Is a haul-in veterinary equine practice right for you?
Elise Lacher, CPA, of Strategic Veterinary Consulting Inc., a consulting firm in Seminole, Fla., helps equine practitioners with the business side of their practice and says haul-in facilities can be a perfect fit—depending on your clientele and the services you provide. But she’s quick to point out that it’s not a magic bullet (the Field of Dreams mentality—if you build it, they will come—doesn’t apply). It does, however, work well for a lot of equine practitioners and Lacher notes that in her experience, it works best for veterinarians with a busy clientele who aren’t always home.
Additionally, a staffed facility gives the veterinarian a helping hand during difficult work-ups, such as the lameness case that requires extensive hands-on evaluation. And as Dr. Lacher states, a haul-in facility lends a certain level of professionalism and stability to the practice. But don’t jump in without running the numbers first, Lacher says. “It’s not a cash cow at first, but over time it does build value for the owners and allows the practice to have a brick-and-mortar presence.”