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1st Pet Veterinary Centers is a 100% employee-owned veterinary clinic headquartered in Chandler, Arizona. 1st Pet, founded in 1989, is a bustling veterinary hospital offering comprehensive veterinary services, including general practice, specialty care, and round-the-clock emergency services. With three conveniently located facilities in Chandler, Mesa, and North Phoenix, 1st Pet serves the valley. 1st Pet stands apart from the typical veterinary practice, as it provides cutting-edge medical services, delivered by a team comprising both seasoned professionals and young talents. The practice fosters a close-knit, supportive work environment, where team members mutually support one another. Although 1st Pet started modestly, it has undergone remarkable growth over the last three decades, evolving from a single primary care practice into a network of three hospitals with a workforce of over 300 team members.
In 2021, 1st Pet Veterinary Centers became employee-owned when they implemented an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). They firmly believe that employee ownership is the way forward, a groundbreaking move in the industry. With a commitment to open-book management, 1st Pet encourages team members to comprehend and actively engage in the practice's operations. The culture at 1st Pet prioritizes not only thriving in one's role but also continuous learning and personal growth. While many in the veterinary industry share a passion for animals and their owners, 1st Pet's employee owners exhibit an exceptional level of dedication, evident in the numerous certifications, awards, and pioneering practices that set them apart in their field.
While they are not certified, based on Department of Labor 5500 fillings and other third-party data sources, we believe their ESOP meets our standards of significant and broad-based employee ownership.
While they are not certified, based third-party data sources, we believe their Worker Cooperative meets our standards of significant and broad-based employee ownership.
While they are not certified, based third-party data sources, we believe their Employee Ownership Trust meets our standards of significant and broad-based employee ownership.
While they are not certified, we believe they meet our standards of significant and broad-based employee ownership.
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