one of the best decisions I’ve made
I’m a member of Decade One Northeast. I’m a solo practitioner in Maine. My practice focuses on general wellness.
What I like the best and find the most refreshing is being part of a non-competitive supportive group of my peers. You get the opinions and viewpoints of 20 other practitioners. Often, as practice owners we have tunnel vision for how well we think we’re doing things. As an example, I went into the first meeting thinking that my website was fantastic. What I learned is that it wasn’t clearly representing my brand. My brand is also something that I really clearly defined after the first meeting. Now if I have a business question, I pose it to the Facebook group and receive multiple answers. It saves time and often offers suggestions I would never have thought of.
Joining Decade One has to be one of the best decisions I’ve made, outside of opening my own practice.
the networking benefits are tremendous
“I am in a new sports medicine practice in New England and I am one of the members of the Northeast Decade One group. We have had two meetings so far, and I have found them to be extremely beneficial and I am so very grateful to have joined the group.
To me, the content is extremely relevant and neither too basic nor too advanced. Additionally, since we are “age matched” by time in practice, the networking benefits are tremendous. Depending on your knowledge level going into the meeting you may or may not be “learning” something new. But you WILL be refreshed and re-energized and motivated to tackle some of the business related tasks that you’ve wanted to deal with, but may have put on the back burner as the day to day stresses of practice and life take priority. Since you are also in a practice that specializes in a niche, you will also benefit from the networking with other colleagues of your own age. I have already had a couple of the group members ask me about referral services, and I will also be likely to refer to other group members when relevant.
You are also going to have access to the minds of two of the leaders in veterinary practice management! And you won’t be in a crowded room at AAEP with every 10-20 doctor hospital practice owner sitting next to you. You will really feel comfortable asking the business related questions that are relevant to your specific practice.
We also have our own Facebook group and we use it regularly to ask each other business related questions, basically just picking each other’s brains for what trial and error system has worked, etc.”
gave me the tools I needed to be successful
As a new practice owner, I was overwhelmed in all the roles I had to play: veterinarian, financial analyst, human resources, marketing, communications, and more. I didn’t know where to start to gain proficiency in areas that I didn’t have any training but would determine the success of my business. The Decade One group and Drs. Amy Grice and Andrew Clark gave me the tools I needed to be successful by breaking down topics from understanding financial reports to having difficult conversations into manageable modules.
The comradery of the group is wonderful as we have cheered each other along and been there for each other in our successes and failures. I have no doubt that our group represents the next generation of successful veterinarians, practice owners, and leaders in our profession.
Decade One has been a great asset for me
Decade One has been a great asset for me. As a solo practitioner who started her own business 3 years out of veterinary school I find the group to be very beneficial in helping me develop my business. The supportiveness and affordability of the group are some of its greatest strengths and traits I have not seen in other veterinary business groups. I would highly recommend this group to other veterinarians and hope to see continued support from the veterinary community.
it has given me a sense of empowerment
My partner and I have benefited from the Decade One program in a few different ways. We have used the business knowledge to better understand how to run a successful small business. We can actually understand where we are succeeding and where we need work, rather than just looking at the bank account. We have each set goals, and rather than just saying we will do things, we have a feeling of accountability and are striving to reach the goals we set. We have also enjoyed meeting and getting to learn about other veterinarians close to us. It has given us a sense of comradery thinking that we may be helping each other with similar issues, or even just being contacts for each other.
Individually, it has also given me a sense of empowerment. Rather than just running a small 2, now 3-Doctor practice by a hope and a prayer, I understand what we are doing and why. I use what we have spoken about in the meetings to be more confident in day-to-day and long-term business decisions. Very simply, this is a great program, for vets at any size hospital, anywhere in the country!
Decade One meetings are phenomenal!
The Decade One meetings are phenomenal! Nowhere else have I seen this kind of opportunity offered to encourage business and practice management amongst equine veterinarians. The repeated meetings over several years is an excellent format and the relationships and core base of shared knowledge amongst peers and colleagues is invaluable. My schedule is planned around these meetings to ensure that I can attend.
have been a huge asset to my career
The Decade One meetings have been extremely helpful in navigating the complexities of the equine veterinary business world. The information and skills taught in this course have been a huge asset to my career as I make the transition from associate veterinarian to practice owner.