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Compassion-First Pet Hospitals Names New COO

Dec 03, 2019

TINTON FALLS, N.J. – Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, a family of well-known and respected specialty and emergency veterinary hospitals across the United States, announced today the promotion of Ryan Buck to Chief Operating Officer.

Ryan is responsible for the operations of 47 hospital locations and the functions of Business Development, Marketing, Talent Development, Customer Development, Veterinary Informatics and Veterinary Nursing Development. Prior to this promotion, Ryan served as a Group President and was responsible for operations of the Texas veterinary hospitals, including Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists (GCVS), MissionVet Specialty & Emergency (Mission), Austin Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center (AVES), and Dallas Veterinary Surgical Center (DVSC).

Before joining Compassion-First, Ryan served as the CEO for GCVS and led the start-up of the Mission and AVES hospitals. He was instrumental in the rebuilding of GCVS after the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.

“During this devasting time, Ryan worked tirelessly for the people, pets and community of Houston, while at the same time, caring for his family of six, including newborn, Lyla,” says John Payne, Chairman, President and CEO of Compassion-First. “Ryan is a rare and unique leader. He is driven to do what is right and is known for bringing innovative thinking to the table to solve some of the toughest challenges. His approach is vital as we embark on a mission to elevate patient outcomes and set a new standard for care.”

After the hurricane of 2017, Ryan worked closely with Compassion-First and GCVS leadership to find creative ways to help the medical teams to continue caring for their patients, which included working closely with the veterinary referring community in the Houston area to secure space in their clinics while a temporary hospital was built. The recovery period from the day of the hurricane to the move into a brand-new, state-of-the-art, 51, 000-sq.-ft. hospital was 16 months. Today, GCVS sees more patients than it has in its history, and patient care has been elevated due to new equipment and facility design.

Ryan holds a master’s degree in business from Harvard Business School, a master’s in science from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University. Ryan is relocating to Vancouver, Washington, with his wife, Natalie, four children: Hailey (12), Carly (10), Kate (7), and Lyla (2); one dog (Piper), two cats (Snickers and Bandit), two guinea pigs (Harry and Twix), and one ferret (Mr. Squiggles). One of Ryan’s aspirations is to someday earn the right to participate in the naming of future family pets.

Compassion-First Pet Hospitals is currently one of the fastest-growing specialty and emergency care families of hospitals in the nation. To learn more about Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, visit

About Compassion-First Pet Hospitals

Compassion-First Pet Hospitals is a family of specialty and emergency veterinary hospitals throughout the United States, dedicated to changing the veterinary landscape and elevating patient outcomes. Founded in 2014, Compassion-First Pet Hospitals places priority on local care with national support by partnering with more than 9,700 referral partners. Today, the family of nearly 50 hospitals across 14 states has approximately 3,000 professionals, with over 600 veterinarians providing care across a wide range of medical disciplines. For more information, visit Join us on Facebook, on Twitter, on LinkedIn and Instagram.


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