American Veterinary Group, a Florida-based network of animal hospitals, is pleased to announce that Lakeside Animal Hospital has joined the AVG family. “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Azza Diasti, her Associate Veterinarian Dr. Colleen Elligott, and the entire team to the AVG family,” commented Craig Niebur, Chief Executive Officer of American Veterinary Group. “We are fortunate for the opportunity to partner with a hospital like Lakeside Animal Hospital as Dr. Diasti has built an impeccable reputation for quality care and customer service in the North Tampa community since 2003.”

At the American Veterinary Group, we understand the issues facing veterinary business owners because our leadership team has been in this industry for over 100 collective years. Founded in 2015, our goal is to be a flexible partner for veterinary business owners at all stages, from younger veterinarians wanting to invest in a practice, to more experienced veterinarians preparing for retirement. Based in Florida, with local team members, we provide ongoing, in-person support to ease the burden of the day-to-day operations of veterinary practices, including in-office staff training, educational and marketing tools, and back office support. We deliver high touch practice management solutions to help veterinarians focus on the needs of their patients, instead of the needs of their business. We are animal lovers above all else, and operate with the motto ‘pet first, client first’.

“After nearly 15 years of building and driving all aspects of my veterinary practice, the burden of the administrative side of the practice continued to take an increasing amount of time away from my primary goal – caring for our patients and their families,” said Dr. Diasti. “I plan to continue practicing at Lakeside for many years to come so ensuring that I found a partner with a similar culture and getting to know and trust the leaders that I’d be working with were critical to my decision process. After meeting the American Vet Team, I quickly realized that they were the right fit for my hospital and brought the resources and skill sets I needed to bring my practice to the next level.”

“We respect the unique personality and culture of each veterinary hospital and understand how important it is to preserve the special relationships that clients have with their vets,” continued Craig Niebur. “Our veterinary practice partners can attest to our hands-off approach on medical decision-making. AVG’s collaborative approach to behind-the scenes management support enables animal hospitals to serve their communities even better.” The partnership with Dr. Azza Diasti and Lakeside Animal Hospital is the second new hospital partnership in 2017 as AVG continues to ramp up its development efforts within the state.

About American Veterinary Group
Founded in 2015, American Veterinary Group owns and manages a network of veterinary hospitals that treat and protect over 50,000 pets annually. AVG delivers high touch practice management solutions to help veterinarians at all stages of the practice lifecycle, focus on the needs of their patients, instead of the needs of their business. American Veterinary Group is a portfolio company of Latticework Capital and Trive Capital. More information is available at

About Latticework Capital
Founded in 2014, Latticework Capital is a Dallas, Texas-based private equity group focused on making control equity investments in lower-middle market healthcare companies across the United States. Latticework leverages its over 40 combined years of healthcare experience, as well as its network of industry executives, to help companies and management teams grow and realize their full long-term value. More information is available at

About Trive Capital
Trive Capital is a Dallas, Texas-based private equity firm managing over $2 billion in capital. Trive focuses on investing in what it sees as strategically viable middle-market companies with the potential for transformational upside through operational improvement. Trive seeks to maximize total returns to its investors through a handson, collaborative partnership with management teams and equity partners. For more information, visit