Glen F. Hoffsis, DVM, MS, DACVIMFormer Dean, The Ohio State UniversityUniversity of Florida, Lincoln Memorial University
I have known Dr Murtaugh since his time as a resident in internal medicine at The Ohio State University. Since then, I have followed his career with interest and admiration from success as a faculty member and leader at Tufts University SVM to his success at nonprofit Dove Lewis Emergency Hospital Group, to his success in corporate veterinary medicine at VCA, and currently at Thrive Pet Healthcare. He has a breadth of experience in specialty veterinary medicine, and knowledge as an academic veterinarian. Dr. Murtaugh stated focus on “unleashing access to care” and vision for accomplishing this broad goal will serve the profession very well. He has the demonstrated leadership skills and integrity to move programs forward.
- GUS Murtaugh -
Phillip D. Nelson DVM, PhDDean and Professor of ImmunologyCollege of Veterinary MedicineWestern University of Health Sciences
Bob Murtaugh has accumulated a unique spectrum of experiences throughout his career. He has a proven track record in private practice, academia, and business. His broad exposure across the scope of veterinary medicine would be particularly beneficial to all organizations as it continues to face the present challenges of the profession. While many may cringe and wail about those challenges, Bob is a doer – and finds ways to overcome or navigate around obstacles he may face. Above all, he is a man of integrity. These are just some of the reasons I am supporting in his initiatives.
- BETTY Murtaugh -
Michael J Blackwell, DVM, MPHAssistant Surgeon General, USPHS (Ret.)
Director of the Program for Pet Health Equity at the University of Tennessee.
Founder of AlignCare Health, Inc.
Dr. Bob Murtaugh is a man of action with a determination to solve significant challenges facing our profession. He understands novel approaches are necessary to improve outcomes and has a critical role in our profession. I have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Murtaugh in action, demonstrating his commitment to improving our profession and society. His bold leadership is what we need to overcome current challenges through collective organized activities.
C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Diplomate ACVS, Diplomate ACVSMR• University Distinguished Professor• Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Orthopaedics• Founding Director of Orthopaedic Research Center Emeritus• C. Wayne McIlwraith Translational Medicine Institute, Colorado State University
Dr. Bob Murtaugh was critical in helping the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation become accredited. He served as a fantastic mentor as Chair of the American Board of Veterinary Specialties for us as we submitted our provisional application for the ACVSMR college to become accredited. His experience as chair of ABVS, combined with his willingness to help us for continued help throughout the process was fantastic.
Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP Senior Advisor & Consultant, Animal Policy Group Professor & Dean Emerita, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University
Dr. Bob Murtaugh is a highly credentialed, contemporary pioneer in veterinary medicine who has led the way in noteworthy initiatives that have benefited the profession: from the formation of the AVMA recognized specialty of emergency and critical care to operating and elevating a nonprofit community veterinary emergency hospital; from specialty practice expansions to successful practice consolidation; and much more, including fostering programs involving pet-facilitated therapy and grief counseling.
He is a published author of scientific and business articles and a well-known speaker. His vast experience spans academia, education, practice ownership, consolidation, virtual ecosystems, service, and leadership, giving him a deep understanding of this dynamic profession and the challenges facing veterinary healthcare professionals today and those of tomorrow. He is highly capable of leading substantive positive change through engagement of the profession, superb communications, and extensive community resources.
- CINCH Murtaugh -
James W. Lloyd, DVM, PhDSenior Consultant, Animal Health Economics, LLCDean Emeritus, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida
It is my pleasure knowinig that Dr. Bob Murtaugh is a true winner. At this critical juncture in our profession’s history, we desperately need leaders with a broad base of experience and understanding to help us navigate the complex issues we face. Dr. Murtaugh fits this bill perfectly. His background spans private practice and academia, primary care and specialty practice, small and large animals, organized veterinary medicine and industry. What’s more, Dr. Murtaugh has an impressive track record as a collaborative, innovative leader. When combined with his extensive professional network, where he is both well-known and well respected, Dr. Murtaugh will be one of the special individuals in our industry that will create the future of veterinary medicine together, and I support his initiatives without reservation.
- FRANK Murtaugh -
Peter Weinstein, DVM, MBAFormer Practice Owner and Recent Executive Director of Southern California VMA
Dr Bob Murtaugh has checked many of the boxes required to understand the needs of the veterinary profession. As a true leader, I anticipate his understanding of the economic, workforce, access to care, and education challenges will come in handy as he leads the profession. Bob is not a traditionalist as much as a change agent, which is needed at this stage, and his focus on getting the job done by reaching out and listening to all stakeholders will result in a needed redirection of the veterinary profession. Stop waiting for change and empower somebody who will instigate change.
Jennifer Welser, DVM, DACVOChief Medical Officer, Mars Veterinary Health
Bob’s diverse professional background and relationships give him the needed perspective to ensure all stakeholders feel heard and included in the progressive steps required to move the profession forward. The whole profession will benefit from his academia, organized veterinary medicine, the private sector including primary care, specialty and emergency practice; as well as corporate veterinary medicine.
Murt’s enduring passion is obvious and I believe executing on the priorities of his initiatives will increase accessibility to high quality care and expert resources in every segment of the industry.
- WILMA Murtaugh -