National Access to Care Research Study

Hear about the Study Results

Study Results: How Do Access to Veterinary Care Challenges Impact Animal Welfare Orgs?

Watch our webinar recording from April 10, 2024, to learn about the study's findings.

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.

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. The study closed on Friday, October 27, 2023.

Thank you to more than 500 participating organizations for your valuable time and commitment to this important matter. Participating organizations will have access to the research study results once they become available.