Past, Present and Future

Written on August 02, 2017 by Sommer Aweidah Hospital: IVG Hospitals

All that we have been

We packed it all away this week; all the old IVG Hospitals files. The process of archiving over a decade of electronic and physical files was bittersweet, as packing always is. It’s no different than packing for a big move, or packing up holiday decorations at the end of a holiday season: great, exciting and thrilling, but also kind of sad in a heartwarming way.

We hope you’ll allow us this one moment to sentimentally recall IVG Hospitals and all that we have been.

Pictures, or it didn’t happen!

I mentioned that we got sentimental. Did I mention that we took pictures? Of course we did. Here they are, these are a few of our favorite finds as we dug through the files. The images chronicle the efforts of every staff member whether doctor, technician, client care coordinator, service center operator or member of the administrative team.

Housekeeping note:

We can’t afford the rights to the music, but as you go through this, the vibe is more American Author’s “Best Day of my Life”, less Sarah McLaughlin’s “Angel”. (thank you ;) )

Here we go

Let’s jump in shall we? Have you met me? Maybe, maybe not, I am Sommer Aweidah and I am the defender of the brand, though they haven’t given me that exact title. I love this place. I love that every team is unique and I work to make those voices sing in harmony through our marketing materials and our online presence. This was our brand; these were our colors; this was our face to the external world.


Behind the face of IVG Hospitals, there is and always has been real substance, and that is what provoked the feelings of sentimentality. I am excited about the new Ethos Veterinary Health brand. I can’t wait to watch it grow, because I know that safe at its core is the substance that made the IVG brand what it was.

The secret to our success is our incredible team. At the core of all that we are, and all that we are about to become, is our team of doctors, technicians, client care coordinators, client care liaisons and our administrative teams.  It is the compassion, the care, the willingness and flexibility to find a solution. It’s about relationships, (I find most things are), and the dedication towards building them with our clients, patients, referring veterinarians, suppliers and co-workers. We would not be where we are today if not for every member of our team. Thank you! And thank you in advance for the next ten years, because everything that has come before and everything yet to come is a team effort.

Speaking on behalf of the entire administrative team,  (some of whom generously agreed to be photographed here), we want to thank all the doctors, technicians, client care coordinators, service center liaisons and everyone in between for always being available to answer our questions, emails, and for their willingness to smile for, focus on, or ignore the camera when we point it at their faces.

Speaking of pointing cameras at people’s faces… pictures were promised, here they are:


Thank you

It’s been quite a ride, these last 38 years since Dr. John Prentiss bought Bulger Animal Hospital in North Andover from Dr. Bulger.

We picked the people in the pictures for a couple of reasons:

  • We’re all “old-timers” with ten or more years at the company
  • We’re all members of the “behind the scenes” set, and we wanted to come out from behind the curtain and thank you all in person.

Here’s to all that we have been, all that we are, and all we will become!

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