Is It Time to Hire Another Vet?

When is a good time to hire another vet for your practice? There’s no magic answer or one-size-fits-all solution, but there are certain signs that can help you make a more informed decision. Whether you’ve been feeling overwhelmed or you’re considering increasing your staff due to growth or expansion, here are a few ways you can tell it might be time to pull the trigger and bring on a new team member.

You don’t have the capacity to take on new clients.

It’s great to be busy, but if you’re finding yourself having to turn away new clients that are interested in joining your practice, you might want to consider bumping up your team to include an additional vet. This can be a scary step, but if you’ve got enough demand, the additional revenue coming in from the new business can help offset the expense of growing your team.

Client satisfaction is declining.

If you’re stretched too thin, the satisfaction of your clients could begin to decline. Longer wait times for appointments, having to schedule too far in advance and just a lack of personal attention due to your busy schedule can all impact how your clients feel about your practice. As a result, you could end up losing business and also missing out on word-of-mouth referrals. If you’re struggling to keep your head above water and serve your clients adequately, it may be time to bring another vet into the mix.

You aren’t able to take time off.

If you can’t remember the last time you were able to enjoy a vacation with your family, it might be a sign that hiring another vet is in order. We all need a break from time to time. In fact, taking some time off to relax and recharge is recommended in order to be able to deliver the highest level of care. The inability to take more than a few hours off at a time isn’t healthy and should at least warrant a conversation about bringing on additional help.

You can’t focus on growth.

When you’re too busy working in your business, you’ll have little to no time to focus on your business. If the entirety of your days is spent juggling appointments and delivering patient care you’ll never be able to put in the work it takes to bring your practice to the next level. If growth is something you’re interested in (and most vets are), then hiring an additional vet to divvy up the workload will free you up to focus your efforts on driving your practice forward.

You’re losing your passion.

We all entered the veterinary field because we are passionate about animal welfare and want to make a difference in the lives of pets and their owners. When you are overworked and understaffed, however, that burden can begin to eat away at that passion and steal your joy. If you are feeling like that light has gone out, hiring another vet and sharing the workload can help reignite the spirit and drive that are so critical to your success.

Ultimately, the serious business decision to hire additional staff should involve a careful analysis of your business performance and other unique factors and shouldn’t be taken lightly. The tips above should help you determine when it’s time to consider the possibility of increasing your team.

And when you do decide it’s time to hire someone new, we can help you find the ideal candidates for building your dream team. Contact us to get started!

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