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Reaping the rewards of better management
  1. Peter Orpin

    Peter Orpin graduated from Bristol in 1983. He is a partner in a 23‐vet practice in Leicestershire where he is primarily involved in dairy work and management. He is also a veterinary business consultant for Anval, a tutor for the British Cattle Veterinary Association's (BCVA's) herd health planning courses, director of a herd health planning website and a special lecturer in cattle medicine at Nottingham. He is a past‐president of the BCVA.


IN recent years, the profession has undergone a ‘quiet revolution’. Increasing pressures on practice profits have been driven by a reduction in medicines margins and increasing employment, diagnostic technology and fixed costs. The expansion and development of larger group practices with clearer business plans and focus has introduced new business challenges for the traditional smaller practice that has typically focused on providing a service for the client and the quality of clinical work as its route to success. In this article, Peter Orpin suggests how practice management skills can be improved to cope with the changing requirements of business.

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