NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of VCA Antech (Nasdaq: WOOF) were gapping up Friday morning with an open price 14.6% higher than Thursday's closing price. The stock closed at $18.26 Thursday and opened today's trading at $20.92. The average volume for VCA Antech has been 944,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. VCA Antech has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are down 21.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. VCA Antech, Inc. operates as an animal healthcare company in the United States and Canada. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.3, equal to the average diversified services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. TheStreet Ratings rates VCA Antech as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full VCA Antech Ratings Report. Get more investment ideas from our investment research center. Interested in other stocks that are gapping up? Get free SMS text alerts sent to you when the action happens by texting UP to 95370 or select from multiple alert options.