9PetCheck
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Each year, CVMA partners with 9News to bring the 9PetCheck to Colorado. CVMA member veterinarians generously donate their time and open their clinics to provide free wellness exams and rabies vaccinations to pet owners across the state who are facing economic adversity. The event not only helps give back to local communities, it provides an unparalleled opportunity to underscore the importance of preventive pet healthcare as well as the veterinarian’s crucial role in public health protection. The coverage 9News provides – before, during, and after the event – puts veterinarians on the air and in the public spotlight in a way we’ve only been able to dream about!

Member volunteers who participate provide pre-registered dogs and cats a basic physical exam and rabies vaccination as well as counsel pet owners on any additional veterinary care the animal may need (dentals, x-rays, blood work, etc). Participating clinics are responsible for opening and staffing their clinics during the voluntary event and providing the complimentary exam and rabies vaccination (if appropriate).

Appointments are made a week in advance through a televised call center – operated by CVMA staff and volunteers – until all available slots per clinic are filled. Your clinic may choose to participate with as few or as many appointment slots as you prefer. Your clinic may also choose to participate only on Saturday, only on Sunday, or for appointments on both days. Based on your clinic’s estimated capacity, you will provide CVMA with the number of patients you believe you can reasonably see and the designated appointment times. Those slots will then be filled during the appointment reservation process to be handled by CVMA and 9News.

9News will promote the event on-air and have one designated day to accept appointment calls on its hotline (followed by a second if necessary). Based on the tremendous response to the 9News Health Fair and other community events, we are confident the event will fill to capacity quickly.

Why should you participate?

Through this collective effort, we are afforded an unparalleled messaging opportunity that neither CVMA nor individual veterinarians could afford to undertake. Strategically, 9PetCheck allows us to underscore the importance of preventive pet healthcare as well as the veterinarian’s crucial role in public health protection. The coverage 9News provides – before, during, and after the event – puts veterinarians on the air and in the public spotlight in a way we’ve only been able to dream about!  In addition, 9PetCheck:

  • Affords a tremendous public relations opportunity for Colorado veterinarians to positively portray the profession
  • Helps those in Colorado who might not otherwise see a veterinarian
  • Offers disadvantaged pet owners a chance to engage in responsible care for their canine and feline companions, despite economic barriers
  • Provides a chance to begin building a relationship that will benefit you, the clients, and their pets
  • Furthers public health protection and awareness

The partnership with 9News provides a unique promotional opportunity for your clinic. You’ll be supported with signage to denote your participation in the event, and with news releases to local print media.  After the event, 9News will publish on its website (as will CVMA) the roster of all participating clinics to recognize their generosity, their positive impact on animal and public health, and their contribution to local communities. The 9News website is the most-visited website in Colorado!

Want to participate?

9PetCheck 2014 has ended. Information about 9PetCheck 2015 will be provided towards the end of the year.

“9PetCheck is such a great community service. Each year, we hear from dozens of pet owners who are so emotional about the free service the CVMA and local veterinarians provide to pets in need. These owners tell us over and over that without this service, their pets would not get basic pet health checks and great advice on how to keep their pets healthy and living longer.  Living longer is what every pet owner hopes so that the bond between man and best friend can last for years in each family. We are thrilled that the first-of-its-kind pet health check is in Colorado and that well all can be a part of something big!”

Patti Dennis, Vice President of Gannett and News Director of KUSA – 9News

Past 9PetCheck Events

To see wrap ups, photos, and information from past events, click on the links below.

 

     
 

 

 

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