The first step was to make the decision to move away from family and friends, perhaps forever. In order to do this, I had to always remind my parents and friends that I would be leaving. The second step was to actually have the guts to leave.
Thats when I was accepted to Penn State University in 1998 in order to start the path to become an Equine Veterinarian. New family and new friends. Then after four really really cold winters, I was accepted to the University of Pennsylvania in 2002 for my veterinary studies. New family and new friends again, of course new dreams as well. I remember the day it happened as if it was yesterday, can you believe they called me while I was driving in order to tell me I was accepted, that was interesting!
In 2006, I was lucky enough to be accepted for an equine medicine and surgery internship at Louisiana State University, here we go again, new friends and new life, and for sure new family ... Work hard...achieve perfection!
In 2008 me and my brother William decided to start a veterinary practice in Ocala Fl.
We named it Performance Equine Veterinary Services
. Just like many other companies, we literally started in our garage. Once we outgrew that garage, we actually moved to a bigger garage. Followed by our current beautiul farm in Summerfield.
Later on, in 2012, my wife Katie O'Brien, also a veterinarian, graduated from LSU (see the connection?), convinced me to get into another of our ventures. We purchased Maricamp Animal Hospital
. Katie, took the bull by the horns, she took charge of that hospital and made it a fantastic place.