What we do

Banfield’s focus is on preventive care, which includes behavior, dental care, nutrition, parasite control and vaccinations. In addition to preventive care, Banfield also performs surgeries and other life-saving procedures.

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What diversity means to us

We are committed to diversity and developing local talent. Banfield hospital has the freedom to respond to local needs and shape practices that are culturally sensitive and consistent with open collaboration, communication and respect for all.

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Our core values

As a division of Mars, Banfield aligns with the five core principles of: Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom. These core principles link directly to our CSR efforts giving back to and volunteering in our communities.

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How to make sure our pets come from a happy and healthy environment

05/10/2020 06:00am | 8090 views

At Mars Petcare, our Purpose is to create a #betterworldforpets. Earlier this year, we proudly supported the UK government’s ‘Petfished’ campaign, complementing ‘Lucy’s Law’, which aims to tackle the illegal or low-welfare supply of pets. It raises awareness of dishonest sellers and encourages would-be pet parents to ask ‘Who’s the person behind the pet?’ so that potential pet-buyers can buy their new pet from a trustworthy source.

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A crash course in virology. What we know so far about COVID-19, pets and people

08/06/2020 06:00am | 3653 views

by Joanna Gale

We’ve all had an unexpected crash course in virology over the past few months. The current COVID-19 outbreak is all down to a tiny organism – only visible using a powerful electron microscope – known as SARS-CoV-2. Just like other coronaviruses it resembles a ball covered in spike-like projections known as “coronae”. The word corona means “crown” in Latin, though there is sadly no glittering prize to be won in this battle.



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A close shave? Caring for your dog’s skin and coat during lockdown

23/05/2020 06:00am | 4205 views

By Joanna Gale

Social media is full of posts describing people’s attempts to cut the hair of their partners or children. It’s at times like these that I’m very grateful for a head of unruly curls that are very forgiving of missing a few trims. My daughters both have fairly long, uncomplicated hair which I can avoid trimming too. As for my husband, so far he’s managing without a haircut, but give it a couple more weeks and we’ll see!

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Life in lockdown: how to make children’s playtime with pets safe and enjoyable

16/05/2020 06:00am | 3324 views

by Nancy Gee

One of the most noticeable changes to daily life since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic has been social distancing. Both here in the US and around the world, the need to slow the spread of the virus has seen vast numbers of us living in lockdown and – as a result – spending many more hours at home.

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Vet Jobs for the Girls? How Gender Bias Can Exist Even in a Female Dominated Profession

03/06/2019 06:00am | 5839 views

By Joanna Gale

Mark and Elizabeth. No, not two characters from the long-running TV show ER (although they were – and I was a big fan) but two imaginary veterinarians, brought to life by the British Veterinary Association for their research into gender discrimination in the veterinary profession. Now, you might be wondering why this research was carried out. Given that the veterinary profession is dominated by women – 80% of veterinary students and 60% of practicing vets in the UK are female with similar proportions in the US – isn’t discrimination against them a thing of the past? Sadly not, as the study results showed.

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About the company

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Pet Hospital
Vancouver, WA

Banfield Pet Hospital was founded in 1955 in Portland, Oregon, and today is based a few miles north in Vancouver, Washington. 

Since its founding, Banfield has grown to more than 1,000 hospitals across the U.S. and Puerto Rico – as well as a teaching hospital in Mexico City, Mexico – making it the largest general veterinary practice in the world. In 1994, Banfield entered into a partnership with PetSmart, and today, many of its hospitals can be found within PetSmart stores. In 2007, it joined the Mars, Inc. family of businesses.  

Because of its size and scale, Banfield has the unique ability – and feels a responsibility – to share trends and insights with not only pet owners but also the veterinary industry at large.

For example, Banfield maintains the largest electronic veterinary medical records database – reflecting more than eight million pet visits annually – which enables the practice to analyze trends and deliver findings through its annual State of Pet Healthand Veterinary Emerging Topicsreports.

Sustaining and supporting more than 1,000 hospitals depends upon not only taking care and meeting the needs of current associates but also hiring diverse, skilled talent. In addition to great demand for veterinarians and veterinary technicians, Banfield also seeks a broad range of talent, including other hospital team members and corporate associates at its headquarters.

Banfield offers compelling opportunities for both veterinary students and its associates. For students, this includes opportunities to gain hands-on hospital experience and immerse themselves in Banfield’s culture, mission and values. As a result, many of them return as associates post-graduation. When they do, Banfield offers a mentorship program that pairs all new graduates with experienced leaders within the company. Additionally, as part of Banfield’s Veterinary Student Debt Relief Pilot Program, the practice offers a one-time $2,500 payment to eligible doctors for each qualifying Banfield student program in which they participated prior to graduation.

Banfield also provides the opportunity for its associates to advance their careers. In addition to various personal growth and professional development opportunities, the practice offers a robust set of benefits and programs to its associates centered on mind and body, financial, career, and community well-being, such as flexible schedules, community volunteering programs, and Banfield-sponsored industry memberships.

Banfield also strives to be a force for good through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts. Banfield's charitable arm, the Banfield Foundation, was established in 2015 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the well-being of pets and communities. In 2017, Banfield Pet Hospital – including the work of the Banfield Foundation – was named among Points of Light's Civic 50 as one of the most community-minded companies in the U.S.