Medical Leadership

From “the floor” to an office, our medical leaders are experienced veterinary professionals that understand the ins and outs of our profession and work to represent our field of veterinary team members within the NVA Compassion-First family. 

Meet our Medical Leaders:

Stacy Burdick, DVM, MBA, DACVIM (SAIM)

VP, Clinical Advisor

Dr. Stacy Burdick earned her bachelor’s degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Illinois. She completed a rotating internship at VCA Veterinary Referral and Emergency Center in Norwalk, Connecticut, her residency in Internal Medicine at the Animal Medical Center (AMC) in New York, and a fellowship in Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy at AMC. Upon completing her fellowship, Dr. Burdick joined Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, to start their Interventional Radiology and Endoscopy program. At that time, Red Bank Veterinary Hospital had just become the flagship hospital for Compassion-First Pet Hospitals. She served several years as Chief of Staff for Red Bank Veterinary Hospital Tinton Falls , and in 2019, Dr. Burdick accepted the clinical advisor role with Compassion-First. Following the integration with NVA, she accepted the full-time role of clinical advisor for NVA Compassion-First in June 2021. In this role, Dr. Burdick is thrilled to be supporting our medical teams in the advancement of medicine.  In June of 2022, Dr. Burdick completed her MBA at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Matt Booth, DVM, DABVP (canine and feline)

ER Practice Development Lead

Dr. Matt Booth earned both his bachelor’s degree and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia. While in school, he worked as a veterinary technician at a general practice and the university’s critical care unit. The experience helped him recognize his passion for small animal emergency and critical care. Upon graduation, Dr. Booth began working in Augusta, where there was a shortage of this type of veterinarian, and through mentorship, he became a primary emergency clinician. In 1999, he moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he continued to practice critical care, emergency medicine and surgery. In 2011, he became a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in canine and feline practices. He worked at Colorado Animal Specialty & Emergency until May 2022, when he was named ER Practice Development Lead for NVA Compassion-First.

Janet McConnell, CVT

Program Director, Veterinary Nursing Development

Janet has a strong passion for education and empowering veterinary nursing teams. In 1981, she graduated from the Veterinary Technician Program at Harcum College and has since enjoyed 41 years in the veterinary profession as a CVT in many roles. She started her career at small general practices in New Jersey, followed by 10 years in general/specialty medicine at Oradell Animal Hospital, then 24 years at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in clinical, supervisory and management roles, followed by education and professional development. Janet joined the Compassion-First Pet Hospitals Shared Services team in 2016 where she launched the Veterinary Nursing Development Department to develop programs and resources which elevate and enable veterinary assistants and technicians to reach their highest potential for patient care and career development. In January of 2021, Janet and her team integrated with the NVA Compassion-First Talent and Learning team to further expand, develop, and promote existing programs, as well as create the ultimate portfolio of resources to support career growth for veterinary nursing professionals at every step. Janet currently serves on advisory boards for Veterinary Technician Programs in NJ and NY, is a Fear Free® Certified Professional, and was named NAVTA’s Veterinary Technician of the Year in 2015.