A mobile veterinarian clinic provides quality onsite pet care, for many types of animals, at a low cost to owners. Onsite clinics offer a variety of services for pet owners, and some will offer financial assistance to qualified pet lovers. The American Association of Housecall Veterinarians provides a directory of mobile clinics, as well as vets who make housecalls, as a resource for pet owners. Onsite clinics provide convenience for pet owners, while giving animals the wellness services that they need.
Onsite clinics provide many of the same services as a veterinary office. Many offer vaccinations for cats and dogs, as well as introductory visits for puppies and kittens. Some clinics offer wellness exams and diagnostics, and may administer flea and heartworm medication. Certain clinics may even offer surgical and dental services, depending on available equipment and facilities.
Some clinics will provide services to animals other than dogs and cats. Ferrets, rabbits, birds, and reptiles are just some examples of pets who may receive services at onsite clinics. Usually, specialized veterinarians provide medical and surgical care for exotic pets, so services will depend upon the availability of staff. Mobile clinics may also provide services to equines or farm animals, depending on the scope of the practice.
Some mobile clinics offer specialty programs. In New York City, for instance, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) conducts a program called Operation Pit. The program offers spaying, neutering, and vasectomy services to pit bulls and pit bull mixes, along with vaccinations and microchips, upon request. All services are offered free of charge to owners, regardless of income level or place of residence.
Many onsite clinics will provide free or heavily discounted services for pet owners on public assistance. Owners who are on welfare, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security disability, food stamps, or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) programs, will usually qualify for lower prices on necessary pet care. Depending on the facility, assistance may be extended to low-income families, or to owners who are unemployed.
Mobile clinics may be held at different sites around the neighborhood. Sometimes, clinics are housed in vehicles which park in central neighborhood locations. At other times, vehicles will bring services directly to the owner’s home. A quick telephone call will let owners know if mobiles make house calls, or where services are offered in the neighborhood.
Some clinics provide walk-up services. For most surgeries, however, owners will need to call the veterinary office, or use the office’s website, to schedule an appointment. Pet owners should take care to arrive on time for their appointments, and should keep animals leashed or in a carrier. Some clinics require animals to remain in a vehicle, until the veterinarian admits them into the onsite unit.
For pet owners who may not have transportation, or who may be homebound, mobile veterinarian clinics will provide affordable pet care solutions. Many clinics offer reduced prices to people on public assistance, or people who meet certain income requirements. To find out more, pet owners should contact a local clinic, or look for a referral from the American Association of Housecall Veterinarians.