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Pet boarding company welcomes new chief veterinary officer for clinical services


Clay Hellner, DVM will elevate Pet Paradise’s veterinary care in his new position

Pet Paradise, a pet company headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, offers boarding, day camp, grooming, dog training, and veterinary care services through NewDay Veterinary Care. Clay Hellner, DVM, was named the new chief veterinary officer (CVO) of NewDay Veterinary Care in a company release.1

Clay Hellner, DVM, CVO of NewDay Veterinary Care. (Photo courtesy of Pet Paradise and Dalton Agency)

Clay Hellner, DVM, CVO of NewDay Veterinary Care. (Photo courtesy of Pet Paradise and Dalton Agency)

Hellner has served as senior regional veterinary medical director of NewDay since 2020 before receiving the promotion to CVO. However, prior to his time at NewDay, Hellner owned a Banfield Pet Hospital where he cared for thousands of pets, taught and guided practitioners, and managed veterinary teams for more than 20 years. According to the release, Hellner’s hospital was even recognized as Hospital of the Year.1 He earned his DVM from Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

“Dr Hellner seamlessly integrates his variety of care and hospital ownership experience into the CVO role. He has a keen business-minded approach to optimize pet health care, while also prioritizing the well-being of our veterinary teams to deliver the highest quality care to our pets,” said Fernando Acosta-Rua, president and CEO of Pet Paradise.1

In his new role as CVO, Hellner will be responsible for implementing the growth strategy for the company and leading recruitment efforts to further develop veterinary teams within NewDay. He will also ensure all NewDay teams maintain the company’s comprehensive pet health care model. Within the clinic, Hellner will serve as a mentor for veterinarians through his expertise in therapy, surgery, nutrition, and clinical care for small and exotic animals.1

“At NewDay, our veterinary care teams are driven by their passion to deliver superior care,” Hellner said in the release. “It’s an honor to serve as CVO for a team that is constantly growing, looking for new approaches to deliver innovative care and finding ways to serve our pets in a low-stress environment.”1


NewDay Veterinary Care at Pet Paradise appoints new chief veterinary officer. News release. Pet Paradise. November 20, 2023. Accessed November 28, 2023.

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