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Founded by two board-certified veterinary specialists, VETgirl is the #1 online veterinary continuing education provider.

We invite you to learn with us, as we find the practical information YOU need to know.

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Veterinary Innovation Council Award Winners

In 2018, VETgirl received the Veterinary Innovation Council (VIC) Innovation Award. We could not have been more proud, recognized as an organization with a significant, positive impact on the veterinary profession and a catalyst for advancing that innovation in the profession.

The VETgirl Team

Leaders. Educators. Innovators.

Founder / CEO

Justine Lee, DVM, DACVECC, DABT

VETgirl was the brainchild of Dr. Justine Lee. Years ago, while frantically studying for her board examination(s), she decided to take some time out to relieve some stress (aka “panic) by running. While pounding the pavement, she thought, “Why can’t I listen to this stuff on my Walkman while I exercise?” (She is old, and this

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Founder / COO

Garret Pachtinger, VMD, DACVECC

Dr. Garret Pachtinger, DACVECC is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of VETgirl and committed to veterinary education through technology. Dr. Pachtinger is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Following veterinary school, he completed a one year internship in small animal medicine and surgery, a one year internship in emergency and critical care, and a

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Chief Business Development Officer

David Gersholowitz, MBA

Dave is originally from Cape Town, South Africa, but has never been on a safari or in a single gold mine. Rather, after a few attempts, his family moved to the US to pursue the American Dream. Cue “Out Of Africa” Theme… Dave entered the veterinary field in 2005 when he joined BluePearl Veterinary Partners

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Director of Marketing and Special Events

Tracy Covert, Marketing

Tracy Covert is a veteran marketer and designer, bringing more than 16 years-experience to the team. She most recently owned and operated Details Creative, a boutique marketing agency focusing on taking small businesses to the next level. Tracy has held management roles at the Viticus Group (formerly WVC) organization over a span of nearly 11

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Manager of Content Develop

Amy Johnson, BS, LVT, RLATG, CVJ

Amy graduated from Bel-Rea Institute’s Veterinary Technician Program in 2000 after receiving her BS in biology from the University of Nebraska in 1996. Amy worked as a veterinary assistant and receptionist while going through school and after graduation she worked in small animal emergency and general practices and in university research labs. Amy realized very

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Veterinary Communications Coordinator

Felicia Leung, DVM

Dr. Felicia Leung is a Midwest native from Illinois. She attended veterinary school at the University of Illinois and graduated in 2003. Following veterinary school, she completed a one-year small animal and surgery rotating internship at Tufts University in North Grafton, MA. She moved back to Illinois and joined a general small animal practice in

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Operations and Program Manager

Jason Kral, Operations

Jason grew up in a small farming community of Morgan, Minnesota. He obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Minnesota State University – Mankato in Communications with minors in Business Administration and Technical Communications. Jason brings extensive professional experience in operations, project, and program management from the manufacturing, healthcare, and financial service industries to the

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Chief Happiness Officer

Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW

Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and compassion fatigue specialist dedicated to the integration of human-animal relationships in social work practice. She has founded two veterinary social work programs (Veterinary Social Services at the University of Minnesota’s Veterinary Medical Center, and Family & Community Services at NC State University’s Veterinary

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Technician CE Coordinator

Amy Newfield, MS, CVT, VTS (ECC)

With over 20 years in the industry Amy brings her passion and love for education to VETgirl. After working in general practice, Amy found her passion in emergency medicine and in 2003 she became a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care. She has held several board position in the Academy of Veterinary Emergency

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Head of Student Ambassador Program

Marie Bucko, DVM

Dr. Marie Bucko recently joined VETgirl as the Head of the VETgirl Student Ambassador Program. Marie is a 2021 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Veterinary Medicine and former Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) president, focused on making veterinary school a better experience for all. Marie Bucko has spent her life using

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Surgeon

Chris Ralphs, DVM, DACVS

Dr. Chris Ralphs, DACVS grew up in Hatfield Pennsylvania, a small town whose only real claim to fame is a pork processing plant (100% Hatfield is 100% good!). This led him to assiduously avoid porcine medicine when he graduated from Cornell University in 1998. He did a one year internship at Darien Animal Hospital (now

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Interactive Media Associate

Rachel Feldman, CVT

Rachel obtained her Bachelor’s degree in English from University of Colorado at Boulder with the end goal of becoming a teacher. However, Veterinary Medicine grabbed her while in college and she never let go. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, her passion is emergency and critical care medicine. She currently resides in

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Contributor

Emily Coffey, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Dr. Emily Coffey graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in English Literature prior to attending veterinary school at North Carolina State University. After graduation, she completed a small animal rotating internship at Colorado State University, followed by a small animal internal medicine residency at the University of Minnesota. She has a special interest in

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Contributor

Shelby Reinstein, MS, DVM, DACVO

Dr. Shelby Reinstein, MS, DACVO is a board-certified ophthalmologist residing in the beautiful area of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Dr. Reinstein obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Science degrees from Kansas State University and completed her fellowship and residency in Ophthalmology at The Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Contributor

Alberto Fernandez, DVM, DACVECC

Dr. Alberto L. Fernandez, DACVECC obtained his veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2004 and graduated with honors. He completed a residency in emergency and critical care at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in 2011, and became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (DACVECC) in 2012. Previously, Dr. Fernandez was on faculty at St.

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Upcoming Events We’re Attending

November 11, 2021

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Justine Lee

November 18, 2021

Veterinary Hospital Association

Dr. Justine Lee

February 12, 2022

Unique Seminar Destinations

Dr. Garret Pachtinger

April 8-9, 2022

International Veterinary Seminars, Boston, MA

Dr. Justine Lee, Dr. Garret Pachitnger

April 27-30, 2022

North American Veterinary Dermatology Forum, New Orleans, LA

Dr. Justine Lee

May 8-10, 2022

International Veterinary Seminars, Santa Fe, NM

Dr. Justine Lee

December 5-8, 2022

International Veterinary Seminars

Dr. Justine Lee, Dr. Garret Pachitnger