Dr. Ira Gordon is a veterinarian with a passion for solving challenging problems using technology and innovative approaches. He is an entrepreneur with leadership experience in veterinary practice, oncology, healthcare innovation, and education.
As a vet student in 2004, with 2 of his UC Davis classmates, Ira launched an education technology company for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and other health care professionals (XPrep/VetPrep). After helping over 100,000 health care professionals prepare for licensing examinations over 15 years, XPrep was acquired in 2020. In his role with XPrep, he started a veterinary student innovation competition (The Idea) as a vehicle to foster, support, and encourage entrepreneurship among veterinarians early in their careers. He has also started and co-owned several veterinary oncology practices (The Oncology Service). He knows firsthand about the challenges and stresses of being a veterinarian while owning and managing the practice.
Prior to joining easyvet as Chief Veterinary Officer, Ira was the Director of Innovation for Ethos Veterinary Health and Medical Director of The Oncology Service. He is also the co-founder of the first animal health angel investment group, the Veterinary Angel Network for Entrepreneurs (VANE). Dr. Gordon has served on the executive committee of the Veterinary Cancer Society and has been in leadership and committee positions with the American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR), the Veterinary Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (VRTOG) and the non-profit organizations FETCH-a-Cure and We Rock Cancer. He has authored influential research and review articles as well as book chapters on veterinary radiation therapy.
Dr. Gordon is a native Californian and obtained his veterinary degree from the University of California, Davis. He completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at The Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) and then his residency training in radiation oncology in 2007 at the University of California, Davis. He then became a clinical instructor of radiation oncology at UC Davis until he moved to the Washington DC area to pursue cancer research as a fellow within the National Cancer Institute.
Ira lives in Virginia with his amazing wife Tamara, a reporter for National Public Radio, their two hilarious sons and 2 dogs; a sweet but highly mischievous rescued Hound mix named “Cokie Roberts” and a little white fluffy dog named “Rock-It”. He’s a pretty big nerd outside of veterinary medicine too as evidenced by his love of Star Wars, AC/DC, and The Big Lebowski. He enjoys playing and coaching sports, cheering for his LA sports teams (Dodgers, Lakers, Kings, and Raiders), grilling/smoking foods, and occasionally embarrassing himself by trying to remember how to play guitar.