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Veterinary Business Advisors, Inc.


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The externship is a 3 to 6 week hands-on opportunity for 3rd and 4th year veterinary students to work with Dr. Charlotte Lacroix on issues affecting veterinary medicine, including analysis of emerging business and legal issues, employer-employee contract negotiations, the buying and selling of veterinary practices, and the relationship between practice owners. Whether you are considering attending law or business school in the future, hope to learn more about running a successful practice or simply want to learn more about the challenges confronting the veterinary profession, your externship will broaden your view of veterinary medicine, the business, commercial, legal and ethical concerns it must address, and teach you about the practical "business" of being a veterinarian.

Veterinary Business Advisors, Inc is committed to teaching and strives to involve students and promote their participation in an interesting, diverse, and eye-opening practical learning opportunity. In addition to receiving unique exposure to the business and legal aspects of the veterinary profession, you will be provided with a free room, board and parking, and depending on your school, you may also receive credits for the externship.

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Associate Veterinarians and special expertise available

  • Charlotte Lacroix; DVM, JD, AVMA, AAHA, AAEP, NJAEP, NJVMA, PVMA, NAVC

Educational Resources

  • Books
  • Journals
  • Computer data bases, etc.


During your externship, you will participate in conferences with clients and learn first-hand the concerns faced by practice owners and their employees. You will analyze employment agreements and learn what makes a fair deal as well as what you, as a prospective employer to employee, will want to consider in your won contracts. Listening to clients and assisting with the drafting of new agreements, settlements and legal communications, will offer you practical insight into how to contract failures and disputes occur and how to resolve them.

You may participate in practice purchase and sale negotiations, learning how practice sales are financed and conducted–it’s a lot more than just signing on the doted line—and how to structure relationships among owners in practice buy-ins. You will gain valuable concrete experience as to what makes a successful veterinary practice and how to improve it, whether by increasing earnings, revamping compensation and/or profits, improving employee’ morale, leveraging staff, or achieving a higher quality of medicine. You will research emerging legal and ethical issues, evaluate how they may impact veterinarians and how you can influence the future of veterinary medicine.

Besides working closely with Dr. Lacroix, you will research and write about a topic that interests you. Recent projects have included: preparing for natural disaster, vaccine liability, electronic medical records, business ethics and profit-making, the emergence of holistic veterinary medicine, competing with internet pharmacies and pet guardianship vs pet ownership). Depending on the length of the externship, you may write an article suitable for publication in a veterinary journal and develop a Power Point presentation.

As a point of interest and since we are so close to New York City, many of our externs have enjoyed occasional weekends exploring the sites. Lastly while our program is mainly focused on business and legal issuews, there is also opportunity to spend time at local veterinary practices performing spay/neuters and various other tasks.

Student Supervision

Extern will work closely with Dr. Lacroix (Dr. Lacroix's Bio{{IconPDF}}.



Practice Information

Veterinary Business Advisors, Inc.
Countryside Plaza North, Building E, Suite #1403
361 Route 31
Flemington, NJ 08822

Ph: 908-782-4426
Fax: 908-782-9311

or Assistant:

Updated: 8/17/12
Signature on file: Charlotte Lacroix

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