Deep in the Heart of Texas

August 12, 2016

Hi everyone! My name is Chad Harris, and I am the Chief of Staff at North Austin Animal Hospital in Austin, Texas. I am also one of VetCor’s newly appointed Chief of Staff Advisers.

Harris Family with lion cubBelieve it or not, I grew up in Odessa, Texas on an exotic animal rescue/private zoo. We had more animals than anyone I’ve ever known. They ranged from basic barnyard animals to African lions. As you can imagine, this is what inspired me to work with animals for the rest of my life. (Thanks, Dad!) I graduated from Permian High School in 1999, which people get totally excited about because it is THE high school from the book and movie, Friday Night Lights. I then eventually made my way to Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and completed my rotational year at the University of Minnesota.

I started working for VetCor at North Austin Animal Hospital immediately after graduating veterinary school in June 2012 as an associate veterinarian. It was the best decision I have ever made. NAAH was the only VetCor practice in Texas when I was hired, and I was extremely excited to meet so many likeminded people within the company ranging from regional managers to people that had titles such as CEO and COO.

I have formed so many special friendships at VetCor, and I look forward to continuing that trend. I’ve also personally had a hand in welcoming several new Texas practices to the team, one of which – Abilene Veterinary Clinic – was the clinic that I worked at as a veterinary technician when I was in undergrad. Dr. Larry Ellis, thank you for helping me shape my future, and welcome to the VetCor family!

VetCor has let me be myself while supporting my career growth and I look forward to continuing to develop with everyone at this unique and wonderful company. If you’re reading this blog, you have an open invitation to visit me any time you’d like! And, yes, Austin is a really amazing city that everyone compares to Portland, Madison, Denver, etc. We hear that a ton! Please feel free to visit or call any time.