John Bork

January 15, 2020 9:00 pm Published by

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John Bork, 49, founded WellHaven in July of 2017. Today, Bork oversees the strategic direction of the Vancouver-based, $50 million veterinary health practice with roughly 750 employees in nearly 50 hospitals across the United States. Over the next 2 years, WellHaven is expected to grow its hospital network to include over 150 veterinary practices. Due to this growth and success, WellHaven has been awarded Start Up of the Year from the Vancouver Business Journal and the Start Up to Watch award from the Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

After studying Business Management at the University of Minnesota, Bork lived in a number of states, building a variety of businesses. In 1999, he joined a small startup business called VetSmart. At that time, VetSmart had a handful of veterinary hospitals and was looking for a leader to help them launch across the country. Bork became that leader by leading their business, international development, real estate and construction. For 18 years, Bork helped grow VetSmart, (now Banfield Pet Hospital) into the largest veterinary group in the world. Before leaving Banfield in 2017, Bork was the Vice President of Operations and was responsible for more than 1,000 veterinary hospitals and nearly $1.5 billion in revenue.

Bork also has served on several boards, including the State of Washington and the Wildlife Diversity Advisory Council (WDAC). Bork’s role was to provide advice to the state of Washington on proposed regulations, policies and management plans for species and ecosystems of greatest concern.

Bork is also a founder and president of a nonprofit youth basketball program, the Pacific Northwest Sixers, which serves middle school and high school girls and boys in SW Washington.

Bork’s industry vision is centered around building an organization that focuses on her, the veterinarian. He wants to create a space for veterinarians, technicians and others within the profession looking to put their skills to work in a way that feels fulfilling and exciting. He believes that when they feel supported, they can keep the focus sharp on the dogs and cats that keep our work going around.
Bork is a 15-year resident of La Center, Washington. He has two children, Emily (20) who is attending WSU Vancouver and Joe (17) who plans to attend WSU Pullman next fall. His furry kids are Sota, a 10-year old Brittany who is named after Bork’s home state of Minnesota, and Nayeli a 7-year old English Cocker.

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