Does a corporate buyout mean I should look for a new job?
Brian Conrad, CVPM
Brian Conrad, CVPM, has been the practice manager for Meadow Hills Veterinary Center in Kennewick, Wash., since 1999. During his tenure at Meadow Hills, the clinic has been named Veterinary Economics Hospital of the Year in 2001 and the 2004 Mid-Columbia Small Business of the Year. Conrad is a frequent lecturer for the Fetch dvm360 conferences and a contributor to Veterinary Economics and Firstline magazines. He was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Veterinary Hospital Management Association.
Though "corporate veterinary practice" might seem like a dirty word to you, don't hit up the want ads just yet.
The prospect of workplace change can be a scary one, especially when that change is a potential sale of the practice. One Firstline reader ask us for help:
"The practice where I work (as a team membernot doctor) is for sale, and there are rumors a corporation might buy it. Should I start looking for a new job now?"
Practice management expert Brian Conrad, CVPM, says not so fast. If you have honest conversations with the current owners and do your research, you might find that this is a change for the better and that the big scary corporation is interested in more than profitthey're interested in you.