Practice Start-up Resources

Starting up a new practice? You've come to the right place! This guide includes resources, tools, and tips for those opening a new clinic.

Updated over a week ago

Congratulations on your new practice! 🎉 We're absolutely thrilled to go on this journey with you and help your practice get started off on the right foot. Here at Vetcove, we're committed to helping veterinarians thrive from the moment they don their white coats, to the moment they open the doors to their very own clinic.

Below, you'll find a curated list of inventory-related resources including (but not limited to):

  • Product & Equipment formularies: Choose from a variety of start-up formularies, or use them as a template to make your own. Don't let any important supplies or equipment fall through the cracks!

  • Business & Inventory tools: Get a handle on inventory, LLC resources, balance sheets, GL coding, and more.

  • Checklists: Learn what steps you need to take from beginning to end.

  • Service providers: Learn more about what types of services will you need, what other practices use, and whether there are there any deals or promotions available!

  • Support resources: Connect with other veterinarians that have opened practices before to start a dialogue and share even more helpful tools and resources!

Below, you will find a group of lists containing curated resources from a variety of vendors and sources. Please note that this is not a complete list of all vendors, products, or resources available.

Product & Equipment Formularies

Pro-Tip: For more product & equipment resources, we recommend reaching out to your vendor reps or calling their general support lines!

Full Veterinary Product Compendium

This compendium is maintained and offered by a variety of vendors.

Comprehensive List of Basic Medical Supplies**:

**This list was originally created for human medical use in 2014, but may serve as a suitable checklist for necessary medical supplies

Covetrus Resources

First Veterinary Supply Resources

Midwest Resources

MWI Resources

Equipment Catalog:

Patterson Resources

Attend a Guiding Practice Success Seminar:

Apply for a Patterson Business Rewards Visa Card:

Penn Vet Resources

Victor Medical Resources

If you are opening a new hospital please contact us at and we can partner you with your Victor Medical Representative. Your Representative can provide you a personalized experience to make your dream a reality!

Business & Inventory Tools

Connect with Nicole Clausen

To sum up Nicole, she is a veterinary inventory guru! Nicole is the founder of Veterinary Care Logistics [] and the Veterinary Inventory Strategy Network [] - two amazing resources that will help you revolutionize the way you manage your inventory and help your new practice get started off on the right foot with inventory! Nicole also has a brand new podcast series out, Inventory Nation [], which we highly recommend – it’s a weekly podcast designed to give you tips and strategies to level up your inventory while sharing the stories of other veterinary professionals. If you’re looking to set yourself up for inventory success, Nicole is your gal!

Blue Heron Consulting

Blue Heron offers comprehensive operational, financial, and medical team coaching for veterinarians and managers, by veterinarians and managers! Their team is highly skilled, experienced, and ready to help. The following publications, by BHC consulting team members, are great resources for new or soon-to-be practice owners!

Click here to visit their website to learn more about how to work with their team!

Connect with Dr. Brennan Pitard

Featured on 'The Roadmap to Opening a Clinic' in PetVet Magazine, Dr. Brennan Pitard is a veterinarian as well as a veterinary practice lender with First Financial Bank. He is a 2016 graduate of LSU School of Veterinary Medicine, where he was the Vice President of the VBMA chapter and served as a Hill’s Pet Nutrition Student Representative. His expertise and understanding of the industry has helped many veterinarians obtain the funding necessary to purchase or start a practice. He enjoys talking with veterinary students about what to expect when they start their practice and how to be prepared for a potential opportunity to buy an existing practice or start one themselves. He can be reached at or you can connect with him @TheVetLender. For more resources, podcasts, webinars, and other info please check out First Financial Bank

AAHA Chart of Accounts Resources

AVMA Tips & Tools on Managing Finances

AVMA Market Share Estimator: (Available to AVMA members only)

This tool provides companion animal practices a step-by-step process to calculate the potential size of your local market, identify your current market share, and set realistic goals for growth.

AVMA Profit & Loss Calculator: (Available to AVMA members only)

This simple tool turns your P&L statement into a powerful source of insight to drive increased efficiency and innovation.

Cirrus Consulting Group

LLC Resources from Truic

9 Steps to Starting a Veterinary Practice:

U.S. Small Business Administration



Veterinary Medical Board

Hospital Standards Self-Evaluation Checklist:

Jackson LLP Healthcare Lawyers

Checklist to Opening a Veterinary Clinic:

Cirrus Consulting Group

Service Providers

Vetcove offers a curated list of Service Providers broken down by category. Some Service Providers even have special deals or reviews available from other practices! Check it out here!

Support Resources & Blogs

Vetcove Discussion Board

Here at Vetcove we offer an anonymous discussion board where you can interact with other actively purchasing veterinary practice members in a safe space. You can learn more about how the board works here. We also offer an entire discussion topic dedicated to New Practice Resources where practices routinely share even more information and tools!

Learn with Vetcove

This 5 credit RACE approved CE course can help you get your practice started off on the right foot with inventory!

St. George's University Blog

Expert Advice for Starting Your Own Veterinary Practice:

Are you looking for a specific resource? Do you have questions or perhaps a resource to add to the list? Send us a message in our Live Chat below or call our support line at (646) 504-2696 and we would be happy to help!

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