Veterinarian, as a small business idea? Absolutely.
Becoming a veterinarian was always Mike Goldmann's dream. Today, Smiling Mike's Veterinary Services is a thriving small business in Nanuet, New York. Mike has graciously agreed to share some insights into his successful veterinarian business. Here is a glimpse inside the world of veterinarians.
What is the exact name of your veterinarian business?
Smiling Mike's Veterinary Services (dba Nanuet Animal Hospital)
What veterinarian services do you provide?
We are a full-service veterinary hospital, offering state-of-the-art medical, surgical and dental services.
What is your position with the firm?
I am the owner and veterinarian.
What has been your career path, leading to your becoming a veterinarian?
I was always interested in science and animals. I went to Cornell University with the intention of becoming a veterinarian. While in Ithaca, I was sidetracked by pursuing other interests, especially becoming the photography editor of the Cornell Daily Sun. After graduation, I held a variety of positions in the food industry. My last occupation was owning a hot dog and salami manufacturing plant. However, I still dreamed of becoming a veterinarian. My wife finally encouraged me to pursue my dream. So, I went to the School of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and became a DVM in 1997.
How do you make your veterinarian services more competitive, within the veterinarian field?
Smiling Mike's Veterinary Services is a progressive small animal veterinary facility. We emphasize wellness and preventive veterinarian care. This means that we try to be proactive in preventing diseases rather than just treating them. Therefore, we stress routine dental cleanings, regular parasite control, effective weight management and regular blood testing to "catch" disease early. We also encourage our clients to invest in pet health insurance.
Who is the target market of your veterinarian business? In other words, who are the people that are most helped by your firm?
We want to attract pet owners who appreciate the joys of pet ownership and want to help "Fluffy" or "Spot" live a long, healthy life.
Why do people like doing business with youwhat is the key to your success as a veterinarian?
As our corporate name implies, I always try to do business with a smile.
Tell us something about your personal life that makes you interesting, such as volunteer work for a good cause, an exciting hobby, past achievements, etc.
I love to be with my family, enjoying all kinds of activities from camping and vacationing to picnic dinners and quiet reading time. I also still love taking pictures, and eagerly await the day when I have the time to set up a darkroom for photo processing.
If you could change one thing about the world we live inwhat would it be?
I would encourage more people to live by the Golden rule: Do unto others as you'd have them do to you.
How do people get in touch with you?
Smiling Mike's Veterinary Services (dba Nanuet Animal Hospital) is located at 4 Avenue C, Nanuet, NY 10954. Please feel free to call me at 845-623-4469.
Veterinarian medicine is a challenging and rewarding small business idea. Here are additional veterinarian resources, if you're considering a career as a veterinarian.
Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The FDA Veterinarian newsletter is published every four months.