Banfield Donates Wellness Plans to Veterans; Provides Discount to Program Participants

August 21, 2010 • Arlington, Va.

Arlington, Va.—August 31, 2010—P2V, a non-profit organization that matches military service members, veterans and emergency first responders (P2V Heroes) with companion pets, is partnering with Banfield, The Pet Hospital® to provide high quality veterinary medicine to the adopted pets of P2V Heroes.

“P2V is thrilled to be working with Banfield. Our organization’s goal is to help heal the lives of current and former service men and women who deal with the stress of service related trauma, like Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injury. This is accomplished through companion animal adoptions and animal assisted activities—P2V’s goal is strengthened by our partnership with Banfield as they focus on keeping our Heroes’ pets healthy and strong,” said David E. Sharpe, founder of P2V. “Because of our partnership with Banfield, our P2V Heroes do not have to worry about finding affordable and high quality medical care for their new family members—instead, they can focus on healing, together.”

Banfield, the largest general veterinary practice in the world with more than 760 hospitals, is providing 25 free Optimum Wellness Plans® per year for three years to select P2V Heroes; all other P2V Heroes receive a waived membership fee. Optimum Wellness Plans are packages of preventive healthcare services that include vaccinations, twice annual tooth-to-tail comprehensive examinations and lab work, among other preventive care services, unlimited office visits and discounts on veterinary services not included in the plans.

“Banfield is proud to partner with P2V to provide high quality care for the pets of our nation’s heroes. Our practice has a tradition of helping veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Karen Johnson, DVM, vice president and client advocate for Banfield. “Our hospital teams look forward to building meaningful relationships with P2V Heroes and ensuring their pets receive the best possible veterinary care.”

For more information about P2V’s programs and heroes, visit http://www.pets2vets.org. For more information about Optimum Wellness Plans or to find the nearest Banfield hospital, visit www.banfield.net.

About P2V
P2V seeks healing and support for those service men and women who suffer from service related trauma, including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injury, and homes for sheltered animals that both may live in dignity as they embark on their journey together. P2V provides our nation's heroes with accessible, cost-effective animal assisted activities as they pursue rehabilitative and therapeutic care from their healthcare provider. For more information about P2V please visit http://www.pets2vets.org.

About Banfield, The Pet Hospital
Founded in Portland, Ore., in 1955, Banfield has become the largest Pet general veterinary practice in the world, with more than 760 hospitals in neighborhoods across the United States. More than 2,400 veterinarians at Banfield are committed to giving Pets the highest quality of veterinary care. Banfield hospitals offer a full range of comprehensive medical services, computerized medical records, preventive care plans for Pets and extended operating hours. Banfield is the only veterinary practice in the world with an extensive quality assurance program. Banfield, The Pet Hospital helps extend the lives of millions of Pets each year through our Optimum Wellness Plans. For journalists seeking more information, please visit our press room at http://www.banfield.net/press-room or contact our Media Hotline at 888-355-0595 (no sales calls, please).