CareCredit and Vets First Choice Sign Exclusive Credit Card Acceptance Agreement
April 29, 2015 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
COSTA MESA, Calif. & PORTLAND, Maine--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CareCredit and Vets First Choice, a national provider of branded online pharmacy services for veterinary practices, have signed an exclusive agreement to give pet owners the opportunity to use the CareCredit healthcare credit card to pay for their online purchases of pet medicines and diet food products at more than 10,000 participating veterinary practice websites nationwide.
Launching later this year, the agreement marks CareCredit's first web-based card acceptance partnership. The CareCredit credit card will be a payment option on veterinary practice websites that are hosted by Vets First Choice, which conducts one million online transactions annually. It also offers existing CareCredit cardholders access to valuable offers from Vets First Choice and informative client education. This agreement is part of CareCredit's expansion of its credit card acceptance network across a number of healthcare segments, including the recent addition of VSP Vision Care in the vision care market.
"CareCredit, Vets First Choice, and participating veterinarians all share a commitment to bring the highest quality veterinary care to pets and their owners in a simple and convenient way," explained Dave Fasoli, president and CEO of CareCredit. Since we entered the veterinary market in 1993, we've heard from thousands of pet owners who have shared their story about how CareCredit has made it possible for them to care for their pet. Partnering with Vets First Choice helps us continue to achieve that goal."
"Giving clients another payment option that makes it easier for them to get the products their pets need, including prescription and maintenance veterinary medicine and therapeutic diets, can help practices, enhance customer service and ultimately strengthen the Veterinarian-Client-Pet relationship," said Ben Shaw, co-founder and CEO of Vets First Choice.
CareCredit actively develops business alliances, such as this agreement with Vets First Choice, to continue to deliver best-in-class value and utility to its nine million cardholders and to assist practices by helping them eliminate financial barriers to care.
For nearly 30 years, CareCredit, from Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), has helped millions of clients receive recommended care for their pets. CareCredit is a healthcare credit card that can be used as a financing option at more than 185,000 healthcare practices, including over 20,000 veterinary practices nationwide. CareCredit is recommended by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), 10 state veterinary medical associations and leading practice management educators. For more information on CareCredit, call 800-300-3046 or visit www.carecredit.com/veterinary and view pet owner stories at www.carecredit.com/vetmed/testimonials. For more information about Synchrony Financial visit www.synchronyfinancial.com.
About Vets First ChoiceTM
Vets First Choice is a leading provider of prescription management, pharmacy services, marketing solutions, and business analytics for equine and companion animal veterinary practitioners. A privately held company in Portland, Maine, Vets First Choice is a national, home-delivery provider of FDA and EPA approved pharmaceuticals, therapeutic diets and compounded medications to clients on behalf of veterinary practices. Vets First Choice offers a comprehensive suite of services, including practice-branded online pharmacies, to help veterinary practices improve medical compliance, reduce inventory costs, enhance customer service, and promote the Veterinarian-Client-Pet relationship. Currently in partnership with 10,000 practicing veterinarians, Vets First Choice provides a simple, safe, and cost effective method to meet client expectations for convenience, service and competitive prices. The Vets First Choice Pharmacy complies with licensing and inspection requirements of all 50 States and Vet-VIPPS and has been recognized by national accreditation boards for exceptional quality, service, and performance. For more information on Vets First Choice, visit www.VetsFirstChoice.com.
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