Alan E. Green, DVM


Dr. Alan E. Green received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1982.  Following an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the Animal Medical Center in New York City in 1983, Dr. Green worked in small animal general practice.  In 1987, he established VetSound, one of the first mobile veterinary ultrasound services in the United States. During this time, Dr. Green was also staff veterinarian at Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, New York. Guiding Eyes for the Blind is an internationally accredited, nonprofit guide dog school that provides superior guide dogs as well as training and support services.  There, he established the school’s first onsite veterinary facility and was responsible for the guide dogs’ medical and surgical care.  Dr. Green also worked with non-sighted and multiple handicap students to teach them more about canine husbandry.

In 1991, Dr. Green opened the Katonah Veterinary Group—a two-doctor small animal practice in Katonah, New York.  KVG expanded into a new location in November 2001 and became the Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center.  Within five years, KBVC grew to employ 25 doctors and more than 125 staff members.  Under Dr. Green’s direction, Katonah Bedford won the “Best of Westchester” award for a Veterinary Practice in 2004.

Beginning in 1993, Dr. Green began service as the medical director of the SPCA of Westchester in Briarcliff, New York.  He received the SPCA of Westchester’s Distinguished Service Award in 2003 for the time and effort he contributed to the shelter’s benefit. He was also featured on CNN and in The New York Times for his work in canine reproduction and cryogenics.

Dr. Green was one of the original founders of BrightHeart Veterinary Centers, a national network of advanced-care veterinary centers formed in 2007, for which he managed six specialty hospitals. Katonah Bedford served as the flagship hospital for BrightHeart with Dr. Green serving as the Chief Operating Officer until December of 2008 when he retired and moved to Kiawah Island, South Carolina.

After a year of retirement, Dr. Green found he missed his staff along with managing and mentoring young veterinarians.  He also missed the day-to-day challenges associated with building a top-notch emergency and specialty veterinary referral practice.  Dr. Green decided to open a new specialty veterinary hospital in Charleston in 2010, and attracted an incredible group of specialists and staff wanting to bring a new standard of excellence to the area.

“My true motivation in creating Charleston Veterinary Referral Center is to have a place I can trust to provide superior care for my own dogs in the event of a surgical or medical crisis,” says Dr. Green.  “My aim is to establish a gold standard of care for specialty and emergency veterinary medicine in the Charleston area.”

Dr. Green is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), South Carolina Associate of Veterinarians (SCAV), and the Trident Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA). The father of two grown children, Emily and Michael, Dr. Green is also an avid golfer and enjoys music and traveling with his wife, M.J.  Dr. Green and M.J. have worked together side-by-side for more than twenty years with M.J. previously serving as the Client Care Manager at Dr. Green's practices.

Dr.'s Green and Sachs owned and operated CVRC from opening until 2018, when CVRC became part of the CompassionFirst Pet Hospital family.  

Education / Experience: 

2010-presentFounder - Chief of Staff - Charleston Veterinary Referral Center
2007-2008Founding Partner - Chief Operating Officer, BrightHeart Veterinary Centers, Armonk, NY
2001-2008Founder - Owner, Katonah Bedford Veterinary Center, Bedford Hills, NY
1993-2007Medical Director - SPCA of Westchester, Briarcliff, NY
1991-2001Founder - Owner, Katonah Veterinary Group, Katonah, NY
1987-1993Founder - Owner, VetSound Mobile Ultrasound Service, NY
1985-1991Staff Veterinarian - Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Yorktown Heights, NY
1983-1991General Practice Associate Veterinarian, Westchester NY
1983Internship - Rotating Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Animal Medical Center, NY, NY
1982Doctor of Veterinary Medicine - Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1975Bachelor of Science - Biology, State University of New York at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY