In the Matter of Mars, Inc. and VCA Inc., File No. 171-0057
I was a veterinary technician for thirty years. I retired two years ago. My concerns regarding consolidation of veterinary hospitals are twofold. I am concerned about the obvious ramifications regarding costs for the consumer and I am extremely concerned about the effect this would have on quality of medicine. Being a corporate owned hospital ties the doctors hands in regards to what medications and equipment will be available at a hospital. It may well also restrict where clients are referred for specialized medicine. From my decades of experience I can assure you that this is a horrible idea.