Dr. Todd lecturing

Course Overview

When running your own practice management skills can be as critical as clinical skills. Business Management for an Integrative Veterinary Practice is a course designed to introduce students to all aspects of managing their own integrative practice and developing their professional skills.

Students will learn from practice owners and managers with many years of experience how to organized staff, manage finances and client relationships, understand common legal issues, keep up in a changing marketplace and more while running their individual practices with the maximum efficiency and profitability. The course is presented in 19 online lectures with course notes, slides and quizzes. This course is RACE approved for 19 hours CE hours.

This course is not limited to veterinarians only and is open to practice managers as well.

Major Topics
  • Overview (Administration, Personnel, Public Relations, etc.)
  • The Veterinary Marketplace
  • Client relationships
  • Effective Communication
  • Finance Management
  • Cash Management
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Technology
  • Administrative Management
  • Safety
  • Legal Issues
  • Using your Facility to Improve your Practice
Course Objectives

In this course students will gain a deeper understanding of:

  • The products his or her practice produces and how to exchange with the public for these products
  • The changing market place for veterinary practice
  • Client relationships and the mechanics of communicating with clients, colleagues and staff
  • The important aspects of finances in the veterinary practice
  • Some basic ideas regarding finding, hiring, firing and keeping staff as well as discovering how to make staff feel invested in the practice
  • How to manage cash and make it work for the practice
  • The basics of marketing an integrative practice
  • Some of the key concepts of operations in a veterinary practice
  • How to organize and structure a practice to operate efficiently and profitably
Suggested Reading
  • Blackwell's Five-Minute Veterinary Practice Management Consult - 2nd Edition By Lowell Ackerman Wiley-Blackwell, 2013; ISBN: 978-1118529249
  • If Disney Ran Your Hospital: 9 1/2 Things You Would Do Differently By Fred Lee, Second River Healthcare Press; 6 edition, 2004; ASIN: B004O0UD7M
Main Speakers


Don Thompson assists a student.