New office expansion enables veterinary management team to accommodate robust growth
Pathway, a leading national veterinary management group serving pets and their parents in the U.S., announced the relocation during December of its support team to a 15,500 square-foot, open-style office space within the historic Seaholm Power Plant in downtown Austin, Texas.
The new space is over four times larger than Pathway’s previous office and will accommodate the rapid growth the company experienced throughout 2017 and the projected growth for 2018.
“Having our offices in Austin’s dynamic downtown will enable us to foster and grow the vibrant culture we’ve created,” said Dr. Stephen Hadley, a veterinarian and CEO of Pathway. “This will allow us to continue offering support to our ever-expanding teams nationwide and aid in increasing the local appeal of our fast-growing company.”
In 2017, Pathway grew organically and by acquisition, adding nearly 100 hospitals for a total of more than 125 locations throughout the U.S. Additionally, the company added over 800 employees, growing to over 2,500 employees in total.
Pathway’s new office is located at 800 West Cesar Chavez Street in Austin, Texas, between Lady Bird Lake and downtown Austin, and next to the recently opened Austin Public Central Library.
The support team is currently located in about half of the new space, while additional renovations take place. The remaining renovations, which include outfitting the space with new offices, collaboration areas and additional customizations, are expected to be completed early in 2018.
According to Pathway’s co-founder and chief culture officer, Shawn McVey, the new location will better support what the company represents.
“Pathway prides itself on being like Austin. We reward innovation and imagination. We love quirky,” McVey said.
Additionally, by moving closer in proximity to the downtown area, Pathway plans to better leverage the city’s diverse, highly-skilled talent pool. Pathway expects to hire more than 45 new employees to add to their support team throughout the year.
Some of the many reasons Pathway is a great place to work include benefits like health and wellness programs, collaborative spaces, flexible work hours, Austin casual attire, a pet friendly office and discounted pet care. Pathway employees are also given the opportunity to grow within the organization.
“Whether a team member starts out working at the front desk, as a veterinary technician or as a veterinarian, they will have an opportunity to grow with the company. Our growing national footprint, currently in 26 states, allows us to recruit the best talent so we can mentor them into becoming leaders at Pathway and in the veterinary industry,” Hadley said.
The Seaholm Power Plant was a functioning power station until 1989. The building sat dormant for over 10 years before being redeveloped into a mixture of office, retail, and restaurant space. Tenants began occupying the facility beginning in 2015.
“We thought it was the perfect mix of old and new,” said McVey. “The new building truly embodies the spirit of what Pathway is, which began as a traditional model of hospital management, but has turned into something that’s new, disruptive and exciting.”
Growth-related moves have become somewhat routine for the Pathway team. In 2012, the team moved into a 200 square-foot office above Westlake Animal Hospital, one of Pathway’s original hospitals. After an investment from Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity in August of 2016, the support team relocated across town to a 3,500 square-foot office in Hyde Park.
Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Austin, Texas, Pathway has grown from a single veterinary practice to more than 125 locations in 26 states. Pathway believes that veterinary practices can be successfully operated by a team of values-driven professionals who want the benefits of management support without losing the heart and passion of the owner and community that built the practice. Pathway looks for practices and doctors seeking opportunities to grow. 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 www.pathwayvets.com.