The Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce and Knowledge Based Economic Development, announce the successful retention and expansion of Vets First Choice in Manhattan, Kansas.
Vets First Choice is a national leader in veterinary prescription management and online pharmacy services, and is relocating its offices from Wamego to Manhattan to allow for rapid growth that requires additional space and workforce. The company currently serves more than 12,000 veterinarians. COO Jerry King is pleased Vets First Choice was able to stay in the Wamego-Manhattan region, “where we can retain our current outstanding staff and grow with the exceptional talent coming out of Kansas State University and Fort Riley,” King said.
New offices of Vets First Choice will be located in downtown Manhattan, and occupy the former Marinello School of Beauty location at 512 Poyntz Ave. This location gives Vets First Choice the space to grow and allows employees to enjoy the amenities of downtown, and employees are able to bring their own pets to work.
The regional economic development effort was initiated by Jack Allston, Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation executive director, with the goal of keeping Vets First Choice in the north-central Kansas region. Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce President Lyle Butler applauded the effort.
“This is regionalism at its best,” Butler said, “when the partners have the full faith and confidence in each other to work on a project where everybody benefits, including existing employees who will be retained.”
Vets First Choice is the leading provider of an innovative new model for practices to manage prescriptions and strengthen relationship with their clients. The company provides veterinarians with a modern, professional online store, fully-accredited pharmacy service, access to thousands of products, and friendly, effective way to communicate with pet and horse owners. The system dramatically improves compliance, and puts veterinarians back in control of their own pharmacies.