Prior to joining Trupanion as its Chief Operating Officer, Howard Rubin was the founding Chief Executive Officer of BrightHeart Veterinary Centers, the first national network of advanced-care veterinary facilities solely focused on acquiring specialty veterinary hospitals and emergency clinics.
BrightHeart's specific emphasis was on building partnerships with referring veterinarians and pet owners to provide the highest standards and widest range of options in pet care.
Mr. Rubin is widely considered to be among the nation's leading authorities on the economics and operations of veterinary practices. He was the founding Chief Executive Officer of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI), which was created to improve the economics of veterinary practices through a joint effort of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the American Animal Hospital Association, and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, together with key members of the animal health industry. Under Mr. Rubin's leadership the NCVEI collected information and performed research studies to empirically establish best practice models for veterinary practice. As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Rubin developed NCVEI's innovative educational materials, training programs and benchmarking tools that have helped more than 15,000 veterinary practices throughout the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands to significantly improve their operating efficiencies, as well as their financial performance. Mr. Rubin lectures extensively on the economics and operations of veterinary practice to both veterinarians and members of the animal health industry.
Prior to his leadership role at NCVEI, Mr. Rubin served as Chief Executive of Cardiopet Inc., the largest provider of telemedical services in the animal health industry, which supported nearly sixty percent of U.S. veterinarians and practitioners in twenty foreign countries. Under his direction, Cardiopet founded The Veterinary Referral Centre in Little Falls, NJ, one of the first comprehensive, multi-specialty veterinary hospitals in North America. Subsequently, Mr. Rubin was a Divisional Vice President of IDEXX Laboratories, Inc., a leading veterinary diagnostic company, after it purchased Cardiopet.
Mr. Rubin is currently an Emeritus member after having served on the Board of Overseers of the Veterinary College at Tufts University, and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Animal Medical Center in New York City. He is the Veterinary Specialists in Private Practice (VSIPP) 2008 Spirit of Excellence Award winner. Mr. Rubin was honored by the AVMA in January 2008 at the AVMA's Annual Leadership Conference for his "exceptional service and leadership" while leading the National Commission, and for his contributions to the improvement in the economics and operations of veterinary practices. He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference and a Board Member of the AVMA GHLIT Pet Insurance Advisory Council.
Mr. Rubin started his career as a certified public accountant with Price Waterhouse. From there he spent much of the next ten years working in venture capital, raising money and buying, selling and operating businesses. His first involvement in animal health came over twenty years ago as a Director of GeneLink Australia Inc., a company that developed a breeding hormone and delivery system for sheep and a formulated treatment for calf scours. He earned a BA in Economics and Political Philosophy from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Washington University in St. Louis.
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