Options Veterinary Care aims to provide a much needed affordable veterinary care option to the pets and people of Northern Nevada.
Northern Nevada residents do not have access to affordable veterinary care.
You are probably among the 95% of Americans who consider their pet to be part of their family. And we know you can imagine how upsetting it would be if you could not provide veterinary care for your beloved pet in their hour of need. Sadly, this is a reality for a growing number of Nevadans, especially for senior citizens and low-income families.
Today, the high cost of spay/neuter and veterinary care can put these essential services for pets out of reach for many residents of Northern Nevada. With no access to affordable care, many beloved pets are surrendered to animal shelters, euthanized for treatable conditions and, in some cases, animals simply suffer and go without treatment.
This nationwide problem is often referred to as the “access to care” issue. It is exacerbated in Washoe County and surrounding areas by the rising cost of housing. Additionally, lack of transportation is a challenge for some people in obtaining veterinary care for their pets, especially senior citizens.
About the Options Veterinary Care Clinic
Affordable veterinary care for those in need in Northern Nevada.
We have secured a location for the clinic on Longley Lane in Reno. The location is accessible for Reno/Sparks residents, as well was those driving in from Carson City and communities to the east. The space is currently being renovated and if we are able to raise the remaining funds needed, it will open in late summer of this year, 2020.
The clinic will provide affordable spay/neuter and other services that a traditional veterinary clinic would – surgery, dental work, x-rays, diagnostics, and treatment – but it will target those who are unable to afford veterinary care otherwise.
The clinic will also provide spay/neuter surgeries for nonprofit rescue groups, increasing the health and adoptability of homeless animals and community cats, including those located in nearby rural counties that have limited veterinary access.
The Options Veterinary Care clinic is expected to serve more than 15,000 pets in its first year of operation with the capacity to grow.
Affordable Veterinary Care Needs
Based on Maddie’s Fund research, these are the most common types of care that Northern Nevada pet owners report not being able to afford: Emergency, Sick Care, and Preventative.
Download our informational brochure and rack card to learn more about the need for high-quality, affordable veterinary care in Nevada.
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Options Veterinary Care Leadership
Options Veterinary Care is a joint effort of two Reno, Nevada based nonprofit organizations – Humane Network and Community Cats.
Diana Lucree, DVM | Medical Director
Diana Lucree, DVM is the Medical Director of Options Veterinary Care and co-founder and board member of Community Cats. Dr. Lucree has worked in veterinary medicine since 1980. She is a high-volume spay/neuter expert who has worked for multiple animal shelters including in the capacity of Medical Director as well as working in private practice.
She is especially interested in gentle and low-stress animal handling, spay/neuter for community cats and access to care for underserved communities. She has been involved in both the design, opening and operation of a number of clinics in her career. Dr. Lucree has lived in Reno since 1988 and graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Her free time is devoted to gardening, kayaking, and entertaining her Border Collies.
Denise Stevens | Clinic Director
Denise Stevens is the Clinic Director of Options Veterinary Care. She is also a co-founder and the President of Community Cats.
She has extensive experience working with high-volume spay/neuter clinics as well as animal shelter clinics. She has been an expert consultant for Humane Network since 2016.
Bonney Brown | Governance Committee
Bonney Brown is on the Governance Committee of Options Veterinary Care. She is the President and Co-Founder of Humane Network, a nonprofit organization that provides low-cost consulting services to humane organizations and animal services agencies across the county to help responsibly increase lifesaving for dogs and cats and to create successful, sustainable nonprofit organizations (since 2007).
She co-created and is an instructor for the University of the Pacific Animal Shelter Management Certificate Program. Bonney was the Executive Director of Nevada Humane Society for 6 years.
Diane Blankenburg | Governance Committee
Options Veterinary Care Campaign Committee
Amanda Sanchez-Crawford | Committee Chair
Amanda Sanchez Crawford is chair of the Options Veterinary Care Campaign Committee.
Mark Robison | Committee Member
Mark Robison serves on the Options Veterinary Care Campaign Committee.
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