Dr. Lester holds degrees in Microbiology with high scholarship, Veterinary Science cum laude, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine cum laude from Oregon State and Washington State Universities. He completed the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Leadership Academy.
Dr. Lester currently serves as as Chief Medical Officer WellHaven Pet Health. He was previously Assistant Dean for the College of Veterinary Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University. He spent his early career as a small town mixed animal practice owner before joining the founding team at Banfield Pet Hospital. During his career, Dr. Lester has held leadership positions in medicine, operations, franchising, human resources, professional relations, and academia.
Dr. Lester serves on a variety of professional, university, and college committees, boards and task forces including as a two-time gubernatorial appointee to the Oregon Veterinary Medical Examining Board, a state delegate to the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, the American Veterinary Medical Associations Council on Education site team, is a past Banfield Charitable Trust Grant leader, on the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners Job Analysis SME Working Group, and on the board of the North American Veterinary Community.