Down a doctor? How to keep your veterinary practice running
Not every veterinary practice has a year to prepare for hiring a new associate. A fall, a car wreck, pregnancy complications or a spouse’s relocation can leave your practice without a doctor. You can avoid making a critical hiring decision under pressure by having a plan for short-term coverage.
> Know the cost of one to three months’ relief coverage for your practice, and set aside the money for it.
> Train your staff and clientele to support production if you or your associate isn’t available for a time—a high-touch practice risks having clients bonded to the doctor rather than the practice.
> Make and maintain relationships with part-time and nonpracticing veterinarians in your community who can fill in if needed.
> Know how you would temporarily reduce hours or services—for example, by closing on your slowest weekday or referring your lowest-margin surgeries.
> Invest in technological solutions such as VINx or Benevet Webcare that can help you or your associate remain productively engaged when out of the office.