Tips for Retaining Veterinary Staff
Having trouble staffing your practice? You’re not alone. We’re in the midst of a shortage of veterinarians and other animal care professionals, making it difficult to even find qualified applicants. Combine that with the fact that pet ownership is at an all-time high in the US, and it should come as no surprise that most practice owners are feeling the pinch.
While there isn’t anything you can do to alleviate the shortage, there are things you can do to retain your current team members and keep your VetCheck Pet Urgent Care Center Franchise running smoothly.
Hire the Right People
Don’t fill job openings with just anyone. While you probably don’t have as many applications and resumes coming in as you would have several years ago, you still need to staff your practice with the right people. It might take some time to find a perfect applicant, but it’s well worth it.
Hiring the right people improves retention by ensuring that they’ll excel at their jobs. Make sure they have appropriate qualifications and experience as well as personality traits and views that align with your own.
Encourage Professional Development
Great employees are always working to advance their careers. If you don’t provide adequate professional development opportunities, they are likely to leave your practice for one that encourages growth. Encourage your team members to stick around by allowing them to grow along with your practice — not making them feel like they’re in a dead-end job.
Maintain a Positive Atmosphere
Your practice should be a place where veterinary professionals want to work. It should have a set of core values and a mission to provide quality veterinary care while building a strong team and encouraging growth. Talk to your team regularly to learn how they’re feeling and what makes them feel motivated. Be open to constructive criticism, and take steps to improve any problems your staff reports.
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