Has the thought of selling your practice crossed your mind from time to time? For many veterinary owner-practitioners, selling your practice is the right move; the decision mainly comes down to timing. As you evaluate your options, it’s often helpful to hear from other veterinarians first-hand who have been through the process. We sat down with People, Pets and Vets (PPV) partner, Dr. Karen Zenker, of Corinth Animal Hospital to share her experience with you. Read on to learn more:
Q: How long have you been a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine?
A: I graduated from Texas A&M in 1997. I practiced many years in emergency medicine before partnering with Dr. King and opening Corinth Animal Hospital in May of 2001.
Q: What do you enjoy most about being a vet?
A: I have always enjoyed the puzzles of internal medicine. I love taking the clues given by the pet, paired with the diagnostics, and putting everything together to figure out a plan that will increase the quality of a pet’s life.
Q: What made you want to consider selling your practice?
A: Unfortunately, age catches up with all of us. I love my patients, my staff, and my hospital. I have cared for entire families of pets from the first puppy/kitten visits through their geriatric life. I love being a part of so many families. However, my children are now grown and I wanted to hand over the responsibility of management so I could enjoy life outside of the hospital a little more too!
Q: How did you learn about People, Pets & Vets?
A: I knew several clinics that had already sold to PPV and were very happy with the way the transaction went and with the management of the clinic after the sale.
Q: What qualities made you choose PPV as your partner?
A: People, Pets, and Vets recognized we were an excellent clinic as we were. Their goal wasn’t to change how we ran our hospital or interfere with the way we practice medicine. They shared all of the ways their team could support us and help us improve, but not change the foundation of who we were. PPV’s constant promise was that Corinth Animal Hospital would be “the same or better” with regards to our overall partnership. They actually listen to our staff and follow through with what they say they will do.
Q: What have you enjoyed most about working with PPV so far?
A: The people. Hands down. They have been very transparent and up-front with us about everything. The transition team bent over backward to help us. They frequently checked in with us to see if we needed anything and we’re a phone call away for any questions or advice. Their IT team is phenomenal and has done a lot to help bring us up-to-date (I admit to being technologically challenged!).
Q: What do you look forward to in your career now that you are a part of a family of animal doctors and supportive resources?
A: I look forward to being able to spend more time with friends and family and actually having time to do some traveling while knowing my team and patients will be in good hands.
I find I am enjoying my life in the clinic more since I have more time to spend with patients. PPV is adding more clinics in the area and I look forward to being able to collaborate with them and utilize their doctors who have expertise in certain specialties. I practice acupuncture and look forward to being able to share my knowledge and skillset with our sister hospitals who may not have an in-house acupuncture expert.
PPV has worked with numerous vets looking for the right opportunity for the next phase of their career. Our values-centered mission dedicated to ethics, honesty, and providing the best veterinary care possible attracts leaders in the field of vet medicine. Our straightforward partnership opportunities have enabled years of strong and steady growth to include 50+ locations across the Pacific Northwest and Southwest United States.