Pathway announces new 8-week paid parental leave benefit with sights set on becoming the industry’s employer of choice
Expanding on a steadfast history of providing compelling employee benefits, Pathway Vet Alliance, a leading national veterinary management group, has rolled out full 8-week paid parental leave as of January 1, 2020.
New parents eligible under Pathway’s parental leave program will receive 100 percent of their salary for eight weeks while they care for their new child and adjust to the new work-life demands that come with growing a family. Most importantly, Pathway’s philosophy of inclusion and diversity shines through in this policy as the company recognizes a variety of family models beyond just birth mothers; the benefit also applies to the spouse or domestic partner of a woman who’s given birth, those who have adopted or are fostering a child, and families who use a surrogate.
“With the addition of this new program alongside existing market-competitive employee benefits, we have affirmed our commitment to supporting our team members’ physical, emotional and financial wellness, as well as establishing us as a leader in supporting inclusion,” said Pathway Vet Alliance CEO Stephen Hadley, DVM. “Our goal is simple: to become the veterinary industry’s employer of choice by helping team members pursue their passion with the support of relevant, competitive, and inclusive programs.”
This new benefit is available to team members working at Pathway’s Austin, Texas support office, as well as those working across the company’s network of over 225 veterinary hospital locations nationwide.
“When I read the policy, I immediately thought about the feelings I went through as a father,” said Neil Simon, a client experience lead at a Pathway practice in New Jersey. “I, as a manager, am thankful to have these resources to offer my team, a team I truly care about. I see the difference it makes for them.”
The parental leave benefit was designed to support current Pathway employees as well as those considering joining the organization.
“Offering this industry-leading benefit is a testament to our belief in our people and will allow our company to better compete for top talent in a tightening job market for veterinary professionals,” said Andrea Clayton, chief people officer at Pathway Vet Alliance.
In October, Pathway COO, Odis Pirtle, and Clayton began holding the aptly named “Employer of Choice” town halls at various hospital locations nationwide as part of the initiative – The Employer of Choice Tour. The tour has visited eight locations and is still underway, with locations in 10 cities on the schedule. During each town hall, Pirtle and Clayton share key business updates and, more importantly, open the floor to address employee feedback.
“Understanding how we can most positively impact our team members’ experience at Pathway is the most important work that I can do. It is why I chose a career in human resources more than twenty years ago. Having recently joined in 2019, a listening tour seemed the best way to get the answer to that critical question to ensure that programs we launch at Pathway hit on the most important needs of our people,” said Clayton.
Since 2017, Pathway has led the industry in growth by adding over 175 hospitals to its national network and more than 6,000 employees.
Pathway has continued to lead the veterinary industry in growth due to the company’s unparalleled onboarding process of veterinary practices. Veterinary practices joining Pathway’s network retain their culture and original team of veterinary professionals, while benefiting from Pathway’s additional administrative support, educational opportunities, resources, and purchasing discounts. Through Pathway, practice owners are able to offload business management responsibilities onto the company’s dedicated support team, which allows them to focus on providing the best possible care to their patients.