Tech entrepreneur sets sights on home veterinary healthcare
Matt Meeker admits he finds it stressful to take his Great Dane Hugo to the veterinarian. Large in size, Hugo has a way of intimidating others.
Meeker's entrepreneurial nature was sparked by this problem, and he started looking for solutions for a more relaxed experience. And that's when he turned to his inspiration: his dog, Hugo. How would Hugo want his healthcare delivered? The answer came immediately. He'd want it to happen at home, on his own couch. So Meeker set out to make this idea happen. And the result is BarkCare, a house call veterinary service that offers wellness exams and care in the pet's home.
"It's designed to be an hour visitation, and we've built out some very sophisticated back-end scheduling software that helps the vets manage their routes more effectively," Meeker says. "We have enough volume and enough technical sophistication that we minimize that time traveling around the city and give them the perfect schedule. And they get to spend an hour with each pet and really get to know that patient quite well."