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Petco Expanding Vet Services Through Joint Venture with Austin-based Thrive Affordable Vet Care

SAN DIEGO, May 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As consumer demand for affordable, convenient, one-stop pet care continues to grow, Petco today announced a joint venture with Thrive Affordable Vet Care to incorporate full-service Thrive clinics in select Petco stores later this year.

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"We know that pet health and wellness are increasingly important to pet parents and critical to the long-term health and well-being of our pets," said Bill Engen, Petco senior vice president. "As part of our ongoing commitment to providing services and experiences that pet parents want, we are excited to expand our current offerings, which include our existing vaccination clinics, by partnering with Thrive Vet Care, to bring their progressive, 'affordable veterinary care' model to select Petco locations."

"Thrive is a rapidly growing team of pet care professionals focused on delivering high quality care to pets and an unprecedented value to pet parents," said Odis Pirtle, CEO of Thrive Vet Care. "We're extremely excited about the partnership and the opportunity to collaborate with a world class organization like Petco as we continue to expand our business."

Petco stores provide a one-stop shopping experience where pet parents can purchase anything from pet food to toys and apparel, while addressing the holistic health needs of pets via the grooming salon, dog training area and an expanding array of vet services offerings, which, in addition to Thrive, also includes Vetco clinics and digitally-delivered pet health advice through PetCoach.

Additional details related to grand opening activities for these stores will be made available later this summer.

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About Petco and the Petco Foundation
With more than 50 years of service to pet parents, Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing powerful relationships between people and pets. We do this by providing the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,500 Petco and Unleashed by Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico; prescription services and pet supplies from the leading veterinary-operated pet product supplier, Drs. Foster & Smith; digitally-delivered pet health advice through PetCoach; and petco.com. The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has invested more than $185 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 400,000 animals every year.

About Thrive Affordable Vet Care
Thrive's mission is to provide comprehensive, quality veterinary care for our patients, while saving you time and money. In short, we take the pain out of the veterinary visit. Thrive opened its first location in January 2015 and continues to rapidly grow its network of animal hospitals across the United States. Our focus on wellness extends to the growing needs of our healthcare teams, making Thrive the employer of choice within the veterinary industry. 

Megan Oxford, megan.oxford@petco.com

 

SOURCE Petco