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New York, NYThe American Kennel Club® is pleased to announce the launch of the Veterinary Network Certificate Program which offers all puppies newly registered with the AKC® a complimentary first veterinary office visit with one of the 2,000 practices enrolled in the program.  The AKC encourages owners to register their puppy as soon as possible in order to receive the certificate in time for the dog’s first vet trip.

The AKC Registration Application will feature information about the offer both online and in hard copy versions.  Certificates for the complimentary office visit will be sent to new puppy owners when they submit the application and provide an email address. The certificate, as well as a list of participating veterinarians in the registrant’s area, will be emailed to the dog owner shortly afterwards.

Veterinarians participating in AKC’s Veterinary Network program receive the latest information on purebred dogs and canine health research from the AKC.  They are also a helpful source for AKC materials on many other topics including training, breeding, competitive events, permanent identification and pet health insurance.

“The AKC realizes that it takes a lot of time and research to select the right purebred puppy for your family, and the decisions do not stop once your puppy comes home,” said Debra Bonnefond, Director of the AKC Veterinary Outreach Program.   “This program enables us to make new dog owners’ lives a bit easier from the start and to emphasize the importance of routine veterinary care throughout a dog’s lifetime.”

Newly registered puppies are also eligible for a complimentary 60-Day Trial AKC Pet Healthcare Plan through PetPartners, Inc.

For more information on the Certificate Program as well as a complete listing of veterinarians registered in AKC’s Veterinary Network, please visit