Scheduling and hours
Payment and insurance
Yes. There are many pet insurance options available, each with their own pricing structure and covered expenses. Here are basic guidelines from the American Veterinary Medical Association to help you choose the best plan for you:
The AVMA recognizes that viable pet health insurance programs may be an important approach for the veterinary profession to continue to provide high-quality veterinary services.
Pet health insurance policies should:
• Require a veterinarian-client-patient relationship;
• Allow policyholders to choose their own veterinarians, including specialists and emergency and critical care facilities;
• Never interfere with the veterinarian’s fee structures;
• Be approved by the state insurance regulatory agency where the policy is sold;
• Be consistent with the Principles of Veterinary Medical Ethics and the pet health insurance industry ethical standards;
• Use licensed veterinarians to assist in claims adjudication;
• Be clear about policy limits, pricing structures, and optional coverage (eg, coverage for annual wellness visits) that might be available to policy holders;
• Be transparent about how the terms and conditions of plans will impact coverage and costs, including the financial obligations of policy holders such as co-pays, deductibles, and exclusions;
• Communicate clearly about the fee reimbursement process (ie, how reimbursements are determined and how quickly reimbursements are provided to policy holders).
To get you started, here are some options to research. PPVC does not endorse or specifically recommend any of these plans.
New and prospective pet owners
• All Breed Rescue & Training
• Bark Busters of Colorado Springs
• Sarah Fricke, Colorado Dog Works—Animal Behaviorist and Trainer
• Denver Dumb Friends League
• ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist
• Animal Behavior Associates—behavior articles
• The Cat Behavior Clinic—cat behavior tips