Our Expertise is Your Advantage
Pet|Vet is exclusively focused on the pet care industry. Our team of business professionals are experts in this industry, which is evident in everything we do.
We are the only firm of its kind in the United States with nearly 30 years of industry experience and a long track record of assisting both Sellers and Buyers in achieving their personal and financial goals. We make millionaires out of Sellers and make Buyers’ dreams come true!
Our CEO, Teija Heikkila, along with Transaction Manager, Katrina Stein, are highly experienced, accredited M&A Professionals ready to handle the most complex transactions while always keeping our clients’ best interests in the foreground.
We have always been focused on the Pet Care industry exclusively because our values are deeply rooted in our expertise. While many generic business brokerages and M&A firms have qualified intermediaries, there simply is no substitute when dealing with a specialist that intrinsically understands your business and the industry; you will experience the difference as soon as you contact us.
Meet the Team
CEO & PRINCIPAL BROKER
Teija Heikkilä founded Pet|Vet (formerly National Kennel Sales & Appraisals) in 2007 after eighteen years of being an owner-operator of full service pet care facilities. She has personally owned, operated and sold several pet care facilities giving her the invaluable skills to intrinsically understand pet industry business owners and their goals when structuring a confidential sale.
Teija is a highly accredited professional having been awarded Certified M&A Professional (CM&AP) and Merger & Acquisition Master Intermediary (M&AMI) designations along with being a Licensed Real Estate Broker in over twenty states.
Teija has been recognized for her accomplishments by several national organizations, including Business Woman of the Year by National Association of Professional Women and Industry Expert by Business Brokerage Press; she is also an active member of Women Presidents Organization, International Business Brokers Association and American Business Broker Association.
A native of Finland, Teija has lived in the US for over thirty years. On her off time, Teija loves to spend time with her dogs (Hairless Chinese Cresteds, Whippet, Mini Bull Terrier and a Great Pyrenees) in the beautiful Colorado mountains, deep sea diving in the Caribbean or overall enjoying traveling.
Katrina Stein is also a Certified M&A Professional (CM&AP) and has been involved in small business her whole career. She has been at Pet|Vet for over thirteen years and is devoted to managing transactions to ensure that a Buyer’s and Seller’s journey in the process is as efficient and stress-free as possible. She excels in financial analysis, business valuations and managing transactions to a successful closing.
On her off-time, Katrina enjoys working with glass, playing Pickleball and spending time with her four dogs.
EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Jillian Mercado started her career in commercial real estate and after working in loan processing directly with the city executive of a successful agricultural bank in southwest Virginia, Jillian realized that she excelled in being the “right hand girl” in complex commercial real estate transactions. She has an eye for detail and utilizes her experience with banking and love for numbers at our firm.
Prior to working in commercial real estate, Jillian successfully managed a retail business for eight years in her home state of California. Being a California native, she loves to spend her spare time enjoying the Colorado sunshine with her daughters, husband and a sweet Pitty.
EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Katy Buckaloo has a well-rounded career in working on teams for the client's benefit! She is an integral part of the 'deal team' that takes care of the 'to do's' to get a sale to a successful close. From the smallest of tasks to the most important, she loves doing her part to help her team succeed! Katy and her family are originally from Texas, moving to Colorado only a few short years ago. She and her husband have three children, two dogs and one cat who keep her very busy when she is not at work.