Tracy Sheffield, BS, LVT, CVPM Tracy Sheffield, CVPM
Lew Walker, SPHR Lew Walker, SPHR
“Practice management for the real world”

Laura P. Grady, DVM

I met with Tracy at a CE meeting and was impressed with her knowledge and down to earth application of it. Knowing our practice was transferring ownership it was logical to have her company on board. There was definitely no disappointment in that decision. They have always been available, helpful and practical.
Laura P. Grady, DVM

Companion Animal Hospital

Knowledgeable, helpful and professional are just a few of the words I would use to describe T&L Veterinary Business Consulting. I had never used a consulting service before and wasn't sure if I would get value for my money. I should not have worried. Using T&L has more than paid for itself. I have worked closely with Tracy Sheffield for a year and she has solved all sorts of issues from HR problems to insurance claims. She has created an actionable marketing plan and has provided all kinds of support for my staff. I now have the kind of support I need to take the burden out of running the business side of my practice.
Alfredo Geigel, VMD Companion Animal Hospital, Austin Tx

PAZ Veterinary

Our CSR teams thoroughly enjoyed Tracy's presentation. It was informative and engaging. Her experience and expertise in the field was obvious. It was refreshing to hear real-life talk about the difficulties client conflict can present and to receive genuine tips and tricks. For some it was a good reminder on different approaches and for others it was revelatory. We appreciate the work of T&L Veterinary Business Consulting!
Karen Holliday Director of HR, Paz Veterinary

Valley Veterinary Hospital

During our search for an HR consultant, we found T & L Veterinary Business Consulting. We had talked to multiple consultants and we chose T & L due to the expertise both Tracy and Lew had, as well as how down to earth and easy to talk to they both were. Lew helped us with our HR documents that needed a face lift, as well as HR questions we needed answered. Tracy was there to discuss the veterinary related questions we had. We were extremely happy with how prompt and thorough T & L was with their responses. Both Tracy and Lew are experts in their areas and truly showed a passion to help. Overall, you will not be disappointed if you choose to go with T & L for your consulting needs. We look forward to working with them on an ongoing basis!
Haylee Hawkins Hospital Manager, Valley Veterinary Hospital

What Our Workshop Attendees Have to Say

Startz Veterinary

I was introduced to Tracy shortly before taking over managing our family veterinary practice. I had no formal training or experience in management and was re-entering the working world after extended time-off raising kids. To say I needed direction was an understatement! I honestly don’t know if our clinic would be the success it is today had I not had the guidance Tracy provided me over the past year and a half!
During our first meeting she explained the day-to-day responsibilities of an effective manager. Human resources was a huge one and the toughest to tackle. She had so many ideas and strategies for effective leadership and communication, including scheduling and leading regular staff meetings, something I would be instituting at our clinic. Although I was nervous I was comforted and encouraged by her vast experience and guidance.
Tracy has said time and time again, “no need to reinvent the wheel...use what works.” She has the experience and knowledge of running a successful veterinary practice and shares the strategies willingly and enthusiastically. She shares websites that are treasure-troves of information. For example, she helped me compose and institute our employee handbook, along with many other necessary but tedious documents.
She is aware of the changing areas in our field and is current on evolving adaptations to the new aspects, full of innovative ideas to help adjust to these changes. She’s got her finger on the pulse and the experience to help clinics evolve within this dynamic industry.
I understandably encountered many “firsts” over the past year. Tracy was the first person I’d contact when I had no idea what to do, or needed guidance. Even though she was busy running her own veterinary practice she’d respond within the hour with reassurance and suggest effective solutions.
Tracy’s passion for helping people in the intense business of running a veterinary clinic is evident. Her enthusiasm is inspiring and sincere! I will forever be grateful to her for her encouraging words and sage advice.
Rachel Kaufman Practice Administrator, Startz Veterinary

Dale Mabry Animal Hospital

5 stars for T&L Veterinary Business Consulting!

I was looking for an expert who could lead and guide us from Walk-In-Only Hospital to Appointments. I found Tracy Sheffield.
I knew it would be a perfect fit from our first telephone conversation. Tracy has many years of practical experience and that made her well-liked (and accepted) by our staff right away.
I was impressed by Tracy's professionalism, expertise and business acumen from start to finish (and beyond!).
The dates that she would travel to our hospital were quickly agreed upon. Worksheets to prepare us and her for her consulting visit were quickly drawn up by Tracy. Lines of communication with the whole staff were set up and introductions made and input asked from all. This was before Tracy's visit! Her three days with us were well spend. I believe firmly that everyone (even the biggest naysayers and doubters) came on board so quickly with the conversion to appointments was largely because of Tracy. Tracy has great inter-relationship skills and answered every question patiently, set realistic expectations, set out a time line, and was very hands-on during her visit. Her feedback and input were respected because she related well to every staffing level and consulted with everyone what their role in this change would be.
As said, Tracy beforehand prepared worksheets, during her three day visit she prepared flow charts and work lists (after working a long day with us) and was constantly in touch with receptionists, vet techs, doctors and myself (hospital administrator). Her advice was very broad: operational such as practical scheduling tips, creating new templates in our PIMS, marketing advice, personnel and financial management. Within two days after her visit she submitted her complete report. Very thorough, practical and realistic.
It has been a few months now and the receptionists and myself are still in touch with her with questions. Tracy replies quickly, is involved and asks for hard numbers (# appointments vs walk-ins and $$ ). Tracy's firm also does HR consulting. I asked her for a job description for the newly created position of Staff Manager. It showed how well Tracy understood our Hospital culture.
We definitely will hire T&L Veterinary Business Consulting again!
Clemmie Aamodt, MBA
Hospital Administrator
3606 S. Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33629
Tel : 813 839-6191
Fax: 813 837-6486