Who we are

About Us

Lakefield Veterinary Group is a family-owned veterinary hospital acquisition company, preserving the independence and local legacy for veterinarians looking to sell their practice. Our goal is to obtain successful hospitals without disrupting the unique characteristics that made them so successful. We have over 50 locations, each providing pets with compassionate veterinary care.

Technician hugging dog. We are a family of compassionate caregivers.
We are a family of compassionate caregivers.

Unlike other acquisition groups, we are family-owned. This unique trait guides a long-term philosophy based on stability and integrity. The Desmarais family has a history of building enduring companies based on trust and mutual respect that last a lifetime. We’re fortunate to be the steward of an organization whose mission is to improve the lives of pets, and we’re tremendously grateful to work with dedicated veterinarians. Over the next several decades, we aim to build a company that will make a positive contribution to veterinary medicine.

Mollie Hoff, Lindsey Lachner, and Dr. Chea playing with puppies at World Vets.
We share your passion for veterinary medicine and are grateful for the opportunity to work along side you.
Influence And Expertise

At Lakefield, a passion for veterinary medicine is a prerequisite for joining our team; this is how and why our hospital teams provide such excellent service. Our President and COO, Mollie Hoff, and our CDO and General Counsel, Chad Quick, are excellent examples of this passion.

Mollie’s career began as a technician aspiring to be a veterinarian. Early on, she fell in love with hospital operations and developed a passion for working behind the scenes. With her deep respect for veterinarians, an unwavering sense of responsibility to each pet (her mantra is “the pet first, always”), and her two decades of hard work, Mollie has become a respected leader in the veterinary industry.

Chad’s relationship with Lakefield began when the specialty hospital started by his father, Dr. Charlie Quick, joined the Lakefield family. Chad represented his father during the sale. The following year after the sale Chad also joined the Lakefield team. Chad brings a unique perspective to his role, as he grew up working in his father’s radiology referral hospital, helping with everything from cleaning kennels to answering client calls.  Later in life he counseled his father during the start-up and development of Sugar Land Veterinary Specialists, and he worked side-by-side with his father to guide him through the sale and transition of the Sugar Land hospital to Lakefield. Through this experience, Chad has a keen and empathetic understanding of both sides of the transaction. Since joining our team, Chad has devoted himself to tailoring our business development practices to the mutual benefit of everyone involved.

To us, veterinary medicine is as much an art as a science and is not simplified into corporate protocols.
Committed to Independence

We believe veterinary practices are as unique as the pets they serve, but the best have one thing in common: they’re a labor of love. We share your passion for veterinary medicine and are grateful for the opportunity to work with you. When you partner with Lakefield, we strive to maintain the attributes that made you successful in the first place – your independence, your culture, your position in the community, and your passion.

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