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Episode 24

Published on:

29th Dec 2019

#24 Aaron Smiley, DVM - The Telemedicine Evangelist & Veterinarian Advocate

In this episode, I’m joined by Dr. Aaron Smiley, DVM. Dr. Smiley is a practicing veterinarian, public speaker, and advisor on the topic of veterinary telehealth. He is also Chief of Staff Advisor at VetCor, President-elect of the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association, on the Alumni Board for the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • He shares his passion for the veterinary medicine community, and it’s due to the overflow of enthusiasm for the profession and what veterinary medicine does for its patients and clients.
  • The history of his entrepreneurial side, which started on the school bus selling stickers.
  • Why private practice ownership didn’t materialize for him even though it was a big goal initially, and why he credits that as a blessing today.
  • How he is working to improve the mentoring quality in vet med today with DVMmentoring.
  • Why telemedicine is so critical and likely already incorporated in your practice today.
  • How telemedicine can offset losses of revenue in other areas, namely pharmacy.
  • The three questions to ask all virtual care appointments.
  1. Can you provide a global view of the animal?
  2. What medications is the animal on?
  3. Can there be a recheck in 24 hours?
  • He addresses how to think about pricing telemedicine and virtual services.
  • Why, as long as you remain the doctor in virtual care, it’s not going to burn you.
  • His most significant initiatives for being IVMA President in 2020
  1. Bringing more technology to veterinary medicine
  2. Engage the support staff better namely the nursing staff
  • How the care in veterinary medicine should emulate the dental model in regards to nurses helping to grow the business similar to dental hygienists.
  • The best advice he’s ever been given
  • Why sharing ideas in veterinary medicine is so important.

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The Veterinarian Success Podcast
Welcome to the Veterinarian Success Podcast where you go in-depth with a veterinarian specific financial planner Isaiah Douglass, MBA, CFP® to hear stories, opinions, and leading information about the world of veterinarian medicine from industry professionals. The podcast covers topics relating to the clinical, business, financial, and personal side of to help encourage, promote, and advocate for a healthy and happy standard of care for veterinarians, their families, their staff, and their businesses.

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I am a former CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a Fee-Only advisor.