Ep. 55 | The Top 5 Tools and Resources Any Inventory Manager Needs

In this episode, Nicole lists some of her top resources and tools to help manage inventory in a more efficient way.

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

  • A pill counter or pill counter app is at the top of Nicole’s resource list.
  • Cycle counting is a great system for keeping inventory on track throughout the year.
  • Many pill counting apps are free, and they are very accurate.
  • Try to get involved with some veterinarian inventory management community.
  • Vetcove is highly recommended to help manage inventory.
  • Nicole loves Vetcove’s shopping list to help keep track of the correct materials for a practice’s specific needs.
  • Reorder points and tags can be a game changer for your inventory accuracy and availability.
  • Many practices have not defined what “low” is and reorder points helps define and manage quantity.
  • Dedicated time in your schedule for managing inventory is critical.
  • Even starting small with 15 minutes at a time can make a huge difference.
  • The Inventory Self-Assessment tool will be live soon so keep an eye out on social.

MEET NICOLE CLAUSEN

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.

LINKS + RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THE EPISODE

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