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Relief Veterinary Technician’s Manual

This is the “Temp Tech’s” guide to creating a relief technician business, developing a business plan, estimating costs, setting fees and policies, generating work and increasing profitability. Business forms, invoices, and letters are included. Tax strategies and the effects of being an independent contractor are discussed. Case examples describe various difficulties that may arise, giving the technician an opportunity to set policies and avoid problems.
Written by Carin Smith, DVM, with Rebecca Rose, CVT.

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    • Topics include:
Setting up your business:
  • Estimating your costs of doing business.
  • How to charge for your work – by the day, hour, or job.
  • Charging for mileage, hotel, meals, and more.
Getting work:
  • Let your professional attitude set you apart from the rest.
  • How networking can help you get clients.
  • Using agencies.
  • How to get free advertising.
Preparing for the job:
  • Learn what you’re legally allowed to do, whether certified, registered, or not
  • Gauging practice quality
  • Learn to use new equipment
  • What to ask before every job
  • How to turn down work
Tax and insurance tips:
  • Determining your insurance needs.
  • Tax deductions you can and can’t take.
  • How to be sure you’re correctly identified as an independent contractor – or employee.
Contracts, letters, and forms:
  • Essential items for every contract.
  • Sample contracts and letters – and how to customize them for your service.
  • What a contract can – and can’t – do.
Avoiding hassles:
  • Special policies for special situations.
  • How to evaluate practices before you work.
  • When to turn down work.
  • What to do when the facilities are inadequate
  • How to educate veterinarians who under-utilize their technicians and staff


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