The Rise of the Mobile Vet - Mobile Vet Use Doubles Since Covid
After the Covid-19 pandemic, many sectors noticed an upturn in business, particularly those that offered mobile services. Mobile veterinary care has undoubtedly seen a boom in recent times, and it’s apparent why many Australians now see this type of service as an essential aspect of pet care.
“There are a huge number of benefits of taking up the services of a mobile veterinarian,” Nadia Crighton from Pet Insurance Australia says. “The percentage of Pet Insurance Australia customers using Mobile Vets has more than doubled since just before covid (2018 / 2019).”
For many pets, the thought of heading to the vet can bring on a whole host of anxious behaviours and stress while for pet owners, making an appointment for their local vet, particularly for routine care, can endure long wait times.
With the veterinarian industry seeing extreme shortages in qualified vets nationwide, these services are becoming increasingly critical to ensure all Australian pets have readily available and reliable veterinarian care. With an estimated 28.7 million pets residing in 6.9 million households, high-quality veterinary access is vital for many Australians.
According to Animal Medicines Australia recent survey, Australia witnessed a pandemic pet boom, with 69% of all households owning a pet. This is significantly higher than the consistent 61% recorded in 2016 and 2019, before the pandemic. However, the result is also on par with thier 2021 Pets and the Pandemic findings – suggesting the pandemic pet ownership boom has plateaued into a ‘new normal’.
Kiri Brandli, Pawssum Mobile Vets Operation manager, agrees that during the Covid pandemic, many Australia’s realised the importance of mobile vets throughout this time.
“Pawssum Mobile Vets experienced an increase in demand for two main reasons,” she says. “Since covid, people got used to on-demand services in all aspects of their lives. Same with their pets – people now tend to get food delivered and now invite Pawssum vet care to the home. We also witnessed a massive growth in pet ownership during covid.”
These services also allow veterinarians to cope with the stresses of long and often highly emotional working hours. Permitting them to continue doing the job they love while having the flexibility they need is a win-win for veterinarians and the pet-loving public.
“It’s no surprise to many in the industry that veterinarians have one of the most stressful jobs on the planet,” Crighton says. “Mobile vet services allow our hardworking and much-needed registered veterinarians to continue to work their magic while maintaining stress levels that go hand-in-hand with premium pet care.”
Benefits of Mobile Vets
Registered mobile veterinary services offer many benefits for both pets and their owners. Some of the benefits of using a mobile vet include the following:
- Convenience: With a mobile vet, you don’t have to worry about transporting your pet to a clinic, which can be stressful for you and your pet. Instead, the vet comes to your home or workplace, saving you time and hassle.
- Personalised care: Mobile vets offer personalised care for your pet, as they are able to get to know your pet’s unique needs and personality.
- Reduced stress: Visiting a traditional vet clinic can be stressful for some pets, especially those with anxiety or fear of new environments. A mobile vet can provide your pet with a more relaxed and comfortable environment.
- Flexibility: Mobile vets offer more flexibility in terms of scheduling appointments. They can often work around your schedule, making finding a time that works for you and your pet easier.
- Preventative care: Mobile vets can provide preventive care such as vaccinations, wellness exams, and parasite prevention right in your home.
- End-of-life care: Mobile vets can also provide end-of-life care and euthanasia services in the comfort of their homes, allowing you to say goodbye to your pet in a familiar and peaceful environment.
“At Pawssum Mobile Vets we offer services from sick pet consultations, vaccinations, and peaceful end-of-life care for pets,” Brandli says. “We also offer vet video calls to make it even easier for Australians to access top quality veterinarian advice from the comfort of their homes.”
The growth in this sector is great news for Australian pet owners and their beloved feline friends and canine companions.
“More services such as these can literally be a lifesaver for many Australian pets,” Crighton says. “Offering high-quality veterinarian care in the comfort of your home is a huge benefit to vets, pets, and their owners.”
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