This Play Could Be Man's Best Friend

Veterinary Centers of America has been, well, a dog all year, tumbling 50%, from 6 1/4 a share in March to 3 1/4 on Sept. 1. The reason: Although the company is the nation's largest provider of comprehensive health care services for animals with its 14 veterinary hospitals, earnings so far this year have failed to keep up with analysts' expectations. So why have some pros started buying in?

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