Over 30 Years of Veterinary Experience

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We design your hospital with your strengths in mind. Our design team understands that ergonomics, efficiency, and aesthetics all play a part in a successful hospital design. Each hospital owner has their own vision, and we’ll turn that vision into a reality.

As owners and operators ourselves, we understand the work that building a new business takes. We also understand the work required to make that business a success. Maximizing patient health and owners’ wealth is what we do best!

In-house retail vastly expands your revenue opportunities. Your clients now have a wide variety of pet supplies, foods, and healthcare services all under one roof. Why would they go anywhere else for their pet’s needs?

Since 1991 we have been providing pet owners with industry-leading pet supplies and the highest-quality pet foods on the market. In 2009 we reached a natural evolution to complete our model of 360 all-inclusive pet care, becoming the only franchised pet retail and animal hospital model.

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The PET DEPOT® Advantage

We provide independent-minded veterinarians with a bolstered platform to become more competitive in today’s aggressive veterinary and pet supplies market. PET DEPOT Veterinary Group offers opportunities for honest, ethical, and enthusiastic veterinarians to thrive not only as medical professionals but as business entrepreneurs as well.

Dog Owners

Based on its National Pet Owners Survey, the APPA estimates the average dog owner spends over $1,500 annually, including vet visits, food, grooming, and more.

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Dog Owners Annual Spending

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Cat Owners

APPA estimates cat owners spend slightly less than their dog counterparts, coming in at $1,000 annually for vet visits, food, toys, supplements & more.

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Cat Owners Annual Spending

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Dog Owners

Based on the APPA National Pet Owners Surveythe average dog owner spends over $1,500 annually, including vet visits, foods, grooming and more.

Dog Owners Annual Spending: $1,549

American Pet Products Association

Cat Owners

APPA estimates cat owners spend slightly less than their dog counterparts, coming in at $1,000 annually for vet visits, food, toys, supplements & more.

Cat Owners Annual Spending: $988

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Ready to own your own practice?

If you are ready to practice medicine with an organized approach to the business side that benefits you and your clients, PET DEPOT Veterinarian Group might be the way to go for you.

  1. Clients want effective, affordable treatment options for their pets, but also want a relationship with you, their veterinarian without the worry of paying for big corporate overhead or shareholder returns.
  2. Doctors want the right to choose how much time is spent with the client and the freedom to choose treatment options that might otherwise be mandated in some corporate structures.
  3. As an Independent Veterinary Operator (IVO), you will have complete control over your practice, pricing structure, and services offered, with the support, direction, and cost-saving initiatives that a franchise can afford.

PET DEPOT® Veterinarian Group Hospitals are INDIVIDUALLY owned, but with the advantage of organized buying power in hospital build-out, equipment acquisition, diagnostic cost management, and pooled pharmaceutical cost control. Independence to practice as you see fit, with tools to help you compete and generate profit while keeping client costs affordable.

Solidify your place in Veterinary Care as an independently owned practice, with a pooled voice to negotiate better deals with the pharmaceutical companies, blended with an organized approach to help you attract and build new clients.

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Our mission is to enable independent doctors to compete and take market share in today’s aggressive industry, PET DEPOT Veterinary Group will offer opportunities for honest, ethical, and enthusiastic Veterinarians.

It’s your hospital and you determine how you will practice medicine with your clients. We offer best practice guidelines that blend pet wellness, preventative care, and thorough care/diagnostic procedures, but ultimately you determine how you will apply them to your case.

We believe in a great balance between independence and business with your patient’s health at the center. The goal is good medical practice protocol with client value and power that comes with a group approach.

Building a functional hospital with a great atmosphere for staff and clients is a team effort. Our volume discounts in equipment and fixture acquisition help lower your cost of entry – which helps you save operating capital when you need it most during start-up.

We’ve helped several doctors like you build their dream hospitals. Our experience makes the process as streamlined as possible. In addition to owning and operating hospitals ourselves, we also hold a general building contractor’s license (CA#1001004). We have the ability to work with your contractor to ensure your hospital is built to the highest standards at a reasonable cost.

All of our formats offer the extensive support, cost-savings, and marketing power that only a PET DEPOT franchise can provide.

Why choose PET DEPOT® Franchises?

Strong Buying Power

With cost-saving initiatives across the country, PET DEPOT has the buying power to save franchisees thousands of dollars every month to maximize margins and profitability.

When you buy a PET DEPOT Franchise, our combined buying power makes your store instantly competitive with other national chains. We negotiate co-op advertising support and deals that your customers will respond to.

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Experienced Marketing Team

PET DEPOT features an in-house, experienced marketing team designed to reduce costs and increase efficiency and turnaround time. From digital media to print, our marketing team has the skills, resources, and knowledge to design and implement powerful and engaging advertising campaigns to drive consumers into your store.

All marketing material is tailored to your market to ensure maximum effectiveness while reinforcing the PET DEPOT brand standards.

Extensive Training & Support

We help guide you through the build-out process, store design, and training to ensure your path in the pet industry is a successful one. Your success is our goal. We treat every store build-out like we are building our own. That is why we ensure every store receives the proper training every step of the way.

From bookkeeping and personnel to advertising and merchandising techniques, we cover all the facets of running a business and beyond.

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Manufacturer & Brand Partnership

PET DEPOT works with the leading pet food manufacturers across the country for the franchise and local-level support.

We know the drawing power of household name brands such as Blue Buffalo and Natural Balance, so we work with these quality brands to coordinate marketing and merchandise support on national campaigns in addition to the personalized and regional campaigns that each franchisee will receive.

We Help You In All Steps

  • Third-party funding assistance
  • Location search assistance and demographic analysis
  • Design assistance and construction build-out guidance
  • Equipment and fixture acquisition at cost savings
  • Negotiated Supplier Costs of goods and Diagnostics Services
  • Administration training  
  • Office computer software setup and training
  • Medical Consultation as needed by an experienced DVM
  • Client building promotions

Our welcoming atmosphere and large inventory combined with your personalized service make shopping at PET DEPOT a really enjoyable experience that easily makes your store the best pet store in town!

If it’s time for you to get into business for yourself, your own PET DEPOT location could be the answer.
Our extensive experience, franchise training, and system help insure that your path in the pet industry is a fun and rewarding path that you’ll enjoy for many years to come.

How much does it cost?

The cost will depend upon what type of hospital you want, how large it is, and what kind of Veterinary care equipment you want to outfit your hospital with.

As you determine the location and size, the cost becomes clearer. The location may be ready to move into without too much construction of exam and treatment rooms needed or it may require a total renovation.

Our goal is to keep your costs down and maximize the function and client experience.

Total Investment

Outpatient Clinics | $200,000 – $285,000

Dependent upon the size, building condition, and equipment you want your clinic outfitted with.

Full-Service Hospitals | $200,000 – $755,000

Dependent upon the size, building condition, and equipment you want your hospital outfitted with.

Specialty Practice Hospitals | $200,000 – $805,000

Dependent upon the size, building condition, and equipment you want your specialty practice outfitted with.

Blended Veterinarian | $361,000 – $986,000

Dependent upon the size, building condition, and equipment you want your retail store and hospital outfitted with.

Initial Franchise Fee

Single Hospital Franchise Fee | $45,000

Combination Hospital / Retail Operation Fee | $90,000

Gives you the rights to operate your PET DEPOT location, and gives your location the advantages of joining our team: the hands-on experience, increased buying power, and access to industry relationships we’ve been building since 1990.

Financial Requirements

$60,000 – $295,800

SBA loan requires you to have 30% of the loan request in cash, and have enough other collateral/equity to guarantee the loan.

Royalty Fee


We collect 5% of gross sales to maintain the corporate support structure.

We collect 5% of gross sales to maintain the corporate support structure. Because of our negotiated buying power and high volume, your lower cost of goods covers our royalty fee.

Our franchise services staff also helps guide you through various critical areas in operating your store on an ongoing basis.

Advertising Fee


We collect 2% of gross sales to dedicate to advertising and promoting of your franchise.

In addition to a grand opening budget, we collect 2% of gross sales and place it in a dedicated advertising account to manage the promotions and sales for the entire chain of stores.

Our extensive experience with advertising helps your store get off to a good start. We negotiate for additional co-op money and support to promote the PET DEPOT value message out to your customers.

If you’re ready to make the change to a fulfilling new career that can benefit your whole family, please contact us today to discuss the possibilities.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is not an offer to sell a franchise. An offer to grant a franchise is made solely by the delivery of a current Franchise Disclosure Document by the franchisor in states where authorized to do so.

*Barkery format does not allow services such as grooming, nor the sale of live animals (except for Betta fish).

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