Since the start of vet school, you’ve dreamed of the day your practice could support a clinic—a space for clients to bring their horses when they’re in need of specialized treatments or procedures. After years of hard work, your business has grown to the point that it can sustain a brick and mortar building.
While building your own practice is a celebratory occasion, it can also be one of the most frustrating and overwhelming undertakings in your career.
Before leaping into a construction project, consider why a fixed practice (having a building) makes sense for your business. “Have a clear vision of your goals and what you hope to achieve with your new facility, as well as an understanding of your current and future needs,” said Tony Cochrane, AIA and partner at Animal Arts, an architecture firm in Boulder, Colorado.
Wayne Usiak, AIA, NCARB, architect and CEO at Building Design for Animals (BDA) in Albuquerque, New Mexico, said you should ask yourself, “What are the things a fixed practice will allow me to do that an ambulatory practice won’t?”
Veterinarians often choose a fixed practice to reduce the amount of time...