The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society partners with Smart.Vet to bring virtual veterinary care to shelter pets and foster families

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The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society partners with Smart.Vet to bring virtual veterinary care to Ontario SPCA shelter pets and foster families

Stouffville, ON (June 29, 2020) – The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society has partnered with Smart.Vet telehealth to give its animal centre staff and volunteer foster families virtual access to veterinarians to ensure animals always have the best care possible, without the stress of travelling, regardless of their location, or the time of day when a health concern arises.

Through the Smart.Vet website, reaching a veterinarian is just a click or phone call away when health concerns arise after hours or on weekends. The telehealth veterinary service is designed to complement routine veterinary care.

The telehealth service will be used in Ontario SPCA animal centres across the province, and will also be accessible to Ontario SPCA volunteer foster families who care for animals in their own homes. Should a foster animal become ill, or if there is a concern for the animal’s health after hours when veterinary clinics are closed, Ontario SPCA foster parents can access Smart.Vet and consult with a veterinarian without having to leave their home.

“Wherever possible, we will continue to work with our local veterinarians who have always provided exceptional care for the animals in our centres,” says Daryl Vaillancourt, Chief, Humane Programs & Community Outreach, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “Smart.Vet is an extra level of care we can now provide to the animals in our centres, and it minimizes travelling to help slow and stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Smart.Vet is also a service the public and rescue organizations can request to join. In some areas of the province, such as remote Northern communities, veterinary care can be hours away. For people in those communities, Smart.Vet is a tool that can help them triage health concerns with a veterinarian virtually to determine the best treatment plan for their animal.

“The team is really looking forward to this exciting new partnership with the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society,” says Dr. Sharon Quinn, co-founder and Medical Director of Smart.Vet. “We are committed to improving access to veterinary care for all animals and welcome the opportunity to assist Ontario SPCA pet foster parents, as well as to work together with the Ontario SPCA on providing innovative solutions for those in underserved and remote communities.”

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The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society

The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society is a registered charity, established in 1873. The Society and its network of communities facilitate and provide for province-wide leadership on matters relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals and the promotion of animal well-being. Offering a variety of mission-based programs, including community-based sheltering, animal wellness services, provincial animal transfers, shelter health & wellness, high-volume spay/neuter services, animal rescue, animal advocacy, Indigenous partnership programs and humane education, the Ontario SPCA is Ontario’s animal charity.

Smart.Vet Telehealth Ontario

Smart.Vet Telehealth Ontario is a network of Ontario-based veterinarians who make themselves available after-hours and on weekends to provide telehealth services to support pets, pet parents, and the family veterinarian. We also provide consultations within regular business hours for those who do not have a family veterinarian or where access to a veterinarian is not possible.

In addition, provides a brandable telehealth solution for veterinarians and animal hospitals, enabling them to offer a comprehensive “all-in-one” platform to their own clients. Please see or for more information.