Our Team

Experienced, energetic professionals with a passion for animal health, thats what the team at Columbus Animal Clinic is made of.

Austin Sherman DVM

Dr. Austin Sherman was born and raised in Bay City Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Sciences in 2011 and a veterinary degree in 2017. Following graduation he worked in a rural mixed animal practice in Floresville Texas. His veterinary interests include surgery, reproduction and food animal medicine.

Austin enjoys anything outdoors, especially fishing on the coast. He married his wife Carissa in 2015. They have two dogs and a cat.

He is an active member of Texas Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association.

Carissa Sherman DVM

Dr. Carissa Sherman was raised in Tomball Texas. She earned a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences from Texas A&M University in 2013 and her veterinary degree from Texas A&M University in 2017. Following graduation she worked in a rural mixed animal practice in Floresville Texas. Her veterinary interests include medicine, imaging, and dentistry.

She met and married her husband Austin in veterinary school. They have two dogs and a cat. Her hobbies include hiking, running, hunting, and being anywhere near water.

She is an active member of Texas Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association.

Brian Fitzgerald, DVM

Dr. Fitzgerald grew up in northwest Houston. His passion for veterinary medicine began early while working on his family's cow/calf operation in Columbus. He graduated with honors from Texas A&M University with a degree in Animal Science in 2000 and with his DVM degree in 2005. After graduation, he completed a one year internship at Steinbeck Country Equine Clinic in Salinas, CA. After his internship he returned to the 6666 Ranch where he worked as a resident veterinarian at one of the world's largest equine breeding operations. He started F9 Equine Clinic in 2009, acquired Columbus Animal Clinic in 2016.

Dr. Fitzgerald's professional interests include equine lameness, reproduction, podiatry, and general equine medicine. Dr. Fitzgerald is a member of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Dr. Fitzgerald has previously served on the equine practice committee for the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and the owner education committee for the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Dr. Fitzgerald is also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association. He and his wife, Rashelle have 8 children.


Autum grew up in Columbus and is very involved in the community rescuing and helping animals. Animals are her passion. She loves spending time outdoors, dancing, singing and spending time with family and friends.
She has always had many different types of animals; from cats, dogs, turtles, hamsters and horses. She loves them all. Autum is a happy fur mom of 8 four legged babies. She loves being a part of the Columbus Animal Clinic team and is excited to see what the future of the clinic holds.


Alexandra Murphy was born and raised in former West Berlin, Germany. She fell in love with horses at an early age, and competed in dressage and stadium jumping. She has college degrees in botany and child development, and also completed a formal apprenticeship to become a licensed riding instructor in Germany. She came to the USA in 1993 to support her husband in his military career, raised their two daughters and taught riding lessons. In 2000 she became a certified instructor with the American Riding Instructor Association in Dressage and Stable Management. From 2001-2010 she managed the Ft. Hood Stables, a 108 horse facility for the members of the armed forces, and operated her own lesson & training program teaching dressage, working with mentally and physically challenged soldiers returning from war.


Morgan Hood has always had a love for animals. She was ctive in 4H and FFA, showing and raising rabbits as a main focus; but also goats, cows and horses. After college, Morgan started her grooming career at Texas Academy of Animal Control Officers and became an ACO in San Antonio for 2 years. Her passion was making the pets that came into the shelter feel and look better so they could be adopted. Once she discovered that knack for grooming she continued through multiple training programs and has become a professional groomer.
Morgan pledges to love your pet, care for your pet, be patient and kind and do what is best for your pet no matter what; standing by the fact that comfort must come before vanity.


Rosa was born in Galveston Texas, but raised in Columbus and graduated from Columbus High School. She lives with her husband, Fernando and their 4 year old daughter, Jenelle. Rosa is OSHA Certified and Healthcare Provider CPR Certification (BLS).

Since she joined CAC she has gained knowledge in veterinary care as well as client relations. She has a big heart for all animals and animal care. Rosa is the clinic's receptionist.

She is also mom of a 2 year old shepherd/lab mix, Oso. Outside of work, Rosa enjoys going out dancing, attending music festivals, exercising and spending time with family & friends.


Brittany grew up in Cypress Texas. After high school graduation she attended college majoring in Business. Always intune to animals, Brittany has worked in the rescue of dogs as well as volunteering in horse rehabilitation programs.

Brittany loves her 2 year old daughter, rescue pitbulls, a Texas Heeler, as well as 2 chickens and her rabbit. Brittany is a customer service veteran and excited to be a part of the CAC team.

About Us

Columbus Animal Clinic is a full service veterinary facility equipped for the comprehensive treatment of all pets and livestock species.


Herd Health Expertise

Our team understands what it means to be in the business of livestock production. Let us help you become more profitable by improving the health of your herd.


Wellness focus

Numerous diseases that adversely affect animals can easily be prevented through vaccination and routine diagnostic screening. We have the knowledge and capabilities to keep you animals healthy with routine wellness care.


Full Lab & Surgery facilities

In-house laboratory allows us to get results quickly, when it matters.

Our surgical suite is complete with comprehensive anesthetic monitoring capabilities. Our team is able to provide the up-to-date anesthetic options available for all surgical situations.

Our Services

Complete medical services for the widest array of animals. Large and small animals.
The staff stays current of the latest veterinary advances.
We pride ourselves in providing information and options that equip you to make the best decisions for your animals.

Preventative Care
Small Animal Surgery
Large Animal Surgery
Diagnostic Imaging
Inhouse laboratory
Breeding Services
Sports Medicine
Digital X-ray
Digital Ultrasound
Professional Grooming
Regenerative Therapies
Professional grooming now available.

Our Place or Yours
★ Appointments are available daily     Call 979 732-5758 ★
★ Emergency / urgent care is available as needed ★

★ FYI: Prescription requests may take up to an hour to fill.★



Bones & Joints

Preventative Care

Tour the Clinic

Photos are better than thousands of words; so here is a virtual tour of the Veterinary Clinic
This is what you can expect when you visit Columbus Animal Clinic


The Welcome Room

Have you met our friendly staff and browsed the selection of pet health and specialty items for your pets?


Surgery room

The skilled veterinay team is able to perform an array of surgical procedures, both routine and specialized.


Inhouse Lab & Imaging

Our modern in-house lab gets results quickly. We pride ourselves in our state of the art imaging systems & our expertise in using them to keep your animals healthy.


Large animal

The veterinary clinic's large animal facilities are modern and ergonomically designed, for safe and effective cattle handling.


Cattle Pen

Looking for the best bovine care in the area. Our team knows production medicine.


Hydraulic Squeeze Chute

Texas style - bigger is better in being prepared to work with your bulls, heifers, cows and calves. Our chute rotates completely to allow examination and treatment of bovine lameness issues.

Downloadable Forms

There are several forms that can make you and your pets visit to Columbus Animal Clinic more efficient

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Contact Us

contact information

  • Monday - Friday: 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Saturday & Sunday: Closed
  • Address: 923 Walnut Street   Columbus TX 78934
  • Phone: (979) 732-5758
  • After Hours Emergency Service: (979) 732-5758
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