Shares of VCA Inc. (WOOF) are down 6.6% year-to-date, but don’t put the pet healthcare purveyor in the doghouse just yet. David Swank, portfolio manager of the Hood River Small-Cap Growth Fund (HRSRX), said lower gas prices are leading to more veterinary spending. 'The company is off to a great start fundamentally this year,' said Swank. 'They have seen revenue grow at about 8% organically as the consumer has come back to the vet.' The Hood River Small-Cap Growth Fund is down 9.7% thus far in 2016, according to fund-tracker Morningstar. The $117 million fund has returned an average of 10% annually over the past three years, according to Morningstar. Swank is also bullish on AMN Healthcare Services (AHS), down 8% so far this year, saying shares of the hospital staffing provider will follow through after the company surpassed Wall Street’s fourth quarter profit estimates last week. He said the company will benefit from the increase in patient volumes in hospitals, as well as the retirement of nurses nationwide.

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