Bonnie S. Harris, DVM received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Florida and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A & M University. Dr. Harris and her associates are licensed by the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.
Esther M. Grissom, DVM also received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A & M. She practices relief veterinary services around Tarrant County and allows Dr. Harris the opportunity to take four days off each month.
Jenni is our newest team member and came to the practice from outside the
Veterinary field. Her background is in I.T. systems support, specifically document imaging systems, but she looks forward to learning the ins and outs of running
an animal hospital.
Vana is a valuable team player because of her knowledge, versatility, and CVA Level II Training. She is our Head Vet Tech, has experience as receptionist & kennel attendant, and has been with us for 25 years.
Tara is our full-time technician with a CVA Level 1 Certificate and receptionist.
She's also working towards her degree at Tarleton State University.
Elizabeth has a CVA Level 1 certification and is currently a
pre-med student in Dallas County.
Veterinary Assistants are invaluable employees because they act as the doctor’s right hand and are a second
set of eyes and ears.
Our Pet Bios
Dr. Harris has two dogs and two cats. Both dogs were “rescue” pups that needed homes. Cheyenne is a Doberman-Rottweiler-Lab Mix, and Iris is a white Mini Pit Bull. Her home cat’s name is Sticky, because she scratches people with her claws. Her hospital cat is Gabriel; he enjoys the company of staff, clients and patients at Arlington Animal Hospital.
Dr. Grissom has a beautiful black and white kitty named Daisy who is sweet but also
knows how to rule the household.
Jenni and her two children have a boxer and a collie-mix that are an integral part of their family. Sadie is a sweet girl who would love to sit in your lap and Brody is our new rescue that loves to "shake" his paw with you for treats and carries his stuffy toys everywhere!
Vana has two Pugs, Buck and Pearl. Buck doesn't see well so Pearl is his seeing-eye dog. She also has a crazy cat named Stewie, who is king of the house and a new cat Baby Kitty. Her bird, Aspen is an Umbrella Cockatoo who talks, dances and taunts Vana's husband. Recently Vana added a red-rooted tortise named Peggy to her family.
Tara has two German Shepherds named Diesel and Holley and a cat named Brodix. Diesel loves to chase his tail and run laps up and down the stairs. He's also scared of his own reflection in the mirror. She keeps them all on monthly heartworm preventive and current on vaccinations so that they will be around for many years.
Elizabeth has 2 dogs, Fynn and Osita, who poke their faces out of the blinds to greet guests. She also has three rats that know how to "spin" on command.
Dr. James A. Farrell
Arlington Animal Hospital was the first veterinary facility in the City of Arlington, Texas. It was built by Dr. James A. Farrell in 1946. Hwy 80 (Division Street) was the main road between Dallas and Fort Worth, when Arlington was a small rural community between the two cities. Dr. Farrell proudly described how his hospital sat right at the edge of town, where the pavement stopped. It was a dirt road the rest of the way to Fort Worth. The veterinarians in the 1940’s and ‘50’s treated mostly horses and livestock. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that his practice became a small animal hospital. The building has been repeatedly expanded and improved throughout the years as times and needs have changed. Where cattle pens and horse stocks once stood behind the building, now exist runs and kennels for dogs and cats.
Dr. Herbert C. Schoonover
Dr. Herbert C. Schoonover bought the Arlington Animal Hospital from Dr. Farrell in 1974. Dr. Schoonover had been practicing medicine for over 30 years, and he worked hard to maintain the quality of medicine and compassion that was pioneered by his mentor, Dr. Farrell. He was well known and well loved by many patients and clients. Dr. Schoonover was an active Rotarian and an active charter member of New World United Methodist Church on North Davis Drive. In 1990 his daughter, Bonnie S. Harris joined the practice, and they worked as a team for 10 years. Dr. Harris purchased the hospital from her father in December 1992.
Dr. Bonnie S. Harris
Today Dr. Bonnie S. Harris is the proud owner and head veterinarian at Arlington Animal Hospital. She grew up in south central Kansas, where her father was the only veterinarian within a 40-mile radius. Her love for animals came naturally, since the only “day care center” she knew was the front seat of her father’s truck going on calls to local farms and ranches. After high school Bonnie earned a nursing degree from the University of Florida and worked in Critical Care for many years. She eventually fulfilled her lifelong dream and graduated from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990. Her special areas of interest include Internal Medicine, Oncology/Cytology and Feline Medicine. Dr. Harris’ main focus however is Preventive Medical Care and teaching pet owners how to keep their animals healthy, so they can live long happy lives. She is an active member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Association of Feline Practitioners, Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club of Arlington and is active in her local Methodist Church. Her daughter, Tradel Harris, is also a veterinarian and has hopes of joining Dr. Harris in practice. Her son is a banker and lives with his family in Tampa, Florida.