Tom Butera is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with more than 40 years of experience in equine and small animal health in private practice as well as extensive work in both business development and management of veterinary companies. Since 2016, he has been actively involved in business development roles with Mars Veterinary Health, leading divisions including Pet Partners, LLC, Banfield Pet Hospitals and Veterinary Centers of America (VCA). In his time with Mars, Dr. Butera has been instrumental in the acquisition of more than 60 small animal general practices and specialty/ER hospitals. Prior to joining Mars, Dr. Butera served as Co-Founder, Board Member and Chief Medical Officer of Pet Partners, LLC, an entity that owned and operated 68 small animal veterinary hospitals in 32 states in the U.S., employing approximately 450 veterinarians and 3,200 employees. Dr. Butera’s veterinary business acumen was key to solidifying and growing Pet Partners’ development pipeline, which ultimately positioned the company for overall sale to the Mars Veterinary Health family in April, 2016.
Dr. Butera earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Missouri Veterinary School, going on to serve as an Assistant Professor at Tufts University Veterinary School heading the large animal anesthetic department for several years. Dr. Butera is an honorary member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and a licensed veterinarian in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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