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December 8, 2016
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How to Determine if Hiring a CVPM is Right for Your Practice

Sheila Grosdidier

We hear the question all the time - "Is a CVPM right for my practice?"

At VMC we have the opportunity to visit many different types of practices and advise different management strategies. When setting up the organizational chart for a hospital, we often have practices ask us if they could benefit from a CVPM, and if the expense is worth the benefit? I think every practice could benefit from having a leader with this level of experience and training; it is important to understand the designation and how it is acquired.

The Veterinary Hospital Managers Association (VHMA) was founded in 1981, by our very own Mark Opperman, with the vision of creating an association for practice managers, administrators, veterinarians, and consultants to share information, knowledge, and visions for our industry. Later, in 1989, the VHMA recognized the need to qualify the knowledge and experience needed to run a successful practice and the CVPM certification process was born.  

In order to become a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager (CVPM), the individual must possess a given skill set, a standard of knowledge, they must have applied for certification, prove that they have the required experience, and must have passed a rigorous written examination.  In addition, to remain certified, a CVPM must receive continued education. They are held to the highest standard of ethics within our profession.  

A Certified Veterinary Practice Manager designation is the ‘highest level of credential for professional veterinary managers.’ Although each practice possesses a unique dynamic, a CVPM should possess the flexibility and know-how to elevate the practice to the next level. With such rigorous standards for certification and the requirement to remain current within the industry, a CVPM may be a key addition to your practice team!

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