Before joining the Oculus Veterinary Business School, I was very frustrated with my ability to gain business knowledge and attain any type of work/life balance. It seemed that the only avenues open were small short course formats or to drop out of full time practice and pursue an MBA. Since, joining the Veterinary Business School in 2014 I have seen a steady 21% increase in Gross Sales, a 29% increase in Net Profit, a decrease in Accounts Receivable of 22% while increasing my days out of practice by 12 days per year!
As a solo practitioner, who greatly values work/life balance, I finally feel that I have found a program that gives me the leadership skills to drive my practice into the future, allows me to share and learn from other industry leading practices from around the world and is teaching me the hard core business skills in a way that is making a difference in my daily practice.”
“They always say to work smarter not harder! We all know that we have to work hard being equine professionals and as professionals we need to understand how to work smarter as well. It sometimes feels next to impossible to run a practice and practice medicine. The Oculus VBS group has been invaluable in understanding the business side of owning a practice. We all know how to practice medicine but we need to know how to practice business! The 10’s group is educating me on exactly that! I have already put procedures in place, reworked financial statements and tightened inventory control; all things that have already started to make a huge difference in my bottom line. If you own a practice, manage a practice, or plan on doing so in the future you need to participate in an Oculus VBS group.”
“I have really benefited from the first year of the VBS Program. The Accounting & Financial Reporting course with instructor Wendy Potratz is well taught and informative. The instruction, business tools, and templates provided by the Oculus Company are very useful. The camaraderie with the other veterinarians and business partners (sponsors) in my group is enlightening and enjoyable.”
“Being a part of the VBS Group has given me the tools to make my 1-2 doctor practice more profitable and has allowed me to become much more efficient with my time. The collaboration with like-minded veterinarians is invaluable.”
“After years of business conferences, CE, journal articles, and taking management courses at two different universities, I was looking for something more to move my practice forward. I investigated numerous MBA programs with the thought that this type of course of study was my only option. I was looking for a collegial atmosphere with evidence based education and value for my time away from my practice. I then found the Oculus VBS Group. The VBS Group offers the education of MBA courses, the direct application to equine practice, and the stimulation to move my practice forward with support from an open and honest group of practices.”
“I have been with Chaparral Veterinary Medical Center for over 14 years and I have always wanted to be more involved in the business side of our practice. Being a Practice Manager (not a DVM) there have been limited opportunities until I joined Oculus. This opportunity has given me the chance to meet with others knowing that we are all in this together and we all share the same ups and downs in the industry. Oculus VBS Groups are unique in the sense that I am able to represent our practice from the role of Practice Manager. I am able to learn new business strategies, accounting and every day practical applications that can be put into practice at our mixed animal clinic. Our owners are still very involved but this allows them to focus on what they enjoy the most, practicing veterinary medicine. The first year went by quickly and I am excited to see what this year will bring.”
“As a new practice owner, the VBS Group has provided me with the perfect forum to help me better understand the intricacies of equine business practice. Building my business and accounting knowledge base from the ground up is exactly what I needed in moving into the ownership phase of my career. Becoming part of an educational business group with like-minded progressive individuals, such as the VBS group is a must for any practice owner.”
“When I was initially contacted by Dr. Chuck Johnson about joining the VBS group I was skeptical. I have been unimpressed with other practice management groups and their philosophies. This is different. It’s all about education. You learn the fundamentals of business management so you can lead your own practice to its fullest potential. The team, environment, and curriculum are outstanding.”
“One of the most difficult things to do in veterinary medicine is to develop the skills, knowledge and practical applications to run your business in a productive manner. I made the decision to join a VBS group with great trepidation because the idea of business was foreign to me as a practice owner. I have been to practice management and continuing education sessions but it seemed that their only strategies were: “Collect at time of service”, “Create new profit center for the practice” etc. After the first session with Oculus I was convinced this program would help me in my business where I am and not just give me ideas on how to run my business. The skills, tools, and knowledge of the course materials along with practical applications like budgeting and equipment break even analysis, are just a few things I have learned during my time in the group. I feel that the groups are very well organized in that all the practices are a great asset to each other. I could not express my thoughts about the program except by saying you should have enough knowledge for an EMBA but still be able to practice veterinary medicine. I think that Oculus VBS groups provide the best of both worlds.”
“I have always been interested in business, and in my position as a multiple practice owner with both small animal practices and a mixed animal (companion/equine) practice, it went from an area of interest to a necessity. Oculus Insights has been what I have been looking for, for years. With a relaxed learning environment that provides an exuberant amount of information, Oculus VBS Group gives me flexibility to work at my own pace with very supportive instruction as well as great networking opportunity. The support of the veterinary industry allows this to be a very affordable option for anyone with a passion for business and a desire to succeed and surpass expectations as a veterinary business owner or manager. The tools alone are invaluable in helping understand the material, as well as applying them to my own practices. I feel very fortunate to be allowed to participate in a group that wants me, and the veterinary profession as a whole to prosper.”
“The Oculus program is providing us with the business education and tools needed to sustain our practice and increase our efficiency and profitability. As veterinarians, we were taught to assess our patients and develop a comprehensive care program tailored to their individual needs. We were not taught to create and manage our businesses in a cost effective and proactive manner. The group at Oculus seeks to change this through education from industry experts and interactive discussion among members.”
Veterinary Business Management Degree for the Veterinarian and Manager
Oculus is the leading advisor for veterinary professionals devoted to finding the right solutions to move your business forward. We’ve developed a Veterinary Business Management Degree program that focuses on delivering practical business insights that can be immediately implemented into a practice.
This multi-year degree program is designed like no other with a flexible schedule and real-life, veterinary-focused content to allow the busy veterinary practitioner or manager to reach a high level of knowledge to make improvements in practice operations right away without the time commitments or expense of traditional MBA programs.
All of this is done with the support and backing of your peers in a small group setting with professional teachers.
Our curriculum is designed to enable the busy practitioner to gain a higher level of knowledge to enhance their practice operations. The sessions meet twice a year in a small group setting, providing a more intimate, confidential and insightful experience. It’s also a more convenient alternative to the time commitment of an MBA program. Participants monitor progress through the use of dashboards and other relevant tools to ensure their practice is incorporating what they learn and are seeing positive changes in their practice.
We are currently enrolling new students into our Fall program in the United States, Canada and Europe. Time and space is limited to sign up today!
Our curriculum is unique in several ways to enhance your learning experience
Our instructors are professors from established business schools
Our courses build upon each other so students acquire a comprehensive business knowledge
Courses are scheduled to accommodate the typical equine veterinary clinic busy season
Course work uses real world examples from equine clinics and hospitals