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Veterinary Practices
'Going Green' Is an Idea
Whose Time Has Come
Are you thinking
about making your
veterinary hospital
green? As climate
change continues to
take a heavy toll in
California, more and
more practice owners undoubtedly are
thinking about that.

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The conventional wisdom is that turning your
clinic into an ecofriendly operation will save you
money. That makes the decision easier: going
green saves money and it is good for the environment. But some of those savings may be realized
only over time and some of the innovations may
require changes in the culture of your practice.
Dr. Janis Shinkawa, co-owner of Ohana Pet
Hospital in Ventura, which went green as a startup
in 2012, said that doing so has paid off in different
ways, reducing costs and providing a strong marketing tool, an invaluable asset for a new practice.
But, she said, her practice needed a staff education program so employees would know what is
expected of them. " A lot of the younger generation is very much into environmentalism and supporting the effort is not usually very hard. But it
sometimes takes creativity. " And, she said, you need
somebody in charge who is passionate about the
environment. " Everybody in the practice has to be
on board with this and pitch in or it doesn't work. "
Dr. Trey Calfee, owner of Nashville Veterinary
Specialists in Tennessee, which he remodeled in
2010, said that " environmentalism was important
to me personally and as founder of the practice. It
was aligned with values and expectations around
the responsibilities of businesses and of what kind
of citizen you are.

" I also had a pragmatic philosophy about it -
that it would play well in the internal dynamics in
our practice, that it would be good for recruiting
and retention purposes. I wouldn't have done it,
however, if it was not deeply important to me.
" The vast majority of people we would hire -
people who have a heart for animals - would say
that we need to be attentive to the broader environment and are going to be sensitive toward how
to behave environmentally. "
Dr. Beth Davidow, who formerly owned two
multi-specialty practices in the Seattle area that she
turned into ecofriendly operations, pointed out
that going green is quite different when the practice is in a leased building, as hers were, and not
one you own.
" It's different when you're doing a remodel vs.
building from scratch, " she said. " When you're doing
a new building, you can spend a lot of time on insulation, heating systems - those kinds of things. If
you're doing a leasehold improvement, you can't do
those things in the same way. "
She also noted that a lot of going green is about
finding the most cost-effective way to make the
change. " Some of it is trying to figure out what
you can do that makes sense to you when you
don't own the building - really, what's the most
cost-effective way to be green. "

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pulse - March 2021

Pulse - March 2021
Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
SCVMA Profile
SCVMA Profile
Pulsepoints
Practical Pathology
Veterinarians Key to Planet’s Future, UC Davis Global Health Expert Believes
Medical Leeway
UC Davis Update
Tools for Success
Angel Fund
Dear Tabby
The RVT
Industry Insights
Quick Reference
AVMA Diplomates
Digital Photography for Veterinarians
Resources
Disease Table
Classifieds
From the SCVMA Office
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Pulse - March 2021 - SCVMA Profile
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Pulse - March 2021 - Pulsepoints
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