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Veterinary network eliminates non-compete clauses

dvm360dvm360 November 2023
Volume 54
Issue 11
Pages: 22

To promote employee well-being and professional growth, attract top talent, and provide the best care

Destination Pet LLC, a provider of veterinary care and pet service, has announced that effective October 2, 2023, it is removing the non-compete clause from employment contracts for veterinarians. Along with new hires, this policy change also carries over to existing team members and they will be released from any existing non-competition agreements they may have with Destination Pet or its subsidiaries.

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“Destination Pet believes in creating a positive work environment where veterinarians can thrive. They deserve to practice where they want and where the animals need them the most. They do not need added restrictions when looking for a job that supports their passions,” the company stated in a release.1

Approximately 1 in 5 American workers—or 30 million people—are bound by non-compete clauses prohibit them from seeking other employment opportunities.2 Destination Pet, being one of the few companies to remove this barrier, said in the release, “This groundbreaking decision reflects Destination Pet's dedication to being an employer of choice, offering fulfilling positions that prioritize the well-being of both pets and the professionals who care for them.”

The policy update comes at a time when the company is engaging in active recruitment efforts to grow their teams dispersed across a network of over 170 locations. It enables the company to “attract top talent and empower their veterinarians to pursue their passions and ambitions within the field without undue restrictions.”1

Though the non-competition clause is being eliminated, Destination Pet’s non-solicitation provisions will remain intact. Additionally, non-compete provisions will still apply as part of the sale of a business for previous practice owners.1


  1. Destination Pet removes non-compete clauses in employment contracts for veterinary professionals. Destination Pet. September 20, 2023. September 21, 2023.
  2. Non-compete clause rulemaking. Federal Trade Commission. January 5, 2023. Accessed September 21, 2023. https://www.ftc.gov/legal-library/browse/federal-register-notices/non-compete-clause-rulemaking
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