Marietta still has independent practitioners

What does corporate ownership look like in veterinary medicine?

In corporate veterinary medicine the decisions are taken out of the hands of the veterinarian. Here’s a classic example: it’s decided in Arizona, that every practice in the corporation is going to run a urinalysis on every dog that comes in sick. Is that bad medicine? No it is not. In fact, 10% of the time it’s an appropriate test. The other 90% of the time it’s just contributing to the bottom line, and the customer doesn’t know any better. Would the veterinarian do that? Probably not, because prior to 1960 they would have a personal and professional reputation that they would not tarnish with unnecessary tests. Continue reading Marietta still has independent practitioners

What does corporate veterinary medicine mean to you? Why does it matter?

Corporate overkill in the fewest possible words

 

Before 1960, if you didn’t like the way a doctor practiced, you could go down the street to the next doctor. If you didn’t like the prices at one doctor, you could go down the street to another doctor. And because doctors were the only people that could own a practice, they had reputations to uphold. And did you know, Continue reading What does corporate veterinary medicine mean to you? Why does it matter?

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