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Thrive Affordable Vet Care says it brings quality veterinary care at unprecedented value to all pets. Thrive believes that all pets should have accessible care at an affordable price, and it is expanding nationally to accommodate the needs of its clients and their pets.

Now that expansion is coming to a Petco store at 921 Harley Strickland Blvd. in Orange City. A Thrive clinic will open there May 15.

About six weeks later, on June 30, a grand opening and open house will take place 8 a.m.-noon, said Benjamin Trotter, Thrive’s vice president of marketing.

“During that time, we’ll be offering door buster prizes — 20 $100-off dental procedures and 25 free bordetella vaccines,” Trotter said. “And free pet exams — anyone who shows up will be gifted these as a first time client.”

Thrive, headquartered in Austin, Texas, opened its first location in January 2015 and continues to grow its network of animal hospitals across the United States in conjunction with its two-year partnership with Petco. To date, Thrive has a total of 50 clinics nationwide, Trotter said.

“We just opened our 50th location last week, and about 14 are stand-alones,” including the latest one that opened in Dallas, he said. “The rest are in Petcos across the nation.”

In addition to its newest location in Orange City, Thrive has Central Florida clinics in Petco stores in Sanford, Orlando and Kissimmee.

The Orange City clinic’s staff will be headed by Dr. Edward Garcia Rios and Dr. Iris Vales. The clinic will be open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday. The clinic’s telephone number for booking appointments or getting information is 386-878-2007.

According to the company’s website, www.thrivevet.com, Thrive differs from most veterinary practices by offering the services, medicines, diagnostic tests and equipment that its clients need and use most often at a substantial discount.

“By spending our time and money delivering superior, essential care through routine exams, vaccines, illnesses, and non-emergency surgeries, we keep costs down and overhead low and pass the savings on to you,” the site says, adding that it’s able to do so by employing “a more streamlined business model so that we can invest in the things that matter most — the best people, protocols and medications.”

Thrive claims that it treats all of the most common problems dogs and cats routinely face, at a price that is affordable to most clients. For instance, a “nose-to-tail” exam costs just $25.

“If an exam reveals that your pet needs additional tests or medications, it’s our policy to provide you with an estimate in advance, no surprises,” the site says. “We’ll discuss every treatment option so that you can choose the highest quality, most affordable solution.”

Appointments are recommended, but not required, but Thrive does suggest calling ahead before stopping by because some days and times might be busier than others.


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