About Us

Veterinary Medicine

Healing a profession in distress from the inside out.

How, you ask? By taking a team-first approach to veterinary care. That’s right. We said “team-first” approach. We all know, “if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others.” And after spending 20+ years in veterinary emergency and specialty medicine, our founders, Christine and Katie,  watched as the demand for veterinary care increased, placing mounting pressure on under-resourced veterinary teams. Recognizing a lack of support rendering teams unable to deliver care effectively or sustainably, Katie and Christine realized it was time to reimagine the old model.

Inspired by a drive to heal the veterinary profession, they set out to reinvent an approach to veterinary care where teams come first. The Partner Veterinary mission is to do our part to improve the veterinary landscape and pioneer a transformative approach to team health and happiness, creating a healing environment for ourselves, our partners, pet families, and patients.

So, building from the ground up, we started work to open the first women-owned and led veterinary emergency and specialty care practice in Frederick, MD. And we are not stopping there! Our second location in Richmond, VA is set to open by the end of the year. Speaking of Richmond, our Urgent Care facility opened in April 2022!

The Right Leadership

The first major step was hand-selecting the right leadership team—a team with a reputation for building and retaining happy, healthy teams to give more professionals a healing environment to do the job they love. This leadership team was specifically designed to represent each role of the hospital structure to ensure a voice for every team member within the organization.

Anne Abernethy, DVM
Chief Medical Officer, Emergency Services

Emma Kate Evans, DVM, DACVECC
Chief Medical Officer, Specialty Services

Katie Brooks, LVT, CVPM
Chief Executive Officer

Christine Stafford

Heather Carter, MPS, LVT, VTS
(Anesthesia & Analgesia)

Vice-President of People & Culture


We’ve modernized every touchpoint of your experience with technology for effective services, care advocates for compassionate support, and a high-functioning environment for top doctors and team members. Partner Veterinary delivers the services that work together to provide the best possible treatment for your pet. Designated as a Level 1 trauma facility, we enact faster response times, and utilize advanced technology, working with passion and healing with empathy at every turn.

Make A Healing Impact

Join the team at Partner Veterinary and help us heal an industry in distress. We’re seeking specialists, emergency doctors, care advocates, and nursing support professionals who are eager to break free from outdated paradigms and love their profession again.