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Petland announces new director of veterinary operations
Rebecca Atwood, DVM, brings her extensive experience in aiming to reduce pet overpopulation while offering affordable preventive care
Petland, Inc has named Rebecca Atwood, DVM as director of veterinary operations. According to a company release,1 Atwood’s position will consist of maintaining the utmost professional standards for pet health. Additionally, she will develop, deliver, and sustain a comprehensive animal husbandry and veterinary health care prevention and welfare program for Petland's company store locations.
"At the core of Petland's mission, 'To match the right pet with the right customer, meeting the needs of both,' is the confidence that pets will be well cared for throughout their lifetime," stated Joe Watson, Petland President and CEO, in the release. "With the addition of Dr Atwood, I'm confident Petland will continue its work in striving for continuous improvement in all areas of pet health, while maintaining the highest quality of care for our pets, and meeting our customer's expectations."
All Petland locations are required to have a consulting veterinarian to offer weekly exams and identify in-store protocols. Atwood will be a consistent resource for consulting veterinarians in achieving Petland best practices and protocols. In addition to leading the care of pets within Petland operations, Atwood will offer veterinary oversight of each step of a pet's journey, making science-based recommendations to maximize their health and well-being.1
Atwood worked as a teenager at a Petland location in Cleveland, Ohio which, played into the decision of pursuing veterinary medicine. She achieved a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Atwood has strong surgical and diagnostic skills and over a decade of experience working with small and large animals as a veterinarian. Most recently, she practiced at a mobile veterinary clinic where she offered low-cost spay, neuter, and preventive care for pets in communities needing these services, with assistance from humane societies, shelters, and rescue groups.
Rebecca Atwood DVM joins Petland as director of veterinary operations. News release. Petland Inc. April 5, 2023. Accessed April 5, 2023. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/rebecca-atwood-dvm-joins-petland-as-director-of-veterinary-operations-301790036.html