RICHMOND, VA — November 29, 2022 | Align Capital Partners’ veterinary practice management platform VetEvolve (the “Company”) recently welcomed its 30th partner practice, representing the Company’s 7th add-on acquisition this year. With practices located in Virginia, Maryland, Tennessee, West Virginia and Connecticut, VetEvolve now employs over 600 team members who deliver exceptional veterinary care. In 2022, over 175,000 pets will have been seen at a VetEvolve practice.
“When Paul Habenicht and I started VetEvolve, we knew from our experience as Marines that leadership makes a difference in people’s lives,” says Nick Lodestro, CEO of VetEvolve. “We have built a different kind of veterinary platform that focuses on treating people with honesty, integrity and respect — and that is the key to our success.”
The team has stayed true to those founding principles and sets itself apart with a core belief that people need to be treated as individuals and should be prioritized, above all else, so they can be happy and fulfilled inside and outside of work. Those principles have attracted an experienced team of like-minded individuals who partner with veterinary teams to give them the support they need to do what they love: provide great care.
And that hard work has paid off as VetEvolve was named to the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies for the second year in a row, achieving a 3-year growth rate of 147%. VetEvolve was also recently named to Virginia Magazine’s Top Workplaces of 2023, being recognized as one of the best places of employment in Virginia.
To support this growth, VetEvolve has invested in its facilities and its leadership team, adding new team members such as Dr. Meredith Robbins, Director of Talent Acquisition, who has built a team to recruit experienced and new doctors, hiring over 17 doctors in 2022. With expansion into new markets in Virginia and Tennessee, two regional managers were hired to ensure each practice receives the personalized support it deserves. Additionally, Jessica DeCesare, CVPM was promoted to Chief People Officer to focus on retention of veterinarians and team members and ensure they are all ‘Happy Here.’
“We believe that every day for a team member should be a positive and motivating experience,” said Jessica DeCesare. “At VetEvolve, we have frequent, transparent conversations to understand what each person wants out of their career and keep a pulse on how that may change over time as life happens.”
Align Capital Partners completed a majority recapitalization of VetEvolve in 2020. Since that time, VetEvolve has completed 14 add-ons and continues to seek practice owners and veterinary professionals in the mid-Atlantic region to join the VetEvolve family.
VetEvolve is a people-first organization that invests in veterinary teams and provides them industry know-how and reliable support, enabling them to deliver exceptional patient care. Using a customized approach to partnering with DVMs and practice owners throughout their career, VetEvolve ensures each person is achieving their career goals and are fulfilled personally, professionally and financially. VetEvolve works at the practice level by creating a partnership with the staff and understanding culture and success drivers. Above all else, we put our staff and our clients first, and each solution we develop is unique, personal and mutually beneficial. Happy Starts Here.