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.
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.