Hearts Alive Village Animal Rescue Hires New Chief Medical Officer

Hearts Alive Village Animal Rescue Hires New Chief Medical Officer
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Hearts Alive Village Animal rescue hired Dr. Shadi Ireifej as the Chief Medical Officer.  Dr. Ireifej will be responsible for overseeing all veterinary decisions at the rescue’s new full-service veterinary clinic.  

One of their approaches to animal rescue has always been community support, keeping pets in their original homes with the families that love them. However, over the last seven months, the need for community support (pet food, veterinary care assistance, etc.) has become even greater due to COVID-19. This low-cost clinic will provide pet parents with access to veterinary services so pets receive the care they need regardless of their parent’s financial situation.

About Dr. Shadi Ireifej

Shadi J. Ireifej DVM DACVS graduated from Cornell University with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2006. He then completed a number of rotating and surgical internships and a 3-year surgical residency at Long Island Veterinary Specialists (LIVS). He became board-certified in small animal surgery and a Diplomat for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (DACVS).

In order to escape the cold, Ireifej decided to move to Las Vegas, working at the Las Vegas Veterinary Specialty Center for a while and then flying across the country performing surgeries at emergency and specialty hospitals that needed surgical assistance. Next, he moved to Silicon Valley, CA and accepted a position as Chief of Surgery at United Veterinary Specialty and Emergency. In 2018, he joined an emergency hospital looking to expand in Los Angeles as Chief of Specialty, where he helped build the after-hours emergency hospital into a successful 24-7 emergency and multi-specialty veterinary hospital.

When the pandemic hit, he moved back to Las Vegas wanting to help pet owners and their pets who couldn’t access care. He launched VetTriage, a telehealth veterinary clinic where pet owners could have immediate access to triage advice from licenses veterinarians without leaving their homes.

He teamed up with Hearts Alive Village a few months later, creating up a platform for foster parents to use VetTriage after hours so they didn’t have to rush their fosters to the Emergency Hospital. This has provided fosters with peace of mind and saved the rescue thousands of dollars in unnecessary Emergency Care visits.

“In my time working alongside Hearts Alive Village, it became quickly apparent that our long-term goals are in alignment; accessible veterinary care to as many pet parents and their pets as possible 24-hours a day, 7-days a week,” said Dr. Ireifej. “Hearts Alive Village goes beyond this overarching goal in that they aim to morph what has been a persistent animal health crisis into a thing of the past. Together, we are spearheading a movement on multiple fronts and I couldn’t be prouder to join such a compassionate and hard-working organization.”

 “We are so grateful to have Dr. Shadi Ireifej join us in this capacity,” says Christy Stevens, Founder and Executive Director of Hearts Alive Village. “To have him leading our medical team is a dream come true. Dr. Ireifej stepped into this important role when we needed him most. Our goals are the same, making access to veterinary care a possibility for all. We are honored to build this life-saving resource for our community, together!”

For more information, to make a donation, adopt a pet, or volunteer, please call 702-885-4309, visit HeartsAliveVillage.org or follow on Instagram @heartsaliveanimalrescue and Facebook at Hearts Alive Village Las Vegas.