The leading provider of preventive veterinary care uses its unique scale and decades of experience to provide associates with the support needed to achieve a common goal: a better world for pets.
VANCOUVER, Wash., May 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Banfield Pet Hospital® – the leading provider of preventive veterinary care in the United States – celebrates National Pet Month by celebrating reaching 150 million pet visits since its began tracking this data in 2000, helping tens of millions of animals live happy, healthy lives. Banfield will continue to invest in people, expand access to care and increase its presence in hospitals to ensure that the firm and its associates are well positioned to deliver the next 150 million animal visits. company in need of care.
“The human-animal bond has become increasingly strong, with more than 23 million households welcoming a pet since the start of the pandemic. Our hospitals and associates have done an incredible job, stepping up to provide care for pets and their owners,” said Brian Garish, President of Banfield Pet Hospital. “That’s why Banfield is innovating and expanding the way and where we provide care, with more locations and unparalleled support for our veterinary professionals. With our size, scale and commitment to the well-being of society, Banfield and his talented associates are empowered to continue to make a better world for pets.”
By the end of 2023, Banfield plans to expand its number of stand-alone hospitals, enabling the practice to provide care to approximately 225,000 additional pets per year in need. This is thanks to the dedicated veterinary professionals who are the cornerstone of Banfield’s business.
The practice employs more than 3,500 veterinarians and more than 2,200 Certified Veterinary Technicians (CVTs) and is part of the world’s largest employer of veterinary talent, Mars Veterinary Health. Based on decades of knowledge gained as the nation’s oldest multi-unit, centrally managed veterinary practice, Banfield provides associates with the finest medical-grade settings, equipment and benefits that allow them to focus on serving patients. pets while Banfield’s central support team handles the commercial elements.
Banfield is committed to the health, safety and well-being of its associates, drawing inspiration from Mars Veterinary Health North America $500 million investment by 2025 to improve associate health and well-being, advance career growth and promote workforce diversity. This includes equity, inclusion and diversity initiatives, expanded career development offerings and support for greater schedule flexibility. In fact, the majority of doctors at Banfield currently work four days or less. Additionally, through Banfield’s Veterinary Student Debt Relief Program, the firm has contributed more than $20 million to help veterinarians repay their student loans and has enabled more than $17 million in student debt refinancing for Associates.
Banfield also continues to innovate the way its veterinary professionals deliver care to meet demand while maintaining flexible and balanced schedules. This includes:
Elevate the role of our CVTs in how they support veterinarians and clients through physician-led and supervised appointments for existing patients. Banfield has completed over 700,000 CVT appointments in 2021 and is on track for 1 million in 2022.
Provide clients with access to virtual care. Banfield has recorded hundreds of thousands of veterinary cats and continued to increase the number of virtual visits for clients in 2021, allowing the practice to expand access to care while relieving pressure on its hospital teams. The practice plans to provide at least 10% more virtual visits and chats in 2022.
Banfield strongly believes in the value of providing preventive veterinary care such as vaccinations and preventative treatments for conditions such as heartworm and parvovirus, dental cleanings, spaying and neutering, and health checkups. In fact, Banfield’s veterinary professionals will this month reach the milestone of 300 million heartworm preventive medications delivered since 2000. This is critical given that more than one million pets in the United States USA have heartworm – a serious and potentially deadly parasite that is contracted by infected mosquitoes.
Over the past decade, data from Banfield revealed a 46% drop in the number of dogs diagnosed with the parasite, highlighting the importance and effectiveness of preventative care. The same decrease in cases unfortunately cannot be said for cats: over the past 10 years, the practice has seen a 22% increase in felines diagnosed with heartworms. This is of particular concern for a number of reasons, including:
There is currently no safe treatment to remove or kill adult heartworms in cats, so infected cats can only be treated symptomatically and supportively.
In cats, heartworm infections cause a syndrome known as heartworm-associated respiratory disease (HARD).
Heartworm cases continue to be diagnosed in all 50 states, but the good news is that it can be prevented. Banfield’s veterinary professionals work closely with customers to ensure their pets are protected. To learn more about how Banfield empowers its veterinary teams and the wider profession with research-based guidance and data on everything from heartworm to anesthesia and antimicrobial resistance, visit Banfield Exchange.
About Banfield Pet Hospital®
Banfield Pet Hospital was founded in Portland, Oregon. in 1955 and is today a pioneer in preventive veterinary care with more than 1,000 general veterinary hospitals in 42 states, washington d.c., Porto Ricoand Mexico. More than 3,600 Banfield veterinarians are committed to providing high quality veterinary care to more than three million animals each year. Banfield collects data from each of these visits into the largest electronic veterinary health records system in the United States. Our goal is to be there for pets, people and society. As part of the Mars Veterinary Health family of practices, Banfield is committed to achieving its goal – A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS® – because companion animals create a better world for us. Press wishing to obtain additional information are invited to call the media hotline: (888) 355-0595.
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