Our Commitment to Research

There is a national gap in access to veterinary care that affects almost 60 million pets and their families, leaving them without access to the medical care they need. Closing this gap requires strong collaboration among organizations and individuals within the Access to Veterinary Care field. Due to the recent emergence of this field, there is not yet a strong base of credible research to guide practitioners and policy makers in implementing proven strategies to close the gap effectively. Developing a robust foundation of research and fostering collaborative efforts over an extended period are critical for improving access for these families.

That’s where we can help. In 2019, Emancipet began a formal research initiative with the goal of helping to build the evidence base for the Access to Veterinary Care field. Our aim is to not only improve practices within our own network of clinics but also to work with others to share findings that benefit the field more broadly.

Research at Emancipet

Our work includes, but is not limited to, understanding the gaps in our communities, identifying operational opportunities for improvement, and assessing the impact of our approach. We delve deeper than mere numbers, exploring the reasons behind the data using a variety of methods including qualitative, quantitative, or a mix of both. We are committed to conducting research that is both equitable and rigorous, adhering to the highest standards of research practices. At the core of our research philosophy are principles such as mutual respect among collaborators and participants; a strong commitment to confidentiality, privacy, and safety in research practices; and a dedication to social justice.

Meghan Still, Ph.D.

Director of Research, Data & Analytics

Calvin Hall, Ph.D.

Senior Research Analyst

Natalie Goldsworthy

Research, Data, and Analytics Manager

Shana Breeden

Junior Data Analyst

Highlighted Research

Graphical abstract illustrating the background, methods, and results of the study. Background Panel: Panel depicting the background of the study. Includes illustrations of a dog, a mosquito, and a map of Texas with two clinics marked. A calendar indicates the dates of data collection. Methods Panel: Panel illustrating the methods used in the study. Divided into four sections: 'Process and Protocol' with a syringe and pills, 'Additions' with a dog and its owner, 'Minimizations' with a veterinary technician and a dog, and 'Maximizations' with a veterinarian and a dog. Results Panel: Panel displaying the results of the study. Features a dog, a calendar indicating a three-month period, and headings for 'Effective' and 'Safe' outcomes, along with corresponding percentages for treatment completion, negative outcomes post-treatment, need for additional care, and mortality rate.

We’re thrilled to share Emancipet’s debut peer-reviewed research publication, now available in the scientific journal Parasites and Vectors at no cost.

With heartworm disease in dogs on the rise nationwide, many families find it challenging to afford this lifesaving treatment. In response, Emancipet has developed a specialized heartworm treatment protocol for high-volume outpatient clinics. Our collaborative study with the ASPCA demonstrates that implementing these protocols enables veterinary care providers to offer more affordable outpatient heartworm treatment, ensuring safety and effectiveness while expanding access for more pet owners.

October 16, 2023

Using a Technician Leveraged Model to Provide High-Quality Adulticidal Treatment for Heartworm Disease

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We’re dedicated to increasing access to veterinary care, redefining who receives it and how it’s delivered. Interested in collaborating? Reach out! Let’s work together to make veterinary care accessible for everyone.

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