Ep. 52 | 3 Signs Your Inventory is Working Well

In this episode Nicole lists her top three signs that your inventory system is healthy. She also discusses the constantly changing state of inventory and why it is critical to learn to adapt to it to avoid stress. 


  • The key is designing a system that works in any condition.
  • New free training module is out! You can get it at www.vetlogic.co/lean-inventory.
  • Inventory is not a “set it and forget it” process. There will always be change.
  • Being able to adapt to change is critical. 
  • You need to have usage and demand data to evaluate so that you can predict that coming changes and adapt.
  • Sign number one that the inventory system is working is that you are not running out of things.
  • Instead of getting aggravated when you run out of something; take the opportunity to understand the root cause and fix it.
  • Sign number two is when you find yourself feeling confident in the system and you are able to focus on other areas.
  • Sign number three is when your cost of goods is favorable and if they go up you have systems and data in place to help understand why and take some action if needed.


Hi, I’m Nicole Clausen and I started Veterinary Care Logistics with the dream of changing the way we manage inventory together.

With 14+ years of experience in the veterinary industry, I have worked in several positions from receptionist to operations manager for several different hospitals.

While no two practices are ever just alike, I noticed one common problem: a lack of inventory management and control.

If you are tasked with managing inventory, I understand first-hand the challenges you face.

When I first started managing inventory, I struggled with the same things that many of my client’s experience: a to-do list up my chin and a pretty persistent case of imposter syndrome. But jolting awake in the middle of the night, wondering if you remembered to order rabies vaccines is no way to live.

I knew something had to change.

Veterinary Care Logistics was born out of the demand by several industry leaders to utilize my inventory system as a model throughout the country. Whenever I tell people what I do, I usually get a puzzled reaction: “Why would you want to do that? I hate inventory!” Truthfully, I love the puzzles, the numbers, and the strategies of inventory. But what really sets my soul on fire is creating lightbulb moments.

New clients who often come to me tell me that they feel like they’re drowning or that they think they’re just not cut out for this. Then once we start working together, putting systems in place, there’s always, always an “ah-ha” moment.

And at that moment, a shift occurs. You know exactly what you need to do. Your confidence rises. And the confusion, overwhelm, worry all begin to melt away like a bad, backordered-rabies-vaccine dream.

These are the moments I live for.


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