This week we’re speaking with CEO and co-owner of Central Veterinary Services in Oak Bluff, Manitoba, Canada, Dr. Stephanie Van Deynze-Snell.

Dr. Stephanie Van Deynze-Snell is a University of Manitoba B.Sc. Honours in Biochemistry 2007 grad, Western College of Veterinary Medicine (Saskatoon, Canada) 2011 grad, veterinary clinic owner since April 2012, and most importantly, a Mom as of November 2012.

She is adamant about making a positive impact on the veterinary industry by running a progressive veterinary business and leading by example. She is learning to enjoy the platform that a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree provides, allowing her to pursue her passion for helping people, and using the flexibility that her chosen profession allows to create her family’s ideal life. Currently this includes spending as much time as possible with her co-owner husband, Dr. David Snell, and their 3 young children doing all the family things.

In our conversation, Stephanie aims to help others involved in veterinary businesses by sharing what she has learned over the past 8 years from personal development to business management and operations. She also shares the drive behind her mission of “doing veterinary business better”, exploring how her and her husband Dave continue to lead within the veterinary industry.

Topics we cover include:

  • The learning curve of both being a new practicing vet AND a new veterinary practice owner
  • Finding the resources required to be successful as a practice owner
  • Support for veterinarians and practice owners who want to work and raise a family simultaneously
  • The keys to creating great clinic culture
  • The Impact Round!

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– Jonathan Leicht, DVM and Michael Bugg, DVM