VCA Inc, formerly known as VCA Antech Inc was formed in 1986 as a Delaware corporation and during the 1990s established a position in the animal hospital and veterinary diagnostic laboratory markets through both internal growth and acquisitions. It is a national animal healthcare company operating in the United States and Canada. It provides veterinary services and diagnostic testing to support veterinary care and sells diagnostic imaging equipment and other medical technology products and related services to the veterinary market. The Company operates in four segments: animal hospitals, veterinary diagnostic laboratories, veterinary medical technology and Vetstreet. The Companys animal hospitals offer a full range of general medical and surgical services for companion animals. Its animal hospitals treat diseases and injuries, provide pharmaceutical products and perform a variety of pet-wellness programs, including health examinations, diagnostic testing, vaccinations, spaying, neutering and dental care. At December 31, 2013, it operated 609 animal hospitals throughout 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces. The Company operates a full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory network serving all 50 states and certain areas in Canada. Its laboratory network provides sophisticated testing and consulting services used by veterinarians in the detection, diagnosis, evaluation, monitoring, treatment and prevention of diseases and other conditions affecting animals. At December 31, 2013, it operated 56 laboratories of various sizes located strategically throughout the United States and Canada. The Companys Medical Technology business sells digital radiography and ultrasound imaging equipment, provides education and training on the use of that equipment, provides consulting and mobile imaging services, and sells software and ancillary services to the veterinary market. The Company's sales agents market and sell its products and services to veterinary hospitals and universities. It mainly directs its marketing efforts toward its existing clients through customer education efforts. It license its proprietary software, TruDR. TruDR allows for the capture of digital x-ray images and transmits those images to a computer containing archiving and reviewing software. It also provide mobile imaging, consulting, education and training services to its customers. The companion animal healthcare industry is competitive and subject to continual change in the manner in which services are delivered and providers are selected. Certain states have laws that prohibit business corporations from providing, or holding themselves out as providers of, veterinary medical care.
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