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Why I Joined NVA

Every situation is unique. Whether you’re approaching retirement, or positioning your practice for expansion, NVA tailors the partnership to meet your specific needs.

A Partner’s Perspective | Woodlake Veterinary Hospital

Richfield, MN | General Practice

After joining the Woodlake Veterinary Hospital team as an Associate in 2014, Dr. Sarah Godding quickly stepped into the role of Managing Veterinarian to help grow the practice. Through a joint venture partnership with NVA in 2020, Dr. Godding realized her lifelong goal of becoming a practice owner right at the hospital she already knew and loved.

A Partner's Perspective | Evergreen Equine Veterinary Practice

Snohomish, WA | Equine

Dr. Michael Howell, DVM, and Dr. Ron Colton, DVM, of Evergreen Equine Veterinary Practice discuss why they chose to partner with NVA. They felt a strong commitment to equine veterinary medicine and also believed that there was a good track record of success in small animal medicine. That, combine with an overall feeling of a good family spirit, they believed NVA was the best choice for them and their practice.

Why I Joined NVA: Rover Oaks Pet Resorts

Houston and Katy, TX | Pet Resorts

Steve Smith, President of Rover Oaks, decided to sell to NVA in 2016 for two reasons; he loved NVA’s dedication to providing all the resources available on how they would support the business, well as the friendly and respectable NVA team that supported him during the sale. He felt confident that staff would be taken care of, that the care of the pets would still be most important priority and that great customer service would not be sacrificed. The additional resources NVA provided was vital in supporting the growth of the two resorts and ultimately a huge factor in selling to NVA.

Nashville Veterinary Specialists & Animal Emergency

Nashville, TN | NVA Compassion First

Dr. Trey Calfee founded Nashville Veterinary Specialists as a mobile service out of a van in 2006. After 10 years of significant growth including evolution into a 24-hour specialty hospital, he partnered with NVA to take his growing hospital to the next level in a very competitive market.

Park Veterinary Centre

Sherwood Park, AB | General Practice

Dr. Louis Kwantes is an experienced veterinarian dedicated to his practice in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. He decided to partner with NVA in 2016 in hopes of being able to better support his staff so that the practice could 'up their game' and put the utmost focus on the health and well-being of the animals, all while continuing the culture he had spent years building.

St. Francis Of Assisi Veterinary Medical Center

San Antonio, TX | General Practice

Dr. Daniel Holub and Dr. Robert Bauml wanted to cash in on their sweat equity with a partner that respected the way they practiced medicine. With NVA, the clinic’s business has almost doubled.

Waterville Veterinary Clinic

Waterville, NY | General Practice

Looking ahead to retirement, Dr. Dan Gilchrist wanted a partner that would honor his business culture and staff seniority, and allow his son, James, to take over the practice.

Countryside Animal Hospital

Tempe, AZ | General Practice

Dr. James Lindley started Countryside Animal Hospital in 1986 but always dreamed of his retirement life. Hiking, fishing and spending time with his family were very important to him and through a partnership with NVA, he has been able to do all of those things while Countryside remains active.

North Paw Animal Hospital

Durham, NC | General Practice

Dr. Gretchen Hutt’s passions include the practice she founded, spending time with her family and traveling the world. Her NVA partnership gives her more time off while maintaining a stable, growing practice.

North Country Veterinary Clinic

Grand Rapids, MN | General Practice

Dr. John Howe always wanted to be a veterinarian. He has cared for over three generations of clients and is a fixture in the Grand Rapids community. He partnered with NVA as a means to be more economical, to have higher technology and have better access to training resources for his staff.


Fort Wayne, IN | General Practice

Dr. Dave Thoma and Dr. Roy Coolman were fraternity brothers at Purdue University and classmates through veterinary school. They founded Northern Indiana Veterinary Emergency Specialty Hospital in 1967 and retired after 40 years in practice. Their entire life was rooted in NIVES and saw NVA as a trusted partner that would honor their legacies.

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