The Access to Veterinary Care Coalition (AVCC) was formed to draw attention to the problem of lack of access to veterinary care and to educate the veterinary profession and communities about it. It is an American story that affects millions of pets and their people in the United States. A better understanding of this societal problem will encourage evidence-based strategies to save lives.
The AVCC is working in association with the University of Tennessee’s College of Social Work and the Veterinary Social Work program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, conducting a national study (made possible by the generosity of Maddie’s Fund) of pet owners, including populations with inadequate access to veterinary care, and veterinary service providers. The purpose of the study is to identify barriers that households face, as well as best practices among those delivering veterinary care to underserved pet owners. The results will be published in a seminal report and widely disseminated to help guide veterinarians, animal welfare organizations, legislators, community leaders, and others as they seek to improve access to veterinary care for pets currently without it.
The Access to Veterinary Care Coalition is a proud recipient of funding from Maddie's Fund®, helping to achieve a no-kill nation #ThanksToMaddie.
Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $187.8 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.
Maddie's Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.