The CVMA is committed to helping solve the Access to Veterinary Care challenges facing California.
Access to Veterinary Care is a multifaceted public health and welfare issue rooted primarily in many pet owners’ inability to afford veterinary services, but influenced by other factors. Additional factors include:
regulatory policies including incremental care and utilization of veterinary support staff;
public education and outreach;
Veterinarians alone cannot solve the problems that stand as barriers to veterinary care for so many pet owners. Because the health of the pet is linked to the health of their family, the problem of Access to Veterinary Care should be considered a public health and social service issue. Collaborative steps must be taken to help underserved families access veterinary care for their pets to ensure communal health and welfare. Collaboration of government agencies, private non-profit groups, pet owners, and the veterinary profession are key to addressing this issue.
All people across the socioeconomic spectrum deserve to benefit from the human-animal bond.
The CVMA Access to Veterinary Care Task Force has identified several ways in which the CVMA and the veterinary profession can contribute to finding solutions to Access to Veterinary Care. The CVMA is committed, on an ongoing basis, to working on each of these items. View the list here.