Pet Owner’s Perceptions and Use of Veterinary Mobile Applications Survey

by Dr. Lori Kogan & Dr. Stacee Santi

Vet2Pet partnered with a Colorado State University professor, Dr. Lori Kogan, to survey pet owners on their views and experiences with using a mobile app for veterinary contact and services. The anonymous survey was distributed through Amazon Mechanical Turk, a crowdsourcing online labor market that coordinates the supply and the demand of cognitive tasks (2). The survey was made available between 10/5/16- 10/23/16. Data from 610 respondents who met the inclusion criteria (i.e., live in the US, have at least one dog and/or one cat, and have a regular veterinarian they had seen in the last 12 months) were included for analysis. Our sample consisted of mostly women (73% females and 27% males) between 18 and 40 years old (63%). The respondents tended to be college educated (38% had a 4 year degree and 18% had graduate degree).

 

We are in a new era. Pet owners are increasingly informed, having access to enormous amounts of information, yet the internet does not replace the trust they place with their veterinarian (3).  And, like all of us, pet owners are increasingly stretched; they don’t have time to wait.  This desire for speediness helps explain the recent addition of Google maps to show users actual wait times in stores in real time. This is just one more example of how apps are providing solutions to current challenges. Now, more than ever, pet owners are looking for efficient and creative solutions to help them care for their pets.

*Results of the full study will be released soon!




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vet2petapps
23rd of September 2017 08:11 AM
OMG! The cat!! 😂😂
vet2petapps
22nd of September 2017 01:57 PM
Great advice from our friends at IT Guru:

Apple Releases iOS 11 – IT-Guru recommends waiting to perform upgrade on your Apple devices!

It’s that time of year when Apple announces their next release of their iPhone 8 with a new iOS 11 operating system. You may see the option to upgrade to this new release in the coming days and we are requesting you wait to upgrade as this new iOS 11 is significantly different. After it has been out for a while and they have released at least 1-2 updates, is when we would recommend going forward. (Example 11.1.x may be a better time to make the update)

There have been announcements from some of the apps stating their app isn’t ready for the new iOS 11 updates. So if there are important features you want to assure work on your Apple device, it is extremely important to make you’re your device supports iOS 11. Thus the reason to wait until at least until Thanksgiving or even closer to Christmas, to assure this release is really ready for your device.

Lastly depending on your device, you may not want to upgrade as it may be fairly old and not handle this upgrade very well. Only newer devices within the last 3-4 years should be considered and if you have anything older like iPHone 4 or 4s it isn’t supported at all. Below is their supported list. But again some of the older devices although they support this upgrade may not run it so well. So we highly suggest iPhone 6 and above, iPad Air and above.

If you do decide to upgrade, we cannot guarantee compatibility with things like Office email, calendar and contacts right now until we test. If you decide to migrate and have issues going back to what you had can be difficult so assuring you have a good backup of your device prior to the upgrade is a MUST DO. We will request you work with Apple support direct to roll you back as your best option of support. (Apple store or Apple Phone support). We just are not in a position to assist with mobile device upgrades until we fully test these ourselves. Depending on feedback, we may even wait to see if there are issues and that time frame may be early December as we watch forums on others that have gone through the update.

“You can't send or reply from Outlook.com, Office 365, or Exchange 2016 in iOS 11 Mail.app Symptoms
In the native Mail app (Mail.app) on your iPhone or iPad, you can't send or reply from your Outlook.com, Office 365, or Exchange Server 2016 email account after you upgrade to iOS 11.
Note: These issues don’t occur in iOS 10.
Cause: This issue occurs because the Mail app on iOS 11 is not compatible with Outlook.com, Office 365, or Exchange Server 2016 running on Windows Server 2016”.
(Source: https://support.microsoft.com)
Thanks in advance for your time and hoping this helps answer questions on if you should upgrade to iOS 11.

Our professional advice is to let others roll this out, do the testing and have Apple provide a few fixes, before rolling up to the new release assuring the apps you use will work.
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vet2petapps
21st of September 2017 04:18 PM
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