Tips for Managing Your Team When Acquiring a Veterinary Practice
When you purchase a veterinary practice, you aren’t just responsible for the building and equipment, but you also have a big role to play in making sure that new and existing team members come together smoothly. This can be a delicate process and quite difficult to navigate on your own, but there are a few tips you can follow to make everyone’s lives a lot easier.
Value Your Acquired Team Members
It should never be a case of “out with the old, in with the new” when it comes to putting together a veterinary team for your newly bought practice. The acquired team members have a lot of value and are an integral part of the relationship the practice has with the patient base. They may also be a big reason that many patients decide to stick with the practice. It’s essential to let existing team members know that they are important and take the time to communicate any changes on how the office will be run. Try to be patient if the transition seems slow because this will make things much more seamless compared to trying to implement whole new systems right off the bat.
Prepare for Bumps
Some of the team members at your newly purchased practice may have been there for decades or done things very differently under the previous owner. Any big changes you make will almost inevitably lead to some dissatisfaction and conflict, so it’s important to be mentally prepared that not everyone is going to like your decisions, even if you know they are in the best interest of the practice. Make it apparent that the lines of communication are always open so that team members can express grievances through the right channels. It’s also important to let your incoming staff know that they may need to help the acquired team acclimate to any shifts in day-to-day operations (they should be instructed on productive ways to do this).
How a Veterinary Consultant Can Help
Before you find yourself dealing with a mixed veterinary team, it’s important to work with an experienced consultant when buying a practice so that the transition can be as quick and harmonious as possible. They can help you choose a practice that aligns with your business and personal goals, show you how to train and retrain team members, and help you find the right people so the practice starts on the right foot. Contact us today and we will help get you started!