Walmart trying out veterinary clinics

The logo outside of a Walmart is shown in this March 17, 2020 file photo. (AP/Matt Rourke)
The logo outside of a Walmart is shown in this March 17, 2020 file photo. (AP/Matt Rourke)

Walmart Inc. is trying out a veterinary clinic concept it calls Walmart Pet Services at a Georgia Supercenter.

Like the veterinary practices it's had as tenants inside Walmart stores since 2018, Walmart Pet Services was developed in collaboration with PetIQ LLC. Besides making and distributing pet medications and treats, PetIQ offers veterinary services in 41 states with more than 2,600 retail partner locations.

But unlike the tenant clinics, a Walmart spokeswoman said, Walmart Pet Services is entirely owned by Walmart. The company said the clinic offers routine veterinary care, grooming services and a self-serve dog wash at low, transparent prices.

Kaitlyn Shadiow, vice president of merchandising, pets, said the Georgia location "will serve as a pilot where we'll learn how best to work with our collaborators and optimize services to deliver on quality, affordability and accessibility."

Walmart Pet Services has its own storefront, like Walmart Health clinics. The Dallas, Ga., store in which the pilot veterinary clinic is located is the same one that housed the first Walmart Health clinic.