EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The city of El Paso has announced the addition of a new veterinarian who hails from here in the Borderland.
El Paso Animal Services hired Dr. Anthony Chacon at the shelter after experiencing a nearly year-long vacancy amid a nationwide vet shortage.
Dr. Chacon is originally from the frontier regions, grew up in Anthony, New Mexico and attended Gadsden High School.
He graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences before moving to London, England to attend University of London-Royal Veterinary College.
Dr Chacon graduated in veterinary medicine in 2014 and began practicing veterinary medicine in the UK.
Dr. Chacon has over eight years of experience in veterinary medicine with companion animals before returning to El Paso to be closer to his family, and is excited to bring his knowledge and skills to his community.
“As a child, I grew up caring for stray and homeless pets in my neighborhood. Now I will be able to have a vital impact on pets in our community, giving them the chance to live a great life. said Dr. Chacon.
This new addition to the medical team at El Paso Animal Services follows a three-year recruitment drive to bring veterinary talent to the shelter amid a national vet shortage.
El Paso Animal Services still has three vacancies for veterinarians, but continues to find innovative approaches to providing medical care to the thousands of animals that enter the shelter each year, including working with local private veterinary clinics and hosting traveling rescue veterinarians.
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