August 2009
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
AAHA Introduces New AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year Award
Missed a Web Conference? It’s Available Online!
Resources FOR Techs BY Techs From AAHA Press
Switch and Save
Affordable Advertising When Selling Your Practice or Equipment
AAHA Career Center Attracts 217 Applicants in Two Months
NCVEI Seeks Research Project Participants
A Message from Your AAHA Preferred Business Providers

AAHA Introduces New AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year Award
AAHA believes that the success of a veterinary practice depends on the entire team working together to provide quality pet care.  In recognition of this, the Association is establishing the AAHA-Accredited Practice of the Year Award. Six awards will be presented: first, second and third place awards, plus three honorable mention awards. Winning practices will be featured in AAHA publications and publicized in national media as well as their local media. A complete application package, including criteria and submission requirements, is available online. The application deadline is October 31, 2009.

Missed a Web Conference? It’s Available Online!
If you weren’t able to take advantage of a past AAHA Web Conference, as a valuable member benefit, you still have access to all archived conferences! From compliance and inventory management to diabetes and anesthesia, these convenient, web-based programs provide one hour of continuing education delivered directly to your desktop. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn with your entire team at a time that works best for your busy schedule... at absolutely no charge to you! Archived conferences include:

Resources FOR Techs BY Techs From AAHA Press
Finally, information and inspiration for techs by techs! Seasoned, novice and aspiring veterinary technicians and assistants will find valuable information in 101 Veterinary Technician Questions Answered and Career Choices for Veterinary Technicians — from unique career paths to answers about common, on-the-job issues, there’s something for everyone.

Veterinary technicians learn the skills and gain the knowledge they need to get started from educational courses and programs, but there are many things that can only be learned on the job. 101 Veterinary Technician Questions Answered fills that gap. This book answers career development, burn out and technical questions and includes tricks to help make all aspects of the veterinary technician’s job easier.

Career Choices for Veterinary Technicians is full of ideas for working and aspiring veterinary technicians, including positions in general practice, specialty practice, industry, higher education, government and more. It offers unique, alternative ideas for career growth, such as obtaining specialties and credentials, taking on new roles, and starting profit centers – all things that can improve both the practice and the individual. Career Choices features quotes from veterinary technicians around the country and covers daily responsibilities, salaries, required qualifications, and pros and cons for each career path.

Find out more about these and other AAHA Press titles at the AAHA Store online or by calling 800/883-6301.

Switch and Save
Chances are you’re part of the overwhelming majority of practices that could save by switching to AAHA’s payment processing program. A recent, nationwide analysis revealed that 8 in 10 practices could save by switching to Wells Fargo Merchant Services. In addition to program operation savings, Wells Fargo Merchant Services is offering a limited time incentive to cover up to $500 of the switching costs.

“We have changed our credit card processor a few times, and usually we expect some fairly significant glitches, either with installation, use of the new or reprogrammed equipment, or staff training. Knowing that AAHA-accredited members (we!) would further benefit through the campaign by utilizing a preferred business provider, my practice manager contacted Wells Fargo to change out our equipment and switch over to their processing. The installation and cut-over happened, remarkably, without a glitch. This was by far the easiest change we’ve experienced, and our support from Wells Fargo was very competent and helpful.”

— Michael R. Moyer, VMD, Rosenthal Director of Shelter Animal Medicine, AAHA Vice President

A portion of the royalties that AAHA receives will be applied to ongoing consumer awareness through the Accreditation Awareness Campaign. Contact AAHA’s preferred business provider, at 866/319-9466 or aaha@wellsfargo.com for more information. Can you really afford not to?

Offer valid until November 30, 2009. Certain rules and restrictions apply.

Affordable Advertising When Selling Your Practice or Equipment
Post a classified ad in Trends magazine Marketplace and reach more than 65,000 veterinary professionals nationwide. Please contact Ashley Schriener, AAHA Advertising & Exhibit Sales Assistant, for questions, specs and rates at 877/845-9696 or ashley.schriener@aahanet.org

AAHA Career Center Attracts 217 Applicants in Two Months
Since June 2009, 217 new job seekers have used the AAHA Career Center as their source for finding open positions in the veterinary industry. Member surveys have indicated that your biggest challenge is hiring and retaining employees. Did you know that 75% of AAHA student members think it’s important to work at an AAHA-accredited hospital after they graduate? Make the most of these prospective associates who understand the value of AAHA and accreditation and hire right the first time around. Visit the AAHA Career Center online today to find out more about these employer benefits:

  • Simple pricing options and free for accredited members
  • Extremely user-friendly
  • Nationwide exposure for job listings
  • Searchable resume database and higher quality candidates
  • Online management of postings, including activity reports
  • Prominent position when AAHA job seekers search postings

NCVEI Seeks Research Project Participants
The National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues, along with the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA), and VetPartners, Inc., are sponsoring a management research project designed to identify what drives a practice to make operational changes that move it from a mediocre level of financial performance to high-level financial success.

In addition to understanding the motivation behind significant change, the research project also seeks to understand the tools used by the practices to implement this change.

A brief survey has been designed to identify potential practices for participation in this research project. All financial data will be restricted to the selected CPA firm charged with validating eligibility to participate in the survey. No one else will have access to your data. Only aggregate data will be reported. Your total expected time commitment is minimal; participation includes supplying financial data (if requested), a 30-minute owner phone interview and a follow up online survey. As a participant you will receive an exclusive report of our research findings.

If you think you've made this kind of change, please access the qualification survey.

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