Originally Posted by Siggav
Wow.. the vet I take Nikita to sees around 2-4 patients an hour max. 10 an hour leaves you only around 2-3 min with each because you need to clean out examination room to reduce the risk of cross contamination between cats. So I think it'd be more likely to manage 10 if you had two vets handling the load of patients.
That's also assuming they'd be fully booked up all day every day.
Anyway, even if they'd be making that much, that's still not more than just under 54000 pounds a month. From that you need to pay rent and utilities for the housing, replace any equipment that needs to be replaced. Pay salaries for the vets and reception staff, cleaning, insurance, national insurance and taxes.
..actually looking at the figures, I'm wondering how my local vet manages to break even.
I'm very happy with the vet. They always weigh her and give her an overall checkup when I bring her in, in addition to talking to me a lot about general cat care and her condition etc.
Also for example because Nikita occasionally gets over grooming spots, once when she got it again, I still had the cream leftover and after a phone conversation they gave me extra latex gloves for me to put the cream on her and I came by to collect that and chatted a little bit more and they didn't charge me at all and told me just to bring her in if it didn't get better in a week (and it got better within that timeframe)
They also sell food and litter with very low markups and you get extra discounts if your cat is with them, increasing every year for a few years.
I agree with that - my vet surgery charges a bit over £30 for a consultation. They definitely do not see 10 patients an hour (more like 3 at the most).
They have to pay:
Rent/lease for the property (London rates)
Business rates for the property (London rates)
Insurance (theft, fire, 3rd party liability for employees and customers)
Staff wages (vets, nurses, receptionist)
National Insurance Contributions for their staff
Large medical equipment (x-ray machine etc, both purchase/lease cost and maintenance)
Medical and surgical instruments
Medical consumables (swabs, sutures, dressings etc)
Sterilising equipment and tablets
General cleaning materials
Ongoing training for staff
Office consumables (paper, toner, pens, staples etc)
... and that's just off the top of my head.
Yes your vet makes a decent income, but after 7 years of study and several years of hands on internship, I'd want to make a good income too. Your vet is not sitting around laughing gleefully and counting piles of money every evening, their outgoings are huge. If your vet surgery is part of a chain, the vets themselves are on a salary.
Plumbers and electricians are more expensive than vets.