Westside Veterinary Innovation

Westside Veterinary Innovation is an entrepreneurial veterinary technology company dedicated to researching solutions that will improve the quality of patient care, improve access to care, and enhance the professional lives of companion animal practitioners.

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WestSide Veterinary Innovation Team

Neil Shaw, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM)

Originally from South Africa and the son of a small animal practitioner, he grew up in a small animal practice. Neil graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and remained there for internship and residency in Small Animal Internal Medicine; achieving Diplomate Status by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1997. Neil was the medical founder and previous co-owner of BluePearl Veterinary Partners; the nation's leading network of dedicated specialty referral and emergency hospitals. Neil also established the role and served as Chief Medical Officer for a major corporate veterinary entity with oversight of several thousand veterinarians. Neil is full time engaged with Westside Veterinary Innovation and loving every minute of it, identifying the opportunities to positively transform our profession.

Mike Dolinka

Mike was born and raised in sunny San Diego. Pets have been a passion of his since he was young, having grown up in a family full of dogs and cats. Mike graduated with a BA from San Diego State University and an MA from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. He is currently working toward attaining his MBA. Previously, he held a leadership role in the Israeli Defense Forces in a paratrooper’s brigade. He then held leadership roles in numerous non-profits, most recently as the Executive Director of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Mike currently lives in the sleepy, surfer town of Cardiff by the Sea, CA with his wife and their French Bulldog-Pitbull mix, Charlie. Mike is excited and motivated every day to work for a company that is dedicated to improving the lives of companion animals.


Lior Kuyer

Lior brings to Westside extensive experience with over 15 years in enterprise software development, data science, machine learning, and machine vision. Prior to Westside, Lior co-founded TVPage Inc. where he lead the technology and architected the TVPage Video Commerce platform. The platform incorporates state of the art video streaming, big data analytics, video search, recommendation engines and machine learning for e-commerce. Lior obtained his MSc and BSc in Artificial Intelligence from the Universiteit van Amsterdam.




Ben van Klinken

Ben is a globally recognized specialist in search engine development and a leading Enterprise software architect. He’s developed numerous cutting edge solutions for information management and retrieval. With over 20 years of experience in data management and information retrieval, Ben is the author and contributor to several open-source projects including Clucene, Lucene++, and Strigi. Prior to Westside, Ben co-founded beefree, an easy to use and affordable veterinary practice management software. Ben also served as a Senior IT Advisor for Barclays Bank, UK, where he led development on several projects and led a team of 120 developers and continuously advises on IT technology for several companies.