Staying the Course of Compassion Amidst COVID-19: A Message from President & CEO, John Payne
Over the past couple of months, managing the threat of COVID-19 has required each of us to make adjustments to how we live and work. It hasn’t always been easy.

Ours is a very hands-on industry. We have the privilege of greeting patients with an ear scratch or a belly rub. And we've all hugged a longtime client when sharing difficult news. Seeing faces through a screen, keeping our distance from clients, and being in alternate shifts from friends at work…these measures can take a toll on our hearts. We're focused on the bigger picture, doing whatever it takes to create more healthy, happy moments. Because the joy and comfort animals bring is more precious now than ever.
Tails From the Field: A new blog filled with stories from our hospitals

Every day, the amazing veterinary professionals across our family of hospitals heal pets with their heads, hands and hearts. Through this pandemic, our doors continue to remain open 24/7 to serve the emergency and specialty care needs for pets, their families and our referring veterinary communities when they need us most. Tails from the Field is a glimpse into the heart of our hospitals- the compassionate care, the medical advancements, an unparalleled client experience, and most importantly- our people.

Here’s to highlighting moments of resilience, dedication and inspiration through these uncertain times .  
Get to know Compassion-First:
Charleston Veterinary Referral Center (CVRC)
We love shining a light on our family of hospitals. This month get to know Charleston Veterinary Referral Center located in Charleston, SC. CVRC joined Compassion-First in 2018.

  • CVRC is South Carolina’s only VECCS Level 1 Certified Hospital. (learn what that means on their website).
  • They have the ONLY Board Certified Theriogenologist (reproductive medicine specialist) in South Carolina.
  • CVRC has two licensed veterinary technicians on staff who are also Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioners (CCRP) and lead their Physical Rehabilitation Department.
  • CVRC collaborates on occasion with the South Carolina Aquarium to assist with advanced imaging in various species, including sea turtles.
  • Their surgery department performs a full complement of minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy, thoracoscopy, laparoscopy).
  • CVRC was selected as the winner of the Veterinary Economics Best Facility Conversion Award in the 2012 Hospital Design Competition.
New Pet Ownership in Times of COVID-19: 5 Essential Health Care Steps You Need to Know

With canceled spring sports seasons, teleworking, and stay-at-home orders, many families have taken advantage of this extra time to adopt a new pet. Compassion-First educates pet owners on the essential health care steps for their new pet, the importance of choosing a family veterinarian and how to recognize when your pet needs emergency care.
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