Shepherd believes in taking care of veterinarians and their staff.
We’re here to change the industry for the better, because we love vets.
With over 60 years experience, combined, in the veterinary industry, we get it. Having worked in every aspect of the business, from veterinary assistant, to 24/7 Emergency Practice Owner, we’ve seen what works and what doesn’t.
Dr. Cindy Barnes
Co-Founder and CEO
Dr. Barnes is the founder and CEO of Shepherd Software, Inc. She is also the Medical Director of the first 24/7 emergency animal hospital in Northern Arizona. After spending over two decades working in the veterinary field, Dr. Barnes knows what truly drives the industry, and it’s not mastering the practice’s internal problem of the week. It’s how well you connect with and are able to improve the lives of pets and their people, your team members and the veterinarians who have all dedicated their lives to the human-animal bond.
Co-Founder and Head of Ops
Kirk is a design thinker turned entrepreneur with experience in both creative and business environments. Kirk has worked with brands such as Hurley, Oakley, Microsoft, and Nike. He is passionate about creating the most simple and effective experience for the veterinary industry.
Senior Software Engineer
Andy’s deep experience in Ruby on Rails and startup engineering paired with 20 years experience in the industry, makes him a force to be reckoned with. He loves working broadly, and using his engineering expertise and knowledge to help Shepherd. Creating products that make a difference for people drives him.
Board Member & Advisor
Jon is an experienced businessman in the technology industry. As Chief Strategy Officer, he was instrumental in the formation and operation of United Online, a diversified public Internet company with multiple well-known online brands including NetZero, Juno and Classmates and over $500 million in annual revenues. Since moving to Montana in 2007, Jon has been a full-time investor focused on private and small cap technology companies.
Customer Experience Manager
Nikki’s foundation for business was shaped from a very early age, being raised by both a CPA and Accountant. She has also been consumed with a passion for animals her entire life. In 1997, she landed in her dream job, a trainee in a veterinary hospital. She has committed herself to continued professional growth within the veterinary industry as a CVT and CVPM. Human Resources is one of her personal passions to develop Veterinary Medicine into the best industry for it’s professionals, by obtaining her SPHR and SHRM-SCP designations. “Veterinary Medicine is the greatest profession on the planet. I couldn’t imagine a better purpose, investing in the people who support and improve the human animal bond.”
Senior Director of Product
Chris loves making fantastic products. He loves seeing innovative solutions grow from a single seed of an idea and helping teams reduce waste through experimentation, validated learning, and innovation accounting. He’s excited that Shepherd is helping so many people become the veterinarians they had always envisioned for themselves.
Josh Saint Jacque
Josh loves building and improving systems with a most-bang-for-the-buck approach. Software is his passion and nothing excites him more than working with customers and stakeholders that are as excited about the product as he is. He loves building a product that will help a lot of people in an industry that desperately needs it, all while using cutting-edge tools.
Claudia is an engineer with an eye for design. She loves building just about anything and is particularly passionate about creating software that aims to truly help people in areas where it’s most needed. She likes working in a way that impacts and directly improve people’s lives.
Director of Finance and Operations
Originally from South Africa, Dr. Fuhrman has more than a decade of experience in financial consulting and corporate accounting. A graduate of Colorado State University’s combined MBA/DVM program, she brings with her a combination of veterinary practice management, financial analysis, business valuation, professional development and leadership training skills.