November-December 2014 The Team: Your Greatest Resource

Discover strategies for supporting working women and part-time team members in your practice, and learn how to write a policy manual your team will actually want to read. Plus, follow a protocol for canine diabetes mellitus and recognize these red flags of feline diabetes.

Table of Contents November-December 2014

Abdominal Radiographs

This video demonstrates proper positioning and timing for abdominal radiographs to help achieve high diagnostic quality.

Crystalloids and Colloids

This video explains the difference between crystalloid and colloid IV fluids and provides examples of situations in which they may be used effectively. 


Let’s Get Down To Business: Develop A Positive Workplace

A positive practice is a productive practice. How can you encourage positivity and engagement among your team?

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Top 5 Items Every Policy Manual Should Include

An expert shares 5 things every manual should include to maintain the practice’s vision, guide team members, and protect the practice legally.

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Thriving Full-time as a Part-time Associate

How can you make a smooth transition to part-time? These valuable tips can help you navigate the obstacles. 

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Power Up Your Preventative Care

How do you help patients between visits? New technology makes monitoring health and activity easier for veterinary professionals and clients.

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Feline Diabetes Red Flags

Investigate potential signs of diabetes to help rule out the condition in your feline patients.

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Support Your Practice’s Dr. Mom

The role of “Dr. Mom” can be challenging for her and her team members. Here are some practical solutions to foster support among Dr. Mom and the entire team. 

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Tools for Talking to Your Clients About Money

Financial discussions with clients can lead to emotionally charged situations. Here are 4 ways to ensure positive results from these difficult conversations.

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A Cartoonist’s Guide to Personal Finance

Developing a financial plan is quite simple, but staying committed can be difficult. Use these simple tips for smart saving and spending.

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Who Is Your Next Great Team Member?

Hiring the wrong person can be disastrous. The book Who offers strategic insights on discovering and hiring your next great team member.

Is Dating a Client Taboo?

Romantic relationships between clients and veterinary team members can impact your entire practice. What professional boundaries should you set? 

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The Big Picture on Social Media: Obtaining Client Consent

Sharing photos of patients on social media may be more complex than you think.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Canine Diabetes Mellitus

Download this handout to to educate clients and answer their questions about their diabetic pet.

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Team Training Topics for Canine Diabetes Mellitus

Use these training tips to keep the team knowledgeable about diagnosing, treating, and educating clients about canine diabetes.

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Canine Diabetes Mellitus: Team Roles

Use this checklist to determine each team member’s role and responsibilities when diagnosing and treating canine diabetes mellitus.

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Canine Diabetes Mellitus: Team Workflow

Use this workflow to help team members partner with the client to ensure the best possible treatment.

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Canine Diabetes Mellitus: Acknowledging & Educating Clients

Discussing a patient’s diabetes with the client can be emotional. Follow these tips to foster realistic and respectful conversations.  

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Canine Diabetes: Team Management at a Glance

Achieving remission may only be possible in a few diabetic dogs, so team members should understand diabetes physiology and management to properly treat these patients.

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Canine Diabetes Mellitus

Knowing essential diagnostic and treatment information can help your team successfully manage canine diabetes cases and educate clients.

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When Clients Do Not Pay

Letting clients not pay at the time of service is harmful to you and your team.


5 Holiday Stressors for Veterinary Teams

Here are common stressors veterinary healthcare teams encounter during the holidays, with tips to promote more cheer and less fear during the season.


How to Implement a Senior Wellness Program

Even more than in humans, illness in pets often goes undetected, especially as pets age. Screening senior patients can play a key role in catching diseases before they become serious concerns.


David vs Goliath: How a Veterinary Hospital Can Battle Big-Box Stores

The pressure for market share of parasite preventives and common prescriptions will continue to intensify between competitors.


Social Media Calendar: November 2014

This Social Media Calendar will help you prepare clients for diabetes management in the dog and cat. Plus, some tips and tricks on how to provide adequate housing for guinea pigs.

Veterinary Team Brief delivers practical skills for team-based medicine—with clinical strategies for team training, peer-reviewed credibility, concise content, essential training modules, and easy-to-implement protocols. From the publisher of Clinician's Brief.