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What do you think are the worst parts about working for a private practice? And why?

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    What do you think are the worst parts about working for a private practice? And why?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer here is challenging your understanding and knowledge regarding the differing options available to vets (working in either a private or corporate practice) Prior to your interview it is recommended to complete some research on the difference between the two environments so that you have a full understanding of how they may differ. When answering this question, you should try and put yourself into the shoes of the vet, and focus on a business based response.

      "I think one of the worst parts about working in a private practice is that the business is likely to be smaller, and privately owned. With this, the responsibilities that go with owning a small business are on your shoulders, you take responsibility for business income, and the success of the business personally"

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I imagine having to handle the business management side of veterinary practice would be very difficult and arduous as in commercial veterinary practice, this is all handled by the corporate office, which gives the vet more time to focus on their consulting. Also, with a private practice, you cannot transfer if you are moving location and so you would have to find a completely new practice."

      Rachelle's Answer

      These would be challenges, indeed. If you have a preference for private vs. commercial practice, feel free to speak a bit further about your preferences or where you see your career taking you.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Private practice tends to have a more limited budget than corporate practices. Because of this, a private practice may have less competitive prices than corporate practice. Also, a private practice may not have as great of resources as a corporate practice to provide the best possible vet care."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You offer some insight here, for sure. Do you have any details when it comes to the types of resources that may be limited in private practice?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "The most challenging aspect of this would be the business side of a small clinic, PR, and knowing how fast information such as reviews are spread online. If you are a single veterinary hospital, this might affect the number of patients you see daily, or in a multi-veterinary hospital, affect your co-workers also."

      Rachelle's Answer

      You bring up some interesting points and issues that small business owners now face the popularity of online reviews. How will you manage this, should you own or run a private practice one day?

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Many of the administration and business ownership would be on my plate. If I took up a private practice, I would have to build up a team that would be able to help me with these shortcomings."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This is a thoughtful answer that shows you are aware of your shortcomings and where you will/would need further support.

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Private practices tend to have a smaller number of employees, meaning the vets run the business side. The vet will have more responsibilities and tasks outside of treating animals. So working for a private practice may be more stressful. I will research and learn about the business aspect of the practice if I find myself in this situation."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your answer is good, and you could dive even deeper if you desired to.

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