STAF171-0117: Pricing Shouldn't Be Painful
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The lectures for this course will be presented in a text format. Audio will be used to answer questions and augment the lecture. Please come prepared to listen.
Enrollment is closed.
Instructor: Kelly Cronin, MBA, BS, RVT, VTS(ECC), PHR
January 5, 2017-January 29, 2017
Real Time Sessions (RTS):
Thursdays, January 12 and 19, 2017; 9:00-10:30pm EST (USA)
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Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session
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*The instructors for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen.
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Level and Prerequisites:
course is focused toward veterinarians, veterinary managers and support staff that deal with marketing and pricing of prescriptions, services and over-the-counter goods within the veterinary practice.
VSPN CE Course:
This course has been RACE approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians/technologists. (RACE #22-16928) This course is approved by the VHMA for CVPM credits. (VHMA #15-01).
Pricing shouldn’t be painful will give you a simple way to look at pricing that will help you to price your goods and services appropriately to ensure profitability. Avoid the common pitfalls associated with price increases and learn how to spot negative client reactions to price increases. Let’s face it, if you are spending more time pricing products and services than you are providing them, they are not increasing your profitability.
(Real Time Session January 12):
The Principles of Pricing
Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
- Differentiate the three main categories of veterinary pricing: cost based, market based and value based
- Demonstrate examples of how to get the most out of discounts
- Develop methods for ensuring cost capture
- Translate real cost for services and setting service pricing
- Utilize area price comparison and internet pharmacy price comparison
- Relate how inventory and inventory ordering affect pricing
- Analyze how to utilize volume discounts and special pricing offers
(Real Time Session January 19):
The Nuts and Bolts of Pricing
Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
- Demonstrate how to create teams supportive of your pricing structures and clinic income
- Develop methods of training to create seamless price transitions
- Show methods of monitoring the impact of price changes on client compliance and overall clinic income
- Examine marketing strategy to fit your pricing strategy
- Interpret how discounts affect your practice
*The lectures for this course will be presented in a text format. Audio will be used to answer questions and augment the lecture. Please come prepared to listen.
*To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to
Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
There is no required textbook for this course.
About the Instructors:
Total CE Credit:
Kelly Cronin, MBA, BS, RVT, VTS (ECC), PHR is a twenty year veteran of the veterinary field. She holds a Veterinary Technician Specialty in emergency and critical care, a Masters of Business Administration and a Professional in Human Resources Certification. She has had the opportunity to lead a variety of veterinary teams in a variety of clinics from large emergency teams to small day practice teams. She is responsible for setting the pricing structure and monitoring pricing for fourteen veterinary hospitals. She has consulted on veterinary pricing for a variety of hospitals including small animal, mixed practice, specialty and emergency clinics.
$63 ($57 early bird special if enrolled by December 22, 2016)
All prices are listed in US dollars.
* Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status).
*To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes,
enrollment will close at 5pm ET on January 12, 2017,
or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
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personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
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*Note: “This program (22-16928) is approved by the AAVSB RACE to offer a total of 3 CE Credits, with a maximum of 3 CE Credits being available to any individual veterinarian or veterinary technician/technologist. This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development using the delivery method of Interactive-Distance. This approval is valid in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE; however, participants are responsible for ascertaining each board’s CE requirements.”
This course is approved by the VHMA for CVPM credits. (VHMA #15-01).
Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be
issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course.
If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VSPN office 800-846-0028 ext. 792
to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
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call the VSPN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 792.
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Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN Director/VSPN CE Interim Director
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