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Compassion-First promotes executives, adds hospital

The company, under “Industry Icon” John Payne, is opening a West Coast corporate office.

Compassion-First promotes executives, adds hospital

Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, a network of 42 veterinary practices, has promoted group president Ryan Buck, MBA, MS, to executive vice president.

Buck will oversee the newly created business development department as well as marketing, talent development, customer development and client experience.

The Tinton Falls, New Jersey, company also reported:

  • The promotion of chief financial officer Alison Cornell, MBA, to executive vice president.
  • The hiring of Doug Brooks, formerly with Elanco Animal Health, as vice president of business development.
  • The acquisition of Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia. The Manassas, Virginia, hospital provides around-the-clock emergency care as well as surgical, internal medicine and ophthalmology services. Former owner Ethan Morris, DVM, will stay on as medical director.
  • The planned opening of a West Coast office in Vancouver, Washington, at the end of the third quarter to serve as the hub for the business development department.

In other news, The Bridge Club, a veterinary industry networking group, will honor Compassion-First founder and CEO John Payne as a Bridge Club Industry Icon. The event will take place Aug. 5 in Washington, D.C.

Payne is a former CEO of Banfield Pet Hospital and current American Humane board chairman.

“John has contributed so much to this profession, starting from his early days as a sales rep to his days leading Banfield to where he stands today, a leader and entrepreneur fighting to elevate pet care and the profession as a whole,” Bridge Club co-founder Catherine Haskins said.

Event information is available at http://bit.ly/2Mx8Gj3.

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