|Barked: Tue Jun 2, '09 7:38am PST |
|That's the about the price of our xrays too. 75 for the first and 30 for each additional (as long as the dog doesn't need sedation of course--that's extra). And yes, all the new equipment is courtesy of the clients! Be glad that they choose to invest back into their clinic rather than in their own pockets.
Our office just got a new ultrasound machine for our clients which makes diagnosing things like Cushings (where you need to follow arteries to get to the adrenal gland) at least 10 times easier because it's sooo clear. We also don't need to schedule a heart specialist for cardiac ultrasounds because the vets can CLEARLY see what's going on with the heart with our new machine. Big savings for the clients that need these services.
We're not outrageously priced--there are several that are higher than us, but our vets make sure the staff is paid, we get a small uniform allowance (which is soo nice), and every Saturday the Dr's bring the small staff breakfast as a thankyou for working. Our building is nice since we just moved into a newer building, we try to keep things looking good for our clients but it's not like we have plasma tv's hanging on the wall in every room (actually we don't even have 1 plasma tv anywhere!).
Our doctors use the profits from the clinic to upgrade the machines that are older and try to give the clients and clinic the most bang for the buck.
Look at your clinic...what services do they offer besides regular vet care (xray, ultrasound, difficult surgeries, alternative therapy or treatment)--could this be where some of the money goes? to offer cutting edge or alternative treatments? How does the clinic look and what does the vet drive --is the clinic a dump and the vet drives a BMW or is the clinic strung out with high tech electronics just for amusment? ---sometimes these can be clues to where all the extra money is going
Call around. See what other clinics are charging for the same services. Also see what they offer. Sometimes some clinics will up the price of a common service to decrease the cost of a more expensive service (ie up the cost of an office visit by 1 or 2 dollars to lower the cost of anesthesia during surgery--so everyone pays 38 for an office visit and 45 for anesthesia for surgery, rather than 20 for an office visit and 150 for anesthesia --those are exaggerated examples but I hope you see my point).