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, Chief Medical Officer

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 Hospitals 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, and in 2023, accepted the role of Chief Medical Officer. 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's Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Matt Booth, DVM, DABVP (canine and feline), Founding Fellow Emergency Practice

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.


Director of House Officer Programs

Originally from Yorkshire in the UK, Dr. Buckley spent his summers working on dairy and sheep farms and went to vet school planning on a farm or mixed practice career. He attended Clare College, University of Cambridge for vet school and gravitated towards the small animal side during his clinical rotations. He graduated in 2005 and joined the Royal Veterinary College for a rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery where he developed a love for the ER. After his internship, he crossed the pond to Tufts University where he completed an ECC specialty internship followed by residency.

Dr. Buckley joins our team after several years at the University of Florida. There, he held multiple positions including, most recently, Chief Medical Officer overseeing all the university’s various veterinary hospitals. 

He has spent much of his career working with and mentoring house officers as an ACVECC mentor, ECC residency director and internship director for the University of Florida. He is passionate about providing access to quality care for patients and their owners, and training the next generation of specialists is a huge part of that mission.