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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: G. John Benson, DVM, MS (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This book is the second volume of a three-volume work on developing a veterinary practice. It addresses the programs and procedures of the progressive veterinary practice that effective leaders must implement. Included in the text and appendix are charts and forms to aid in fiscal and personnel evaluations for both the leader and the team. Ongoing assessment of strengths and weaknesses is vital to aid in establishing the continuous quality improvement of a practice.
Purpose: The purpose is to apply the leadership skills and tools presented in Volume I (How to lead) to the veterinary practice (What to do). The author's goal is to discuss the new programs and traditional procedures necessary to accomplish quality health care; adequate remuneration for provider, staff, and facility; and establish a clear community role and market niche for the practice.
Audience: The text is written for the practitioner. It is also valuable for students since it provides a thoughtful discussion of the philosophy and attitudes necessary to be successful in current and future veterinary practice.
Features: This book is unique in the veterinary field in that it blends practice philosophy with fiscal and personnel management in an easily understood manner which can be applied to the individual practice. The author draws on his vast experience working with the AAHA and as a consultant to over 1,200 veterinary practices. He provides a comprehensive view of the programs and procedures needed to provide effective management of the veterinary health care team. The text is clearly written and illustrated.
Assessment: This book is a valuable addition to the veterinarian's professional library.