In today’s episode, I talk with a good friend, Dr. Karen Bolten. Today you’ll hear as Karen shares her story of selling her equine practice to pursue her degree in business. Dr. Karen Bolten is a former large animal practice owner, who developed a thriving niche within her practice in equine dentistry. She is currently in business school, pursuing a double major in Marketing and Management. Her special interests include branding, target marketing, digital marketing, and operations management. You can find her online at TheBusinessVet.com, and on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube @TheBusinessVet.
I created McKee-Pownall Equine Services with my wife, Dr. Melissa McKee, in 2002. Since then we have grown to include 4 equine hospitals. Even as a veterinary student I have had a strong interest in the business side of veterinary practice. I realized that having a strong business foundation in a hospital or clinic will give the framework to hire the best vets and staff and provide the best medical care. You can’t do that if the veterinary owner hates the business side of things or if the veterinary hospital is struggling to pay its bills because of poor financial management.