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Alan Robinson is a director and practice development coach at Vet Dynamics.
Why do vets work so hard? And if what they do is of value, why do they earn so little money?
The first question is prompted by the veterinary journals (Vet Record included) whose pages tell us of the disconnection, burnout and attrition of vets, young and old. Long and challenging work hours have been attributed as a major contributor to this problem.
The second question comes from my own experience of (a) owning a practice for 15 years, (b) acquiring a bankrupt practice and turning it to a profitable one, and (c) working with hundreds of veterinary practices around the world that struggle with revenue, growth or profitability to the point of subsidising the business (this is done either …
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