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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

Dr. 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

Dr. 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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Chief Marketing Officer

Marissa Barnes, MBA

Marissa joins VETgirl as the Chief Marketing Officer, with a passion for bringing the voice of the customer to life and an eye for innovation. Her background includes a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia. Her past roles include strategy, consulting, M&A, business

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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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Director of Marketing and Special Events

Tracy Covert, Marketing

Tracy Covert is a veteran marketer and designer, bringing more than 15 years-experience to the team. She has held various management roles at the Viticus Group (formerly WVC) organization over a span of nearly 11 years, developing online education and technology platforms while managing their marketing and technology departments. Prior to her life in veterinary

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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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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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Chief Happiness Officer

Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW

Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with specialties in veterinary social work, occupational stress/resilience, and grief and loss – which to most people sounds incredibly stressful, but to her ignites a sense of purpose! She has previously delivered VETgirl wellness content. Jeannine pursued a Master’s degree in Sociology (Washington State

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CE Coordinator

Ann Marie Cumella, CVT

Ann Marie Cumella, CVT obtained her bachelors in Animal Science with a minor in Biology from the University of Minnesota in 2008. She then obtained her AAS degree in veterinary technology from Argosy University in 2013. Since becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician, she has worked in both small animal general practice and emergency clinics alike

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Content Creator

Alex Molldrem, DVM

Alex Molldrem, DVM, obtained his bachelor’s degree in biology from Luther College, and his DVM from UW-Madison in 2003.  He has predominately worked as an ER clinician at an Emergency and Specialty practice in Minnesota.  He enjoys his hobby of video production with his small business, Croix Valley Consulting, LLC, and has authored a book

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Surgeon

Dr. Chris Ralphs, 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

Shelby Reinstein, 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

Dr. 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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Contributor

Dr. 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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Upcoming Events We’re Attending

August 5-8, 2021

VETgirl U 2021

Dr. Justine Lee & Dr. Garret Pachtinger

September 8, 2021

WVC 2021

Dr. Justine Lee

September 19, 2021

IVECCS

Dr. Justine Lee

November 11, 2021

Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Justine Lee