AKC program stresses value of veterinary care

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The American Kennel Club in August launched the Veterinary Network Certificate Program, which offers all puppies newly registered with the AKC a complimentary first veterinary office visit with one of the 2,000 practices enrolled in the program.

Veterinarians participating in AKC's Veterinary Network program receive the latest information on purebred dogs and canine health research from the AKC.

"This program enables us to make new dog owners' lives a bit easier from the start and to emphasize the importance of routine veterinary care throughout a dog's lifetime," said Debra Bonnefond, director of the AKC Veterinary Outreach Program.

Newly registered puppies are also eligible for a complimentary 60-Day Trial AKC Pet Healthcare Plan through PetPartners, Inc.

For more information on the Certificate Program, as well as a complete listing of veterinarians registered in AKC's Veterinary Network, visit www.akc.org/vetnet/.