Dave Tollon has been involved in veterinary medicine in a variety of throughout his career. David has been involved in private practice and is a partial owner of Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital, an American Animal Hospital Association accredited hospital in Seminole, Fl for the past 35 years. He has also co-owned several other hospitals in Pinellas County.
He has taught at the St. Petersburg College in the veterinary technician program (on-site and online), and was the previous Director, taking the program through its initial AVMA accreditation. He has been active in the Veterinary Business Managers Association (VBMA) for many years, and was formally on the Board of Directors. He was also involved with establishing the first AVMA accredited distance-learning program in the country.
From that experience, he developed VetMedTeam.com, to facilitate online learning opportunities for veterinary assistants, technicians and veterinarians in 2000 which has now grown to a membership of over 100,000 individuals throughout the country.
Seeing a need for high quality distance education and blended learning resources for both veterinary and technician students and faculty worldwide, he has developed VetMedAcademy.org as the non-profit arm of VetMedTeam. As a precursor to this organization, he purchased the name and remaining resources of VetICE, LLC (Veterinary Educational Internet Content Exchange), a commercial entity arising out of a grant-funded initiative as a partnership of several veterinary schools, which briefly existed with the intent to sell multimedia courses to veterinary schools.
Seeing the change in open-source educational resources as exemplified by Khan Academy, David changed the name and the business model to a non-profit (charity) organization with a focus on the current learning needs of veterinary and technician students around the world.
David has been a member of the Advisory Committee to the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida and has been active in his local, state and national associations. He is also a Paul Harris fellow in Rotary International.
He is married and has two children and 5 grandchildren. His hobbies include exercise and traveling.