Josh Fisher, MHA, CAWA


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control

Dr. Josh Fisher, MHA, CAWA, has an educational background in population management/medicine, public health, veterinary sciences, informatics and healthcare administration. He has been working in the animal welfare field for more than 20 years, holding management roles in private practices, cooperate practices, the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, county government and most recently as the animal services director for the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. A strong advocate for professional development, Josh seeks to involve staff in continued education and training opportunities, as well as in cutting edge industry research. His professional interests focus on keeping pets and people together by “helping both ends of the leash,” as well as disease reduction/prevention, advanced marketing/placement and intake reduction tactics, strategic planning and staff career development in animal welfare. His projects include increasing the interest of veterinary/veterinary technician students in the animal welfare industry, as well as working with community veterinarians to break down barriers, develop relationships and increase involvement in community focused animal welfare. In addition to his work in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, he serves as the board chair of the North Carolina Animal Federation, president of the National Animal Care & Control Association, member of the managing executive committee for the Human Animal Support Services Project, and secretary/treasurer of the NC Public Health Association, academic and practice-based research section.