Creating Efficiency in an Inefficient World

  By: Debbie Boone, BS, CVPM –  Originally published on Weave. Every business I encounter is running on new protocols.  Covid has increased cleaning, changed workflows, added time to almost every service offered, and made us all grumpy in the process.  What can we do to gain some time back in our days? In a recent presentation at the AVMA Veterinary Economic Summit, information was shared about pet ownership during Covid -19 by John Volk of Brakke Consulting, along with practice revenue and practice efficiency data.  To my surprise, 19% of pet owning households did get a new pet but most
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Taking a Leap of Faith: Career Advice from Michael and Stephen Shirley

  In episode 4 of The Bend, Debbie had a virtual conversation with TWO leaders within the veterinary space who also happen to be brothers:  Michael and Stephen Shirley.  Michael and Stephen are Rutherford County, Tennessee locals who both have an interesting history, holding various careers leading up to where they are now. With a B.S. in Animal Science, Michael worked his way through related careers until he eventually met and married his veterinarian wife, Dr. Amy Shirley. Together they purchased a declining veterinary practice which they transformed into today’s stellar Family Pet Health.  Michael serves as the Practice Manager,
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From Small Town to Big Time Professional: Bridgett McGowen’s Story

In episode three of “The Bend”, Debbie has the opportunity to interview professional speaker, coach, and published author, Bridgett McGowen.  She’s an award winning professional speaker, and the owner of BMcTalks LLC.  Bridgett never had a definitive idea of her career choice as a child other than that she wanted to be a professional. The blue collar life wasn’t for her, and she knew she was drawn to a career where she could dress up a bit more and demonstrate a sense of poise and confidence. She knew she wanted to make a statement and not blend in. An air-conditioned
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