PPHE’s research mission is to understand the impacts from lack of access to veterinary care on communities, families, and animal care teams.


  • Evaluation of the AlignCare System
  • Community Needs Assessments
  • Impacts from Lack of Access to Veterinary Care
  • Veterinary Social Work

Bonded Families

  • Family Bondedness Scale
  • National Study of Pet Owners

Animal Care Teams

  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Conflict Management
  • Education

Our Current Research Projects Include

  • Veterinary care needs of AlignCare families
  • Cost analysis of AlignCare’s veterinary care
  • Attitudes about pet ownership
  • Family bondedness
  • Development of community assessment tool to include non-human community members.
  • Landscape Analysis of Greater Seattle area
  • Community assessment of veterinary care needs and current gaps in service
  • Assessment of California animal shelters’ capacity for meeting community veterinary needs
  • Racial disparities in animal welfare

Thank You to Our Research Funders