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Vets First Choice Named 30th Fastest Growing Company in the U.S. by Inc. Magazine’s Prestigious 500/5000 List

Unique Business Model Supports Mission of Veterinarians and Provides Trusted Services to Pet Owners

Portland, ME (August 21, 2012) — Vets First Choice, the nation’s largest online veterinary partner-pharmacy and marketing service provider, announced today that it was named the 30th fastest growing company in the United States by Inc. magazine. The magazine’s prestigious Inc. 500/5000 annual list, announced today, ranks the 500 fastest growing companies in the nation. Vets First Choice was also named the 2nd ranked business services company in the U.S.

“Our rapid growth reflects the compelling service we’ve been able to provide to pet owners and veterinary practices,” said Vets First Choice CEO Benjamin Shaw. “We’ve found the right combination of a quality pharmacy, great online ordering experience, excellent pricing, and a model that enables veterinarians to better compete with large online retailers.”

More than 6,000 veterinary practices across the U.S. have partnered with Vets First Choice, allowing its online services to reach nearly 20 million pet owners. The company’s headquarters are in Portland, Maine, and it has support centers in Nebraska, Kansas and Maryland.

“Vets First Choice is an extension of us,” said Gayle Craig, Certified Veterinary Practice Manager at Gardner Animal Care Center in Massachusetts. “They offer a reliable, competitive online store option for our clientele that prefer to shop on the internet. Plus, we like working with them because they are independent, offer competitive prices to help us compete with the corporate stores, and are continually working on ways to improve the product in directions not heard of before in the industry.”

“Polaris Venture Partners is incredibly proud that Vets First Choice has been recognized by Inc. magazine and we’re even more excited by the future growth prospects,” said Kevin Bitterman, Ph.D., Polaris Venture Partners; a Boston-based venture capital firm that led an investment in Vets First Choice earlier this year. “The company has clearly established itself as the leading online platform for trusted veterinary pharmacy and marketing services and there exists enormous opportunity to build on this momentum.”

About Vets First Choice

Vets First Choice a privately-held company headquartered in Portland, Maine, is a national home delivery provider of FDA- and EPA-approved pharmaceuticals, therapeutic diets and compounded medications to pet owners on behalf of veterinary practices. Our comprehensive suite of services help veterinary practices improve medical compliance for core products and services, reduce inventory costs, enhance customer services, and promote the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship. Vets First Choice is partnered with 6,000 veterinary hospitals to provide a simple, safe, and cost effective method to meet pet owner expectations for convenience, service and competitive prices. Our pharmacy complies with the licensing and inspection requirements of all 50 states and Vet-VIPPS. For more information, please visit


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