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AZPetVet – Midwestern University Leadership Awards 2020-2021

We are excited to have collaborated with the remarkable College of Veterinary Medicine leadership at Midwestern University to present the 2020-2021 AZPetVet \ Midwestern University Leadership Awards to eight hardworking, dedicated students. The awards included four $600 awards for two freshmen and two sophomores as well as four $1400 awards for two juniors and two seniors.

All CVM students in good academic standing were eligible and had to submit a short essay for consideration. A committee of MWU faculty members reviewed the submissions, and chose the eight students to receive the awards based on collaboration, compassion, and curiosity/creativity. The recipients joined us for a tour of our AZPetVet Arrow Animal Hospital after being presented their awards.

Midwestern University is an important part of our local community, and their quality of education is top-notch; not to mention they have an incredible faculty and staff that work tirelessly to ensure the students have the knowledge and foundational skill set needed for a successful career in veterinary medicine. We are proud to have had several Midwestern graduates join our AZPetVet family each year since their first graduating class in 2018!

Arizona Gives Day – AZPetVet & Gabriel’s Angels


What is it?
Arizona Gives Day is an annual opportunity for Arizonan’s to support non-profit organizations that make a difference in our community.

First started in 2013, the collaboration between the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers has helped raise more than $23 million for Arizona’s nonprofit organizations. This year, it looks like the total given statewide will break the $7 million dollar mark- the highest yet! (It was just over $6 million in 2020).

While the website is available to accept donations year-round, the annual online giving campaign takes place in early April each year. Donors can engage in a variety of ways, from setting up pre-scheduled or recurring donations, to utilizing the website search features to find nonprofits based on what is important to them (location, mission of the organization, and so on).

2021 Impact: 
For 2021, AZPetVet partnered with Gabriel’s Angels and sponsored a donation power hour: We agreed to match any donations made between 4 & 5PM up to a total of $2,500. During our power hour, community members donated $3,585.20 – maxing out our contribution!

With the combined give, the funds raised will nearly sponsor two new pet therapy teams within Gabriel’s Angels! Each therapy team impacts an average of 80-100 children each year. We are proud to support the mission of Gabriel’s Angels as we all know the positive impact pets can have!

Mask Policy Update: 3/31/2021

MASK POLICY UPDATE: Recently, the Governor issued an Executive Order that lifted the state-wide mandate for masks. The order also encouraged businesses to follow CDC guidelines for their employees and patrons, which currently recommend wearing masks at this time to continue to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. While we respect everyone’s personal choices surrounding this matter, the nature of our jobs require that we work in close proximity of each other and our clients; therefore believe it is in the best interest of our business to follow CDC guidelines and continue wearing masks for the time being. We will revisit this policy once we have more time and information to evaluate the impact the executive order has on our community. In the meantime, we simply ask that while you are providing us the privilege of helping to ensure the health and wellbeing of your pet, that you also respect our masking policy.

We understand that this has been a trying time for all involved, and we are ready to get back to normal as soon as possible! We’re working hard to create processes that will allow us to do so, and are confident that within a short time we will return to normal if we all work together. We are very excited to see your smiling faces again soon! Thank you for your continued support.

Why Preventive Health Care for Pets Is Important 

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Health Care for Pets – Why Pet Preventive Care Matters
Health care for pets, including pet preventive care, matters a great deal to  companion animals. Your family pet’s health care plan should incorporate regular  check-ups, pet dental care, and grooming to keep them looking and feeling their  best. Good pet preventive care helps maximize our faithful companions’ health,  wellness, and quality of life, which is what every pet parent wants for their furry  friends.
Like people, dogs are living longer. And like people, dogs are at risk for developing  age-related illnesses and issues like arthritis, diabetes, kidney disease, heart disease,  and cancer. Regular pet preventive care helps your vet identify your pet’s particular  risk factors – whether it’s age, lifestyle, weight, or genetics, and quickly get on top of  any problem. Early detection of disease and intervention allows you and your vet to  decide the best course of care for your pet.
Pet preventive care often includes lifestyle and/or dietary changes and may  incorporate medication, especially as your pet ages and risk factors increase. Cats are often overlooked for preventive care, but they need regular wellness checks, too!  Your veterinarian will likely recommend annual wellness programs for your pet,  including routine blood work to monitor for potential problems. Some pets may  require more frequent veterinary health checks depending on their age and overall  condition. Naturally, older pets should see the vet more frequently.

Creating a Family Pet Health Care Plan 
The core of your pet’s preventive care plan should include complete wellness exams  by a veterinary professional. According to the ​Merck Veterinary Manual​,
“​Adult dogs​ should have a complete veterinary examination at least once a year.  Puppies need veterinary visits usually every 3 to 4 weeks until they are about 4  months old. Geriatric dogs (older than 7 to 8 years old) should see their veterinarian  twice a year or more frequently because illness is more common in older pets, and it  can be identified sooner.​”
“​Adult cats ​should have a complete veterinary examination at least once a year.  Kittens need veterinary visits usually every 3 to 4 weeks until they are about 4  months old. Geriatric cats (older than 8 to 9 years old) should see their veterinarian  twice a year or more frequently because illness is more common in older pets, and  should be identified sooner to provide proper treatment.”

Key Tips for Pet Preventive Care  
Your veterinarian will recommend timelines for your pet’s core vaccines and dental  care. Routine veterinary preventive care for your pets should include the following  items, as well as any additional health screens recommended by your veterinarian,  tailored for your pet’s specific needs.
● Vaccinations
● Parasite control
● Dental care
● Grooming
● Stool screening
● Bloodwork
● Heartworm testing

Finally, if you have questions about preventive pet care or your cat or dog’s health,  give your vet a call. Don’t have a regular vet? AZPetVet has 21 convenient locations  around the Valley. Find an AZPetVet location near you ​here​.

Not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice, diagnosis, or  treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian with any questions you may  have regarding the medical condition of your pet. If you think your pet has a  medical emergency, call or visit your veterinarian or your local veterinary  emergency hospital immediately.  

An Important Update: 12/16/2020

To Our Amazing AZPetVet Clients:

The health and safety of your family and pets, as well as our team members is our highest priority. As always, we are dedicated to providing you with great service and care that you have come to expect from our hospitals. Our efforts to keep everyone safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 includes:


  • CURBSIDE APPOINTMENTS – ALL NON-CRITICAL APPOINTMENTS: In almost all situations we will be providing curbside appointments. When you arrive for your appointment, please remain in your car and call or text our practice on your cell phone. Please note, the hospital’s text number is different from the phone line. To verify the text number, feel free to give us a call. We will walk you through what that process will look like for both you and your pet. Please limit the number of people at your veterinary appointments to one person if possible. We ask that our clients join us in wearing masks during all contact with our medical team including outdoors.
  • FOOD OR MEDICATION PICKUP: Please contact us to request any needed refills on medications or food. If you are picking up food or medications, please call when you arrive, and we will deliver these items directly to your car. We ask that our clients join us in wearing masks during all contact with our medical team. You may also request refills on medication or food through our online pharmacy and have them shipped right to your door; you can find a link on all of our hospital websites.


  • Our team members continue to follow the highest standard of cleaning and disinfecting within the hospital, as well as specific hygiene protocols throughout their shifts. Employees are not reporting to work if they are experiencing any illness or respiratory symptoms and are following their doctor’s recommendations for medical care and quarantine.

Continued Precautions

Our team members will be wearing masks when interacting with any clients or fellow team members. Our smiles are still underneath though! We ask that our clients join us in wearing masks during all contact with our medical team.

We continue to advise any team members who have a fever or are experiencing any illness or symptoms to stay home. We ask that our clients continue to do this as well.

We sincerely appreciate how supportive you have been as we navigate through this pandemic together. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of our hospitals with any questions or concerns you may have. We are here to support the health and safety of your family and pets!


The AZPetVet Family of Animal Hospitals