Growth milestone represents opportunity to serve more pets, enrich more careers than ever before
TAMPA, Fla. – August 2, 2022 – American Veterinary Group (AVG), owner and operator of a network of veterinary hospitals, recently announced the organization has surpassed the 100-practices mark.
With a footprint across 10 states—including Florida, Georgia, Texas and the Carolinas—Tampa, Florida-based AVG leverages its infrastructure to empower its veterinary practices and professionals, by providing exceptional support for hospital operations, medical expertise, recruiting, training, marketing, finance, and human resource functions.
“It’s been an honor to be at the helm for this period of tremendous growth for AVG,” said Craig Niebur, Chief Executive Officer, AVG. “Beyond the numbers and figures, including more than 1,600 employees and 1.4 million pets treated and protected last year alone, are the people. As we grow, so does the AVG network of caring, hardworking professionals who have the opportunity to expand their expertise, reach new heights within their professional careers, and serve even more animals.”
With three Doctors of Veterinary Medicine guiding the senior leadership team, in addition to Regional Medical Directors, AVG galvanizes its practices to provide best-in-class veterinary and customer care, encouraging professional development and leadership opportunities for paraprofessionals and areas of special interest for veterinarians.
AVG’s LevelUp is a proprietary continuing education program geared toward Veterinary Technicians and Customer Support Staff, while the AVG in-house learning and development team provides extensive leadership training for Practice Managers. Recent veterinary graduates are also matched with mentors and partake in learning and development programs to broaden their knowledge, skill sets and experience.
One unique aspect of AVG’s network of hospitals is that the list includes nearly 20 UrgentVet locations. Positioned like an urgent care clinic that humans might visit—but strictly for pets—UrgentVet is the first of its kind within the veterinary industry to bridge the gap between primary veterinarian practices and 24-hour emergency vets. Open nights, weekends and holidays, UrgentVet offers pets relief for mild illnesses and injuries, with rates up to 40% less than comparable services at an emergency pet hospital.
“The veterinary profession is an amazing profession to be a part of, and I couldn’t be more proud to be affiliated with AVG,” said Dr. Christopher Smith, DVM, MBA, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Operating Officer, AVG. “Veterinarians are the strongest when we’re together, and each practice within our growing network of hospitals fuels our strength and translates to phenomenal patient care for pets.”
For more information, visit AmericanVeterinaryGroup.com.
About American Veterinary Group (AVG)
Founded in 2015, American Veterinary Group (AVG) is a relationship-based, growing network of more than 100 veterinary practices across 10 states with a mission to put people and the pets they love first. AVG strongly believes in fostering genuine partnerships with each of its veterinary hospitals, empowering their strength, expertise, and medical autonomy at the local level. AVG proudly employs more than 1,600 hospital employees, including over 200 veterinarians and 90 home office support staff, fueling its mission to treat and protect more than 1.4 million pets annually.
Founded by Dr. Jim Dobies and owned by American Veterinary Group, UrgentVet is the first dedicated urgent care clinic for pets. Offering after-hours services, UrgentVet provides pet parents with an affordable and convenient alternative to 24-hour emergency vets. It offers immediate relief for mild illnesses and injuries in dogs and cats, with rates that are up to 40% less than emergency vet hospitals.