We help vet students pass the most important exam of their lives.

We Love Learning...and People...and Animals

After more than 10 years of providing veterinary students with the best NAVLE® review program, we're still in love with learning. Our team shares that passion, and even though we may live all across the globe, our commitment to your education keeps us tightly connected. We're one big family, complete with lots of fur and feathers from dogs and cats, to donkeys and goats and raptors too!

Cari Wise, DVM, MAEd
Medical & Program Director

Lori Hehn, DVM
Content & Review

Vicki Olson, RVT
Support

Chris Crane
Engineering

Daniel Vu
Engineering

Stan Lin
Engineering

Ilana Welch
Software Program Management

Doug Peterson
Database & Server Management

Katie Jack
Operations & Sales

Daniel Steinberg
Product, Design, and Support

Erik Manassy
Digital Marketing

Katie Sedivec
Graphic Design

Vince Westmiller
Business Development

Michael Freedman
Support

Our Founders

Ira Gordon, DVM, DACVR

What is your role, professionally?
I'm an oncologist.

What made you interested in veterinary medicine?
Going through cancer therapy with my own dog.

What do you know now that you wish you knew in vet school?
That no amount of knowledge or experience will allow you to know how your next patient is going to do.

What excites you the most about the future of veterinary medicine?
I'm looking forward to how technology will connect veterinarians and make us better at our jobs.

We feel like we stumbled into becoming entrepreneurs just because we had an idea and wanted to try to solve a small problem and had to figure everything out ourselves without a lot of knowledge and we stumbled a lot of times along the way. So we really feel like we have this opportunity to hopefully support innovation and entrepreneurship among veterinary students specifically and to provide this platform where we can provide mentorship and even some financial support to students that have good ideas and want to put in the work to try to take those ideas and turn them into reality.

Our Founders

Mauricio Dujowich, DVM, DACVS

What is your role, professionally?
I'm a veterinary surgeon.

What made you interested in veterinary medicine?
I met a zoo vet in San Diego who helped me realize veterinary medicine can be the most amazing profession in the world.

What do you know now that you wish you knew in vet school?
Dogs can eject anal gland contents really far and I should always have a back up pair of scrubs for that reason.

What excites you the most about the future of veterinary medicine?
As technology permeates through our field it will be really fun to see what innovative solutions we find as a profession for problems we have not been able to solve.

We wanted to make a big difference for our profession. We were hoping to one day leave our mark, making it a little better for everybody. And that's how we've operated from Day One.

Our Founders

Steve Shaw, DVM, DACVIM

What is your role, professionally?
I'm a veterinary oncologist helping people, their pets, and students.

What made you interested in veterinary medicine?
I've always had a passion for learning about and working with animals. This, alongside my interest in biology, medicine, and helping to make a difference in the community made veterinary medicine a natural fit for me.

What do you know now that you wish you knew in vet school?
Practicing the medicine is the easy part of this career. It's learning how to manage personality conflicts with clients, staff, and colleagues that can be one of the more challenging parts.

What excites you the most about the future of veterinary medicine?
Veterinary medicine is a constantly changing field with new drugs, diagnostic tests, and procedures being developed continuously. I look forward to seeing the innovations and advancements that will push the profession forward as well as helping to contribute to those advancements!

It's grown way more than we ever would have imagined. In the beginning we were super excited just to have the first person sign up and I never thought that we'd have more than just a couple of people sign up each day. And now it's actually grown enough where we can very proudly say that we've helped over 44,000 veterinarians pass their licensing exam.

Our Founders

Eric Chan

How do you think technology has helped the growth of VetPrep or veterinary education in general?
We started off with you know a small server. When I asked the guys I said, "How many users do you expect?", and they said, "Oh, it would be great if we get 200." It quickly went to 500, 800, a thousand users and beyond. And that's when we realized, what we were doing was making a huge impact. It's really making a difference in the world and that's when we started really refreshing all of our technology and we've been doing that consistently over the last 10+ years as we roll out more and more features, and continue to invest in our technology stack.

How do you think this affects the future of veterinary medicine?
You know, it's about helping students, making learning easier, we're making learning fun and doing what's right for the students. That has still remained the core of what the company is about. We've expanded our suite of products really rapidly in the last 10 years. And that has given me insight in what a true internet company can do given the right vision, the right team and the right focus and that basically means what we can give back to the community - to veterinary medicine - is ultimately scalable, and we're excited to see what's next.

It has been an enriching experience. I'm a nerd and a technologist, and a lot of things are black and white and ones and zeros. And what the guys have taught me is that running a business, helping students, and having that vision and contributing back to the community is not about zeros and ones. Just working with the guys (Ira, Mauricio, and Steve) and their passion and really, their compassion for students learning, about wanting to help them, has actually made me a better person and has made me make life decisions not just based on formulas and ones and zeroes but you know, coming from the heart. So it has definitely been something positive in my life.

Our History: How It All Began

VetPrep was born in 2003 when a small group of veterinary students became frustrated with the resources available to prepare for the NAVLE®. Ira, Mauricio, and Steve looked at the interactive study tools available to other professions and complained that nobody made anything like that for veterinary students. We committed ourselves to developing the best study resource of its kind, building a team of our peers and professors while incorporating state-of-the-art technology to deliver the first online study program for the NAVLE®. What was initially planned as a brief six-month project turned into over two years of design and development before VetPrep went live in 2006.

Within one year, VetPrep became the study resource of choice for NAVLE® preparation. Since that time, we have worked relentlessly to expand and improve the database of content and the features available in VetPrep. Our team of content providers and reviewers has grown to include preeminent experts in most of the veterinary specialties and we all remain extremely committed to the original mission behind VetPrep: namely, helping veterinary students and providing the most effective, efficient, and accurate resource available for veterinary board exam preparation.

We have been extremely appreciative of the confidence and trust veterinary students and the veterinary community have shown us over the years. It is hard to believe that we have now been working at this for over 10 years and we feel extremely privileged to have been able to help so many veterinarians (over 40,000!) reach their goals. To continue to give back to vet students, VetPrep has sponsored countless veterinary student events, supported veterinary charitable causes, and awarded veterinary service trips and other prizes to deserving students through our participation in the veterinary and student community.

Giving Back

Starting VetPrep back when we were veterinary students, the company has always operated with the mission of improving the profession of veterinary medicine and the lives of veterinary students. This is reflected in the products and services that we offer as well as our social efforts. We have been proud supporters of countless veterinary student organizations and frequently find ways to give back to students and the profession. A few of these efforts include:

One of our biggest passions is promoting innovation and entrepreneurship among veterinary students. We know that without encouragement and support, VetPrep would have been nothing more than an idea. We are extremely grateful to the amazing mentors and advisors who helped us as we started our first business as complete novices. The Idea competition was started by VetPrep as a way to give this support and encouragement to other veterinary students with interesting ideas. VetPrep has exclusively provided financial support for the organization, operation and cash prizes of $17,500 awarded to the winning teams during Season One of the competition. We look forward to continuing The Idea for years to come and are excited to bring on partners enabling us to further develop the competition and increase prize money for the winners!

It has taken several years of development to make ViralVet a reality and it is now a community of thousands of veterinary professionals who share cases, help each other, and teach each other. It is totally free to access and use and has been a great way for students to learn from a variety of cases they might not see during school.

VetPrep has been a strong supporter of SAVMA for many years. This student organization exists to support, empower, and inspire veterinary students in improving their lives, education, and career, along with securing a better future for our profession. VetPrep has been a consistent sponsor and exhibitor at the annual SAVMA symposium for as long as we can remember.

The goals of the VBMA are shared by VetPrep. In addition to collaborating with VBMA with The Idea, VetPrep is a charitable donor to the VBMA. The VBMA helps to teach and empower students to reach their goals.

VetPrep has funded several service trips for veterinary students through WorldVets. These trips allow students to gain valuable and unique experiences while helping animals and communities across the globe.

VetPrep makes charitable donations to many deserving causes and we are proud supporters of multiple animal rescue organizations including several humane societies, The Raptor Institute, and the World Wildlife Fund. In addition to ongoing financial support of these causes, we regularly contribute VetPrep subscriptions to veterinary student organizations for fundraising auctions and raffles.

The VetPrep team contributes their time to student causes at every turn. They are frequently invited to speak at veterinary schools to discuss board preparation, entrepreneurship, and other subjects of veterinary interest.

It is an honor and privilege to serve the profession and veterinary students. We appreciate the support VetPrep has received over the years and hope to give that back and more!

We're all really passionate about the mission, we're committed to the students that we prepare, the industry that we serve and we're committed to the employees that work for the company.

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