Ross Grad Transforms Popular Animal Clinic in California

Ross Grad Transforms Popular Animal Clinic in California



Oct 8, 2008—(North Brunswick, NJ)—A new business endeavor by Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine graduate Dr. Michael Zareski made front page news in Los Angeles recently, as public excitement about his efforts to makeover a popular local animal clinic grew.

Dr. Zareski recently bought the Lomita-based animal clinic known simply as “ABC”—short for Animal Birth Control Clinic. He has re-named the clinic Western Veterinary Group, and is in the process of transforming it into a full-service veterinary hospital.

“The story made the front page of a local newspaper that is read by 80,000 people,” said Dr. Zareski. “It’s a very ambitious thing that I’ve taken on because the clinic isn’t a turn-key veterinary hospital; however, it has so much potential. I’m working hard but I’m enjoying every minute of it.”

The 3,000 square foot facility is known throughout the area as a low-cost spay, neuter and vaccine clinic. Although sterilization and work with rescue groups will continue to be a major part of the practice, Dr. Zareski is committed to creating a state-of-the-art veterinary practice with a dedicated treatment area, separate exam rooms and an in-house laboratory with the latest technological equipment.

“People who have come here for years for basic services can now come for a full medical work up and there’s no need for them to go to a different vet,” Dr. Zareski explained. “From day one when I bought the practice the numbers have continued to climb; I’m to the point now where I can almost hire another veterinarian.”

Dr. Zareski credits his success with the exceptional education he received at Ross. A former English teacher in Japan, at first he viewed a career in veterinary medicine as “secondary”; however, upon his return to the states he decided to switch gears and look into becoming a veterinarian. He found out about Ross from another Ross alumnus who encouraged him to look into the University.

“I had looked at schools in the states and Europe but the more I looked into Ross the more convinced I was that it was where I should go. So I flew to New York for an interview, was accepted, started in January 1999 and graduated in 2002,” he said. “The people who were in my class are still some of my best friends to this day.”

He continued, “As a whole, getting through the Ross experience—moving to another country and living there—you really have to be motivated. And you learn to adapt and be persistent and patient and really develop your skills. And you need that kind of motivation once you’re out in practice. Opening your own practice is a big decision—it’s very scary and intimidating and there’s a lot you don’t know at first. But you lean on people who have experience who show you the way and you just kind of go with it. I’ve been at it for five months now and I’m really enjoying it. It’s very successful and I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Dr. Zareski is also First Vice President of the Ross Alumni Association.

“I really enjoy speaking with prospective students at different functions such as Information Seminars because I would do it again in a second. I really liked Ross and I like being involved.”

Dr. Zareski has these words of wisdom for veterinary students who are hoping to open their own veterinary practice some day:

“Taking on such a big project is exciting and scary. It’s really a long-term investment in yourself, and you’ll never look back. Personally, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Ross University was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical and veterinary education offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. The School of Veterinary Medicine is located in St. Kitts. The School of Medicine is located in Dominica, West Indies, with a new clinical education center scheduled to open in Freeport, Grand Bahama, in January 2009.

The first seven semesters of pre-clinical training at the School of Veterinary Medicine are taught in St. Kitts over a 28-month period. Semesters eight through ten are spent completing clinical studies at one of 22 Ross affiliated, AVMA–accredited U.S. veterinary schools. Ross University students are held to high standards and must pass the same licensing exams as graduates of United States schools.

Ross University’s administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit or call 732.509.4600.


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