PETCO Strengthens Management Team With VPs, Veterinarian

Internal Audit, Inventory Management Vice Presidents,

Veterinarian Join Company

Mar 24, 2003, 00:00 ET from PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.

    SAN DIEGO, March 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc., (Nasdaq:   PETC) announces the addition of two new
 Vice Presidents and an in-house Veterinarian to the company's management team,
 further strengthening their position for future development and growth as well
 as their long-term commitment to animal care.
     Doug Beeuwsaert joins the company as Vice President of the newly created
 Internal Audit Department.  This department will perform audits to help the
 company determine its objectives are met and improve the effectiveness of risk
 evaluation, internal control and governance processes.  The internal audit
 function will report directly to the Audit Committee of the Board of
     "I'm very excited about joining such a well-established and growing
 company," Beeuwsaert said.  "I'm looking forward to working with the
 management team and the Board to ensure PETCO's success in executing its
 corporate governance responsibilities."
     Beeuwsaert brings close to 15 years of internal auditing experience to
 PETCO, primarily in the retailing and manufacturing industries.  Previously,
 he was the Assistant Vice President, Internal Audit at HomeBase/House2Home,
 and held various audit positions at Furon Company and Rockwell International.
     "Doug's professional background makes him the ideal candidate to lead this
 initiative," Myers said.  "His oversight abilities and the independence of
 this function will help ensure PETCO's commitment to corporate governance
 while we continue to execute our successful growth strategy."
     In addition, Gilbert Smith has joined PETCO as Vice President of Inventory
 Management, bringing with him more than 20 years of supply chain and inventory
 management experience with companies such as Trak Auto Corp., World Kitchen
 and Factory Auto Parts.  He has been responsible for inventory management,
 analytics, purchasing and systems development with each of these firms,
 achieving success in inventory reductions, increased turns and cost savings.
     "I am very pleased to be joining PETCO," Smith said.  "PETCO is a great
 company, with a strong focus on animal care, and is well positioned to
 capitalize on industry growth opportunities."
     Bob Brann, PETCO's Senior Vice President of Merchandising, said, "Gil's
 proven track record will help PETCO maximize the efficiency of our supply
 chain, while at the same time enhancing our strong commitment to customer
 service and satisfaction."
     Smith will report directly to Brann.
     Thomas M. Edling, DVM, MSpVM, has also joined PETCO, building on the
 company's ongoing commitment to quality animal care, in the position of
 Director of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Edling received his BS from Texas A&M
 University in 1981 and his degree in veterinary medicine from Colorado State
 University, and was on the faculty of the University of Wisconsin Veterinary
 Medical Teaching Hospital.  In addition, Dr. Edling was selected for and
 completed the American Board of Veterinary Practitioner's only residency
 program for Companion and Wild Avian Medicine and Surgery, at North Carolina
 State University, where he also received his Master in Specialized Veterinary
 Medicine (MSpVM) in 2001.
     "We're very excited to have Dr. Edling on board," Vice President of Animal
 Care & Education Sara Raleigh said.  "He will build upon our existing
 partnerships with our consulting veterinarians and local store veterinarians,
 as well as enhance our animal care training and procedures in our stores."
     Dr. Edling is PETCO's first Director of Veterinary Medicine, and will
 report directly to Raleigh.
     "I view my job through the eyes of the animals at PETCO," Dr. Edling said.
 "I am looking forward to being an animal advocate, ensuring that Animals
 Always Come First."
     PETCO is a leading specialty retailer of premium pet food and supplies,
 with a commitment to quality animal care and education.  PETCO's strategy is
 to offer its customers a complete assortment of pet-related products and
 services at competitive prices, with superior levels of customer service at
 convenient locations, by hiring pet lovers and training them to become
 counselors to our pet-loving customers.  PETCO generated net sales of $1.48
 billion in the fiscal year ended February 1, 2003.  It operates more than
 605 neighborhood stores in 43 states and the District of Columbia, as well as
 a leading destination for on-line pet food and supplies at .
 The PETCO Foundation, PETCO's non-profit organization, has raised more than
 $11 million since inception in 1999.  More than 1,400 non-profit grassroots
 animal welfare organizations from around the nation have received support from
 the Foundation.

SOURCE PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc.