Top 10 Veterinary Practice Management Books

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Mar 16, 2020 4:33:12 AM / by VJ Support

In this blog, we have selected some of the best veterinary practice management books that should be given a read.

The books that we will discuss are divided into two main categories, the first is about drugs and medicines, whereas, the second is about the practice itself.

Here is a list of ten best veterinary practice management books that we think are a must-read.

1 . The Merck Veterinary Manual

The Merck Veterinary Manual is all about domesticated species and diseases that can exist in veterinary medicine all over the world.

The book has an adequate mix of content and pictures to make it easier for the reader to digest the content.

It also incorporates sections on public health and zoonoses, extensive coverage over fish and aquaculture, chapters on backyard poultry, workplace hazards (toxicologic), smoke inhalation and various other new topics in veterinary medicine.

2 . Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook

Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook (9th Edition) happens to be the most complete, comprehensive, and trusted source of information when it comes to veterinary medicine.

The handbook provides complete information about the 16 new drugs that have been introduced in the industry, followed by the carefully curated dosage plans and guidance.

The book offers an authoritative and completed reference information regarding animal medication.

The handbook is specially designed to be used in a fast paced veterinary setting, detailing the medication dosages for cats, dogs, farms and exotic animals.

3 . Mosby’s Veterinary PDQ, 2e

Mosby’s Veterinary is just what you need when it comes to clinical settings.

The book offers rich medicine facts, formulas, procedures, and lab value.

It is divided into ten sections such as key coverage of pharmacology, animal care, nursing care, urinalysis, diagnostic imaging and blood test.

Besides these the book also covers information about blood collections, injection techniques, new drug information, new pharmacologic agents, and new test kits.

4 . Exotic Animal Medicine for the Veterinary Technician

The third edition of this book by Bonnie Ballard and Ryan Cheek is a comprehensive and detailed book, which introduces ideal practices for exotic animals.

This book is specially written for technicians in classrooms and in clinical settings.

The core focus is on exotic species of animals such as reptiles, avian, fish, wild life, small animals, and amphibians.

The book also features anatomy, restraint, diseases associated with radiology, surgical assistance, and parasitology.

5 . The Business Side of Veterinary Medicine

Unlike all other books, The Business Side of Veterinary Medicine by M Duffy Jones introduces the concept of the business side to veterinary medicine.

The book offers excellent pieces of advice in establishing good citizenship in the environment surrounding you and also guides you on how to build your own practice.

The manuscript will help your gear up to answer questions such as, how to manage finances for a better future and how to go about choosing the model practice.

Simultaneously, the copy also details about strategy, laws and management issues that are faced by practicing vets.

Altogether it is a complete business manual for an entire career in veterinary medicine.

6 . The Art of Veterinary Practice Management

The Art of Veterinary Practice Management is a joint effort of Mark Opperman and Sheila Grosdidier.

The book specially targets active practice managers, veterinarians managing their practice, and graduating veterinarians.

It combines wealth of insights and practical experiences with different thinking that focuses on the bigger picture.

The book details about how to manage your practice efficiently increasing productivity.

It covers all the areas that a practice comes across such as managing account receivables, efficient inventory management, managing your team, and initiating a marketing plan.

7 . Veterinary Practice Management: A Practice Guide

Veterinary Practice Management: A Practical Guide is written by Maggie Shilcock and Georgina Stutchfield.

The copy provides all the practical tips that are needed for managing and strengthening the financial performance of a veterinary practice.

This book is a must read for owners and managers managing the practice, also proves to be indispensable for commercial veterinary companies and independent outlets.

It provides adequate information for the team at your practice and representatives alike. Some of the key features are;

  • For all new managers irrespective of their background.
  • Details about staff training and recruitment, new RCVS standards, RCVS Code of Professional Conduct and Medicines Regulations.
  • Information about environmental waste and energy management. Relate theories to practical advice and tips.


8 . Veterinary Practice Management Secrets

The Veterinary Practice Management Secrets is written by Thomas E. Catanzaro, Philip Seibert, and it happens to be quite unique when it comes to structure.

The book is presented in a question and answer format, which is the hallmark of The Secret Series.

It provides the reader with the very basic information needed to manage the practice effectively, opening a new practice business, focusing on clients and leading employees.

The edition covers topics related to staffing, marketing, regulatory matters, customer service and computerization.

It was compiled by the writers after gathering information from more than 200 such establishments.

9 . The New Vet’s Handbook: Information and Advice for Veterinary Graduates

The book is written by Clare Tapsfield Wright and is an invaluable guide to help fresh graduates find the right placement opportunities for them.

The publication details the graduates about how to go about adapting to the practice environment.

More importantly it also explains them about the expectations that are associated with them when in a clinical setting, how to be professional, ethical.

10. Animal Personality: The Science Behind Individual Variation

This book is written by Jill Mackay, which provides informed and fascinating insights about the science of animal personality and its applications to non-human animals.

The text explains the complications that are posed by animal personalities when it comes to treating them, caring for them.

Its also details information about both animals on the farm and in wildlife.


This sums up the blog piece, we collected and briefly described the top veterinary practice management books for both practice and non-practice owners to improve their practices.

If you think that we’ve missed out any important reading then let us know through your comments!

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