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 Support Staff Manager

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
Support Staff Manager

Lauren Strickland

Elizabeth Craver Reception Manager

Elizabeth graduated from ITT Tech in 2015 with an associate degree in IT. While she is computer savvy, IT was never really her passion. Elizabeth loves customer service and getting to know the clients. Her favorite perk about working in veterinary medicine is being able to interact with animals! As our reception manager, Elizabeth takes pride in leading a team that enjoys making our clients happy by providing top notch customer service. She puts 100% into her work each day, and is excited to learn more, further her veterinary career, and help others find passion and fulfillment in their jobs.

Elizabeth has 5 dogs: Bowie (the only dog she has had since they were a puppy), Skye (a former breeding dog), Bella (her “evil” chiweenie), and Bo and Luke, who are litter mates and hunting dogs. Outside of work, Elizabeth enjoys loving on animals, bottle feeding puppies and kittens, and watching her husband race.

Elizabeth Craver Reception Manager

Elizabeth Craver, Reception Manager