Access to Veterinary Care Resources
Access to veterinary care (AVC) means owned dogs and cats universally and equitably receive care that improves their welfare, decreases suffering, and is compassionate, respectful, and considerate of pets and family circumstances. AVC is increasingly noted as a concern by pet owners and animal welfare professionals. A 2018 survey by the Access to Veterinary Care Coalition found that 28% of pet owners experienced a barrier to care in the last 2 years, and 23% were unable to provide preventive care for at least 1 of their pets. Combine that with Pets for Life data that approximately 17 million pets in underserved communities have never seen a veterinarian, and the magnitude of the issue becomes clear. Read more research.
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Access to Veterinary Care Conference
Register for the first-ever Access to Veterinary Care Conference hosted by the ASPCA® and the University of Minnesota October 17-19.
Access to Veterinary Care Research
Peruse our collection of AVC research studies from ASPCA and other organizations.