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IVPA Member News

IVPA is growing!

We have expanded our Board of Directors. Congratulations to the new board members! 

Learn more about them below.  If you are interested in doing more with IVPA, please visit our “Get Involved” page.

Newest Members of the Board of Directors

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Brian Evans, DVM

Coastal Animal Hospital
sdcoastalanimal.com
Two locations:
434 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA
2584 El Camino Real Ste A1, Carlsbad, CA

Brian Evans, DVM (UC Davis ’06) 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.

Director position:
I am excited about the opportunity to be a Director of IVPA as I am passionate about small business advocacy. Communities do better when the money that is spent is retained within the community and not shipped off to a corporate headquarters. Veterinarians have a long history of independent ownership and our profession is in the middle of a major period of flux. The models of veterinary care are changing and the independent practitioner doesn’t have the resources to individually combat or adapt to these changes easily. The IVPA is exactly the type of resource and advocacy that is needed at this moment and I would be proud to lend my skill set and passion to this organization.

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Scott Neabore, DVM

Neabore Veterinary Clinic
320 Haddon Ave
Haddonfield, NJ

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.

Why I am applying to be a director. During my first job out of veterinary school, I experienced, firsthand, the changes that take place when a veterinary owner is replaced with a corporate management team. At the time, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, a large, privately owned referral hospital, had recently sold to a newly formed corporate practice, now called Compassion First. This experience strongly shaped my opinions of how care is delivered, how clients are viewed, and how employees are treated in corporate practice. I initially viewed working for a corporate practice as a “safe” career choice but ultimately found it very restrictive. I realized that clients were largely interested in a relationship with me and not my company. This led me to a year-long journey to start my own practice in my new hometown in Southern New Jersey, just outside Philadelphia.

I feel I would be valuable as a board director for multiple reasons. My experience working for a corporate practice gave me a good understanding of the strengths (I was able to gain valuable case experience and work extra shifts to help pay off student debt) and weaknesses, which afforded valuable insight on what drives employees to and from these type of practices. Before starting my own practice, I paid off nearly 200K in student loans. Being debt-free gave me the freedom to choose the career path I wanted and put me in a good financial position to start my own practice. As an early-career veterinarian, just four years removed from veterinary school, I am in a position to relate to veterinary students weighing the pros and cons of careers in independent and corporate 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.

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Marthina L. Greer DVM, JD

Veterinary Village
Lomira, WI

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.

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