VCA Animal Hospitals is a trade name of veterinary company VCA, Inc. (previously known as Veterinary Centers of America), an operator of more than 750 animal hospitals in the US and Canada,[1] and owner of more than 50 veterinary diagnostic laboratories.[2] The company is based in Los Angeles, and was founded in 1986.[3] Until its acquisition by Mars in 2017, VCA traded on the NASDAQ under the ticker "WOOF".[4]

VCA, Inc.
VCA Animal Hospitals
Subsidiary
Traded asNASDAQ: WOOF
Founded1986; 33 years ago (1986)
FoundersNeil Tauber
Robert Antin
Arthur Antin
Headquarters,
United States
Number of locations
817 animals hospitals
60 diagnostic laboratories (2018)
Areas served
United States and Canada
RevenueUS$2.1 billion (2015)
OwnerMars, Incorporated
Number of employees
27,100 (2018)
ParentMars Petcare
SubsidiariesAntech Diagnostics
Sound Technologies
Camp Bow Wow
Websitevcahospitals.com
vca.com

VCA was founded in 1986 by three health care company executives,[2] Neil Tauber and brothers Robert (Bob) and Arthur (Art) Antin.[4][5] VCA acquired its first veterinary clinic, West Los Angeles Veterinary Hospital, in 1987.[2]

In October 2004, VCA purchased Sound Technologies,[6] a company which supplied digital radiology and ultrasound equipment to veterinary hospitals.[7] In July 2009, VCA purchased diagnostic imaging company Eklin Medical Systems,[6] which was combined with Sound Technologies to form Sound/Antech Imaging Services.[8]

In 2014, VCA acquired the dog day care center Camp Bow Wow, which had about 140 franchises in the US and one in Canada.[9]

On January 9, 2017, Mars Inc. announced its intention to purchase VCA for $9.1 billion, operating it as an independent unit within Mars Petcare.[5] VCA CEO Bob Antin remained in his position.[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.vcahospitals.com
  2. ^ a b c Larkin, Malinda (2017-03-01). "Veterinarians Incorporated". JAVMA News. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  3. ^ Lau, Edie (2014-07-11). "VCA Inc.: Gentle giant or takeover threat?". VIN News Service. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  4. ^ a b Clenfield, Jason (2017-01-05). "The High-Cost, High-Risk World of Modern Pet Care". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  5. ^ a b Peltz, James F. (9 January 2017). "Candy maker Mars is buying L.A. animal hospital chain VCA for $7.7 billion". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  6. ^ a b Lau, Edie (2009-07-11). "VCA Antech expands its foray into medical technology by buying Eklin". VIN News Service. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  7. ^ "VCA Antech, Inc. Announces Acquisition of Sound Technologies, Inc". BusinessWire. October 4, 2004. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  8. ^ Lau, Edie (2017-06-08). "The dark side of modern X-ray equipment". VIN News Service. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  9. ^ Rusch, Emilie (2017-06-12). "Camp Bow Wow's new corporate offices in Westminster take dog-friendly to the next level". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
  10. ^ Crowe, Portia (9 January 2017). "Mars is buying a pet health company for $9.1 billion". Business Insider. Retrieved 10 August 2017.

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