Stith Keiser


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CEO, Blue Heron Consulting
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Blue Heron Consulting
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3468 Stanford Rd
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Region of Professional Reach
  • Nationwide US

Training and Expertise

  • Business Coaching/Life Coaching
  • Employee Recruitment & Selection
  • Human Resources Management & Compliance
  • Leadership Mentoring
  • Practice Management Consultation
  • Practice Purchase/Sale/Buy-In
  • Practice Valuation/Appraisal
  • Speaking/Training
  • Succession Planning/Mergers
  • Veterinarian/Veterinary Technician Educator
Education (Degree(s)/School(s)/Year(s)
B.A. Business Management/Hope College/2007
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Current Professional Activity
Stith Keiser is the Chief Executive Officer for Blue Heron Consulting (BHC). His team of consultants strives to improve the lives of hospital owners, both new owners and seasoned veterans, and their team members, enhance client experience, build sustainable practice profitability and elevate the quality of care for pets.

In addition to consulting, his passion for veterinary management extends into his role as managing partner in a handful of veterinary practices ranging from rural, mixed animal to multi-doctor small animal hospitals. In partnering with friends who are new owners hungering for practice ownership and wishing to build a lasting legacy, Stith allows them to achieve their goals through his role overseeing staff management, coaching and financial operations.

Prior to his role at BHC, Stith was the founder and CEO of My Veterinary Career (MVC) which he sold to the American Animal Hospital Association in 2011 and managed until 2016.  His industry experience includes facilitating workshops at national and state veterinary conferences as well as writing for Veterinary Team Brief and AAHA’s Trends Magazine. Stith also conducts career development-related workshops for student clubs and organizations at veterinary schools across the country.   Most recently, Stith has been fortunate enough to collaborate on the development and delivery of professional development curriculum at several veterinary schools. Beginning in the fall of 2016, he will be part of a team through Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences working under a federal grant to explore and design strategies for successful rural veterinary practice ownership.

Stith’s volunteer experience includes membership in VetPartners where he serves as co-chair of the Career Development Special Interest Group, participation in Washington State University’s CVM “Diagnostic Challenge” and serving on several task forces for the AVMA’s Economic Committee.

In his free time, Stith enjoys spending time with family and friends in the outdoors horseback riding, hiking and camping.
Tenure in Vet Industry
6-10 Years
Other Professional Positions
Partner - Blue Heron Acres Cattle Farm; Managing Partner - Blue Ridge Animal Hospital; Managing Partner - Lighthouse Pet Clinic; Managing Partner - Avenues Pet Clinic
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"Stith Keiser''s Video

Speakers Bureau

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  • Yes
Presentation Topics
1.So You Think You Want to Own A Practice: Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing for Practice Ownership
2.Practice Acquisition Workshop
3.Investing & Budgeting
4.Financial Practice Management
5.Resumes in Today’s Career Environment
7.Networking 101
8.Negotiating Your First Job
9.Ace the Face to Face
10.Land a Job at the Practice of Your Dreams
11.Internships – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!
12.First through Fourth Year
13.State of the Industry (and why it matters to you)
14.Leaders are Developed, Not Born
Speaking Expertise
  • Hiring and Recruiting
  • Human Resource Management and Compliance
  • Leadership Mentoring
  • Practice Management
  • Practice Valuation
Previous Speaking Engagements
  • WVC
  • AVMA
  • AAHA
  • Midwest
Other Speaking Engagements
I'm fortunate enough to have the opportunity to speak regularly at veterinary schools and state conferences.
Stith Keiser
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