Farm vets are being urged to contribute to a Veterinary Development Council survey that aims to identify the different types of business models used within large animal practices across the UK.

Farm vets are being urged to contribute to a survey in order to identify the different types of business models used within practices across the UK.

The online poll has been organised by the Veterinary Development Council (VDC) – the cross-industry stakeholder group charged with investigating the future of farm animal practice – and the BVA. It comes hot on the heels of another VDC survey looking at the use of paraprofessionals in practice.

VDC survey to identify the different types of business models used within practices across the UKBCVA president John Fishwick, who heads the VDC working party investigating large animal business models, told vetsonline: “We’re running a very simple survey which should take 10-20 minutes to complete. The idea is we get a snapshot of the types of large animal practices that are out there [in the UK] – the plan is to then get a report together summarising the types of practice and their possible advantages and disadvantages.”

Questions include the proportion of practice turnover generated by private and Government work, as well as management models and out-of-hours cover, however, the survey does not ask for explicit financial details.

Prof Fishwick said the survey was created with the help of business experts at the Royal Veterinary College, and he hoped the working group would be able to collate its findings in time for the next VDC meeting on December 1, 2011.

Urging practices to contribute Prof Fishwick added: “We’re really anxious for as many practices to participate as possible – though it would be good to ensure there’s only one survey completed per practice.”

 

 

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