Our Story

Our Mission

Remarkable care for pets

Our Vision

Be the community’s choice for veterinary specialty and emergency care

Our Team Values

BE KIND: We are patient, compassionate and understanding.
BE TRUE: We do and say the right thing in the right way.
BE BOLD: We inspire and embrace change.
BE ESSENTIAL: We build lasting bonds.

BluePearl Veterinary Partners is a community of hospitals that offer specialty and emergency veterinary medicine. BluePearl is wholly owned by employee veterinarians and veterinary professionals and locally managed by experienced, community-focused, and service-minded veterinarians.

We partner with family veterinarians who provide primary patient care, assuring an unbroken continuum of quality medicine for pets at every stage of their lifetime.

Kindness is the foundation of veterinary medicine.  At BluePearl, we believe that remarkable care combines state-of-the-art veterinary medicine with a focus on compassion and respect for your pet and for you.

  • We treat your pet as we treat our own pets.
  • We treat you as we treat our family friends.
  • We treat your family veterinarian as our partner.

BluePearl is growing, but we remain committed to “acting locally,” assuring that each community we are a part of receives comprehensive, compassionate veterinary care in an exceptional patient-care and work environment. The leaders of our local hospitals are shareholders in BluePearl who were invited to join BluePearl precisely because of their attitudes, what they bring to our community of hospitals, and how well they fit with our culture.


Our History

How did all of this get started?

In the 1990s, when veterinarian Neil Shaw was completing residency training in internal medicine at the University of Florida, his brother, Darryl Shaw, was finishing an MBA at Northwestern University. They dreamed of moving back to their hometown of Tampa to open a private specialty practice in which newly board-certified Neil would provide the medical care and Darryl would oversee business operations.

Before proceeding, the brothers turned for guidance to their dad, a primary care veterinarian who has practiced in Tampa for many years. The brothers give their father credit for encouraging and building confidence in their dream.

The day after Neil completed his residency in July 1996, he began seeing patients at their new hospital in Tampa. From the beginning, the Shaws focused on providing remarkable patient care and service to family veterinarians and their clients. Over the next few years, Florida Veterinary Specialists added board-certified veterinarians in different specialties, growing to become one of the largest multi-disciplinary private veterinary specialty hospitals in the Southeast. Their successful philosophy led to new opportunities, opening specialty and emergency hospitals in other locations in the Tampa Bay area and in New York City.

About the same time, in Kansas City, Dr. Jeff Dennis and Dr. Joe Desch were growing the specialty and emergency hospital they founded in 1992 into one of the largest in the Midwest.

Friendships were formed and it became evident that working together toward our common goals of collaborative veterinary medicine would allow us to provide the utmost compassion for families and pets.

In 2008, BluePearl Veterinary Partners was formed by merging the Kansas City hospital with the Florida and New York hospitals.

Over time, like-minded owners of other veterinary specialty and emergency practices around the country were thriving. BluePearl’s model of a business controlled and managed by like-minded veterinarians who remain involved in their practices hit a chord. As a result, today, BluePearl offers emergency and specialty services in 17 states. We employ more than 3000 team members, including more than 600 veterinarians.