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VETERINARY CENTERS OF AMERICA OFFERS SYNOPSIS OF REMARKS AT CRUTTENDEN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GROWTH STOCK CONFERENCE

 NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a summary of a presentation made by Santa Monica, Calif.-based Veterinary Centers of America (NASDAQ-NMS: VCAI, VCAIW) today at the Cruttenden Southern California Growth Stock Conference:
 Bob Antin, chairman of the board of Veterinary Centers of America (NASDAQ-NMS: VCAI, VCAIW) speaks today at the Cruttenden Southern California Growth Stock Conference. "This is a very exciting period in VCA's history," said Antin. "We are very proud of our accomplishments over the past year and we are looking forward to a very exciting future for VCA," he added. "We recently formed a strategic alliance with Heinz Pet Products Co., an affiliate of H.J. Heinz Co. Heinz purchased $3 million of convertible preferred stock representing a 10 percent interest in the company. VCA and Heinz also formed a joint venture to develop, manufacture and market new pet products." Heinz Pet Products is an outstanding partner for VCA to align with as we continue to fulfill our plan to expand into the $12 billion pet products market. Heinz is the third-largest pet food manufacturer in the country.
 "Our veterinary services business also continues to grow as planned," Antin continued. "Our revenue growth continues to accelerate with our fourth quarter revenues up over 37 percent over the fourth quarter of 1991. Through our acquisition program we strengthened our market presence during 1992 in California and Colorado and we entered two new markets in New Mexico and Illinois. We currently own and operate 18 hospitals in five states and we expect to add another six to 10 hospitals in 1993.
 "With a concentration of 10 hospitals in the greater Los Angeles area and two hospitals in the Albuquerque market, we are now ready to enter the next phase of our development plan. Until now we were unable to cost effectively market. Now, with a solid base of hospitals in two markets, we will commence our media advertising program. We should start to see some VCA advertising in the middle of the second quarter. The advertising that we will be doing will be a first in the industry. We feel very strongly that the advertising will have a very positive impact on our revenues and our bottom line.
 "Veterinary Centers of America is the largest provider of veterinary services in the United States and is a leader in the profession. Because we are the only publicly traded vehicle in the $6 billion veterinary services market, I believe that VCA offers some very exciting opportunities for investors," Antin said.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Antin, chairman of Veterinary Centers of America, 310-829-7533/
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