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Monarch Business Consulting is the leading financial advisory firm serving independent veterinarians in the Eastern USA. Our team has more than 100 years of combined experience in the veterinary industry and general transactions working with buyers and sellers of businesses. We can help you plan and successfully execute the sale of all or part of your practice. We can identify lenders who specialize in financing or refinancing veterinary businesses to help you arrange the best loan terms for your situation. With our stable of qualified buyers, we can manage a transformation of a practice from one set of owners to the next.

The Team

Chris Rocchio, DVM


Dr. Chris Rocchio founded Monarch to pursue his passion to help associate veterinarians who would like to purchase or buy-in to a practice.  As he worked with these clients and listened to their concerns, it became clear that Monarch needed to offer their services to practice owners interested in selling as well as buyers.  Chris and his wife Dr. Debbie Chew own the East Greenbush Animal hospital in East Greenbush, NY.  He also was a partner/co-owner of River Road Animal Hospital in Niskayuna, NY before the sale of that practice in 2020. Taking account of his experience as owner of two practices in the Albany, NY area, Dr. Rocchio relates to the veterinarian first and the entrepreneur/business owner or buyer next.  Seeing the transaction from the perspective of the veterinarian, rather than from purely the financial aspects, has enabled Monarch to distinguish itself from other brokers under Dr. Rocchio’s leadership. Call Chris to talk to a real veterinarian about your goals to buy or sell a practice.

David Waterman


David Waterman is an experienced mergers and acquisitions advisor with more than 30 years of leading transactions for sellers of businesses.  This broad array of transaction experience proves to be extremely helpful to veterinarians who are seeking to sell.  As practice owners begin to plan for the transition of their clinic to a new owner, they recognize the importance of engaging an expert advisor to assist them.  David’s experience and ability to listen to the owner’s priorities enables him to deliver the options to the veterinarian to achieve the best outcome.  Whether the priority is the best value, the best cultural fit or simply to find the best future custodian for the practice, Monarch is equipped to succeed with David’s unmatched attention to detail and results-driven attitude.  Call David to discuss how he and the Monarch team can help you to realize dreams for selling your practice.

Lori Smith


Lori Smith has had over a decade of experience within the Veterinary Industry advising hospital owners. Her expertise ranges from maximizing profit margins to choosing capital equipment, to planning transition strategies through acquisitions. This broad and unmatched level of knowledge allows Lori to guide Monarch’s clients through the continuum of buying into their first practice to financing expansion of their clinic and planning for the sale of their practice as they near retirement. No matter what the challenges are, Lori is a professional who listens to uncover what is most important in each individual transaction to achieve the clients' objectives. Lori embodies the Monarch culture of defining “What’s Next” for each veterinarian we serve.  Give Lori a call today to learn how she and the Monarch team can help you get to where you are going.

Christine Relovsky


Christine Relovsky has more than 10 years experience in consultation and account management in the medical industry.  She has promoted customer growth by successfully identifying demands for applications across company products and service lines.  She understands a veterinarian's need to meet patient demands in a competitive marketplace while managing their profitability.  She will help you manage the step-by-step process of selling your practice or creating a partnership.



Chris Acquilano has been involved in mergers and acquisitions for more than 25 years.  Currently her role in Monarch assures the accurate and timely exchange of data from Monarch’s clients and the universe of buyers and lenders we deal with.  Monarch’s data room activities are second to none in the industry, and Chris’ ability to organize and assemble information from each client in the form that buyers and lenders need is critical to assuring successful outcomes for Monarch’s clients.  Working with small business owners has been a passion for Chris.  She has been involved in more than 100 business sales in her career and brings great dedication to Monarch and our clients.