Deborah Stone


Deborah A. Stone, MBA, PhD, CVPM

ACUvet Founder

Deborah Stone owns and operates Stone Veterinary Practice Management (StoneVPM) based in Austin, Texas. She has been involved with veterinary practice management for more than twenty-five years and has experience in specialty, emergency and general practice management. She also brings several years of experience from the hospitality industry to the veterinary industry in order to provide fresh and creative solutions.

Deborah’s presentations are energetic and highly interactive in order to encourage team buy-in and to help support the implementation of developed practice solutions. Her strategy is to encourage team participation in order to make a positive impact in practice processes. Deborah believes the most effective way to make positive change is by developing solutions together.

She received her MBA at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and earned her Certified Veterinary Practice Manager accreditation from the Veterinary Hospital Managers Association. Deborah completed her PhD in Organizational Leadership where her research lead her to study veterinarian behavior.

Deborah devotes much of her time toward community service activities and holds memberships with American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, Veterinary Hospital Managers Association, VetPartners, International Leadership Association, Association of Leadership Educators, International Communication Association, Society of Human Resource Management, Austin Veterinary Practice Manager Group, and Texas Veterinary Medical Association.

Deborah serves as Editor-In-Chief of NAVC’s Today’s Veterinary Business. She is a national speaker, founder of Austin City Unlimited Veterinary Management Symposium, researcher, and published author.

Deborah enjoys spending time with her family as well as performing with her bands, the LaxaTones, No-Lo Prophets and Home Bass.