Dr. Lester is a graduate of Oregon State and Washington State Universities, and a graduate of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Leadership Academy.
He spent his early career as a small town mixed animal practice owner before joining the founding leadership team at Banfield Pet Hospital. At Banfield he held positions in medicine, operations, franchising, human resources and professional relations. After a rewarding twenty-year career at Banfield/Mars Inc. he left as Vice President of Professional Relations. He spent the last four years on the founding team at the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine where he served as Assistant Dean. He continues to lead the LMU-CVM practice management course.
Dr. Lester and colleagues most recently founded WellHaven Pet Health, a veterinary lead group practice that empowers veterinary leaders through personal and professional development. WellHaven Pet Health both buys and builds quality companion animal primary care practices.
In addition Dr. Lester serves on a variety of professional, university, and college committees, boards and task forces including as a two time gubernatorial appointee to the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board which he chaired from 2013- 2015, a state delegate to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, a site team member for the Council on Education, board member and Treasurer at Pet Peace of Mind a non-profit which keeps hospice patients together with their pets through end of life, and a board member for the North American Veterinary Community.
His family includes his wife Crystal, two daughters McKenzie and Paige, and two Yorkie’s Jessie and Woody.