Dr. Sharon Gaston, owner of the Cactus Veterinary Clinic in Saint Jo, Texas, suffered critical injuries Jan. 1 while attempting to evacuate some horses whose lives were in danger from a large grass fire in nearby Ringgold. At least three of the horses panicked and bolted, knocking Dr. Gaston to the ground and trampling her. As of mid-January, she remained in critical condition in John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
Dr. Gaston is a member of the AVMA and the American Association of Equine Practitioners. To assist Dr. Gaston, the Texas VMA has set up The Sharon Gaston Fund through the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation to help defray her medical costs. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the fund by calling the TVMA office at (512) 452-4224. Checks should be made payable to the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation, located at 8401 Exchange Drive, Austin, TX 78754.
Local veterinarians are working on a volunteer basis to keep Dr. Gaston's clinic open. Additional volunteers are invited to call the TVMA. Dr. Gaston is married to David Gaston.