Pathway introduces new chief medical officer, chief of professional relations

Pathway Vet Alliance, a leading national veterinary management group serving pets and their parents throughout the U.S., announced Tuesday that Dr. Bob Murtaugh has become the company’s new chief professional relations officer, and Dr. Scott Schatzberg will take over as chief medical officer.  

Murtaugh, who is a board-certified veterinary emergency and critical care specialist and a board-certified specialist in veterinary internal medicine, has served as Pathway’s CMO since 2015. In his new role as chief professional relations officer, Murtaugh will be responsible for developing strategies which support Pathway’s efforts to identify and place 4th year candidates from universities and centers for veterinary medicine. Additionally, he’ll work to further establish and coordinate Pathway’s residency and internship programs, while collaborating with existing hospital leadership to identify and support building education tracks.   

One of the programs Murtaugh is responsible for is Pathway’s Penn Foster partnership program, which is already underway. This is the first technical school partnership program Pathway has launched, which is enabling 75 of Pathway’s team members to continue their professional and personal development.   

Schatzberg, who is a board-certified specialist in veterinary neurology and has served as a group vice president with Pathway since 2019, was promoted to chief medical officer. In his role, Schatzberg will oversee clinical operations to drive continued medical excellence and development of veterinary staff.  

I’m truly excited for what’s in store and have confidence that Scott will serve as a fantastic chief medical officer,” said Stephen Hadley, DVM and CEO of Pathway Vet Alliance. “And what more can you say about Bob? Murt is a total legend in the veterinary industry and a pioneer in the field of specialty veterinary medicine. I can think of no one else I would rather have in the role of developing our future leadership at Pathway through partnerships with educational institutions than Bob.”  

While Schatzberg and Murtaugh are officially active in their new roles, they will continue to remain active in their previous roles through the rest of 2020 as they work together to transition projects and further strategize for 2021 and beyond. 

Founded in 2003 as a single veterinary practice, Pathway has grown both organically and through acquisition. Pathway’s hospitals now provide best-in-class veterinary care to pets and their parents in 37 states. Since 2017, Pathway has led the industry in growth by adding over 270 hospitals and more than 7,500 employees to its national network, bringing its total number of hospitals to more than 300. 

About Pathway Vet Alliance 

Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Pathway Vet Alliance has grown from a single veterinary practice to over 300 locations across the U.S. Pathway’s mission is for its team members to be change agents for good, who support people doing what they love so, together, they can transform the veterinary industry and the world – for the better. Pathway looks for practices and doctors seeking opportunities to grow and provides personalized management support to help them focus on providing the best possible care to their patients. Pathway has differentiated itself by focusing on the unique needs of each practice and partnering with the local team to implement their vision and work with their values. Learn more at https://pathwayvets.com/. 


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