Cornelia and Franziska, how did you come to start your practice?
After completing our studies in veterinary medicine in Berlin and Munich, we became colleagues while working as veterinarians to gain our first professional experience. We took over the practice in Nesselwang in 2018 from our predecessor, an established farm animal veterinarian. When we heard that Dr. Holland was looking to hand over the practice, it was clear to both of us that this was a unique opportunity to pursue a career and become self employed vets in our hometown. As soon as we spoke to each other on the phone, it was clear we liked each other and the idea. Over the course of several meetings we educated ourselves on the structure of a veterinary practice, the numbers and the treatment strategies used thus far.
How did you prepare for taking over the practice?
To ensure a smooth and effective handover, Franziska initially worked for Dr. Holland for several months, giving her the opportunity to get to know the local customers and farmers, gaining their confidence in us as a new clinic. We also attended a seminar on business start-ups, specifically tailored for veterinarians. The consultant there guided us through every step, from drawing up a business plan to applying for subsidies and preparing for meetings with banks. A major financial support, especially in the beginning, was the state start-up subsidy. During the entire planning phase and renovation of the practice rooms, we were greatly supported by our partners and families, without them, we wouldn't have been able to make this happen on the side of regular life. We were also patiently supported by the responsible veterinary authorities, as well as by our accountants and our insurance consultant.