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JMBM Represents Advanced Veterinary Specialists in Acquisition by SAGE Veterinary Centers

Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP (JMBM) is pleased to announce that Advanced Veterinary Specialists (AVS), a Level II Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Facility located in Santa Barbara, has been acquired by SAGE Veterinary Centers, a West Coast leader in specialty and emergency vet services.

“I have immense respect for SAGE and am proud to be a part of a group with the outstanding reputation of providing the highest level of progressive veterinary medicine,” said Andrea Wells, DVM, DACVIM, owner and Medical Director of AVS in a press release. “I look forward to working together with SAGE to care for the many wonderful pets we are fortunate enough to help.”

JMBM attorneys Jeffrey Groendal, Ryan Nowicki, and Vanessa Han represented AVS in the deal.

“It was an absolute pleasure to provide counsel to AVS in this transaction,” said Groendal, the lead lawyer for the seller. “Dr. Wells and AVS have such a terrific reputation in the industry. Their impressive practice and exceptional level of care makes them an excellent addition to SAGE’s portfolio. We also thank the principals and advisors from SAGE for their collaborative spirit on the deal. Congratulations to all involved.”

About Advanced Veterinary Specialists 

Established by Dr. Andrea Wells over ten years ago, AVS has grown to be one of the leading multi-specialty and 24/7 emergency practices in their region. Their state-of-the-art facilities provide a variety of specialized veterinary services, including advanced surgical procedures, cancer therapy, ultrasounds, CT scans, biopsies, and more. Visit to learn more.

About JMBM’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group

JMBM’s Mergers & Acquisitions Group represents buyers, sellers and capital providers in a wide variety of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and financings. The Group’s lawyers provide start-to-finish assistance with all aspects of structuring, negotiating, documenting and closing the deal. For more information, please visit