Petco Adds Three New Veterinary Experts to Industry-Leading Petco Pet Wellness Council

SAN DIEGO, October 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Petco Health and Wellness Company, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRAME) announced today that three new members have joined the Petco Pet Wellness Council (PPWC), a coalition of leading independent experts in veterinary science and animal care who inform both education and evolution of business and industry in support of the health and general well-being of companion animals. . Petco and the PPWC today welcome:

  • Dr. Raymond Antoinedoctorate – Professor of philosophy at University of Alaska Anchoragelong-time ethics advisor to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Animal Welfare Committee and member of the AVMA Expert Panel on Euthanasia;
  • Dr. La’Toya Latney, DVM, DECZM, DABVP – Assistant professor of zoological and companion animal medicine at University of Pennsylvania Medical school and board-certified zoo and exotic animal veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center in New York City; And
  • Dr. Kemba MarshallMPH, DVM, DABVP, SHRM-CP – Director of Veterinary Services at Land O’ Lakes Purina Animal Nutrition Center and certified veterinarian specializing in avian medicine.

“The Petco Pet Wellness Council is a tremendous resource and one of Petco’s greatest assets,” said Ron Coughlin, Chairman and CEO of Petco. “The unbiased, science-based perspectives presented by each member have been instrumental in our successful transformation from a traditional retailer to a comprehensive health and wellness company that helps pet owners take care of the animals they love. commitment to pet welfare, we continue to raise the bar for the entire pet industry in the name of what’s best for pets. »

Drs. Anthony, Latney and Marshall expand PPWC’s collective expertise in specialty veterinary care, bring additional gender and ethnic diversity to the board and increase membership to 11. All three physicians will formally meet with their PPWC peers as well as Petco’s management team today. , during a virtual board meeting during which Petco’s short- and long-term health and wellness initiatives will be reviewed.

To ensure Petco continues to serve the best interests of pets in the future, the PPWC helps shape Petco’s approach to pet health and wellness, weighs in on the most critical topics of the industry and guides the development and consolidation of credible scientific data on companion animal care. Since Petco launched the PPWC in July 2019the company has taken the following industry-leading measures:

  • Stop the shock – Ended the sale of certain electronic “shock” collars, reinforcing its commitment to positive reinforcement training methods for pets.
  • Overall health – Launched Petco’s Total Health Philosophy and Framework, which bases the company’s approach to health and wellness on five interconnected dimensions of pet health (physical, mental, social, household health and accessible) which reinforce each other when approached as a whole.
  • Highly digestible rawhide – Following Petco’s groundbreaking removal of dog and cat foods and treats with artificial ingredients from its assortment in 2019*, the company also removed traditional rawhide options in 2021 to promote safe, durable and highly digestible alternatives.
  • Mental Health – Launched a free virtual training seminar and separation anxiety training course to help pet parents recognize the signs of stress in their pets and learn how to help them cope through relaxation techniques and enrichment solutions, as families spend more time outside the home after a year and a half of my stay.

“The Petco Pet Wellness Council is comprised of the best and brightest in the veterinary and pet industry,” said Petco Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Whitney Miller, DMV, MBA, DACVPM. “We are delighted to welcome Drs. Anthony, Latney and Marshall. We are confident that their deep expertise, along with their diversity of experiences and perspectives, will help PPWC, Petco and our industry as a whole continue to improve to ensure that pet health and wellness initiatives pets are science-based and that we always meet the needs of pets in the communities we serve, as well as the needs of pet parents who trust us to care for the well-being of pet members. their furry, scaly and feathered family.

The PPWC is composed of the following industrial experts:

  • Dr. Raymond Antoinedoctorate – Professor of philosophy at University of Alaska Anchoragelong-time ethics advisor to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Committee on Animal Welfare and member of the AVMA Panel on Euthanasia
  • Dr. Marie HopfenspergerDVM, DACVB – Certified animal behaviorist and responsible for Michigan State University Behavioral Department of the Veterinary Medical Center
  • Dr. Alexandra HorowitzMS, PhD – Author and professor, principal investigator and director of the Dog Cognition Lab at Barnard College, Columbia University
  • Dr. La’Toya Latney, DVM, DECZM, DABVP – Assistant professor of zoological and companion animal medicine at University of Pennsylvania Medical school and board-certified zoo and exotic animal veterinarian at the Animal Medical Center in New York City
  • Dr. Nicole LeibmanDVM, MS, DACVIM – Board-certified veterinary oncologist and director of the Cancer Institute at the Animal Medical Center of New York City
  • Dr. Kemba MarshallMPH, DVM, DABVP, SHRM-CP – Director of Veterinary Services at Land O’ Lakes Purina Animal Nutrition Center and certified veterinarian specializing in avian medicine
  • Dr. Whitney MillerDMV, MBA, DACVPM – Petco Chief Veterinarian, Certified in Preventative Veterinary Medicine
  • Dr. Tammy SadekDVM, DAVBP – Certified feline veterinarian, author, speaker and founder of two feline specialty hospitals as well as Cat Hyperthyroid Radioactive Iodine Services, LLC
  • Dr. Jonathan StockmanDVM, DACVN – Certified veterinary nutritionist and assistant professor of veterinary nutrition at Long Island University-College of Veterinary Medicine position
  • Dr. Lori TellerDVM, DABVP, CVJ – Board Certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in Canine and Feline Practice, Clinical Associate Professor of Telehealth at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and AVMA President-Elect
  • Dr. Andrew WestM.Ed., Ph.D. – Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences

To learn more about Petco and the Petco Pet Wellness Council, visit petco.com/wellnesscouncil.

About Petco, The Health + Wellness Co.
Petco is a category-defining health and wellness company focused on improving the lives of pets, pet parents and our own Petco partners. Since our founding in 1965, we have strived to set new standards in pet care, providing comprehensive wellness solutions through our products and services, and creating communities that deepen the connection between parents and pets. We operate more than 1,500 Petco locations across the United States, Mexico And Porto Ricoincluding a growing network of more than 150 in-store veterinary hospitals, and offers a comprehensive online pet health and wellness resource at petco.com and on the Petco app. In tandem with Petco Love (formerly Petco Foundation), an independent nonprofit organization, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, have helped find homes for more than 6.5 million animals.

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