Partnering with local builders and building in an office park allowed Dr. Patrick Choyce to save money on shared access drives and community parking. This allowed him to purchase only as much site as he needed for his new hospital.
In the good ol’ days, Dr. Patrick Choyce’s clients knew they could reach him for emergencies. But potential clients had no way of knowing that, as he didn’t operate his practice as an emergency clinic. That is, until he expanded the facility by 4,300 square feet. Dr. Choyce’s plan also included a vision of highest-quality medicine in a human-animal-bond-centered, AAHA-accredited facility with 24/7 care and a touch of rehabilitation and specialty.
“I’ve always felt that veterinarians should be available after hours, but that’s not doctors’ mentality today,” he says. “So I built big enough to add emergency services and split the effort among a decent-sized staff. With fewer graduates aspiring to be practice owners, I think group practices might be the way to go.”
This leads to the question of whether building big and going 24/7 is the way of the future. Dr. Choyce’s answer: It requires a major metropolitan location as well as other professions to make it work: “It takes the support of lawyers, bankers, practice managers, accountants and staff members. And don’t forget the doctors. We doctors are an independent breed, but if you can see the value in working together, it’s the way to go.”
Another benefit to combining efforts is better work-life balance. “Doctors can count on each other to help when they need a longer vacation or sick leave,” he says. “And there are more options for an exit strategy.”
All Pets Animal Hospital added a physical rehabilitation component to the new practice. This area features a separate room with a heated underwater treadmill as well as outdoor exercise yards devoted to rehab work.
All Pets Animal Hospital
24221 Kingsland Blvd.
Owner: Patrick Choyce, DVM Associates: 5 full time, 1 part time Hospital team: 22 full time, 15 part time Practice style: 90% small animal,
10% avian and exotic pets Building size: 11,300 square feet (Main floor 8,300, upstairs unfinished 3,000) Construction: $1,450,000 (building only) Site improvement: $90,000 Professional fees: $200,000 Equipment: $300,000 Furnishings: $25,000 Computers: $25,000 Year built: 2011