The Many Different Types of Veterinary Practice Transitions
Selling a portion of your practice via a partnership has its own pros and cons. One of the pros is that if you can find a partner with similar interests and philosophies as well as a set of skills that enhances your practice and you get along well, you’ve found a winner. The cons are that those types are difficult to find. The ADA states that 70% of partnerships fail. However, if done right using experts in partnerships, you can have a successful and happy partnership transition.
Walk Away Sale
A walk away sale involves the seller removing themselves and their business interests from the practice the moment the sale is completed. This could be ideal for those in the process of retiring or relocating to a new area across the country. But sellers must analyze whether they truly want to walk away from the business they helped create. To complete a walk away sale effectively, sellers must tie up all loose ends many weeks before the buyer completes their transaction. This ensures a seamless handover process and allows the buyer to immediately enter the business with a fresh start.
Sell and Work Back
This can often be very gratifying. The seller sells 100% of the practice but stays to work as an employee in the practice. The seller may cut back their hours or may keep up the pace. The seller and buyer work together, and the seller may even mentor the buyer. The seller no longer has any management responsibility or ownership. He simply does clinical veterinary medicine. As long as the two get along, this can work wonders.
Working with a Veterinary practice transaction broker can help sellers customize the sale according to their unique requirements. Brokers are experts in managing the transition process, from organizing the timing of asset sales to implementing buy back procedures once the sale has been completed. It’s important the company the seller works with has a full understanding of their business plans before they begin the transition process, as this will help reduce potential issues as the transaction is completed.
By having a clear understanding of the available Veterinary practice transition options, owners can ensure the right model is found for their sale process. To learn more, contact us today!