VCA Health Associates Animal Hospital

Shara Carlton, DVM, Medical Director

DVM, Texas A&M University


Dr. Shara Carlton is a Texas native. She graduated from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000. After a year in private practice in Lubbock, she moved to Heidelberg, Germany, to practice as a civilian veterinarian on US Army posts, providing care for Soldiers’ families and pets. She was there for 3 years and took advantage of the opportunity to travel extensively. In 2004, she moved to Washington, D.C., and practiced another 3 years in a Northern Virginia private practice. While in practice she felt a “home sickness” for military families and joined the US Army Veterinary Corps in 2007. Her military career led to wonderful experiences, including a deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Uncle Sam moved her to Fort Sam Houston in 2010. Being back in Texas to live for the first time in 11 years, she didn’t want to leave her family and this wonderful state again, so she decided to return to private practice in 2011.
Dr. Carlton shares her office and home with her 13 year old friend Albert, a big orange mix breed dog. They share the house with 2 cats, Audrey and Bob. She enjoys travel, gardening and interior design/home improvement projects.


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

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.