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The Family of Hospitals That Heals with Their Heads, Hands, and Hearts

Jul 27, 2020

We are guided by our mission of giving pets and their families more happy moments together.

It’s at the heart of what we do.

Tails from the Field is a glimpse into that very heart- our family of hospitals. Despite continued challenging and uncertain times, the talented and dedicated veterinary teams in each of our hospitals continue to make a profound difference for pets and people in each of the communities we love and serve. Because in times like these, we focus on what’s important—the cherished relationships we have with our pet owners and referring veterinary partners to care for the pets we cherish most! Here are just some of those heartwarming stories of care from our family to yours.

Virginia Veterinary Centers: Helping a pet ‘hook’ the best recovery (Richmond, VA)

Scarlett, a sweet pitbull, was swimming with her family at nearby Swift Creek Reservoir when she came across a tempting treat on the ground—bologna. Unfortunately, the meat was hiding fishing hooks, which Scarlett also swallowed. When Scarlett’s family realized what had happened, they rushed her to VVC’s Richmond location for immediate help. After a night in the emergency room, where she was cared for by VVC’s amazing team, and narrowly avoiding open-chest surgery, Scarlett is doing much better.

Read her full story here.

VetMED Emergency and Specialty Care: Collaboration is the key to success (Phoenix, AZ)

When the emergency and specialty teams across our family of hospitals come together to diagnose and treat a case, that power of collaboration helps improve and advance patient outcomes. Boomer was recently hospitalized for an acute kidney injury, an illness that requires a prompt and thorough diagnosis for successful treatment.

Learn more how Drs. Markovich, Bondy and Nash provided sweet Boomer the care he needed to ensure continuity of care and view his adorable photo here.

Care Center: Pets get physical (Cincinnati, OH)

After Lola’s cranial cruciate ligament surgery, her recovery plan included underwater treadmill therapy. By walking on an underwater treadmill, a recovering pet ca regain strength, balance, and muscle mass with help from the water’s support and buoyancy. Lola was the first patient to benefit from Care Center’s new, larger underwater treadmill, and she gave it the paws-up of approval.

See Lola enjoying her physical rehabilitation sessions, and the newest addition to Care Center’s rehabilitation department, here.

Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas: Caring for all creatures, great and small (Grapevine, TX)

Imagine how concerned Bella Flor’s owner was when she discovered her 1.5-pound Maltipoo puppy not only had parvo, but also pneumonia. Fortunately, Bella Flor’s owner brought her to Animal Emergency Hospital of North Texas, where she received several days of intensive care, led by Chief of Hospital Operations, Dr. Libby Ramirez. AEHNT was able to utilize their expertise to return tiny Bella Flor to good health, and she was able to go home to her family.

See Bella Flor’s adorable, grateful face here.

Red Bank Veterinary Hospitals: Going wild (Tinton Falls, NJ)

Certified wildlife rehabilitator, Karen Cooper recognized the need for expert veterinary help while nursing a young red fox back to health after being found on the roadside during a thunderstorm. Dr. Brynn McCleery, a board-certified veterinarian in RBVH’s Avian & Exotics department, took the lead on Foxy Man’s case, and enlisted the expertise of veterinary neurologist Dr. Eric Glass, who discovered neurologic deficits related to a problem with the front part of the young fox’s brain. A team of doctors and technicians worked together to perform MRI and CT scans, which helped them diagnose a skull fracture and brain damage, likely caused by being hit by a car during the storm.

Read about the plan for Foxy Man’s rehabilitation, and see pictures of the adorable fox kit, here.


Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists: Celebrating the next generation of veterinary specialists (Houston, TX)

One way to ensure our hospitals are home to the brightest minds in veterinary medicine is to help develop that top talent. Providing education and mentorship to the future generation of veterinary specialists is an honor our hospitals could not be prouder of! GCVS doctors annually mentor veterinary interns who are on the path to becoming board-certified veterinary specialists and this month GCVS and the entire Compassion-First family got to celebrate the 2019-2020 team of staff veterinarians as they take their next steps in helping define the future of veterinary specialty medicine. 


At Compassion-First, we are proud to provide compassionate emergency and specialty care for your pet, and your community. These success stories, and many others, drive our passion to continue striving for excellence, and providing the highest level of care possible for our patients.


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