Bonnie Bragdon ~ President
Dr. Bonnie Bragdon is a co-founder of the Independent Veterinary Practitioner Association (IVPA) and currently serves as President. She is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Association of Industry Veterinarians (AAIV), and represents AAIV in the AVMA’s House of Delegates. Dr. Bragdon strives to elevate the role of veterinarians in the business and practice of animal health through her work in organized medicine. Her primary goal in her work on behalf of IVPA members is to promote the unique value independent practices deliver to their clients, their patients, and their communities. Diversity in models for the delivery of animal health care will ensure animal owners have access to personalized care which meets their own emotional and financial needs, as well as the physical needs of their animals. While consolidation in veterinary health care can deliver value to consumers and practitioners, maintaining diversity will ensure continued competition which drives innovation, quality, and choice.
Dr. Bragdon started her career as a practicing veterinarian, serving for nearly 10 years as an associate veterinarian, owner-veterinarian and director with various animal hospitals and county animal control in the state of Georgia, where she excelled in operations management alongside her responsibilities as a clinical practitioner. Dr. Bragdon received her doctor of veterinary medicine and Master of Veterinary Clinical Sciences from The Ohio State University and has pursued an education at the masters level in business administration.
Currently, Dr. Bragdon leads the marketing and veterinary affairs team for Zomedica Pharmaceuticals as the Vice President of Marketing and Veterinary affairs. She will lead marketing and veterinary medical strategy as it relates to product launch, industry trends, strategic partnerships, marketing, education, and training. Previously, Dr. Bragdon strategized and delivered continuing education to companion animal practitioners on medical and clinical operations as Technical Services Manager for Merck Animal Health, the global animal health business unit of Merck that offers veterinary pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and health management solutions. Prior to that, Dr. Bragdon was the Senior Marketing Manager for BonVet Animal Health and spent more than six years in progressive positions with Abbott Animal Health including Senior Manager of New Products Scientific Assessment and Veterinary Liaison Manager before the company was acquired by Zoetis in 2015.
Dr. Bragdon looks forward to serving independent practitioners and their health care teams.
Don Woodman ~ Vice-President
Don Woodman is co-founder and vice president of IVPA and the owner of the Animal Hospital of Northwood in Safety Harbor Florida, a suburb of Tampa. The practice is primarily companion animal but Don also has a niche working with smaller zoos and wildlife facilities. His wife Susan is a CVT and a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Don has fostered numerous guide-dog puppies for South Eastern Guide dogs. His current dog Shirley is a therapy dog that was raised to be a guide dog but was ultimately not accepted. He also owns 4 cats, a bobcat, and a Eurasian Eagle owl. He and Susan do educational programs for schools regarding raptors and wildlife.
Vacant ~ Secretary
Position is currently vacant.
Patricia Hill ~ Treasurer
Dr. Patricia W. Hill is a North Carolina native who received her undergraduate degree in Zoology from NC State and her DVM from UGA. She has served as president of two local VMAs and the South Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. She has also held positions on the UGA Alumnae Board as well as the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee. She owned Hillcrest Animal Hospital in Simpsonville SC for 22 years, which sold to an independent practitioner in 2013. She currently serves on the South Carolina Association of Veterinarians Foundation Board, SCVETSCARE, and has held the position of Legislative Chair for SCAV for 6 years. Dr. Hill currently lives in Simpsonville SC with her Doberman and Quarter Horse, and she now owns East North Veterinary Hospital in Greenville SC, where she still practices.
Dr. Hill notes that the IVPA is near and dear to her as representative of the profession she loves. Her practice offers her daily challenges and opportunity for growth in helping fellow beings, both two-legged and four-legged. Through her service on the IVPA Board of Directors, she wants to work to see the honor, leadership, and contributions to society be maintained in our profession going forward. Without the personal involvement of independent practitioners and a voice for them in the profession, she fears an erosion of those noble qualities that have benefitted our communities so well.
Chris Bryant ~ At Large Member, Board of Directors
Originally from Louisville KY, Chris Bryant received her B.S. in biology from the University of Kentucky (Go Cats!) then graduated from Auburn University with her veterinary degree in 1997. Professional interests include animal behavior and recent certification in acupuncture.
After 9 years as an associate at a multi-doctor small animal practice, Dr. Bryant purchased Cherokee Animal Hospital in Canton, Georgia in 2006 and has been very busy ever since! She is married to a very patient man, has two wonderful children and the requisite house full of animals.
Dr. Bryant enjoys being a veterinarian, however, running a business has become a second passion. Independent practice is both a great joy and at times, an isolating responsibility. She sees the future of the veterinary profession going the way of pharmacists and so much of the human medical and dental fields where practices are part of large conglomerates with little to no control over their own destinies. With the uncertain future of our industry, IVPA offers an opportunity to offer support and potential solutions to the problems that, alone, we are too small and too busy to solve. She is honored to be on the Board of Directors for IVPA and have the opportunity to leverage her experience and ideas to shape the IVPA into an organization that assists its members in meeting the everyday challenges of ownership and the industry alike.
Grant Jacobson ~ At Large Member, Board of Directors
Grant Jacobson, DVM
Owner and practicing veterinarian at The Hometown Veterinarian, a start-up small animal hospital (Est. Oct 2018) in, Marshalltown, IA
Veterinary School: Iowa State University, 1997
"I am motivated and passionate about the profession and support independently owned veterinary practices. I feel that independent veterinary practice owners and associates are faced with new challenges as the presence of large corporate-owned practices expands. They need an organization such as the IVPA to support non-corporate ownership as well as support its members with this challenging dynamic. I am honored to help develop the IVPA into an organization that will assist private practitioners to thrive in the profession."
Brian Evans ~ Board of Directors
Brian Evans, DVM
Brian is a small business advocate to his core. He has served as a board member and president of the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association and routinely advocates on behalf of the small independent practitioner. He is the owner of 2 startup veterinary practices. His original location opened in 2011 and his most recent startup launched in February of 2019.
He strives to push the progressive boundaries of veterinary medicine and to that end has published 2 papers in JAVMA out of his small 2-3 doctor practice. The first paper was published in 2017 and was titled “Evaluation of the economic and clinical feasibility of introducing rigid endoscopy and laparoscopy to a small animal general practice”. The purpose behind this paper was his question as to whether his investment in training, time, and equipment was a wise decision and practical for another general practitioner who was also thinking about incorporating laparoscopic equipment in their practice.
Dr. Evans was also a co-author of the first paper published on telemedicine in the veterinary space in JAVMA in 2018. He has been using telemedicine within the context of the valid VCPR since 2014. He is also an advisor to the telemedicine company, PetZam, he was a member of the AVMA Telemedicine Working Group, has been featured in several of the AVMA publications for telemedicine, and recently attended the AVMA Virtual Veterinary Care Summit where he had the opportunity to advocate for the best uses of telemedicine among AVMA staff, other veterinarians, and industry representatives.
Scott Neabore ~ Board of Directors
Scott Neabore, DVM
I am a solo practitioner and owner of Neabore Veterinary Clinic, a small animal general practice in Haddonfield, NJ. I opened Neabore Veterinary Clinic in May 2019. I am a 2015 graduate of the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. I decided to pursue a career in veterinary medicine after volunteering in the emergency department at the Tufts Cummings School during my last year of college. Shortly after, I graduated with a B.A. in Biology from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. I then worked for two years as a veterinary assistant at an independently owned, small animal practice near my hometown of Nyack, NY. I also hold an M.S. in biology from Fordham University in New York.
While in veterinary school at Tufts, I married my wife, Lindsey, a science journalist. After graduation, we moved to Tinton Falls, NJ, where I completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. Upon completion of the internship, I took a position with the parent company, Compassion First, at a clinic in southern New Jersey. I worked for them for the next three years as a general practitioner and part-time emergency doctor, before leaving to start my own general practice.
There are a great deal of challenges facing the independent practitioner in the current climate of veterinary medicine. These include student debt, increased competition from corporate practices, specialty practices, low-cost clinics, and online pharmacies, as well as shortages of experienced technicians and associates.
Ultimately, I feel that independent practitioners are best positioned to grapple with these challenges if we work together to support each other. As I continue to progress in my medical and business career, I want to help other veterinarians adapt and change to remain competitive in this field. I see the IVPA becoming a strong voice and positive influence on veterinary medicine for years to come.
Marthina L. Greer ~ Board of Directors
Marthina L. Greer, DVM
Dr. Greer (Iowa State, 1981) is the owner and medical director of Brownsville/Lomira Small Animal Clinic, LLC where she manages a staff of 25. She has designed and constructed two small animal hospitals in her career, and she is the owner and director of the International Canine Semen Bank-Wisconsin.
Dr Greer serves as the Vice Chair of the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing Veterinary Examining Board, is a board member of the National Animal Interest Alliance, a current director for the Society of Veterinary Medical Ethics, and a member and former director of the Society for Theriogenology. She also serves as a member of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association and on the board of the AVMA Judicial Council.
Terry Tosh ~ Executive Director
Terry Tosh is a retired USAF officer with a background in research & development program management. He began supporting the IVPA as a freelancer in late 2017, helping to develop a project plan and budget for the association. That led to his current position as Executive Director after he became fully involved with our mission and goals. He serves as a director on another nonprofit’s board and is currently working as a project manager for Mercy Ships, a nonprofit that operates hospital ships to provide medical care to third world countries.