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November 6, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Veterinary Centers of America Inc. said the company, in separate transactions, has acquired four animal hospitals and entered into management service agreements for the nonmedical assets of three others in Texas. The value of the transactions were not disclosed. "The addition of these hospitals clearly illustrates our commitment to expanding VCA's nationwide network of owned and managed animal hospitals," said Bob Antin, chairman and CEO of Santa Monica-based VCA.
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March 11, 2013 | Stuart Pfeifer
The business People love their pets. VCA Antech Inc. has been banking on that for more than 25 years. The company owns or manages more than 600 veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada, with more than 3,000 veterinarians on staff. It also owns a network of diagnostic laboratories and sells radiography and ultrasound imaging equipment to veterinarians. Launched in 1986, VCA has grown through a series of acquisitions, helping to boost revenue even as visits to existing hospitals fell.
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April 1, 2000 | ANGELA MOORE, REUTERS
Animal hospital network Veterinary Centers of America Inc. said Friday it would go private in a $321-million buyout, the latest in a string of firms looking for more profitable pastures as private companies. Under the terms of the deal, led by Green Equity Investors, the Santa Monica-based company's stockholders would receive $15 in cash for each share owned. The company said the deal should be completed in the third quarter.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2007 | Tom Petruno, Times Staff Writer
Stan Creighton's goal of building a major veterinary-hospital chain got a big boost on Thursday: His Westlake Village-based company, National Veterinary Associates, was sold to Summit Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Summit said the deal amounted to a $128-million investment in National Veterinary, which Creighton formed in 1996 and which now owns 96 animal hospitals in 29 states. The company says it's the largest private owner of veterinary hospitals.
NEWS
January 22, 2001 | Associated Press
About 100 dogs, cats and other animals were killed by a fire despite efforts by firefighters who unlatched cages and carried animals to safety outside a burning shelter. Volunteers and workers hugged and wept Sunday outside the gutted remains of the shelter, which burned Saturday night. At least 85 of the 200 animals in the shelter survived. More than 20 dogs, three cats, two snakes and a pigeon were being treated at animal hospitals Sunday.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2007 | Tom Petruno, Times Staff Writer
Stan Creighton's goal of building a major veterinary-hospital chain got a big boost on Thursday: His Westlake Village-based company, National Veterinary Associates, was sold to Summit Partners, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. Summit said the deal amounted to a $128-million investment in National Veterinary, which Creighton formed in 1996 and which now owns 96 animal hospitals in 29 states. The company says it's the largest private owner of veterinary hospitals.
BUSINESS
October 10, 1997 | DIANE SEO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Allergies have kept Bob Antin from having any pets of his own, but that hasn't stopped the president of Veterinary Centers of America from trying to become top dog in the animal-care world. Antin has spent the last 11 years transforming the Santa Monica-based company into the nation's largest animal hospital chain. To further expand its empire, VCA continues to acquire new veterinary practices and venture into other pet industries.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2013 | Stuart Pfeifer
The business People love their pets. VCA Antech Inc. has been banking on that for more than 25 years. The company owns or manages more than 600 veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada, with more than 3,000 veterinarians on staff. It also owns a network of diagnostic laboratories and sells radiography and ultrasound imaging equipment to veterinarians. Launched in 1986, VCA has grown through a series of acquisitions, helping to boost revenue even as visits to existing hospitals fell.
NEWS
June 27, 2002 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Zoo will unveil its $13.4-million Animal Health and Conservation Center today, allowing invited guests a first peek at its gorilla-sized anesthesia machine, pool for treating aquatic animals and new quarantine facility. The 29,000-square-foot center replaces the animal hospital built in the 1960s.
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October 20, 1993 | LYNDA NATALI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Police and officials with the Orange County District Attorney have launched an investigation into the operation of the Bayshore Animal Hospital after complaints by former employees and residents that the shelter did unnecessary work on animals. Lt. Ron Smith, of the Costa Mesa Police Department, said the city began receiving complaints involving the hospital at 2077 Harbor Blvd. and Dr. Jeffrey Palmer, who runs the clinic, after a televised City Council meeting last month.
HEALTH
July 11, 2005 | Judy Foreman, Special to The Times
Two months ago, when my 14-year-old cat's breathing became labored, he wouldn't eat and he could barely walk, I took him to the emergency room. There, the young doctor left no doubt that he was dying. Congestive heart failure, she said. Pneumonia too. He was taken straight to the intensive care unit. His cardiologist, Dr. Nancy Laste, began giving him oxygen, antibiotics and diuretics. Day after day, he hung in, and so did she. Virtually every day for a week, Laste would call me around 9 a.m.
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February 8, 2004 | Jean-Paul Renaud, Times Staff Writer
Marc Bluestone changed his life for her. He restructured his house, built a home office and refused to travel anywhere she wasn't allowed. It was "pure love." But Shane, his beloved Labrador, died five years ago. Bluestone, 61, blames All-Care Animal Referral Center for her death and is waging a crusade to "bring justice under the law." Thus far, he has spent more than $375,000 in an effort to prove the center's veterinarians were responsible for his dog's death.
NEWS
June 27, 2002 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Los Angeles Zoo will unveil its $13.4-million Animal Health and Conservation Center today, allowing invited guests a first peek at its gorilla-sized anesthesia machine, pool for treating aquatic animals and new quarantine facility. The 29,000-square-foot center replaces the animal hospital built in the 1960s.
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September 7, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State prosecutors are trying to pull the license of a nationally renowned veterinary hospital in Fountain Valley, accusing its director of allowing a former heavy-equipment operator to pose for years as a surgeon and perform numerous operations on pets. The California attorney general's office alleges in a civil complaint that All-Care Animal Referral Center and its chief veterinarian, Dr. Robert L. Rooks, also falsified medical records and asked two veterinarians to embellish their credentials.
NEWS
January 22, 2001 | Associated Press
About 100 dogs, cats and other animals were killed by a fire despite efforts by firefighters who unlatched cages and carried animals to safety outside a burning shelter. Volunteers and workers hugged and wept Sunday outside the gutted remains of the shelter, which burned Saturday night. At least 85 of the 200 animals in the shelter survived. More than 20 dogs, three cats, two snakes and a pigeon were being treated at animal hospitals Sunday.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2000 | ANGELA MOORE, REUTERS
Animal hospital network Veterinary Centers of America Inc. said Friday it would go private in a $321-million buyout, the latest in a string of firms looking for more profitable pastures as private companies. Under the terms of the deal, led by Green Equity Investors, the Santa Monica-based company's stockholders would receive $15 in cash for each share owned. The company said the deal should be completed in the third quarter.
HEALTH
July 11, 2005 | Judy Foreman, Special to The Times
Two months ago, when my 14-year-old cat's breathing became labored, he wouldn't eat and he could barely walk, I took him to the emergency room. There, the young doctor left no doubt that he was dying. Congestive heart failure, she said. Pneumonia too. He was taken straight to the intensive care unit. His cardiologist, Dr. Nancy Laste, began giving him oxygen, antibiotics and diuretics. Day after day, he hung in, and so did she. Virtually every day for a week, Laste would call me around 9 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1998 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bibbles the cat is at the animal emergency room because she has been ill and is lethargic. But her owners, Warren Wyatt and Julie Hines, have symptoms too. "It makes us nervous because we're pet lovers," says Wyatt, 42, of Fountain Valley. "When you have pets, you have problems." Hines, 33, blames herself for the situation and has a migraine from the stress. Three days ago, she waited too long to feed Bibbles, and the hungry cat chowed down on a towel, swallowing a piece of cloth.
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August 17, 1998 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bibbles the cat is at the animal emergency room because she has been ill and is lethargic. But her owners, Warren Wyatt and Julie Hines, have symptoms too. "It makes us nervous because we're pet lovers," says Wyatt, 42, of Fountain Valley. "When you have pets, you have problems." Hines, 33, blames herself for the situation and has a migraine from the stress. Three days ago, she waited too long to feed Bibbles, and the hungry cat chowed down on a towel, swallowing a piece of cloth.
BUSINESS
October 10, 1997 | DIANE SEO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Allergies have kept Bob Antin from having any pets of his own, but that hasn't stopped the president of Veterinary Centers of America from trying to become top dog in the animal-care world. Antin has spent the last 11 years transforming the Santa Monica-based company into the nation's largest animal hospital chain. To further expand its empire, VCA continues to acquire new veterinary practices and venture into other pet industries.
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