We often get the question, "What is Co-Ownership?"

It’s simple! We co-own practices with veterinarians, letting them treat patients and provide local leadership, while we handle all the business functions, including but not limited to: marketing, finance & accounting, operations, HR, and recruiting.

Charlie, Patient, Rye Harrison Veterinary Hospital

How does it work?

We’re so glad you asked!

VPP Partner Hospitals

Dr. Goodvet IS
READY FOR A CHANGE.

Maybe she’s nearing retirement, 
or burned out from managing the business 

Enter Co-Ownership

Dr. Goodvet partners with VPP.  She gets upfront cash for selling a portion of her business that reflects current market value and VPP gets to work immediately, and she has more time both in the exam room, and outside the practice.

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Dr. Goodvet has clinical control

Dr. Goodvet can continue to practice medicine like she always has (with way fewer management worries!) while still enjoying profit distributions as a co-owner.

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VPP Manages the Business

VPP assumes responsibility for managing the business on day 1 of partnership, removing day-to-day business burdens that keep Dr. Goodvet from her patients.

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Partnership

Dr. Goodvet continues to share in the practice growth until she is ready to retire on her own timeline (2 years? 20 years?) without worrying about what will happen to her hospital and her staff.

VPP'S Story Starts with an Observation

In 2011, Rich Lester started to notice that veterinarians were selling off their hospitals to corporate organizations and losing their ownership stake entirely. Knowing a thing or two about business, Rich thought to himself: 

“Wouldn’t it be great if we could help veterinarians retain ownership, and provide them the business support they need to successfully run their practice?”

Rich Lester
Founder & CEO
Veterinary Practice Partners — Veterinary Co-Ownership
Dr. Bradley Bays from Belton Animal Clinic
Teresa Bradley Bays
DVM & Partner
Belton Animal Clinic in Belton, MO

"The owner is always on the hook for whatever comes up at the clinic. For years, it was just me juggling clients, staff, and trying to get some time at home.

VPP ALWAYS HAS MY BACK AND I GET MORE TIME WITH MY FAMILY."

How We Work Together

You didn’t go to vet school to run payroll, design marketing programs, or run reports. With VPP’s help, you can get back to practicing medicine without having to worry about running the business. 

Amira & Andrew

Analytics

Marketing

We work closely with our hospitals to elevate their marketing while honoring their unique identities. VPP’s energetic team ensures our client retention numbers are some of the best in the biz. 

HR & Recruiting

Don’t spend any more time pouring over resumes or working through benefits issues. Our team has deep experience working through all types of personnel questions.

Finance & Accounting

VPP provides comprehensive back-office support, coupled with the financial analysis and insights you need to make better decisions for the health of your practice.

Operations

We provide the extra set of hands that helps you and your practice manager deal with life’s fire drills as well as your hospital’s bigger projects.

56

partner hospitals in 
21 states (and growing!)

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