There are three ways in which vet clinics and hospitals merge. First is the umbrella model, whereby different clinics or hospitals being under one management but operate as separate entities. They also brand the clinics individually . Secondly, the support model is whereby clinics are administered at the central level. The pricing and allocation of resources to the different clinics is also done at the central level by the management. However, branding can be individual or shared. Third, there is the central model, which features a central booking system, meaning that all activities are controlled from the central administration (Bhattacharyya, 2011 p.100). These set of clinics, therefore, do joint branding of services and even have targets put in place to be achieved by their employees.
One of the reasons why vet clinics and hospitals merge is that merging brings about the benefit of access to modern technology or other products that they could not acquire on their own. Moreover, given the fact that animal clinics have a different experience with varying animals, companies that merge are exposed to more research material which leads to development gradually (