In the Matter of Mars, Inc. and VCA Inc., File No. 171-0057
I am disappointed for both the public at large, and the veterinary profession, that the FTC has seen fit to allow the Mars/VCA merger with such minor intervention. Let's just suppose that you are employed by any one of the remaining Banfield, Blue Pearl, or VCA hospitals, or are one of their clients. Mars can essentialy require this captive population of DVMs to sell only Royal Canin food, use only Antech labs, and refer only to Blue Pearl Specialists all the while without the client ever being informed. How is this NOT a monopoly? What is the FTC thinking? I am relieved that they at least raised a token objection, but it is a sad day for the pet owning public, and I don't know why the AVMA doesn't try to fight this.