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The Value of (Owning) a Veterinary Practice – Netherlands

April 19, 2017 @ 8:00 am - April 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

- €285

This year the European Veterinary Conference Pre Conference Day is devoted to entrepreneurship. Love for animals will always be the cornerstone of our veterinary profession and that’s a good thing. Passion for the animal and the profession helps balance your life, and helps you deal with your job demands. However, there is also a business side to our profession. Practices have to be successful businesswise in order to provide high quality care and pay the salaries of the employees.

Rumor has it young vets do not want to own a veterinary practice anymore. Entrepreneurship doesn’t seem to align with an 8.00 am to 5.00 pm mentality.  More and more vets opt for working as an employee, focusing on the technical/veterinary matters, and steering away from the day to day burden of ownership. Large corporate equity funds have started to buy existing practices in the USA, UK, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands.

This pre-conference day will help veterinarians gain insights on the business side of their practice. We will talk about the tangible and intangible costs and benefits of owning a practice and compare it to new business models. There is no right or wrong solution, we just want you to be able to make better decisions based on evidence based knowledge. Therefore we have invited instructors from all over the world to share experiences from countries that are already further in this process.

Whether you are just come out of vet school and are considering buying or starting a practice, or you are seriously considering selling your practice because you are close to retirement, this program will provide you answers to your most “burning” questions.

Our full day program on the 19th of April will focus on creating, maintaining and measuring value in a veterinary practice. We will not only focus on figures, but also discuss the value of being an owner, with the responsibilities and freedom that come with it. We will also discuss branding and how it can affect the value to a practice. For those of you who want to learn more on the subject we will provide smaller group workshops on the next day, April 20th.

Tickets Early Bird (Before March 1, 2017) Regular (After March 1, 2017)
Individual €235 €285
Students (Max. 50) €45 €45
Full program both days (Max. 40) Receive 50% discount on 2nd day €352.50 €427.50
Prices do not include BTW



Program Wednesday April 19th Lectures:

9.00 – 9.20

 “The Value of Practice Ownership; an Introduction” Joop Loomans DVM, PhD (NL), Facilitator of this meeting

9.25 – 10.00

“The Performance of Veterinary Practices in Europe” Jan Vaarten DVM (NL)

10.00 – 10.15  Short Coffee Break

10.15 – 11.00 ”Increasing Practice Value & Monitoring Success” Bob Magnus DVM, MBA (USA)

11.00 – 11.45 “New Business Models in Human Healthcare” Jaap Maljers DM, MBA (NL)

11.45 – 12.00 Short Questionnaire

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.15 “How Banks Value Entrepreneurial Veterinarians” Pieter Steenhuizen (NL), Chris Zegers (NL)

14.15 – 15.00 “Selling Your Practice to a Larger Organization” John Chalk (USA)

15.00 – 15.15 Short Coffee Break

15.15 – 16.00 “Developing Your Brand and Culture” Mike Pownall DVM, MBA (Canada)

16.00 – 16.45 “How to be Successful as an Independent Practice in a Changing Market” Gerco Bosch DVM, PhD, MBA (NL), René van den Bos DVM (NL)

16.45 – 17.15 Panel Discussion

17.15 Closure

Program Thursday April 20th Workshops:

9.00 – 9.45 “Introducing the Veterinary Business School” Mike Pownall DVM, MBA (Canada), Joop Loomans DVM, PhD (NL)

10.15 – 11.00 and 11.10 – 11.55 “Creating and Maintaining the Right Team for Your Practice Culture” Mike Pownall DVM, MBA (Canada), Joop Loomans DVM, PhD (NL)

13.30 – 14.15 and 14.25 – 15.10 “How to be Successful as an Independent Practice in a Changing Market”

Workshop by Van Lanschot and DigiRed Pieter Steenhuizen (NL), Gerco Bosch DVM, PhD, MBA (NL), René van den Bos DVM (NL)

15.40 – 16.25 and 16.35 – 17.20

“Practice Valuation. A Deeper Discussion to Build Value” Bob Magnus DVM, MBA (USA), Mike Pownall DVM, MBA (Canada), John Chalk (USA)


April 19, 2017 @ 8:00 am
April 20, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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