Building a Strong Community

As the Rarebreed team grows, so does our focus on, and commitment to, community. After all, that’s why we’re here. 

“Rarebreed exists to bring people together for support, companionship, and thought partnership,” said Dan Espinal, Rarebreed’s co-founder and CEO. “One of the most important things we can do is to bring together like-minded people who are passionate about animal healthcare and the people in their practices.”

This summer, we’ve been focused on building community through in-person events to foster a sense of belonging and a greater connection between our network of 100+ animal hospitals. Take a look below at some of the fun things we’ve been up to.

Rarebreed is full of many talented and incredibly smart people. What better way to build community and connection then through an event focused on idea sharing? We did this at our first annual partner practice summit in Killington, Vermont, where we gathered for two days of CE opportunities, sessions on wellness and building stronger practices, and, of course, breaking bread together and having fun. (Check out our video below!)

Raising the Roof took on a new meaning on a steamy summer afternoon when we were joined by some of our local practices, like PetMedic Portland and MVMC, on the roof of our new, larger headquarters in Portland, Maine, to celebrate its grand opening. We now have a space that will allow us to work together in person, with room to grow.

Rarebreed exists to bring people together for support, companionship, and thought partnership.

Dan Espinal, co-founder & CEO

We knocked new team member onboarding out of the park by supporting our local baseball team at the Portland Sea Dogs Bark in the Park game. “We take every opportunity to support the community while coming together as a single team,” commented Sarah Mills, senior director of marketing and communications.

Our quarterly practice manager meetings have just wrapped up. Four times per year, we travel down the East Coast to visit our practice managers at local meetings. It gives our teams an open forum to connect with our HQ team, bond with other sister practices in the area, and discuss different ways to support our growing practice community. “At the recent Rarebreed practice manager meeting, I was able to meet in person more of the team that has been supporting us,” said Michelle Moore, practice manager, Leshem Veterinary Surgery. “It was so great to connect with this group! I look forward to more connections and growth within our team.”

We made a splash at the AVMA conference in Philadelphia, where we met some of the amazing teams that are now part of Rarebreed, thanks to our acquisition of Vets Best Friend.

Rarebreed’s co-founder and COO, Sean Miller, summed it up perfectly when he said, “As human beings we are all social animals, and we have to be supportive of each other, especially in today’s climate. We built Rarebreed to be a mechanism to bring folks together to build that community in places where, for example, you might have two vet clinics in the same town that thought of themselves as competitors. But, in reality, they are both serving the same community, and should be helping each other create positive changes.”

Thank you for being a part of our community. And don’t forget, if you’re not here yet, there’s still time. Check out our open positions page here.