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Credit control in equine practice
  1. Peter Green

    Peter Green graduated from Liverpool in 1977 and is the senior partner in a four man equine practice in Cambridgeshire. He gained his certificate in equine orthopaedics in 1992. He is a member of the British Equine Veterinary Association Council and the Jockey Club Veterinary Committee and is actively involved in wildlife biology, representing the RCVS on the National Deer Liaison Committee and the Deer Initiative.

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PARTNERS in mixed practices will tell you that equine clients are the most demanding, hardest to satisfy and are less loyal to the practice than farmers or small animal clients. To make matters worse, so the story goes, they do not pay their bills. If these opinions have a basis in fact, practices which generate the majority or all of their income from equine work must surely suffer more from the problems associated with slow payment and high client debt to the practice. Credit control in equine practice is affected by the nature of the relationships between veterinary surgeon, client and patient since some of the features of these relationships are not encountered in either small animal or farm practice.

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