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Joel Parker,DVM

Joel was born in Alaska and raised on the West Coast of Canada. Entrepreneurial roots were evident early on as he established a landscaping company at the age of 15. A strong love of animals then led him to pursue a career in veterinary medicine, graduating from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984.

Joel’s early years in the veterinary industry were spent working as an associate in AAHA-accredited practices and in 1986 he made the plunge into practice ownership and purchased the Animal Medical Hospital in West Vancouver, BC.

Initial years of practice ownership relied heavily on his presence in the day-to-day details and increasingly less time for his family and personal interests. This led Joel to engage in an extensive search for something that would allow him to break free from the bonds of owner-dependence and get his life back. With the discovery of a powerfully effective system of management training and coaching, he found exactly what he was looking for. Implementation of its specific tried-and-true principles and methods brought rapid prosperity and established real structure within the practice resulting in him being able to step away from the everyday decisions and evolve his hospital into what he calls an "owner-independent" practice.

After a long successful 17 year run at practice ownership Joel realized his true calling: helping other practice owners achieve what he had done by bringing these same tools to them and thus leading to the founding of Veterinary Practice Solutions.

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