The Mission of VetNOW is to enhance the global veterinary standard of veterinary care by creating access to personalized, advanced, affordable care across a virtual care platform that advances standards of care through continued education, mentorship, and diagnostic discovery.
Dr. Apryle Horbal, President of VetNOW, is a Veterinary Medical Doctor, Equine Veterinary Dental Specialist (ADVC-EQ), and Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Upon completion of her residency program, Dr. Horbal opened a small animal and equine emergency and referral center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
She was confronted with the global shortage of veterinary specialists, with an insufficient supply concentrated around cities and major universities, and the shortage of new veterinarians entering large animal practice.
In an effort to resolve this issue, VetNOW was born.
As a result of this transformative technological approach to animal care, there is no limit to the reach of a specialist, nor to the services that clinics can make available to their patients.
Dr. Horbal’s hospital served as the proving ground for the development of the VetNOW Virtual Care initiative, perfecting clinical workflows and implementation in a busy, real-life veterinary hospital while setting and maintaining the highest of clinical standards.
Since its creation, VetNOW has partnered with Texas A&M University, Iowa State University, the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, and more to provide veterinary care across rural Texas, the hills of Appalachia, and even to the remote Mountain Gorillas of Africa.
Apryle received her Bachelor of Arts in Biological Basis of Behavior in 2007 from the University of Pennsylvania. She then went on to qualify for her Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris, also from the University of Pennsylvania, in 2011. Upon completion of her veterinary degree, she went on to complete an internship in large animal medicine, surgery and ambulatory practice at Texas A&M University’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital in 2012. Dr. Horbal then completed a residency in Equine Dentistry at the University of Edinburgh from 2013-2016, where she also received her Master of Philosophy degree via research thesis into the infundibular defects of equine maxillary cheek teeth. She became a diplomate of the American Veterinary Dental College (Equine Subspecialty) in 2019 while also owning and operating a veterinary specialty facility in Pittsburgh, PA from 2016-2018. She then went on to found VetNOW and has been focused on the digital transformation of veterinary care since 2019.