it. Working with data isn't easy. Within the veterinary industry, there’s a lot of talk about practice data and a number of misconceptions as well. I’d like to share some thoughts on the complexity of managing and understanding data in our industry. Comparing data with other practices...Read More

Comparing veterinary practice reports – A gentle word of caution

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When it comes to understanding how well your veterinary practice is doing, the more data you can feast your eyes on, the better. That said, it’s important that you not only look at the numbers in your reports, but also the specifics of what exactly they are measuring. At VetSuccess, we’ve witnessed a...Read More

The brains, science and venn dilemma behind your practice data

Bless the University of North Carolina Charlotte. They have an entire department called The Charlotte Visualization Center in their college of computing and informatics that offers a doctoral program in computer science visualizations. Data visualizations: they’re a thing, and they can be complicated Do you know the difference between a Venn diagram and...Read More

Unlock the power of your data with a focus on five key indicators

Big data — it’s a buzzword in the corporate world these days, veterinary medicine included. Especially with the increasing corporatization of the veterinary profession, it is imperative that practices learn about data management, data review, and data response. [bctt tweet="These days it is imperative that practices learn about data management, data review, and...Read More

How to measure your veterinary practice’s success with a simple calculation

In last week’s post, I used an analogy to explain what your Net Change in Active Patients is. As you may recall, it’s like your bank balance. There’s an opening balance on the first day of the month. There are deposits (inflows) and withdrawals (outflows). Then there’s your balance on the last day...Read More

One of the most important numbers when measuring veterinary practice success

Imagine boarding a plane to your favorite destination. With anticipation, you get to the airport early, get through the seeming chaos of boarding, stow your luggage for takeoff, fasten your seatbelt, and sit through the safety demonstration. The captain then comes over the loudspeaker: “Ladies and gentlemen, from the flight deck, this is...Read More

Survey reveals common barriers to veterinary practice changes

In last week’s post, I shared the results of a survey we recently conducted among 112 practice managers and owners. If you read it, you may recall that our goal was to better understand the relationship you and your fellow veterinary professionals have with your data. You may also recall us sharing that...Read More

The results are in! Here’s how much you love your practice data

  In June 2017, we invited VetSuccess subscribers – specifically practice managers and owners – to complete a brief survey. Our goal was to get a sense of how you as industry professionals feel about your practice data, and learn how you’re using it to build a strong practice. Do you consider practice...Read More

Pennsylvania practice reaps the rewards from using their veterinary practice data

The West Chester Veterinary Medical Center is a 24-hour General Practice and Emergency Hospital that provides after-hour medical, surgical and intensive care to small animals. In September 2016, Erica Brown, formerly the practice’s Client Relations Representative, assumed the role of Compliance Officer. As the title suggests, Erica’s responsibilities are related to helping clients...Read More