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Longtime owner sells D.C. veterinary practice

Friendship Hospital for Animals went from three doctors to 65 under the leadership of Dr. Peter Glassman.

Longtime owner sells D.C. veterinary practice

Encore Vet Group has acquired its 28th practice, the 85-year-old Friendship Hospital for Animals in Washington, D.C. Terms were not disclosed.

The transaction marked the end of a 42-year run for hospital director Peter Glassman, DVM, who purchased Friendship in 1981.

“Dr. Glassman grew Friendship from a small three-doctor primary care practice to the premier hybrid primary care, emergency and specialty hospital with over 65 doctors on our team,” the new director, Kieran Mara, wrote on Friendship’s website. “He’s thought outside the box to add services like dialysis and to lead us through an expansion where we built an entire floor on top of the hospital that we kept fully operational below. He’s pushed us over and over to be our best.”

Friendship is located in Northwest Washington’s Tenleytown neighborhood.

“We were looking for a partner who would be a guardian of the Friendship legacy and culture,” Dr. Glassman said.

“Friendship has been a D.C. community resource for over 80 years. I am confident that under Encore’s leadership, the hospital will continue to thrive and will play an important role in the growth of Encore’s specialty segment.”

Encore Vet Group was co-founded by current CEO Ted Sprinkle, DVM. Besides the District of Columbia location, Encore hospitals are in 10 states east of the Mississippi River.


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