Improving Education And Affordability Of Preventative Animal Healthcare

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Improving Education and Affordability of Preventative Animal Healthcare Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated (Gandhi).” Animals have become an important part of life for many people. In 2011, the American Veterinary Medical Association found that 56% of households owned pets (“Vital Statistics”). With the increasing numbers of pets, there comes a heightened need to make preventative veterinary medicine more affordable and its benefits more widely known. Many pet owners are not aware of many diseases or health risks that their animals face. Veterinarians are beginning to suggest preventative health care plans to clients to help ensure that their pet lives a high…show more content…
Veterinary medicine has been a profession for one hundred and fifty years in the United States of America (Smith). In his abstract, Lessons of History in Veterinary Medicine, DF Smith noted that veterinary medicine started primarily as an agriculture profession (Smith). This meant that the veterinarians focused primarily on livestock animals, herd health, and horses. On his website, Veterinarian Roger Ross noted that companion animal medicine has improved greatly within the past several decades shifting to an increased appreciation of preventative medicine (Ross). With an increase in the number of pets, there became a heightened need for preventative veterinary medicine to ensure that they live healthy lives. Over the past couple of decades, veterinary technology has greatly increased allowing veterinarians to treat and diagnose a variety of diseases or conditions. Preventative medicine has made great advances in allowing animals to have longer, healthier lives. There are positive effects that have resulted from advances in preventative veterinary medicine. One important effect is that treating an animal with preventative medicine can result in future savings. Preventative care focuses on preventing diseases that can be debilitating to an animal’s health. Treatment for these diseases tend to be very
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