Press release: Petco
As part of its commitment to supporting the complete health and wellness of pets, Petco announced a rapid growth plan to expand its footprint of in-store, full-service veterinary hospitals. With the addition of three new regional veterinary partners – Global Veterinary Partners (GVP), based out of Weston, Florida; VitalPet, based out of Houston, Texas; and VetnCare, based out of Oakland, California – Petco will more than double its count of full-service in-store vet hospitals by the end of 2019.
In addition to these new partnerships, Petco is expanding operations with existing partners Thrive Affordable Vet Care and The Pet Vet (which have partnered with Petco since 2017 and 2009, respectively) to open the more than 50 veterinary hospitals currently operating within Petco stores in Texas, California, Colorado, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Utah, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri today. The new and existing partnerships support and complement Petco’s complete suite of health and wellness services and experiences for pets and pet parents.
“The growth of in-store veterinary hospitals at Petco is part of our commitment to driving positive change in the overall health and wellness of pets,” said Dr. Whitney Miller, director of veterinary medicine at Petco. “By partnering with regional veterinary providers, including their respective networks of seasoned professionals, we can provide more pets and pet parents with convenient access to affordable, high-quality veterinary care, ultimately encouraging a deeper, more meaningful pet parent/vet relationship. Based on the success of our existing partnerships, our go-forward vet services strategy will continue to leverage this local partner model.”
The partnerships are ultimately meant to strengthen Petco’s existing suite of veterinary services offerings. The current ecosystem includes easy access to preventive care, vaccination clinics, full-service hospitals, Televet and pharmacy services, pet insurance and membership programs – all to ensure personalized, accessible and affordable care options for pet parents.
With the addition of these three new partners, by the end of 2019 Petco will offer full-service veterinary services across 21 states: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. In the coming years, the company plans to identify additional markets and expand based on consumer needs.
“At Petco our ultimate goal is for every pet and their parent to have a lifelong relationship with a veterinarian, and expanding our network brings us one step closer to making that possible for all pet parents,” said Dr. Miller.
Each of the new full-service hospitals will operate within an existing Petco and be considered a member of the Petco veterinary ecosystem. Click here to learn more about Petco’s veterinary services.