Veterinarians fretting about slowing business
Jun 01, 2008
National Report — Growing economic fears among veterinarians are warranted, according to a consultant who says the profession needs to shed its "rosy" view of itself as recession-proof.
A May 2008 poll by DVM Newsmagazine indicates that 71 percent of veterinarians are "very" to "extremely" concerned about how the U.S. economy is faring.
"It's like a saw blade," he said. "It'll go up one month and down one month."
The key is to project little to no growth in future budgets, cut capital expenditures, don't discount prices and look at cutting manpower to match a decline in business, Dittrich suggests.
"The oil and gas has an impact because their clients are seeing money go out the door for gas, and when it comes time for Fluffy to have a physical and Fluffy looks fine, they're not doing it," he said. "This is when you really see that veterinary medicine comes from discretionary income."