August 1, 2017
When it’s time to take my dog to the vet for routine check-ups and vaccinations, getting her in the car is the easy part. But once we pull up to the vet’s building, the panting begins, then there’s a bathroom stop in the grass, followed by treats to coax her inside. And while we’re waiting for the doctor, the tail-tucked 85-pound yellow lab turns into the largest lap dog that drools and whines. It’s not fun for anyone.
Vetted, the on-demand vet care platform makes is less stressful for your pets to get the care they need in the comfort of your own home.
Instead of dragging your pet through vet clinic door, Vetted offers personable and affordable in-home veterinary services that include: wellness exams, non-emergency sick visits, post-hospital care, vaccinations, diagnostics and treatment and end-of-life care.
To schedule a vet, the owner can use the website to login or call the company service line and request an appointment between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The veterinarian staff are DVMs and hand-picked by the Vetted team.
After the home visit, the vet will create a customized care plan and monitor progress. Owners can also connect with vets via voice or video chat with additional questions.
The Customized House Call Exam runs $99 and an Annual Care Plan starts at $49 for each pet. For those households that have more than one pet, you can schedule a house visit for all of them at once.
If your pet is in need of medication, Vetted partnered with VetsFirstChoice to have meds or products sent to your home.
Obviously if there is an emergency or the pet needs more intensive care, then taking them to your regular vet is the call. But for routine matters, using an in-home care could reduce the need to go through all the drama of visiting a clinic.
Currently Vetted is only available in the Los Angeles area, but expansion is coming soon. Today the company announced a $3.3 million dollar first institutional round of funding led by Foundation Capital, with Amplify LA also participating in the round. The company plans to use the funds to expand services to new regions, recruit veterinary services, and offer more services for pet owners.
CEO and cofounder Karan Aneja, who also cofounded Portea Medical, South-East Asia’s largest home healthcare company, had the idea for Vetted after his dog Gobi got sick.
“It was 5:30 in the evening, and our local vet was closed, so we had to go to a chain. We waited for hours with other sick animals in line, and Gobi was getting more stressed by the minute,” said Aneja. “After running through a series of mandatory protocols and imaging tests, we were given a $680 bill and told it was simply indigestion. That was the moment I knew there was a fundamental issue in this industry that I could help transform.”
Aneja and cofounder Ali Shahid (also an animal lover), along with leading vets in the Los Angeles area, developed a new model for bringing high-quality veterinary care directly to people’s homes.
“To the pets, the vet is just another house guest. Most of the time, they don’t even realize they’ve been examined at all. Plus, by removing infrastructure costs and bringing the full suite of veterinarian services straight to people’s homes, we’ve been able to cut the price of overall care by 50 percent,” Shahid said.
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