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Covetrus assists hundreds of veterinary practices each year on new construction, remodels and expansions. We offer a variety of services including:

Covetrus offers the following services:

 

  • Financial assistance
  • Equipment planning by room
  • Practice Management software consultation
  • Marketing and patient communication software consultation
      


  • Credit Card Processing
  • Facility Lease Consultation
  • Controlled Substance Compliance Course
  • X-ray shielding plans
  • OSHA Regulations Course
      
      

Featured Stories

The Pros and Cons of Leasing Equipment for Your Practice

vetofficeequipment
September 6, 2016

Like most businesses, acquiring equipment for a veterinary practice is expensive. While these costs are unavoidable, trying to save money may lead to a choice of leasing versus buying. Although leasing may not be the best option for everyone, in some situations it could be the perfect solution for the future of a practice.

Points to Consider

Veterinary practices need medical equipment that is technologically advanced and efficient to accurately and quickly diagnose and determine medical treatments for patients. Whether the financial decision is made to invest in new technology or to replace outdated equipment, the reasons point to practice benefit. Unfortunately, purchasing this equipment often requires a substantial capital investment, a decision that is often financially challenging to make.

Tips When Considering Leasing Equipment

The U.S Small Business Administration provided the following basic information to help with a decision of whether to lease or purchase future equipment needed for the practice.

PRO:

  • Leasing equipment offers an opportunity for the practice to have the equipment they need without having to make an investment and pay the full cost up front.
  • Leasing often provides a business with the opportunity to have a higher level of equipment than it could afford in an outright purchase.
  • Smaller monthly lease payments can make the need for new equipment financially feasible. 

CON:

  • It is important to be careful to calculate all of the expenses that come with leasing, as the lease may end up costing substantially more money than it would have if initially purchased outright.

Tax Benefits to Leasing Equipment

PRO:

  • Leased equipment is often deductible from taxable income.
  • The cost of assets of long-term (5, and sometimes 7 year) leases may be eligible to be claimed as capital allowances.

CON:

  • The cost of assets of leases fewer than 5 (and sometimes 7) years cannot be claimed as capital allowances
  • It is necessary to keep abreast of any/all changes to the tax ramifications of leasing equipment as deductions and eligibilities may change.

Maintenance of Leased Equipment

PRO:

  • Leasing companies often take the responsibility for the maintenance of their leased equipment.
  • Sometimes leasing companies receive discounted rates on maintenance fees, replacement parts, and labor costs, which can save the practice money.

CON:

  • Some lease agreements can be rigid and unbreakable, even if the business can no longer use the leased equipment.

Upgrade Abilities

PRO:

  • If a practice decides that an upgrade is needed on a piece of equipment, leasing can make the upgrade process easy:
    • Older equipment does not need to be sold by the practice
    • Newer equipment does not need to be located

CON:

  • Leasing contracts establish the guidelines; because the equipment is not owned by the practice, it may be difficult to interrupt a lease for a newer piece of equipment.

Recommendations

The SBA recommends that the IRS Guidelines be reviewed carefully in order to obtain guidelines that identify tax advantages and disadvantages of leasing equipment. This information can be found here.

The advancement of technology changes the way that veterinarians do business. As it continues to merge with science and veterinary medicine, practices need to be aware of alternative financial strategies that will enable these products to be placed within a practice for improving animal health care.

Looking for other strategies to better your practice? Contact your Covetrus representative today at 855.724.3461.

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The Pros and Cons of Leasing Equipment for Your Practice

vetofficeequipment
September 6, 2016

Like most businesses, acquiring equipment for a veterinary practice is expensive. While these costs are unavoidable, trying to save money may lead to a choice of leasing versus buying. Although leasing may not be the best option for everyone, in some situations it could be the perfect solution for the future of a practice.

Points to Consider

Veterinary practices need medical equipment that is technologically advanced and efficient to accurately and quickly diagnose and determine medical treatments for patients. Whether the financial decision is made to invest in new technology or to replace outdated equipment, the reasons point to practice benefit. Unfortunately, purchasing this equipment often requires a substantial capital investment, a decision that is often financially challenging to make.

Tips When Considering Leasing Equipment

The U.S Small Business Administration provided the following basic information to help with a decision of whether to lease or purchase future equipment needed for the practice.

PRO:

  • Leasing equipment offers an opportunity for the practice to have the equipment they need without having to make an investment and pay the full cost up front.
  • Leasing often provides a business with the opportunity to have a higher level of equipment than it could afford in an outright purchase.
  • Smaller monthly lease payments can make the need for new equipment financially feasible. 

CON:

  • It is important to be careful to calculate all of the expenses that come with leasing, as the lease may end up costing substantially more money than it would have if initially purchased outright.

Tax Benefits to Leasing Equipment

PRO:

  • Leased equipment is often deductible from taxable income.
  • The cost of assets of long-term (5, and sometimes 7 year) leases may be eligible to be claimed as capital allowances.

CON:

  • The cost of assets of leases fewer than 5 (and sometimes 7) years cannot be claimed as capital allowances
  • It is necessary to keep abreast of any/all changes to the tax ramifications of leasing equipment as deductions and eligibilities may change.

Maintenance of Leased Equipment

PRO:

  • Leasing companies often take the responsibility for the maintenance of their leased equipment.
  • Sometimes leasing companies receive discounted rates on maintenance fees, replacement parts, and labor costs, which can save the practice money.

CON:

  • Some lease agreements can be rigid and unbreakable, even if the business can no longer use the leased equipment.

Upgrade Abilities

PRO:

  • If a practice decides that an upgrade is needed on a piece of equipment, leasing can make the upgrade process easy:
    • Older equipment does not need to be sold by the practice
    • Newer equipment does not need to be located

CON:

  • Leasing contracts establish the guidelines; because the equipment is not owned by the practice, it may be difficult to interrupt a lease for a newer piece of equipment.

Recommendations

The SBA recommends that the IRS Guidelines be reviewed carefully in order to obtain guidelines that identify tax advantages and disadvantages of leasing equipment. This information can be found here.

The advancement of technology changes the way that veterinarians do business. As it continues to merge with science and veterinary medicine, practices need to be aware of alternative financial strategies that will enable these products to be placed within a practice for improving animal health care.

Looking for other strategies to better your practice? Contact your Covetrus representative today at 855.724.3461.

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