National Access to Care Research Study

We believe the single greatest threat the animal welfare profession has ever faced is the lack of access to veterinary care.  The shortage of veterinarians, the rising cost of vet care, and inequities in access to care impact ALL animals and the people who care for them.

We need to understand the breadth and depth of these challenges so we can work toward solutions. Access to Care presents a major challenge to our field and to pet owners everywhere. Our profession has solved big problems before and won’t stop until we have this one beaten as well.

In October 2023, The Association partnered with The Program for Pet Health Equity at the University of Tennessee to conduct a research study on the impacts of access to care challenges on animal welfare organizations in the United States. Thank you to more than 500 participating organizations for your valuable time and commitment to this important matter.

Get the study results

Use the buttons to the right to view a webinar recording from April 10, 2024 where we discussed the study's findings, and to download the Executive Summary and Full Study Report.