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Legality of partnerships between veterinarians and business economists
Legality of partnerships between veterinarians and business economists 768 1024 Sven Jan Arndt

Backstory :
Veterinarian Susanne Arndt ran three small animal practices in the Karlsruhe area in the usual legal form for freelancers - a one-person company. As growth increased, the desire arose to convert it into a GmbH. However, the Conversion Act requires a registered legal form (even if it is just a registered merchant). However, the latter is not possible for a freelancer because he is not a businessman. Ergo, the only option was to found a partnership - consisting of freelancers (here: veterinarian and business economist). It was founded and also registered by the AG Mannheim.

The case:
The Baden-Württemberg State Veterinary Association applied for the deletion of this company on the basis of Section 21a BO because, according to their professional regulations, a partnership is only possible between veterinarians. Parodoxically, at the same time she pointed out to the two shareholders that they could implement their plan in the form of a GmbH!?

The decision of the BGH of February 15, 2022 - II ZB 6/21 - OLG Karlsruhe / AG Mannheim:
"A partnership between a veterinarian and a business economist is permissible according to the Medical Professions Chamber Act of the state of Baden-Württemberg."

The reasons given by the BGH:

The professional regulations of the LTK BW are not a formal state law, which is why the BGH was able to decide without involving the BVerfG.

§21a BO violates the priority of §30a Paragraph 1 Sentence 2 of the Baden-Württemberg Medical Professions Chamber Act (hereinafter: HBKG BW), according to which veterinarians can run a practice together with people in accordance with §2 Paragraph 1 No. 3 HBKG BW who have a state training occupation in the health sector, a scientific or social education profession.

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

There are therefore no public interest concerns that preclude interprofessional collaboration with a business economist (among other things because of Art. 12 Para. 1 GG - free practice of the profession but also §30a HBKG BW is not to be understood conclusively)

Such cooperation does not contradict the meaning and purpose of the HBKG BW, because “the definition of the permitted forms of professional practice should ensure that compliance with professional obligations in medical activities can be enforced in all legal forms .

At this point the judgment becomes exciting , because it goes on to say:

“The legislature wanted to fundamentally exclude commercial medical activity. Partnerships and legal entities are commercially active, but not members of the freelance professions... which includes a business economist.... The legislature has therefore only set out detailed requirements in Section 30a (2) HBKG BW for medical professional activity in legal entities in order to exclude commercial medical professional activity.”

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

§ 30a (2) HBKG BW:
The medical activity for a legal entity under private law requires that

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

2. all partners are persons according to paragraph 1 sentence 2,

3. the majority of the company shares and voting rights belong to chamber members in accordance with Section 2 Paragraph 1 Numbers 1 to 3 or Number 5 and company shares are not held for the account of third parties,

4. at least half of the persons authorized to manage the business are chamber members in accordance with Section 2 Paragraph 1 Numbers 1 to 3 or Number 5,

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

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

7. it is guaranteed that the medical professional activity is carried out by the chamber members in accordance with Section 2 Paragraph 1 Numbers 1 to 3 or Number 5 on their own responsibility, independently and not commercially.

The details are regulated by the respective professional regulations.

If you now follow this passage from the HBKG BW, to which the BGH explicitly refers, what does this mean for chains like Evidensia or Anicura in Baden-Württemberg? Shouldn't the Baden-Württemberg State Veterinary Association intervene immediately and ban this?

duty of confidentiality are also extremely interesting :

“After all, a veterinarian (Section 2 Paragraph 1 No. 3 HBKG BW) - unlike the chamber members covered by Section 30a Paragraph 1 Sentence 2 ... has no right to refuse to give evidence in accordance with Section 53 Paragraph 1 No. 3 StPO. In contrast to the other chamber members ... a veterinarian does not have a special relationship of trust with his client, which includes and requires the protection of confidential matters 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 inviolable.
  • With the clear reference to Section 30a Paragraph 2 HBKG BW, the Baden-Württemberg State Veterinary Association has been given a clear mandate to check the local chains operated by financial investors and to intervene accordingly.
  • We are excited to see whether this will happen and thus ensure legal certainty!
Zlig article at Just4Vets
Zlig article at Just4Vets 594 839 Sven Jan Arndt

We are pleased that we were able to publish our experiences with the innovative cruciate ligament surgery method for dogs and cats - Zlig at Just4Vets - please click on the photo for the complete Zlig article:

doc4pets starts trainee program for veterinarians
doc4pets starts trainee program for veterinarians 150 150 Sven Jan Arndt
some of our veterinarians

What is probably the first and only trainee program for veterinarians in German small animal medicine starts this August at doc4pets.

It is now possible to start specialist veterinary training for small and pet animals at the same time and, at the same time, to receive business/legal training in order to later take over your own practice as managing director 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 does not yet exist for veterinarians. FTÄ Doreen Succow on the concept: “Based on the specialist veterinary training requirements of the LTK Baden-Württemberg, we have developed an ATF-recognized training concept for our future managers.” 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 skills to run their own practice. From practice for practice.”

Such a trainee program offers many advantages - in addition to insights into different specialist areas and branches, intensive and structured support is provided by the FTÄ Succow, head of training/best practice, who has been explicitly delegated for this purpose. This creates a network of future managing directors in the group who maintain a lively professional exchange - synergies at its best .

In addition, a 4-day full-time week, no 24-hour shifts, bonus programs based on BPT also allow enough freedom for a good work-life balance.

More information about the concept and how to apply: https://doc4pets.de/trainee

About Us:

doc4pets GmbH is an owner-managed group of five small animal practices in southwest Germany. With its innovative and disruptive approach to veterinary succession, it offers the veterinary doctor willing to leave 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 ​​highly qualified freelancers, who are supported by the group in purchasing, marketing, accounting, etc. This means he can concentrate fully on his patients.

Due to its constant growth, doc4pets is always looking for veterinarians specializing in small animal medicine who would like to develop further in the future as an expert in a small animal center or as a successor in a veterinary practice. You can find out more about the concept at: https://www.doc4pets.de/trainee

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

We are pleased to offer our first ATF-approved training series. This is a first compact block that is offered every Tuesday evening from August 3rd, 2021 under the direction of specialist veterinarian Doreen Succow.

You can find more information with a comprehensive course description at: Further training with ATF

This first ATF course runs from August 3rd, 2021 to January 18th, 2022 and the content is based on the further training to become a specialist veterinarian for small and pet animals at the LTK Baden-Württemberg. The course can only be booked as a whole and, if successfully completed, offers 61 ATF hours of recognition (of the 25 appointments, 22 appointments must be attended for recognition).

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

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

This is a face-to-face event that takes place at the Arndt Small Animal Center, Bergwaldstr. 30, 76227 Karlsruhe . Snacks and drinks are provided.

Authorization to continue training as a specialist veterinarian for small and pet animals
Authorization to continue training as a specialist veterinarian for small and pet animals 150 150 Sven Jan Arndt
Further training authorization for the FTA

doc4pets is pleased that its Arndt small animal center in Karlsruhe-Durlach has now received further training authorization to become a specialist veterinarian for small and pet animals under the direction of Ms. FTA Doreen Succow.

This makes it possible to offer young colleagues a further perspective on professional qualifications in our group. Further steps as part of our doc4pets academy are planned and will follow soon.

doc4pets takes over the veterinary practice of Dr.med.vet. Anke Essig in Malsch near Ettlingen
doc4pets takes over the veterinary practice of Dr.med.vet. Anke Essig in Malsch near Ettlingen 922 700 Sven Jan Arndt

With effect from March 1st, 2021, the doc4pets group is taking over the small animal practice of Dr. Anke Essig. Ms. Essig set up this practice with three assistant veterinarians as a mixed practice - small animal and horse practice over 20 years ago with a lot of passion and commitment. Dr. Anke Essig on the takeover: “Unfortunately there was no company successor internally, so we approached doc4pets. Due diligence was carried out and an agreement was reached within a very short period of time. So my practice didn’t have to close its doors in January and my life’s work will continue.”

Veterinarian Susanne Arndt, managing partner of doc4pets GmbH: “When we were approached and then saw the practice for the first time, it was love at first sight. We are very pleased that with flexibility on both sides we can ensure a quick and good practice succession.”

Ms. Veterinarian Anna Daum, with two assistant veterinarians and the corresponding team of veterinary specialists, will provide patient owners from Malsch, Gaggenau, Ettlingen, Rastatt and Baden-Baden with the high quality that Dr.Essig is accustomed to, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m to offer and further expand veterinary services. We are looking for a motivated equine practitioner in the field of horses, either employed or as an independent partner. Further information about the new doc4pets family member can be found at: https://tierarzt-malsch.de

About doc4pets:

doc4pets GmbH is an owner-managed group of now five small animal practices in southwest Germany. With its innovative and disruptive approach to veterinary succession, it offers the veterinary doctor willing to leave a practice succession with qualified senior doctors from the doc4pets family. This in turn has the opportunity to participate in the acquired practice and later take over the majority. The focus is on the idea of ​​highly qualified freelancers, who are supported by the group in purchasing, marketing, accounting, etc. This means he can concentrate entirely on his little patients.

Due to its constant growth, doc4pets is always looking for veterinarians for small animal medicine/equine medicine. The job offers are aimed at initial assistants who will be supported on their future career path as part of a mentoring program. But senior doctors for small animals are also offered exciting job offers and clear career prospects. As a managing director of one of the branches, it is possible to do more than just a job, but also to take responsibility for personnel and business success. Alternatively, qualified senior physicians also have the opportunity to specialize further as a manager in a larger small animal center and to establish and expand their own business areas. You can find out more about the concept at: https://www.doc4pets.de

doc4pets Academy starts
doc4pets Academy starts 1024 834 Sven Jan Arndt

doc4pets has decided to now hold essential training courses with excellent lecturers in our own practices. This is primarily for the following reasons:

  • logistically easier to handle for all employees (no overnight stays or long journeys)
  • learn in a familiar environment with existing material
  • smaller learning groups that also work together later
  • Great topic loss - focused on the wishes of our veterinarians

Today it started with Dr. Michael Koch with our surgeons in the area of ​​osteosynthesis (bone surgery):

Dr. Michael Koch with his protégés

Dr. Michael Koch is a recognized and well-known surgeon who has attended many renowned training events.

We at doc4pets want to further expand this very practice-oriented training series with experts from other specialist areas.

In addition, our veterinarians have the opportunity to attend ongoing webinars/online courses with ATF hours Vetinare

Improve International is another training partner where senior physicians and potential managers have the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognized qualification as a general practitioner, for example.

In the long term, this in conjunction with our in-house mentoring is intended to ensure, in addition to learning on the job, the professional development of each member of our veterinary team in their area of ​​interest, which ultimately also benefits our little patients.

Relevantly experienced speakers who would like to visit us in Karlsruhe are welcome to contact Mr. Sven Jan Arndt .

doc4pets launches My.pet
doc4pets launches Mein.pet 1024 603 Sven Jan Arndt

“As veterinarians, we experience again and again that patient owners come to us with their animal in an emergency and have forgotten all the documents about the animal in their excitement. This is humanly understandable. However, with chronically ill animals it is often difficult to find out about pretreatment or medication in this situation. We wanted and want to solve this problem with Mein.pet – the digital animal medical record, among other things,” says veterinarian Susanne Arndt.

Mein.pet is a digital patient file primarily for dogs and cats. Using the animal's microchip ID and the nickname stored with Tasso, any veterinarian can determine the previous treatment, existing illnesses and current medication in an emergency - even for found animals. This can save lives.

digital animal medical record has the advantage that he has all the documents about his animal in one place and can access them on the go at any time. This means he can easily obtain second opinions or make referrals to specialist veterinarians or animal clinics easier and faster.

“What has already proven itself excellently in the human sector is, in our opinion, also a useful addition in veterinary medicine,” says Sven Jan Arndt, Managing Director of doc4pets.

Since we believe in the usefulness/necessity of a digital animal medical record such as that Mein.pet available free of charge to both pet owners and veterinarians

Mein.pet is operated by doc4pets GmbH from Karlsbad and is subject to Germany's strict data protection regulations. That's why, in principle, no personal data is requested during registration - only an email address is required for activation. The patient owner / pet owner then has control over the further anonymity of the individual patient file, which is only accessible when logged in, for example by blacking out laboratory results, findings, etc. in the appropriate places. But even without this measure, the data is safe because the entire site SSL encrypted.

Mein.pet explicitly does not offer any veterinary services - it only serves the central administration of data from patient owners!

About doc4pets GmbH:
doc4pets operates several owner-managed small animal practices in southwest Germany. We are independent of investors or chains and are pleased to be able to offer veterinary medicine at a high level with heart and mind at extensive emergency times. You can currently find our small animal paxes in:

doc4pets at the Deutsche Vet in Cologne 2019
doc4pets at the Deutsche Vet in Cologne 2019 372 104 Sven Jan Arndt

Today we had the opportunity to give a short lecture on the subject of veterinary marketing in the Deutsche Vet Business Theater.

We thank you for your participation and hope we were able to give you a little inspiration for even better and exciting marketing for your practice.

Maybe we'll see one or two of them at the London Vet in the autumn.

If you would like to have the full length lecture as a file, please email s.arndt@doc4pets.gmbh

doc4pets will be at the Deutsche Vet in Cologne on June 8th, 2019
doc4pets will be at the Deutsche Vet in Cologne on June 8, 2019 372 104 Sven Jan Arndt

On June 8th, 2019 we will give a lecture between 3:00 p.m. and 3:50 p.m. in the Business Theater as part of the Deutsche Vet:

https://www.deutschevet.com/businesstheater–workshops#/

Do good and talk about it – An ABC of modern veterinary marketing

What's the point if you're good as a veterinarian but no one knows about it?
Marketing has been part of every company's classic toolkit for decades.
For a long time, freelancers were not allowed to do this for legal reasons. This has been changing for a long time. The advertising ban became an advertising right for veterinarians. Use this right to point out your specialties, qualifications, etc. In this way, you not only achieve targeted new customer growth, but also reactivate existing customers. In this lecture you will learn which instruments are suitable for the different phases: • Legal framework conditions
• Brand building
• Customer acquisition
• Customer retention
Learning objectives:
• Recognizing the need for marketing for the veterinary practice
• Analyzing & structuring the (existing) marketing
• Recognizing what you yourself and what should be given to others
Speaker

Sven Jan Arndt, CEO – doc4pets GmbH

We are available to speak to you in person from 11 a.m. and after the lecture. We look forward to seeing you!