For Veterinary Nutrition Care, the only product is service. If there's only one product, then there should be only one fee. Simple.
Veterinary Nutrition Care uses a relatively unique (at least in veterinary medicine) fee structure. Since the practice has no medical procedures to perform, no diagnostic testing to recommend, and no items for sale, doing charges like other veterinary practices just won’t work.
This service includes everything your veterinary nutritionist does to be prepared for your visit, answering your questions, discussing your concerns, making your pet's comprehensive nutritional plan, doing follow-up communication with you and your veterinarian, and updating your pet's medical record, among other things.
The fee for service at Veterinary Nutrition Care is $250 per hour.
An initial visit is billed at $625. This includes:
30 minutes of preparation
Reviewing your pet’s medical history
Reviewing your pet's Nutritional History Questionnaire
Discussing your pet’s medical status with his/her primary care veterinarian
60 minute visit.
Your pet’s nutritional assessment, evaluation of current diets and supplements, commercial diet recommendations, feeding plan
Discussion of your pet's nutritional needs, and your questions/concerns
Formulation of a customized nutritional plan, including a simple home-prepared diet, if needed
30 minutes composing a detailed written summary for you and your pet’s primary care veterinarian
30 minutes follow-up communication
Formulation of home-prepared diets that involve unusual ingredients, complex recipes, and adapting a recipe for feeding to multiple pets are certainly possible. Your veterinary nutritionist enjoys these more challenging projects, but they require variable amounts of additional time.
Further research on commercial diets or supplements, contacting product manufacturers for specific information, and further coaching pet owners on selecting a pet food is billed at the same hourly rate.
Follow-up communication beyond that which is included in the initial visit is billed at the same hourly rate.
While commercial diets and/or supplements may be recommended for your pet, Veterinary Nutrition Care does not sell any products, and has no arrangements for commission from these recommendations.
Additional follow-up visits, adjustments to the diet and/or feeding plan, and communication are billed monthly. The hourly rate may increase January 1 of each year. By proceeding with your visit, you agree to fees as described above.