Bringing animal care to the road is a relatively new concept that is spreading across the country. Mobile vet clinics are gaining in popularity, making it possible for pet owners to have their beloved pet conveniently cared for right in their own home. Mobile vet clinics allow pet owners to avoid transporting their pets, long office waits, and having to rearrange their schedules to bring their pets in. If you are a licensed veterinarian looking for an innovative approach to caring for your patients, consider opening a mobile vet clinic.
Research the vet industry well. If you already own your own veterinarian practice, focus on the aspect of a mobile business. If you are just starting out as a vet and are new to the field of veterinary care, research all aspects of the vet business.
Determine how in-depth you would like your mobile vet clinic to be. Decide if you will perform basic check-up and well-care services along with treating simple ailments and complaints, or if you will offer a full-service veterinary clinic, complete with X-ray machines, diagnostic tests, surgical procedures and lab services.
Investigate the types of machinery and equipment that will be needed for your type of clinic. Calculate the cost of equipment and supplies.
Hire a professional consulting company to develop a business plan. Include long-term goals, start-up costs and overall expenses, projected profits, etc.
Search for a financial institution that specializes in small-business loans. Present your professional business plan and apply for a business loan.
Apply for a business license. Check with state and local guidelines to determine if there are any additional requirements associated with operating a mobile vet clinic.
Search for a vehicle that will accommodate your mobile vet clinic. Be sure the vehicle has enough room to house all necessary instruments and tools, supplies and equipment, as well as a treatment area.
Promote your business by advertising in local newspapers, with online social media sites, on the local radio stations, with in-store flyers and by mailing out flyers.
Speak with pet supply stores, dog groomers, animal shelters and any pet-related businesses to promote your mobile vet clinic. Leave them your business cards.
Develop a professional website for your mobile vet clinic. Include contact information, hours of availability, a detailed description of services offered, the benefits and convenience of a mobile clinic, and rates for standard procedures. Consider adding a section for visitors to leave comments, questions and feedback. Include colorful photographs of the mobile vet clinic.