Today’s Veterinary Business Staff
Mid-Columbia Pet Emergency Service, a 24/7 specialty practice, has joined the SAGE Veterinary Centers network, strengthening the parent company’s presence in central Washington state.
Acquisition of the 24-year-old hospital came two months after SAGE purchased Adobe Animal Hospital, a twin practice in the San Francisco Bay area, and 10 months after adding Yakima Pet Emergency Service, in Yakima, Washington. Yakima and Mid-Columbia, which serves the Tri-Cities area of Pasco, Kennewick and Richland, are 85 miles apart.
“Partnering with the team at Mid-Columbia Pet Emergency Service is very exciting for us especially as we continue to grow in central Washington,” said Gina Del Vecchio, CEO of Concord, California-based SAGE.
“This partnership continues SAGE’s venture into Washington state, a key geography in our expansion throughout the Western United States.”
Terms of the latest acquisition were not announced.
SAGE, supported by the financial backing of a private equity investor, also owns four Northern California hospitals, ophthalmology clinics in San Francisco and San Carlos, California, and Veterinary Specialists of Alaska in Anchorage.
In other news, SAGE announced a residency program with the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Two doctors — Mélissa De Lombaert, DVM, and Maggie Li Puma, DVM — will undertake surgery and ophthalmology residencies, respectively — in Athens, Georgia.
“Towards the end of their second year, both candidates will participate in out rotations at SAGE, which will allow them to establish connectivity with the SAGE hospital and teammates prior to coming on board in 2023,” the company reported.
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