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.

. . . . . . BluePearl Veterinary Partners is an ExpertVet Certified Practice.

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 provided with 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 hospitals around the country were thriving. BluePearl’s model of a business controlled and managed by like-minded veterinarians who remain involved in their hospitals hit a chord. As a result, today, BluePearl offers emergency and specialty services in 15 states. We employ more than 1350 people, including more than 400 veterinarians.

2008 BluePearl Veterinary Partners founded with merger of Florida Veterinary Specialists (1996), NYC Veterinary Specialists (2006) and Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in Kansas City (1992)
BluePearl-Queens NY opened
2009 BluePearl-Eden Prairie MN opened
2010 Affiliated Veterinary Specialists/Pet Emergency Treatment Services in Brentwood TN merged
Georgia Veterinary Specialists, Sandy Springs GA, merged
Michigan Veterinary Specialists merged; hospitals in Southfield, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids
BluePearl-Brooklyn opened
BluePearl-Goodlettsville TN opened
BluePearl-Blaine MN opened
BluePearl-GVS, Gwinnett GA opened
BluePearl-Sarasota opened
2011 Animal Emergency & Referral Center in Northbrook IL merged
BluePearl-Lexington KY opened
Animal Emergency & Referral Hospital in Lee’s Summit MO merged
Animal Emergency Clinic of Washtenaw County in Ann Arbor MI merged
2012 Tidewater Animal Emergency & Referral Center merged in Virginia Beach
Animal 911 in Skokie IL merged
BluePearl-Murfreesboro TN opened
BluePearl-Elk Grove Village IL opened
Louisville (KY) Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Services merged
North Houston Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Katy and Spring joined BluePearl
South Texas Veterinary Specialists in San Antonio joined BluePearl
BluePearl-Kansas City Northland MO opened
2013 Animal Emergency Center of Macomb MI merged
BluePearl moves to new hospital in Northfield from Northbrook IL
Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center of New England in Waltham MA merged
NHVS-Willowbrook TX opened
2014 ACCES in Seattle and Renton WA merged
Puget Sound Veterinary Referral Center in Tacoma WA merged
Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Hospital of Oklahoma City merged
Veterinary Surgery Center of Oklahoma City merged
BluePearl moves to new hospital in Franklin from Brentwood TN