School vs. experience in veterinary practice
Q: I work at a veterinary practice, and I'd like to move into management. How do I stack up against candidates with college degrees?
"Every practice owner has a vision about what the manager should do," he says. "Some use a manager as a partner, while other doctors focus on medicine, leaving management to the manager. Some things like basic accounting, human resources, and advertising can be applied to our industry regardless of where a person gained their knowledge. But other things like inventory, policies and procedures, client management, and staff managment favor a candidate who has worked in the veterinary field already."Ask yourself how the practice owner expects the manager to operate. "I spend more time on the floor for a number of reasons," Palmer says. "However, an owner who plans to keep a manager in an office at all times might be happy with someone who has no veterinary experience."