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STAF111-0404: Intermediate Receptionist/Front Office Skills
Phyllis Webster, AA, OM
April 29 - May 27, 2004
Real Time Sessions: Monday evenings, May 3, 10, and 17; 9:30pm - 11:00pm ET.
The receptionist/front office staff plays the most critical role in the success or failure of a veterinary practice. It really does not matter how excellent the patient care is from the veterinarians on staff, the practice can be made or broken depending on the front desk staff. A client will always remember their first few minutes at the clinic along with the last few. A unified front desk staff will create a loyal clientele that will assure compliance with the doctor's recommendations. Your front desk staff will attract new clients, solidify the current clients and generally improve productivity and efficiency in your veterinary practice. This course is for all receptionists, front office staff and also those assistants and technicians who fill in at the front desk. There is a required text for this course, see information below.
This course will consist of three (3) 1 & ½ (one and one-half) hours real time sessions; library materials supplementing the chapters in the required text; multiple choice quizzes (after each real time session) designed to enhance course effectiveness and material retention; a cumulative final online; and interactive message board discussions.
All veterinary staff wishing to enhance their front desk skills are encouraged to register. This course covers those essential skills needed to improve productivity and efficiency in the veterinary practice.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:
WEEK 1 -Maintaining the flow.
The Veterinary Receptionist Handbook - Chapters 6 & 15
Client Satisfaction Pays - Chapters 2, 6, & 12
Admitting patients for boarding, grooming, surgery, etc. is an important aspect as a front desk staff member. Will give tips to maintain a smooth patient flow in and out of the exam room while staying on schedule. Customizing a schedule that minimizes the client's wait time.
WEEK 2 - Cleaning up.
The Veterinary Receptionist Handbook - Chapters 4, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14
Client Satisfaction Pays - Chapters 3, 4, 11, 13 & 16
Communication is an important aspect of interaction with clients. We will discuss the importance of dispensing medications and discharging patients correctly. Accurate quotes are needed to turn price shoppers into appointments. The front desk staff must be able to market the doctor's recommendations since clients value their expertise.
WEEK 3 - The Rough Stuff.
The Veterinary Receptionist Handbook - Chapters 5, 7, 8 & 17
Client Satisfaction Pays - Chapters 14 & 15
Emergencies and unhappy clients happen daily. We will discuss those skills needed to take control of the emergency situation at the front desk. Deal with those unhappy and demanding clients, including payment issues. Overcome client's objections to recommended procedures by the veterinarians while building customer loyalty.
Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.
MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS:
board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.
CE HOURS: 4.5 CE credits (applied for RACE and VHMA approval)
$72 ($65.00 early bird special if registered before April 19, 2004). Full time students of an AVMA accredited Veterinary Technician Program will receive a reduced rate for this course of $36.00 (upon verification of student status)
Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 7.5 hours of continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call VIN/VSPN for further information." (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board.)
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