A mobile veterinary clinic provides high quality and affordable pet care for all kinds of animals. The services offered vary between different clinics, as do the conditions for financial assistance, which clinics can offer to qualified pet owners. As a re, the American Association of Housecall Veterinarians offers a directory of mobile clinics, as well as a directory of veterinarians who conduct home visits. To offer animals the welfare services they need, while offering comfort to their owners, many veterinary practices offer on-site clinics.
Many on-site clinics offer the same services that owners would receive in a veterinary practice. For cats and dogs, the clinics offer vaccinations, as well as first welfare visits for kittens and puppies. In addition to wellness exams, some clinics offer diagnostics and administer heartworm and flea medication. If equipment and facilities are available, some on-site clinics will offer dental and surgical services.
The clinics can also serve other animals, in addition to cats and dogs. Reptiles, birds, rabbits and ferrets are some examples of animals that can be treated in on-site clinics. Services may depend on the availability of staff, as specialists often provide surgical and medical care to exotic animals. In addition to taking care of the exotic, some mobile clinics offer services to farm animals and equines.
Some mobile programs are dedicated to special services. For example, in New York, Operation Pit is led by the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). The Pit operation makes it possible to sterilize, neutralize or offer vasectomies to pit bulls and mixtures of pit bulls. In addition to reproductive surgeries, pit bulls and mixtures can receive vaccinations and microchips. Owners benefit from Operation Pit services free of charge, regardless of their place of residence or income level.
For homeowners who use public assistance, on-site clinics will often provide high discount services. Homeowners who use Temporary Assistance for Families in Need (TANF), food stamps, Social Security disability, Medicaid, Medicare or other forms of well-being, will generally receive lower prices on animal care. Sometimes establishments provide assistance to unemployed homeowners or low-income families.
Mobile clinics offer services at various sites. In some cases, vehicles will park in central locations in the neighborhood, where owners will then bring their pets. In other cases, the vehicles will even come directly to the owner’s home to provide services. Owners should call their nearest department to find out if vehicles will be coming to the house or if they need to bring pets into a neighborhood.
In some clinics, pets may receive walk-in services. For surgeries, however, owners must make an appointment in advance, by calling the office or using an online form. When the owners arrive for appointments, they must be on time and the animals must be in carriers or kept on a leash. Some clinics require animals to remain in a vehicle until they are admitted.
A mobile veterinary clinic will provide a reasonable solution for caring for animals, especially owners who are homebound or have no access to transportation. For people receiving public assistance or people below certain income levels, many clinics offer reduced rates. For more information, pet owners should consult the American Association of Housecall Veterinarians, or contact their local veterinary clinic.
by Sadie Glevy Siekierski