SOURCE: MOON

MOON

March 24, 2015 15:30 ET

MOON Announces Merger of Four Members: IVG Hospitals, Premier Veterinary Group, Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego and Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital to Form a National Veterinary Referral Hospital Group

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - Mar 24, 2015) - MOON, a member-based organization for veterinary referral hospitals, has announced that four of its founding members intend to merge, creating a national veterinary referral hospital group. IVG Hospitals in New England, Premier Veterinary Group in Chicago, Veterinary Specialty Group of San Diego and Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Denver, along with MOON, will form a new organization with 13 hospital locations in four major markets across the US.

"Over the past several years, MOON has provided the opportunity for our members to collaborate. This has resulted in the development of strong relationships and new opportunities," said Dr. Matt Tompkins, Board President of MOON. "We now have the opportunity to create a truly innovative, collaborative organization. As we move forward as one company, we can remove any final barriers to full collaboration and fully leverage our collective expertise," he continued.

The aim is to build a sustainable company in an increasingly competitive market. "We will be able to provide more opportunities for our employees, continue to bring great benefits to our referring community and offer excellent service and care for our patients and clients. For our vendor partners, this means that our four hospital groups will be more aligned, making it easier for vendors to do business with us," Dr. Tompkins added.

The MOON Stewardship Board voted unanimously to merge MOON into the new company, with a strong commitment to providing the same great services MOON members have come to expect and enjoy. "Although MOON's structure will change, it's our intention to continue providing the services and value that MOON offers. As part of the new organization, we will continue to provide our preferred pricing program and the annual MOON Summit," commented Suzi Martin, Executive Director of MOON. "Our goal is to expand the offerings from MOON into areas like learning and development, and procurement."

The transaction is expected to close in second quarter, 2015.

For more information please contact Matt Tompkins at 847-650-2352 or mtompkins@premiervets.net.

About IVG Hospitals
Established in 1979, IVG is comprised of a team of accomplished veterinary professionals dedicated to providing pet owners with the most comprehensive and advanced medical care available today. The teams at each of the six hospitals provide board-certified specialty services, emergency/critical care, and in one case, primary care. They are supported by sophisticated therapeutic and diagnostic modalities. Hospitals in the IVG network, are located in Latham, New York, Portsmouth and Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Woburn, Natick and North Andover, Massachusetts. IVG Hospitals is committed to maintaining the highest standards of medical care for the benefit of its clients, colleagues and the greater community of pet owners. For more information visit www.IVGHospitals.com.

About Premier Veterinary Group
Premier Veterinary Group is a privately owned animal emergency and specialty provider. With locations in Chicago, Grayslake, Crestwood and Kane County, Premier Veterinary Group is one of the Chicago area's most trusted and reputable emergency and veterinary referral centers. In addition to offering emergency care at all four Chicagoland locations, Premier Veterinary Group's services include internal medicine, oncology, neurology and surgery. Premier Veterinary Group believes that every pet, pet owner and referring veterinarian deserves a premier experience. For more information visit www.premiervets.net.

About Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego
Veterinary Specialty Hospital of San Diego (VSH) has been a leader in specialty veterinary care since 1990, fulfilling the need for specialty healthcare and emergency services for dogs and cats in San Diego County and Southern California. With hospitals conveniently located in Sorrento Valley and San Marcos, VSH provides exceptional patient care to all of San Diego County and beyond. 53 Doctors of Veterinary Medicine, including 28 board-certified specialists in the areas of surgery, internal medicine, medical oncology, radiation oncology, neurology/neurosurgery, ophthalmology, diagnostic imaging, emergency/critical care and dermatology serve the community. For more information visit www.vshsd.com.

About Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital
Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital started as a general practice in 1955 and has grown to a large specialty referral practice and a 24-hour emergency and critical care practice. The team is comprised of 4 general practitioners and 15 board-certified specialists in surgery, internal medicine, neurology, cardiology, dermatology, radiology, oncology and emergency and critical care. The support staff is a fundamental part of the team consisting of certified veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants, client care representatives and management with extensive experience in veterinary health services. Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital values the human animal bond and is committed to providing the highest quality of care to patients and clients. For more information visit www.wheatridgeanimal.com

About MOON - An Innovative Veterinary Collaborative
MOON is a member organization for veterinary referral practices providing member benefits in three main areas: Collaboration & Networking, Business Acumen & Education and Preferred Pricing Programs. For more information visit www.mooncollaborative.com.

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