Dear Doctor. How long much of your time am I paying for?
I don’t know about you but when I call up someone for a price for a particular service, I think in terms of hourly rate or cost per time. That’s the only way I can really compare the cost of one provider with another. Just asking for a price without knowing how much of that person’s time I’m buying just doesn’t make sense.
Yet, we get dozens of enquiries about consultation prices – over the phone and via email and not one person has ever thought to ask how long the actual consultation is.
Maybe you all assume that all consultation lengths are the same everywhere but that’s not true at all. Just like you’ll find variations in consultation fees between clinics, you’ll also find some clinics offer longer consultation times than others.
We suggest if you’re after value for money you ask both the fee as well as the time you get to spend in discussion with the vet because there’s big difference between paying $55 for 15 minutes of a vets time vs $55 for 20 minutes of their time.
Plus when you consider the purpose of the consultation, five minutes can really matter!
More than one pet?
Multi – Pet consultations also vary in both price and time so make sure are fully aware of both before you compare one clinic’s fees with another.
If Price doesn’t matter
Stay with the vet you know and trust because that of course is priceless!