The Vets, a pet health care platform that provides home care, raises $40 million led by Target Global – TechCrunch

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The Vets, a tech pet health platform that provides home care, has raised $40 million in seed funding led by Target Global, PICO Venture Partners and Bolt Ventures. Founded last year as part of co-founder Target Global’s venture-building program, the team of co-founders, including CEO Daniel Sagis, COO Dori Fussmann and Target Global, aims to transform animal care by combining technological innovation and home care.

The company offers pet owners and practitioners the opportunity to discuss medical conditions and preventive care while observing pets in their home environment. Visits include full diagnostics, such as blood work and vital sign recording. The vets note that collecting data from these health care visits allows for more accurate health care diagnoses and predictions, along with analysis of potential trends by breed.

Since its inception, the company has expanded to nine major cities, including Miami, Tampa, Dallas, Austin, Houston, Portland, Seattle, Las Vegas and Denver. As of today, The Vets’ services are now also available in New York City. The company plans to offer its services in 25 cities by the end of the year. The vets have helped more than 7,000 pets to date.

The startup also wants to tackle the growing problem of vet burnout. To do this, The Vets is promoting a four-day work week and a daily appointment limit for vets to ensure they don’t get overworked.

“For too long, vets have been overworked, underpaid and undervalued. At our core, we believe that happy, healthy pets come from happy, healthy vets,” Daniel Sagis, CEO and co-founder of The Vets, said in a statement. “This funding round will further position The Vets as the next generation of pet healthcare, leveraging preventive technology, enabling us to strengthen our footprint and penetrate new markets much more efficiently and effectively.”

The platform allows customers to schedule home visits to receive numerous services for their pets, including wellness exams, home lab tests, microchips, vaccinations, and health travel certificates. Practitioners can also provide customer education, nutritional information, and more. The company says bringing pet health care to customers’ homes enables the vet to develop stronger relationships with pets and also ensures that care is provided to pets in a comfortable and stress-free environment.

Shmuel Chafets, chairman of The Vets and co-founder of Target Global, told TechCrunch that the seed funding boosts the company’s ability to attract, train and grow its team. He also noted that the funding will support initiatives to build the consumer experience and expand into new markets this year.

“We have an established R&D department that includes veterinarians, software developers, data scientists and analysts,” said Chafets. “We plan to leverage our data science capabilities to create personalized medical insights for our customers and their pets. This enables our veterinarians not only to provide the best and most appropriate treatment on a case-by-case basis, but also to identify disease trends, outbreaks and causes of emergence; thus creating a new standard for preventive pet care in the United States.”

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