Startup Costs: Mobile Veterinary Service

How much does it cost to start a mobile veterinary service? The average starting costs are $270K.
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If you are planning to start a mobile veterinary service, the costs are relatively low. This of course, depends on if you decide to start the business on your own or bring on a big team at first.

We’ve outlined two common scenarios for “pre-opening” costs of a mobile veterinary service and outline the costs you should expect for each:

  • The estimated minimum starting cost = $20,090
  • The estimated maximum starting cost = $516,100

The average starting costs are $269,820.

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Startup Expenses: Average expenses incurred when starting a mobile veterinary service. Min Startup Costs: You plan to execute on your own. You’re able to work from home with minimal costs. Max Startup Costs: You have started with 1+ other team members.
Employee & Freelancer Expenses
Payroll: This number depends on if you decide to pay yourself a salary upfront and how many employees you have on payroll. At first, many founders take on all responsibilities until the business is up and running. You can always hire down the road when you understand where you need help. Keep in mind, if you do plan to pay yourself, the average salary founders make is $50K. $0 $4,000
Total Employee & Freelancer Expenses $0 (min) $4,000 (max)
Website Costs
Website builder: The cost of your website will vary depending on which platform you choose. There are many website builders on the market, so it's important you choose the right one for your business and overall goals. To learn more about your options + how to build a great website, check out this article. $15 $100
Web Designer: If you have the necessary skills to design your website, then it may not be necessary for you to hire someone. However, if you do decide to go that route, make sure you establish an understanding of upfront cost, design and what the ongoing costs will be to manage the site. Here is what to expect when hiring a web designer. $0 $6,000
Total Website Costs $15 (min) $6,100 (max)
Retail Business Expenses
Shop Decor: If you plan to operate a physical store, you may want to consider decorating the place with wall decor, furniture, plants etc. $0 $5,000
Total Retail Business Expenses $0 (min) $5,000 (max)
Equipment & Supply Expenses
Cleaning Supplies: To get started, you may want to consider getting basic cleaning supplies. Note, that you may not need to buy all the cleaning tools and supplies at first. You can consider purchasing in bulk down the road. $25 $500
Total Equipment & Supply Expenses $25 (min) $500 (max)
Vehicle Expenses
Mode of Transporation: For your mobile veterinary service you'll need to rent or purchase an operating vehicle such as a van, vessel, RV, or enclosed trailer. $0 $350,000
Fuel: Fuel costs vary on the area that you practice and the length you drive per day. $50 $500
Total Vehicle Expenses $50 (min) $350,500 (max)
Specific Industry Expenses
Vet Equipment/Supplies: To get your mobile vet service started, you will need proper medical supplies, equipment, and pharmaceuticals to run your business. The required equipment is as follows (but not limited to), digital scale, portable x-ray machine, portable ultrasound machine, centrifuge, and dental equipment. Learn more here $20,000 $150,000
Total Specific Industry Expenses $20,000 (min) $150,000 (max)
Total Starting Costs $20,090 (min) $516,100 (max)

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