Banfield, The Pet Hospital will host a grand opening celebration

for the new temporary on-campus Banfield hospital at Western University

of Health Sciences on Aug. 23.

Construction for Banfield’s permanent 6,000-square-foot on-campus

hospital will be completed for the fall 2006 school year. In the

meantime, Banfield has provided a temporary hospital to make clinical

teaching facilities available.

The celebration will be highlighted by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at

noon and will include hospital tours, an all-campus barbecue, and

commemorative gifts.

“”This is a one-of-a-kind partnership between the nation’s largest

private veterinary practice and the first new U.S. school of veterinary

medicine in 20 years,”” said Banfield Chairman and CEO Scott Campbell,

DVM. “”By investing in the provision of high quality practical experiences

for veterinary students, it is our hope that together Banfield and

Western University can help produce some of the most skilled, confident

and efficient new graduates in our profession.””

The school admitted its first class of veterinary students in August

2003, and the second class began classes this week. This new on-campus

teaching hospital will be used in the curriculum for WesternU’s College

of Veterinary Medicine, and is being completely built with funds donated

by Banfield. Banfield also will build or remodel at least four hospitals

within a 30-minute drive of Western U’s campus to serve as sites for

clinical rotations for third- and fourth-year students.

Banfield Medical Director Amy Raines, DVM, has been appointed

associate professor and medical director for the WesternU hospital. Dr.

Raines also will oversee the Banfield hospitals near the university,

which will be used for clinical rotations.

“”We are all very excited to be involved in shaping the future of

veterinarians,”” said Dr. Raines. “”The faculty and staff at Western

University of Health Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine are all

very talented and tremendously committed to providing the best education

to these wonderful students. The Banfield doctors and team members are

also very proud to be part of this new and exciting curriculum.””

Since 1999, Dr. Hugh Lewis, Banfield’s senior vice president of

practice Development and former dean of Purdue University’s School of

Veterinary Medicine, has been a part of the advisory council that

assisted the college through the curriculum development process.

The college’s curriculum gives first- and second-year veterinary

students the opportunity to gain firsthand experience in the on-campus

Banfield hospital, actively participating in wellness examinations and

preventive care treatment.

Founded in Portland, Oregon in 1955, Banfield, The Pet Hospital is

committed to giving pets the same medical care people expect for

themselves. Practicing at Banfield offers all the challenges of an

exciting veterinary career, with the ability to practice the highest

quality medicine, and great financial and personal rewards. Banfield

veterinarians receive medical and administrative support that allows them

to spend more time with pets, access to better equipment and supplies

than many practices can afford, and the opportunity to participate in a

benefits program unparalleled in the veterinary industry. With 400 full-

service hospitals across the country, Banfield, The Pet Hospital extends

the lives of more than 2.5 million pets each year.