Dr. Emily Howe originally studied special education at the University of Kansas with a distant dream of becoming a veterinarian. Just after she graduated and began teaching, her beloved dog Zoey badly fractured her leg, requiring extensive surgery and rehabilitation. With encouragement from Zoey’s surgeon, she got a job at a local vet and worked there for a year before returning to Oklahoma State University for vet school. She graduated in 2001 and relocated to Seattle to be near her sister. She worked as an associate vet in the Seattle area for six years before purchasing Ballard Animal Hospital in the summer of 2007. Dr. Howe’s special areas of interest are internal medicine, with an emphasis on geriatric medicine.
"I like internal medicine because it is usually a complicated puzzle that requires a lot of thinking to figure out and geriatrics in particular just because I love old animals. I also think that I love geriatrics because so many people give up on these animals and have the mentality that old age equals disease and I don’t. Helping them live pain free (or as close as we can get), quality lives is just very rewarding for me."
Dr. Howe is married and has two little girls. She also has a full brood of animals including Princess Cassidy Fluffytail (a twelve year old domestic long hair regal kitty), a seven year old Coonhound Mix named Mr. Joe, a three year old Maltese cross who tries very hard to be a dog, and a one year old domestic short haired kitty named Rosemary. They keep us all on our toes, laughing and feeling loved.
Dr. Brian Rowse graduated from Washington State University in 1975. He came to work at Ballard Animal Hospital in 1977 and over the years has developed a devoted following of regular clients. He has an active interest in all aspects of veterinary medicine.
After 32 years in practice, Dr. Rowse decided to turn the responsibility of ownership over to someone else. This has freed Dr. Rowse up to do what he loves best, practicing veterinary medicine. Dr. Rowse is currently working three days a week and has plans to continue at the hospital for the foreseeable future.
Dr. Rowse balances his free time between golf, fishing, critters at home and following his wife’s instructions. Good Doctor!
Dr. Jennifer Wallace graduated from Washington State University in 2005. Prior to veterinary school she studied anthropology and biology at the University of Washington. Her research led her to conduct studies on free-roaming non-human primates in Southern Mexico. Dr. Wallace has a strong interest in feline and geriatric medicine and worked in a feline-only hospital as well as general practice after veterinary school.
In her free time she enjoys reading, gardening, hiking and spending time with her family. She lives in Ballard with her husband, two daughters, two dogs (Homer and Maya) and two cats (Little Poo and Snoopy).
Dr. Renee Berry graduated from Mississippi State University in 2001. After practicing in sunny New Mexico, she then moved to the beautiful Northwest. Dr. Berry enjoys all aspect of veterinary medicine, particularly cardiology. Other than working, she spends most of her time chasing around her two little girls and trying to tire out Tucker, her anxious 2 year old Boxer rescue. She does get a reprieve with her two kitties, La Darius and Shock. They were chosen by her girls and are the easiest, best kitties ever. She is convinced that her girls are better kitty pickers than she is! In her free time, you may catch her with her nose in a book, camping or traveling with her family or more likely, just dreaming of those things.
After writing her bio, Dr. Berry realized how boring her life was and that she needs more hobbies. So she decided to go bungee jumping in New Zealand!
Dr. Jessica Laroche graduated from veterinary school at the University of Montreal in Canada. As well, she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Biochemistry there. Her passion for animals and their welfare began at a very young age and led her to pursue her interest in medicine and working with people as a veterinarian. After working for a few years in Montreal, she moved to Seattle with her husband to enjoy the beautiful West Coast. She has a wide range of interests in veterinary medicine, and especially enjoys ophthalmology and feline geriatric care. She has a two year old Great Dane/Lab mix named Enzo and the cutest Boxer puppy name Aida. She also has two dear cats: Cassis and Sasha.