Effective open communication and understanding of practice fees and financial policies are vital elements in establishing and maintaining an ongoing professional relationship between you—the client—and us the veterinarians. We want you to understand what you are paying for and the true value of the professional veterinary services that we offer your animals. Some of our fees are predictable and can be quoted fairly accurately prior to seeing a patient. Others, such as those calls requiring emergency services or extensive diagnostic procedures, can only be estimated. We encourage you to ask whichever attending veterinarian you are seeing about the anticipated costs of these necessary procedures beforehand, as to avoid any misunderstandings with respect to the invoice generated.
As the veterinarians at Mountainview, we try to be available and willing to serve your emergency veterinary needs Monday – Friday from closing until 8pm. While some people may consider this availability just part of what it means to be a veterinarian, it is not without great personal effort and sacrifice by our families that we undertake this great obligation to our patients and their owners. As a small business, we have obligations to banks, creditors, suppliers, utility companies, our support staff, and state/federal/local taxation. The only way that we can meet these obligations, continue to provide excellent veterinary services, acquire and pay for new equipment and inventory, and update our skills and stay current through continuing education and additional training, is through following sound business practices. A big part of maintaining a healthy small business is ensuring a steady cash flow. Accounts owing to us from past veterinary work performed may appear fine on paper, but these anticipated funds owed to Mountainview from clients do not pay the current bills. Simply put, we expect timely payment for timely services rendered. This is the only way our small business can operate and survive. It is out of absolute necessity that we outline and enforce the financial policy below.
Client/Patient Form: A fully completed form must be in our files in order for veterinary care to be performed (routine or emergency) on a patient. The information gathered on any and all forms submitted by the client will be strictly confidential and will only be used for the purposes of accurate record keeping and for our billing practices. Those clients wishing to provide us with their e-mail address can be assured it will only be used for reminders, coupons and/or special updates.