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  • Wellness Month: Year 2

    70 Views - 0 Comments Here I am again: another year down and another wellness month to plan. First off, I have to say this is far less scary than it was last year. Let’s start with last year. What went well? What did sta...
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  • Powdered Glove Ban

    739 Views - 5 Comments While I am not excited about transitioning away from gloves that work really well for me in surgery, this shift away from powdered gloves gets my full support. Honestly, I’m surprised it took until 2017 f...
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  • No Experience Required? My First Job in the Veterinary Field

    419 Views - 0 Comments As my college graduation was nearing, I knew I needed to look for a job. At the time I was considering graduate school to pursue a career in human medicine, but I didn’t feel ready to go to more school so...
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  • How We Stayed Social in 2016

    920 Views - 0 Comments Social media isn’t going away. It’s growing at exponential rates around the world, and this is good news for veterinary medicine! A new avenue to educate clients and create growth opportunities? Yes, plea...
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  • 7 Tips for Happy Pets on Halloween

    599 Views - 0 Comments Guest blogger and behavior specialist, Jenn Fiendish, CVT, VTS (Behavior), discusses important things to keep in mind while educating clients this Halloween: We all know the dangers of chocolate and pe...
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  • When Society Labels You a Killer

    1,415 Views - 4 Comments UPDATE: The Quebec Court of Appeal has lifted the temporary suspension of Montreal’s pitbull ban, putting the bylaw into effect. Pit Bulls have recently been all over the news as the target of a contro...
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  • Hiring CSRs: What Do Clinics Look For?

    1,213 Views - 1 Comments Let’s face it. Hiring veterinary staff is challenging. Sure, it depends on the role: Certified / Licensed Technicians are like unicorns these days. You know they exist but you can never find them in...
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  • Keeping Up With Rapid Changes in HR

    738 Views - 0 Comments In this lecture, Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discusses the changing laws and trends that all practice managers need to be aware of.

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  • Tiny Talk – Critical Thinking

    2,938 Views - 0 Comments Christy Michael, BVMS, describes critical thinking and why it is such a vital skill for everyone on the veterinary team.

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  • From CVT to CSR to CVT Again... A Journey

    1,782 Views - 5 Comments I have been a CVT for just over 2 years now, the majority of that time spent in emergency medicine. During a late night in the ER I tried to take on a dog that was just a little too much for me,...
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  • Adopting Special Needs Cats

    1,133 Views - 2 Comments If you have read my previous blogs then you are aware of my addiction to caregiving and that I tried to stop rescuing. I did my best to stop but the special needs cats always pull so hard on my heartstrin...
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  • My Approach to Customer Service: Client Advocacy

    1,306 Views - 0 Comments A few months ago, I was out to dinner and was approached by a woman who seemed to recognize me; she asked if I worked for DoveLewis. I told her that I did, and she then gave me a hug and thanked me for he...
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  • Adapting to the Technician Shortage

    3,423 Views - 14 Comments This year I helped make a decision that caused a considerable amount of strife among the DoveLewis technician staff and even anger and disappointment for a few of my most senior technicians.  No one...
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  • The Gender Pay Gap

    1,088 Views - 0 Comments DoveLewis is comprised of 85% females.  While this is true for most clinics in the veterinary industry, we also have an unusually high number of females in Leadership positions: four of our six top l...
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  • Cleaning Checklists

    3,588 Views - 0 Comments DoveLewis Technician Assistant, Leilani Baker, gives an overview of the cleaning checklists and why this system is important in any hospital. A sample cleaning checklist is available for downloa...

    2 min 9 sec

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  • Hidden Talents of Receptionists

    5,155 Views - 2 Comments This week is “CSR Appreciation Week” at DoveLewis. Client Service Representatives maintain a very important role in the hospital. I worked on the floor as a CSR for a little over a year and I am very exci...
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  • Emergency Preparedness For Your Clinic

    2,220 Views - 0 Comments Safety Manager of DoveLewis, Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, discusses a few disaster preparedness precautions that we take as a 24-hour facility.

    6 min 10 sec

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  • Word to Your Mother

    759 Views - 0 Comments "Word to Your Mother" - Vanilla Ice Monday was a big day for me. For the first time in over three months I was able to collect my mail from my Post Office box. Read along for a bit of context…...
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  • Work Life Integration

    1,023 Views - 0 Comments It is not often that switching out one word for another makes such a big impact on me, but that has happened. Let me explain… I was asked to write this blog on work-life balance. I’m honestly not the best...
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  • Fixer to a Leader

    1,707 Views - 2 Comments CEO of DoveLewis, Ron Morgan, and Monica Maxwell, SPHR, team up on this lecture to talk to Managers about the importance of moving away from the “fixing” mentality to become a great leader. The lecture is...

    52 min 47 sec

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  • Is There a Cure for When You’re a Workaholic?

    1,914 Views - 3 Comments Is there a cure when you’re a workaholic? I am a workaholic. I come from a long line of focused, hardworking people who lived their lives with determined energy. And honestly, for many of my ancestors...
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  • Never Stop Learning

    3,324 Views - 8 Comments This is a mantra here at atdove.org. It’s one of the main reasons for the development of this website and why I have spent the last 5 years working to create the videos and articles found here – because I...
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  • Spring Weather Preparedness

    2,880 Views - 0 Comments Spring Has Sprung! Watch Out for Wild Weather! Tornadoes, lightning, floods, rip currents and early season heat - spring dangers rampage across the United States throughout March, April and May. And th...
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  • Client Call Backs

    2,910 Views - 4 Comments Joanie Abrams, CVT, VTS(ECC), discusses how client call backs are performed at the hospital and our philosophy for follow up in the ER.

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  • How We Keep Our Dogs From Barking

    4,557 Views - 4 Comments We’ve been doing yoga, coloring sheets, having healthy snacks, and taking extra time for ourselves because it’s self-care month at DoveLewis. But there’s one topic that’s got us al...
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  • My Fear of Wellness Month

    1,795 Views - 6 Comments Let’s start with the basics: I’m new to my employer and have been with the company for 90 days. I’ve been put in charge of spearheading Wellness and Self Care Month for our 115 employees. Now the compl...
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  • Wellness Program

    2,275 Views - 1 Comments DoveLewis Wellness Program coordinators Enid Traisman, CT, MSW, and Josey Kinnaman, CVT, discuss the staff benefits of a coordinated hospital wellness program and the steps DoveLewis has taken to improve...

    3 min 54 sec

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  • Be Open to Learning

    953 Views - 0 Comments One of the things I’ve personally learned in my 12 years at DoveLewis is how important staff training, education and solid protocols are in building and maintaining a successful veterinary hospital....
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  • Dating at Work

    1,374 Views - 1 Comments DoveLewis Director of Human Resources Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discusses how to handle employees who are dating each other. The topics of consent forms, guidelines for behavior at work, and supervisors datin...

    3 min 49 sec

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  • Art Therapy

    1,957 Views - 0 Comments Enid Traisman, CT, MSW, discusses the benefits of art therapy to veterinary staff, and describes how DoveLewis has instituted art therapy for employees.

    2 min 25 sec

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  • Present Tense

    1,627 Views - 10 Comments It’s a quiz on Facebook. It’s a plot point in every time travel movie. The thought of it might keep you awake at night. Do you want to know the day that you’ll die? Do you want to plan? Have time to trave...
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  • Lowering Inventory Costs

    2,007 Views - 2 Comments Inventory is a large expense and can also be a large loss if it is not monitored properly.  Sales of pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, surgical supplies, and vaccines are a sizable source of reve...
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  • Staff Recruiting

    1,219 Views - 4 Comments Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discusses tips for successful staff recruiting including where to advertise, interviewing tips, and reference checks on potential employees.

    4 min 11 sec

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  • Finding Your Management Strengths

    1,742 Views - 2 Comments Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discusses the strengths and weaknesses of different personality types and how they affect both communication and management. Finding your strengths and recognizing your weaknesses as...

    59 min 47 sec

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  • Do You Have Goals and Motivation?

    1,636 Views - 1 Comments Motivation in veterinary medicine can be a tricky thing. The problem with motivation is that it’s different for everyone. We all have different goals and what pushes us to reach those goals will vary by p...
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  • Patient Confidentiality

    2,842 Views - 1 Comments Client Service Representative at DoveLewis, Kaitlyn Sanborn, and Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discuss the patient confidentiality policy in the hospital and how to go about educating clients to this policy....

    6 min 16 sec

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  • Working Interviews: Why and How

    1,560 Views - 1 Comments Let's face it. Hiring is one of the most important business decisions we make in our practice. We (hopefully) invest quite a bit of time and energy into making the right decision so that we can avoid the...
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  • atdove.org and VHMA: Better Together

    942 Views - 0 Comments We're excited to annouce a new partnership with the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association! VHMA is a professional organization that supports veterinary practice managers by offering educational re...
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  • Safety Evacuation Plan

    1,191 Views - 0 Comments DoveLewis Safety Manager, Coby Richter, DVM, DACVS, and Director of Services, Jerry Holder, discuss the annual DoveLewis fire evacuation drill in accordance with OSHA standards. The staff evacuation...

    4 min 20 sec

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  • Just Me and the Cats

    1,260 Views - 0 Comments Growing up, my siblings and I were animal lovers but never had many pets. We had to relocate often due to my dad’s Coast Guard career, and my parents were understandably wary of adding animals to our very...
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  • Tick-Nemesis

    2,584 Views - 6 Comments Jerry had Newman. Harry had Voldemort. I have ticks. I only recently found out ticks are my archenemies. This spring they sent me a formal declaration of war via my dog. It's been rough. Most people...
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  • When to Say Goodbye

    1,379 Views - 1 Comments My recent experience saying goodbye to our pug Lucy led me to the DoveLewis Pet Loss Support Program and Enid Traisman, program director and certified grief counselor. Ron: I work in a building where...
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  • What Leadership Is, and What It Is Not

    1,264 Views - 3 Comments Leadership. It is a simple word with complex meaning. One of the biggest issues I see managers make, new and old, is the assumption that a title automatically dictates the authority of a leader. Anyone wh...
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  • When Things Fall Apart

    931 Views - 0 Comments 2014 saw massive change come to the front desk here at DoveLewis. By the end of December we only had three full time Client Service Representatives (CSRs) that had started out at the front desk at the sta...
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  • Failure to Communicate

    887 Views - 0 Comments In my now 15 year career in Human Resources almost every workplace problem I encounter comes down to communication.  Communication problems take several forms. Here are my top three. Inc...
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  • Lifters and Leaners Part 2

    1,254 Views - 0 Comments CEO of DoveLewis, Ron Morgan, continues his series on employee engagement. Topics discussed include motivating different types of employees and management tips for employee discipline, documentation, and...

    53 min 6 sec

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  • Management Rollercoaster

    818 Views - 0 Comments You may be wondering, whatever happened with my new manager role? Funny story… Earlier this year I was excited about adding managerial responsibilities to my plate. Things actually went okay (with my sing...
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  • Corrective Actions Tips

    1,002 Views - 0 Comments What are some tips for people in management roles to remember when giving corrective actions? 1. Corrective actions are proactive tools, not reactive. Give employees feedback (both good and bad) of...
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  • Tiny Talk - Managing Millennials (Part 2)

    1,591 Views - 2 Comments Monica Maxwell, SPHR, offers tips on how to connect with and manage Millennials. Find out what shaped this generation and previous ones in Part 1.

    9 min 35 sec

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  • Tiny Talk - Managing Millennials (Part 1)

    1,343 Views - 0 Comments Monica Maxwell, SPHR, discusses the Millennial generation and how they differ from Boomers and Gen Xers in regards to working with and managing this large group of employees. For tips on how to connect wi...

    9 min 6 sec

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