Access to Veterinary Care for Low-Income Populations
Animal companions are essential for the emotional, physical, and social benefits of a wide range of different people. Pets provide humans with a non-judgmental companion and in return, humans provide for and nurture their animals. However, care for a companion animal can be nearly unattainable without a comfortable income. In low-income populations accessible veterinary care that is affordable can be lacking. There needs to be support systems in place that address the welfare of low-income humans and their animals. Through qualitative analysis of interviews with veterinarians, I examine existing systems that provide support for impoverished pet owners to determine the best practices to better serve low-income populations.