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Where can I turn for help?
Buying or starting a practice can be one of the most overwhelming moves of your veterinary career. But you don't have to experience it alone. These resources can help you create research that guarantees your new hospital's success.
Buying or starting a practice can be one of the mostoverwhelming moves of your veterinary career. But you don't have toexperience it alone. These resources can help you create research thatguarantees your new hospital's success.
Areamap--Local real estate agent or county or city engineer
Dog and catlicenses--County or city offices
Pet ownership information--U.S. PetOwnership and Demographics Sourcebook (AVMA), 1995 AAHA Report, or localbreeder groups
Population statistics--Local library, chamber ofcommerce, or economic-development agency
Housing costs/newdevelopments--Local real estate agent, economic-development agency,chamber of commerce
Business locations--Chamber of commerce oreconomic-development agency
Current practice locations--Vet Data Inc.or yellow pages
Potential spending per client--AVMA
Economicstatistics--Veterinary Economics, AVMA, orAAHA
Consultants and experts
Veterinary architects canrecommend alternative facilities
Commercial real estate agents canidentify potential sites and obtain a topographic landsurvey
Financial consultants can review your businessplan
Practice-management consultants can review area veterinaryservices and recommend business strategies
Veterinary researchconsultants can create demographic surveys
Attorneys can reviewleasing or purchase agreements and previous land ownershipdocuments
Builders can recommend facility plans orupgrades
May 1998Veterinary Economics