Ancillary services at the veterinary clinic

McCoy I started my veterinary career with the viewpoint that "Dammit, Jim, I'm a doctor", not a pet-store operator… or a boarding kennel operator, or any other non-doctor type thing.  After all, I've got way too many hats to wear just as the doctor: pediatrician, obstetrician, dentist, radiologist, surgeon, pharmacist, internist, dermatologist, etc.  Then, as a practice owner I'm in charge of inventory control, personnel, marketing, legal, accounting, capital improvements, and blah, blah, blah.

Why would I want to worry about boarding so that I can go to work on every holiday at least twice a day?  Why would I want to clutter up my reception area with leashes and chew bones?  Why would I want to devote a ton of space and time and capital to stocking prescription diets and Science Diet?

Well, I wouldn't want to.   None of those things are money-makers.  They don't have much to do with being a doctor.  They aren't fun.  So why do I DO all those things?  They are services that my clients asked for repeatedly, and the clients pay the bills.  The customer may not always be right, but he is always the customer.  I'm here for them, not the other way around.  And it's nice to see them come in when their pet is not sick.

Every now and then a request is made that we can't really make fly.  Grooming services, for instance.  It's hard to keep a reliable person, it makes a lot of traffic and takes up space that we need for patient handling.  I tried it for a couple of years, but I much prefer to refer people to a groomer that we have confidence in.

San_Francisco_Pet_Cemetery  Once in a while, someone asks where the nearest pet cemetery is.  When they find out it's a hundred miles away, they say, "Man, you ought to start a pet cemetery here."  Yeah, Dr. Mobley's pet hospital and cemetery.  That is what they call a "mixed message".  I don't think so.  Nothing like walking through all the little tombstones on your way in and out of the clinic.

Then there's the request that brought these thoughts to mind.  Not long ago, I posted about a dog who had eaten rat poison (or they thought he had).  Today I had an email from a company that makes and sells rat poison… in England.   They read my blog, and thought that a link from my site to theirs would be a good fit.  "Hey, kids, be super careful and never let your pets eat rat poison… and here's where you can buy some!"

 I guess when you're in the business, you have the viewpoint that everybody can benefit from your product.  Hey, that's the way I feel about my product: a healthy pet with an enthusiastic owner.

5 thoughts on “Ancillary services at the veterinary clinic

  1. Michelle says:

    I just wanted to take a minute to thank you for writing this blog. I’ve been reading it for a few months now, really enjoy it and have been learning lots too! I don’t know how you find the time to write it with a busy vet practice… but thanks!

  2. Lizzie says:

    Hey I was actually thinking about your rat poison post the other day. We had a small dog come in who had eaten D-con. Pup Is doing well so far. Any way I was explaining to some of my other co workers why the pups vomit was BRIGHT green. Ha ha made me happy I could share.

  3. stylepup says:

    It’s nice to see a vet who is willing to go the extra mile for their clients, even if it means a little personal sacrifice. Keep up the great work – you are the kind of vet that keeps people coming back! 🙂

  4. The Dog Patch says:

    Yes, a pet cemetery and veterinary clinic in the same business/location would be sending a little bit of mixed message! Not sure many people would want to take their pet dogs to that clinic.

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