Will the Monopoly in the Vet Biz Ever End?

Will the Monopoly in the Vet Biz Ever End?

One can hope, but probably not.  Here's the thing: 

The veterinary industry is in the business of keeping animals alive, not curing them or keeping them healthy. Vet schools are funded by the dog food guy, the dog food guy is also owned by the vaccine guy and the vaccine guy makes the laws on what makes what legal and what is approved. The dog food guy is also friends with the vet board guy because the vet board guy is funded by the vaccine guy.  Check out the visual below: 



According to this article, titled NVA Expansion in the US Hits Antitrust Snag, "Large corporations that want to keep acquiring specialty and emergency veterinary hospitals in the United States appear to be running out of headroom" 


Behemoth companies, like MARS Inc., a sugar company, basically has a monopoly over the vet industry.  In fact, they agreed to sell 12 specially and emergency vet centers in order to get approval from the Federal Trade Commission for its $9.1 billion acquisition of all of the VCA hospitals in 2020.  

Finally, there is growing concern that "ownership has become too concentrated" (source: VINNews) and prompted the FTC to order the National Veterinary Associates (NVA), which is owned by JAB Holding Co. to sell six hospitals — three in California and three in Texas. Now, NVA in order to to acquire Ethos Veterinary Heath, to keep the peace with the FTC. 

JAB, now has to get prior approval from the FTC before acquiring any more speciality of veterinary clinics within 25 miles of any of their other clinics anywhere in the US. 

This is definitely a good start, but way more needs to be done in order to break up the monopoly that exists.  

 Why is this a problem tho? 

This is a huge problem because all of the needs our animals may have are potentially being fulfilled by companies that dominate the market from food, to vets, to vet schools and vaccines.  Our animals are getting sicker so how can we possibly trust the "system" that is clearly designed for profit.  To sell products.  Not to keep our animals healthy and thriving. 

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