We are on a mission to help the industry, and specifically help veterinarians, reclaim their lives and passion.
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. We’re here to change the industry for the better, because we love vets.
Cindy Barnes, DVM, CVSMT
Co-Founder and CEODr. 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 OpsKirk 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.
Joy Fuhrman, DVM, MBA, CPA
Director of Finance and OperationsOriginally 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.
Customer ExperienceAmber actively worked in the veterinary field for over 10 years as an Assistant, Technician, CSR and Practice Manager. Since leaving daily practice, she has continued to work closely with the industry through relief shifts, marketing and web design. She is intimately familiar with the needs of a veterinary practice and is passionate about helping improve the industry as a whole.
Board Member & AdvisorJon 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.