June 2016



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Pregnant Employee Safety Checklist

 How should pregnancy in the veterinary workplace be handled? First and foremost, the practice's employee manual should include a written policy requiring all employees to inform the practice owner and/or office/safety manager as soon as they become aware that they are pregnant. While many employees are understandably reluctant to "go public" with their news before the end of the first trimester, the earlier this information is divulged to the employer, the earlier steps can be taken, if necessary, to safeguard the health of the fetus.


Employers should meet the news of their employee's pregnancy with sin cere warm wishes and congratulations. The employee should also be reassured that the practice will work with her and do what it reasonably can to help her reduce the workplace hazards to the fetus.  The next step is to schedule a meeting between the pregnant employee and the office/safety manager. During this meeting, the employee should be reminded of the potential risks to the developing fetus that exist in the workplace.
Why is Your Practice Worth More Than Mine?
By: Summit Veterinary Advisors
It is important to remember that every potential buyer has different financial and personal considerations that enter into their mindset when they determine how much to pay for a practice.  Every seller is also different and has different needs.  In the end, a practice is only worth what someone is willing to pay and any given practice might be worth different amounts to different people.  As veterinary practice appraisers, our job is to predict how a normal market will price individual practices.  So how do we determine the value of a business?  What makes one practice worth more than another?  

Summit Veterinary Advisors
10354 W. Chatfield Avenue, Ste 103
Littleton, CO 80127

In This Issue
HR Questions?
Ask Kellie:

My practice is in the process of interviewing veterinary technicians.  Can we ask a candidate if they can lift a 50 pound bag of dog food without accommodation?        

Answer: No.  

You cannot ask medical details or if a perspective employee might need an accommodation during the interview process unless it's specifically related to the interview process (ie. can you interview at a certain time of day). You CAN ask that question once you have made an offer of employment.  

See this link for a tips on job applicants:   https://www.eeoc.gov/facts/jobapplicant.html

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss this further, please contact us!

  VBA Extern: Jessica Carnes  

Jessica Carnes is a rising 3rd year veterinary student at the University of Illinois. She is from a close-knit community in Kentucky where her mom is a practicing veterinarian. She was not always sure veterinary medicine was the path for her as she graduated from Transylvania University with a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting! She spent a year working for a mid-sized CPA firm and discovered that she missed veterinary medicine greatly. While she was going to school for the various pre-requisite classes needed for veterinary school she worked as a substitute teacher and at the local farm and feed store. She is looking forward to this externship so that she can further understand the business aspects of veterinary medicine specifically. She is hoping to buy the small animal practice back in Kentucky where her mom works a few years after graduation. 

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