Fortunately enough, my husband (still a student) totally supports my plan to have our own veterinary practice when we have the money to build one. Our dream is to build a practice with a special interest in veterinary oncology. As you may be aware, the lifespan of pets is increasing and cancer has become one of the most notorious killers of geriatric patients, the same as in human medicine. However, animals do not suffer as much as people do because animals are not aware that they are given a “death sentence.” They usually respond better to therapy and have a relatively good quality of life. The ideal circumstance is that we will be able to do this the 5th year after my graduation from veterinary school. Being a practice owner means I can have a more flexible schedule to take care of life, family, and myself.
Running a veterinary practice involves lots of skills, including business management. I personally enjoyed the business management class that we had last semester. Business is not all about money. It requires us to practice professionalism. It prompts us to develop and customize strategies in each individual market. It also involves wisdom regarding interpersonal communication and time management.
Many veterinary students, myself included, aspire to practice in our own clinics one day! Equipped with a strong veterinary education and several years of experience working for a successful veterinary business, the only thing that will stand between us and our dream is our determination.