Everyone loves discounts, especially when it comes to pet care! One way you can save $25-35 per visit is by referring a friend for an initial consult for acupuncture, spinal manipulation (animal chiropractic), rehab, or equine dental float.
If you refer a friend who will be a new client to JRIVS, once they have completed their initial consult and stated that they were referred by you, your next call charge will be completely free!
You can refer a friend up to 6 times in a year! How great is that?!
Refer away! If you would like business cards to hand out at your next visit, let me know!
Have a great day!
Previously, I have not incorporated ‘call fees’ into my appointments, however, in order to continue to benefit patients in the comfort of their home, I must adjust my fee structure to better represent these services.
What is a Farm Call or House Call Fee? Why is this fee important?
It is the fee established that allows for the convenience of your pet being treated in a familiar environment by covering the time for a professional to drive to your home or farm, and the wear and tear on the vehicle. By traveling to your home or farm, it significantly reduces the stress on the animal, as they do not need to be transported, and they remain in a stress-free environment. With the services I provide, it is best that the patient be as stress-free, calm, and relaxed as possible to receive the best outcome available!
What are the call fees?
I tried to make them as fair as possible, and when I did just equine work these are similar to those, but better structured. Mileage is based on the distance from Cottage Grove, MN to your home:
20 miles or less – $25
21 miles to 45 miles – $35
Over 45 miles will be discussed when appointment is made
More information on general prices can be found here: Pricing.
Ok, we have to pay call fees. How can they be discounted?
Call fees can be discounted on group calls. What this includes is when I travel to a barn, and there are multiple horses. The fee will be evenly divided between owners. Another option is when I meet multiple owners at one location for multiple appointments. If it’s a whole day thing, for example an agility trial, then there is no fee. If it is just 1-2 different appointments, which is really no different than driving to your home but for some reason we chose a neutral location, then the fee will be divided evenly. There is no option to come to my home to save on a call fee. The fee will not be divided if at any point I get into my vehicle and drive across the street to your neighbors (mostly a horse question).
Another option for call fee reduction is referring clients. A call fee will be waived up to 6 times in a 12 month period for referrals. By referral, this is a new client who successfully schedules and completes an initial consult with JRIVS. This new client will have to list you as a referral.
The final way to receive a call fee reduction is to write a positive 5-star review on Google and/or Facebook. This can only be redeemed once, as it would be odd for one person to write multiple reviews on one business, regardless of what platform the review is received on. For example, you cannot write a review on Facebook, and 6 months later a different one on Google.
Well, if this is so important, why wasn’t it instituted earlier on?
I was a new business, trying to test the waters with services and fees. I was new to being completely self-employed. I didn’t know what to expect, financially speaking, when it came to my time or the actual wear and tear on my vehicles. I thought it’d all work itself out. Unfortunately, this has not been the case, and I have realized that I am not adequately being reimbursed for these expenses and time. I have also tried to do the best research possible with similar services offered in the region, and I find I am in fact charging lower than those of similar or less skill level, and on top of that, they charge call fees. Therefore, to be fair to the market, I need to charge call fees.
I hope this clears up any questions or concerns, but if it has left you with more questions and concerns, please email me privately at email@example.com to discuss these changes!
When I decided to move forward and begin offering alternative services on an in-home basis to dogs and cats and add these service for horses, I decided it was time to finally get my own legit logo. For years I've used a logo that is really just clip art - a running horse. When I started on the venture of having a logo designed, I did not know where to start. Like any normal person, I posted on Facebook that I needed a logo. I received several recommendations, including one from my own brother, Slade Julius. Him. I had forgotten that he does graphic design through his business The Fearless Blogger.
You may have noticed that JVS has had some changes over the last year. During the last year there has been some absence on my part, then the beginning of offering small animal services. Now, there I am offering acupuncture and rehabilitation services. That may be leaving some of you wondering ‘why all the changes and roller coaster?’ Completely reasonable to be concerned or confused. Let me try to explain.
November 12th, 2016, I lost my dog, Pyper. This dog wasn’t just a dog to me. She was THE dog. My heart, my soul, my everything. What happened to her still brings me to tears. Pyper was a competitive agility dog. On October 23rd, 2016 while training in our yard, Pyper jumped off the teeter at the pivot point, landing on her left side, but bending with intense momentum that sent her right shoulder meeting her right ear. Pinching her neck. I started her on the traditional treatment of anti-inflammatories and pain medication. But her pain was intense. I couldn’t control it. She was a chiropractor and rehabist. She started laser therapy. She wore a neck brace. But the pain was bad.
One thing you should know, is Pyper had a liver anomaly called microvascular dysplasia. In laymen terms, her liver was not hooked up right on a microscopic level. Meaning she could not process drugs well.
She was on a very low dose of an anti-inflammatory (NSAID). She received 10 doses in 21 days. Then she became very weak and ill. It was determined Pyper’s stomach had developed a hole or perforation in it from the NSAID. Pyper needed emergency surgery. Unfortunately, she never woke up.
That was a devastating time period for me. My world was spinning and I was lost. I didn’t know what to do without her. After a few months, I decided I would turn my career on a different path. I wanted to help others have other options than normal traditional Western medicine approaches when their pet became ill. I started training at the University of Tennessee to become a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) and at the Chi Institute in Florida to become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. I will also pursue their studies in food therapy and Chinese Herbal Medicine. The Chi Institute trains veterinarians on the ways of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), which is a combination of energy work, herbal and food therapy, and acupuncture that aids the body to a better state of health and well-being.
In December, I take my certification exams and practical exams for my CCRP and acupuncture. In January, I will begin training to become certified as a Veterinary Spinal Manipulation Therapist (aka animal chiropractor) at Healing Oasis in Wisconsin.
The CCRP is only dogs and cats, but my acupuncture and chiropractic training are geared toward equine and small animals.
JVS will continue to offer preventive medicine for existing equine clients, but will be leaning toward a more Eastern medicine/holistic and less invasive medicinal approaches to long-term care. I will continue to focus on equine dentistry, as that is a HUGE part of the whole health for horses.
There are so many options that owners are not even aware of that can benefit their pets – acupuncture, chiropractic, manual therapy, rehabilitation, strength training, PEMF therapy, joint supplements, weight management, herbal therapy, end of life counseling and therapy, etc. And JVS will be able to offer all of these things! And the best part – in the comfort of your own home or barn!
I am very excited to be learning about these new treatment modalities and avenues that provide safe, holistic, long-term care to our canine and equine athletes, geriatric and arthritic patients, and anyone who is interested!
If you would like to discuss further, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-820-2455!
I look forward to speaking with you and helping your best friend feel better!
Dr. Shantel Julius.