Our Veterinarians

TX Vets

The Family Pet Clinic of North Richland Hills team of skilled veterinarians welcomes you to our practice. Proudly serving the North Richland Hills and Watauga areas. At Family Pet Clinic of North Richland Hills, it is our daily privilege to provide quality vet care to your cherished pet, with compassion and competence. We hope to ensure a positive impact on our patients, pet owners and the local community.


Dr. Jed Ford

Graduating from Texas A&M University with a DVM in 1982, Dr. Ford grew up just west of Fort Worth on a small farm caring for dogs, cats and a variety of farm animals. By the time he was 5 years old he knew that the only career he wanted was to become a “dog doctor”, because at that time he could not spell veterinarian. He founded Family Pet Clinic in 1990 with his interest in treating canine, feline and exotic animals of all types. He has been on the Board of Directors of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association for a number of years and served as the President of that organization in 2013. He currently has 10 household pets of his own, including dogs, cats and even reptiles. His other interest include fishing, wood carving and bee keeping.


Dr. Katlin Johnson, DVM

Dr. Katlin Johnson graduated recently from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine after receiving her Bachelors of Science degree from University of Texas at Arlington. After starting her career in Houston, Texas, she has recently moved back to the DFW area with her husband and furry family of 7. Dr. Johnson has wanted to be a veterinarian since as long as she can remember. She became interested in exotic animal and wildlife medicine as a young girl when she found herself working with raptors and her parents became interested in pet parrots. Dr. Johnson enjoys knitting, adult coloring books, spending time with her family, and traveling with her new husband. She is very excited about joining the FPCNRH family and being back in the DFW area!


Dr. Shannon Vicario

Dr. Shannon Vicario grew up in Syracuse, N.Y. and received a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Studio Art from Binghamton University in 2007. Her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine degree was obtained from Cornell University in 2012. She developed a strong interest in exotic pets and wildlife after taking an international wildlife course in Honduras and during externships in exotic animal medicine in California and Connecticut. Dr. Vicario has spent the last 4 years as a veterinarian in Northern New York as a small animal/exotic pet veterinarian. She also served as the primary veterinarian for the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park and was a member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Vicario has recently moved to North Richland Hills with her boyfriend Chris, 2 parrots, 2 tortoises and tripod dog, Nimbus in search of warmer weather and new adventures. Dr. Vicario’s professional interests include small animal and exotic medicine, preventative medicine, surgery and dentistry. During her free time she enjoys cooking (and eating!), boating, hiking, traveling, and taking care of her orchid collection.


Dr. Crystal Jackson

Dr. Crystal Jackson received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine as part of the Inaugural class at Lincoln Memorial University – College of Veterinary Medicine. She has always been drawn to animals and knew from the time she was a little girl that her dream job was to become a veterinarian. Dr. Jackson’s professional interests include surgery, dentistry and preventative medicine. Outside of veterinary medicine she enjoys playing softball, hiking, and spending time with her husband, 2 dogs (Leila & Miaya) and 2 cats (Oliver & Skyla).


Dr. Jessica Pinckard

Dr. Jessica Pinckard was born in El Dorado, Arkansas but grew up in Dallas, Texas. She spent many of her summers helping out of her grandparents' farm in rural Louisiana and came to love all species of animals. Dr. Pinckard attended Texas A&M University and received a BS in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, then went on to earn her MPH (Epidemiology) from the UT Houston Health and Science Center. After that she finally came back to Texas A&M University for her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine. During her time in vet school, Dr. Pinckard focused on exotic, zoo and wildlife medicine. She spent much of her fourth year externing at exotic exclusive practices, the Dallas Zoo, and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. She hopes to be involved with conservation projects in the near future. Dr. Jessica Pinckard currently shares her home with one cat, but hopes to add some new pets to her family soon! During her free time, she enjoys going to the movies, reading, enjoying nature, and traveling.


Dr. Cordell Rech

Dr. Cordell Rech is originally from San Antonio, TX where he was able to shadow a local veterinarian as a senior in high school. By working in the kennels and as a veterinary assistant, Dr. Rech developed a passion for veterinary medicine. After attending undergraduate school in Arkansas, Dr. Rech was accepted into Texas A&M's veterinary school where he focused his learning on treating a wide variety of exotic species in addition to dogs and cats. Upon graduating from Texas A&M, Dr. Rech chose to participate in a small animal medicine and surgery internship with South Texas Veterinary Specialists. This internship allowed him to work closely with small animal specialists on difficult cases and gain a large amount of practical experience within a short period of time. At the end of this internship, Dr. Rech continued to gain clinical experience through an avian and exotic animal internship in Connecticut with South Wilton Veterinary Group. During his time there, he treated more than 80 different species of animals ranging from parakeets to geckos to fish. Dr. Rech then continued his career at a clinic in upstate New York before returning home to continue working with exotic animals and be closer to his family in North Richland Hills. Dr. Rech lives with his Standard Poodle, Lily, and his Japanese Fire-Bellied Newts. In his free time, Dr. Rech enjoys swimming, cooking, and traveling.