Thanks to all that replied!!! I had not asked my wife what she really thought before I posted this and felt like she would be fairly negative. She handles insurance and payments at a regular doctors office. So on the ride home from church on Easter I started talking about it. Her thoughts matched some of all that posted,But she thought it would be be a herculean effort if it could be done. According to Mr. Google there are about 57% of families in the USA that have a dog or cat>approximately 86 million cat people and 78 million dog people(National Pet Owner Survey 2018) and there are other types of animal pets. 1 to 2% of these owners have pet insurance, pretty low number. What does that say about the pet insurance business? People spend approximately $378 a year on dogs and $191 on cats at the vet. Average salary for a vet out of school $60,000, medium salary $88,000, high salary 161,000.
Now I am just thinking and would like your input(if I'm a nut case or not, you can start a poll it won't hurt my feelings). For normal dog and cat problems I would go to my regular vet. I think of these Universities for more far ranging problems. Trouble is lately some of these colleges don't get very good reviews and the costs are pretty exorbitant. I believe they receive government funding and there prices should be somewhat lower since they are teaching colleges.
People sometimes try to get their very sick animals in trials at these teaching hospitals and maybe that's a good idea>but the charges are still very high. I personally don't want my pet used as a lab rat even if they may have the latest medical information. I would rather be with my pet. I took my 2 dogs to UGA for laparoscopic ovariectomy spay surgery> it cost me $1200. I liked the fact that they were over it in one day and at the time, I was working non stop and had the money. It may have been overkill but not to me.
Hypothetically if you could get 1 million pet owners to donate $100 you would have 100,000,000 maybe enough to start let's say 3 hospitals. I spend more than that on food every month for my 2 dogs. You take your wife out to eat 2 times a month and spend that. I am thinking it would not be a non profit, but sort of a Costco/Sam'sClub/Amazon Prime type of effort with a hospital like St. Jude in mind.(good call Patricia, a place that cares about the patient)
It would lower the cost to members for expensive procedures, ie broken bones, tumors,eye surgery, surgical procedures, maybe dental procedures. We might be like an HMO centrally located in the most populated animal areas. We might be able to work in conjunction with local vets, as they might have use of our facilities and machines sort of as an outpatient type situation. Maybe swapping some labor for medical machine time. We would locate the physical buildings so pet owners could drive to the facility in less than 8 hours so more pets could be helped. We could have a few dorm room type living quarters for the owner to stay with their dog for short periods.
Canyx, "who determines the policies and ethics of the organization"I still believe we live in a Democracy(I may be wrong these days) but as a donor of the organization we would vote on the policies and ethics. Those that participate/donate/propagate would all help make the decisions of the organization.
parus "I don't see how this clinic could operate significantly less expensively than a typical clinic would" All pet owners would not need the services that this entity would provide, But they would be there if they were needed. I am willing to donate so that your dog or cat can be helped and I believe other pet owners may feel the same way> this is still America and we all love pets. We could get some high profile folks on board for advertising and solicitation of donations. I will donate time, money and labor. I think sometimes retired people are underestimated in what they can do. I am not retired at this time.
Shell, I have actually installed automatic dog kennel water supply's for some shelters.
parus,"I think you're underestimating the overhead associated with running a veterinary hospital" You could be right but at one time for a stretch, I worked for the Ritz Carlton. There anything can done and when you get a small work force of dedicated employees, I believe anything can be accomplished. Motivation for a fury little pet that loves you unconditionally, loyally, provides more entertainment than you can ever get at the movie is worth it to me. I think that there are more animal lovers that feel this way these days than ever before.
parus, the vet-i-care site looks like a great organization, I would like to work WITH organizations like that because together they might help us subsidize the costs and help a larger quantity of animals through our medical facility. We would help them and thus the pets and owners by lowing costs. I have a friend and a relative that is a vet. I will call them and see what they make a year, their benefit plans, and what they think about this idea. It may be a pie in the sky and maybe not. Dave