Dan Aja joins Banfield as new medical VP


Outgoing chief medical officer, Jeffrey Klausner, will remain until he retires at the end of 2014.

Banfield Pet Hospital has named Daniel Aja, DVM, senior vice president of medical operations, the new Chief Medical Officer (CMO), according to a company release. He will take the place of Jeffrey Klausner, DVM, MS, DACVIM, who will remain with Banfield in the role of senior vice president and chief medical officer until he retires at the end of 2014.

As the incoming CMO, Aja will lead medical operations and advancement, and his role will expand to include strategic leadership for the practice, selection and retention of veterinarians, and ensuring quality medicine and the cultivation of strategic relationships within the profession.

“Dr. Aja shares Banfield’s passion for helping pets live happier and healthier lives, and we believe he will continue to instill these core values throughout Banfield and the larger veterinary profession,” Klausner says in the release.

Most recently, Aja was director of U.S. professional and veterinary affairs at Hill’s Pet Nutrition, overseeing its U.S. veterinary division. He also owned and directed the Cherry Bend Animal Hospital in Traverse City, Mich., for 22 years.

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