When you stop to think about it, it might not come as a surprise to you that 62% of American households have a pet. There are 43.6 million households that own a dog and cats are owned by 38.9 million households. These are obviously just cats and dogs. Many other types of pets are kept in America from the parakeet to the horse to the llama and beyond. Pets are very important to the psychological of the human race. What America needs is not necessarily more pets but more doctors of pets, the veterinarians.
The American Veterinary Medical Association, or the AVMA, did a recent study and found that, like most students coming out of college these days, new veterinarians enter the workforce with significant debt. But unlike most students coming out of college these days, new vets need to purchase equipment such as a veterinary exam table, lighting, various tools, and other various veterinary equipment.
Getting off to a solid start in practice as a new veterinarian can sometimes mean the difference between staying in business in the long run or folding up prematurely. A recent study that focused on the differences between veterinary practices that were financially sound on those that struggled found that financially sound practices had only 2% lower costs than those that were experiencing tough times.
Cutting costs at the beginning can help a great deal as a new practice gets on its feet. While you never want to skimp on quality, finding used medical equipment for sale can save a new veterinary practice a great deal of money straight away. Finding refurbished veterinary equipment like a veterinary exam table could turn out to be the wisest way to spend what little money you might have when you begin your practice.
The veterinary industry is not a bad one to go into these days. In 2013, pet owners of all kinds of pets spent over 55 billion dollars on their pets. Cats, dogs, parakeets, horses and all kinds of exotic pets need care and their owners are willing to spend that kind of money for that care. In fact, out of that 55 billion dollars, 14.37 billion were spent directly on pet care.
Starting out, a new vet needs to put out a significant amount of money to set up and get started. You’ve likely thought through how you would whether the storm while building relationships with your clients. Your patients are loved by some more like they are children rather than pets. The best quality care is what they seek and it’s what you want to provide. When they bring their furry children to your veterinary exam table, you want to assure them that they have your full set of skill at their disposal. They won’t care if you’ve bought your equipment second hand. They just want you to make their loved one healthy again.