FirstVet, the Swedish startup that provides pet owners with on-demand video consultations with local, qualified veterinarians, has closed €18.5 million in Series B funding.
The round is led by London-based Omers Ventures, the venture capital arm of Canadian pension fund Omers that recently launched a dedicated €300 million fund to invest in European tech startups. FirstVet’s Series A backer Creandum also followed on, whilst it brings total funding to date to €24.5 million.
FirstVet says the funding will enable it to expand the service globally, with the company looking to launch in other markets, name-checking the U.S., Germany and France. In addition, the startup will continue to develop its product and introduce new features to improve the experience for pet owners and vets alike. This will include new “automation tools” and integration with clinics’ existing systems.
Founded in 2016 in Stockholm, FirstVet wants to expand access to pet care through facilitating on-demand video consultations with registered veterinarians. The company currently operates in five markets — the U.K., Norway, Denmark, Finland and, of course, Sweden — and says it has more than 200,000 registered users. There are currently 150 veterinarians on the platform, with this number growing continually.