Drs. Brad Burrington and Angela Burrington came to the Upper Valley region after graduating from The College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. Initially, they each worked in different practices, Brad in Sunapee, NH, and Angela in Springfield, VT. In 1992 the Burringtons purchased Dr. Jim Robert’s veterinary practice in Woodstock, VT. There, in a small exam room that was part of a large 1850’s farmhouse the practice philosophy that eventually became known as the Veremedy Way was born.
The essence of the Veremedy way was conceived by challenging the status quo of veterinary medical practice on a daily basis. Even 20 years ago, it was becoming clear that many of the procedures that were recommended regularly for pets were designed to help the veterinary care industry more than the pets. The internet was making information and misinformation more readily available. Yes, some of the websites popping up in the 1990s were beneficial, but some were simply infomercials for products being pushed by the drug industry. Where was a pet owner supposed to turn to learn the truth?
At the same time, the veterinary industry was changing; large corporations were buying hundreds of hospitals and altering the way veterinarians were compensated by paying veterinarians on commission. What happens when the veterinarian in an exam room makes more money if he or she sells more products? Is that the place to turn for trusted and accurate pet care information? Not likely as it turned out, and the Burringtons turned against this system of providing veterinary care.
Suspecting that the same fee-for-service problem that plagued the human medical field was creeping into the veterinary field, the Burringtons began to study how and why some human hospitals were able to provide superior care for less money and remain profitable. So, they studied the Mayo Clinic, the Cleveland Clinic, and Intermountain Health Care. They read Atul Gawande, M.D. and Brent James, M.D. and noted the work done in their own back yard at the Dartmouth Institute. The result was a commitment to a practice style that was heavily influenced by the principles of evidence-based medicine and informed consent. (learn more)