Client Retention in Your Veterinary Practice

Written By:
John Donato
July 1, 2020
Common problems and solutions to the ever-present issue of client retention at your veterinary practice.

Client Retention in Your Veterinary Practice

We often see a common problem in veterinary practices as they start their marketing. They’re getting new clients through the door — often using specials and discounted services — but they’re struggling to make ends meet. So, what’s the problem? When you’re looking at how you make your profits in any business, it’s important to know what your client retention rate is. 

Remember that scene from The Office where Ryan is quizzing Michael Scott about how inexpensive it is for a business to maintain a returning client relationship versus the cost of landing a new one? The exact number may fluctuate depending on the market, but it’s about five times more expensive to attract a new customer. That’s why we focus on increasing the volume of new patients without sacrificing quality.  

Strategies for Client Retention In Your Veterinary Practice

What can you do about it? There are many paths you can take to better client retention in a veterinary practice. It may be time to take a closer look at your customer service, for example. The person answering the phones in a busy practice has a number of important responsibilities, including everything from a pleasant tone to following up on important questions. Are they prepared to answer common questions when people call in? Are they off-puttingly curt? Or are they kind and supportive to the pet owners on the other line? The same questions apply to people walking through the front door, too. With our call tracking in place you’ll be able to listen to calls in real time and see if issues need to be addressed that very same day.

Most pet owners are relying on you to remind them of what their pets need and when they need it. It’s a good idea to invest in a system that offers patient reminders or to make it a priority to call to schedule those annual appointments. Ongoing loyalty programs are especially great for client retention because they tie the pet to the clinic for each and every service they need. Plus, they can help make pet owners aware of the important aspects of preventive care for their pets. 

Speaking of client education, campaigns aimed at reminding pet owners about the dangers of certain infections like heartworm can be effective. The visceral reminder of just how deadly certain conditions are can encourage them to bring a pet in when deployed appropriately on places like social media.

At Veterinary Marketing, we’re here to help you figure out how to best retain clients in your veterinary practice in a way that suits your specific needs.

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