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DVMs, veterinary student converge at NAVC to examine ways to ease debt
Salary, assessing students' business acumen and life balance highlighted during session


Here are some of the survey's questions, answers and results:

1. (True or false) A veterinary practice's gross income is the amount of money made after subtracting various expenses.

Correct: 78.2 percent of respondents

Incorrect: 21.8 percent

Correct answer: False

2. Which of the following is not an accurate statement about a balance sheet?

  • A balance sheet shows that assets = liabilities + owner's equity
  • The balance sheet shows the value of a company's assets on a specific date.
  • The balance sheet displays where money originated and how it was spent.

Correct: 39.2 percent of respondents

Incorrect: 60.8 percent

Correct answer: The balance sheet displays where money originated and how it was spent.

3. (True or false) As a licensed veterinarian, you are invited to fly across the country to interview for a position as a new associate. You purchase a plane ticket and pay for a hotel room and a few meals. These expenses are deductible on your tax return.

Correct: 53.4 percent of respondents

Incorrect: 46.6 percent

Correct answer: True

4. (True or false) Instead of cash, a client pays her bill with rare, valuable stamps from her prized stamp collection. The market value of the stamps is included in income.

Correct: 48.4 percent of respondents

Incorrect: 51.6 percent

Correct answer: True

5. Your last year's income was $100,000 and places you in the 30 percent tax bracket (wow!). Your accountant told you that you have $20,000 in deductions (disregarding any limitations on deductions). What is the proper equation for calculating how much tax you owe?

Correct: 48.6 percent of respondents

Incorrect: 51.4 percent

Correct Answer: ($120,000 - $20,000) x 30% = $30,000

6. The acronym IRA stands for:

Correct: 76.9 percent of respondents

Incorrect: 23.1 percent

Answer: Individual Retirement Account

7. Studies show that the single most important factor in preventing negligence claims is:

Correct: 75 percent of respondents

Incorrect: 25 percent

Answer: A good doctor/client relationship.

8. (True or false) A doctor working under a professional corporation cannot be held personally liable to his or her clients or patients.

Correct: 82.6 percent of respondents

Incorrect: 17.4 percent

Correct answer: False

10. (True or false) Student-loan interest is not deductible.

Correct: 60.3 percent of respondents

Incorrect: 39.7 percent

Correct answer: True.

Nearly half the veterinary students taking the poll answered seven out of 10 questions correctly. Better poll scores were associated with age and graduation year.

In addition, prior business education and Veterinary Business Management Association membership positively influenced scores, McVety says.


Source: DVM360 MAGAZINE,
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