28th & 29th April 2022

Fota Island Resort, Cork, Ireland

Veterinary Practice Survey Report


HLB Sheehan Quinn recently released their annual Veterinary Practice Survey Report for 2018.  The survey of veterinary professionals in Ireland revealed many interesting findings, in particular a change in attitudes and opinions towards corporate ownership of veterinary practices, compared to last year’s survey.

The many concerns of the profession that are voiced on various social media platforms and discussion groups on a regular basis are at the fore in this year’s survey.  Long working hours and a desire for better work/life balance are experienced by a majority of respondents.

It appears that a dramatic change in the structure of the traditional rural veterinary practice model is necessary.  Vet and vet nurse recruitment and retention in rural practice is becoming more problematic.  This staffing challenge will impact negatively on farmers and pet owners in rural communities.  Could practice consolidation be the answer rural practices require to ensure better working rota conditions and improved work/life balance?

A significant proportion (53%) of survey participants have not considered succession planning.  To ensure the smooth transition of practice ownership, continued growth of the business, and an uninterrupted service to clients, allocating time and thought to this important business decision is vital.

Join us at the VetCon 2019 business stream on the 17th May to hear more from Mark Butler, managing partner of HLB Sheehan Quinn.  Also joining us at VetCon 2019 will be Seamus McManus of VetMac, veterinary management consultancy.  He will also speak on many of the key issues highlighted above.  The VetCon 2019 business stream will appeal to vets at all career stages.

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