What to Expect with a New Mobile Veterinary Practice

November 16, 2014 | La Boit Specialty Vehicles | Veterinary | No Comments

What to Expect with a New Mobile Veterinary PracticeSupport staff, fuel costs, ROI, and more

La Boit Specialty Vehicles conducted an unofficial survey with numerous veterinarians who drive La Boit mobile veterinary clinics to be able to provide some statistical information to help you decide whether to go mobile. These statistics merely provide estimates and are not exact numbers. Statistics will vary from city to city.

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• A majority of our clients do not have a base clinic. Strictly mobile. Some states require you to have some sort of a base, such as your home, to receive pharmaceuticals.

• About 75% of our clients have a tech on board. A tech can not only assist with large dogs but they can answer phones, schedule appointments, input information in the client software as well as collect the payment upon completion of services.

• Most work 5-6 days a week.

• The average “housecall charge” is about $50. You also have the exam fee to be added to the housecall charge.

• The average invoice/dollar for each animal seen is about $250.

• The average daily cost to run the mobile clinic is $300 (all expenses).

• Average mileage in metro area is about 12,000 per year. Fuel cost averages $350-$400 per month.

• Advertising costs have ranged dramatically. Some run about $2400 a year (yellow pages) and others are at about $5000 a year. The graphics on the exterior of your clinic will bring in a good majority of your business. Clients tell us they get 50% of their business from the graphics.

• Most everyone does referrals (they refer to stationary and vice versa)

• The last question we asked is “Would you do it again?” Here are some of the comments:

– “I absolutely love it. Being my own boss, making my own decisions is great.”

– “Without a doubt. I never want to have to go back to the mundane office environment.”

– “It is wonderful, would definitely do it again”

– “No question about it!!! Best thing I have ever done & most rewarding experience I have had in my thirteen years of practice. Thank you!!!

– “I have owned 2 stationary practices and since having my La Boit, I will never go back to stationary!”

The Bottom Line ROI on Mobile Veterinary Practices

Average Gross Revenue
5 (Average Calls a Day) X $250 (average invoice) X 5 (days a week) X 50 (weeks a year) = $312,500

Monthly Expenses:
Clinic Cost: $2800
Service of Clinic: $200
Average Fuel Cost: $350-$400
Insurance: $400-$600
Supplies: $200
Cell Phone/Business Line: $150-$200
Advertising: (Yellow Pages, Flyers etc.) $400
Other Expenses: (Professional services, pharmaceuticals, etc.) $1250
Expenses Total: $6050 (total monthly expenses) X 12 (months in a year) = ($72,600)
Average Net Profit: $239,900

For a free information kit on starting a Mobile Veterinary Practice, please contact us today!

Disclaimer: The above figures are all estimates and are not guaranteed expenses and profits. Various factors can alter these estimates.

About La Boit Specialty Vehicles

In 1981, La Boit Specialty Vehicles president Gil Blais first started La Boit in his garage, manufacturing storage inserts for traveling veterinarians. Fast forward 30 years, La Boit Specialty Vehicles is now the leader in mobile veterinary clinics, manufacturing more clinics than anyone else.

No one understands mobile vets like La Boit.


About La Boit Specialty Vehicles

La Boit Specialty Vehicles president Gil Blais first started La Boit in his garage, manufacturing storage inserts for traveling veterinarians. Fast forward 30 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 suite your needs, from 18ft pull-behind trailers to 40ft drivable coaches. Best of all, each one of our vehicles is commercially-built from the chassis up for your specific needs, and are never converted RVs.

We welcome your feedback and questions. Please contact us anytime or leave a comment below.

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