Practical Dentistry: Periodontal Disease: Utilizing Current Information to Improve Client Compliance

As originally published in “Today’s Veterinary Practice,” March/April 2012 (Volume 2, Number 2) Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC Periodontal disease is the number one health problem in small animal patients. This is the fourth article in the Practical Dentistry series, which is focused on teaching veterinary professionals how to provide high-quality dental care to patients as well as communicate with clients in order to help them understand why this care is so important for their pets. The first three articles [...]

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Practical Dentistry: Dental Radiology Series Techniques for Intraoral Radiology

As originally published in “Today’s Veterinary Practice,” Sept/Oct 2015 (Volume 5, Number 5) Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC & EVDC  Southern California Veterinary Dental Specialties, San Diego, California Exposing diagnostic dental images can be frustrating for the novice; however, with a small amount of training and practice, it can be mastered. This article is a brief introduction to exposure techniques for intraoral radiology. Further training via hands-on laboratories is an excellent investment and can greatly improve the learning curve. STEP [...]

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Practical Dental Series: Practice Building – Dental Services: Good Medicine for Patients & Practices

As originally published in “Today’s Veterinary Practice,” Sept/Oct 2011 (Volume 1, Number 2) Brook A. Niemiec, DVM, FAVD, Diplomate AVDC This is the first article in our Practical Dentistry series, which will present various ways of increasing revenue through offering dental services in the general veterinary practice. This series will present techniques and procedures that require minimal expense, effort, and training, yet have proven to be invaluable in many practices (general and referral). All of the information and procedures discussed promote good [...]

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Finding Joy in Veterinary Practice Through Gratitude

  by Kristin Youngberg, Vetel Diagnostics This may be an overarching statement, but I know you’ll agree with me if I say: Life is messy. Whether that’s trying to mend a broken relationship with a coworker, being rear-ended on your way to work, or dropping a blood sample while trying to make it to the next appointment on time. Or that one animal at the end of the day that won’t cooperate. Some days it’s easier to count our burdens than [...]

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4 Ways to Re-engage Your Staff

  by Kristin Youngberg, Vetel Diagnostics When I was working as a veterinary technician, I experienced the unhealthy work environment that can blight a practice from cramming underpaid, overworked staff members into a small, high-stress and fast-paced office. The demand to produce quick and efficient work was a priority over quality and empathy. Many of my coworkers were nearing burnout and had lost the compassionate spark for animals that had brought them into the profession in the first place. I remember [...]

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Bridging the Generational Divide

  by Kristin Youngberg, Vetel Diagnostics Millennials have recently supplanted Baby Boomers as the largest pet-owning population in the U.S. However, there are still many pets owned by Generation X, The Boom Generation, and some of the Silent Generation. Each generation has a different style of pet-ownership, and communication preference with their veterinary practitioner, than the one before it. Cater to these preferences and adapt to your client’s viewpoint, and you’ll have a client loyalty base that is second to none. The [...]

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