Starting up a practice?

SPVS has a wealth of resources to support your veterinary practice start up journey

Starting a veterinary practice is an exciting and rewarding venture and having the right resources is essential for success. This page provides a comprehensive guide to the tools, tips, and support you need to build a thriving veterinary practice. Working with our partners, SPVS is able to draw on expertise from across the profession and across many business disciplines.


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Develop a Business Plan

A solid business plan will be the foundation of your practice.  It outlines your vision, mission, target market, services, financial projections, and strategies. Use this business planning template from Shire Insurance and Finance Brokers to guide you through the process.

Financial Planning and Insurance

Securing funding is crucial for your startup. Consider loans, grants, and investors. You can also get advice on appropriate insurance coverage, including liability, property, malpractice, and cover for employees  Shire Insurance and Finance Brokers.

Legal and regulatory considerations

Ensure your practice complies with regulations. Our partners at HCRLaw can provide support in areas such as commercial agreements, corporate structure and real estate. They’ve produced their handy startup guide.

Clinic setup and systems

Layout, equipment needs, and technology integration are all considerations.  Systems will be needed for accounting purposes, bookkeeping, and payroll. Our partners Hazlewoods have produced this comprehensive guide to starting a practice, which give some handy checklists as well as some useful considerations about tax, record keeping, and financial planning includes budgeting, cash flow management, and understanding your financial statements.

Marketing Your Practice

In today’s digital age, a strong online presence is essential. Develop a professional website and engage with potential clients through social media platforms. Utilize SEO strategies to enhance your visibility online. SPVS have produced a series of Digital Marketing webinars in conjunction with Connected Vet.

Recruitment and Professional Development

Recruiting and retaining a great practice team is vital to the long term success of the practice. Get in touch with our partners at Vetted Recruitment for help with recruitment.

Look after your team by ensuring you are up to date with the latest Human Resources, Health and Safety and Employment Law regulations. Our partners Citation have a wealth of resources in this area – SPVS members can book a FREE call with them, or access a range of useful reference guides.

Investing in the team’s professional development not only enhances skills but also brings the team together. SPVS Congress is designed for the whole practice team and is a great way to network, grow as a leader and provide quality CPD for your team.



We have some fantastic resources, specifically for start ups, on our Hub.


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