Traditional veterinary practice not for you? You could just go home ...

May 1, 2016
Brendan Howard, Business Channel Director

Brendan Howard oversees veterinary business, practice management and life-balance content for dvm360.com, dvm360 magazine, Firstline and Vetted, and plans the Practice Management track at all three Fetch dvm360 conferences.Brendan has proudly served under the Veterinary Economics and dvm360 banners for more than 10 years. Before that, he worked as a journalist, writer and editor at Entrepreneur magazine and a top filmed entertainment magazine in Southern California. Brendan received a Masters in English Literature from University of California, Riverside, in 1999.

Veterinarian finds demand high for mobile house call services.

Lisa Aumiller, DVM, is bullish about staying home these days as a practice owner. Or rather, staying at other people's homes. “Today's clients want convenience, personal service and their pets to be treated as individuals,” Aumiller says. “Mobile veterinary medicine rolls all this into one sweet package. With the standard of care changing to referring many medical and surgical cases, it's easy to provide most routine care at home.

Dr. Lisa Aumiller“We literally see every demographic. Young professionals love it because they're so busy. People with families love it because they don't want to drive the kids to the hospital. Seniors who can't travel love it.”

Aumiller-owner of HousePaws Mobile Veterinary Service, a 12-doctor, 40-support-staff practice serving six counties in New Jersey and Pennsylvania-thinks the field for mobile veterinary services is hot, and she has lots of associates asking for jobs to prove it:

“One, they've become disenchanted with how standardized care was at their practices. Two, they enjoy adventure and mobile medicine is a lot like emergency medicine minus the life-and-death part. You have to think on your feet and roll with what comes at you. Three, they enjoy the holistic approach. Mobile vets get to see the environment the pet lives in. We get to smell it and see the interactions. We get to see the pet walking in its yard and where it eats and sleeps and uses the bathroom. We get clues that we would never get in an office setting.”