Banfield Pet Hospital® Announces Daniel Aja, DVM, As New Chief Medical Officer

January 06, 2015 • Portland, Ore.

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.January 6, 2015—Banfield Pet Hospital, the world’s largest veterinary practice, named Daniel Aja, DVM, senior vice president and chief medical officer (CMO), taking the place of Jeffrey Klausner, DVM, MS, DACVIM, who retired at the end of 2014. In his new role, Dr. Aja will provide strategic leadership for the medical practice, assist with the selection and retention of outstanding veterinarians, ensure quality medicine and cultivate strategic relationships with the profession.
“Our mission at Banfield is to provide a better world for pets, and the foundation of this is exceptional preventive care,” said Tony Ueber, President and CEO for Banfield. “Dr. Aja has already shown he shares Banfield’s passion for helping pets live happier and healthier lives, and we are confident he’ll continue Dr. Klausner’s work of instilling our core values, including quality preventive care, across our hospitals and the broader veterinary profession.” 
Dr. Aja, who joined Banfield Pet Hospital in April last year as senior vice president of medical operations, previously 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 at the forefront of preventive care within the veterinary profession for the past two decades,” said Dr. Daniel Aja, chief medical officer for Banfield. “I’m excited to work with and represent veterinary professionals who are dedicated to making a better world for pets every day.”
Dr. Aja’s experience includes 21 years as the owner and director at the Cherry Bend Animal Hospital in Traverse City, Mich. In addition, Dr. Aja 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; was appointed by the governor of Michigan to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine; and was elected in 2005 as the 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.
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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 880 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 provides preventive care for millions of pets each year through Optimum Wellness Plans®. For journalists seeking more information, visit or contact the Media Hotline at 888-355-0595.