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William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital Welcomes New Administrator

October 13, 2009

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UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine welcomes Frank LaBonté, M.B.A., F.A.C.H.E., as administrator of the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

His appointment became effective October 1.

LaBonté is the chief non-academic staff member in the hospital, where faculty veterinarians and highly trained staff treat more than 30,000 animal patients each year. LaBonté works in partnership with the faculty leadership team of hospital director, associate directors and service chiefs.

He holds responsibility for business and operational functions that support patient care, client services and relationships with referring veterinarians.  LaBonté also provides administrative support of the hospital's missions to teach clinical skills to veterinary students and train specialty residents in Davis, Tulare and San Diego locations.

Prior to his appointment, LaBonté served six months as a consultant for business management and finance at the teaching hospital.

LaBonté worked three years as hospital and practice administrator for the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in San Diego before coming to UC Davis. He entered the veterinary field following more than 30 years of experience in the administration of hospitals, practices and clinics serving human patients.

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine conducts statewide teaching, research and service programs benefiting animal health, public health and environmental health .

*Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives


Lynn Narlesky, Communications, (530) 752-5257,