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I’ve never wanted to be considered a veterinary practice owner. That could be a shock to some people, and I’ve even argued with a few of my staff who think I should go out and open my own clinic. ONCE I is at veterinary school in the middle-90s it was an unspoken almost certainty that anybody becoming small animal general practitioners would eventually open up their own practice. That was what veterinarians do just! And this has been the situation historically.

Owning a practice hasn’t appealed if you ask me because I don’t benefit from the stress of the business side of things. In my current practice I do manage the location and am partially responsible for profitability and performance, but I also don’t possess the specter of failure hanging over my mind.

They way I’ve always looked at it is if my practice went bankrupt I’ve the abilities that I possibly could find a fresh job in a few weeks. But if it was my own personal practice that proceeded to go bankrupt it could have an effect on my mental health insurance and personal funds in a more serious and deep way. I likewise have some flexibility in having the ability to move and leave my current job, which I wouldn’t have as a practice owner.

Sorry, not for me just. It would appear that I’m not alone and perhaps was before my amount of time in vet school. In the newest issue of DVM Newsmagazine there can be an interesting article on practice ownership. During the last six years there has been an extremely dramatic move from owning a practice. In 2006 53% of these surveyed said that owning a practice was one of their aspirations.

That reduced to 43% in ’09 2009 and also to 30% in 2012. So 70% of exercising veterinarians have no desire to open up or buy into a practice! Before you say “Well, that’s because there are more women as vets and they aren’t as thinking about business,” let me discuss another statistic from the study.

Thirty-two percent of women in support of 27% of men said that they wanted to own a medical clinic. So there is no real difference between genders. This is an overall trend across demographics. The article points to many reasons for the noticeable change, and I’d agree with them. In addition they don’t want to have the hassles to do employment (business supervisor) that these were never properly trained. More and more vets want to be a doctor and revel in that aspect simply, yet don’t want to do anything beyond that job.

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In fact, when asked what their most significant professional fear is, respondents overwhelmingly indicated “lack of balance in profession/personal life”, with 43% of people chosing it as their top concern. High costs of doing business is also a big worry. US and global economies aren’t very good, and that means it is difficult to truly have a successful business in any field. 3 million. With burdensome debts loads fewer vets will find themselves able to build or even buy into a practice.

Newer vets have found it hard to simply make ends meet, aside from have the funds to invest in their own medical clinic. Just what exactly does this mean for the future of the profession? Of all First, this is a serious problem for existing veterinarian practice owners who expected to sell their medical clinic to fund retirement. In only six years we’ve eliminated from over fifty percent of veterinarians wanting to own a practice to under a third.