Today's Veterinary Business

JUN 2019

Today’s Veterinary Business provides information and resources designed to help veterinarians and office management improve the financial performance of their practices, allowing them to increase the level of patient care and client service.

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18 columns inside Confessions of a swine veterinarian When a weird case presents, sometimes the best a surgeon can do is rely on hard-earned talent and intuition. Page 42 Ed Branam Protect & Defend Page 30 Abby Suiter Take Charge Page 55 Amanda L. Donnelly Talk the Talk Page 39 Continued on Page 32 The decision was easy for Angie Hawkins, DVM. Six years after graduating from Mississippi State University and still owing more than $200,000 in student loans, the married mother of two chose to do what few veterinarians do: Become a hospital franchise owner. Dr. Hawkins signed the paper- work with the startup company Easyvetclinic, took out an $80,000 loan and in July 2017 opened the first Easyvetclinic franchise in a Mur- freesboro, Tennessee, strip mall. Just like that, she was a solo practitioner, running a walk-in wellness clinic, setting the hours to suit her lifestyle and, soon enough, turning a profit. "We initially wanted to buy an existing practice," Dr. Hawkins said of she and her husband, a Tennessee Department of Transportation district supervisor, "but the debt we would have had to take on didn't seem fea- sible. And then we considered start- ing a full-service clinic, and again the amount of debt wasn't feasible. So I reached out to Easyvetclinic, and the low startup cost and not going into much more debt got my attention." Practice ownership can happen early in a veterinarian's career, and perhaps at a lower cost of entry, through one of a small number of franchisers. By Ken Niedziela The fast track Apt apps The right mobile application can enhance your practice, your relationship with clients and, most importantly, pet health. Page 34 CDS/Today's Veterinary Business 440 Quadrangle Dr, Ste E, Bolingbrook, IL 60440 ELECTRONIC SERVICE REQUESTED MEDIA JUNE/JULY 2019 A N O F F I C I A L J O U R N A L O F T H E N A V C

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