The cost of Veterinary Medicine

Why are Vets so Expensive? LONG blog read and well worth your time!  Dr. Marie hits the hammer on the head! She touches on so many topics affecting pet owners, veterinarians and the veterinary team. You will see the connection to the true cost of veterinary medicine for the pet owner and the fatiguing affects on the veterinary team.

http://www.askavetquestion.com/why-are-vets-so-expensive.php

Sometimes I hate my job.  Well, that’s not true.  I almost always love my job.  But what I hate is that everything I do costs people money.  Multiple times per day, I am helping people make decisions for their pets based on how much they can afford.

We also have salaries to pay.  The staff at veterinary clinics are, in my opinion, usually severely underpaid for the quality of work that they do.  A veterinary technician is an extremely skilled individual, able to place a catheter, draw blood, do a dental cleaning, counsel clients and multi-task animal care all day long.  According to Payscale.com a Technician generally gets paid between $10 and $12 per hour, writes Dr. Marie.

Know, that as a member of the veterinary team, some days will be harder than others. Most days you will go home exhausted and reflect on a rewarding day of offering the best care possible. Please TEND TO YOURSELF! The burn-out in veterinary medicine is high and Compassion Fatigue is REAL.

Here are a couple links that may help you TEND TO YOURSELF, balance and rejuvenate!

AAHA’s What is Compassion Fatigue? By Jan Thomas

http://student.aahanet.org/eweb/dynamicpage.aspx?site=student&webcode=whatiscompfatigue

For many, compassion fatigue is an ambiguous term that means something like that gross, angry, burned out, exhausted feeling you get after too many hard days, too many difficult clients, too many unwinnable cases and too many euthanasias. But misunderstanding the diagnosis — and make no mistake, compassion fatigue is a serious issue with health-related consequences — may be one of the reasons this potentially debilitating condition is becoming increasingly prevalent in the animal medical profession.

Compassion Fatigue and Burnout by Katherine Dobbs, CVPM, PHR, RVT

In contrast, compassion fatigue is about the work we DO, rather than WHERE we work. If you stay in a care giving profession, compassion fatigue will follow with you. This is one of the many reasons why it’s necessary to heal compassion fatigue, in order to prevent attrition from the veterinary profession.

http://www.katherinedobbs.com/compassion-fatigue-and-burnout

Here’s to a long, healthy career in veterinary medicine!

Stay healthy, RR

 

Top Ten Safety Violations in Veterinary Practices

You ever been in this predicament; time to take an x-ray at your veterinary hospital and you are asked, again, to restrain an unwilling dog without sedation, the lead gloves have puncture holes in them, the thyroid collar hangs to your chest because the velcro is no longer sticky and the apron drapes to your knees because it is torn 2/3rd of the way down the length of it. Sounds familiar? As you read the following PDF you will learn you are not alone.

http://avmaplit.com/uploadedFiles/AVMAPLIT/Publications/Safety_and_Loss_Control/Top%20Ten%20OSHA%20Violations.pdf

If you do work at a veterinary hospital with these violations, please bring the article to the owner’s/manager’s attention. Your safety is important and there are rules, laws and regulations in place to protect you from harm!

Other sites that support your safety:

Occupational Safety and Health Administration, http://www.osha.gov/

SafetyVet, http://www.safetyvet.com/

If you have questions regarding your safety, please send me a comment. I want to help you in your career and safety is of utmost importance!

Thanks, RR

Presenting to your team, tips from Steve Jobs

Your team will benefit from your energized meetings when you apply a few tips from Steve Jobs. Even though you are speaking with your team, they too need to see and  understand your passion to grab onto your ideas, concepts, programs and policies.

View this informative video, write down at least two “gems” and incorporate those tips into your meetings or classroom presentations. Add flare, give them direction, increase their participation and engage them.

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=10192173n&tag=mncol;lst;1

Remember, your team consists of adult learners and various generations. Engage them ALL in a way in which they will retain, take action and feel a part of the business.

Cheers, RR

Denver Veterinary Hospital robbed at Gunpoint!

Be safe! Be cautious! Be prepared! Please review your employee handbooks for protocols established in your veterinary hospital. NOW is a good time to have a drill and discuss with your team what to do, how to react, what to remember and how to play it safe!

13 Ways to Prevent a Robbery at Your Hospital, DVM360, Phil Seibert, CVT from SafetyVet:

http://veterinarybusiness.dvm360.com/vetec/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=721622

Here is the news story of Coal Creek Robbery in Arapahoe County: http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/30641900/detail.html

Employee Handbook Policy Example:

It is important to remember two things:

• Robbers want one thing – your money or property – and they want it quickly.

• Robbery is a risky business and robbers are usually nervous. You do not want to delay a robbery in any way and increase the potential for violence. Give the robber what he or she wants and do it quickly. Do not risk your life, or another person’s life, for property.

http://www.portlandonline.com/police/index.cfm?a=31555&c=29869

AAHA Be Safe! Award winning Video: https://www.aahanet.org/Store/ProductDetail.aspx?type=SafetyandOSHATools&code=OSHAZ1

What’s your EQ?

What’s your Emotional Intelligent Quotient?

Increasing your EQ is possible, determine where you are right now, then make plans to improve you Emotional Quotient.

Yesterday I had lunch with a friend and we began talking about co-workers and HR managers. Our final consensus, wouldn’t it be great if all employees were tuned into understanding their own EQ and how HR issues may decrease? EQs can be increased!

Take the QUIZ, it may take approximately 7 minutes and worth it:

http://psychology.about.com/library/quiz/bl_eq_quiz.htm

It’s important to remember that no matter how good your score is, there is always room to improve your emotional intelligence.  Consider areas where you are not as strong and think of ways that you can learn and grow.  Take stock of your strong points and find ways to continue to develop and apply these skills.