Common Problems Veterinarians Face

The veterinary profession is extremely rewarding. The ability to nurse people’s pets back to health day in and day out is every animal lover’s dream. However, like any other career, the veterinary field isn’t without its challenges. Below are some of the most common problems veterinarians face. 

Angry Customers

Most pet owners are easy to deal with. Some, however, give you major headaches. The primary reason customers get angry is sick pets. If you, as a veterinarian, can’t do anything to help a terminally ill pet, the animal’s owner will often direct his or her anger at you. One way to prevent this is to stress the importance of regular veterinary wellness checkups and veterinary preventive medicine. This will reduce the odds of a customer’s pet getting to the point of no return.  In addition, when delivering bad news to a customer, always try to remain calm and comforting. A calm demeanor can go a long way in keeping an irate customer under control.  

Pricing Issues

It can be difficult to determine how to set your prices. If they are too high, your customers won’t be happy. However, if you price too low, your practice may suffer. Therefore, you should aim for a pricing structure that keeps customers happy, pays your bills and your employee salaries, and leaves a little extra for savings. 

Disgruntled Employees

Employees can help your practice flourish. However, they can also cause its downfall. In order to avoid disgruntled employees, make sure you pay them what they are worth. In addition, you should keep your expectations reasonable. In addition, you should always prioritize the safety of your employees.


Competition from other practices can be a major source of stress for veterinarians. And although  it’s difficult to beat all of the competition out there, you can remain competitive by keeping your prices reasonable and providing excellent service to your customers.  

Finding Good Employees

It can be a struggle to find good employees, particularly if most people can’t meet your job requirements. Therefore, in order to find employees that are an asset to your practice, it’s sometimes necessary to lower a position’s minimum requirements. For example, it’s usually better to hire an inexperienced but enthusiastic employee than an experienced employee with a poor attitude. Also, once you find a good employee, you must do your part to keep him or her around. This means treating your employees fairly and respectfully. 

Contact Our Experienced Veterinary Attorneys 

If you need help getting your veterinary practice on track, you should contact an experienced veterinary attorney as soon as possible. At Mahan Law, we know what it takes to make a veterinary practice successful. When you come to us for assistance, our experienced veterinary attorneys will work diligently to ensure that your goals are achieved. Please contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.