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Everybody's Hiring ... or Trying To
As the pandemic eases, employers everywhere are struggling to fill staff
openings. That includes veterinary clinics. / By Marilyn Iturri
I
f you look at the Indeed job board, you'll find 10 to 12
pages of ads for veterinary clinic positions.
Client service reps, technicians, technician assistants,
kennel workers-all are in short supply, in addition to the
often-discussed shortage of veterinarians. And this is in
an economy in which other industries-restaurants, retail,
automotive-are also strapped for help.
" I tell my clients in Southern California that it's not
just this area, it's not regional. Colleagues across the country
confirm that everyone is experiencing the same thing,
in every single position in the practice, " says consultant
Andrea Crabtree, BS, CVPM, SPHR, of FurPaws Consulting
of Orange, California.
" It's so difficult that some people are quipping that
anyone unemployed in the veterinary profession is probably
unemployed for good reason, and you probably don't
want them. "
Though its effects seem to be easing, the COVID-19
pandemic has thrown a monkey wrench into often alreadysparse
clinic staffing.
Some clinics lost staff members as parents had to stay
home with or home-school children. Staffers who feared
catching COVID or spreading it to family sometimes
quit or chose to quarantine. Some got sick. All this was in
12
addition to the normal attrition of life--people finding
new jobs, graduating, moving away.
State and federal attempts to ease the burden of nonessential
workers who lost jobs during the lockdown
have also contributed to the problem, observers say.
Extra unemployment payment boosts have made it
more attractive to some workers to stay home than to
work. But the federal government's extra stipend, now
down to $300 a week, is to end in September.
The initial business slowdown seen at the beginning of
the pandemic in March 2020 has, in many areas, turned
around. New pet adoptions, especially by younger owners,
are revving up animal hospital business.
" Now all my consulting clients are overwhelmed with
their caseload, " Crabtree says. " And it's hard to concentrate
on hiring when you're on the floor working. "
In some cases, she says, short staffing has forced emergency
clinics to quit accepting emergent cases for parts of
days, though their specialty practices largely remained open.
Veterinary clinics are busier than ever, she says, and can
find themselves poaching from other clinics, though not
necessarily on purpose. " It's because most everyone with
experience is employed and there are few candidates to
pick from. "
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Pulse - August 2021

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

August 2021
Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
Pulsepoints
SCVMA Profile
Everybody’s Hiring... or Trying To
Practical Pathology
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
From the SCVMA Office
Pulse - August 2021 - August 2021
Pulse - August 2021 - Cover2
Pulse - August 2021 - 1
Pulse - August 2021 - 2
Pulse - August 2021 - Chapter Meetings & Calendar
Pulse - August 2021 - President’s Perspective
Pulse - August 2021 - Pulsepoints
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Pulse - August 2021 - SCVMA Profile
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Pulse - August 2021 - Everybody’s Hiring... or Trying To
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Pulse - August 2021 - Practical Pathology
Pulse - August 2021 - Medical Leeway
Pulse - August 2021 - UC Davis Update
Pulse - August 2021 - Tools for Success
Pulse - August 2021 - Angel Fund
Pulse - August 2021 - Dear Tabby
Pulse - August 2021 - The RVT
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