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SAGE Veterinary Centers Announces Partnership with AVS

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Concord, Calif. (February 16, 2021) – SAGE Veterinary Centers (SAGE) is excited to announce a new partnership with Advanced Veterinary Specialists (AVS) located in Santa Barbara, California. Established by Dr. Andrea Wells over ten years ago, AVS has grown to be one of the leading multi-specialty and 24/7 emergency practice in their region. Their state-of-the-art facilities provide a variety of specialized veterinary services, including advanced surgical procedures, cancer therapy, ultrasounds, CT scans, biopsies, and more. “We’re excited to expand to Santa Barbara and welcome the AVS team to the SAGE family,” says Gina Del Vecchio, SAGE’s CEO. “Dr. Wells and her team have created an impressive multi-specialty practice, and everyone on their team is dedicated in the pursuit of providing the best veterinary medicine available through unparalleled collaboration. This partnership is exciting as it not only expands our portfolio to a new region but provides AVS with resources to meet the growing demand for pet care.”

“AVS has achieved incredible milestones over the past ten years, all while supporting its doctors to provide exceptional and compassionate care to their patients,” says Wendi Velando Rankin, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Oncology), SAGE’s Chief Medical Officer. “We look forward to working with them and continuing our commitment to advancing veterinary medicine and improving pet care in the Southern California region.” AVS is also a Level II Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Facility, one of only two veterinary hospitals in California to achieve this level designation. They have 12 veterinarians on staff, including board-certified specialists in oncology, surgery, and internal medicine. “I have immense respect for SAGE and am proud to be a part of a group with an outstanding reputation of providing the highest level of progressive veterinary medicine. I look forward to working together with SAGE to care for the many wonderful pets we are fortunate enough to help.” Says Andrea Wells, DVM, DACVIM, owner and Medical Director of Advanced Veterinary Specialists. About SAGE Veterinary Centers:

SAGE is one of the leading veterinary specialty and emergency groups on the West Coast providing business and clinical support services to 15 locations: SAGE Veterinary Centers, Veterinary Vision, Veterinary Specialists of Alaska, Yakima Pet Emergency Service, Mid-Columbia Pet Emergency Service, and two strategic partnerships with Adobe Animal Hospital and Central Texas Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Hospital. SAGE has practices across four states, including Alaska, California, Texas, and Washington. Since its inception in 1992, SAGE has embodied a patient‐first philosophy and commitment to collaboration, leading to a reputation for delivering innovative veterinary medicine using the most advanced technologies available. To learn more about SAGE and our Community of Hospitals, please visit

SAGE is actively looking to partner with leading clinics and veterinarians to further its vision of providing exceptional care across all areas of veterinary medicine. For more information about our partnership opportunities, please contact Brooks Marshall, Chief Development Officer, at 833-839-SAGE (7243) or visit