Our New Senior Advisor: Dr. Karen Felsted

For the past few months we’ve been lucky enough to work with one of the preeminent figures in the veterinary world, Dr. Karen Felsted. Dr. Felsted is probably best known for her work on the ground-breaking Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study. Since its publication last year, the study has been discussed and dissected by every part of the veterinary community. The document is now the basis and business plan for many veterinary hospitals as they cope with the changing business of animal care.

Dr. Felsted has been sharing her observations with us and also some of our partner
hospitals. We are also happy to announce that Dr. Felsted is joining us as a
Senior Advisor and will be writing a series of blog posts for the site with
some of the more important conclusions from the study.

“I’m thrilled to be part of the team,” Dr. Felsted said. “I think CVP offers veterinarians a great option to both gain some business expertise to help with continued practice growth as well as a unique succession planning alternative.”

In addition to her work on the Bayer Study, Dr. Felsted has an impressive resume. She began her career as a CPA and later earned her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from Texas A&M University.  After practicing small animal and emergency medicine for several years, she worked as a financial and operational consultant to general and referral veterinary practices for fifteen years.

She then spent three years with the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues as CEO before returning to business consulting, both with private practice and the animal health industry.

She has written an extensive number of articles for a wide range of veterinary publications and speaks regularly at national and international veterinary meetings.  She is the current treasurer of VetPartners, a past member of the Veterinary Economics’ Editorial Advisory Board, a member of the CVPM board of directors and the current treasurer of the CATalyst Council.

In 2011, she was awarded the Western Veterinary Conference Practice Management Continuing Educator of the Year.

Dr. Felsted, we’re thrilled to have you on the team.