Costs of Care Survey
Veterinary Responses Needed by October 1

September 22, 2014

Vet with client

Veterinarians are faced with conflicts between the obligation to improve the welfare of animals and relieve their suffering, and a client’s difficulties in meeting the increasing costs of medical capabilities. The costs of care for small animal companions is frequently a limiting factor in the quality of medicine a clinician can provide. Despite a prolonged economic recession, the proportion of pet owners that have insurance coverage is very low, and some reports suggest that decisions to end an animal’s life based on economic factors ("economic euthanasia") is increasing.

HSVMA Leadership Council member Dr. Barry Kipperman would like veterinarians to share their thoughts on the effects of economic limitations of clients on quality of practice and professional satisfaction.

The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete. All responses will be confidential. Begin survey»