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Compassion-First Pet Hospitals Welcomes Long Island Veterinary Specialists

Aug 07, 2020

One of the Largest Long Island Hospitals Joins the Growing Family.

TINTON FALLS, N.J. – Compassion-First Pet Hospitals announced today, the addition of Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS), an AAHA accredited referral and emergency hospital located in Plainview, N.Y., to its growing family of hospitals.

Founded in 1998, LIVS is housed in a 30,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility offering emergency and critical care, integrative medicine, internal medicine, interventional radiology, neurology/neurosurgery, oncology, ophthalmology, radioiodine, rehabilitation and pain management, and surgery. LIVS is open 24 hours a day and is staffed by more than 180 professionals dedicated to advancing the medical care of pets. Known for its innovation and desire to elevate veterinary care, LIVS has a solid reputation for constantly advancing key research studies and is best known for pioneering medical infrared imaging, retinal surgery and nano hip replacement.

In keeping with the Compassion-First philosophy of creating long-term partnerships, LIVS will remain focused on retaining its culture, identity and community engagement. LIVS will now have access to a collaborative network of experts and resources to further advance care on a local level. “Compassion-First is a true partner who will help in growing our hospital by providing access to cutting-edge technologies, logistical support and management expertise,” says LIVS’ Chief of Staff Dominic J. Marino, DVM, DACVS, DACCT, CCRP. “Fortunately, we found that we share a similar vision, where client service is paramount, and the quality of care is constantly being elevated.”

Compassion-First is a network of 43 specialty and emergency veterinary hospitals across the country that are driven to elevate veterinary medicine through collaboration, empowerment, integrity, community and kindness. President and CEO John Payne views the collaborative group of hospitals as a family united by a common passion to put pets and their owners at the center of care. The hospitals benefit from working together to maximize resources. Each Compassion-First hospital retains their brand equity, uniqueness, integrity and medical decisions, and is committed to a collective desire to lead with compassion to enable pets and their families to have more happy moments together.

“The incredible expertise of LIVS will help us further our vision to deliver the highest quality of veterinary medicine, in a way that is in the best interests of the clients and patients,” says John Payne. “LIVS is such a highly respected regional resource that they continuously draw patients from the tri-state region and from across the country, including Florida, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Alaska and California.”

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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 14,000 referral partners and 7,500 referral hospitals. Today, the family of 43 hospitals across 12 states has more than 3,000 professionals, including more than 300 specialists and 200 ER doctors to provide care across a wide range of medical disciplines.

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