The State of Emergency and Specialty Veterinary Care

Survey results from over 250 professionals in emergency, specialty, and urgent care practices.

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In our first-ever State of ER and Specialty Veterinary Care report, we surveyed 277 emergency and specialty veterinary professionals to better understand how they’re addressing the industry’s biggest challenges, enhancing productivity, evolving their hiring and team structure, and advancing technology in 2023.

  • The overwhelming majority of ER and specialty hospitals are facing staffing shortages (86%), employee mental health challenges (83%), and increased patient volumes (54%).
  • In 2023, more than half (52%) of respondents reported their hospitals hired relief veterinarians to work in the practice, while 67% of hospitals increased overtime to handle workload.
  • 75% of respondents saw positive improvements from adopting new technology, including improved efficiency, increased accessibility, and/or enhanced patient monitoring.

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