Client Spotlight: South by South Vets

October 1, 2018 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Client Spotlight, Veterinary | No Comments

One mobile veterinarian’s advice to others thinking about going mobile? “Just do it!”

Dr. Eick showing her excitement when she picked up her mobile clinic at our facility.

We recently emailed back and forth with Dr. Katie Eick, owner and lead veterinarian of South by South Vets, a mobile veterinary practice out of Houston, Texas. We asked her to talk about her journey with going mobile and her advice to new veterinarians who may be considering it.

“For anyone who is considering going mobile… just do it!” she writes. “Our clients are so thankful for the services we offer and that we save them so much time and frustration since they do not have to take their animals into the vet.”

Dr. Eick took delivery of her first La Boit clinic (a 26ft stunner!) a few months ago and is already considering ordering a second. While Dr. Eick has been a mobile veterinarian since 2015, her first truck was a small sprinter built by another manufacturer. Now that she has a big La Boit, she wants to sell her first unit because the extra space and capabilities of the La Boit have made her mobile operation much more efficient (and pleasant) for staff and customers.

“The La Boit is our second vehicle, the first… does not have all of the capabilities that the new truck has,” she says. “It worked well for us while starting up but we wanted to be able to offer a wider variety of services for our clients’ and patients’ convenience. We will definitely be adding more La Boit vehicles to our fleet, hopefully in the near future!”

Dr. Eick is a 1998 graduate of Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating, she owned a brick and mortar practice in Roanoke, VA until 2010, after which she decided to leave the cold eastern seaboard for warm Texas. She says she always wanted to add mobile services but could never make that work while still being inside a building.

“I knew that one day I would go mobile,” she writes, adding that “I have never been happier!”

South by South Vets employs nine people full time, in addition to two relief vets. This helps keep the practice (and clinic) running like a well-oiled machine, from fulfilling the housecalls, to daily operations, client service, marketing, and more.

“We use our 26’ full service clinic to make house calls all day every day!,” Dr. Eick writes. “This includes minor surgeries and dentistries, as well as sick patients and our routine wellness pets. We are actually going to take it to an event in town this weekend to show it off!”

When asked about her experience with La Boit, Dr. Eick raves about our unique no pressure sales process and dedication to clear customer communication throughout the entire clinic build, from initial planning to final delivery.

“I heard about La Boit years ago,” Dr. Eick writes, “and have been talking to the amazing Koni Wade for about 10 years before I made this purchase! She has always been so gracious and helpful and never pushy or resentful that it took me so long.” She adds, “La Boit has been wonderful to work with and so accommodating and always available to answer any questions we had!”

Thank you Dr. Eick for your kind words! We appreciate your business and wish you the absolute best with your growing practice!

About La Boit Specialty Vehicles

La Boit Specialty Vehicles president Gil Blais first started La Boit in his garage, where he hand-made organizational boxes for traveling veterinarians. Fast forward 37 years, La Boit Specialty Vehicles is now a leader in specialty vehicle manufacturing for the Veterinary, Spay/Neuter/Adoption, Dental, Medical, Command, and Bloodmobile industries.

La Boit Specialty Vehicles offers a variety of vehicles to suit your needs, from 18ft pull-behind trailers to 40ft drivable coaches, none of which require a CDL to drive. Best of all, our vehicles are commercially-built from the chassis up for your specific needs, and are never converted RVs.

Mission Statement:

Helping professionals around the world confidently deliver a higher level of service to their local markets by providing the highest quality custom mobile units in the industry!

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