August 2009
What is "News to Use"?

Veterinary Business Advisors is happy to present the inaugural edition of its monthly newsletter NEWS TO USE.  To be published around the first week of each month, our goal is to provide you with practical and informative articles and news tidbits to help you deal with various business, operational and managerial issues that confront professionals within the veterinary industry.  Content will vary, but may include a feature story, a practice tip of the month, Q&A's from our readers, perhaps advice from a "guest speaker", and other relevant and, hopefully, entertaining information.
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Who Is Veterinary Business Advisors (VBA)?

Veterinary Business Advisors, Inc., is a nationwide business consulting firm that provides strategic, managerial, operational and human resources advice and guidance to the veterinary profession.  

Charlotte Lacroix, DVM, JD
Our founder and CEO, Charlotte Lacroix, DVM, JD, has more than 20 years experience supporting the veterinary profession.  Dr. Lacroix earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis and completed a large animal internship at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada). Additionally, she worked for several years at an equine medical and surgical referral practice serving northern New Jersey's large equine community.  Following her time as a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Lacroix earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Read more

Martin H. (Marty) Miller, MBA, SPHR
We are very pleased to announce that Martin H. (Marty) Miller, MBA, SPHR, has joined the firm as its Human Resources Practice Leader.  In this newly formed role, Marty's primary mission is to provide a full spectrum of HR guidance and support to veterinarians and veterinary hospitals nationwide. Though Marty is relatively new to the veterinary industry, he possesses a wealth of practical HR experience and expertise. Read more

VBA's Menu of Services

VBA's clients come from all walks of the veterinary industry, including, small practices looking to develop standardized procedures, large hospitals dealing with difficult managerial and personnel issues, new veterinarians negotiating their first agreements, seasoned practitioners looking to sell their practices, industry associations in need of technical expertise, and everything in between. And, we provide services to all types of veterinarians and practices including general, small animal, mixed, equine, emergency and multi-disciplinary referral practices.

The following is a listing of some of the many services we provide to our clients:

Business, Transactional and Strategic Planning
  • Negotiate all aspects of employment and independent
    contractor relationships
  • Form, grow and dissolve veterinary partnerships
  • Formulate exit and ownership transition strategies
  • Mediate and settle disagreements
  • Buy, sell, lease, merge and split veterinary practices
  • Lease or sublease space
  • Select and organize the best business entity for the practice
  • Advise and assist on veterinary malpractice and state board
    proceedings and settlements
  • Provide expert opinions and serve as expert witness
Human Resources Consulting
  • Perform comprehensive Human Resources compliance audits
  • Create customized Employee Handbooks tailored to
    individual practices
  • Advise and guide clients on how properly hire, terminate and
    manage employees
  • Provide guidance to ensure compliance with federal and state
    employment laws
  • Provide HR Toolkits for proper employee recordkeeping
    and administration
  • Conduct management and HR training programs
  • Develop performance evaluation and review programs
  • Develop customized job descriptions
  • Help clients determine the competitiveness of their
    compensation strategies

Veterinary Business Advisors
Countryside Plaza North
Bldg E, Ste. 1403
361 Route 31
Flemington, NJ 08822
Phone (908) 782-4426
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