(PharmaNewsWire.Com, November 19, 2021 ) MarketsandMarkets forecasts the veterinary software market to grow from USD 442 million in 2017 to USD 594 million by 2022, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 6.1% during the forecast period. The major factors that are expected to be driving the veterinary software market are rising companion animal ownership and demand for pet insurance with growing animal health expenditure.
Veterinary practice management software helps veterinarians in appointment management, billing invoicing, boarding management, maintaining patient records, prescription labeling, and treatment management. This software reduces the possibilities of error and the overall cost of a veterinary healthcare facility. Such factors are likely to drive the market for veterinary practice management software.
The large share of this segment can be attributed to the advantages of the on-premise delivery model, such as the low risk of data breach, flexible connection bandwidth, and the availability of easy customization options.
The exclusive small animal practices segment is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The high growth in this segment can be attributed to the increasing number of small pet owners and rising annual spending on pet care in developed countries.
This, in turn, is encouraging veterinarian practices to adopt technology solutions such as digital imaging systems and veterinary practice management software for better diagnosis. Other growth factors include growing awareness about veterinary software and the easy availability of veterinary software and services in this region.
According to the American Pet Products Association’s 2017– 2018 National Pet Owners Survey, 68% of households (84.6 million) in the US owned a pet. The canine population in the US increased from 69.90 million in 2012 to 89.70 million in 2016, while the feline population increased from 74.05 million in 2012 to 94.20 million in 2016.
Similarly, according to the European Pet Food Industry Federation (FEDIAF), the canine population in Germany increased from 5.30 million in 2012 to 8.60 million in 2016, whereas the feline population in the country increased from 11.80 million in 2014 to 13.40 million in 2016. In the UK, as of 2017, 44% of households own pets (Source: Pet Food Manufacturers Association).
The veterinary software market has minimal support from governments across the globe. In the US, the adoption rate of veterinary software is very low as compared to healthcare IT (HCIT) tools such as human EHR. This can be attributed to the lack of incentives or funding provided for implementing veterinary software. The slow adoption rate of veterinary software will make it difficult for small vendors to break even in the market.
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