VCA Animal Hospitals

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VCA, Inc.
Traded as NASDAQ: WOOF
Founded 1986 (1986)
Headquarters Los Angeles, California
Number of locations
750 animals hospitals
60 diagnostic laboratories (2017)
Areas served
United States and Canada
Revenue US$2.1 billion (2015)
Number of employees
23,000 (2017)
Parent Mars Petcare
(Mars, Incorporated)
Subsidiaries Antech Diagnostics
Sound Technologies
Camp Bow Wow

VCA Animal Hospitals is a trade name of veterinary medicine company VCA, Inc. (Veterinary Centers of America), an operator of veterinary hospitals in the US and Canada. They operate more than 750 animal hospitals in the United States and Canada.[1] The company is based in Los Angeles.

In July, 2009, VCA, Inc. purchased diagnostic imaging company Eklin Medical Systems, Inc., now known as Sound Technologies.[2]

In 2014 VCA acquired the dog care center Camp Bow Wow which had 152 franchises.[3]

On January 9, 2017, Mars Inc. announced their intention to purchase VCA for $9.1 billion, operating it as an independent unit within Mars Petcare.[4] VCA CEO and Founder Bob Antin will remain in his position.[5]


  1. ^ VCA Antech Company Profile
  2. ^ VCA Antech expands its foray into medical technology by buying Eklin
  3. ^ Camp Bow Wow Acquired by VCA
  4. ^ Peltz, James F. (9 January 2017). "Candy maker Mars is buying L.A. animal hospital chain VCA for $7.7 billion". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 
  5. ^ Crowe, Portia (9 January 2017). "Mars is buying a pet health company for $9.1 billion". Business Insider. Retrieved 10 August 2017. 

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