It is common for a graduate of veterinary medicine to work in an animal clinic before starting their own practice. In some cases, veterinarians never leave the practice of others. Know, however, that like any business, your own practice may be a much better option.
Be your own boss.
The most obvious reason for starting your own veterinary practice is that you get to be your own boss. This does not mean you can work less, though. It actually means you have to work more. With a practice of your own, you do not only treat and take care of animal patients, but you also have to manage the day-to-day operations of your veterinary clinic.
Offer more services.
Perhaps you got into this field because working and interacting with, as well as treating animals, is a passion. But this is also a business, so it pays to offer more services besides helping people get their animals and pets back to health. For example, your clinic can also be a grooming station and a store for pet supplies. You can also be a pet dealer.
Supplies to offer.
Your veterinary supplies should include the medicine and vitamins most animals need. But don’t limit your supplies to those. Offer other products like soaps and shampoos for dogs and cats, pet food, leashes and collars, anti-parasite products, travel cages, kennel supplies, feeding products, and – for those who have loved ones and friends who have had the misfortune to lose their pet – veterinary sympathy card with messages.
To further improve the popularity of your pet shop and veterinary clinic, you need a website. This is a great avenue for marketing. Post pictures of the shop and clinic, as well as cute pet clients. You may also add a blog page to give pet owners some tips on how to properly take care of their furry or feathery friends.
A veterinary practice is perfect for those who love to deal with animals, but it doesn’t have to be a clinic only. Think about adding more services and products to cater to more pet and animal owners.