We are frequently asked why it costs so much to go to the vets?
Well the answer is simple really, it’s an expensive business to be in. The direct relation is the NHS, but without the support of government.
Every piece of equipment, lab test and xray has to be purchased (usually tens of thousands of pounds) by your vet before we can do our job of helping your pet.
We have to buy in expensive pharmaceuticals and store them on our shelves to have them available when you need them. The lab slides and the chemicals needed, need to be bought in and stored correctly by a suitably qualified and experienced person.
The electric, gas and water aren’t free either as you know when you pay your own monthly bills, but we use a lot more!
And that’s before we have multiple phone lines to make sure you can get through to us when you need to. And what about having someone to answer the phones and direct your enquiry to an appropriate result. Do you really need an appointment or could it possibly be left to sort itself out? Or is it an emergency? How do they find out and organise a vet to meet you on arrival? That is an experienced professional and as well as doing a job they love, they still need a monthly paycheck.
And what about the lovely nurses who cuddle your puppies? You guessed it, they’ve spent 3 years and approximately £15,000 to go to college to become qualified, they do a hell of a lot more than cuddle puppies, they examine urine, faeces and run blood tests. The list is endless and it’ll never be too much trouble to stay back after work on a Friday for an emergency.
Ahhh the vets! Just in it for the money I hear you say. Seven years at university, again at cost to themselves, new graduate vets are usually in debt for years after qualifying, then working their way up to partnership often takes 20 years. Don’t forget constantly topping up their education to make sure the advice they give you is up to date with the latest modern methods, best practice, advice and what’s best for you and your pet’s personal situation.
If you are comparing prices between practices, please do compare carefully as some service fees might be more at practice 1, but then practice 2 might charge more for medication. All in all, look at the big picture.The most important thing is to have a vet that you fully trust, so that when you have an emergency, you will feel confident that your needs are looked after (and that’s more important than saving a couple of pennies).
Then there’s the cost of the custom made premises and mortgage……The upkeep and maintenance of the equipment to make sure it’s safe to use, and the public liability insurance that we hope we’ll never need. The list is seemingly endless, so I won’t go on, but there’s a very good reason why it costs so much to go to the vet. It’s because it’s a very expensive business to be in. It would be much easier to just go and work in a supermarket, but we don’t. We do it because we love it and we love making a difference every day to your pet’s lives.