The veterinary services market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 6.7% over the forecast period of 2020-2025. Increase in animal adoption, rise in prevalence of animal diseases, better animal health awareness, and Rising Expenditure on Animals/pets are the key factors propelling the growth of the market, globally.
A significant rise in the adoption of pet animals, including dogs, cats, and even horses, as companions for human beings, has been observed over recent years. Moreover, farm animals, including cattle and swine, have also been taken in for various commercial purposes in recent years. The developed countries represent a significantly large share in companion animal-ownership, owing to the favorable economic condition and several other factors. This rise in both companion, as well as livestock animal adoption, along with the increased per capita animal health expenditure, indirectly generates an increase in the demand for proper veterinary services. In addition to the aforementioned factor, the rise in prevalence of various animal diseases, growth in animal health awareness, and increase in R&D and government initiatives are expected to propel the market growth, over the forecast period.
Key Market Trends
Companion Animal Segment by Animal Type is Expected to Hold the Largest Share in the Market
The companion animal segment in the veterinary services market is believed to have the largest market size, during the forecast period. In today’s era, small animal surgery is moving forward, taking advantage of the developments and achievements in human surgery. Cardiovascular operations, tracheal and urethral stenting, advances in surgical oncology, total hip replacement, developments in neurosurgery, and kidney transplantation in cats are among the new modalities. They can be used for small animal patients, in order to provide them advanced veterinary care and to improve their quality of life, as well as increase their life expectancy. The number of dogs and cats euthanized in the United States shelters, annually, has declined from approximately 2.6 million in 2011 to 1.5 million in 2019. This decline can be partially explained by an increase in the percentage of animals adopted and an increase in the number of stray animals successfully returned to their owners.
Increased adoption of companion animals as pets in developed regions and increasing awareness regarding pet health is expected to drive the veterinary services market during the forecast period.
North America Dominates the Market and is Expected to do the Similar in the Forecast Period
North America currently dominates the veterinary services market and is expected to continue its stronghold for a few more years. The United States is expected to retain its significant market share, owing to factors, such as rising pet adoption and increasing per capita animal healthcare expenditure. Besides, a rise in the prevalence of various animal diseases is identified as a significant driving factor for the market growth. Also, the rising awareness about animal health, favorable and advanced healthcare IT infrastructure, effective initiatives by the government, and rise in pet adoption are some of the other significant factors that are driving the growth of the North American veterinary services market.
The veterinary services market is highly competitive and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, few of the major players currently dominate the market. Companies, like CVS Group PLC, Ethos Veterinary Health, Idexx laboratories, National Veterinary Care Ltd, and Mars Inc., hold substantial shares in the market.
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