Austin Veterinarian Could be Named America’s Favorite Veterinarian

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Austin veterinarian Chad Harris, DVM, is in the running to be named "America's Favorite Veterinarian." Members of the public are invited to vote until the contest closes on September 1.

Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation

Austin veterinarian Chad Harris, DVM, is in the running to be honored as “America’s Favorite Veterinarian.” This distinction, created by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, celebrates the relationship shared by veterinarians and pet owners and recognizes the valuable role of veterinarians in our society. Members of the public are invited to vote once daily at until voting closes on September 1.

Dr. Harris practices at North Austin Animal Hospital, where he serves as the clinic’s chief of staff. He is also the director at large for the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association and a trustee on the board of the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation (TVMF).

In addition to the patients he sees at North Austin Animal Hospital, Dr. Harris treats pets in his community through his work with the TVMF PALS (Pets Assisting the Lives of Seniors) program, a partnership between TVMF and Meals on Wheels and More of Austin that provides no-cost veterinary care for pets of the city’s elderly, homebound or disabled. Through his work with TVMF PALS, Dr. Harris formed a friendship with Mr. Romero, a 91-year-old Korean War veteran who is blind. When Mr. Romero lost his canine companion, Hog Jaw, he told Dr. Harris that he felt like a large part of his life was missing. “We had a dog at the clinic that had been abandoned,” Dr. Harris said. “Mr. Romero instantly fell in love with Samantha and adopted her. To this day, I make visits to see both of them as often as I can.”

A graduate of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in St. Kitts, Dr. Harris counts cardiology, orthopedic surgery, stem cell therapy and reptile medicine and surgery among his special career interests. In his free time, he enjoys kayaking, canoeing, paddle-boarding, hiking, snorkeling and fishing. “Dr. Harris is honest, understanding and compassionate,” said Liz, a North Austin Animal Hospital client who nominated him for the award. “He’s fair, kind and well-loved by all the pets he takes care of.”

About the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation
Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation (TVMF) was established in 1978 as a 501(c)3 charitable and philanthropic nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring the health and welfare of animals throughout Texas. By celebrating the human-animal bond through education on best practices in animal care and husbandry as well as community and public relations, research, fundraising and the development of those individuals involved in the field of veterinary medicine, TVMF greatly extends the outreach of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA). TVMF is supported through tax-deductible donations and gifts from the public, veterinarians and pharmaceutical and veterinary supply industries. Please visit for more information.

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