Meet the VIC Board of Directors


The Veterinary Innovation Council is lead by an incredible team of professionals committed to improving the future animal healthcare.

We are grateful for their leadership and support.


Dr. Douglas Aspros

Douglas G. Aspros, DVM is the Chief Veterinary Officer for Veterinary Practice Partners, where they work to enhance the value of veterinary ownership to the profession and the public.

As a companion animal veterinarian, Dr. Aspros has been an owner of two AAHA-accredited practices and the managing partner of an ER in New York.

Dr. Aspros served as the 2012-13 President of AVMA and is a Past-President of the NYSVMS. He has worked on behalf of the profession in diverse leadership roles in education, public health, nutrition, licensure and credentialing and risk management.

He has been a determined voice for diversity and in promoting women into leadership roles in veterinary medicine including practice ownership, and is a founding board member of the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Diversity Initiative (WVLDI).

Chief Veterinary Officer, Veterinary Practice Partners, VIC Board Chair


Jules Benson, BVSc MRCVS, AVP

Dr. Jules Benson is a strategic industry leader focused on ways technology and data can transform the veterinary profession and the lives of animals. He is a 2004 graduate of the University of Liverpool’s School of Veterinary Medicine, a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and practiced clinically in the Philadelphia area before transitioning to roles within the animal health industry. Jules brings his experience in marketing, start-ups, and data insights to his role as Nationwide’s Chief Veterinary Officer. He has been active in conservation efforts in Africa and shares his home in Costa Mesa, CA with his wife (Melissa), four cats (Jethro, Wes, Jackie, and Biggs), dog (Bean), and seven bicycles.

Chief Veterinary Officer, Nationwide


Christine Crick, CVT, RVT, LVT, VTS (Anesthesia/Analgesia)(ECC)

Since 2011, Christine has been with VCA Inc and currently serves as the Director of Specialty Technicians in Medical Operations.

Clinically, Chris has been dedicated to veterinary surgical and critical care medicine for over 25 years and has a strong interest in emergent anesthesia & dynamic patient care. In 2003, she attained board specialization with the Academy of Veterinary Technician Anesthetists, followed by the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians and Nurses in 2007.

It became apparent to her that medical expertise in specialty and emergency medicine disciplines is essential to global care of the patient. With the many layers of care needed, Chris believes the future sustainability of veterinary medicine hinges on leveraging highly skilled nursing staff. Learning from both essential successes and challenges in human nursing, she has a focus on aptitude, engagement and systems of quality to ensure safe and reliable outcomes.

Outside of the hospital, she speaks with the industry and technicians on the future of the profession, is an instructor with the Midmark Animal Health AMTEN network and enjoys publishing and lecturing both domestic and internationally. She has served with various boards including the AVTAA, AVECCTN and the IVAPM. When called Chris is dedicated to supporting disaster operations and working dog activities.

Director of Specialty Technicians in Medical Operations, VCA


Camille DeClementi, VMD, DABVT

Dr. Camille DeClementi oversees the ASPA Animal Hospital (AAH) which focuses on increasing access to veterinary care in three critical ways: Direct Care, Teaching and Research. AAH provides expert, urgent medical care to some of NYC’s most vulnerable animals. As a component of the NYC safety net system, we provide subsidized care for animals whose owners are experiencing financial challenges and could not otherwise afford medical care for their pet. We also provide medical care for animals who come to us through our internal partners, including victims of cruelty and neglect as part of our partnership with the NYPD. In AAH’s direct care work, we develop and use less costly, yet effective protocols to address common medical conditions with good prognoses in the patients we serve. In our teaching programs, we influence the next generation of veterinarians by teaching our access to care philosophies and techniques to our veterinary interns, fellows, and externs. And in our research work, we test treatment protocols to identify effective, lower-cost options to common conditions and share our findings with the broader veterinary community to influence others to provide greater access to care. Dr. DeClementi received her BS in Biology from Lebanon Valley College of Pennsylvania, and her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced emergency and general medicine in Pittsburgh and Tennessee before joining the ASPCA Animal Poison Control in 1999. Dr. DeClementi became a Diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology in 2006 and the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology in 2007 and is a Certified Veterinary Journalist. She has spoken on various clinical veterinary toxicology issues and has authored several peer-viewed articles and book chapters. Dr. DeClementi is a past co-owner of the Animal Emergency Clinic in Champaign, IL.

Vice President, ASPCA Animal Hospital


Todd East, DVM

Dr. Todd East has had an entrepreneurial spirit since graduating from Michigan State College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After a couple of years as an associate veterinarian, he started his first business in 2005, East Veterinary Relief Services. This venture not only allowed him to indulge his entrepreneurial nature but also gave him the opportunity to experience multiple different practice styles, flow, and functions that helped him shape his vision for his own practice. His goal of practice ownership was realized in 2007 and he quickly applied the learnings of his previous roles including servant leadership, customer focus, medical quality, and staff empowerment. Dr. East continues to bring this entrepreneurial spirit and principle-based leadership style to his current role of Director of Veterinary Affairs at Royal Canin. Thinking beyond nutrition and leveraging industry insights that being a part of the MARS family of companies provides, Dr. East and his team strive to leverage innovation and bring value to an ever-evolving industry. Dr. East resides in Nashville, TN with his wife (also a veterinarian), son, daughter, and two dogs.

Director of Scientific Services, Royal Canin


Dr. Eleanor Green

Dr. Eleanor Green holds the Carl B. King deanship of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She is a Diplomate of ACVIM and ABVP. She received a BS in Animal Science from the University of Florida and a DVM from Auburn University.

She established a veterinary practice in Mississippi as partner/owner. She became a founding faculty member of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University. Her academic appointments have included: equine faculty member at University of Missouri; head of Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and director of large animal hospital at the University of Tennessee; chair of Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and Chief of Staff of large animal hospital at the University of Florida. She served as president of three national organizations: American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, American Association of Veterinary Clinicians.

Her awards include: 2004 Award of Distinction from UF College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 2011 Wilford S. Bailey Distinguished Alumni Award from Auburn, 2012 Women ‘s Progress Award for Administration and 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award for Administration at Texas A&M, and induction into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 2013.

Senior Advisor & Consultant, Animal Policy Group | Professor & Dean Emerita, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences ,VIC Vice Chair


Aimee Gilbreath

A seasoned leader in both non-profit and private-sector organizations with extensive experience in a range of industries spanning biotech, consumer goods and philanthropy, Aimee has a proven track record of driving organizations to achieve growth and success.

Growing up in Phoenix, AZ, Aimee had practically every pet possible (horses, goat, dog, cat, rabbit, snake, rat). When She moved to Los Angeles it was the first time she didn’t have a pet in her household. To fill the void, she looked for pet related volunteer opportunities which fatefully led her into the world of animal welfare, shelters, and rescue groups. She fell in love with the stocky, blocky headed dogs most people call pit bulls, adopted one, and got inspired to help on a larger scale.

Today, Aimee is proud to serve as president of PetSmart Charities, which is not only the leading funder of animal welfare but also an organization committed to supporting pets and those who love them. PetSmart Charities believes it’s more important than ever to support the whole family—which, for over half of the population, includes pets.

Prior to her role at PetSmart Charities, Aimee served as the executive director of the Found Animals Foundation, Inc., a non-profit supporting pet owners and animal welfare organizations with a mission dedicated to saving pets and enriching lives, where spearheaded activities for the foundation’s 1,000+ B2B clients and 5 million B2C customers nationwide.

President, Pet Smart Charities & Pet Smart Charities of Canada


Joseph Hahn, DVM

Dr. Hahn has been with Merck Animal Health for 12 years with roles of increasing responsibility. He started with us in the field as a Professional Services Veterinarian and then as Associate Director of Professional Services for the Midwest/West Zone. Most recently, Dr. Hahn served as Director of the U.S. Companion Animal & Equine Pharmacovigilance team, where he amplified the customer experience and expanded connections with the field force through collaborating on forward-thinking initiatives, such as the Nobivac® Relief Plan and automatic download of case reports into the MAXX system. Not to mention, he has also assisted with Learning & Development to deliver new hire training courses. Prior to Merck, Dr. Hahn was in practice for 10 years where he gained experience working with everything from large corporate practices to small-single doctor clinics. He also worked with Chicago Veterinary Emergency Services, which was the cityʼs only emergency clinic at the time that saw an average of 120 caseloads per month. Dr. Hahn received his DVM degree from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. He is an avid cyclist and member of the “Peloton Club,” (so let him know when you want to meet for a virtual ride). He currently resides in Chicago and is looking forward to the warmer months when he can get outside.

Executive Director, US Companion Animal and Equine Professional Services, MERCK


Jason W. Johnson, DVM, MS, DACT

Jason is a proven leader who focuses his energy on igniting the veterinary space to envision the bold future we can create together. He is most satisfied creating platforms that perpetually give back to people and animals. Period. Passionate, credible, internationally recognized leader with 17+ years of leading change with within the veterinary space he was the co-founder/Vice President & Dean of LMU-College of Veterinary medicine, the 30th college of veterinary medicine in the USA, founder of the Center for Animal and Human Health in Appalachia, among other initiatives. His career has found him as a boarded veterinarian, private practitioner, practice owner, professor, VP & Dean, consultant, researcher, multiple board member & serial founder. Recognized in veterinary cosmos most notably as a visionary innovator, collaborator, expert communicator and team builder, and change agent. Skilled at inspiring teams toward a shared vision and a preferred future driven by sound business decisions and incessant evaluation of metrics. He has conducted international veterinary work across 7 countries and believes it is our distinct privilege and responsibility to elevate animal health around the globe.

Chief Medical Officer, IDEXX , Director


Charlotte A. Lacroix, DVM, JD

Dr. Charlotte Lacroix owns Veterinary Business Advisors, Inc., a national consulting firm advising on veterinary business and legal issues. Beginning her career as an equine veterinarian, she transitioned to law to advocate for veterinarians. With over 20 years of experience assisting veterinarians in all areas, her expertise is companion and large animal and multi-specialty practices.

Dr. Lacroix lectures extensively on veterinary business and legal issues, and facilitates continuing education seminars nationwide. Topics include succession planning, practices sales, employment and other contract negotiations, malpractice, medical records/informed consents, ethics, animal welfare, drugs and biologics, and human resources.

Dr. Lacroix volunteers for organizations including AVMA, AAHA, AAEP, NJVMA and PVMA. She was the 2014-2015 President of NAVC, and is currently Chair of the Board of PetsPAC and Board member of the Veterinary Innovation Council. She was recognized as a “2016 Women in Law” and in 2018 as a “Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneurs”.

President, Veterinary Business Advisors


Bob Lester, DVM

Dr. Lester is a graduate of Oregon State and Washington State Universities, and a graduate of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Leadership Academy.

He spent his early career as a small town mixed animal practice owner before joining the founding leadership team at Banfield Pet Hospital. At Banfield he held positions in medicine, operations, franchising, human resources and professional relations. After a rewarding twenty-year career at Banfield/Mars Inc. he left as Vice President of Professional Relations. He spent the last four years on the founding team at the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine where he served as Assistant Dean. He continues to lead the LMU-CVM practice management course. Dr. Lester and colleagues most recently founded founded WellHaven Pet Health, a veterinary lead group practice that empowers veterinary leaders through personal and professional development. WellHaven Pet Health both buys and builds quality companion animal primary care practices.

In addition Dr. Lester serves on a variety of professional, university, and college committees, boards and task forces including as a two time gubernatorial appointee to the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board which he chaired from 2013- 2015, a state delegate to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, a site team member for the Council on Education, consultant for Guidepoint Global, board member and Treasurer at Pet Peace of Mind a non-profit which keeps hospice patients together with their pets through end of life, and a board member for the North American Veterinary Community.

His family includes his wife Crystal, two daughters McKenzie and Paige, and two Yorkie’s Jessie and Woody.

Chief Medical Officer, WellHaven Pet Health


Dr. James W. Lloyd

Dr. James W. Lloyd received a DVM at Michigan State University in 1981 and a PhD in Agricultural Economics and Operations Research from Michigan State University in 1989.

  • PhD, Agricultural Economics & Operations Research, Michigan State University, 1989
  • DVM, Michigan State University, 1981
  • BS, Fisheries & Wildlife, Michigan State University, 1978
  • LGVMA Leadership Award, 2013
  • President’s Honor Roll, Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011
  • Senior Fellow, Outreach and Engagement, Michigan State University, 2005-13
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Assoc. of Vet. Practice Management Consultants and Advisors, 2004
  • Norden Teacher of the Year Award Finalist, College of Veterinary Medicine, 2003
  • Creativity in Teaching Award, Merck Agvet, 1995
  • State Team Award, Milk Quality Assurance Program, Michigan State University Extension, 1993
  • Commendation (for Extension activity), Michigan Cattlemen’s Association, 1992
  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Michigan State University, inducted 1985
  • Phi Zeta, Honorary Veterinary Society, Michigan State University, inducted 1981
  • Butler Award, voted by peers as “most likely to succeed” in large animal veterinary medicine, 1981
  • Honors College, Michigan State University, 1975 to 1977

Senior Consultant, Animal Health Economics | Dean Emeritus, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine


Whitney Miller, DVM, MBA, DACVPM

Fueled by her passion for making a positive impact in pets’ lives, Dr. Whitney Miller serves as Petco’s Chief Veterinarian. In that role, she is the lead veterinary subject matter expert advising Petco as a health and wellness company, oversees the company’s standards of excellence in animal care and welfare; provides strategic direction and medical management for Petco’s growth in veterinary services; and provides cross-functional support across the company to marketing, communications, legal, merchandising, pet services, and more. Dr. Miller leads the Petco medical team, which supports full-service hospitals and mobile vaccinations clinics operating in over 1000 Pet Care Centers nationwide. Over the course of her veterinary career, Dr. Miller has spent time in emergency and general companion animal veterinary practice, worked in pharmacovigilance reporting for Zoetis, and spent time in federal government relations for the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) – advocating on animal welfare issues. Dr. Miller received her DVM and MBA degrees from Colorado State University and has been board certified in Preventive Medicine since 2018. Dr. Miller continues to practice companion animal medicine every chance she gets.

Chief Veterinarian, Petco Love


Rustin M. Moore, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS

Dr. Rustin M. Moore, the Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine, became the 11th dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine on Sept. 1, 2015.

A two-time graduate of the college, Dr. Moore has served Ohio State as chair of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, executive director of the Veterinary Medical Center, associate dean for Clinical and Outreach Programs, and associate executive dean.

He has taught at all levels of the undergraduate, professional and graduate curricula, both at Ohio State and at Louisiana State University (LSU), where he served on the LSU faculty from 1994 to 2006. He has served as an advisor, co-advisor or committee member for 21 doctoral or master’s students, as well as the clinical advisor for more than 25 interns and residents.

His clinical interests include equine lameness, surgery and colic and its associated complications, and his research has led to his being a principal or co-investigator on approximately 120 funded grants. In addition, he has authored or co-authored more than 15 book chapters, and his work has been published in over 120 peer- or editor-reviewed manuscripts and 175 scientific abstracts. His service on editor reviewed boards includes the journal Veterinary Surgery, and he has served as a manuscript reviewer for several additional prestigious journals. He has been a frequently invited speaker at national and international equine veterinary clinical, research and educational symposia. Today, he speaks regularly about the Human-Animal Bond and the Power of a Pet (zooeyia), the importance of Diversity and Inclusion, and the topic of One Health.

In addition to extensive and substantial service to his department, college and the university, Dr. Moore has contributed wide-ranging service and outreach efforts to his discipline, to the community and beyond. For example, while at LSU, he assumed emergency leadership of a large-scale rescue effort of nearly 500 horses and other animals during the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. A national leader, he has served as president of the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians, on the board of directors of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, on the board of regents of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, and as an equine health advisory board member for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, among others. He currently serves as the dean representative on The Ohio State University Foundation Board, member of the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Wildlife Center, member of the Board of Directors for the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, and an appointed member of the Ohio State Racing Commission Medication Committee.

In addition, among his numerous awards, he received the Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Distinguished Faculty, and the LSU University’s Distinguished Scholar Award. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot in 2013 and was inducted into the West Virginia University’s Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 2015. He received the Jack Judy Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Veterinary Clinicians in 2017.

A native of Spencer, WV, he earned a BS degree, summa cum laude, from the West Virginia University; a DVM, summa cum laude, and a PhD from The Ohio State University. In addition, he is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons.

Dean, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine


Eugene O’Neill

Eugene (Gene) O’Neill joined the NAVC in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer. He was promoted to Deputy CEO and CFO in 2018 and was named CEO in late 2019. O’Neill helped transform the NAVC’s educational portfolio which consisted primarily of its annual veterinary conference(VMX) to now include: a media division that has become the veterinary industry’s largest trade publisher; an online news station; a robust online learning platform (Vetfolio); certification programs; and an online recruiting tool for veterinarians. This strategy enabled the NAVC to more than double its revenue. Under Gene’s leadership and vision, the NAVC has expanded its virtual portfolio, taking the events and continued education opportunities through which the NAVC built its global reputation and making them available to veterinary professionals worldwide.

Prior to joining the NAVC, O’Neill held executive and financial leadership roles at the Institute of Internal Auditors, IIA-Australia and SeaWorld of Florida. He has held CPA and CIA designations throughout his career. O’Neill served as the Interim CEO for The Institute of Internal Auditors-Australia, based in Sydney. During his four month term there, he was able to implement new programs and benefits that turned around a declining membership base, develop an operating business plan for the organization that matched the changing dynamics of the structure of The Institute and produce a world-class conference for members in Australia and SE Asia. Prior to joining The IIA, O’Neill spent 10 years with SeaWorld of Florida, holding positions in Administration and Finance areas. He also spent eight years as the General Manager of Baseball City Sports Complex, the spring training site of the Kansas City Royals.
A New Jersey native, he lives in Orlando with his wife Pam. They enjoy spending time with their 4 children and 2 grandchildren. He loves to spend time on the water and is an avid golfer and a music enthusiast.

Chief Executive Officer, North American Veterinary Community, Immediate VIC Past Chair


Lauren Olavessen

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Senior Vice President & Chief Medical Officer, PetIQ


Karen Shenoy, DVM

Effective Jan 2022, Dr. Karen Shenoy has been appointed Chief Veterinary Officer for Hill’s US. She joined Hill’s Pet Nutrition in 2008, progressing through roles of increasing responsibility and serving most recently as Director, Field Sales and Engagement. Previously, she held the roles of Associate Director – Veterinary Affairs and Senior Manager – Academic Affairs, as well as field-based roles, including Practice Development Veterinarian, Veterinary Affairs Manager, and Professional Consulting Veterinarian Team Leader. Additionally, she completed a 6-month short-term assignment with the Hill’s Global Marketing and Innovation Team. Prior to joining Hill’s, Dr. Shenoy worked as an associate veterinarian in small animal practice, as part-time adjunct faculty with a veterinary technology program, and at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota, which has grown to be the world’s busiest wildlife hospital with an annual caseload of 19,000 patients. There, she gained experience in training, public relations, management, and fund-raising, in addition to clinical work. Karen holds Bachelor of Science (Veterinary Science) and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the University of Minnesota. She is an active mentor with the Women in Leadership and Management in Animal Health (WILMAH) organization and the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. Previously, she served on the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Early Career Development Committee (2012-2015) and on the Board of Directors for the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association (2007-2011). She, her husband, James, and 8-year-old daughter, Maya, reside in the Kansas City area with their menagerie of pets, including 3 mixed-breed shelter dogs: Hoppy, Porter and Growler. They are avid followers of the University of Minnesota Golden Gopher sports teams, and Karen also enjoys competitive swimming.

Chief Veterinary Officer, Hill's Pet Nutrition US

Kurt Venator, DVM, PhD

Kurt Venator, DVM, PhD

Dr. Kurt Venator has been with Purina 16 years, currently serving as Chief Veterinary Officer. Along with his team, Dr. Venator travels throughout the country to draw on his expertise and speak about small animal nutrition and veterinary medicine, as well as provide nutrition education and professional development to veterinary clinics and schools. Dr. Venator also serves as Director of the Purina Advisory Council, a group of world-renowned veterinarians who help lead the advancement of pet nutrition, health and wellness across the globe. Dr. Venator earned his DVM from Cornell University and PhD in Behavior & Physiology from the University of Texas at Austin. He resides in upstate New York with his wife, Kristi; sons, Parker, Camden and Knox; and yellow Labrador Retrievers, “Sailor” and “Chance.” In his spare time, Dr. Venator enjoys fly fishing and being with his family.

Chief Veterinary Officer, Purina

Link Welborn, DVM, DABVP

Link Welborn, DVM, DABVP

Dr. Link Welborn is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, certified in Canine and Feline Practice, the owner of six AAHA Accredited hospitals in Tampa, Florida and an AAHA past president.

Link is Chief Executive Officer of Veterinary Study Groups, the umbrella organization for the over 60 Veterinary Management Groups (VMG), and Chief Veterinary Officer North America for Covetrus.

Contributing to numerous collaborative veterinary initiatives, he served as AAHA Delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates, past chair of the AVMA Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee, AAHA Representative to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, and as a member of the AAHA-AVMA Preventive Healthcare Guidelines Task Force. Link was a member of the AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines Task Force since its inception in 2002 and served as chair 2010-2020. He was also contributing reviewer for the 2019 AAHA Canine Life Stage Guidelines.

Link helped spearhead the development of the AAHA/VMG Chart of Accounts, AAHA-Accredited VMG Groups, and the VSG/AVMA Principles of Veterinary Data Ownership & Stewardship.

His awards include the AVMA President’s Award, AAHA Practitioner of the Year Award, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Achievement Award, Florida Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year Award and the first AAHA Dedicated Service Award in 2018.

Chief Executive Officer, Veterinary Study Groups | Chief Veterinary Officer North America, Covetrus


Jennifer Welser, DVM, DACVO

Dr. Jennifer Welser serves as Chief Medical Officer and Quality Officer for Mars Veterinary Health, which encompasses Banfield, VCA and BluePearl in the U.S., as well as AniCura and Linnaeus in Europe. In her role, Dr. Welser leads the Medical Affairs function across the organization and works in close partnership with the chief medical officers of each practice to grow access to high-quality, innovative veterinary care and support Mars Petcare’s purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.

Dr. Welser, who most recently served as the CMO for BluePearl Veterinary Partners, has led a successful career as a veterinary specialty practitioner, practice owner and medical leader. She has been with BluePearl since 2006 and helped establish the organization’s clinician-driven culture and develop the medical leadership team and operations, as well as evolve and grow the residency and internship program at BluePearl.

Dr. Welser received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University. She then became a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist in 1999 after completing a rotating internship at Auburn University and an ophthalmology residency at Animal Eye Associates in Illinois. Before joining BluePearl, Dr. Welser practiced as an ophthalmologist at Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston and owned a successful practice in California.

Previous Organizations

  • BluePearl Veterinary Partners, CMO and Co-Medical Director and Staff Ophthalmologist
  • UnoDose Partners, LLP, CMO and Co-Founder
  • Veterinary Eye Specialists, Owner
  • Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, Boston, Staff Ophthalmologist


  • Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM
  • Animal Eye Associates, DACVO – Private practice-based veterinary ophthalmology residency and
    comparative component with University of Illinois, Chicago
  • Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Rotating Small Animal Internship
  • University of Vermont, BA Biology & French

Chief Medical and Quality Officer
Mars Veterinary Health (MVH) |

VIC Secretary & Treasurer