FirstVet, which provides pet-owners with on-demand video consultations for veterinarians, has raised $35m to support its expansion in the US.

The funding round aimed to help FirstVet continue international expansion and was led by Mubadala Capital. Cathay Innovation was also involved, as well as existing investors OMERS Ventures and Creandum. This takes FirstVet’s total funding to $65m since its founding in 2016.

FirstVet expansion

FirstVet already has an operational team of 14 staff members in the US and will now enables pet owners in all 50 states to receive 24/7 expert advice.

The firm is already established in the Nordics, Germany, and the UK. Before the expansion, FirstVet had a team of 55 staff and 250 veterinarians.

“We’re proud to work with strong international investors that share our mission to further improve the lives of pets and vets worldwide. Telemedicine is rapidly growing globally and FirstVet is already the global leader in the telemedicine veterinary space. Through our new partnerships with Mubadala Capital and Cathay Innovation we’re getting access to experience and networks that will allow us to reach more pet owners on a whole new scale,” said David Prien, FirstVet CEO and co-founder.

“FirstVet has built Europe’s leading tele-health platform for the veterinary industry. With stellar feedback from vets, pet owners and insurers, and over 100% year-on-year growth since launch, FirstVet delivers a win-win-win for all stakeholders. At Mubadala, we partner with companies that are disrupting inefficient markets using technology and support them with our global scale and resources. We look forward to working with David Prien, Per Victor and the FirstVet team as they set their sights on further international expansion,” commented Ibrahim Ajami, head of ventures at Mubadala.

“The digitalisation of healthcare is among Cathay Innovation’s core investment themes and the pandemic has reinforced our conviction and focus on this theme. Despite the increasing number of pets and related expenditure worldwide, pet telemedicine is still a nascent industry. FirstVet is its most promising pioneer and has the potential to become the global leader. We strongly believe in FirstVet’s mission to make pet care more convenient and affordable, and are impressed with their model that adds value to all stakeholders: pet parents, vets and insurance companies. We look forward to leveraging our global platform to support David Prien and Per Victor as they bring their service to more countries worldwide,” added Jacky Abitbol, partner at Cathay Innovation

“We’re very excited by the opportunities in the U.S., with 184 million cats and dogs and an increasing need for qualified care among pet parents. However, we will not stop there, and next year will launch in Canada and France and strengthen our team in all markets. We will continue to challenge the old truths regarding pet health, and disrupt models that have been inefficient and non-transparent for years,” added Prien.

Covéa Insurance partnered with FirstVet to help pet gets required medical attention during the COVID-19 lockdown.