posted on September 24, 2009 06:04
Perhaps you have never really considered how a veterinary hospital is funded and what that means for your pet. Human hospitals are supported through government assistance, including programs such as Medicaid and Medicare, tax-relief if they are non-profit and other subsidies. They often have auxiliary organizations providing equipment and volunteer help.
Veterinary hospitals are not usually eligible for non-profit status. They are not supported through government assistance, third party insurance payments or coummunity donations in most cases. Veterinarians provide the entire funding for their hospitals through the profits from pet owners who use their services and through accepting much lower average salaries than physicians, despite having nearly identical college requirements and skills. Veterinarians subsidize almost all surgeries, extended hospital stays and especially spay/neuter procedures through the profits from other areas of the hospital, including vaccinations and medications dispensed.
When you send your money to catalog companies you are hurting your pet's chances of having the best medical care. There will be less money available for equipping a hospital. Less money for continuing education. Less money to purchase current medical references. Your support of our veterinary hospital is necessary for all these needs. Your pet benefits directly from moneyo you spend here. Can the same be said for a catalog company?