There are all sorts of reasons why someone might want to set up their own veterinary practice. It might be that you have seen so much poor practice, and you would like to change things for the better. Or maybe you have the funding already secured, and you would like to put it towards something useful. Whatever your core motivation, setting up a practice of this kind is not something to do lightly. There is a lot to take on board if you want to get it right, and it goes without saying that you do. If you are thinking about it, however, then this might help. Let’s have a think about some of the main aspects involved in setting up a veterinary practice.
Probably the most important element of all is the staffing. After all, without decent staff, the practice might as well not exist. As with any medical practice, the quality of the staff takes precedence above all else. That’s why this is the first thing you should think about when you are getting into this. A good rule of thumb is to spend a long time on the recruitment process, as this will make it more likely that you end up with the right people. You want staff whom you can ultimately trust, and who are passionate about their work. This is a strong foundation for any practice.
Of course, it does make a considerable difference where your practice will actually be located. This is particularly true if your practice is going to be taking emergency calls as well. You ideally want to find somewhere which is relatively central to your local area. Being too far out of the way can make it difficult for people to find you – no good in an emergency. However, being too much in the thick of it can mean poor health for the animals. You don’t necessarily want to be in a city centre either! Choose your location well, as it will be a long time before you can change it or upgrade it to somewhere better.
Before you even open the clinic, you need to spread the word about it. Without a decent amount of promotion, you can’t reasonably expect people to use your practice. And if nobody uses it, then it is unlikely that you will stay open for very long. Promoting a veterinary practice might seem like a difficult thing to do, but the solution is to get a little creative. You could use pet theme promotional items to spread the word, for example. And don’t underestimate the power of word of mouth.
It is unlikely that such a venture will get far without a proper degree of funding. If you are unsure about how to go about securing funding, it is worth looking into before you do anything else. It can sometimes take a long time before you are approved, so you need to be prepared for that. Consider as wide a variety of funding sources as you can find.