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
Founded1986; 33 years ago (1986)
FoundersNeil Tauber
Robert Antin
Arthur Antin
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

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]


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  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.
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  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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