Walmart Expands In-Store Veterinary Clinics, Launches Online Pet Pharmacy
Walmart is expanding its Essentials PetCare veterinary clinics in nine stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas. The veterinary clinics are scheduled to begin opening later this month and in June.
The company plans to reach 100 veterinary clinics in stores in the next 12 months.
In 2016, Essentials PetCare launched the very first retail veterinary clinic located within a Walmart store in Port Richey, Fla. The company’s clinics provide routine vaccinations and treatment for a variety of minor illnesses, such as ear infections, common skin conditions and urinary issues. More serious ailments and surgeries are referred to full-service veterinary hospitals in the surrounding community.
“We are thrilled to be working with Essentials to expand veterinary care at Walmart stores,” said Marilee McInnis, director for Walmart Corporate Affairs. “Pets play an important role in many people’s lives, and making sure families have easy access to high-quality, affordable veterinary care is in-line with helping our customers save money and live better, including their four-legged family members.”
The Dallas-Fort Worth clinics will be located at Walmart stores in the cities of Anna, Cross Roads, Fort Worth, Frisco, Gainesville, Kaufman, Prosper, Royse City and Weatherford. The first Essentials PetCare clinic is scheduled to open on May 22 at the Kaufman Walmart on Kings Fort Parkway, followed by other locations in June. Specific opening dates for the other clinics will be posted on the company’s website in the coming weeks.
“Having store locations within 10 miles of nearly 90 percent of the country’s population makes Walmart an ideal venue for our veterinary clinics,” said Dr. Douglas Spiker, founder and president of Essentials PetCare. “Convenient access, as well as affordability, are often cited in industry research as key determinants in why millions of pet dogs and cats in the United States are not receiving even the most basic medical care.”
In addition to expanding its in-store veterinary clinics, Walmart also launched WalmartPetRx.com, which offers low cost pet prescriptions for dogs, cats, horses and livestock from more than 300 trusted brands to treat conditions like flea and tick, heartworm, allergy, arthritis and more. Pet owners can purchase prescription pet medications through the site and have the medications delivered right to their doors.
For those who prefer to fill their pet prescriptions in Walmart stores, later this month Walmart will stock its 4,500-plus pharmacies with the top 30 most requested pet meds, giving pet owners the opportunity to get their pet's prescription same-day.
The company has also expanded its online assortment of pet products to include more premium and health-conscious brands. In addition, Walmart has developed more premium and free-from options for its private label brands Pure Balance, Golden Rewards and Vibrant Life.