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Two veterinary professionals appointed to medical leadership roles for NVA General Practice and Ethos Veterinary Health


Dr Sandra Faeh and Dr Stacy Burdick together provide more than 40 years of experience serving as practicing clinicians and veterinary leaders

Photo courtesy of National Veterinary Associates; Ethos Veterinary Health.

Photo courtesy of National Veterinary Associates; Ethos Veterinary Health.

National Veterinary Associates, a global pet care organization and community, has appointed Sandra Faeh, DVM, and Stacy Burdick, DVM, MBA, DACVIM to 2 newly created senior leadership roles. Faeh will serve as the first chief veterinary officer of NVA’s General Practice (NVA GP) business while Stacy Burdick, DVM, MBA, DACVIM (SAIM), has been named chief medical officer of Ethos Veterinary Health. As chief veterinary officer, Faeh will increase access to care for all pet parents for NVA’s over 1,000 general practice veterinary hospitals. In the chief medical officer role, Burdick will lead Ethos’ specialty and emergency teams in the advancement of medicine throughout its 145 hospitals.1

The new positions will offer more medical perspectives and expertise to support the recently announced formation of 2 separate veterinary businesses, NVA General Practice and Ethos Veterinary Health.

“Ensuring strong veterinary leadership and increased representation at the highest levels of our organization is an important step in helping NVA General Practice and Ethos Veterinary Health achieve their full potential,” expressed Larry Allgaier, CEO of NVA and Ethos, in the release.1 “I am thrilled to have Dr Faeh and Dr Burdick’s leadership as we begin this next chapter. NVA General Practice and Ethos Veterinary Health’s unique combination of medical leadership and a shared commitment to elevating the veterinary profession creates tremendous opportunities to ensure broad access to high-quality care and lead the advancements of cutting-edge medicine to extend and improve the lives of pets.”

Burdick earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She then completed a rotating internship and residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York. She served on the Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals (RBVH) team in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, to open one of the few Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy services in the nation at the time.1 Burdick expanded her role at RBVH to become chief of staff and received her MBA at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School in 2022. Burdick has served as clinical advisor to Compassion-First Pet Hospitals since 2016.

“I am thrilled and humbled to take on the role of chief medical officer of Ethos Veterinary Health, a pioneering group of hospitals and teams whom I deeply admire,” said Burdick. “We have a tremendous opportunity to build on our strong foundation as one of the industry’s only dedicated specialty and emergency hospital platforms committed to medical excellence, science, innovation, and bettering the profession we love. In this new role, I am focused on empowering our teams and advancing clinical breakthroughs that will define the future of veterinary care.”

Faeh achieved her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She became managing veterinarian and part-owner at Elmhurst Animal Care Center, along with 3 small animal hospitals in the Chicago suburbs. She also was appointed president of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, president of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, and vice president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). She is currently a candidate for AVMA president-elect.1 What’s more, Faeh is a member of NVA’s Medical Advisory Board (MAB) and lead mentor and co-creator of NVA’s General Practice DVM Mentorship Program.

“It’s an honor to serve as the first-ever Chief Veterinary Officer of NVA General Practice, and I’m looking forward to supporting our veterinary teams as we continue to deliver high-quality care across our more than 1,000 general practice veterinary hospitals,” added Faeh.1 “I am excited to work with the incredibly talented teams across the community as we focus on creating additional career development and growth opportunities for our veterinary caregivers.”


National Veterinary Associates appoints medical leadership for NVA General Practice and Ethos Veterinary Health businesses. News release. National Veterinary Associates; Ethos Veterinary Health. June 13, 2023. Accessed June 19, 2023. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230613275679/en/National-Veterinary-Associates-Appoints-Medical-Leadership-for-NVA-General-Practice-and-Ethos-Veterinary-Health-Businesses

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