Phase 1:
Observational Research

We determined that a comprehensive investigation of the current literature concerning referrals in veterinary medicine was necessary to first, verify what we know, and then identify any gaps.

Our investigation included over 100 publications and looked at the referral dynamics in human medicine and dentistry as well, and how those findings could apply to veterinary medicine, especially as they relate to referral ratios (rates), trends, patterns, influencers, and potential.

We are extremely proud to share our Phase 1 findings, culminating in the publication of this white paper on the current state of referrals in companion animal veterinary medicine. This was prescriptively completed without a lens to any specific stakeholder group so that the results/gaps could speak for themselves.

Furthermore, these gaps would then importantly inform the necessary steps to take for the aforementioned Phase 2 and Phase 3 of our research. The most important findings from our exhaustive white paper review are found in the executive summary, while the full, comprehensive report can be accessed by downloading the white paper.