What is

Veterinary Experience
Technology?™

V.E.T.™ is not a practice management software… It’s so much more. We’ve thrown away the old PiMS model, and replaced it with technology that is intuitive and requires virtually no training. From the simple charting, to the automatic capture of charges, and the beautiful discharge instructions, these are just some of the features that make Shepherd stand out from the rest!

Our Mission

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.

I would absolutely recommend Shepherd! It is easy to learn, fast to chart, takes out redundancy, and makes creating discharge instructions quick. I firmly believe all clients should be sent with discharge instructions and it often does not happen in practices due to the time it takes to create them. Shepherd is the most straight forward software I have ever used. As a relief doctor, I have to use many different systems. I now find myself in different hospitals wishing they had Shepherd. The ease and speed of use is unmatched! Dr. Sheena Christensen

Relief Veterinarian

Our Team

Cindy Barnes, DVM, CVSMT

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.
Kirk Castro

Kirk Castro

Co-Founder and Product Manager

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.

Joy Fuhrman, DVM, MBA, CPA

Joy Fuhrman, DVM, MBA, CPA

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.
Amber Pistone

Amber Pistone

Customer Care Manager

Amber spent 10+ years actively working in the veterinary field and is intimately familiar with the needs and flow of a practice. While she’s left daily practice, she’s still passionate about changing the vet industry—and as our Customer Care Manager, she’s able to do just that. Amber is also (slowly) learning more about computer programming and enjoys being able to combine her veterinary and technology passions here at Shepherd to help our users thrive. Outside of work, you can find her spending time doing anything outdoors with her son and dog.

Kristine Griffith

Kristine Griffith

Customer Care Associate

Kristine is originally from Central Valley, CA and currently lives in Prescott, AZ. She holds an Associates degree in Animal Science, and has 10 years experience in GP and Emergency Veterinary Medicine—along with 15 years experience in customer service.

Kristine has been using Shepherd software since its beginning. In fact, she’s been so impressed with Shepherd that she took a leap and decided to come work for us full time!
Cynthia Chuning

Cynthia Chuning

Customer Care Associate

Cynthia worked as a veterinary technician for 15 years before joining Shepherd. She’s passionate about animal behavior and ensuring the best possible patient care.As one of Shepherd’s beta testers, she’s been with us since the beginning. With her experience in the industry, she’s keenly aware about how beneficial Shepherd is for practices (and patients!). When she’s not working, you’ll find Cynthia with her four children: one daughter and three others of the four-legged variety.

Codi Scott

Codi Scott

Customer Care Associate

Codi’s been working in the vet world for 20 years. Following in her mom’s footsteps, she started out as a kennel tech, put herself through school, got a degree in equine studies, and even became an EMT on the side. Oh, and she was a truck driver for a bit, too.

And she didn’t stop there. These days, Codi’s starting a small farm, studying to be a nurse, and raising a son—who’s very good at getting muddy and “helping” around the farm.

Work with Us!

Shepherd is always looking for talented people to join our team. Check out our open jobs or send us an email to jobs@shepherdapp.com with your resume and how you could make the team at Shepherd even better!