Petco veterinary clinic expansion speeds up

Building veterinary clinics at an increasing clip, Petco now counts 66 locations in its national chain of stores, anticipates having 100 clinics by the end of January, and could double that number to 200 by early 2021, according to the retailer's head of veterinary medicine, Dr. Whitney Miller.

It partners with three clinic operators and like to expand it to five.

Petco doesn't intend to incorporate clinics at all of its approximately 1,500 pet stores, in part because of space restraints. "We want to be very targeted," Miller told the VIN News Service. "While we don't have the final top of the mountain, at this point, it's unlikely it would ever approach 100%. It's about providing the access to care in the right stores and markets."

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