Banfield, The Pet Hospital of Portland, Ore., has named Bob Lester, DVM, as its vice president for professional relations and Lee Nelson, DVM, as its vice president of medical operations.
Dr. Lester will strengthen and build Banfield’s relationships with academia, the profession, industry and local and national veterinary organizations. Prior, Lester served as vice president of veterinary selection, where he led Banfield’s recruitment efforts and student job programs.
“Dr. Lester is such a valuable resource to our practice; his guidance, leadership and dedication to Banfield have helped us recruit and retain excellent veterinarians throughout his 16-year tenure,” said Jeffrey Klausner, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Banfield. “In his new role, Dr. Lester will help Banfield build awareness and understanding of our approach to preventive medicine and look for ways we can better collaborate with the industry and profession.”
Dr. Nelson will provide leadership to regional medical directors, where she will aid in improving hospital operational efficiencies, doctor retention and client satisfaction. Prior, Nelson was a regional medical director, responsible for the medical quality and business performance of about 150 hospitals across nine states.
“Dr. Nelson’s 10 years of exceptional service in both field and hospital leadership roles will be an enormous benefit to our medical team as we develop and implement medical initiatives and protocols,” Dr. Klausner said. “She is a true asset to our medical team; her accomplishments and dedication to the success of this practice are outstanding.”