The veterinary team’s efforts to collect samples and accurate data for this complex and important study should not be undervalued. The veterinarian determines the cost of the study visit. The owner and veterinarian should discuss the costs before the veterinary visit takes place. The dog owner may opt to receive a $75 reimbursement annually from Morris Animal Foundation to help offset the cost of the study visit; however, all charges for the visit are due in accordance with the veterinary clinic’s normal billing protocols.
Factors for veterinarians to consider when preparing a quote for a Golden Retriever Lifetime Study visit include:
- Study visits typically take longer than an annual veterinary wellness examination (30–60 minutes).
- Several samples will be collected by the veterinary team, including blood, urine, feces, hair and toenail trimmings.
- Some of the blood collected will require centrifugation and serum separation.
- The veterinary clinic staff will be required to prepare, package and ship all the samples collected on the same day as the visit.
- Morris Animal Foundation provides all of the collection, packing and shipping materials (including postage).
- Antech Diagnostics provides the laboratory test results to Morris Animal Foundation and results are shared with the participating veterinarians. The veterinary clinic is not charged.
- The veterinary team will be required to collect, process, submit and evaluate the laboratory test results; these are valuable services that may be charged to the client.
- The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study is a nonprofit study; many veterinarians take this into account when determining the cost of a study visit.