Community Veterinary Partners Expands in South Carolina as Animal Eye Care of the Lowcountry Joins its Hospital Community

PHILADELPHIA, PA (September 25, 2020) – Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) is delighted to announce Animal Eye Care of the Lowcountry has joined its growing family, expanding CVP’s community in South Carolina with practices in Mount Pleasant, Myrtle Beach and Ladson. Animal Eye Care of the Lowcountry raises the increasing number of ophthalmology specialty practices within the CVP community, including locations in North Carolina and Virginia.

“Like most specialty practices in veterinary care, animal ophthalmology is a small, tight-knit community,” said John Tramontina, Vice President of Business Development at CVP. “Knowing both Dr. Brad Nadelstein of Animal Eye Care Associates VA and Dr. Bob English, Animal Eye Care Associates NC, have a tremendous amount of respect for Dr. Anne Cook and her team makes us even more excited to welcome them into our CVP family.”

Dr. Anne Cook is a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, and was the owner of Animal Eye Care of the Lowcountry. In addition to Dr. Cook, as part of Animal Eye Care of the Lowcountry CVP also welcomed board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist and Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists, Dr. Kristin Fischer, and Dr. Hannah Visser to their community of veterinarians. Animal Eye Care of the Lowcountry specializes in treating diseases of the eye. In addition to full-service client-based patient care, the trio of veterinary ophthalmologist work closely with the South Carolina Aquarium, The Center for Birds of Prey, the Charleston Animal Society, and numerous other local rescue organizations.

“After expanding our veterinary ophthalmology services along the coast of South Carolina, we wanted to place the practice into the hands of a partner that understood our long-term commitment to our relationships with our clients, referring veterinarians, team, and community,” said Dr. Anne Cook. “We appreciate that CVP honors our close-knit collaboration and ties to the local community. We are very excited to be part of Community Veterinary Partners and look forward to continuing to build our practice in the state of South Carolina in partnership with CVPs.”

CVP mirrors this enthusiasm as it welcomes Animal Eye Care of the Lowcountry with open arms and continues to embrace new hospitals who share the same core values of bringing joy to families by providing the best care possible to the pets they love.


Community Veterinary Partners Continues Growth in North Carolina by Welcoming North Davidson Veterinary Hospital to their Community

August 12, 2020 – Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) is pleased to welcome North Davidson Veterinary Hospital in Lexington, North Carolina to its growing family of animal hospitals. Since the day Dr. Jim Schmunk and his wife, Tonda, opened the doors of North Davidson Veterinary Hospital, they’ve been committed to treating their community of pets, and staff, like family. With the recent sale of their practice to CVP, their family grew tremendously as they are now part of a community of veterinary professionals collectively focused on providing the best care possible to the pets in their care.

“I thought very carefully about selling my practice and ultimately chose CVP because our views on growing a practice by taking care of our people, patients and clients are very much aligned,” commented Dr. Jim Schmunk, owner of North Davidson Veterinary Hospital. “Seeing that other hospitals in the CVP family are able to continue to provide care to their communities as they have always done made me feel confident the CVP team would care as much as I do about my team and our clients and patients.”

A six-doctor, walk-in practice, North Davidson Veterinary Hospital joins the growing number of hospitals in the CVP community from the state of North Carolina, joining other general practices, as well as several animal ophthalmology specialty hospitals in the state. Dr. Schmunk and his veterinary colleagues at North Davidson Veterinary Hospital are known for providing excellent surgical services, from soft tissue to orthopedics, and general, urgent and emergency care and boarding services to the Lexington and surrounding communities.

“Dr. Schmunk wanted to preserve his legacy and trust so when he laid his head down at night, his hospital and community of pets were in good hands,” noted Tracey Winfree, Business Development Director at CVP, as she welcomed Dr. Schmunk and his team to the CVP family. “He has truly made it his life’s mission to serve his community and the pets who reside there. There isn’t a person Dr. Schmunk would turn away if his or her pet were in need. Continuing his legacy of serving the Lexington community in this same spirit alongside Dr. Schmunk is what CVP is all about.”

Joining the CVP community is not the end of a story, rather the beginning of a new chapter. Despite a global pandemic, CVP continues to build new relationships to help many more hospitals continue their legacies. Veterinary hospitals that are aligned with the mission of providing the best care possible to pets, like North Davidson Veterinary Hospital, are welcome additions to CVP’s growing family.  


New Hampshire-Based Animal Hospital Welcomed as One of the First in the State to Join the Growing CVP Family

PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 13, 2019) – Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) is pleased to announce The Animal Hospital of Barrington as one of the first hospitals to join our community in the state of New Hampshire.

Founded in 2003 by Dr. David Harriton and his wife, Dr. Michelle Harriton, The Animal Hospital of Barrington provides general and preventative full-service veterinary care for small companion animals, with specialty focuses including orthopedics, ultrasound technology and acupuncture. The Animal Hospital of Barrington was built to provide compassionate, quality, family-centered care, which complements perfectly the CVP community of veterinary hospitals.

“At CVP, we took note of how The Animal Hospital of Barrington has demonstrated high standards of continuous, quality animal care over their 17 years in practice,” said Kevin Ruffe, CEO of CVP. “Working with Dr. David Harriton and Dr. Michelle Harriton to continue to serve the Barrington community and deliver that same level of care is why CVP exists.”

In addition to Dr. David Harriton and Dr. Michelle Harriton, Associate Veterinarians Dr. Hannah Wells and Dr. Sara Hodgdon round out the veterinary staff at The Animal Hospital of Barrington. The veterinarians, along with the entire hospital team, work together to keep their patients healthy and to be there for their Barrington community when needed.

“At The Animal Hospital of Barrington, we’ve always believed that our job is not only to treat a pet when it isn’t feeling well, but more importantly to help families keep their best friends and companions happy and healthy for their entire lives,” said Dr. Michelle Harriton. “We saw that belief system reflected in CVP and their family of animal hospitals.”

“Michelle and I worked hard to build and maintain a positive culture that resonated with our team and out in the Barrington community,” said Dr. David Harriton. “We needed a partner that would prioritize what we’ve built over the years, and one that would also understand our commitment to maintaining and continuing to foster strong relationships with our local community.”

With the addition of The Animal Hospital of Barrington, Community Veterinary Partners maintains its focus on providing quality care and compassion to animals and families in their communities and is proud to expand the CVP family to the state of New Hampshire.


Veterinary Emergency and Surgery Hospital is One of the First New Hampshire-Based Animal Hospitals Welcomed to the Growing CVP Family

PHILADELPHIA, PA (December 13, 2019) – Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) is pleased to announce, Veterinary Emergency and Surgery Hospital (VESH) in Brentwood, New Hampshire has joined the ever-growing group of veterinary hospitals as one of the first in the state welcomed into the CVP family. 

Owners Dr. Selvi Kumaresan-Lampman and Dr. Timothy Lampman founded VESH in 2006 with a commitment to ensuring quality emergency and surgical care for small animals in the Brentwood community. They expanded to add general practice to their offerings in 2014. Accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), VESH has demonstrated high standards of continuous, quality animal care for the last 14 years they have been in practice.

“VESH is home to a remarkable team of veterinarians, demonstrated by their AAHA accreditation and the relationships they’ve built with the families throughout their community,” said Kevin Ruffe, CEO of CVP. “Their commitment to providing comprehensive, compassionate, high-quality care to every pet they treat is right in line with CVP’s mission and values. We are honored to have them as part of the CVP family.”

In partnership with Dr. Timothy Lampman, Medical Director and Lead Veterinarian, Dr. Natalie Levesque leads the VESH team in providing 24/7 emergency services, surgery, general practice and orthopedic services, as well as acupuncture to the pets that visit them every day. Associate veterinarians Dr. Thomas Diffell, Dr. Erin McGrail, Dr. Timothy Hunt and Dr. Ann Craig, round out VESH’s experienced veterinary team. 

“We’re excited by the CVP partnership for many reasons. Mostly, I am struck by how the CVP team has worked to transition our hospital in a way that has maintained our leadership structure and team. And in their diligence to uphold the incredible culture we’ve worked so hard to build over the years,” said Dr. Kumaresan-Lampman.

“CVP was an ideal partner as we pursued and worked through this transition,” said Dr. Lampman. “It was critical to all of us at VESH to maintain our commitment to providing care throughout our community while prioritizing the growth of our emergency and general practice services. We’re grateful to CVP for their partnership and guidance in helping us see a clear path toward achieving our goals together.”

With the addition of VESH, Community Veterinary Partners maintains its commitment to providing quality care and compassion to animals and families throughout their footprint and is proud to expand the CVP family to the state of New Hampshire.


Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt Joins the Growing CVP Family as the 6th North Carolina-based Animal Hospital

Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) is pleased to announce Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt is the 6th North Carolina-based practice to join the growing CVP family. 

Led by Dr. J. Linwood Jernigan, with associate veterinarians Dr. Tess Jordan, Dr. Catherine Brown, and Dr. Carolyn Hennessey, Animal Hospital of Lake Brandt comes to CVP with a focus on providing high-quality animal care for a variety of pets across Summerfield and the surrounding communities.

“AHLB’s commitment to providing comprehensive, quality care to every pet in their community, combined with their compassionate approach to educating and assisting families in giving their pets the best possible lives, feels so at home within the CVP community. All of us at CVP are excited to partner with the entire team at Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt,” said Kevin Ruffe, CEO of CVP. 

Lake Brandt provides routine, emergency, and preventative wellness, as well as comprehensive medical, surgical, reproductive medicine, dental care, orthopedics, diagnostics, and dermatology, as well as a dedicated focus on nutrition and health. AHLB is unique as they also offer minimally invasive (laproscopic) surgical options as well.

“At AHLB, kindness is the foundation of our practice. In working with CVP, we believe our values are in perfect alignment. We’re excited to join a compassionate family of veterinary providers, offering the best care possible to pets and their families. Our entire team and I are tremendously grateful to CVP for their partnership, their guidance, and their commitment to maintaining our values throughout this transition.”

With the addition of Animal Hospital at Lake Brandt, Community Veterinary Partners maintains its focus on providing quality care and compassion to animals and families in their communities in the state of North Carolina, as well as across the entire CVP footprint.


Warren Animal Hospital Joins the Growing CVP Family as the 5th New Jersey-Based Animal Hospital

PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 4, 2019) – Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) is pleased to announce Warren Animal Hospital has joined the growing CVP family. Warren is now the 5th New Jersey-based veterinary practice within the CVP community, continuing the company’s steady expansion on the Eastern side of the United States.

Dr. Vincent Zaccheo leads Warren Animal Hospital with associate veterinarians Dr. Nicole Zaccheo, Dr. Amber Bauer, and Dr. Stephanie Duffy. The practice comes to CVP with a 40-year focus on providing high-quality animal care for a wide variety of companion and exotic pets across the Phillipsburg area and surrounding communities. 

“Warren Animal Hospital’s longevity of service to their community, combined with their comprehensive care offerings to pets and their owners, are such tremendous benefits to the CVP family. All of us at CVP are excited to partner with Warren in continuing to offer their community the care they have come to expect from such a wonderful and valued pet care provider,” said Kevin Ruffe, CEO of CVP.  

Operating for more than four decades, Warren provides routine and preventative wellness, comprehensive medical, surgical, and dental care, diagnostics, as well as a dedicated focus on reproduction planning to help pet owners decide if, when, and how to breed their pets. 

“It was important to everyone here at Warren to go through this transition in a way that allows us to maintain the 40-year legacy we’ve built for our hospital. In working through this process with CVP, we could see how our values and priorities aligned in providing the best care possible to pets and their families, and in ensuring that we will continue to deliver that care at the hospital level. I am tremendously grateful to CVP for their partnership, their flexibility, their guidance, and their commitment to this family and team throughout the entire process.”

With the addition of Warren Animal Hospital, Community Veterinary Partners maintains its focus on providing quality care and compassion to animals and families in their communities.


West End Veterinary Office as the 8th New York-Based Animal Hospital to Join the Growing CVP Family

Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) is pleased to announce West End Veterinary Office as the newest animal hospital to join the growing CVP family. West End is now the 8th New York-based veterinary practice within the CVP community, continuing CVP’s steady expansion on the Eastern side of the United States.

Led by Dr. Don Factor, with associate veterinarian Dr. Krysten Santiago, the Newburgh-based veterinary practice comes to CVP with a focus on providing animal care for a wide variety of exotic, avian, and household pets, as well as other small animals.

“At CVP, we know that people’s love for animals extends beyond the typical household pet. That is why we are so excited for West End to join us. With their focus on providing compassionate and comprehensive care for a wide variety of animals, West End’s dedicated veterinary staff’s experience will be a benefit to the entire CVP family,” said Kevin Ruffe, CEO of CVP. “We are looking forward to what we will be able to accomplish as we continue to build and grow together.”

Operating for nearly two decades, West End provides routine and preventative wellness, medical, surgical, and dental care, emergency services, labs and diagnostics, and a noninvasive cold laser therapy program to help reduce or avoid the use of drugs or surgical interventions for painful and inflammatory conditions. West End is certified as a cat-friendly practice by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), which sets guidelines and best practices on providing veterinary care to cats.

Additionally, West End is a proud practitioner of “Fear Free” techniques to help ensure that every pet experiences the most stress-free visit possible. From a variety of tools and techniques, including pre-treated blankets with natural cat pheromones to help felines relax, private, pet-friendly waiting rooms for cats, birds, exotic or small animals, ensuring that staff use dimly-lit exam rooms, low voices, and gentle handling, and offering toys and treats as rewards and distractions, every effort is taken to ensure both pets and humans look forward to and enjoy the entire veterinary experience.

“When I founded West End in 2001, I did so because I believe all animals should be treated with the care, compassion, and love they deserve, whether they have four paws, feathers, or scales,” Dr. Factor said. “Throughout the entire process of deciding to integrate our practice into CVP’s network, I focused on the people our veterinary staff would connect with as we continue to grow. We’re a big part of the special bonds people build with their pets over their lifetimes and we don’t take that responsibility lightly. We saw those values reflected in CVP and the CVP community.”

With the addition of West End, Community Veterinary Partners maintains its focus on providing quality care and compassion to animals and families in their communities.


San Juan Animal Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida Joins the Growing CVP Family

PHILADELPHIA, PA (July 9, 2019) – Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) is pleased to announce San Juan Animal Hospital has joined its growing family. With the addition of San Juan Animal Hospital, CVP’s network now includes two veterinary practices in the state of Florida, all focused on providing quality care and compassion to families in their communities.

Led by Dr. Gregory Bennett, with associate veterinarians Dr. Carl Guill, Dr. Rena Fulton, and Dr. Justin O’Keefe, the Jacksonville-based veterinary practice comes to CVP with an outstanding record of more than 75 years of service to the community. Dr. Bennett and his wife, Barbara, purchased the San Juan practice more than 20 years ago with the goal of providing compassionate care, exceptional customer experiences, and excellent veterinary medicine to Jacksonville-area pets and families. 

“The Bennetts and their team are a perfect addition to our community, and it was clear from our earliest of conversations that the compassion for their patients and their commitment to providing the best animal care possible is the reason they have been so successful,” said Kevin Ruffe, CEO of CVP. “We are excited about what we will be able to accomplish as we continue to build upon their legacy together.”

San Juan Animal Hospital provides routine and preventative medical, surgical, and dental care, emergency services, state-of-the-art diagnostics, client education programs, and nutrition programs for animals. Additionally, the veterinarians and professional staff at San Juan uniquely offer noninvasive laser therapy and acupuncture treatments to help aid pet patients in post-surgical healing, treatment for chronic illnesses and acute conditions, and pain management.

“When Barb and I took over ownership of San Juan, we did so because we wanted to nurture human-animal bonds within our practice and throughout the greater community. We accomplish that by providing care and compassion for pet patients, their families, and especially within our own team,” said Dr. Bennett. “Our team has been the cornerstone of our success as a practice and we wouldn’t be here without them. We decided to join the CVP network because we knew our veterinary staff would be taken care of throughout the transition and we saw shared values that we knew would be upheld. Quite honestly, we wanted to partner with someone who would let us remain a family unit – throwing nerf balls at each other, laughing together, arguing and then getting over it.”

With the addition of San Juan Animal Hospital, Community Veterinary Partners continues its steady expansion on the Eastern side of the United States.


Community Veterinary Partners Selects Heartland Veterinary Clinic in Virginia as the 60th Hospital to Join Its Growing Network

Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) is pleased to announce Heartland Veterinary Clinic is the 11th hospital in Virginia to join the CVP family. With the addition of Heartland, CVP’s network now includes 60 animal hospitals as partners, all focused on providing quality medical care for every pet and compassion for every family.

Led by Dr. Brian Arneson, with associates Dr. Heather Beach and Dr. Martha Hunt-Estrada, the Harrisonburg-based veterinary practice comes to CVP with a strong passion for providing their patients with the best medical care in the area. The veterinarians and professional staff at Heartland have a unique focus on veterinary surgery and laser therapy, as well as providing routine care.

“Heartland’s demonstrated commitment to animal care in the Harrisonburg community makes them a natural fit within the CVP family, and a great addition to our growing network of hospitals in the state of Virginia” said Kevin Ruffe, CEO of CVP. “We are looking forward to working together with the doctors and staff at Heartland to build upon the great success they’ve already accomplished.”

Heartland provides routine preventative medical, surgical, and dental care, as well as offers an in-house diagnostic laboratory, specialized testing, radiology, ultrasound, and endoscopy services, as well as chemotherapy treatments for animals. Additionally, Heartland’s practice has taken a comprehensive and innovative approach to managing the pet fear, stress, and anxiety that can accompany vet visits and treatments. With their “Reduced Fear Initiative,” Heartland staff work to address and eliminate stress factors that significantly impact pet health and well-being, with the aim of making vet visits more pleasant for every pet and person involved.

“Within the entire Heartland team, animals hold a very special place in our hearts. We treat every single pet that walks through our doors just like the family members they are to their humans,” said Dr. Arneson. “We believe in providing pets with the highest quality care, medical services and treatments in ways that prioritize their emotional and physical well-being and delivered with the utmost compassion. We saw those same values reflected in the CVP community and feel confident we’re all working towards the same goals of compassionate, quality care for all animals. We are excited for the next chapter of the Heartland story with CVP.”

With the addition of Heartland, Community Veterinary Partners continues its expansion in the eastern part of the country. 


Mayfair Animal Hospital of Cary, North Carolina is 59th Hospital to Join the Community Veterinary Partners Family

Community Veterinary Partners (CVP) is pleased to announce Mayfair Animal Hospital as the 5th hospital in North Carolina to join the CVP family. CVP’s network now includes 59 animal hospitals as partners, all focused on providing quality medical care and compassion to every pet.

Led by Dr. Susan Bristol and Dr. John Santilli, with associates Dr. Laura Foster, Dr. Irene Rusnak, and Dr. Teri Smith, Mayfair Animal Hospital is one of the longest-standing animal hospitals located in the heart of Cary, North Carolina. The hospital comes to CVP with a strong reputation and a spirit of service to the community.

Mayfair Animal Hospital is one of only three animal hospitals in the Cary, North Carolina area to be certified by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and practices excellence in animal medicine in every area, every day. As a full-service animal hospital that provides routine medical, surgical, and dental care, as well as emergency treatments and services, diagnostics, nutritional counseling, and age-specific specialty care, the clinical team at Mayfair Animal Hospital treats each pet in the Research Triangle Park area with care and compassion, just like the family member they are to each one of their humans.

“Mayfair’s mission of service and community aligns so well with our focus on providing the best care for patients. We are excited to work with them to build on the legacy they have established within the Cary community,” said Kevin Ruffe, CEO of CVP. “Joining the outstanding reputations of the other CVP hospitals in North Carolina, as well as throughout our full network, we are thrilled to have Mayfair’s commitment to and outstanding record of enrichment, service, and love for their community as part of our growing network. Together, we are all in good company.”

As avid supporters of the Cary K-9 Police Dog Program, Mayfair Animal Hospital supports the community’s police canines to ensure they reach their full working potential. Because of the unique emotional and physical demands these canines encounter, Mayfair’s veterinary team work closely with each canine and their individual police handlers by providing K-9-specific preventative health care programs, as well as treatments for work-related injuries and illnesses that may arise during their service to the community. Additionally, Mayfair Animal Hospital proudly supports the WakeMed Hospitality Pets Program, which invites trained volunteers and their screened adult dogs to make in-room hospital visits to brighten patients’ spirits. Dr. Bristol provides the program-required bi-annual behavioral and medical examinations free of charge to program participants. These are just two examples of Mayfair Animal Hospital’s commitment to the Cary community.

“At Mayfair, we prioritize our patients, our pets, and our people, while providing the highest quality veterinary care in a compassionate, friendly, and family-oriented environment. We saw those same core values reflected in the CVP community,” said Dr. Santilli. “Knowing CVP will allow us to continue to provide our patients with the level of care they have come to know and expect from us gives us comfort as we embark on this transition. This is truly a step forward for our patients.”

“We are so proud of our Mayfair family, and that includes our team and our patients, as well as our longstanding role in taking care of our Cary community,” said Dr. Bristol. “Joining Community Veterinary Partners was the best way for us to keep our foundation of values in place while enjoying and benefiting from the support that comes from being part of a community of hospitals all working towards the same goals of compassionate, quality care for animals.”