Success Stories

Jim Gill, Veterinarian

Jim Gill, DVM and Staff

“After working as an associate in a multi-doctor practice, I bought a practice of my own from a retiring veterinarian. I went from working in someone else’s practice to owning my own, and being its only doctor. I was completely unprepared for the workload ahead of me.

“I had to perform too many duties myself. Although I had been a swim coach for 110 kids, I had trouble managing 4 staff. I worried that asking too much might result in them leaving so I did a lot of the work myself. Things just got worse.

Jeff Hirsch, DVM

Jeff and Susie Hirsch, DVMs

Susie and I met while attending veterinary school at Colorado State University, and after graduation moved to Phoenix to take over from a retiring doctor. We built an extremely successful practice; it seemed like anything we did made us money. We raised our prices, we charged a fee to become a client, and we just kept getting busier and busier. We could have kept that up forever, but the government had other plans and condemned our property in order to put in a light rail system.

Edward K. Annison, DVM

After five years of working as an associate, my wife and I opened a predominantly small-animal practice in Zachary, Louisiana, a town of 11,000 just north of Baton Rouge. Although I was a competent doctor, I had never been trained to run an office. It turned out to be a lot harder than I expected. The place was hectic, disorganized and I was constantly having to calm down the staff upsets so we could get some work done. My family life suffered because I always had to be at the office to keep things under control, and when I did come home I would bring the stress and worries home with me.

James R. Speiser DVM

James R. Speiser DVM

Twenty years ago I was a young veterinarian with all the hopes and dreams of a new business owner. After being in practice for 9 years, I was working 6 days a week and was not making much money for all the effort I was putting in. I did not enjoy the thought of going to work, and felt I was slowly dying and I knew it.