Community Veterinary Partners Adds Wellesley Animal Hospital to Practice Group

PHILADELPHIA (June 11, 2018) – Wellesley Animal Hospital in Massachusetts is the newest member of the Community Veterinary Partners family. The purchase of the practice brings CVP’s total group to 49 animal hospitals along the East Coast.

Dr. Elizabeth Hartman is the founder and owner of Wellesley Animal Hospital. She’s a Boston native and graduated from Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991.

“We are excited to join the CVP family and look forward to our new partnership adventure!” Hartman said.

Wellesley Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary hospital offering a wide range of veterinary services, including physical examinations, diagnosis and treatment, spay and neuter, vaccinations, dental care, surgical care, radiology, blood work, and parasite prevention. The practice consists of five doctors: Hartman, Janet Tast, Christopher Kennedy, Anne Keesler and Julie Graves.

About Community Veterinary Partners

Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) owns and operates veterinary hospitals and is committed to providing world-class treatment and health services to animals. The company strives to maintain each hospital’s individual brand and reputation in its community. The CVP family currently consists of 49 animal hospitals in 10 states. More information is available at

Community Veterinary Partners Appoints Kevin Ruffe as Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Ruffe, CEO of Community Veterinary Partners
Kevin Ruffe is the new CEO of Community Veterinary Partners

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Kevin Ruffe as Chief Executive Officer, effective March 12, 2018. He will also join CVP’s Board of Directors.

Headquartered in Philadelphia, CVP manages 46 veterinary hospitals in 10 states. “Kevin’s appointment is a reflection of CVP’s tremendous growth over the past few years and more importantly CVP’s positioning for even stronger growth in the coming years,” said Daniel Eisenstadt, CVP co-founder and Board member.

“I look forward to being a part of this exciting time of expansion for CVP,” Ruffe said. “Throughout my career, I’ve had success managing health care companies as they grow and scale over time, and I see a lot of opportunity for CVP in the coming years.”

Founded in 2009, CVP’s mission is to provide operational support to its hospitals, enabling veterinarians to focus on practicing medicine and providing high-quality pet care. CVP’s hospitals have the benefit of accessing a variety of business tools, such as marketing, leadership development, HR support and finance, while keeping local control of clinical practices.

“What makes us different is that we provide support to our vet partners, but at the same time we allow them to maintain their brand and vision,” Ruffe said. “This means the customers at each of our partner hospitals see even greater levels of service since our partner vets have more time to focus on pet care and worry less about the challenges of running the day-to-day business…”

Prior to joining CVP, Ruffe was the Chief Growth Officer at MedExpress, where he was instrumental in building MedExpress into a national leader of urgent care services with nearly 250 locations caring for almost 4 million patients per year. Ruffe earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in business management from Rider University. He will be relocating to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh.

CVP is controlled by an affiliate of Cortec Group, a private equity firm based in New York, that invests in middle market health care, specialty service, consumer and distribution businesses.

About Community Veterinary Partners

Community Veterinary Partners owns and operates veterinary hospitals and is committed to providing world-class treatment and health services to animals. The company strives to maintain each hospital’s individual brand and reputation in its community. The CVP family currently consists of 45 animal hospitals in 10 states. More information is available at

About Cortec

Founded in 1984, affiliates of Cortec invest in high value-added, middle-market healthcare, specialty service, consumer, and distribution businesses from owners and management teams who want to work with Cortec to drive growth and improve business fundamentals. Additional information about Cortec can be found at

Community Veterinary Partners Adds Granville Small Animal Hospital to Growing Portfolio


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Community Veterinary Partners Adds Granville Small Animal Hospital to Growing Portfolio

 PHILADELPHIA (March 21, 2018) – Community Veterinary Partners is pleased to announce that it has acquired Granville Small Animal Hospital.

The purchase of the Middle Granville, N.Y.-based veterinary practice brings CVP’s total practice group to 45 animal hospitals along the East Coast.

Dr. Jeffrey A. Meyer, owner of Granville Small Animal Hospital, graduated from Cook College of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science degree and earned his Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine. He joined the Granville Veterinary Services team in 1984 and developed a small animal service within the existing practice. The two hospitals separated in 1996, establishing Granville Small Animal Hospital as its own practice. “The staff at Granville Small Animal Hospital is very excited about partnering with Community Veterinary Partners. We feel it will enable us to continue practicing medicine at a high level and serve our clients as we always have.” Says Dr. Meyer, “I will be able to stay on and provide the continuity of care and service that may not have been possible had the practice been sold to a private buyer. The folks at CVP have been great, very helpful and supportive throughout the transition, greatly alleviating what could have been an extremely stressful time for us. We look forward to a long and productive partnership.”

Granville Small Animal Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility and offers a variety of services, including emergency and clinical care, dental care, boarding, nutritional counseling, and wellness exams. The practice consists of three doctors: Meyer, Holly Baker and Beth Kissack.

“We are so excited to expand our footprint in New York state with the addition of Granville Small Animal Hospital,” said Dennis McMichael, director of Integration at CVP. “Their emphasis on the human–animal bond and state-of-the-art veterinary medicine makes them a welcome addition to the CVP family.”


About Community Veterinary Partners

Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) owns and operates veterinary hospitals and is committed to providing world-class treatment and health services to animals. The company strives to maintain each hospital’s individual brand and reputation in its community. The CVP family currently consists of 45 animal hospitals in 10 states. More information is available at



Horsham Veterinary Hospital Joins CVP as our 44th Hospital!

Welcome the newest addition to the Community Veterinary Partners family, Horsham Veterinary Hospital in Horsham, Pennsylvania. Located 30 miles outside of center city Philadelphia, the veterinary practice consists of six doctors and joins CVP’s extended family in PA as its 44th hospital overall.

Dr. Joseph DiMauro, the founder and proprietor of Horsham Veterinary Hospital, graduated (Dean’s List) from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 and went on to earn a Master’s of Business Administration degree in Healthcare Administration from Temple University.  He founded Horsham Veterinary Hospital in 1986 and has been an advocate for animals and actively involved in community affairs ever since. “We are excited to be a part of the network of CVP Veterinary hospitals.” Says Dr. DiMauro, “We had an opportunity to join a number of companies, but we chose to partner with CVP because of the uniqueness that they bring to the veterinary profession. We look forward to enhancing the services that we provide to our clients and patients because of our association with CVP.”

Horsham Veterinary Hospital’s mission has been providing care for the pets of thousands of people in Eastern Montgomery and Southern Bucks Counties. Their modern, state- of-the-art hospital and other facilities make them the best choice of care for pets. In addition to wellness, clients can find services such as Dermatology, Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Dentistry, Laser Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery and Behavior Medicine. Horsham Veterinary Hospital is also AAHA-accredited and provides ultrasounds, echocardiographs, endoscopies and more. They also care for ferrets! In addition to their medical services, Horsham Veterinary Hospital also offers boarding, grooming, training, food and supplies!

“The addition of Horsham Veterinary Hospital to our already ever-growing presence in the state of Pennsylvania is truly a testament to the type of wonderful practices and staff that our family encompasses. You can feel the compassion they have from the moment you walk in to the second you leave and that’s how you know that they practice what they preach” says Lou Weihrauch, Vice President of Operations at Community Veterinary Partners. “Dr. DiMauro has built a wonderful hospital and reputation over the last 30 years and we will strive to uphold their mission in the community and care in which we all provide”.

Community Veterinary Partners Will Match Hurricane Relief Donations

Community Veterinary Partners is proud to support hurricane relief efforts. Our family of 31 veterinary hospitals is actively raising funds to help families and their pets who were impacted by the hurricanes across our nation. Our animal hospitals are working hard to show their support through various activities at their clinics including pet treats for sale, nail clipping events and donation boxes. Community Veterinary Partners is also matching monetary donations at each of our hospitals up to a total of $31,000. Everyone is encouraged to donate through the American Veterinary Medical Foundation to support hurricane relief.

Click HERE to donate today using AVMF code ” Disaster Relief”.

Together we can all help families and pets in need during this time!

Countryside Veterinary Hospital in Shelton, CT Joins Community Veterinary Partners!






Community Veterinary Partners is thrilled to announce our partnership with Countryside Veterinary Hospital located in Shelton, CT on August 28, 2017. This grows the CVP family of veterinary hospitals to thirty one and the third CVP hospital in the state of Connecticut. Countryside is an AAHA accredited hospital with a large focus on client education and consistent growth in their suite of client services. The hospital offers veterinary services such as emergency, urgent care, oncology, pharmacy, in-house laboratory, ultrasound and digital radiography for dogs, cats, rabbits and pocket pets. “I’m so excited to have Countryside Veterinary Hospital as part of CVP and add to our family of animal hospitals in the state of Connecticut. As an AAHA accredited hospital and with a lead doctor who serves on the leadership council for AAHA, their level of care is exemplary. The team has been serving the clients and their pets together for over 35 years, which we’re excited to continue as partners.” Says Rob Tennant, Regional Director of Operations at Community Veterinary Partners.

Dr. Bruce Kerns, founder of the Countryside Veterinary Hospital, graduated in 1987 from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois. In 1999, he became only the second veterinarian in the state of Connecticut to certify as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (specialist in Canine and Feline Practice). Dr. Kerns also serves as a member on the Leadership Council of the American Animal Hospital Association. In addition to establishing the Countryside Veterinary Hospital, LLC, Dr. Kerns founded and operates Mobile Veterinary Imaging, LLC, a diagnostic ultrasound practice consulting with veterinary hospitals in southwestern Connecticut.

When it comes to partnering with CVP, Dr. Kerns says that; “In a veterinary hospital, as with any successful organization, the greatest asset is the team. As the founding partner of Countryside Veterinary Hospital, it was essential for me to find a situation for our staff where they could continue to thrive and strengthen the culture that we had developed over the years. After countless hours of investigating options in the veterinary corporate world, I was thrilled when I met the outstanding team at Community Veterinary Partners. Each individual with whom I worked during the negotiation phase and transition has been incredibly friendly, consistently open and fair in our discussions and sincerely concerned for the welfare of our staff.  By the time Countryside became a member of the CVP family, I was relieved to find in CVP, an organization with an equal commitment to the highest level of patient care, client education and staff support as we had nurtured over the years.”

Join us in welcoming Countryside Veterinary Hospital!


Only One Week Remaining To Reserve a Seat For The Fall 2014 Practice Builder Workshops Hosted By Community Veterinary Partners!

Community Veterinary Partners has released the agenda for its free two-day summit in November aimed at building leadership skills for veterinary hospital owners and key staff members.

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Everyday Leadership Workshop for Associates and Managers

Saturday, November 8th 9am- 4pm

Every practice has staff members in positions of leadership. While some are natural born leaders, others struggle to find their way and earn the trust and respect of the practice team. Designed for doctors and support staff in supervisory roles, this workshop will focus on developing employees into everyday leaders. Due to space limitation we request that practices limit registrants to two staff members.



9:00 AM-   9:45 AM                Speed Chatting and Appreciative Inquiry Icebreakers

9:45 AM-   10:30 AM              Leadership (Servant, Good to Great, E.I.)

10:30 AM -10:45 AM              Break

10:45 AM- 12:00 PM              Culture and Core Values

12:00 PM- 1:00 PM                 Lunch

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM                  Accountability

1:30PM – 2:30 PM                   Situational Leadership

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM                  Break

2:45 PM – 4:00 PM                  Wrap-Ups and Wind-Ups




This year’s program theme will be “Cultivating the Future Leaders in Our Practice. Dr. Wendy Hauser will moderate parts of the day’s events as we share and debate the strategies and challenges to creating leaders within our own practices. We invite Practice Owners and Senior Managers to take place in this summit. Due to space limitation, we request that practices limit registrants to hospital owners and one guest.



SUNDAY                                  November 9, 2014

1:00 PM — 2:00 PM                 Introduction and Situational Leadership

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM                  Accountability

2:30 PM — 2: 45 PM                  Break

2:45 PM — 4:00 PM                  “Cultivating Our Leaders” Roundtable


The workshops are free for hospital owners and staff in good standing with Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association or the Delaware Valley Academy of Veterinary Medicine.

The event will be held at Seasons 52 Restaurant in King of Prussia, Pa. Space is limited for this event so please register your team members by emailing For more information, click HERE for an informational flyer.