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National Pet Month - veterinary professionals are pet owners too.

National Pet Month - veterinary professionals are pet owners too...

BVA (British Veterinary Association) research has shown that four out of five vets (81%) have at least one pet in their household, and pets who made their childhoods special are often what inspired them including our Animor colleagues to become vets or helped to make them better vets.

As we go into National Pet Month in April, it’s already common knowledge that vets love animals so it’s perhaps not a surprise that a BVA survey has revealed that not only do the majority of vets (81%) have at least one pet in their household, but more than half (56%) actually own more than one pet. Vets in clinical practice are more likely than average to own a pet, with 86% owning animals compared to 68% of those not in clinical practice. It is also heart-warming to note that more than two-thirds of vets (68%) also said all or some of their pets came from rehoming abandoned or stray animals.

Dogs top the list of most popular pets for vets, with 55% of vets having canine pals and almost a quarter (24%) owning more than one dog. The stats also showed that vets in equine practice (73%), commerce and industry (70%) and mixed practice (69%) were more likely than average to own a dog.

But of course, dogs are not the only pets beloved by vets. Almost half of vets (48%) own a cat while one in eight owns a horse (13%). Around one in ten vets own fish or birds, seven per cent own small furries such as guinea pigs and hamsters, three per cent have rabbits and one in twenty (5%) have reptiles or invertebrates.  A small number of respondents said they owned cows, sheep, chickens, goats, pigs, bees, alpacas and ferrets.