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WesternU Takes Over Campus Veterinary Clinic

The WesternU Pet Health Center was formerly operated by Banfield Pet Hospital under a 10-year agreement.

Veterinary assistant Nathan Quintana weighs a canine patient at the WesternU Pet Health Center as receptionist Christa Morales works in the background.

Jeff Malet/WesternU

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The on-campus pet hospital at Western University of Health Sciences has completed its transition from a Banfield facility to a university-operated clinic.

The renamed WesternU Pet Health Center remains a community hospital, “only with direct WesternU ownership and oversight,” said chief of staff David Clark, DVM, Dipl. ABVP.

The Banfield Pet Hospital chain ran the Banfield Veterinary Clinical Center under a 10-year agreement, employing its own staff as well as clinical faculty members from the College of Veterinary Medicine. All the onsite veterinarians are now Western faculty.

Portland, Ore.-based Banfield will maintain ties to Western by hosting third- and fourth-year veterinary students at Southern California hospitals under the university’s distributive education model.

Students also will spend time at the on-campus clinic.

“The Pet Health Center is included as part of clinical skills courses for first- and second-year CVM students, is home to the two-week medicine rotation for third years, and is a general practice location for fourth-year students,” Dr. Clark said.

The Pomona, Calif., clinic is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

A grand opening celebration is planned this summer.

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