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: