While many businesses have suffered due to COVID-19, the veterinary profession has seen an unprecedented increase in pets seeking veterinary care since the start of the Pandemic. As the veterinary profession continues to work to keep up with the patient volume, the exact cause of such growth in animals needing care is unknown but is likely multi-factorial.
More Time Spent at Home
The human-animal bond is stronger than ever as people across the country have looked to their pets for companionship, comfort, entertainment, and stress relief throughout the Pandemic. The extra time at home has led to pet owners becoming more sensitive to changes in their pet that they may not have noticed previously.
More Families Have Pets
Pet Ownership has been on the rise in the United States since the start of the Pandemic Approximately 11 million households have added pets to their home since the start of the Pandemic. A desire for companionship combined with more time spent at home have contributed to this growth.
The Impact on the Veterinary Profession
The increased number of pets seeking care has put a significant strain on the veterinary profession. Many veterinary hospitals can’t keep up with the need for care, and clients across the country are experiencing longer wait times to get appointments to see their veterinarian. Emergency hospitals are also experiencing more pets seeking care than ever before, often leading to exceedingly long wait times.
The veterinary profession, which already struggles with mental well-being, is also experiencing unprecedented rates of burnout and challenges to our emotional, mental, and physical well-being as we continue to put our patients’ needs ahead of our own.
Thank You for Supporting MedVet Cincinnati
Similar to others in our profession, MedVet Cincinnati continues to be available to a growing number of pets in need of emergency and specialty care. We are extremely grateful for the trust being placed in us to provide this care. We also acknowledge the extraordinary measures we are taking to protect and support the health and wellbeing of our team and community combined with the high number of pets in need of care has extended wait times. Our entire team is grateful to the Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati community for their ongoing patience and support.
Our team is actively working on ways to reduce this wait without affecting the quality of care we provide to those in need. We continue to augment our staffing, refine our processes for greater efficiency, and deploying new technologies to enhance communication with our valued clients and referring family veterinarians. With the growing number of vaccinated individuals in our communities, we are also starting to look at how we can welcome clients back into our hospital while keeping the convenience of curbside service.
You can help our efforts by:
- Calling ahead whenever possible.
- Reordering any special food or prescription refills early.
- Keeping in mind we prioritize patient care based on severity of illness and/or injury. If your pet is not experiencing a life-threatening emergency, there will likely be a wait.
- We are pleased to offer the convenience of curbside service, including patient drop-off, and are working hard to maintain open lines of communication throughout your pet’s time with us.
While your pet is under our care, we treat them as if they were our own pet. Every member of our team chose to be a member of the veterinary profession because we love pets and are honored to be entrusted with their care. Your patience and kindness while we provide exceptional care is always appreciated.
Jennifer (Jenny) Wells, DVM, Diplomate, ACVIM (SAIM) is a Board-certified Veterinary Internal Medicine Specialist and Medical Director at MedVet Cincinnati where she has been part of the medical team since 2011. Dr. Wells attended Texas A&M University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree graduating Magna Cum Laude. Following her graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Wells completed a yearlong internship in small animal medicine and surgery at VCA Alameda East Veterinary Hospital in Denver and a three-year residency in small animal internal medicine at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. During her residency she studied urinary tract infections in dogs and researched why certain infections are resistant to many antibiotics.
Since becoming a board-certified Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, Dr. Wells has authored scientific papers in veterinary publications, including the Journal of the Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) and Open Journal of Veterinary Medicine. She is also an active advocate of continued education for veterinary professionals and has lectured on small animal internal medicine topics including pericardial effusion, canine lymphoma, feline hepatic lipidosis, respiratory physiology, calcium homeostasis, and diabetes mellitus.
Dr. Wells maintains an interest in all aspects of small animal internal medicine with particular interests in liver disease, minimally invasive liver biopsy, feline ureteral obstruction, and critical care. She loves interacting with clients and improving the quality of life for her patients. When not treating patients, Dr. Wells loves the outdoors and traveling, especially when it involves some sort of adventure like bungee jumping, shark diving, glacier climbing and safaris.