Banfield Pet Hospital
|Founded||1955, Portland, Oregon|
|Key people||Tony Ueber, President and CEO|
Banfield Pet Hospital is a privately owned company based in Portland, Oregon, United States, that operates veterinary clinics. A subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated, Banfield owns clinics in the United States, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. Founded in 1955, the company operates many of its 800 plus clinics inside PetSmart stores. Banfield is the largest privately owned veterinary practice in the United States. On April 2, 2014, Banfield Pet Hospital announced its headquarters would be relocating to Vancouver, Washington.
Banfield was founded in northeast Portland, Oregon, in 1955 by Warren J. Wegert. The name comes from the nearby Banfield Freeway. In 1987, Scott Campbell purchased the single veterinary hospital which had about $2 million in annual revenues. Medical Management International, Inc. (MMI) was created to own the clinic, and in 1994 the pet store chain PetSmart teamed up with MMI to open pet clinics in their stores initially called VetSmart. By 1996 the private company had grown to in excess of 150 locations in 18 states with over 600,000 pets treated annually and 1,100 employees. PetSmart received rent and a share of the profits from the clinics, and owned part of MMI as part of the deal between the companies. In 2000, Banfield purchased PetSmart’s other clinics named Petsmart Veterinary Services.
The company grew to more than 250 clinics by 2001. That year MMI launched BluePaw Family Pet Insurance Company to sell health insurance for pets. After a lawsuit by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, the name was changed to TruePaws in August 2001. In January 2004, the company bought a property for $2.3 million from the Portland Public Schools for a new headquarters on NE 82nd Avenue. They also opened a clinic in England, their first international location, and operated 360 clinics in all.
In October 2004, they began building a new $25 million building for their headquarters on the 5.5-acre (22,000 m2) plot that would total 225,000 square feet (20,900 m2). At that time the company had become the largest privately owned veterinary practice in the United States. They employed more than 4,000 worldwide, of which 900 were veterinarians. In 2004, Banfield opened 80 more clinics and financed teaching hospitals affiliated with the veterinary medicine programs at Western University of Health Sciences and National Autonomous University of Mexico in California and Mexico City respectively. The clinics also began working with Purdue University and the Centers for Disease Control to develop a system to use the data the clinics collect to monitor for possible bioterrorism attacks.
By 2005, the company served 3.5 million animals annually at 450 clinics worldwide. That year the Banfield Charitable Trust was created to provide free care to economically disadvantaged pet owners. Banfield also opened a third stand-alone hospital, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In early 2007, PetSmart sold off part of its share of MMI, Banfield’s parent company.
In September 2007, long-time chief executive officer (CEO) Scott Campbell sold his shares of the company to Mars, Incorporated, retired as CEO, and John Payne took over the position, while Campbell remained chairman of the company. Banfield sold off its Merlin Digital Technology division that developed imaging equipment in September 2008. In 2008, the company totaled 725 locations spread throughout the United States, Mexico, and the United Kingdom. The $6.5 million Banfield Veterinary Clinical Center at Western University of Health Sciences opened in August 2008. The company was named one of thirteen companies that would be hiring in 2009 despite the economic crisis.
Clinics inside PetSmart locations average four veterinarians and about 1,800 square feet (170 m2). Banfield operates more than 800 clinics inside PetSmart locations nationwide. As of 2007, annual revenue totaled US$187.5 million and the company employed more than 5,000 people. Banfield provides veterinary care for pets and also sells discounted care packages called Optimum Wellness Plans. The company’s headquarters in Northeast Portland includes an off-leash dog park open to the public.
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