Deb Stafford, CVT, VTS (ECC)

Deb StaffordChief Operations Officer, Partner

Deb has more than 30 years of experience in veterinary medicine and practice management. She began her career in veterinary medicine in a busy general practice, serving as a certified technician and later as practice manager. During that time she was instrumental in the development of two new primary care hospitals, including the educational and training programs for their support staff. Deb’s experience includes work in an emergency practice, an ophthalmology practice and a reference lab.

As a founding partner of Horizon Veterinary Services, Deb has been a critical part of the development and success of Horizon’s network hospitals. Deb has developed the training program for technical support staff. In addition, Deb guides all hospital managers on budget adherence and establishing fees for service. Deb also handles our equipment and supply acquisition, she helps manage our inventory systems and assists with the fine-tuning of hospital design. Deb oversees our information technology.

Deb’s knowledge of all technical positions within a practice gives her the experience and perspective for advising management and technical staff on nursing care, client service, record maintenance, laboratory technique, radiology skills, anesthesia protocols and team training.

Professional Interests

Education and training, finance and budget, information technology, development of training manuals and self-paced education programs and practice start ups.


University of Minnesota Technical College, Waseca: AAS Animal Health Technology


Certified Veterinary Technician; Veterinary Technician Specialist – Emergency and Critical Care

Professional Affiliations

Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society
Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians
National Association of Veterinary Technicians
Wisconsin Veterinary Technician Association
Wisconsin Veterinary Practice Mangers Association

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