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NEWS | Cover story
Are veterinarians and shelters in competition?
dvm360 Table 1
Referring adopted cats to a veterinarian
Shelters report referrals to veterinarians for adopted cats more often than veterinarians do.
Q (to veterinarians): How frequently does your local shelter refer adopted cats to you or to another local veterinarian? Q (to shelters): How frequently does your shelter refer adopted cats to a local veterinarian?
of veterinarians say yes
of shelters say yes
13% 9% 5% 73%
dvm360 Table 2
Perceptions of veterinary-shelter relationships
When describing their impression of most shelter-veterinarian relationships, each group sees itself as more supportive than the other.
Q: In your opinion, which of these comes closest to how would you categorize the relationship between most veterinary clinics and local shelters?
Mutual support and respect
Veterinarians support shelters, but shelters don’t always support veterinarians.
Shelters support veterinarians, but veterinarians don’t always support shelters.
Little to no relationship between our clinic and shelters.
dvm360 Table 3
Services veterinarians provide to shelters
Veterinarians see themselves providing free post-adoption exams far more frequently than shelters recognize. Veterinarians also report themselves as more likely to support shelters ﬁnancially or to volunteer at shelters.
Q: Which of the following do you/local veterinary clinics do? Recommend the 70% shelter to clients 68% Provide free post-adoption 55% physical exam 23% 38% Consult on medical protocols 52% Support a shelter ﬁnancially 38% 18% 23% Volunteer at a shelter 14% Provide reduced-cost post17% adoption physical exam 22% Provide reduced-cost veterinary 17% care for routine illness 22% Provide free veterinary care for 5% routine illness 3%
Source: CATalyst Council, AllPoints Research, PetFinder.com, Will Spivey
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of dvm - January 2013
dvm - January 2013
Where did I go wrong?
Pets and Vets
CATalyst survey examines how veterinarians really feel about animal shelters and pet rescue organizations.
What’s new? What’s now?
Employee steals more than $400,000 from clinic
Longtime veterinarian killed in plane crash in California
Canadian SPCA concerned by number of “home neutering” reports
Arrest made in Minnesota veterinary hospital arson
Washington DVM accused of abusing patients, medications
When faced with disaster, practices need a plan
University of Minnesota celebrates 750,000th urolith
Death to debt
Letter of the law
dvm - January 2013