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About the Business Vet

Karen Bolten, DVM, BSBA

 

MBA Candidate (Management)

BSBA Degree: Management

      Operations/Supply Chain

Founder:  Myrtle Beach Equine Clinic

Equine Internship:  Missouri CVM

Vet School:  Ohio State CVM

Animals:

  • A variety pack of 5 dogs
  • 4 Bettas + corresponding snails
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About me

I'm a former large animal veterinarian and practice owner. After 8 years of ownership, I was ready to move on to new adventures, so I sold my clinic, returned to school for business, and started a business consulting firm for veterinary professionals. I earned a magna cum laude in Business Management with a concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management, and I am currently a general MBA candidate.

My areas of interest in business are general business strategy and marketing strategy. My marketing interests are target marketing, marketing research, and branding. I love anything where one can use data to drive better decisions.

What's my driving force? That there are answers out there for those of us that are struggling. I know many of them now, I still have many to learn, and I want to share what I've learned with other veterinary professionals.

I'm also a mental health advocate and desire to use my skills to help practices create environments more conducive to healthier lifestyles and supporting mental illness in our field.

Other things I love:

  • Anything old

  • Anything pathetic

  • Sighthounds, although I'll accept whatever shows up

  • Sarcasm

  • Teeth

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qualifications

  • Coastal Carolina University

    • MBA Candidate (2020-2022)

  • Coastal Carolina University

    • ​BSBA (Management), 2017-2020

    • Concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management​

    • Magna cum laude, GPA 3.93

 

Other certifications:

  • Hubspot: Content Marketing Certification - April 2019

  • Hubspot: Social Media Certification - March 2019

Business Education

  • Myrtle Beach Equine Clinic (2012-2018)

    • Founder, grew practice to two veterinarians, two staff, and modern equipment. Special interest in dentistry, preventive medicine, geriatric care, and large zoo/exotics.

  • Mixed Animal Veterinary Acupuncture Certification

    • ​The Chi Institute (2015-2016)

  • Carolina Equine Clinic South (2010-2012)

    • First associate veterinarian for new satellite solo practice. Grew practice from scratch via cold calls, canvassing, website, and social media. Bought clinic in 2012.

  • University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine

    • ​Rotating Equine Internship, 2009-2010

  • Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine 

    • ​​DVM, 2005-2009

  • EPM Lab, Ohio State University (2003-2006)

Veterinary Experience

  • Websites Designed

    • TheBusinessVet.com (This site)

    • AcuVetforPets.com - Mobile Veterinary Acupuncture

      • Based on marketing research​

    • Previously designed websites, no longer managed

      • Myrtle Beach Equine Clinic​

      • Carolina Equine Clinic South

      • Ohio State Student Chapter of the AAEP

      • Southwest Ohio Doberman Rescue

      • St. Ursula Classics Club

      • Huntington Stables

  • Social Media

    • Have assisted many veterinarians with their accounts in a non-disclosed manner

    • TheBusinessVet (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube)

    • Myrtle Beach Equine Clinic, before 2017 (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube)​

      • At the time, was the largest veterinary Facebook page in NE South Carolina​

    • Carolina Equine Clinic South (defunct)​

 

Last updated 9/2020

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