It is the time of year when 4th year veterinary students are making the transition into their career, and starting to think consider their career path. Over the twenty plus years of my career I have been focused on helping veterinarians achieve their goal of ownership, and have experienced first had the financial impact of ownership. A veterinarian who is a hospital owner will create both annual income from their salary as a veterinarian and a return on their investment in the hospital in the form of distributions. Hospital owners receive the annual income in addition build long term wealth through the value created in the hospital and possibly real estate. The additional income opportunities create earning potential that is 3 to 5 times greater than that of someone working just as an associate. In raw numbers the average veterinarian can increase their lifetime income from approximately $3MM to $10MM or more. I would encourage all veterinarians to think of this and even consider the benefits of minority ownership to maximize your opportunity in veterinary medicine.