Banfield welcomes Tony Ueber as executive vice president/chief operating officer

December 29, 2008 • Portland, Ore.

Portland, Ore.— Dec. 29, 2008—Banfield, The Pet Hospital® announces that Tony Ueber has been appointed to lead - operations for its more than 730 veterinary hospitals.

“I am very pleased to welcome Tony to Banfield as executive vice president and chief operating officer,” says John Payne, president and chief executive officer, Banfield, The Pet Hospital. “A proven strategic leader, Tony brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will provide us with a new perspective on our business operations and understanding of the client experience.”

Tony, who will begin his new role in January, comes to Banfield having served in various global sales, marketing and consulting roles for marquee companies including Procter & Gamble and Office Depot.

“I admire Tony for his strong leadership skills and personal and professional ethics. I welcome the wise counsel he will bring to Banfield in his new role as our practice continues to advance the veterinary profession,” Payne says.

In this critical role, Tony will be responsible for ensuring that Banfield clients have a positive experience both in the care their Pets receive as well as through exceptional client service. Tony will be instrumental in assisting Banfield’s Operations, Medical, Marketing and Education teams in driving this initiative.

“Joining such an innovative and successful veterinary practice is an honor for me, especially knowing the positive impact Banfield makes in the lives of Pets and families every day,” Ueber says. “We are committed to providing our clients with the highest quality of veterinary care and to ensuring that their experiences at Banfield are second to none.”

Tony earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and his MBA in marketing from The Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA. Tony is moving from Florida to Banfield’s main campus in Portland with his wife, Ronna, two children, and their two cats.

About Banfield, The Pet Hospital®
Founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1955, Banfield has become the largest Pet general veterinary practice in the world, with more than 730 quality hospitals in many neighborhoods across the U.S., in the U.K. and in Mexico. More than 1,900 veterinarians at Banfield are committed to giving Pets the same level of care that their human family members receive. Banfield hospitals offer a full-range of comprehensive, medical services, computerized medical records, Pet preventive care plans, extended operating hours, and 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. 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).