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Veterinary Services – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 074  |  NAICS 541940

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Veterinary Services  (view report)
Emergency Veterinary Services  (view report)
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

Advanstar Communications, Inc.

Monthly trade journal and online resource features news and information for veterinary professionals, with online content categorized by topic (e.g., news, clinical, business, expert videos, hospital design, continuing education, and conferences) and practice role (e.g., owners, practice managers, students, associates, and technicians). Selected articles from current and past issues are available free online.

American Animal Hospital Association
Trends Magazine

Monthly magazine features news and information for veterinary practice owners and managers, with topics addressed in various issues of the magazine including industry trends, business management practices, patient care strategies, practice protocols, tips, and techniques, and article abstracts from the AAHA's professional journal. Print and digital subscriptions are available free to AAHA members.

American Veterinary Medical Association
Resources available from this organization include:

Market Research Statistics
Annual market research reports provide demographic statistics for veterinarians employed by private clinical practices (by species category) and public and corporate employers (by type of employer) as well as the number of board-certified veterinarians by certifying organization and certification earned. Current and prior reports and additional information on board certifications can be viewed free online.

Economic State of the Profession
Three-part volume provides a summary of the economic state of the profession and examines major trends in education, employment, and services, with information provided including new veterinarian income, debt, and factors affecting these measures, experienced veterinarian incomes, employment, and job market, and key statistics and trends relating to veterinary workforce, practice, and services.

U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook
Veterinary medical use and expenditures section of this sourcebook provides detailed information on the number of visits, expenditures, services, and products provided by type of pet-owning household (e.g., dog, cat, bird, horse, and specialty and exotic). Executive summary, detailed table of contents, and detailed listing of tables and figures for each section of the publication can be viewed free online.

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Veterinary Services  Search for "541940" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national, state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of companies, market volume and sales trends, average company sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Veterinary Services  Search for "541940" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Veterinary Services
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Financial benchmarks section provides detailed comparative income statements and balance sheets and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial benchmarks available for each of the five most recent fiscal years and on a historical average basis for three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet that includes breakdowns by total asset size can be viewed free online.

American Animal Hospital Association
Financial and Productivity Pulsepoints  Select "Financial Management" category from drop-down menu

Annual benchmarking survey allows users to compare their financial and operating performance with other firms, with data tables provided including demographics, staff, revenue, productivity, expenses, net income, and owner compensation and survey data analyzed by number of veterinarians, practice revenue, member status, and number of years in business. Table of contents is available free online.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

American Animal Hospital Association
Compensation and Benefits  Select "Financial Management" category from drop-down menu

Annual report provides compensation and benefits information for veterinarians, managers, and staff members, with compensation data for twenty job positions reported by employment status (e.g., full- time, part-time), number of full-time equivalent veterinarians, gross revenue, and metropolitan status (e.g., urban, suburban, rural). Introduction, preface, and table of contents can be viewed free online.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Veterinary Services

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for occupational job titles employed by organizations that provide health care services for companion and production animals, with services provided including routine examinations, vaccinations, surgical and non-surgical medical treatments, laboratory services, merchandise sales, and boarding services.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for private company sales transaction data by SIC or NAICS Code using the following codes:
  SIC Code 074 - Veterinary Services
  NAICS Code 541940 - Veterinary Services
Types of establishments included in these codes
Veterinary clinics - establishments that provide diagnostic, medical, and surgical services for livestock, pets, and other animals.
Animal hospitals - establishments that provide extensive medical and surgical treatment for animals, and may include facilities for overnight stays and specialized equipment for complex procedures.
Emergency animal clinics - establishments that provide urgent and emergency medical and surgical care for animals outside of regular business hours, often on a 24-hour basis.
Mobile veterinary services - establishments that provide services, such as check-ups, vaccinations, or minor procedures, at the client's location rather than in a physical clinic.
Veterinary laboratories - establishments that provide laboratory testing and analysis services, such as diagnosing diseases or assessing the effectiveness of treatments.
Sample reports with detailed sales transaction data and valuation multiples are available free online.

Simmons Educational Fund
Your Veterinary Practice: Buying, Selling, and Merging

Publication provides guidance on buying, selling, or merging a practice, with topics covered including valuing a practice for sale, selling to an associate or partner, negotiating the deal, tax considerations for sellers, sales contract between the buyer and seller, and planning a successful merger. Selected excerpts including table of contents, forward, and introduction can be viewed online at

American Animal Hospital Association
Publications available from this organization include:

Valuation of Veterinary Practices
Lorraine Monheiser List
Valuation guide offers insight into valuation theory and process for owners and potential buyers, with content sections in this publication including the evolution of practice valuations, what to expect from the valuation process, choosing an appraiser, communicating effectively about appraisal reports, the valuation process in-depth, what to look for in a valuation report, and a practice valuation case study.

Buying A Veterinary Practice
Lorraine Monheiser List  Select "Practice Ownership" category from drop-down menu
Comprehensive resource provides guidance on finding practices for sale, defining what is being sold, information to request from a seller, analyzing the seller's information to determine whether to buy or not, structuring and negotiating a transaction, arguments the seller may raise, common errors buyers make, and obtaining financing for the purchase transaction. Table of contents is available free online.

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