Vets First Choice, the nation’s largest online veterinary partner-pharmacy and marketing service provider, announced today that it was named the 24th fastest growing company in the United States by Inc. Magazine. The magazine’s prestigious Inc. 500/5000 annual list ranks the 500 fastest growing companies in the nation. Within the overall ranking, the company was named the nation’s number one fastest growing business services company. This is Vets First Choice’s second year on the Inc. 500 list. Last year, it was ranked 30th.

“We attribute our accelerated growth to a strong collaboration between veterinary practices, pharmaceutical manufacturers and our team,” said Vets First Choice CEO Benjamin Shaw. “Our focus is to help veterinarians provide exceptional home delivery and compliance of pet medications and diets through our technology,” he added “and we thank them for their enthusiastic support.”

Vets First Choice has registered more than 10,000 veterinarian prescribers and over 500,000 pet owners to its home delivery service across all 50 states.

“Vets First Choice enables veterinarians to offer pet owners pharmacy service with minimum impact on their clinical practice effort,” said Joseph Cook, former CEO and Chairman of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Founder and Past-Chairman of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, and former Group Vice President of Eli Lilly and Company. “The company helps improve medication compliance, reduces physical inventory and enhances practices profits,” he added.

The private company with headquarters in Portland, Maine, has support centers located in Kansas, Maryland and Nebraska staffed with licensed pharmacists and customer support personnel. Vets First Choice contracts with all major U.S. and international animal-health pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide safe and reputable medications and products.

“The Vets First Choice system gives veterinarians the ability to remain completely in control of their clients’ pet medication needs while providing direct-to-home shipping of those medications which for the first time in my career can significantly increase compliance rates for preventive medications,” stated Michael W Dryden DVM, PhD, DACVIM; founding member of the Companion Animal Parasite Council, and 2010 Veterinarian of the Year.