Director of Consumer Tech, Vets First Choice
I work for Vets First Choice, a fast-growing Portland- based company that provides technology-enabled health care services to the veterinary industry. I’ve been with the company since its inception and have had a few roles along the way.
This past year, my focus has been engineering management in support of the B2C business, primarily concentrating on digital marketing and ecommerce for veterinary practice customers. I love many things about the company and my role in it – the mission, the entrepreneurial mindset, the people, and the general passion for consumer-facing technology.
Looking back, USM, and more specifically the Department of Computer Science, was instrumental in preparing me for a career in software development. Fundamentally, I learned how to think like an engineer and apply a theoretical foundation to solve problems in a systematic way.
On top of that, I learned to value efficiency and the power of continuous improvement. Interning complemented my academic experience and provided a smooth transition into the Maine professional community. I’m grateful to USM for helping me discover my own path, and also for continuing to produce the kinds of capable engineers necessary to fuel local innovation.
By Matthew Pelletier, '04 for USM Connects