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Compassion-First Pet Hospitals Launches AirHeart Pet Hospital

Wednesday, June 14, 2017  
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 Compassion-First Pet Hospitals Launches AirHeart Pet Hospital 


The First Airport Veterinary Hospital at JFK 


TINTON FALLS, NJ – JUNE 8, 2017 – Today, Compassion-First Pet Hospitals opened AirHeart Pet Hospital at JFK, the first-ever airport veterinary hospital. AirHeart Pet Hospital is located at 78A N. Boundary Road in Jamaica, New York and lives inside The ARK, the world’s first privately owned, 24-hour animal terminal and airport quarantine center at JFK. The new hospital will provide critical medical care to pets traveling through and living around JFK Airport. AirHeart will provide primary and urgent care and eventually will add 24-hour emergency services to pet owners. 


Inspired by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, AirHeart Pet Hospital is a Compassion-First Pet Hospital and its first distinctly branded, ground-up hospital with the sole purpose to serve the veterinary medical needs in an airport setting for travelers, military personnel, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey employees, JFK Airport employees and area residents. 


“With more than two million pets and other live animals being transported annually in the U.S., veterinary medical care is critically needed,” says John Payne, CEO of Compassion-First Pet Hospitals. “We strongly believe this will be a model to carry forward to other airports across the country and perhaps across the globe.” 


AirHeart Pet Hospital is staffed with five veterinarians, 13 licensed veterinary technicians and 13 veterinary assistants. The state-of-the-art facility features six exam rooms, two isolation wards, three patient wards, a radiology suite, a dental/special procedures suite, two operating rooms, an instrument and surgery prep area, a treatment room, pharmacy and a lab area. 


The hospital will be open initially Monday through Saturday 8am–6pm and will extend hours beginning July 31 to Monday through Saturday from 8am to 12am and on Sundays from 8am to 6pm. 

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Compassion-First Pet Hospitals is a family of well-known and respected emergency, specialty, and general practice veterinary hospitals across the United States. Founded in 2014 by John Payne, Compassion-First Pet Hospitals is comprised of hospitals working together through collaboration to advance veterinary medicine and increase access to multidisciplinary expertise. Compassion-First Pet Hospitals focuses on placing pet owners and their pets at the center of 

care. For a list of Compassion-First Pet Hospitals, visit



AirHeart Pet Hospital is the first-ever full-service airport veterinary hospital, at JFK Airport at 78A N. Boundary Road in Jamaica, New York. AirHeart Pet Hospital resides inside The ARK and provides primary and urgent medical care to pets traveling through and living around JFK Airport. Established in 2017, AirHeart Pet Hospital is owned and operated by Compassion-First Pet Hospitals. For more information visit 



As the world’s first privately-owned, 24-hour animal terminal and airport quarantine center, The ARK at JFK is located at Cargo Building 78A at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on 14.4 acres. The ARK Pet Oasis and Equine Export Center opened January 2, 2017 as Phase 1 and have welcomed horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, turtles, mice, goats and many others – not to mention, animal owners and shippers. The Equine Import Quarantine and The ARK Aviary will open in June 2017 (both pending USDA approval), as well as a full service 24/7 veterinary clinic, while Phase 3 services, operated by sub-tenants, will open in Fall 2017 and will include a long-term pet-boarding facility. Approved by the Board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ), The ARK was constructed by ARK Development, LLC and is a 178,000 square-foot, $65 million state-of-the-art animal reception terminal. For more information, visit 



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