Shaping the future
We partner with veterinary practices to collaborate, share ideas and learn from each other to enrich the lives of pets and people.
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a people-focused pet care company
a thriving veterinary team
an encore for your practice and the profession
We care about our people
Our community is unique and combines clinical and operational experience to help further inspire internal leadership at your practice. Here’s our process:
We connect your team to a nationwide group of veterinary professionals and create relationships for you to learn together and share best practices.
We support you in creating a great work environment while providing excellent patient care. We focus on getting better together to drive achievements through our shared passion for pets.
Our group believes in sharing training and development opportunities to support local leaders. Our mission is to provide medical freedom and shared resources.
We exist to support happy people who live to enhance the lives of pets. We believe that by taking care of our people, they will take great care of the pets we love.
Decades of experience with people and pets
Ted Sprinkle, DVM
Chief Executive Officer
“I believe that a good animal hospital partnership is defined by patience, a lot of listening and learning, and a reciprocal development of trust. While every hospital I’ve worked with may seem the same on the surface, experience has taught me they’re all culturally different. That makes this very fun!”
Ted Sprinkle, Chief Executive Officer of Encore Vet Group, was a practicing veterinarian for 20 years and co-created the first veterinary-led corporate veterinary management organization in the country. His golden retriever Abby would say he’s loving, kind and lets her do her own thing … until it’s time for a bath and a brush—then he’s in charge.
Chief Operating Officer
“The teams we work with are so dedicated. They work tirelessly until every pet receives care. With a little bit of inspiration and a few tools, we can help them do even more good for the animals they love. Pretty cool!”
Lance Sprinkle, Chief Operating Officer of Encore Vet Group, co-created the first veterinary-led corporate veterinary management organization in the country. Lance leads the team in operations, business growth and leadership development. His pet parenting style in three words: “Feed, hug, repeat.”
Chief Financial Officer
“There is nothing better than working with passionate people who truly want to make a difference. No one embodies that more than the people in the veterinary hospitals that we work with. It’s exciting to be able to support them and provide the tools and resources they need to continue to be that difference maker.” Tim O’Connor, Chief Financial Officer of Encore Vet Group, is experienced in the world of veterinary finance and is eager to provide support for your practice. His two cats, Harriet and Rosie, who like to watch him from afar, think he drinks too much coffee.
Chief Development Officer
“Over the years I have learned that there is a shared, many-times unspoken bond between those of us that truly love and treasure pets as members of our family. This understanding and commitment is most evident in the hospital teams as they work together to make things better for the pets they serve. I have such great admiration for veterinarians and their teams, and feel privileged to be able to support their pursuit of that calling.”
Bo Iler is the Chief Development Officer of Encore Vet Group. He has worked directly with veterinarians throughout his career focusing on practice improvement, business education and transition planning, making him a great resource for hospitals looking for their next step. His dog Molly loves it when Bo speaks to her in silly voices and pretends to understand him to not hurt his feelings.
Michelle Winter, CVT, CVPM, CVJ
Director of Education and Training
“My passion is to impact practice leaders’ confidence through education.”
Michelle, Director of Education and Training, has hands-on experience in every paraprofessional position including animal caretaker, receptionist, assistant, technician, credentialed technician and manager. Michelle has three dogs and two cats. In her free time, Michelle enjoys competing in triathlons and running events and photographing wildlife.
Heather Prendergast, RVT, CVPM, SPHR
Director of Operations
“My greatest passion is to see veterinary teams elevate themselves, positioning themselves to better serve patients and clients.”
Heather, Director of Operations, has over 25 years of experience serving veterinarians in every position in the practice. Heather has two dogs, two horses and a miniature donkey! In her free time, Heather loves to ride horses and participate in outdoor events.
“I enjoy working with down-to-earth people who care about pets. Hospitals with great cultures make awesome additions to our team. With us, they can focus on enhancing those cultures even more.” Bob Brunelle, Controller of Encore Vet Group, has worked in finance in the veterinary world for 15 years and is eager to provide support for your practice. His dog Jackson would tell you he’s a great guy … but that he could stand to drop a few more ice cubes on the ground every now and then.
Partnership Development Leader
“I’ve learned that nothing defines a work space better than an organization’s culture. I am so excited to share our culture that makes work feel like home and to help our hospitals better focus on their passion for pet care.” Devin Whalen, Partnership Development Leader, has 6 years of experience in operations and strategic planning. If her cats, Finnbar and Seamus, could talk, they’d say, “FEED US… and by the way, we love you!”
“Over the years, I have learned how important hospitals are to their local communities. They define who we are and I enjoy supporting them while they give pets great medical care. Our people are not just a number, and I value the relationships I build with every team.” Tracy Sears, General Manager at Encore, has 14 years of experience in operations, finance, sales, marketing, human resources and culture development. If her rescue pets, Bryer and Lucy, could talk, they’d say Tracy is their best friend … and a fool for playing one-sided fetch!
Strategic Operations Leader
Brie Sleasman is the Strategic Operations Leader at Encore Vet Group. Brie has 6 years of experience in the veterinary industry; including purchasing, commercial, database management and time at a local veterinary hospital. She enjoys a busy life with her husband, Patrick, their toddler, CJ, two rescue dogs, Jasper and Paisley and their foster dog Emmy. They like to spend time at Saratoga Lake with family and friends; boating and watching the dogs jump off the dock.
“Our relationships with our hospitals define who we are as a company and it will be crucial for me to build authentic and friendly relationships with all of them.”
Devin, Accounting Leader, loves that people who work in this industry truly care about making a pet’s time on earth the best it can be. If his pets, Cooper and Bailey, could talk, they’d say Devin gives them lots of hugs and treat them like one of his own children.
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