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New advanced training for small animal veterinarians
New advanced training for small animal veterinarians 150 150Sven Jan Arndt
doc4pets Academy

Infections & vaccinations in small and companion animals

From 06.09.2022 begins in the context of doc4pets Academy the new block under the leadership of specialist veterinarian Doreen Succow.

This is designed for advanced veterinary students, beginning assistants, and practitioners who want to refresh their knowledge.

The 25-part course, which this time only takes place via Zoom, is accessible to everyone from the aforementioned target group.

There are 66 ATF hours approved for this purpose.

Further information on the individual topics, event dates and contents can be found at:

Admissibility of partnership companies between veterinarians and business economists
Admissibility of partnership companies between veterinarians and business economists 768 1024Sven Jan Arndt

Veterinarian Susanne Arndt ran three small animal practices in the Karlsruhe area in the usual legal form for freelancers - the one-man company. As the business grew, she wanted to convert it into a limited liability company (GmbH). However, the transformation law requires a registered legal form for this (even if it is only a registered merchant). However, the latter is not possible for a freelancer, as he is not a merchant. Ergo, the only way was to found a partnership company consisting of freelancers (in this case: a veterinarian and a business economist). The partnership was founded and registered by the Mannheim District Court.

The case:
The Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Veterinary Surgeons applied for the deletion of this company on the basis of § 21a BO, as according to its professional regulations a partnership company is only possible among veterinarians. Parodoxically, at the same time it pointed out to the two partners that they could implement their plan in the form of a limited liability company!

The decision of the BGH of 15.02.2022 - II ZB 6/21 - OLG Karlsruhe / AG Mannheim:
"A partnership between a veterinarian and a business economist is permissible under the Heilberufekammergesetz of the state of Baden-Württemberg."

The BGH's reasons:

The professional code of conduct of the LTK BW is not a formal state law, which is why the BGH was able to decide without consulting the BVerfG.

§21a BO violates the precedence of §30a para. 1 sentence 2 of the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Health Professions Act (hereinafter: HBKG BW), according to which veterinarians can run a practice together with persons who belong to a state training profession in the health sector, a natural science profession or a social education profession, pursuant to §2 para. 1 no. 3 HBKG BW.

The interprofessional associations of chamber members permitted by the HBKG BW cannot be restricted by the statutes of the chambers.

Accordingly, there are also no public welfare concerns that preclude interprofessional cooperation with a business economist (inter alia because of Art. 12 para. 1 GG - free exercise of profession, but also §30a HBKG BW is not to be understood conclusively).

Such cooperation is also not contrary to the purpose of the HBKG BW, because "the definition of the permitted forms of professional practice is intended to ensure that compliance with professional duties can be enforced in all legal forms of health professional activities".

At this point, however, the reasons for the judgement become exciting, because it goes on to say:

"The legislator wanted to exclude commercial activities as a health professional. Commercial activities are carried out by commercial partnerships and legal persons, but not by members of the liberal professions... to which a business economist... belongs. It is only for the health professional activity in legal entities that the legislator has therefore established detailed requirements in § 30a, para. 2 HBKG BW in order to exclude a commercial health professional activity."

And that is particularly exciting if you take a closer look at this paragraph:

§ 30a (2) HBKG BW:
The health professional activity for a legal person under private law requires that

  1. The object of the company is the exclusive performance of health care activities,

2. all shareholders are persons pursuant to paragraph 1 sentence 2,

3. the majority of the shares in the company and the voting rights are held by members of the Chamber pursuant to § 2 paragraph 1 numbers 1 to 3 or number 5 and shares in the company are not held for the account of third parties,

4. at least half of the persons authorised to manage the business are members of the Chamber pursuant to § 2 paragraph 1 numbers 1 to 3 or number 5,

5. a third party does not participate in the profits of the company,

6. there is sufficient professional liability insurance for the legal entity under private law and the professionals working there, and

7. it is ensured that the health professional activity is carried out by the members of the Chamber in accordance with § 2 paragraph 1 numbers 1 to 3 or number 5 on their own responsibility, independently and non-commercially.

Further details are regulated by the respective professional code of conduct."

If one now follows this passage of the HBKG BW, to which the BGH explicitly refers - what does this mean for chains like Evidensia or Anicura in Baden-Württemberg? Wouldn't the State Veterinary Chamber of Baden-Württemberg have to intervene immediately and ban them?

The BGH's comments on the veterinarian's duty of confidentiality are also extremely interesting:

"Finally, a veterinary surgeon (§ 2 para. 1 no. 3 HBKG BW) - unlike the members of the chamber further covered by § 30a para. 1 sentence 2 ... has no right to refuse to testify pursuant to § 53 para. 1 no. 3 StPO. In contrast to the other members of the chamber ... a veterinary surgeon does not have a special relationship of trust with his client, which includes and requires the protection of confidentiality interests worthy of protection (cf. BVerfGE 38, 312, 323 f.)."

Conclusion from our point of view:

  • Not everything that state veterinary associations write in their professional regulations is sacrosanct.
  • With the clear reference to § 30a para. 2 HBKG BW, the State Veterinary Chamber of Baden-Württemberg has been given a clear mandate to check the chains operated by financial investors here and to intervene accordingly.
  • We are curious to see whether this will happen and thus ensure legal certainty!
Zlig articles at Just4Vets
Zlig articles at Just4Vets 594 839Sven Jan Arndt

We are pleased to have been able to publish our experiences with the innovative cruciate ligament surgery method for dogs & cats - Zlig at Just4Vets - please click on the photo for the full Zlig article:

All practices again Top Veterinary Practice 2022
All practices again Top Veterinary Practice 2022 150 150Sven Jan Arndt

In 2022, all our small animal practices are once again top veterinary practices according to Focus. We were particularly pleased that our small animal centre was again voted the best practice in Karlsruhe for dogs & cats by you, the patient owners, just like last year:

Top Veterinary Practice 2022 Karlsruhe

But our practices in Karlsbad and Renchen also rank in the upper echelons of their region:

Top Veterinary Practice 2022 Carlsbad
Top Veterinary Practice Renchen 2022

22,400 pet owners were surveyed on the topic of Top Veterinary Practice 2022 - 8500 veterinary practices and clinics could be evaluated. Of these, 1419 veterinary practices were recommended and 109 clinics.

In 2020 & 2021, Karlsbad was already top veterinary practice. Renchen and Karlsruhe were also added in 2021.

If you would like to see our other practices, more information on the rating system etc., please go directly to:

doc4pets launches trainee programme for veterinarians
doc4pets launches trainee programme for veterinarians 150 150Sven Jan Arndt
some of our vets

Probably the first and only trainee programme for veterinarians in German small animal medicine starts this August at doc4pets.

It is now possible to start training as a specialist veterinarian for small animals and pets at the same time as being trained in business administration and law, so that you can later take over your own practice as a manager and potential partner.

While starting a career as a trainee has established itself as an attractive alternative for potential managers in the commercial and engineering sectors, a comparable concept for veterinarians does not yet exist. FTÄ Doreen Succow on the concept: "We have developed an ATF-recognised training concept for our future managers based on the training requirements for veterinarians of the LTK Baden-Württemberg. And Co-CEO Dipl.-Ök. Sven Jan Arndt, LL.M. adds: "In addition to medical know-how, our trainees are also given the business management tools to run their own practice. From the practice for the practice.

Such a trainee programme offers many advantages - in addition to insights into different specialist areas and branches, intensive and structured support is provided by FTÄ Succow, Head of Training/Best Practice, who has been explicitly delegated for this purpose. In this way, a network of future managers is created in the group, who remain in lively professional exchange - synergies at their best.

In addition, a 4-day week in full-time, no 24-hour services, bonus programmes based on BPT also allow sufficient freedom for a good work-life balance.

More information about the concept and the application:

About us:

doc4pets GmbH is an owner-managed group of five small animal practices in the southwest of Germany. With its innovative and disruptive approach to veterinary succession, it offers the veterinarian willing to hand over a practice succession with qualified senior doctors from the doc4pets family. The latter, in turn, have the opportunity to participate in the acquired practice and later take over the majority. The focus is on the idea of the highly qualified freelancer, who is supported by the group in purchasing as well as marketing, accounting, etc.. This allows him to concentrate fully on his patients.

Due to continuous growth, doc4pets is always looking for veterinarians in small animal medicine who want to develop further in the future as an expert in the small animal centre or as a successor to a veterinary practice. You can find out more about the concept at:

Welcome to FTÄ Dr. Elisabeth Huber
Welcome to FTÄ Dr. Elisabeth Huber 150 150Sven Jan Arndt Elisabeth Huber

We are particularly pleased to welcome Elisabeth Huber to join our team in Renchen. Dr. Huber complements our team there, especially in the surgical area, and will significantly expand it. Dr. Huber comes from our colleague Dr. Grommelt in Kehl-Kork and was previously active in the veterinary clinic Hanauerland / Kehl. If you want to know more about the new range of surgical services, you can find more information here:

Advanced training course series with ATF recognition starts
Advanced training course series with ATF recognition starts 1024 768Sven Jan Arndt

We are pleased to offer our first ATF-recognised training series. This is a first compact block, which will be offered every Tuesday evening from 03.08.2021 under the direction of Ms Doreen Succow, a specialist veterinarian.

More information with a comprehensive course description can be found at: Training with ATF

This first ATF course runs from 03.08.2021 to 18.01.2022 and its content is based on the further training to become a specialist veterinarian for small and domestic animals of the LTK Baden-Württemberg. The course can only be booked as a whole and offers 61 ATF hours of recognition upon successful participation (22 of the 25 dates must be attended for recognition).

Of course, it is suitable for both beginning assistants and advanced veterinarians.

When designing this ATF training, it was important to Ms. FTÄ Succow to ensure both a high theoretical level and practical implementation.

This is a face-to-face event that will take place at the Kleintierzentrum Arndt, Bergwaldstr. 30, 76227 Karlsruhe. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Further training authorisation to become a specialist veterinarian for small animals and pets
Further training authorisation to become a specialist veterinarian for small animals and pets 150 150Sven Jan Arndt
Further training authorisation for FTA

doc4pets is pleased to announce that its small animal centre Arndt in Karlsruhe-Durlach has now also been granted further training authorisation as a specialist veterinarian for small and companion animals under the direction of Ms FTA Doreen Succow.

This makes it possible to offer young colleagues a further perspective of professional qualification in our group. Further steps within the framework of our doc4pets academy are planned and will follow soon.

Welcome Specialist Veterinarian Doreen Succow
Welcome Specialist Veterinarian Doreen Succow 150 150Sven Jan Arndt

We were able to win Ms. Doreen Succow for our group as Head of Training / Best Practice.

What does this mean? This means that the doc4pets group has its own representative exclusively for the further training of our veterinarians, who regularly conducts further training, documents best practices and defines them for all practices.

FTA Doreen Succow

You can find out more about Ms Succow's impressive international CV here.

This ensures for the patient owner that the same high and usual quality of treatments is available at each of our locations.

For the veterinarians, this means that they targeted and structured receive regular in-house training as part of our doc4pets academy receive. Thus programmes are Initial assistants developed, but also individual further training for our Senior doctors. Ms Succow is supported by a team of external lecturers and our in-house expertise. Here we will soon be adding more exciting news.

Today Ms Succow gave her second lecture - this time on the topic of the abdomen:

doc4pets academy - Abdomen
doc4pets academy - Reading X-rays correctly
doc4pets academy - Reading X-rays correctly 150 150Sven Jan Arndt

Our in-house doc4pets academy is going from strength to strength. Today, on Mother ' s Day Sunday, we were able to win Doreen Succow as a speaker on the topic: Analysis & Interpretation of X-rays. Ms Succow completed her specialist veterinary training at the Clinic for Small Animals at the University of Leipzig and then held various exciting practical positions at home and abroad. Among other things, she was most recently clinic manager in Dubai in the NASCV.

P.S.: all participants were vaccinated at least once or tested themselves immediately before the event.

FTA Doreen Succow

True to the motto of caretaker Krause: "All for one, one for all, everything for the dachshund, everything for the club, our lives for the dog."

lecture doc4pets academy