Opening a Veterinary Clinic Checklist

Ready to launch a new veterinary practice? Our downloadable checklist will help you stay on top of the key legal requirements of opening a clinic.

Veterinarian checking heartbeat of a cat.

Form a Corporate Entity

  • Determine the right entity type
  • File startup documents with the state
  • Draft operating agreement or bylaws
  • Obtain your EIN
Checklist - Opening a Veterinary Clinic
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Review and Negotiate Contracts

  • Partnership agreements
  • Commercial leases & build-outs
  • Liability insurance policy
  • Equipment leases or purchases
  • Vendor contracts

Establish and Manage Your Workforce

  • Employment contracts
  • Employee handbook
  • Scope of practice guidelines
  • Hiring and firing support

Create Practice Forms and Policies

  • Informed consent
  • Procedure authorization forms
  • Website terms & conditions Contaminated/recalled food or medicine policy
  • Charity care program policy
  • Animal rescue partnerships

Demonstrate Regulatory Compliance

  • Controlled substances (DEA)
  • Medical records
  • Kickbacks
  • Hazardous waste (EPA)
  • Employee health and safety (OSHA)

Innovate and Expand

  • Telemedicine (“televet”) visits
  • Alternative and holistic care options
  • Concierge, membership-based options
  • In-home pet care
  • Purchase, sell, or merge your practice

For help with any of your veterinary practice startup, compliance, or liability management needs, contact the experienced attorneys at Jackson LLP Healthcare Lawyers. Start with a free 15-minute consultation to find out if we are the right fit for you.

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