Banfield Pet Hospital Adds Daniel Aja, DVM, to Senior Leadership Team

March 27, 2014 • Portland, OR

Former Director of U.S. Professional and Veterinary Affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition to Lead Medical Operations and Advancement for the World’s Largest Veterinary Practice
Portland, Ore.March 27, 2014—Banfield Pet Hospital, the world’s largest veterinary practice, has named Daniel Aja, DVM, senior vice president of medical operations, as he begins a transition into the role of chief medical officer (CMO), taking the place of his predecessor, Jeffrey Klausner, DVM, MS, DACVIM. Dr. Klausner will remain a senior vice president and chief medical officer until he retires at the end of 2014. In his new role, Dr. Aja will lead medical operations and advancement for Banfield—as the incoming CMO, his role will expand to include providing strategic leadership for  the medical practice, the selection and retention of outstanding veterinarians, ensuring quality medicine and the cultivation of strategic relationships with the profession.
“As a practice, Banfield believes in providing a better world for pets through exceptional preventive care for its clients and their pets,” said Jeffrey Klausner, DVM, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Banfield. “Dr. Aja shares Banfield’s passion for helping pets live happier and healthier lives, and we believe he will continue to instill these core values throughout Banfield and the larger veterinary profession.”
Prior to joining Banfield, Dr. Aja served as director of U.S. professional and veterinary affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, where he was responsible for its U.S. veterinary division. Dr. Aja brings to Banfield more than 30 years of experience, credibility and a commitment to delivering the highest quality of veterinary medicine.
“Banfield has been the driver of preventive pet health care within the veterinary profession for the past two decades—its leadership in this important area is admirable,” said Dr. Daniel Aja, senior vice president of medical operations at Banfield and future chief medical officer. “Having owned and operated a private practice for more than 20 years, I have experienced firsthand the importance of preventive care when it comes to lengthening the lifespan of companion animals. I am thrilled to join a practice of dedicated veterinary professionals who are committed to making a better world for pets each and every day.”
For more than 22 years, Dr. Aja owned and directed the Cherry Bend Animal Hospital in Traverse City, Mich. which gained American Animal Hospital Association accreditation in 1988. Additionally, he served as a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates, State Legislative and Regulatory Issues Task Force, and the Strategic Planning Committee. He was appointed by the governor of Michigan to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine and was elected in 2005 as president of the American Animal Hospital Association.
Dr. Aja received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University in 2006, where he earned his veterinary medical degree. He is also a founding board member of Partners for Healthy Pets, a committee of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation created to ensure pets receive the preventive health care they deserve through regular veterinary visits.
About Banfield Pet Hospital®
Founded in Portland, Ore., in 1955, Banfield is the largest general veterinary practice in the world. In 2007, Banfield joined the Mars, Inc. family of businesses, and today it is more than 850 hospitals strong in neighborhoods across the United States and Puerto Rico. More than 2,900 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 Pet Hospital helps extend the lives of millions of pets each year through Optimum Wellness Plans®. For journalists seeking more information, contact the Media Hotline at 888-355-0595.