Being a veterinarian is incredibly hard work. Handling feisty animals, managing owners’ expectations, and practicing good medicine are only half the battle – the modern veterinary model increasingly places pressure directly on vets to hit quotas and meet “production” goals.
The emotional toll of practicing veterinary medicine today is heavier than ever. For many vets, the added stress that comes from many practices’ focus on revenue goals is simply too much to bear.
Vets as Exhausted, Overextended Salespeople
There are over 115,000 veterinarians working in both private and corporate practices across the U.S. As more and more veterinary practices consolidate under corporate parent companies, many vets feel like the pressure to continually grow the business hampers their ability to practice medicine efficiently, ethically, and in the patient’s best interest.
A small number of companies have driven much of the significant growth within the industry over the last 5-10 years. They do so in part by partnering with other large brands – pharmaceutical suppliers, pet food companies, etc. – then directing their customers to these products and services. It’s this gray area that many vets say is causing great doctors to turn away from the profession.
Mission-driven vets are asking themselves:
Is it ethical to “steer” patients in a specific direction simply because of a corporate partnership?
Do my patients actually need what I’m suggesting, or am I pushing towards a production goal?
Are the services and products I’m offering really the best ones for the patient?
Modern day vets are expected to be salespeople. That’s not the way it should be.
In addition to the pressure to hit revenue goals, today’s vets are working longer hours than ever. The average veterinarian works 9-14 hour days at least 261 days a year, and all for a sub-six figure salary. Many vets just starting out find themselves saddled with crippling student debt and a demanding, unfulfilling career.
Things have got to change.
The New Model for Practicing Veterinary Medicine
Vetted is pioneering a new way to practice veterinary medicine. Our model is simple: We put vets back in control of care – they know best, after all! – and we never, ever ask them to work towards production goals or sales quotas. We support them with cutting-edge technology and an engaged, experienced customer support team. Oh, and they work exactly how much they want to work exactly when they want to.
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How do we do it?
Vetted provides in-home vet care only. Without the overhead of brick-and-mortar vet clinics, we’ve freed up resources to support our vets remotely so they can practice autonomously. Vetted vets set their own schedules, seeing as few or as many patients as they’d like in a day, and make significantly more money per-visit than their traditional clinic counterparts. They spend more time developing deep relationships with their clients and less time filling out paperwork.
At Vetted, vets can practice on a full-time schedule or they can work part-time. They’re even free to work simultaneously at other veterinary clinics! Some of our happiest vets split their time between Vetted house calls and surgical centers or emergency clinics where they can assist with complex cases.
The Vetted model isn’t a fit for all vets. It’s ideal for veterinarians who value autonomy, particularly for those who feel burned out or frustrated with their experience at a corporate veterinary practice. Vetted vets are self-starters, they’re organized, and they don’t need a lot of oversight to manage their own schedule or priorities. Most of all, Vetted vets place a lot of emphasis on having a good work/life balance.
Who are Vetted vets?
- Efficient, care-focused vets who previously worked at a local or corporate veterinary practice
- New mothers who want more control over their schedule than a traditional clinic allows
- Part-time house call practitioners who spend a few days a week at a surgical center
There is no one “perfect” fit for the Vetted model. If traditional veterinary medicine feels like it’s falling short of your expectations for what your career could (and should) be, Vetted might be exactly what you’ve been looking for.
Veterinary medicine is broken. Vetted is helping to fix it. Happy veterinarians are the backbone of quality medical care for pets. We’re uniquely attuned to the pain points presented by many of the most common veterinary models in practice today.
Let’s talk about your future with Vetted.
If you’re a veterinarian interested in learning more about a fulfilling, flexible career with the leader in in-home pet care, reach out to us today. We can’t wait to hear from you.