Why our consultations are free for everyone.
We think it’s right to provide free vet consultations. Charging a consultation fee neither helps owners nor vets to do the best for a pet’s health, which after all is what we are here for.
In fact, we believe that when vet surgeries charge a consultation fee it creates a barrier for delivering great health care.
This is usually due to the fact that when a consultation fee is involved:
- Some owners delay getting professional advice for their pet because they are worried about the cost of seeing the vet
- Some owners cannot afford all the re-checks their pet’s condition needs
- Some owners cannot afford any treatment, because they have spent all their money on seeing the vet.
At Animal Trust we think that all pets should get early professional advice when sick or injured, that pets should have all the re-checks they need and vets should be helping clients to access the right treatment for their pets. That’s why we’ve got rid of the consultation fee for good.
Sometimes people ask how we can afford not to charge a consultation fee when other vets may be charging £30 or £40 or even more. Our not for profit nature means that we’re only interested in keeping pets healthy instead of gaining a profit, so all of our vet consultations within normal working hours are completely free.
We also believe that our veterinary prices offer exceptional value across our services – many people travel a great distance for us to perform surgery, imaging and inpatient procedures, that they simply couldn’t afford at their local vets.
In a recent cost comparison survey over 123 surgeries, one of our clients spent less on average over a year than at any other surgery.*
*Survey in June 2018 of 123 surgeries who using the same surgery management software as Animal Trust