ACCESS TO VETERINARY CARE IN THE NEWS
HSVMA ANNOUNCES ACCESS TO VETERINARY CARE COALITION
Effort aims to provide veterinary access for economically at-risk pets
(Aug. 23, 2016) – The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association is pleased to announce the formation of the Access to Veterinary Care Coalition, a group which aims to reduce barriers to veterinary care access and promote communication among stakeholders. The coalition brings together veterinary, animal welfare and social services professionals, including representatives of for-profit and non-profit veterinary services providers.
An estimated 23 million pets live in families at or below the national poverty line. Millions more pets live in financially struggling middle class households that cannot afford veterinary care. Pets living in impoverished and economically struggling households may have few or no preventive or sick care options available, and their limited options for treatment of more serious injuries or illnesses too often results in being left to endure pain and suffering or “economic euthanasia”.
Ted Cohn, DVM, member of the coalition said: “As caring and compassionate veterinarians, I believe it is our duty to both better understand the reasons behind the immense numbers of pets currently not receiving adequate veterinary care and to then endeavor to find solutions to the problem.”
The group plans to study how effective programs operate to ensure sustainable access to veterinary care. The coalition will study target populations and the type of services provided, in addition to exploring how humane care may be provided under economic hardship circumstances. The findings of the coalition will be reported by July 1, 2018.
Questions about the AVCC can be sent to the attention of Jessica Martinez, firstname.lastname@example.org.