The Veterinary Innovation Council believes it is important for all animals to have access to basic veterinary healthcare services.
Access to Care: Current State
What Does VIC Recommend for the Profession?
We believe families with pets currently access care in a variety of ways, from traditional veterinary settings to new practice models, and through virtual care platforms that meet their needs. We are already seeing innovators in the market deploying models to deliver preventive care and triage advice, aimed to reach a broader segment of pet owners seeking those services.
However, right now, we do not have sufficient market solutions to provide care options and models to address the need for veterinary medical services across the spectrum of care needs (preventive, wellness, sick, condition management, etc.) for pets, particularly for those in households in lower income quartiles and veterinary services deserts.
We believe it is the responsibility of the veterinary profession to develop and embrace/accept more flexible and innovative solutions to expand the delivery of critical veterinary services to currently underserved pets, families and communities.
Therefore, our new goal is to explore solutions that expand access to a spectrum of care. In pursuit of this goal, we will research, collate and analyze data in these key areas:
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