Veterinary System Services is a Denver-based corporation founded by Brad Patton in 2014. Our mission is to support regional veterinary practices with vet relief staffing solutions and consulting services. We also strive to be an employer of choice in Colorado by offering careers that strike the right balance between work and life.
- Help the field of veterinary medicine grow and evolve in order to better serve clients
- Be a partner for practices by supporting their systems, owners, managers, and staff members
- Assist veterinary professionals who strive to provide the best possible care for animals
A Message from Our Founder:
About Brad Patton:
Brad’s love for animals and exposure to working with them has come in many forms, and spanned decades. From volunteer work, that includes 5 years with the Denver Dumb Friends League, to countless hours being a victim for Search and Rescue dogs, or a chew toy for police dogs, he has a passion for working with animals. In college, Brad worked for a small, three-doctor practice cleaning kennels. Before starting VSS, he spent almost 10 years as an inventory manager for one of the state’s largest animal hospitals. He has seen this industry from many angles.
Education and fellowship
Brad graduated from the Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis on entrepreneurial management. During the final year of his degree, he was awarded a fellowship with the US West Center for Business Success. This was a program that brought growing businesses of the community together with students to overcome issues of growth. The center helped between 8 and 12 companies make a step to the next level that year. These were small businesses that seized an opportunity to further their own development. This program had such a successful way of tailoring solutions for each business that he used that for inspiration when creating some of the services of VSS.
From the retail world to veterinary inventory management
After completing his degree, Brad became an inventory manager for a large retail liquor store. He spent two years learning the purchasing and merchandising process of a product based industry in a retail environment. Working with billion dollar companies in a multi-billion dollar industry gave him a great base knowledge of distribution and stock. This was his second experience supervising the daily activities of 10 to 20 people, dealing with scheduling, and learning how to manage. Longing to not just spend his free time working with animals, Brad transitioned back to the veterinary industry.
Brad’s time as an inventory manager was for a general practice, specialty referral, and emergency animal hospital in the Denver area. He knows what it takes to keep more than 25 doctors happy, a 24/7 facility stocked, supplying multiple locations, all while keeping costs low. Brad has worked with the main purchaser for a human hospital pharmacy, multiple warehouse mangers for various veterinary and medical suppliers, and he understands the nuances of inventory for this industry. He has also orchestrated multi-million dollar bids and dealt with various purchasing contracts with all types of suppliers.