About VSPA

About Veterinary Specialty Practice Alliance


The Veterinary Specialty Practice Alliance (VSPA), established in 1999, is a not-for-profit association representing veterinary specialty and emergency hospitals working in private practice throughout the United States. Membership includes owners, administrators and doctors of these facilities. The VSPA is a collective voice for issues related to specialty veterinary medicine that includes the sharing of best practices related to hospital management and patient care.


To ensure sustainability and prosperity of independently owned veterinary specialty hospitals.


To nourish leadership and optimize organizational health within independently owned emergency and specialty veterinary hospitals; utilizing the development of relations


benchmarks, and shared innovations.


  • Camaraderie
  • Education
  • Collaboration
  • Catenation
  • Trust

The purpose of the VSPA is to be leaders in and advance the delivery of specialty veterinary services. The VSPA is a defined membership of privately owned, independent, veterinary specialty, and emergency hospitals where members actively participate in creating benchmarks and tools through communication and collaboration.

Download our most recent published articles (PDF)

Managing Moral Distress, When the Right Choice is Out of Reach, page 6 Patterson Insight November 2020

Why Clients Get Upset, page 26 Patterson Insight July 2019

VSPA Conferences:

Fall 2021 VSPA Conference – November 5th – 7th, 2021 in Charlotte, NC

VSPA Executive Board

Danielle Russ, LVT, BS, BA, BS – President

Tara Britt, DVM, DACVR – Vice President

Anne Feltmate – Treasurer

Courtney Hubrecht – Secretary

Jack Henderson – Officer at Large

Karen Reynhout, DVM – President-Elect

Pam Stevenson, CVPM – Executive Director