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Dr. Fred Groverman

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Board of Trustees Member

Phone: (707) ***-****  HQ Phone
Petaluma Community Foundation
159 Kentucky Street Suite 10
Petaluma , California 94952
United States

Company Description: Petaluma Community Foundation is committed to fulfilling our role as the primary broad-based charitable catalyst for greater Petaluma by: Acquiring and...   more

Employment History

  • Veterinarian
    Sidell Community Historical Society
  • President
    4-H Foundation
  • Founding Director
    4-H Foundation
  • Cotati Small Animal Hospital

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Petaluma High School
  • degree , dairy science
    San Luis Obispo
34 Total References
Web References
Board of Trustees | Petaluma Community Foundation, 28 Aug 2014 [cached]
Fred Groverman, D.V.M. (Honorary Member) was born and raised in Petaluma and still lives and raises sheep on the ranch where he was born. Following his graduation from the University of California Davis as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, in 1958 he joined the Cotati Small Animal Hospital where he still works today. He is married with four grown children and a proud grandfather of six. As an active member of his community, Fred has served on numerous boards for more than forty years including Santa Rosa Memorial Alliance, Association of California Hospital Districts, Waugh Elementary School and the Sonoma County Fair boards. His veterinary experience has allowed him to be a valuable leader of the Sonoma County 4-H program for thirty six years. With his extensive knowledge of business and health care, he has been an advocate at the state level for health care related legislation. Fred was a co-founder of our Foundation in 1975 and became an active member in 1999 after serving over twenty-seven years on the Petaluma Health Care District Board of Directors.
Obituaries, 13 Jan 2014 [cached]
Groverman and her husband, veterinarian Fred Groverman, were well-known for their Shropshire sheep breeding.
Fred Groverman said Tuesday that his wife wasn't seeking public acclamation for her service. "We do it from the heart," he said.
After graduation the couple moved to Sonoma County and in 1962 to the ranch outside Petaluma where Fred Groverman was born.
CVMA Document, 9 Oct 2012 [cached]
CVMA Member Profile: Dr. Fred Groverman CVMA Document CVMA
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CVMA Member Profile - Dr. Fred Groverman
For Dr. Fred Groverman, the future is in the pasture. A CVMA life member and veterinarian from Petaluma, he is recognized worldwide for his work with registered Shropshire sheep production. This September I travelled to Petaluma to visit Dr. Groverman and check out his sheep ranch. I was curious because I had heard that he raises some kind of unusual sheep. I dressed for a day at the office and got in my compact car; upon arrival, I was surrounded by pick-up trucks and ranch hands wearing work boots, blue jeans, t-shirts, and baseball caps. I'd been exposed as a city slicker. I stepped gingerly around the barn area and warded off flies as I walked toward the sound of bleating sheep. That morning Dr. Groverman and his colleagues were artificially inseminating Shropshire ewes. During breaks in their work, when I wasn't throwing sticks to entertain two McNabs, I was able to learn a little bit about Dr. Groverman from his colleagues Cody Hiemke and Martin Dally.
Dr. Groverman was raised in Petaluma and still lives on the 52-acre ranch where he was born. Following his graduation from UC Davis as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1958, Dr. Groverman joined the Cotati Small Animal Hospital, which he owns today. For the first 20 years, he had a mixed animal practice - his patients included cattle, calves, horses, chickens, and even lions, bears, elephants, and anteaters. After lunch, Dr. Groverman took me around the ranch on some sort of modified golf cart - I hung precariously onto the back as we bounced along the fields, the two McNabs running around us enthusiastically. We stopped and I conducted the interview as we gazed at a flock of sheep and a llama. I asked him about the unusual sheep. Dr. Groverman said there has been an interesting discovery that the Shropshire breed has a genetic tendency to not eat evergreen trees. The impact of that is far reaching. In England and Germany Shropshires are marketed as a companion breed for Christmas tree growers, as the Shropshires graze the weeds and grasses around the Christmas tree plantation, but leave the trees alone. Dr. Groverman is very different than any other American Shropshire breeder. His emphasis has been on utility, performance, and improving the breed. Dr. Groverman's Shropshires are the true breed type, which is a bit smaller than most Shropshires and yet also features an increased percentage of musculature. In addition to his work with Shropshire sheep, Dr. Groverman has been the Sonoma County Fair veterinarian since 1977 and facilitates an auction at the fair which relies on animals raised by youths to generate over $1 million each year for local youth programs. Dr. Groverman decided to become a veterinarian in the ninth grade when he was mentored by a veterinarian on the family ranch so mentoring youth is very important to him. He has also led the Sonoma County 4-H program for 36 years. Whether he is raising Shropshires who may become sheep in trees, or supporting local youth and health programs, Dr. Groverman is a "dyed-in-the-wool" Petaluman who is contributing mightily to his community.
Who We Are, 24 Oct 2012 [cached]
Fred Groverman
Thirty years ago veterinarian Fred Groverman helped found the Sonoma County 4-H Foundation as a means of expanding opportunities for youth dressed in uniforms of white shirts and green cloth hats. Fred Groverman is a founding member and board member of the 4-H Foundation. His present effort is to get more Latino youths into 4-H. Today, [...]
Sonoma County Farm Bureau, 1 June 2013 [cached]
Petaluma veterinarian Fred Groverman, president of the 4-H Foundation, said the benefit barbecue not only raised funds for the 4-H Foundation but community awareness about the 4-H program in Sonoma County and its value to youth.
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