As the owner of an independent specialty or emergency hospital,

you are concerned about the expansion of large group or corporate ownership and its effect on the future of your hospital, the well-being of your staff, and the quality of the medical care you provide. You want your clinicians to make their own medical decisions and work alongside colleagues who’ve got each others back. Good news… VSPA, the Veterinary Specialty Practice Alliance, is looking for hospital members just like you. As a nonprofit alliance of independently owned specialty and emergency practices, the VSPA promotes prosperity and ensures the sustainability of independent veterinary practice ownership. 

We accomplish this by…

Sharing best practices for overall high organizational health & sustainability 

Staying in touch through a dedicated channel & private Facebook group for the whole team

Connecting with all members at our meetings hosted two times per year

Providing members access to years worth of benchmark industry data

Offering a space to for members to stay in the loop in our weekly drop-in Zoom chats 

Implementing a shared clinician recruiting opportunity for members

NOURISH Private Ownership &
FLOURISH with Independent Referral Practices 

Member Benefits


to the sustainability of privately owned specialty and emergency practices.

Financial benchmarks

confidentially acquired from specialty and emergency practices over two decades.

Recruiting opportunities

by representation and promotion at ACVIM and VECCS conferences.

Networked accessibility

to experienced peers via Slack and our conferences to inquire about current issues and share innovative solutions relevant to today.


to our members’ geographical interests such that acquiring any direct competitors is avoided.

Affordable fees

with a tiered membership scale of dues to allow new and growing practices to benefit, even before they may be profitable.

Semiannual conferences

referral hospital specific CE for leadership, technology, and industry advancement of particular interest for specialty practice and its leaders.

Meaningful topics

for multiple interests in your leadership team, including finance, HR, marketing, scheduling, compensation, benefits, and retention.

Sponsored presentations

relevant to the specific interests of specialty and emergency practices.

Member Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our members say:

VSPA has proven to be an important forum for our practice leaders to gain insight into strategic issues.The conferences and listserv hosted by VSPA offer educational sessions and networking specific to specialty veterinary hospitals, affording exclusive opportunities for benchmarking, best practices and networking that are difficult to find elsewhere in our industry. Collaborating with VSPA’s entrepreneurs and thought leaders since its inceptions has been a key factor in our practice’s development and growth.

Kristen Hoffman, Hospital Administrator

VSEC Levittown & Philadelphia, PA

VSPA has been the spring board that we needed to grow our practice from about 70 employees and 22 doctors occupying a 9000 Ft Sq building in 2006, to our current hospital that occupies a 35,000 ft sq building, employing about 320 staff and over 50 doctors representing 14 different disciplines.  Through VSPA, we have been able to develop budgets, compare best practices with other similar multispecialty hospitals and develop the complex organizational structure that a business of our size requires.  VSPA consists of a like-minded group of clinicians and administrators dedicated to the advancement of specialty and emergency medicine.  If you struggle with the management of your practice, VSPA could be the difference maker between frustration and success in growing your dream practice.

Anthony Pardo, DVM, DACVS

Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center

VSPA has provided me with invaluable information, key operational benchmarks and member support through bi-annual meetings, practical survey results and confidential list serve discussions. This information greatly contributed to increased revenues, profit margin, standards of medicine and overall organizational culture improvement. Since joining VSPA we have doubled in size and are opening a second location. I believe this accelerated growth in largely due to VSPA.

Art Arnaiz, Hospital Administrator

Seattle Veterinary Specialists

NOURISH Private Ownership &
FLOURISH with Independent Referral Practices