UA-170695639-1 Veterinary Practice Ownership - The Veterinarian Success Podcast

Episode 40

Published on:

7th Jun 2020

#40 Dan Markwalder, DVM - Practice Ownership & Leadership in Veterinary Medicine

Dan Markwalder, DVM, is a veterinarian and a partner in Companion Animal Hospital Partners and Animal Care Clinic both in the Chicagoland area. He is a principal and co-founder in the 7S Society and a co-founder of Vet Mentor Solutions. We discuss why practice ownership is so vital in veterinary medicine and what it takes to be a great leader in practice.

  • His story of starting his first practice and how partnerships have been a foundation of success for him.
  • How he's managed to successfully partner with 21 other veterinarians over 25 years.
  • The learning moment when he realized he wasn't the leader he wanted to be.
  • Why mentorship is foundational for any young veterinarian in today's environment.
  • Why metrics are essential, but shouldn't be the only driving factor.
  • Debt and practice ownership, how he thinks about the two.
  • Why culture helps recruit and retain talent.
  • COVID-19 and the impacts on and for the future.

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About the Podcast

The Veterinarian Success Podcast
Welcome to the Veterinarian Success Podcast where you go in-depth with a veterinarian specific financial planner Isaiah Douglass, MBA, CFP® to hear stories, opinions, and leading information about the world of veterinarian medicine from industry professionals. The podcast covers topics relating to the clinical, business, financial, and personal side of to help encourage, promote, and advocate for a healthy and happy standard of care for veterinarians, their families, their staff, and their businesses.

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Isaiah Douglass, MBA, CFP®, CEPA

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I am a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a Fee-Only advisor. I left a large national firm to found a solo financial planning firm in 2018 to pursue a planning approach dedicated to identifying ways to grow the net worth of veterinarians and dentists. In the summer of 2020, I merged with another financial advisor and became a partner in Vincere Wealth Management.

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Lendeavor is now Provide. We're the modern practice finance company, innovating for dentists, veterinarians, and other healthcare professionals like you. Today, more than ever — as our country perseveres through a global pandemic — we recognize the importance of healthcare providers. We call ourselves "Provide" in tribute to you.