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Our People

Overseeing a pet's lifelong preventive health care is a team effort. Part of our work is building a strong partnership between veterinarian and pet owner, and this partnership extends beyond the exam room.

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Our Communities

We believe in giving back to the communities in which we practice. Our associates volunteer in activities for a range of nonprofit organizations across the country—from cleaning up city dog parks to packing food—we strengthen the pet-human connection.

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Our Profession

We demonstrate our commitment to preventive pet health care by supporting the Partners for Healthy Pets initiative. We devote resources to educating pet owners on the importance of proactive disease management. The result: a healthier pet population.

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Viruses, vaccinations and evolving science

22/02/2021 06:00am | 2403 views

By Joanna Gale

Every day there’s a new COVID-19 science story in the news – sometimes several. It’s hardly surprising. We’re facing the first modern pandemic and we’re desperate to learn more about the microscopic demon we’re battling. There have been quite a few COVID headlines about pets and other animals; whether they can catch the virus, spread it or even become ill from it. The most recent story is a group of scientists forecasting that cats and dogs may need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the future. It’s just a theory at present; currently veterinary and human health experts agree that animals don’t seem to play an important role in the transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to humans. That’s welcome news for all those who share their lives with pets.

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The Dorothy diaries or: How I learned to stop worrying and love my dog

22/02/2021 06:00am | 2329 views

By Joanna Gale

Episode 1: I call them shoes, Dorothy calls them chews

There’s a definite whiff of hot dog sausage in the air. It’s no surprise, as I’m currently getting through about a packet a week, trying to stop Dorothy destroying our home and its contents as she indulges in one of her favourite hobbies: chewing.

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A pet is for life, not just for a pandemic

13/01/2021 06:00am | 2318 views

By Joanna Gale

It feels like no new year has ever been so heartily welcomed as this one (or rather, no old year as readily ditched as the last) but, sadly, we set off into 2021 with headlines reporting that hundreds of pets acquired during the COVID pandemic are being handed in to rescues shelters or advertised for resale online.

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About the company

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Banfield Pet Hospital


We know that caring for a pet doesn’t begin and end in the veterinarian’s office. It’s something pet owners do every day, which is why they need a pet care partner they can trust.

Banfield is proud to be the largest general veterinary practice in the world. Our focus has been on preventive care since we opened our first small practice in Portland, Oregon in 1955. In 2007, Banfield joined the Mars, Incorporated, family of businesses, and together we use our size and scale to make a difference in the lives of pets and their families. Today, we are 17,000 associates strong, in 1000 hospitals in neighborhoods across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. We also have a teaching hospital in Mexico City, Mexico. Our hospitals are committed to giving pets the highest quality of veterinary care—everything from thorough physical exams, complete lab work-ups and dental cleanings to X-rays and surgery. As pet care partners, our teams explain pet examinations and encourage questions so pet owners can feel confident they have all the information needed to ensure their pets’ continued good health at home. We believe that working together is the best way to keep pets their healthiest, and it’s why we’re here today—to be our clients’ partner in pet care. Learn more about us at www.banfield.com.

As a practice, we also firmly believe all pets deserve access to veterinary care. This belief inspired our Banfield’s charitable arm, the Banfield Foundation, which was established in 2015 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the well-being of pets and communities. The foundation funds programs that enable veterinary care, elevate the power of the human-animal bond, provide disaster relief for pets, and advance the science of veterinary medicine through fostering innovation and education. It also leverages the expertise and passion of Banfield Pet Hospital associates to care for pets in need. At the Banfield Foundation, we are committed to making a better world for pets because they make a better world for us. For more information and stories of impact, visit www.banfieldfoundation.org.