Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study

It’s a challenge that too many of us face: Dog and cat visits to veterinary clinics seem to be decreasing at a time when the pet population is increasing. Undoubtedly, this paradox raises concerns about whether pets are getting adequate veterinary care, what impact fewer visits will have on veterinary economics and whether we can reverse this trend.

The Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study, an executive summary of which appears in the May 15, 2011, issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, set out to confirm the decrease in the number of patient visits, to identify the factors responsible and present specific actions companion-animal practitioners can take to encourage more frequent veterinary visits for dogs and cats.

It’s a good read, and each of us should spend some time with it. We encourage you to take a look.

Findings of the second phase of the Bayer study will be presented at the AVMA Annual Convention in St. Louis on Monday, July 18.

5 thoughts on “Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study

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  2. The cost of vet care is becoming increasingly expensive. And you cannot get a vet to give an opinion anymore. They only give you option after option without telling you what you should do, pobably because of lawsuits. I recently spent $9,000 dollars in “tests” and one of the tests ultimately wound up in the death of my dog because the dog was too old to withstand the surgery. I won’t be making that mistake again.

  3. I’m not sure vets will be able to convince most pet owners of the need for annual wellness visits. I suspect many people don’t visit their doctors for their own annual wellness visits, even if they have insurance that makes such visits free. Wellness visits, for people or pets, are enough of an inconvenience that some people just won’t pursue them. Having to pay for them just makes it worse, and although many PEOPLE have health insurance, most PETS do not. Until we start encouraging people to insure their pets, cost will play a major factor in keeping them away. The study noted that cost was one of the four main factors in decreasing the number of visits, and the authors addressed both cost and convenience factors in their recommendations. I think they provided good advice in suggesting that it would be a good idea to develop a full year health plan with the owner and spread the charges out into equal monthly installments, because doing so is very similar to providing a health insurance plan. Owners could then purchase cheaper health insurance to cover unexpected expenses (accidents, serious illnesses, emergencies, etc.), when the owners are likely to seek care anyway but may need financial help to pay for it. The goal should not be to increase vet visits and thus vet income but to improve pet health. If we do not appear to be self-serving, perhaps we can convince at least some of them to come.

  4. Sorry, I miss quoted, I will not explain why their purchase does not work that they bought off the internet or the Big Chain Store.

  5. I like the study just find it ironic that a company that sells, its previously labeled veterinary only products, directly to internet pharmacies to compete directly with veterinarians is the sponsor of this study. Everyone is looking for a bargain so what ever a client can purchase from an internet source, labeled the same as the veterinary product prevents another visit to our hospitals. Granted, I agree service is everything. Client communication is a must. It has always been said, the more visits a client makes in the door, the more chances we have to communicate and educate. Clients think everything is less on the internet without comparing with their veterinarians first. I will explain to a client why their internet purchase or big chain store purchase is not working, I did not sale it and I will not support it.