Episode 11

The Evolution of Veterinary Practice Consolidation

Jun. 6th, 2023

Ryan Leech and Dr. Ivan Zak welcome Dr. Richard Gebhart, a veterinarian and entrepreneur, to discuss the dynamics of veterinary practice consolidation and highlight opportunities for independent practices. Dr. Gebhart shares his journey as a veterinarian-turned-entrepreneur and his experience in selling his practice to VCA in 1986, emphasizing the benefits, challenges, and impact on the team. 

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Topics discussed:

  • VCA’s first acquisition of a veterinary clinic
  • Dynamics of practice consolidation in the veterinary industry
  • Maintaining culture and continuity of care in veterinary practices

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richard (dick) gebhart
Dr. Richard Gebhart
Veterinarian and Entrepreneur
ivan zak
Dr. Ivan Zak
DVM, MBA, CEO at Galaxy Vets
ryan leech
Ryan Leech
Sr. Director of Strategic Partnerships at Digitail