We are a wellness-focused company. Period.

Learn how we’re improving the veterinary work experience, one extraordinary employee at a time.

Have you ever met a retired veterinary technician? We bet the answer is no because they are few and far between. A high percentage of employees in the veterinary profession face both mental and physical health issues. Despite this, there are often limited resources for employees to receive the support they need and deserve. Eventually, these incredible and passionate people burn out and leave the profession forever.

At Rarebreed, we recognized this need and we’re tackling it with passion, determination and gusto. We’re redefining the veterinary work experience right now and it’s looking bright and relaxed (with the goal of no back or knee problems in sight). Read on.

Unique Emphasis on Wellness

We’re a proactive bunch and want to provide Rarebreed’s employees with the best possible workplace and culture. After all, we are a wellness-focused company.

For us, wellness has several definitions:

  • Emotional well-being
  • Inclusivity
  • Racial and gender diversity
  • Neurodiversity
  • Physical well-being

We know that when our team members are healthy — both mentally and physically — they can succeed and thrive in the workplace. Through conscious efforts and creative thinking, Rarebreed established a broad-based approach for company wellness and continues to lead the charge in the veterinary profession.

It Starts from the Top

Rarebreed co-founders, Sean Miller and Dan Espinal, saw the importance of wellness from the start. “People are the core foundation of our company and what makes us go,” Sean says. “We aspire to find repeatable solutions our teams can implement to find and preserve the balance needed to be well.” Dan elaborates, “Sadly, for an industry with incredible, smart, passionate, caring people, it’s an industry that suffers from high rates of burnout, compassion fatigue and suicide. Sean and I founded Rarebreed with a focus on creating a kick-ass work experience for veterinary healthcare teams.”

Through their leadership, Rarebreed implemented a designated role for wellness— Dr. Ginny Gill, Rarebreed’s director of wellness and sustainability. Ginny serves as the primary touchpoint for employee wellness and continually implements new initiatives to ensure Rarebreed is always moving forward in the wellness space.

“My role is to champion wellness and, in turn, help create and foster sustainability within Rarebreed Veterinary Partners and the larger veterinary medical industry. As a practicing veterinarian, I am intimately familiar with the challenges we can face in our workplace and professional lives,” Ginny says. Ginny helped kick off a monthly wellness forum, workshops, and “Letters from Ginny,” a health-focused content series for the entire team.

It’s in the Company DNA

Rarebreed also created a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) committee. This committee, which is comprised of members from Rarebreed partner practices as well as Rarebreed headquarters, strives to act on and tackle diversity in the veterinary profession. “Rarebreed is a young, growing company and building DEI concepts into its DNA from the start says a lot about the people who are building it, and the people we want to join us,” says DEI committee member and partner veterinarian Dr. Buck Drummond.

Undeniable Impact

As the vice president of human resources, Kristy Greco sees the direct impact of this core company value. Recognizing the importance of prioritizing her own health within her professional life, she’s used a physical trainer to take time for herself. “It’s a great stress reliever and gives me dedicated time each morning to focus on me,” she says.

Rarebreed experiences some of the lowest employee turnover in the profession.

On the Horizon

As Rarebreed continues to make additional strides in the wellness sphere, there are new initiatives coming up. Next on the docket is a financial wellness program, helping new homeowners and advising employees with student loans. “These are skills that are not taught in school, and we want our employees to have all the tools they need to make the best decisions,” Kristy says.

We want you to stay and thrive in veterinary medicine for a long time. Join us in the charge for a wellness-centered profession. For a more in-depth look at our wellness initiatives, visit https://rarebreedvet.com/wellness/.

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.