Banfield, The Pet Hospital® Appoints New Chief Medical Officer

August 26, 2009 • Portland, Ore.

PORTLAND, Ore. – August 26, 2009 – Banfield, The Pet Hospital® has appointed Jeffrey Klausner, DVM, MS, DACVIM, as senior vice president and chief medical officer. 


“As a medical and academic leader in the veterinary profession, Dr. Klausner’s years of experience will be instrumental in furthering our mission of providing high quality of veterinary medicine through patient outcomes,” said John Payne, president and chief executive officer of Banfield. “As our practice continues to grow and evolve, it is even more important that we continue to deliver on our promise—Dr. Klausner has the knowledge, experience and passion to guide the direction of medicine within our practice.” 

Dr. Klausner joined the practice in March 2009 as vice president of professional relations and government affairs, where he remains responsible for building and strengthening relationships with universities and national veterinary organizations. In his new role as chief medical officer, Dr. Klausner is primarily responsible for driving the medical direction of the practice and helping Banfield veterinarians deliver the highest quality of veterinary medicine. Dr. Klausner is also working to create an environment within the practice that inspires veterinarians to choose lifelong careers with Banfield. 

“It’s an honor to be part of a practice that has the opportunity to influence the direction of the profession as well as smaller veterinary practices,” said Dr. Klausner. “For more than 50 years, Banfield has been setting the standard for quality veterinary medicine. Through our industry-changing research and experienced-based medicine, we’re dedicated to raising the bar profession-wide for the quality of medical care Pets receive.” 

Prior to joining Banfield, Dr. Klausner was the president and chief executive officer for The Animal Medical Center in New York City, a highly respected nonprofit academic and clinical veterinary medical center. For more than nine years, he served as the dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota, where he led a national effort to enhance the skills, knowledge and aptitudes of entering veterinary students. He was also responsible for implementing the nation’s largest veterinary public health program. In addition, Dr. Klausner served as chair for the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and as an academic faculty member at the College of Veterinary Medicine, where he started the university’s first veterinary oncology teaching, research and clinical program. To date, Dr. Klausner has presented more than 50 continuing-education programs and published more than 80 research papers and 20 book chapters.
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