Service that goes above and beyond
I've long recommended you give your practice a competitive edge by offering clients something better or different than your competitors do. Ideally, you'd find a way to do both. Dr. Neil Embleton, a small animal practice owner in Airdrie, Alberta, accomplished this goal by offering a unique, much-needed service to other veterinarians and their clients.
Operating as Helivet Mobile Orthopedic Surgical Services, Dr. Embleton flies his own helicopter, with all the needed equipment and supplies, to small animal practices throughout the province. He provides orthopedic services that other veterinarians don't feel comfortable doing or aren't qualified to do. He's certified in ASIF techniques, external fixators, spinal surgery, and total hip replacements, and he's completed extensive continuing education over the years. He deals with all types of fractures and is certified in Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO).
The other option for a pet requiring specialized orthopedic surgery is a referral to a specialist—and there are very few in Alberta. This option may require considerable travel for the client, including overnight stays or multiple round trips.
In addition, Dr. Embleton says, clients feel more comfortable when their own veterinarians are involved and present during the procedures. For their part, referring veterinarians benefit from observing the newest, most up-to-date orthopedic procedures. And of course, pets are getting top-notch care in familiar surroundings. In short, it's a win-win-win situation. In Helivet's first full year of operation, Dr. Embleton performed 147 orthopedic procedures with a 98.5 percent success rate.
"I'm passionate about two things," says Dr. Embleton, "veterinary medicine and flying helicopters. By providing this service, I'm able to combine the two of them. The helicopter has been invaluable, allowing me to travel great distances and arrive in a timely manner."
Dr. Embleton has found a unique way to serve clients and pets. How can you augment your current services to address the needs of unserved niche markets in your area?