Paws and Reflection: Our Year in Review

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!