by Kaitlin Anderson, RD, LD, Community Relations Coordinator
The Rochester Hy-Vee pharmacies can now fill pet-specific medications. While we have been filling pet medications such as antibiotics and allergy medications for many years, this new service has been expanded to include flea and tick medications, heartworm, NSAIDs and hundreds of other pet medications at affordable prices.
According to the American Pet Products Association, approximately 65 percent of households in the United States own a pet. Our expansion in the pet prescription area is another way we are helping our customers save time and money.
To participate, customers simply need to ask their veterinarian for a prescription for their pet and then bring it to Hy-Vee to be filled, similar to how a doctor prescribes medication for a person.
Customers are able to automatically fill their pets’ prescriptions through Hy-Vee’s Repeat Refill program. Additionally, delivery and drive-thru pharmacy service is available as well as mobile notifications where customers are able to track the status of their prescription with the Hy-Vee mobile app.
Audra Rinard, Pharmacy Manager at the West Circle Drive Hy-Vee, was interviewed by KIMT News 3 about this new service on Monday, April 25. Click HERE to watch the video.
Kaitlin Anderson, RD, LD is an award-winning supermarket dietitian. Kaitlin was named one of four finalists for Retail Dietitian of the Year—a national award from the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance—in 2015, a Hy-Vee “Legendary Customer Service Award” winner in 2013 and “Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year” by the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2012. She transitioned into a new role with Hy-Vee in 2015 and is now serving as the community relations coordinator for the Rochester market. Kaitlin’s community involvement includes the Wellness Works Coalition, Making it Better—Olmsted County, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce—Leadership Greater Rochester and the Go Red for Women Leadership Team. You can also find Kaitlin every Tuesday in the Rochester Post-Bulletin—her column is entitled “Cart Smarts.” She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in dietetics from the College of St. Benedict and completed her dietetic internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester in 2008. She has spent her entire career with Hy-Vee in Rochester. Kaitlin’s ultimate goal is to leave the grocery store every day having made at least one person’s life easier, healthier, happier. View all of Kaitlin’s posts here.