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Options Veterinary Care aims to provide a much needed affordable veterinary care option to the pets and people of Northern Nevada.

The Problem

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.

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Cute dog receiving veterinary care in Reno, NV

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.

1 %
Emergency
1 %
Sick Care
1 %
Preventative

More Information

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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.

Options Veterinary Care Diana Lucree DVM
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.

Options Veterinary Care Denise Stevens
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.

 
Denise is an instructor for the University of the Pacific’s Animal Shelter Management Certificate Program (since 2015), teaching clinic and shelter operations. Denise was the Director of Operations for SPCA of Northern Nevada (2 years), Chief Operating Officer for Nevada Humane Society (10.5 years), managed an open-admission shelter handling more than 10,000 animals annually in Reno and an open-admission animal shelter and field services for Carson City, sustained a 94% community-wide save rate for more than 10 years in Washoe County (community-wide intake: 16,000 at peak), developed systems to move pets through the shelter to adoptive homes quickly and decreased the average length of stay; increased clinic efficiency; and instituted best practices to ensure pets remain mentally and physically healthy. As the interim Executive Director of Nevada Humane Society, Denise was responsible for a $4.8 million budget.
Options Veterinary Care Bonney Brown
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. 

Options Veterinary Care Diane Blankenburg
Diane Blankenburg  |  Governance Committee
Diane Blankenburg, MBA is on the Governance Committee of Options Veterinary Care. She is the CEO 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. Diane was the Community Programs and Development Director of Nevada Humane Society for 6 years.

Options Veterinary Care Campaign Committee

Amanda Sanchez-Crawford
Amanda Sanchez-Crawford | Committee Chair

Amanda Sanchez Crawford is chair of the Options Veterinary Care Campaign Committee. 

 

She was a long-time anchor for KOLO 8 and founder of Amanda’s Amazing Animals.
Mark Robison
Mark Robison | Committee Member

Mark Robison serves on the Options Veterinary Care Campaign Committee. 

 

He is a senior consultant with Humane Network, president of CockadoodleMoo Farm Animal Sanctuary, and former engagement editor at the Reno Gazette-Journal.

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