How can i start my own vet clinic

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Big H in Houston, Texas

66 months ago

i'm thinking about going to school to be a veternary technician,but i don't want to work for nobody want to start my own clinic or animal shelter when i finish school.if you work for somebody ,you'll will only make like $8.50-$14/hr.the only way you'll make alot of money being a vet tech is opening up you own clinic and buing the equipment to do work on the animals.i thinking maybe go to school for a year or 2 to get my certificate or associates degree and then go back 1 more year to get my certicate in business management.can any one give me some advice/tips?

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Animal Lover in Olathe, Kansas

57 months ago

It is very illegal I am currently a vet medicine student You MUST attend school for 8+ years and do all of the required work to get the pay you desire. Vet's go through alot of schooling to get to their goals a tech cannot expect to do the same...

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cindyrvt in Henderson, Texas

55 months ago

Note, I am in the same state that he is in. And in fact, I have some experience with this as I was in the first clinic that VCA bought in Texas. VCA isn't owned by veterinarians so they couldn't actually purchase the veterinary practices. They own the facilities, but the practice is owned by a veterinary corporation here in Texas run by an old boss of mine.

" (a) The professional services of a veterinarian may not be controlled or exploited by a person who:
(1) is not a veterinarian; and
(2) intervenes between the veterinarian and the veterinarian's client.
(b) A veterinarian may not:
(1) allow a person who does not hold a license issued under this chapter to interfere with or intervene in the
veterinarian's practice of veterinary medicine; or
(2) submit to interference or intervention by a person who does not hold a license issued under this chapter."

"(a) The practice of a veterinarian who leases space from a mercantile establishment and practices veterinary medicine
on the premises of the mercantile establishment must be owned by a veterinarian. The practice and the leased space
must be under the exclusive control of a veterinarian."

PROHIBITED PRACTICES RELATING TO CERTAIN ENTITIES.
(a) A sole proprietorship, partnership, or corporation may not engage in veterinary medicine unless the owner, each
partner, or each shareholder, as appropriate, holds a license issued under this chapter.
(b) A corporation, organization, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, association, or other legal entity not owned
exclusively by one or more persons licensed under this chapter may not engage in veterinary medicine.
(c) A veterinarian may not form or continue a partnership with a member of another profession or a person who is not
a member of a profession if a part of the partnership employment consists of the practice of veterinary medicine.

All from the Texas Veterinary Practice Act:
www.tbvme.state.tx.us/documents/vetact/Vet%20Act.pd

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BrittneyCVPM ("Get over yourself") in Boca Raton, Florida

55 months ago

Posting the Texas law was very helpful. That is why I said to check the laws.

If someone wants their dreams enough, they will do whatever it takes to make them come true. This includes moving to a state that allows non-veterinary ownership.

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Lauren in Exeter, New Hampshire

37 months ago

There is nothing illegal about a Veterinary Technician starting their own practice, as long as they have a veterinary doctor working with them as a co-owner. And I think that comment about how "vets go through so much schooling that a tech cannot expect do the same" is very arrogant. What makes you better then the vet techs? When you do become a veterinarian I hope you realize that you wouldn't be able to function without the help of techs. I have a learning disability and no one ever believed in me that I could go to college and make something of my life, and yet here I am proving everyone who doubted me wrong. I hope you have a better bedside manner with your patients owners then you do on here.

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cindyrvt in Henderson, Texas

37 months ago

Lauren,
Whether it is illegal or not depends on the state you are in. Most states do not allow veterinary technicians to own a practice even if they employ a veterinarian.
The original poster is in Texas and it is indeed illegal in this state.
As for it being an arrogant statement that vets go through more schooling and therefor have more options is complete bunk. Vets do go to school for much longer than technicians and they do therefore have more legal rights as to what types of roles that can play in a veterinary practice.

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Milfer in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey

28 months ago

Big H in Houston, Texas said: i'm thinking about going to school to be a veternary technician,but i don't want to work for nobody want to start my own clinic or animal shelter when i finish school.if you work for somebody ,you'll will only make like $8.50-$14/ hr .the only way you'll make alot of money being a vet tech is opening up you own clinic and buing the equipment to do work on the animals.i thinking maybe go to school for a year or 2 to get my certificate or associates degree and then go back 1 more year to get my certicate in business management.can any one give me some advice/tips?

You MUST go to school for 8+ years to be able to operate on animals in ur state. U can only do the very basic tasks as a vet technician..(check heart rate, paperwork, etc.) like a nurse

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eagertofly in Antrim, United Kingdom

28 months ago

Funny enough some expierence in this subject. Vets go through 8 plus sometimes 9 years and upwards depending on undergrad and placements. It is not uncommon to have to do another undergrad year waiting to get in to a Vet School. Anyway Vet Techs are wonderful god bless Vet Techs and Vet Assistants and anyone who is involved and god bless Vet Office Managers as well while I am at it. Anyway it can be done but study your state laws and also think carefully, if you have the attitude that you do not want to work for someone else to learn from their successes and failures why is that?. I am always weary about people who say that. It is the same with Animal trainers/horse riding instructors. The best way to learn is to work for others and learn and study and hoan ones craft. Anyway good luck to you.

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Keith in Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania

3 months ago

Milfer in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey said: You MUST go to school for 8+ years to be able to operate on animals in ur state. U can only do the very basic tasks as a vet technician..(check heart rate, paperwork, etc.) like a nurse

I disagree. Depending on the State and the title (Tech or Assistant) We can pretty much do everything a licensed Vet does except "Diagnose, Prescribe and Surgery". Our vets discuss treatments and option with every case with the Techs.

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cindyrvt in Henderson, Texas

3 months ago

(2) Except as provided in paragraph (3), a certified veterinary technician may do the following under indirect veterinary supervision:

(i) Perform diagnostic imaging.

(ii) Perform intravenous catheterization.

(iii) Administer immunizations which are not required by law to be administered in the presence of a licensed veterinarian.

(iv) Administer and apply medications and treatments by routes, including intramuscular, intravenous and subcutaneous.

(v) Apply bandages.

(vi) Perform cardiac monitoring.

(vii) Perform appropriate procedures to control bleeding.

(viii) Apply splints or immobilizing bandages.

(ix) Perform ear flushing.

(x) Implant an electronic identification device.

(3) If an animal is under anesthesia, a certified veterinary technician may perform the services listed in paragraph (2) only under direct veterinary supervision.

(4) Emergency treatment by certified veterinary technicians is permitted without veterinary supervision when an animal has been placed in a life-threatening condition and immediate treatment is necessary to sustain the animal’s life. The certified veterinary technician shall immediately take steps to secure the direct supervision of a veterinarian. Emergency treatment may only consist of those duties enumerated under paragraphs (1) and (2).

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cindyrvt in Henderson, Texas

3 months ago

And all care provided by CVTs requires supervision by a veterinarian.

That isn't to say that technicians aren't knowledgeable or valuable, but it is important to realize that we are no where near as educated as a veterinarian. "Diagnosing, prescribing and performing surgery" encompasses a lot of activity.

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shanehonar in Toronto, Ontario

16 days ago

Keith in Hunlock Creek, Pennsylvania said: I disagree. Depending on the State and the title (Tech or Assistant ) We can pretty much do everything a licensed Vet does except "Diagnose, Prescribe and Surgery". Our vets discuss treatments and option with every case with the Techs.

isnt that all the work vets do??? diagnose and treat??? seems like the major part of it

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