Our Veterinary Support Staff

Take a moment to learn about the support staff who make our veterinarian's lives a little bit easier. Meet our team's technicians, assistants, and receptionists!

Christine Akers Co-Practice Manager

Christine joined Bowman Animal Hospital in 2000.  She graduated from North Carolina State University in 2004 with a degree in Sociology and Environmental Sciences.  She says her love for animals and people were always a passion that came naturally.   Her first childhood dog was a Standard Dachshund named Chiggers but she loves them all – short, tall, fuzzy, small – and that’s no lie!

Her favorite part of her job is meeting new people and educating pet owners to ensure our companion animals live happy, healthy long lives.  She loves making lasting friendships with owners and their pets.  Throughout the years, all of her pets, currently three dogs and three cats, have found their way into her heart and home after being rescued.

When not at work, Christine enjoys gardening and kayaking.  Relaxing in a hammock or on the beach with a good book is not a bad way to spend the day either.   She can often be found with her husband Ken, listening to music or watching their daughter, Maggie, play volleyball.

Christine Akers Co-Practice Manager


Brooke Barker Co-Practice Manager, Director of Operations

Brooke has fifteen total years of experience in the veterinary field, twelve of which have been as an employee of Bowman. She attended Emory & Henry College, where she was a dual-sport athlete in basketball and softball. In 2003, the women’s softball team won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference where she was named MVP of the tournament! She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with a Minor in Chemistry in 2006. While in college, she worked for an 8-doctor practice in Abingdon, Virginia to gain experience and possibly pursue veterinary school. After graduation, she took a year off from school and continued to work as a veterinary assistant. During that time, she realized that becoming a veterinarian was not the path she wanted to take, but also understood how much she wanted to remain in the veterinary field.

In 2007, she moved to Raleigh and started working at Bowman Animal Hospital as an assistant. Over time, she was promoted to managing the technical team, and then to director of operations. Throughout these transitions, she discovered her passion for wanting to understand, manage, and improve all of the inter-workings of a veterinary practice. In October of 2018, she was appointed as Co-Practice Manager and is currently working toward becoming a Certified Veterinary Practice Manager. She has always enjoyed being part of a team and working toward a common goal. In her current position, she is able to work with all the departments to bring about positive changes that benefit patients, clients, staff, and the business as a whole. She finds her work extremely rewarding.

Brooke shares her home with four pets including an American Staffordshire named Isis; brother and sister cats rescued from BAH named Boogieman and Bikini; and a tortoiseshell cat named Jazz. She leads an exciting life outside the clinic, traveling to new places around the world. In 2018, she checked off six new countries from her list including Italy, France, Ireland, Germany, Hungry, and Czechia. Additionally, she is an avid snowboarder, which has fueled her travel habit as well. She has boarded the Appalachian Mountains, the Rocky Mountains, and the Italian Alps. When she is not working or traveling, she enjoys staying active by playing organized social sports (volleyball, flag football, kickball, and curling) with her friends.

Brooke Barker Director of Operations


Lauren Strickland Registered Veterinary Technician

Lauren grew up in Angier, NC. She has worked in veterinary medicine since 2012, with experience in ER, neurology, internal medicine, general practice, and equine and farm animal care. She attended Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, NC, and graduated in 2014 with her AAS in veterinary technology. Lauren enjoys supporting her team and helping to make BAHCC a fun place to work.

At home, Lauren has two horses, Justice and Casper, four dogs named Chaps, Cinch, Paisley, and Huey, and one cat. An avid horse lover, she has competed in multiple horse shows across the state. In her free time, she enjoys taking the boat out on the lake with her husband and son and riding her horses. She also loves country music, Mexican food, and vanilla sweet cream cold brew.

Lauren Strickland Registered Veterinary Technician


Autumn Customer Service Manager

Autumn was born in Indiana, but she’s been living in the Raleigh area since she was little. She started her veterinary career with us in 2017 and has stuck around since! Autumn completed her bachelor’s in theology though through the University of Florida’s online program in 2 years. During her time at Bowman, she has truly enjoyed her work, and she feels as though she has grown and learned more than ever before! In her role with us, she loves getting to connect with clients and helping educate them so their pet can have the best life. Before her career in veterinary medicine, Autumn worked in several roles including at a heating and air place company, with kindergartners, and even as a chiropractic assistant.

At home, Autumn has a Boxer mix named Bear who thinks he is a lap dog and is extremely spoiled. In her spare time, you’ll likely find her reading, crafting, and doing make-up on herself for fun, or on others for events. You may also catch her re-watching one of her favorite shows like Big Brother or Parks & Rec, or her favorite move, Dirty Dancing. One fun fact is that she is semi-fluent in American Sign Language!

Autumn Lead Receptionist