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A Proven Leader

Our Why

For the love of animals and the people who love them.

Our Mission

To improve the comfort and well-being of animals by providing progressive and compassionate care. We develop a community of animal hospitals and pet resorts that share knowledge to achieve sustainable growth.

Our Story

Dr. Stan Creighton, Our Founder

After 23 years as a practicing veterinarian, I realized that fewer young veterinarians were in a position to buy a practice, due to student debt and the financial demands of the business.

In 1997, I started buying hospitals from retiring veterinarians – a responsibility my team and I did not take lightly. We believed that veterinary medicine is best practiced when local veterinarians craft their own approach, so when a hospital joined NVA, we kept the culture, people and name intact.

We offered expert support for tasks like accounting, recruiting, legal, marketing and operations. And we fostered a doctor friendly environment, enabling new veterinarians to focus on what they love. We created a community people were proud to be part of – and we credit that for the growth we’re still experiencing today.

NVA Today

By Greg Hartmann, Our CEO

When Stan entrusted me with the role of CEO, I was humbled and excited. Every day I work to honor what Stan built and deliver on his vision, fostering a culture of servant leadership.

We’ve expanded beyond general veterinary practices, and now partner with specialty and ER hospitals and pet resorts in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Our expertise and advanced tools keep our community thriving, and we encourage our doctors or animal care experts to run their business as they see fit.

Since Stan founded NVA over 22 years ago, many have entered veterinary ownership because it’s a great business. We are still in it because we believe it’s a profession that does great things.