Ben O'Kelley

Ben O'Kelley


Regional Vice President of Medicine
BluePearl Pet Hospitals

“Optimizing Antimicrobial Use In The Private Practice Small Animal Setting.”
Addressing the Gaps: Intersections in One Health | May 17, 8:30 - 9:30 am ET

I am a small animal critical care specialist with over 15 years of experience working as a veterinarian in emergency and specialty hospitals. I currently support twenty such hospitals as Regional Vice President of Medicine for BluePearl's Mid-Atlantic region. I am BluePearl's representative for the Mars Veterinary Health (MVH) Responsible Pharmaceutical Stewardship committee. Working in conjunction with leaders from other MVH businesses in the USA, Canada, and Europe, we develop and oversee MVH-wide antimicrobial stewardship efforts.

I earned a BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and DVM from North Carolina State University. My post-graduate training included a rotating small animal internship at Tufts University and a critical care residency at the Angell Animal Medical Center. Post-residency, I worked as a critical care doctor and medical director at two separate multispecialty hospitals. I then served as Chief Medical Officer for Pet Partners, a Mars Veterinary Health company with more than 85 hospitals, prior to joining BluePearl in my current role.