Topline findings to be released from a new study on the impact of DEI barriers to pet ownership at summit

While more than 70% of US households have pets, and the overwhelming majority of pet owners see them as family members, an estimated 88 million animals receive minimum to no veterinary care, according to the Veterinary Industry Council (VIC). Finding solutions to remove barriers and expand access to a spectrum of care are among the issues veterinary industry leaders will tackle at the sixth annual Veterinary Innovation Summit, September 27-28, in Portland, OR, sponsored by VIC and the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC).  Learn more at

Timely panel sessions

The summit will feature a CEO-led panel on the future landscape of animal health and sessions on timely issues including: how to meet increased demand for veterinary care; the immediate need for a new mid-level veterinary practitioner position to help address the veterinary workforce challenges; and a top-line report from a novel study on DEI barriers to pet ownership and care.

“Financial constraints are just one of the many barriers families face when trying to provide healthcare to the animal members of their families. Other barriers, just as formidable, include geography, travel and transportation, cultural and communication differences, owner awareness of the value of preventive care, and more,” said Douglas Aspros, DVM and VIC Board Chair. “The Veterinary Innovation Council believes it is important for all animals to have access to basic veterinary healthcare services. As the leaders in our industry, we need to look for new, more flexible options for families, and cannot let the desire to always deliver ‘gold standard’ care become another barrier itself. We need to accept and support access to a spectrum of care so that veterinarians and their teams can meet their clients where they are.”

The sixth annual Veterinary Innovation Summit invites progressive thinkers to gather, network and strategize for the future while reimagining the delivery of care through a more client-centered approach. The 2022 event will focus on how technology intersects with traditional veterinary care, advocate for transformational changes, help develop solutions that advance the veterinary profession and build future-ready leaders.

About the Veterinary Innovation Council

“The NAVC founded the Veterinary Innovation Council to bring together the industry’s best thinkers and innovators to develop and champion solutions to key emerging issues in our industry,” said NAVC CEO Gene O’Neill and past VIC Board Chair. “With the veterinary industry’s leading organizations behind it and serving on its Board, we will further elevate access to healthcare for animals worldwide.”


Innovation drives quality care and successful practices. It means opening minds and filling toolboxes to make sure caregivers understand every option they have for keeping their patients healthy. IVC Journal helps readers connect to the forces of innovation and change in animal care, keeping them up to date and ready to safely take on any challenge. Veterinary care is an ever-changing field and thousands of veterinarians and veterinary technicians across North America are interested in learning about new services, products and techniques that will enhance their practice and update their skills. As patients demand a higher level of balance and care, IVC Journal makes sure readers can step up and deliver. IVC discusses market trends in health treatments, new product features, industry news, ways to grow and support your retail presence, and more! We work with top experts to help you innovate, grow and care.


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