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Beyond the Successful Veterinary Practice: Succession Planning and Other Legal Issues

ISBN: 978-0-8138-1209-0
210 pages
October 2001, Wiley-Blackwell
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A follow-up to the successful and sensible Building the Successful Veterinary Practice series, this new volume provides the business know-how needed to make today's emerging practices tomorrow's established practices.

Author and consultant Thomas Catanzaro reveals his secret to building a business for the future: a strong succession plan. This book will help readers incorporate a defined leadership structure; address the internal and external legal issues of a practice; and understand the economic factors of owning and selling a practice.

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Table of Contents



Succession Planning—Forces of Change.

Risks and Demographic Demands.

Legal Issues of Veterinary Practice Succession Plans.

Selecting the Appropriate Legal Structure for Succession Planning.

Contracts for Succession Planning Transactions.

Solo Group Practice or Practice Affiliation: Is It Right for You?.

Legal Relationships with Associate Veterinarians.

Appendix A: Personal and Practice Value Assessment.

Appendix B: Compensation.

Appendix C: Employment Agreement.

Appendix D: Bill of Sale.

Appendix E: Covenant Not to Compete.

Appendix F: Promissory Note.

Appendix G: Veterinary Practice Purchase Agreement.

Appendix H: Personal and Confidential.

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Author Information

Thomas E. Catanzaro, DVM, MHA, FACHE, and diplomate of the American College of Healthcare Executives, is the first veterinarian to receive board certification from the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has 30 years of experience as a practitioner, a hospital services director for AAHA, and a consultant. Widely published and in demand as a speaker, Catanzaro addresses areas of skill that are not usually included in a veterinarian’s formal education.

Robert W. Deegan, DVM, is the vice president for research and development at the Iowa JARD Corporation in Maquoketa, Iowa, which investigates agricultural options and develops commercial projects. He has worked with Catanzaro & Associates since 1993 to establish a valuation methodology to determine fair market values for veterinary practices.

Edward J. Guiducci, JD, represents veterinarians in business and real estate transactions throughout the United States.

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The Wiley Advantage

* part of a series of veterinary practice books all by the same author
* other titles include the Building the Successful Veterinary Practice volumes, Veterinary Management in Transition: Preparing for the 21st Century
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