Profit & Expenses Survey

This survey is a comprehensive comparison of all items that generally occur on a Profit & Expenses report. The results are expressed as a percentage of Gross Practice Turnover so that all practices can be compared to each other irrespective of size.

A number of additional ratios are automatically calculated in the results to make for easy comparison.

What is the purpose of the survey?

At the end of the day, whilst we may enjoy our work and work colleagues, it is the profit that determines the income of the practice owners. This is the fundamental reason that practice owners even bother to make the effort to open a veterinary practice. If profit did not exist we would have no reason to take on the challenges associated with running a practice.

For these reasons, this survey is arguably the most important of all surveys that MPV Consulting provides for veterinarians. It will give you the opportunity to compare: your gross income streams; individual expense groups and subsequent profit.

The results are broken down in a manner that clearly indicates how your practice has performed. Of particular interest are your performances in the major expense categories of Cost of Good Sold, Employment and Building. A number of ratios are calculated for you as indicators of performance.

Example Results

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Benefits of participation

  • Calculates a true Operational (Market) Profit for your practice rather than Taxation Profit
  • Confidentially compares your profit results to practices in the same Profile Groups as your own
  • Measures and compares Key Performance Ratios
  • Calculates and compares your Expenses in crucial areas
  • Provides an essential tool in the Valuation of your practice for sale or partnership
  • Low cost method of accurately assessing your relative performance compared to the rest of the veterinary industry

What information do I need to provide?

The bulk of the information for this survey will be provided directly from your P&L Report. Expense information will need to be re-categorised into account headings provided by MPV Consulting. This is a relatively easy task that a novice can perform.

Additional information will also be requested to make adjustments in order to standardise performance. These questions will relate to items such as payment adjustments for owner and rent for practice owned buildings.

What is ‘Operational’ Profit

When a practice manager and/or accountant prepares a set of accounts for taxation purposes the outcome may not truly reflect the benefits that a veterinary hospital returns to its owners. We all attempt to institute legal methods of tax minimisation. This of course means that it becomes difficult to truly compare the owner benefits that may come from owning a veterinary hospital.

The MPV Profit & Expenses Survey is aimed at truly comparing the total benefits an owner receives from the practice. It is for this reason that a number of adjustments are made in the survey information to determine a Marketing Profit (or Operational Profit) that will truly reflect these benefits. By answering the questions honestly a marketing profit will automatically be calculated to reflect the benefits that you as an owner have received.

Why ‘Profit before vet salaries & wages’?

All practices are slightly different in the way that they operate. They may be single veterinarian practices versus multi-veterinarian practice; they may have a single partner or several partners.

Generally non-owner veterinarians are remunerated in a standard manner but often the methods of remuneration for owner veterinarians will vary between different practices. This then leads to difficulties accurately apportioning: what constitutes a fair market salary, what are owner profits and what are added fringe benefits. This leads to inconsistencies when comparing performance between practices.

This simple way around this dilemma when performing benchmark comparisons, is to determine the profit before any veterinarians receive any remuneration. This will result in accurate and meaningful information for comparison.

What valuable information will I receive

The MPV Profit & Expenses Survey will calculate information based on the information provided. These results are then compared to other practices of similar profile groups. Each item result will be displayed to show the following:

  1. Your results for each statistic
  2. The percentile position your practice occupies when compared others
  3. An easy to view graphical display of your percentile position
  4. A comparison of your result compared to other practices in the same profile groups

Your results will include:

    1. Critical Key Performance Ratios
      • Net profit (before vet salaries & wages)
      • Total owner benefits (excluding wages) : Total gross income ratio
      • Veterinary salaries : Veterinary Fees generated ratio
      • Veterinarian productivity (after wages deductions)
    2. Other Significant Performance Indicators
      • Net profit (after vet salaries & wages)
      • Total owner benefits (including wages)
      • Non-veterinary wages : Merchandising income ratio
      • Stock turns per year
      • Stock level : Total gross income ratio
    3. Expenses
      • A total of 15 expense categories will be compared as a percentage of gross practice turnover
    4. Capital expenditure items (optional)
      • 4 Capital expenditure items will be compared as a percentage of total gross practice turnover


MPV Consulting recognises that both the integrity of MPV Consulting and the ongoing participation of veterinary practices are totally dependant on the maintenance of strict rules about data confidentiality.

All surveys performed by MPV Consulting come with an assurance of confidentiality for individual clinic data. Individual clinic data will only be viewed by MPV Consulting staff or persons directly associated in the actual physical act of data collation for survey results. No information of any individual clinic will be supplied to any source other than the specified contact for each clinic.

Should any survey involve sponsors or supporters, this will not, and will never, include any form of access to any individual clinic information without written permission of that clinic.


Current Surveys 2020

BBVet YOUR Portal: is a FREE  private portal where practice owner & managers can access everything to do with their clinic PRIVATELY. This includes survey downloads, uploads, results (both current & historical) and much more. If your clinic does not currently have access to this private portal or you have lost it please contact MPV Consulting:
Email: rob@mpvconsulting.com.au
Phone: 07 3040 6227

Employee Hourly Rate Survey 2020
 A truly worthwhile survey!
Completed but still ready for more!

The MPV Employee Hourly Rate Survey is our second most popular survey. Our goal is to help YOU to understand what is fair and reasonable pay for your staff!
The reality is that the veterinary industry is reasonably small and there is significant communication between members of the profession. Your staff are probably more likely to talk about their pay situations to their colleagues than to you.The biggest advantage is that this survey allows you as an employer to know what the market is paying before you enter into negotiations with staff regarding their wages.
 "It would help my staff appraisals knowing what other practices pay their staff!" Could be you!

You can still participate - Contact Us

Fees Survey 2020
One of our most popular and valuable survey!
Survey Completed
As one of our regular survey users said:
"I just don't understand why everyone does not participate in the Fees Survey, Fees are so crucial to practice performance. It is a no brainer!"

You can still participate - Contact Us
Survey Closes: Now closed

This survey will open 1st November 2020
If you want to know what represents good profit, know what you as a partner or business owner should be earning, know where you are going right or wrong, then this is the survey for you! You will truly learn where you stand in the big picture along with the tools to identify where changes are required.
"In my opinion this is the most important and valuable survey we offer!"
Rob White

(Available any time)
Need to find out what your veterinary practice is worth?
Maybe it is time to perform an MPV Practice Appraisal on your business!

Every practice should know what their practice is worth. If it is worth as much as you think then that is a good outcome. If it is not worth as much as you think then it is time to do something about it! How would you know unless you get an independent such as MPV Consulting to calculate the value for you.
Click here: To download Appraisal application form
Price update:  the MPV Self-Evaluation Appraisal price is $1950.00 inclusive of gst.