Lawton Animal Welfare welcomes first on-staff veterinarian, Dr. Gene Parker

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Published January 10, 2023

Caitlin Gatlin | Communications & Marketing Manager

The City of Lawton’s Animal Welfare Division joins just a handful of cities in Oklahoma that has hired a full time veterinarian. Dr. Gene Parker started work this week & his addition to the team is incredibly exciting.

Dr. Parker has 30 years of experience and will continue to bring his expertise to the animals at Lawton Animal Welfare. He’s been the contract surgeon at the shelter for the last 10 months, which allowed for an easy transition to full time.

"Instead of working two days a week, we are working five days a week," said Dr. Parker. "We will streamline this where we have more adoptable animals present at all times.”

In addition to expediting the adoption process, Dr. Parker’s ability to perform surgeries so often will allow for a much healthier environment for the animals on adoption row.

"We will be able to get animals moved through here quickly, which will decrease respiratory disease and diarrhea and things that we encounter, regardless of where you're at," said Dr. Parker.

Roy Rodrick, Lawton Animal Welfare’s Superintendent says getting a veterinarian on staff has been a priority at the shelter and while the staff is incredibly knowledgeable already, Dr. Parker brings a new level of education to the table.

"We’ve wanted this vet for a long time," Rodrick said. "It’s going to help the animals get through the process and up for adoption quicker. It is a big benefit for the animals and the public, who will be able to find a dog within three or four days versus two to three weeks."

Dr. Parker adds animal welfare is among the few factors families look at when moving to a new community. He’s excited to be part of that equation in his new position at Lawton Animal Welfare.

"I’m glad to see Lawton be proactive and get on board with other cities who have facilities and people on hand to take care of the problem," Dr. Parker said. "I think Lawton will bring more families to Southwest Oklahoma."


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