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Compassion-First Pet Hospitals Welcomes 10 New Hospitals To Its Family

Jul 20, 2016

Compassion-First Pet Hospitals announced today, the addition of 10 new hospitals to its growing family of well-known veterinary hospitals. Representing Colorado, Connecticut, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas, these hospitals represent Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, first expansion outside of the Northeast and an increased presence in Pennsylvania.

Aspen Meadow Veterinary Specialists (AMVS) is located in Longmont, Colorado, with a secondary location in Boulder, Colorado, located at Alpenglow Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center. Both hospitals have been nationally recognized for their eco-friendly design and “green” approach to medical care. Founded in 2004 by Dr. Matt Rooney and Christine Kjeell, AMVS is a 24-hour facility where collaboration is the cornerstone of the care provided by more than 70 professionals. Whether through their efforts assisting EMS workers with oxygen masks for pets caught in emergency situations or in teaching critical first-aid courses to K-9 units, the team at AMVS has built a reputation for educating and helping their community with care for their pets.

Avets is a specialty and emergency hospital open 24-hours a day in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Under the leadership of Sean Smarick, VMD, DACVECC, the hospital is the area’s only VECCS Level I Emergency and Critical Care Center. This designation means Avets provides the resources and specialty training necessary to provide sophisticated emergent and critical patient care. Avets is committed to providing for complete specialty needs and has specialists in internal medicine, surgery, anesthesia and critical care. Avets also houses a successful ACVECC residency training program, and employs one of the RECOVER CPR guideline authors, an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and a local resource for tactical emergency and casualty care for operational canines.

CARE Center of Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, is a 24-hour veterinary emergency, specialty and critical care hospital serving the Tri-State region for the past 16 years. Founded by Daniel Carey, DVM; Doug Hoffman, DVM; Michele Muldoon, DVM, DACVS, and Sharmila Ruparel, DVM, CARE Center has raised the bar with many firsts in veterinary medicine in Cincinnati and Dayton. CARE Center was the first to bring 24-hour emergency/critical care with full-time specialists in the same location to the Cincinnati market, the first in Cincinnati to perform stereotactic radiosurgery for treatment of cancer in pets and was the first to have a non-profit blood bank for pets in the Tri-State region. CARE Center has also earned the prestigious distinction of both traditional and referral accreditations from the American Animal Hospital Association.

The Veterinary Cancer Center (The VCC), located in Norwalk, Connecticut, was founded in 1998 by Gerald Post, DVM, MEM, DACVIM (Oncology) and is and 8,000 square-foot facility, making it the largest, standalone specialized veterinary hospital solely dedicated to diagnosing and treating cancer in animals. Committed to advancing oncology treatment through chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy and surgery, The VCC participates in clinical trials with organizations such as the ACI (Animal Clinical Investigation), which is the largest veterinary oncology clinical trials organization in the United States.

Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center (VESC) of Richmond and Midlothian, Virginia, and Central Animal Referral & Emergency Hospital (CARE) of Fredericksburg, Virginia, are under the leadership of Dr. Jim Thomas and supported by a team of 110 professionals. VESC, an AAHA-accredited hospital, was established in 1981 as Richmond’s first emergency and specialty center for pets. VESC supports the Friends of Richmond K-9 Retired Police Dog program, Richmond Animal Control, SPCA and numerous recue organizations. In 2005, CARE Hospital opened its doors to be an extension of the area's primary care veterinarians. CARE Hospital's Boarded Surgeon is also a licensed rehab practitioner offering rehabilitation with pain management therapy. CARE Hospital is also very active in working with several rescue organizations. Both hospitals work diligently to support referring veterinarians by hosting an all-day multi-disciplinary CE for veterinarians at an annual CE conference. and

VETMED is an AAHA-accredited, specialty referral and 24-hour emergency veterinary hospital located in Phoenix, Arizona, offering board certified specialists in surgery, internal medicine, cardiology and emergency care. Their 13,000 square-foot facility (soon to be expanding another 11,200 square-feet) is equipped with some of the most advanced medical equipment, including five ultrasound machines, two Olympus video endoscopy units, the new Karl Storz Endoscopy tower, 4-Slice Computed Tomography and Covidien Force Triad™ vessel sealer, rVetLink and SmartFlow software. The hospital was founded in 1995 and began as a mobile ultrasound practice.

Founded in 2014, Compassion-First Pet Hospitals is focused on retaining and recruiting the best veterinary professionals in the country.

“These 10 hospitals are a critical addition to our family of hospitals. We are creating new opportunities for hospitals owners, one that hasn’t been thought of before. We are building a community of hospitals where medical advancements will happen daily through true collaboration,” says John Payne, CEO of Compassion-First Pet Hospitals. “Each one of these hospitals has made tremendous strides in veterinary medicine and we want to share their knowledge with our veterinarians, veterinary technicians and team members to elevate the overall care pets and pet owners receive from our hospitals.”

To foster and grow the Compassion-First philosophies, all owners remain active in their hospitals and continue in their leadership roles. In addition, owners play a critical role in educating the family of hospitals their best practices and broaden the ability to collaborate across hospitals.


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