At Friendship, we pride ourselves on being an actively engaged member of our community. Our Mission, Vision, Core Values and ways that we participate in the community are detailed below:
We are a leader in comprehensive animal healthcare that improves the well-being of our patients, clients, team members and community.
To be the the most medically progressive independent animal hospital in the country while adhering to our core values.
Our Core Values
The Friendship Family:
- Commits every team member to a clear, shared vision of our future.
- Values personal and professional growth. Shares knowledge with the entire healthcare team.
- Sets and maintains high service and healthcare standards. Holds individuals accountable to those standards.
- Is committed to providing excellent care to our patients, our clients and each other twenty-four hours every day.
- Fosters an environment of loyalty, respect and equality. Recognizes and celebrates the diversity of our clients and our team.
- Is committed to open and honest communication.
- Cultivates a positive environment which is cooperative, supportive, productive, creative and fun.
- Is committed to community service and corporate social responsibility.
- Strives to be a national leader in the veterinary healthcare profession.
Friendship is committed to the community in a variety of ways. Below lists just a few examples.
Friendship recognizes the importance of our local and grassroots rescue organizations. To help offset the costs associated with their tireless work, Friendship offers discounted and donated services to our local rescue partners, as well as free first time exams for newly adopted pets. In 2016, Friendship provided over $230,000 in discounted and donated veterinary services.
Friendship’s rescue partners meet the following criteria:
- Located or based in the DC-metro area.
- Designated 501(c)(3)
- Proven commitment to the well-being and bests interests of animals in their care
For more information on becoming a rescue partner, contact our Communications & Client Advocacy Manager.
Community Service Leave
Friendship provides all staff members employed for at least one year with paid leave so that they have an opportunity to “give back” to the community. Friendship provides six paid days of community service leave each year to qualified staff members. Staff members may users the leave forth the community service of their choice. Friendship employees have used their leave to work for schools and churches and animal humane organizations.
Marshall Legacy Institute
Friendship is a proud supporter of the Marshall Legacy Institute. MLI trains landmine detection dogs and works with countries around the world to clear landmines, provide survivor assistance and do education outreach. We participate in their annual Clearing the Path Gala and have sponsored a dog, named Friendship.
Food and Friends
We support Food and Friends whose mission is to foster a community caring for men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses by preparing and delivering specialized meals and groceries in conjunction with nutrition counseling. Friendship provides support in various ways including being their largest fundraiser for the Slice of Life campaign for the last several years. We have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for this organization by matching free veterinary care to our rescue partners’ pie sales for their Thanksgiving event.
Friendship has several funds to help our clients and patients, as well as to advance the care we are able to provide. Funds are intended to cover a set portion of the bill to help offset the cost to owners. Contributions are primarily internal and resources are limited. Allocation of funds is determined on a case by case basis by a member of our management team.