Meet Sheila

Sheila A. Fitzpatrick
Veterinary Practice Broker | Business Broker | Commercial Broker

Growing up in Ellicottville, a small ski town south of Buffalo, New York, Dr. Fitzpatrick developed a passion for skiing, becoming one of the top ten downhillers in the US and a level 2 ski racing coach. She currently resides in Vail, Colorado, with her daughter and enjoys competing in cutting horse competitions.

Dr. Fitzpatrick founded her veterinary practice in the Vail Valley of Colorado in 1993, and in 2021 she sold the four-DVM practice to a prominent corporate aggregator.

In addition to running her veterinary practice full-time, Dr. Fitzpatrick bought, designed, developed, and oversaw the management of a multi-tenant commercial real estate property.

Being a member of the Veterinary Management Group, an association of successful veterinary hospital owners across the United States, played a significant role in Dr. Fitzpatrick’s accomplishments as a practice owner. The Veterinary Management Group works to improve the long-term success of veterinary hospitals and provides exclusive insights, resources, and management training to enhance the success of veterinary practices. Their focus areas include marketing, design, development, growth, valuation, and selling of these practices.

During her six-year tenure in the group, Dr. Fitzpatrick acquired real-world strategies for identifying and achieving meaningful Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in her veterinary practice. These strategies helped her maximize her EBITA, leading to an optimal sale price.


  • The Exit Planning Institute, 2023
  • Kaplan School of Real Estate, 2022
  • Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Fort Collins Colorado, 1991
  • Cornell University, Bachelor of Animal Sciences, Ithaca New York, 1986


  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Colorado Association of Realtors®
  • National Association of Realtors®
  • Vail Board of Realtors®
  • Colorado Veterinary Medical Association
  • American Quarter Horse Association
  • National Cutting Horse Association
  • International Business Brokers Association
  • Certified Exit Planner (CEPA)
  • Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)

"Working with Sheila on the purchase of our second practice was wonderful.

It felt like every day there was always some crisis or new thing that no one expected but Sheila was always on top of solving it. She came with research, data, and solutions and she has never met a dead end. And as a bonus, she is always kind and professional and cares a great deal about what she does. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her and I would hands down use Sheila as a broker again."

Amy Sword-Hewes, RVT, Chief Operations Officer / North Powers Animal Hospital / Airway Veterinary Hospital

"Sheila was wonderful at helping me through the process of selling my practice.

I would never have gotten the deal I did without her help. She shepherded me through meetings with my veterinary accountant and lawyer, as well as all the communications with the corporations and mounds of reports and paperwork. I feel lucky to have met her!"

Nan Boss DVM, Best Friends Veterinary Center

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