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Dutch raises $20 million to expand its pet telemedicine platform – TechCrunch

Virtual veterinary care platform Dutch has raised $20 million in Series A funding led by Forerunner Ventures and Eclipse Ventures. The San Francisco-based company’s latest funding round comes seven months after its market launch and brings its total funding round to $25 million. Dutch uses licensed veterinarians and provides a digital health platform for pets and their families to make animal care more accessible.

The platform launched in July 2021 and was inspired by the personal experience of Dutch founder and CEO Joe Spector. Spector told TechCrunch he realized it was possible to create a modern form of accessible veterinary care after seeing his brother’s anxious dog go untreated. He noted that many pet owners wait until their pet has a much bigger problem so they can get the most out of one vet visit and one price, but pet owners should no longer have to do it.

“Like tens of millions of other Americans, my wife and I had a pandemic puppy,” Spector said. “Even though we used telemedicine for ourselves and our children during the lockdowns, I realized that pretty much any interaction I would need for my new pup would require me to drag him to the vet, which is not only expensive but time-consuming. consuming. It didn’t make sense that humans and even babies could chat with a doctor online and get prescribed medicine, but pet parents couldn’t. I realized there was a much-needed opportunity to create a modern form of accessible, high-quality, and trustworthy veterinary care for everyday ailments.

Since its launch, Dutch has served over 25,000 pets through 100 licensed veterinarians. To get started with the platform, pet owners are asked to provide a few details, after which they can set a time for a video call. Once you have completed your first visit, you can contact a veterinarian again at any time via the platform. Dutch’s team of vets can help with many issues including itching, shaking or shivering, hair loss, fear of being alone, food and nutrition, fear of new places or new people, red or inflamed skin, vomiting and more.

Dutch raises $20 million to expand its pet telemedicine platform – TechCrunch

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As for the new funding, Spector says Dutch will use it to invest in its intellectual property and expand its electronic medical records database to make it easier for pet owners to collect and share data and prescriptions. of their animals. The funding will also be used to expand its network of pharmacies to enable same-day and next-day delivery. Additionally, Dutch plans to hire across various divisions and double down on its client acquisition tools while expanding its veterinary network.

Looking to the future, Spector says Dutch plans to expand its membership benefits and also introduce more ways for customers to choose how they want to communicate based on the condition their pet is in. .

“Our north star is putting the power of pet health in the hands of consumers,” Spector said. “With the consumer at the center, we want to focus on bringing as many services as possible to the consumer’s doorstep and on the consumer’s time. We want to make our product offering and pricing transparent, high value and customizable. »

Dutch’s Series A investment follows his Jimmy Fallon-backed $5 million seed round announced last year. The round was led by Forerunner Ventures and included participation from Bing Capital and Trust Ventures.

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