SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Vetama, a mobile veterinary clinic franchise startup based in San Luis Obispo, has successfully demonstrated its proof of concept with the success of its first franchisee.
The company set out to offer veterinarians an all-in-one mobile practice available for ownership at a fraction of the cost of a brick-and-mortar clinic.
Vetma sold its first franchise to Dr. Kasey Joynt, a full-service general practitioner in Salem, Oregon, in February of this year.
Dr. Joynt has officially been open for 90 days with over 150 clients and 28 5-star reviews on Google.
"I used to think mobile practice was stupid. I thought you couldn't be efficient, profitable, or increase access to veterinary care," said Dr. Joynt. "But once I started talking more with the Vetama team about their operating efficiencies and business model, I reconsidered. I was definitely nervous being the first franchisee. I didn't know if clients in my area would use a mobile service or if my practice would catch on. But already, I have received overwhelming support from the community, lots of generous feedback, and am literally watching the business grow real time. I love the fact that I am increasing access to veterinary care in my hometown, I love the mobile model, and I love being a practice owner.”
Dr. Joynt discovered the opportunity of using a mobile clinic business model at a veterinary conference in Reno, Nevada.
Two of the three founders, Dr. Raffy Dorian and Jacob Wright, are California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo alumni. Both graduated from the school's College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences with bachelor's degrees in animal science.
Wright also graduated from Cal Poly's Orfalea College of Business with a Master of Business Administration with a Business Analytics Certificate.
“When we started Vetama, our vision was to offer veterinarians the freedom of practice ownership without the hardships of going into business alone. We have had a lot of success at our own mobile practice, but that did not guarantee success for Dr. Joynt,” said Jacob Wright, CEO of Vetama. “But now, there is no question. In 90 days since opening, Dr. Joynt has over 150 clients and great reviews. His patients are having better outcomes, his clients love his 1-on-1 communication and convenience, and he couldn’t be happier. We are blessed to have met Dr. Joynt and we are excited to help him grow.”
Vetama has been a member of the Cal Poly Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CIE) HotHouse since its formation in June 2022.
The CIE HotHouse is a community space created through Cal Poly, the City and County of San Luis Obispo, and local businesses with the goal to support students and community members as they work on innovations and start business ventures.