VCA Animal Hospitals
My veterinary clinic of many years was bought out by VCA, but the original owner stayed on as chief vet with the intention of maintaining some control over the way things would be run under the new administration. The first and most jarring change was the alarming increase in prices in what was a low-income neighborhood where it was a burden on most pet owners to give their pets good medical care to begin with. Within months the fees had escalated to uptown prices and out of reach for most of the poor people in the area.
To the dismay and consternation of the former owner, she gradually began to lose control of financial issues and the quality of distributors with which she was allowed to deal. As time progressed, and the quality of care deteriorated, prices escalated, and the clientele evaporated, it became obvious that VCA was not in business for the benefit of animals, but for the benefit of lining its stockholders' pockets.
With great difficulty and perseverance, the original owner was eventually able to buy back the practice and restore it to its former place in the neighborhood--that of providing excellent quality veterinary care at reasonable prices to those in an area where quality care would otherwise be unattainable.
Kudos to a vet who cares about animals, and bah-humbug to the corporate hoarder whose only concern is lining their own pockets with gold, regardless of how many innocent animals suffered and may have died for lack of proper veterinary care because it was out of reach financially!