BluePearl Veterinary Partners Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Award Finalist in Florida

Tampa FL, Monday, May 10, 2010 – BluePearl Veterinary Partners CEO Darryl Shaw and Chief Medical Officer Neil Shaw, DVM, DACVIM, are finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2010 Award in Florida.  According to Ernst & Young LLP, the awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  The Shaws were selected as a finalist from nearly 100 nominations by a panel of independent judges.  Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on Thursday, June 10 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

“It is an honor to be named a finalist for this prestigious award,” said Dr. Shaw. “Sometimes it is hard to believe that we began as a small clinic in Tampa and now we have nearly 100 veterinarians and more than 400 employees who provide advanced and emergency veterinary care for thousands of pets in Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, New York and Tennessee.”

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year awards program celebrates its 24th anniversary this year.  The program has expanded to recognize business leaders in over 135 cities in 50 countries throughout the world.

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year national program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the overall national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California on November 13, 2010.  The awards are the culminating event of the Ernst & Young Strategic Growth Forum, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year awards are pleased to have the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America as national sponsors. Florida sponsors include Bowne, Carlton Fields, Fifth Third Bank, RFB Communications Group, Smart Business Network and Tribridge.

About BluePearl Veterinary Partners
BluePearl Veterinary Partners is a group of specialty, referral and emergency hospitals in Florida, Kansas, Minnesota, New York and Tennessee. The organization was formed in 2008 with the merger of Florida Veterinary Specialists with locations in Tampa, Brandon and Clearwater, Florida; Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center of Kansas City located in Overland Park, Kansas; and NYC Veterinary Specialists with locations in Manhattan and Queens. Since that time, BluePearl Veterinary Partners opened BluePearl Veterinary Partners referral practice in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and BluePearl Veterinary Partners specialty and emergency hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. BluePearl Veterinary Partners has nearly 100 board-certified specialists and emergency veterinarians working throughout the organization.

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® Awards Program
Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 135 cities in 50 countries.

Ernst & Young refers to the global organization of member firms of Ernst & Young Global Limited, each of which is a separate legal entity. Ernst & Young LLP is a client-serving member firm of Ernst & Young Global Limited located in the U.S.