Supporting small business doesn’t just feel good, it IS good. Good for helping your neighbors make a living, good for forming long-term relationships with product and service providers, good for creating local jobs, good for boosting your town’s economy, and good for sustaining the businesses that make a community unique.
Most people assume their veterinary care provider is a locally owned and operated small business, but that may not be the case anymore. Over the past few decades, many long-established neighborhood veterinary hospitals have been purchased by large corporations or private equity groups who see enormous financial opportunity within the pet care industry. In other words, small town pet health care has turned into a big profit center.
Large consolidators are able to utilize economies of scale and a centralized management structure to their advantage in achieving efficiencies that are out of reach for an independent veterinary hospital. Unfortunately, revenue generated by the animal hospital is returned to a home office, which may or may not be located in the United States.