Dr. Karen E. Felsted responds

Dr. Karen E. Felsted responds

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Apr 01, 2009
By dvm360.com staff

Dental hygienists average about $65,000 a year so it can be done in small medical practices. However, our business models would have to change dramatically for the average technician to make that much.

The vast majority of practices don't utilize technicians enough to justify that kind of salary. It’s not that technicians inherently aren't worth it but that most practices don't know how to use them that well.

It would be wonderful to see it happen though. Our business models need this kind of change.

Dr. Karen E. Felsted, CPA, MS, CVPM
CEO, National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues

Proceedings papers for techs

The very best behavior advice for new puppy owners (Proceedings)

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The entire hospital staff should play a role in the counseling of new puppy owners.

The technician's role creating a behavior centered veterinary practice (Proceedings)

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A focus on pet behavior in the veterinary clinic is an excellent practice builder.

Trying times--dealing with canine adolescent dog (Proceedings)

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A behavior wellness exam is an opportunity to check up on a pet’s behavioral health and answer any related questions a client may have.

Enriching geriatric patient's lives (Proceedings)

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An important time for practices to include a behavioral exam is when a pet becomes a senior.

Tubes and tracheas--all about endotracheal tubes and lesions in difficult intubations (Proceedings)

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Endotracheal tubes are usually made from silicone, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic or red rubber.