Dr. Andrew Heller

Chief Medical

What do you do for Independent Vets?

I make sure everyone is practicing good medicine—and try to serve as a role model for balancing work and life. I also spend a good amount of time recruiting new IndeVets, attending veterinary conferences and speaking about clinical and work-life issues.

Who are you?

I’m the first-ever IndeVet and have been with Independent Vets since its founding in late 2017. I was born in England, raised in Northern California, attended college in the Midwest, and moved to New York City where I founded a construction company. I attended Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. And I completed my clinical studies at The University of Pennsylvania and then did a rotating internship at The Center for Animal Referral and Emergency Services (CARES) before joining a private practice.

My main clinical interests include soft tissue surgery, dentistry, nutrition, and ophthalmology.

When I’m not working, I love spending time with my family: wife Jessie, sons Beau and Miles, and of course Dagny the hound dog, who is a little rascal who likes to escape from her yard.

What’s your favorite book?

Clan of the Cave Bear series (they’re the only books I’ve ever read 3 times!)


Meet the rest of the team:


Dr. Marisa Brunetti

Regional Medical Director


Dr. Missy King

Director of People & Culture


Michael Raphael

Chief Executive Officer