Mission Statement

Help take care of the people that care for your petsTM 

About Us

Our Founder

My name is Keith Sierbinski, and I have been a veterinarian for over 25 years. I am also the founder of EpiTopus. I’ve treated small animals and exotics. I’ve saved wildlife. I’ve worked alongside amazing people. I’ve also witnessed many of them leaving the profession, though they were still dedicated to veterinary medicine. Our mission is to turn this around.

WHY?

The labor force within veterinary medicine needs to be increased to meet the demand for pet health care. The number of pets has far outpaced the number of veterinarians and other veterinary professionals. The profession is overwhelmed. Pets and their owners must often wait days, weeks, or months to receive the necessary care.

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For all the Pet Passionate PeopleTM that come to the field of veterinary medicine, far too many leave. Help these skilled hardworking professionals stay in pet health care.

HOW?

EpiTopus helps veterinary clinics transition to a worker-owned cooperative model, so that the clinic can be owned and managed by a key group of existing personnel. For example, the new owners would include not only veterinarians but:

  • Technicians,
  • Veterinary practice managers,
  • Receptionists, and
  • Additional support staff.

Most or all of these professionals will have worked at the clinic before they become owners.

EPITOPUS AIMS TO RAISE THE CEILING OF VETERINARY MEDICINE FOR ITS WORKERS BY BRINGING CLINIC OWNERSHIP WITHIN THEIR REACH

With increased opportunity, fewer people will leave the profession, and the profession will attract more talent. Thus, the veterinary industry stays strong.

Veterinarians examining a golden lab
Man wearing a grey sweater cupping hound dog's face

A MORE VITAL LABOR FORCE WILL PROVIDE BETTER CARE FOR YOUR PETS.

Your help is needed to build a fund that will enable this mission to come true.

Help keep pet healthcare in the hands of veterinary professionals. . .

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Our History

The EpiTopus Beginnings

  • About the EpiTopus name

    EpiTopus is the name blending of a grouper fish genus (Epinephelus) and the Octopus. The cooperative behavior that these two very different species display was first captured in the David Attenborough documentary Blue Planet.  

    As I developed this LLC, I thought about how veterinary medicine is being taken over by corporations and private equity groups. The voice of the veterinary professionals is fading. To reverse this, a new level of cooperation and respect is needed. I searched synonyms for” cooperation”. All that I liked were taken. I thought about the relationship between the grouper and the octopus.  

    I looked up the genus names for grouper fish and found Epinephelus. Perfect, I thought. “Epi” relates to Epinephrine, or adrenaline, the drug we give in veterinary medicine. I shortened Octopus to “Topus”. Surprisingly Topus didn’t have a definition or a Latin root.  EpiTopus?  Our name is a portmanteau representing the collaboration between two very different creatures. 

    If a fish and an invertebrate can do it, so can we.

  • About our logo

    The EpiTopus logo came about while watching the fire in my fire pit. I had positioned the logs in the same pattern as usual, a triangle, two more pieces and some kindling. I noted how they were positioned against one another and was reminded of my coworkers, past and present, hardworking individuals that lean on each other. 

    The relationship of each piece, how the air and fire flowed between them, echoes the group effort present in a well-run veterinary practice. As the wood burned to ash, I thought of so many veterinary careers, passion turning to disappointment and being consumed in the end. It paralleled what is happening right now in veterinary medicine.

    Our logo is a reminder of the possibilities that are created with an experienced veterinary team.  EpiTopus brings the incentive of practice ownership, rewarding veterinary professionals so they can continue to thrive in the field, instead of burning up and out of the profession.

Veterinarian placing a recovery collar around a Westie's neck.

THE STRUCTURE OF PET HEALTH CARE NEEDS TO CHANGE.

Veterinary practice owners need a viable option to sell their clinic to someone other than a corporation or private equity group. Many veterinary workers deserve ownership and need the possibility of that reward.

The team effort that runs so many veterinary clinics is already an adrenalized collaboration, an EpiTopus.

Help veterinary staff members get ownership of the clinic in which they work.

As an EpiTopus member, you will help revitalize the veterinary field by incentivizing clinic owners to sell to their staff when they retire or move on. 

Help keep veterinary professionals in veterinary medicine and give your pets the quality of care they deserve.

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A veterinarian puts a harness on a jack russell terrier after exam

Join Our Mission

EpiTopus and its founder Keith Sierbinski are passionate about veterinary healthcare that comes from clinic owners vested in your animals’ care. With your help, we can create more clinics offering the high level of care your pet deserves.

Please help this mission come true.

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Thank you,
Keith Sierbinski, D.V.M.
Founder, EpiTopus