Today’s Veterinary Business Staff
People, Pets and Vets has expanded into Texas with the acquisition of five clinics, raising to 28 the number of veterinary hospitals that make up the Olympia, Washington-based network.
The chain’s newly purchased clinics are Frisco West Animal Medical Center in Frisco, Kingsgate Animal Hospital in Lubbock, Cross Timbers Animal Medical Center in Flower Mound, and North Carrollton Veterinary Hospital and Josey Ranch Pet Hospital, both in Carrollton.
People, Pets and Vets manages its hospitals behind the scenes, focusing on finance, human resources, marketing, operations and technology while giving onsite doctors the responsibility for patient care and the veterinary team.
A majority of the company’s hospitals are in Washington. Besides the five Texas clinics, People, Pets and Vets has one hospital in Arizona and three in Oregon.
The chain, which employs more than 600 people, reported that a private investor who came aboard in early 2018 provided the capital needed for further expansion.
Company founder and chief pet officer Mike Murphy, DVM, opened his first clinic, Steamboat Animal Hospital in 1992 after serving in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps and acquired another Olympia clinic, Healthy Pets Animal Hospital, a year later.