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Compassion-First Pet Hospitals Welcomes Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center and Charleston Veterinary Referral Center to the Team

Apr 02, 2018

DALLAS, TX – March 1, 2018 – Compassion-First Pet Hospitals is proud to announce that Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center (DVSC) and Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC) are joining its team of well-known specialty, emergency, and general medicine veterinary hospitals.

DVSC was founded by Dr. Robert Barstad in 1986 and currently has locations in Dallas, Plano, Grapevine, and Fort Worth. Since its opening, DVSC has been the leading veterinary surgical center throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“We found a kindred spirit in Compassion-First, where client service is paramount, and the quality of care is constantly being elevated,” said DVSC partner Dr. Robert Radasch.

CVRC, located in Charleston, South Carolina, was founded in 2011 by Drs. Alan Green and David Sachs. It is currently the only Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society Level 1 certified hospital in both South Carolina and the Southeastern United States. For oncology patients needing electrochemotherapy, CVRC is one of only a few hospitals in the country that offers the treatment.

“To take our patient care to the next level, we needed to find a partner who aligned with our goals and values,” said Dr. Sachs. “We found that in Compassion-First. They believe the culture and individuality of hospitals is vital to success, in addition to investing in their people and medical/surgical care.”

Compassion-First Pet Hospitals was founded in 2014 and is revolutionizing how veterinary practices interact and connect with one another. The now 37 Compassion-First veterinary hospitals across the United States have a mission to provide exceptional medical care and services to pets and their owners.

John Payne, President, CEO, and Founder of Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, views the group of hospitals as a large family. The collaborative group of hospitals work together to maximize their resources and help as many pets as possible. However, Compassion-First hospital owners retain their equity, uniqueness, integrity, and medical decisions.

“We are stewarding a new way of practicing veterinary medicine. We see a future where medical collaboration occurs seamlessly on a daily basis, with experts across the United States,” said Payne. “We know that the key to excellent patient outcomes is found through collaboration that is rooted in compassion and are committed to changing the veterinary landscape with our unique approach.”

Drs. Robert Radasch, Scott Bertrand, Brent Wilkens, Joanne Franks, Katherine Wells, and Fulton Reaugh of DVSC, along with Dr. David Sachs from CVRC and their incredible teams of surgeons, surgical technicians, and talented and caring support staff, will continue to lead the medical and operational needs both practices.

“We are truly committed to elevating patient care and improving patient outcomes,” Payne said. “This is paramount to everything we do. To ensure that, we invest resources to further enhance the skill levels of our teams. We create new opportunities for continued growth and development, we also give our teams the right tools to provide the very best in compassionate care.”

About Compassion-First Pet Hospitals

Compassion-First Pet Hospitals is a family of well-known and esteemed specialty, emergency, and general medicine veterinary hospitals across the country. Founded in 2014 by John Payne, Compassion-First Pet Hospitals is comprised of hospitals that work together to advance veterinary medicine and increase access to specialized, multidisciplinary expertise. This group of veterinary practices emphasizes placing pet owners and their pets at the center of care. For a list of Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, visit



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