Meet Our Veterinarians

We see big potential in every moment & care deeply about what we do every day.

  • Dr Jack Shepherd DVM
    Dr. Jack Shepherd, DVM

    Dr. Jack Shepherd grew up on the west side of Cincinnati, where pets were a part of life from day one. He started working for a local veterinary clinic when he was only 15 years old—that was in 1970, and he’s been involved full-time with the veterinary field ever since. Dr. Shepherd and his team have been providing the very best in compassionate veterinary care for more than three decades, and he couldn’t be more proud to serve as the hospital’s Owner and Chief Veterinarian.

    Dr. Shepherd worked at pet hospitals throughout his undergraduate years and during his veterinary studies at Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 1981, and spent the next several years working in small-animal care at a variety of clinics in the area. In 1986, he got a call from the former owner of Westside Animal Hospital, Dr. Sharon Bennett, who was looking to sell the practice. Dr. Shepherd began ownership that year and started full-time operations at the hospital two years later in 1988. The rest is history! 

    As a vet, Dr. Shepherd has particular passions for internal medicine cases and surgical work. He loves to interact with his team members, the pet owners of the public, and their wonderful animal companions. And getting to dote on adorable puppies and kittens never fails to put a smile on his face. 

    When he’s not at work, Dr. Shepherd enjoys golfing, collecting stamps and coins, cheering on the Pittsburgh Penguins, traveling, and spending quality time with his family. He and his wife, Connie, have two children. Genny works with her father here at Westside Animal Hospital, and Nick works in radiology at Good Samaritan Hospital. At home, Dr. Shepherd and his wife have two pets: Holly, a Golden Retriever who follows Dr. Shepherd everywhere (including into the office every day), and a longhaired cat named Izzy.