Presented by Michael Blackwell, DVM, MPH, and Susan Krebsbach, DVM

8 pm ET/5 pm PT, Wednesday, June 12, 2019

This webinar is approved for 1.5 hours of RACE CE credits. Registration is FREE for HSVMA members.


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Lack of access to veterinary care is a complex societal problem with multiple causes but it is primarily associated with low socioeconomic status. Millions of pets do not receive adequate veterinary care because the costs are beyond the family’s ability to pay, making lack of access to veterinary care the most significant animal welfare crisis affecting owned pets in the United States.

During this webinar, Dr. Blackwell and Dr. Krebsbach will share the results of a national study of barriers to veterinary care that pet owners face. They will discuss what veterinarians know about the problem and their attitudes and practices regarding it. They will also introduce the concept of aligning human social service providers with veterinary service providers to better support families.

The learning objectives are:

  • Understanding the scope of barriers to veterinary care faced by pet owners, veterinarian’s knowledge, attitude, and practices about access to veterinary care, and recommendations to address it as presented in the Access to Veterinary Care Coalition’s seminal report.
  • Awareness of AlignCare™, a research and development project of One Health and funded by Maddie’s Fund®, as a possible means to alleviating the stress of not being able to provide veterinary care for your pet.

We hope you will join us for this important discussion

All HSVMA webinars are FREE for HSVMA members. This webinar is pending approval for 1.5 hours of RACE CE credits for veterinarians and veterinary technicians.

If you are not a veterinary professional (veterinarian, veterinary technician, veterinary or veterinary technician student), we welcome your participation in the webinar for a one-time fee. Please call 301-548-7771 or email [email protected] to complete the registration..




Dr. Michael Blackwell is the director of the Program for Pet Health Equity at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Social Work. He earned his DVM from Tuskegee University and a Master of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University. Dr. Blackwell’s  mission is to improve access to veterinary care, especially for families with limited means. He chairs the Access to Veterinary Care Coalition. Previous to this position, Dr. Blackwell served as:

          • Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee
          • Chief of Staff, Office of the Surgeon General of the United States
          • Deputy Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration
          • Chief Veterinary Officer, U.S. Public Health Service
          • Chief Veterinary Officer, The Humane Society of the United States.

During 23 years on active duty, he achieved the rank of Assistant Surgeon General (Rear Admiral) of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Also, he owned and operated private veterinary practices in Oklahoma and Maryland. Dr. Blackwell has received numerous awards and recognitions, most notably, the U.S. Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal (which is the highest personal honor award), and the Meritorious Service Medal (the second highest personal honor award). He also twice received the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal.


 Dr. Susan Krebsbach is the Assistant Director, Program for Pet Health Equity at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Social Work. After graduation from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in industrial engineering, she started out as a systems engineer for the IBM Corporation and later became an advisory marketing representative, she was recognized as one of the top 5% marketing representatives in the country.

A graduate of The Ohio State University School of Vet Medicine she worked as a small animal general practitioner, started a veterinary animal behavior consulting service, Creature Counseling, and was a veterinary consultant for Maddie’s Fund and the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association.

In addition to her role with the Program for Pet Health Equity, Dr. Krebsbach is also honored to be the executive director of the Access to Veterinary Care Coalition, a diverse group of individuals promoting pet retention as it pertains to access to veterinary care by removing barriers and guiding public policies to ensure access to veterinary care for all pets.