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Largest Privately-Owned Veterinary Practice in the World, Banfield, the Pet Hospital(R), Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

Former Bayer Executive and Current Banfield President Succeeds Scott

Campbell, DVM as CEO

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Effective September 19, 2007, John Payne has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Banfield, The Pet Hospital(R), succeeding veterinary pioneer, Scott Campbell, DVM, who retired as CEO in early July 2007.

After Campbell's retirement this summer, John Payne was appointed President, Chief Operating Officer and Acting CEO at Banfield. "I am sincerely honored to serve as the second CEO for Banfield, the nation's premier Pet hospital," says Payne, newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, Banfield, The Pet Hospital(R). "These are exciting times in veterinary healthcare; I look forward to continued work with Dr. Campbell and other industry leaders as we chart the future course of Pet healthcare."

Since joining Banfield in 2005, after serving as president for Bayer's Animal Health Division for North America, Payne has held the positions of Senior Vice President of Practice Development and Executive Vice President.

"John has been providing exceptional leadership for Banfield in key strategic areas including our industry partnerships and medical technology as well as veterinary recruitment," says Scott Campbell, DVM, who serves as Chairman, Board of Directors, Banfield, The Pet Hospital(R). "With more than 33 years experience in the Pet healthcare industry and a record of surpassing goals and growing business, John is a great asset to our practice."

Scott Campbell, DVM, Banfield's Chairman and CEO for 22 years, will continue in the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors. Dr. Campbell will focus on strengthening key industry relationships and advancing the industry's adoption of the American Association of Veterinarian Medical Colleges' Foresight Report recommendations regarding changes in veterinary education, licensing and recruitment.

"John Payne is an excellent leader who is deeply committed to high-quality Pet healthcare," says Ellis Rowe, Group President, Petcare, Mars, Incorporated. "Through John's leadership we are confident he will continue to forge strong working relationships with PetSmart, our suppliers, the veterinarian community and universities to provide pets and pet parents with new levels of service and care."

Founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1955, Banfield has become the largest privately owned veterinary practice in the world, with more than 635 locations across the U.S., in the U.K. and in Mexico. All of the veterinarians and team members at Banfield are committed to giving Pets the same level of care that their human family members receive. Banfield hospitals offer a full-range of comprehensive, medical services, computerized medical records, Pet preventive care plans, extended operating hours, and is the only veterinary practice in the world with an extensive quality assurance program. Banfield, The Pet Hospital helps extend the lives of more than 3.5 million Pets each year.

Contact: Kathy Baumgardner, Senior Director, Practice Communications at # 888-355-0595, Media Hotline

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