Opening Your Own Vet Practice

Monthly remote interactive workshops provide valuable support, information and practical tools for anyone looking to open their own practice.

Opening Your Own Veterinary Practice

This programme of two interactive workshops is ideal for anyone thinking about opening, or about to open their own practice.


It will help you focus your time, money and energy where they will make the most difference, and bring your plans successfully and profitably to life.

The first workshop is about clarification, both identifying and understanding your own priorities and then determining what demand there will be for your unique services. Topics covered will include:


  • Balancing ambition and reality across work, family and life commitments
  • Business plan – how to make one and why it matters
  • Who will your customers be, and where are they?
  • What is it about your mission, values and service that will compel clients to register with you ahead of your competitors?


Delegates then have homework to complete before the second workshop – researching their target catchment in order to determine:

  • Likely client numbers and demographics
  • Strengths and weaknesses of existing competitors
  • Physical and commercial barriers and opportunities

In the second workshop we explore the remaining three aspects of the Balanced Scorecard (customers having been a focus of the first session):


  • Team – how to recruit, develop and retain the right people
  • Operational effectiveness – practical and logistical considerations for structuring your new business and setting SMART targets
  • Finance – as a lag indicator, this is deliberately considered after all other factors, as getting them right will mean the key business numbers are right

Small group, maximum of 6 delegates – interactive style workshop.



1 day ago


A new week and nearly Christmas

Spotted this a while ago and made us all smile as it is so true

Gratitude and appreciation are contagious

So if we spread a little gratitude then it will slowly and surely change the mood around us

Yes it’s tough for many right now, folks are edgy and worried about so many things and many folks are struggling in their workplaces across all sectors

So why not sow some small moments of gratitude and change someone’s day on your travels today

That phone call you make to the bank or at the checkout when shopping or a trip to the dentists or anywhere where you as a customer can change a moment in someone’s day

That moment of calm and appreciation will help them in some small way and you never know they may be someone’s next client call or visit or consult at a vets and you well have changed their day too

We change the world when we change what we do

We do reap what we sow

So let’s sow some gratitude this week

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3 days ago


A lovely surprise today the arrival of a young Wild Plum tree a symbol of “Hope and Happiness”


Beautiful wrapping and packaging and all compostable

This little tree will grow and then produce fruit and it has found a nice new home at Onswitch HQ

So we do like a good metaphor and this little tree will grow and be productive only when we take care of it

We must provide:

Food via plenty of good soil and compost

Water -not too much, not too little

Protection from deer and rabbits

Support- a nice framework to keep upright in the crazy weather

Care … lot of care and attention

And weeding … always keep the weeds away from this little tree

Weeds steal food and entangle the growth and will overwhelm the tree as it tries to grow

So a bit like teams of people really

All people can grow and be nurtured but they do need similar care and attention

Managing and caring for teams is intentional and proactive not passive or reactive

All people do better when someone cares about them, is honest with them and they have a clear understanding of what is going on

And just as with little trees you have to be patient

You have to be aware of weeds that prevent growth and flourishing, beware “weeds” in teams of people .. they too suck the life out of you!

Anyway it’s the weekend and it just seems a nice one to ponder

Little trees grow well and so can people

Have a peaceful weekend

#Hope #Happiness

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5 days ago


Morning all

So this caught the eye and it is very likely how many of you feel right now!

So part of feeling more on top of things is getting the start of the conversation under control and having a clear outline of where you can go and what you can do

So phone skills for the team is crucial in making calls more manageable as well as looking at how to reduce call volume by using outbound calls and digital tools

So the Covid period has shown us that
“Fewer Words, Better Said” makes a big difference

So time for some refresher phone skills

Check the courses out and plan ahead

Last course for this year is next week so move quickly!

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Know this feeling?!
Phone skills session next week will help folks who are juggling
So important we review and refresh what we do and say on the phone
Move to review call volumes role of outbound calls and digital key
Join us
#OneVetTeam #Listen

No - THANK YOU - chocolates really don’t do it justice but an elephant never forgets - and we know the @NottinghamVets students get such an important, inspiring and forever memorable experience meeting and working with you! #thefuturesbright #inspireinnovateeducate

Thankyou to the team @NottinghamVets for these chocolates that have arrived at each of the Onswitch team homes
So happy to be helping our #FutureColleagues with their learning and the Business Game and Dragons Den is a highlight for us all
#Thankyou #OneVetTeam been a busy week of zoom courses
Lots of chat, discussion? interaction and few slides
It works when you keep focussed
2.5 hours max with part 1 and a week later part 2
Can be great fun too
Sophie Dainty from our HQ Team is doing an MBA at Nottingham Trent Uni & has a 3 minute survey about the Team Experience in practice
If you can find 3 minutes to fill in that would be very much appreciated
#OneVetTeam #TeamExperience

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