September 2019



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Stop Hiring for 
Culture Fit
Originally Published in 
Today's Veterinary Business 
August 2019

It doesn't take long to find articles that share why you should hire for culture fit. You might be employed by or have worked for companies that stressed how crucial this is. In fact, it's gotten to where "hire for culture fit" is something that "everybody knows," which can serve as a red flag.
First, what does "hire for culture fit" really mean? It's often defined as recruiting people who, in theory, should be able to join your team and mesh with employees quickly because of their behavior and belief systems. Ideally, they would quickly add value to your veterinary practice, too, without causing conflict. Hiring for culture fit also can be described as a way to look at a job candidate as a whole, not just as a list of his or her qualifications and experiences. The person would be chosen in part based upon personality traits and how those traits match up with those of current employees.

VBA HR Webinars

VBA is proud to present our new Practice Management Webinar Series. We know how challenging it can be to manage a veterinary practice. Some days it seems virtually impossible to find the time to do anything else, including your continuing education.  We decided it was time to put together a webinar series that could not only satisfy your desire to keep learning, but also give you some practical help with the day to day adventures of managing a busy veterinary practice.  Our webinar series will include everything from the major legal issues, right down to the small daily mishaps that occur in a typical practice.  See below for our topics.

Webinar #1: Employee Manual Pitfalls
Tuesday, October 29th from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm ET.

Webinar #2: HR Changes for 2020
Tuesday, January 21st from 3:00 PM to 4:00 pm ET.

Webinar #3: Responding to Disparaging Comments on Social Media
Tuesday, April 21st from 3:00 to 4:00 pm ET.

Webinar #4: Successfully Managing Conflict in Your Veterinary Practice
Tuesday, July 21st from 3:00 to 4:00 pm ET.

The fee for each webinar is $50.00 per attendee. Sign up for all 4 at a discounted cost of $175.00. 

Speaking Events

Ohio State University
Dr. Charlotte Lacroix

September 27th
Columbus, OH

Teaching Topics:
Contract Negotiations

University of Florida
Dr. Charlotte Lacroix

September 26th
Gainesville, Florida

Teaching Topics:
Animal Law

Dr. Charlotte Lacroix

September 19-21, 2019
Omaha, NE

Speaking Topics:
HR Trends
PennVet Conference
Shauna Gibbons, Esq
September 25-26, 2019
Wilmington, DE

Speaking Topics:
Contract Negotiations

In This Issue
Negotiating Lease Agreements

In a recent report, published by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), it was found that 83 percent of veterinarians own both their practice and their property. Many of the veterinarians within this population, though, are unaware of how the practice acquisitions process works and, when selling, often only consider the practice's value, excluding the value of their real estate. Being both a practice and property owner requires a number of hats to be worn all at once. When it comes time to sell the practice, veterinarians who own both are at a disadvantage if they are not aware of how to negotiate the lease of their property in conjunction with the sale of their practice. Here, owners will learn important points to consider.

Spark! Industry Insights 
from a DVM-JD

Industry Insights from A DVM-JD

Dr. Charlotte Lacroix had already been practicing veterinary medicine when she decided to go to law school and merge the two disciplines to help her fellow veterinary professionals. In this Spark story, she shares what she's learned about the veterinary industry from her unique vantage point.

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Anna-Marie Struble

Anna-Marie Struble is finishing up her last year at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is looking to complete her career change by becoming a primary care veterinarian and certified medical acupuncturist in Michigan. 

Her professional passions include low-stress handling and behavior, small animal dentistry, mixed practice medical acupunc-ture, diversity and commuications,  and cost-saving workplace efficiencies. 

She was previously a microbiologist at a pharmaceutical production facility where she designed lean laboratory workflows, personnel schedulers, and standard oper-ating procedures. 

When not in the clinics, she enjoys crafting, cooking, and traveling with her husband, leash-trained cat, and dog. She welcomes professional inquiries via LinkedIn.

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