Created: 12/04/2013 12:01 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
ALBUQUERQUE -- A veterinary clinic in Albuquerque is the first in the country to accept Bitcoins for veterinary services.
According to PRNewswire, Vetco began accepting the virtual currency this week. The clinic is also one of a small handful of businesses in all of Albuquerque to accept Bitcoins for payment.
"Albuquerque is a tech savvy city and techies have pets too! We want to make it as easy as possible for people to get their pets vaccinated, spayed and neutered," said Cindy Houghton, owner of Vetco, in a statement.
To pay with Bitcoins, Vetco customers will use the Bitpay mobile checkout. Houghton says processing fees are lower than credit card fees.
"It is easy for our customers to pay with Bitcoin. The customer simply tells us they want to pay in Bitcoin then they scan the QR code and that's it," she said.
Currently, 1 Bitcoin is worth more than $1,000.