If you have a big chicken farm, it is a good idea for you to consider hiring an in-house veterinary doctor.

For one, an in-house veterinary doctor can help you in designing and implementing systems aimed at keeping your birds from falling ill. You can still design and implement such systems without an in-house vet. But if you are helped in designing and implementing them by an in-house veterinary doctor (who has a stake in the well-being of the business), chances are that it would be done in a better way.

Secondly, an in-house veterinary doctor can attend to any birds that happen to fall ill in a timely manner, thus helping you avoid major losses. This can, for instance, avert the spread of poultry diseases that would otherwise have decimated your poultry farm within days. In the absence of an in-house veterinary doctor, you would have to rely on an external veterinary doctor. And it can take some time between when you detect the poultry diseases, when you contact the external veterinary doctor and when the external vet arrives, designs a treatment plan and proceeds to implement the same. Getting an external veterinary doctor to treat your birds is certainly not as easy as going online to check your Target Visa gift card balance. It takes time. All the while, the disease would be spreading, potentially leading to devastating losses…

Thirdly, an in-house veterinary doctor can help you with things like the proper breeding of chicken, proper nutrition and the general management of the farm.

So, how do you know if your chicken farm is big enough to warrant the employment of an in-house veterinary doctor? Well, the best thing is to look at the numbers – especially the chicken farm’s revenues and profits. If the farm’s revenues and profits are huge enough to cater for the veterinary doctor’s salary payments, then by all means, you should consider hiring such a professional. You also need to look at the losses you stand to avert, by having an in-house veterinary doctor in your chicken farm. Thus, for instance, if having an in-house veterinary doctor would cost you, say, $120,000 per year, yet he can help you avoid losses running into millions of dollars, then it would be a good idea to hire such a professional.

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