VCA Fort Worth Animal Medical Center

Karen Barger, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

DVM, Mississippi State University


Dr. Barger grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland and told her mom she wanted to be a veterinarian when she was just 3 years old. At the age of 14, she got her first job working for the local veterinarian. Throughout high school she was very active in the performing arts and attended Emerson College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theater. After college she moved to Los Angeles California to pursue a career in acting, but she was never able to let go of her love for veterinary medicine. She continued to work as a veterinary technician throughout college and after graduation, working at some of the largest hospitals in the country. In 2006, she decided to redirect her career and apply for veterinary school. She moved from Los Angeles, CA to Starkville Mississippi to attend school at Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated as a Wise Scholar from Mississippi State in April of 2011 and was the recipient of the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists Clinical Proficiency Award. After graduation she settled in Hurst, Texas where she lives with her husband, Jeremytheir daughter Isabelle.Her furry family includes Link the Australian Shepard, Loki the "Mississippi Mutt", and 2 fluffy felines named Bailey and Hunter. Her professional interests include anesthesia and emergency medicine.


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

Your emergency needs can be met right here at our hospital.
VCA Fort Worth Animal Medical Center provides 24 hour emergency veterinary care, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Emergency veterinarians, veterinary technicians and/or veterinary assistants are on staff 24 hours a day.

Please call us at 817-560-8387. We are located at 8331 W. Freeway. Fort Worth, TX 76116.

We provide the highest standard in veterinary emergency and critical care services. We are trained and equipped to perform a variety of emergency surgeries and procedures. We provide the highest standards of pain management. Emergency internal medicine consultations, including full diagnostics, are available.

Please call or come in immediately if you feel your pet is having an emergency or needs after-hours care.