Paws and Reflection: Our Year in Review

It’s hard to believe that 2021 is almost over – it’s been quite a year for us, our partner practices, and our team at HQ. We end the year with the warmest heartfelt thanks – we are incredibly grateful to our Rarebreed family for what they do every day to help pets, pet parents and the veterinary community. Their commitment to making a difference is unwavering, and so is our commitment to them.

Please join us as we look back on some of the year’s highlights.

We’re Not Growing, We’re Building

Our pawprint has expanded by 37 practices this year, bringing our total Rarebreed community to 51 hospitals across 31 cities and seven states — Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. During close to 650,000 patient visits, our practice teams cared for pet patients of all kinds, including a bearded dragon, a pig, and 26 dogs named Corona!

Among our partner practices, 388 people — veterinarians, veterinary technicians and support team members — became part of our community. In Portland, we welcomed 49 new team members to our headquarters. Today, we have over 1,400 people in our Rarebreed family, more than double the size at the start of 2021.

Gaining Recognition for Our Vision: To reimagine the veterinary experience

One of our proudest moments this year was when our co-founders, Dan Espinal and Sean Miller, were recognized as winners of the New England “EY Entrepreneur of the Year” award. The award was acknowledgement of what we already knew — that Dan and Sean were accomplishing what they set out to when Rarebreed was conceived — to create exceptional experiences for both veterinary professionals and pet owners by putting people first. Read more about Dan and Sean in this MaineBiz feature spotlight.

Other 2021 highlights include features in Today’s Veterinary Business and AAHA’s NEWStat, highlighting our commitment to exceptional veterinary care, our innovative vision for growth, and our focus on company culture.

A speaker at this year’s AAHA Connexity conference, Dan explained how trust, belief, improvisation and feeling safe are the four pillars needed for a mentally resilient team. He was also a guest on the Get MotiVETed podcast, inspiring others with his dedication to well-being and making book recommendations while laughing with hosts Dr. Quincy Hawley and Renee Machel. Take a listen here.

Caring is at the Heart of What We Do

In the coming years we will continue our mission with passion, purpose, people-first partnerships and an understanding that different beliefs, thoughts, and ideas do not divide us, they unite us. So, while we enjoy taking time to reflect on the recognition and accomplishments of the past year, we are super excited to move forward, building on the momentum of 2021 to care for more pets and pet parents, and to contribute to more positive changes in our veterinary community.

We are humbly grateful for all that 2021 has brought us and our Rarebreed family. Please follow our journey by connecting with us on FacebookInstagram and LinkedIn.

Today, we raise a glass to you and send wishes for a kick-ass 2022!

Shishira Adiga

Quality Assurance Manager

Fun Fact: Shishira can play the tabla, an Indian percussion instrument.

Shishira earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Texas Tech University and has since been working in various engineering roles related to hardware and software, such as test lead, development manager, and scrum master in chip fabrication. He has experience working in the insurance, banking, and veterinary fields.

Shishira enjoys spending his free time with his children, learning the ancient languages Sanskrit and Tulu, and reading about new technologies such as Blockchain.

Bernetta Gethers

Clinical Training Manager

Fun Fact:  Bernetta was a director of a dance school where ballet, tap, ethnic, and lyrical dance were taught.

Bernetta began her veterinary care as a veterinary assistant in general practice. After graduating from tech school, her eyes were opened to the emergency, specialty, and critical care world of veterinary medicine. This proved to be the excitement that she had been missing. She quickly navigated a path into a management/leadership position where she trained, mentored, and cultivated veterinary technicians and assistants. Bernetta thrives on making connections with people and facilitating difficult conversations and direct communication. She has an associate degree in applied science from Camden County College and a BS in management from DeVry University. She lives in Pennsylvania with her three children and four fur children.

Jennifer Shaw

Area Manager

Fun Fact: Jennifer went to culinary school.

Jennifer has been in the veterinary field for 20 years, starting as a technician in emergency/ specialty services on Long Island, New York, before moving to general practice. Advancing in her career, she became a practice manager with multi-site responsibility.

Jennifer was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and currently lives in Staten Island with her partner, Cindy, two amazing boys, Matt and Tim, and her crazy dog, Theo. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, camping, and bike riding.

Andrew Rockwood

Technical Operations Network Manager

Fun Fact:  As a Dell driving technician, Andrew was consistently ranked one of the top five techs in the country based on speed, technical skill, and customer satisfaction.

Andrew attended York County Community College and has been working in the technology field for over 15 years. Starting from a modest beginning as a Staples Easy Tech, Andrew has worked with technology in healthcare, retail, manufacturing, government, and MSP environments. All of this has led to a breadth of lessons learned through experience in the field.

He has always been a geek and has been fascinated with technology since he was seven years old. Andrew has always been motivated to be the change he wanted to see in the world and strives to make tech support a team effort custom-tailored to each user.

When he is not working you can find Andrew working on projects around the house or spending time with his wife and three young children. Beach days are always great, and summer is by far his favorite season in Maine.

Test Name

Business Transformation Specialist

Fun Fact: Adria dove with sharks in Yap, located in the Micronesian Islands next to Guam.

Pet in Photo: Khaleesi

Adria’s passion for animals has always been a big part of who she is. Her many years of experience working in animal care began in a Maine animal shelter. Later, after moving to Florida, Adria flourished as a veterinary technician, surgery technician, inventory manager, and trainer. Most recently she lived in Guam where she worked as practice manager for an animal hospital. Now back in Maine, she is excited to continue her career with Rarebreed and complete her undergraduate certificate in veterinary practice management. In her free time, Adria enjoys horseback riding, painting and dancing.