Tensions build between private practitioners, low-cost service providers
But some private veterinary practices have found ways to co-exist with public programs and charitable organizations.
Oct 01, 2012
The Feb. 16 article in the Tucson Enterprise features a large photograph of a small dog covered in snow. The headline reads, "Veterinarians protest local spay/neuter clinic." The writer opens the story with an account from DVM Newsmagazine about some Mississippi veterinarians who protest a local spay-neuter clinic associated with an animal shelter.
The DVM Newsmagazine article, "A call to protest," ran in February 2012. It tells the story of 65 veterinarians and family members who "converged on an area shelter to protest the loss of 40 percent of their spay-and-neuter business to a low-cost sterilization program."
The Tucson, Ariz., article does not report a similar protest. But it does lay out one part of the complex tension between private-practice veterinarians and low-cost veterinary clinics. "Here in Tucson," the article states, "the problem is compounded when facilities like Animal Birth Control, which does assembly line style spays and neuters, starts doing other things such as dentals and declaws."Though the reporter was apparently sympathetic to the economic problems faced by private practice veterinarians, the photograph of the shivering dog tells a different story. This mixed message is probably unavoidable as tensions rise between private practice veterinarians and low-cost alternatives in their communities.