Julie Smith, DVM, DACVS, CCRT, MBA

Chief Strategy Officer

A highly respected member of the veterinary community, Julie works directly with SAGE Partners and the executive and leadership teams to chart the course of growth across our state-of-the-art veterinary hospitals.

Julie started as an Associate Surgeon for VSA in August 1997. Through the years, she was instrumental in the direction and growth of the organization to include the merger of the practices formerly known as VSA (Veterinary Surgical Associates), VMS (Veterinary Medical Specialists) and TVAEC (Tri-Valley Animal Emergency Center) to become the single organization known today as SAGE Veterinary Centers.

Julie became a Managing Partner for SAGE Veterinary Centers in 2010. She served as our Medical Director from 2013 to 2018. In her role as Medical Director and board certified Surgeon, Dr. Smith led by example in setting the standards for a high level of veterinary medicine. She was responsible for recruiting and hiring highly skilled veterinary specialists to join the SAGE team and has always been an advocate for continual learning and training opportunities. Internally, she oversees the mentoring program within SAGE to support new doctors and externally, she leads and organizes the annual SAGE Symposium, the largest private continuing education event in the Bay Area to support more than 700 primary veterinarians and their staff.

Dr. Smith works with national veterinary groups to stay connected with the veterinary industry as a whole. She is the Treasurer for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS), and Past President of the Veterinary Specialist Awareness and Outreach Project (VetSOAP). In 2017 Dr. Smith was recognized for the impact she has made within the veterinary services industry and received the annual Silicon Valley Business Journal – Women of Influence Award. Most recently, Dr. Smith was appointed to the At-Large position on AVMA’s Veterinary Economic Strategy Committee (VESC), where she assists in advising the AVMA Board the scope of economic issues effecting veterinary medicine.  For more information regarding her extensive medical and educational background, please see her bio.

When Julie is not busy with work, she is either traveling the world, learning more about California wine appellations, playing soccer with the “Grasshoppers” on the Bay Area Women’s Soccer League or serving on the Leadership Council for the Positive Coaching Alliance!