Mobile veterinary clinics are becoming increasingly popular with pet owners across the country. Many veterinary practices have implemented specially outfitted vans that travel to their clients’ homes, providing pet care while eliminating the need for clients to drive to the practice’s main office. These clinics primarily provide spay and neutering services as well as basic treatments. Some practices even offer end-of-life services via house calls.
Here are a few reasons why these mobile clinics are the future of veterinary care.
An obvious reason for mobile clinics’ growing prominence is the convenience they provide to clients as well as their pets. Mobile clinics allow pet owners to remain in the comfort of their homes while taking care of routine check-ups and certain treatments. This convenience may also calm pets who are uncomfortable with the vet’s main office, as it can eliminate stress created by other pets, car trips, and anxiety triggers within a check-up room. A familiar environment may allow pets to develop positive association with vet interactions, which, in turn, can strengthen client-vet relations. This advantage can be especially comforting in end-of-life scenarios.
Mobility gives vets the chance to observe clients’ pets in their day-to-day environment. This insight that can potentially lead to a crucial diagnosis or solution to a nagging problem. For example, an owner that is overfeeding a pet may not realize he or she is doing so. A mobile vet may be able to identify this issue by observing the pet’s feeding habits and by looking at the physical amount in which the pet is being fed – something that wouldn’t be so easily observed if the pet was brought into the office from home.
Mobile clinics allow vets to access pets in a variety of settings and situations. For instance, since sick or injured pets have a tendency to hide, mobile clinics allow vets to come directly to these animals, saving their owners the hassle of forcing them into a car, which is just added stress for the animal. Additionally, mobile services can also be beneficial in cases involving large and/or badly injured animals, who would be too difficult to transport.
Furthermore, mobility prevents vets from remaining constrained to a single geographic service area, giving them the chance to “capitalize on demand growth in other areas,” as noted by PetMD.com.
Compared to stationary vet offices, mobile clinics are much less expensive to create and operate. The Balance reports that mobile clinics require roughly $250,000 to start, a much cheaper price than that of traditional locations, which were estimated at around $1,000,000. Mobility also provides savings on property taxes, rent payments, and other financial responsibilities attached to a traditional stationary practice.