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Texas mobile vet startup chases Austin market for expansion plans
An innovative Houston company has closed a fresh round of funding in hopes of rolling its service out statewide, including to Austin.
Rockin’ Pets, Rollin’ Vets, a full-service mobile veterinary clinic based in Houston, has closed a $5 million equity raise and plans to expand across the Lone Star State. Founded by Dr. Katie Eick, who is the company’s CEO, Rollin’ Vets Group flips the script on pet healthcare by bringing vets to its patients’ homes.
This fresh funding helps Eick take that first step toward expansion. According to a news release, Rockin’ Pets, Rollin’ Vets expects to have a presence in Austin and Dallas by March of next year.
“This equity raise allows us to not only hire additional talent, but also increase our mobile clinic fleet while expanding into other cities at an expedited rate. There is a vast opportunity to serve animals and people that need non-traditional veterinary care in other Texas markets. We are ready to tap into these markets and bring convenient, state-of-the-art care straight to pet owners’ doorsteps,” says Eick in the release.
Currently, the company has five mobile units within the Greater Houston area staffed by seven veterinarians and 12 skilled veterinary technicians. The company’s capabilities include wellness and illness exams, in-house labs, radiology, end-of-life care, routine surgeries, laser therapy, and dental procedures. The service also plans to expand into The Woodlands in January.
Last year, the company raised $1 million in angel investment and crowdfunding on NextSeed. Patrick Lewis, chief financial officer for Rollin’ Vets Group, says in the release that the capital was raised by a number of individuals, many of whom had prior investments in the pet care industry.
Eick founded her company in 2015 and was seeing steady growth as delivery and on-demand services like Uber and DoorDash increased in use and awareness of mobile services grew. Eick previously told InnovationMap that the pandemic really cemented the efficacy of mobile services.
While the company is focused on a Texas expansion for now, Eick’s plan is to expand even more broadly.
“We’re aiming to be a nationwide brand,” Eick previously told InnovationMap.