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Our Owners & Veterinarians

On this page, we have a small snapshot of each of the owners and doctors who care so deeply for our pets. Learn more about them here, then make an appointment to meet them in person!


Gale Bowman Owner, DVM, MS

Dr. Gale Bowman is the founding owner of Bowman Animal Hospital and, although no longer practicing, is very involved in the management of the hospital. She received her DVM from Michigan State University in 1976 and then continued on to Auburn University where she obtained a Master’s degree in Small Animal Surgery and Medicine and completed a three-year residency in Veterinary Opthalmology.

She received the President’s Award from the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, and in 1995 was named North Carolina Veterinarian of the Year. From 1999-2003, Dr. Bowman served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation.

Dr. Bowman established Bowman Animal Hospital and Cat Clinic in 1985 and not only has the practice grown over time, but she has also become an innovator by building a hospital dedicated to the integration of Eastern and Western veterinary care. As an acupuncturist, she encourages the integration of a variety of modalities along with herbal and homeopathic medicine for both preventative and curative small animal medicine.

Dr. Bowman is originally from Mt. Clemens, MI but currently lives in Raleigh with her husband, Dr. Karl Bowman, her beautiful Maine Coon cats, Baby and Eddie, and her Yorkshire Terrier, Moxie.

Gale Bowman Owner, DVM, MS


Karl Bowman Owner, DVM, MS

In 2003, Dr. Karl Bowman became a co-owner of Bowman Animal Hospital and Cat Clinic. While no longer a practicing veterinarian, he provides extensive advisory and administrative support to the management team. Dr. Bowman received his BS and DVM degrees from Michigan State University in 1974 and 1976, respectively. From 1976-79, he served as an intern and resident in large animal surgery (primarily soft tissue surgery) and completed his coursework and research project for the MS degree at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University. In 1981, Dr. Bowman completed a second residency in large animal surgery (emphasizing lameness and orthopedic surgery) at the New Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. He received the MS degree from Auburn University in 1981. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Surgeons and the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in the clinical specialties of veterinary surgery and equine practice, respectively.

In 1981, he was appointed to the equine surgery faculty at the College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University (NCSU). Dr. Bowman is the author/co-author of more than 40 scientific publications and book chapters, and he has received four teaching awards. In 1996, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association recognized him as the 1996 NCSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital Clinician of the Year. In 2003, he received the NCSU Libraries Faculty Award in recognition of outstanding contributions that support the NCSU Libraries’ mission and role within the university. After 25 years, he retired from NCSU as an Associate Professor (Emeritus), Equine Surgery.


Karl Bowman Owner, DVM, MS

Veterinarians in Raleigh: Dr. Karl Bowman

Practicing Veterinarians

Kristen Smith DVM

Dr. Smith knew she wanted to be a vet since she was a young girl. She grew up around many different animals: horses, dogs, cats, and even a chicken or goat here and there. When the barn kittens were sick, she would take care of them, and enjoyed nursing them back to health. In middle school, she was fascinated by biology, and her love for the subject coupled with her love for animals led her down the path of veterinary medicine.

The most fulfilling part of her job is knowing that she helps animals and their humans who love their fur-babies like family. The power of the human-animal bond is amazing and knowing she supports and strengthens it every day is so satisfying.

Dr. Smith and her husband, Jeff, have two children, Tommy and Madalyn, as well as two pets, Polly, a Havanese dog, and their cat, Rosie (who has successfully converted her husband into a cat lover!). When she has free time, Dr. Smith enjoys traveling, reading, watching movies, playing board games with her family, hiking, and practicing yoga. She also absolutely loves chocolate and peanut butter!


Kristen Smith DVM

Veterinarians in Raleigh: Dr. Kristen Smith

Julie Merriman DVM

Dr. Julie Merriman joined the Bowman veterinary team in 2007. Since she was a little girl, the only thing she ever wanted to do was to be a vet. When she was little, she wouldn't take a nap without first finding their neighbor's cat and pushing it in the baby stroller to her house to have him sleep with her. In 2004, she realized her dream by receiving her DVM from Oklahoma State Veterinary School. As a veterinarian, the most rewarding part for Dr. Merriman is forming a bond with her patients and their owners and making them both feel better!

Dr. Merriman lives with her husband, Matthew (also a veterinarian), her two twins, Eli and Paige, and their two pets, Greta, a Chorkie (Yorkie/chihuahua mix) and Stuart, their rescued domestic longhair cat. In her spare time, she loves exercising and going to spin class, traveling, chasing around her twins, and photography.

Julie Merriman DVM

Veterinarians in Raleigh: Dr. Julie Merriman

Katharine White DVM

Dr. White grew up with a lot of dogs who ignited her love for animals. Additionally, she was influenced by her mother who had been a nurse and who supported and worked with her a lot during high school and college, giving her invaluable medical experience. In 2007, she obtained her DVM from North Caroline State University. She also has additional training in dentistry from the Animal Dental Center in Maryland. As a vet, her most rewarding experiences have been those where she has saved very sick animals who then go on to live many more happy years with their owners. One of her favorite parts of her job is getting to meet new clients.

At home, Dr. White has two children as well as two pets: Nugget, a lab terrier mix, named as such because she was meant to be big and wound up being small; and Charlie Girl, a domestic shorthair cat who is black and white with a cute mustache. When she has free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, riding bikes on the greenway, kayaking, and spending time with her wonderful family. Her deepest love, though, is dark chocolate!

Katharine White DVM

Veterinarians in Raleigh: Dr. Katharine White

Amy Butler DVM

Dr. Butler loves animals and taking care of them and their families. Growing up in a farm setting, she has always been surrounded by dogs, cats, cows, and chickens. She spends a lot of time outdoors, too, and loves to watch animals in nature. At one point, she even considered becoming a marine biologist due to her love of snorkeling and scuba diving. Yet, she decided on a veterinary career and received her DVM from North Carolina State University in 1996. As a vet, she very much enjoys solving problems that help pets heal and feel better. The most rewarding part is nourishing the bond between humans and their pets; it's such a pure love.

In her spare time, Dr. Butler loves paddling (kayaks, canoes, paddle boards), camping, and hiking, especially with her kids and her dogs! Despite all her career accomplishments, her kids are what she's most proud of.

Amy Butler DVM

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Kozue Harada DVM, CVA

Dr. Kozue Harada began her professional career over 10 years ago and joined our team in January 2018. She brings a wealth of knowledge and specialization to our staff. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and her Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine from Michigan State University. During her time at Michigan State University, she served as a Japanese translator for three visiting veterinarians and participated in three externships in New York City and Fleming, New Jersey. After graduating, Dr. Harada did an internship for small animals with Michigan Veterinary Specialists. In 2013, she received her Certificate of Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. She joins our team after over 5 years in practice at the prestigious Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Red Bank, New Jersey. We are honored to have Dr. Harada and look forward to the mix of traditional and holistic care she offers.

Kozue Harada DVM, CVA

Veterinarians in Raleigh: Dr. Kozue Harada

Katie Koehler DVM

Dr. Koehler earned her degree from Western University of Health Sciences in 2010. She grew up in New Hampshire where her family had a Great Dane. When taking their dog to the vet one day, her mom remembers Dr. Koehler saying, at the age of three, that she wanted to be a veterinarian. Throughout her life, she never changed her mind! As a veterinarian with Bowman, she enjoys getting to know her clients and their pets, and giving them both the very best care.

Dr. Koehler is married to her husband, Shaun, and they have two children: a daughter named Shaelynn and a son named Christian. They also have a Ragdoll cat named Mufasa who she rescued during vet school, and her daughter has a bunny named Snowy. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, skiing, traveling, and spending time with her family! Her future dream is to one day own a small Alpaca farm, but she also enjoys traveling to new places, too!

Kate Koehler DVM

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S. Kate Thompson DVM

Dr. Thompson received her DVM from North Carolina State University in 2019. Growing up, she was the neighborhood kid who collected all the stray animals. Yet, she was also a “total nerd” and attended the Mississippi School for Math and Science for high school before pursing a degree in biochemistry at Mississippi State University. There, she led veterinary research projects at the nearby veterinary school and also served as the humane society’s student chapter president. Dr. Thompson’s work with the humane society involved creating fundraisers like “Rent-A Pup” and “Dog Jog” which raised over $30k for local shelters and rescues. For her work, she was awarded the university’s highest merit-based achievement award, The Spirit of State.

In addition to her DVM, she is also Fear Free Certified and finds it incredibly rewarding when she’s able to help a nervous animal feel more comfortable and safer in the clinic with her fear-free techniques.

At home, Dr. Thompson has two pets of her own: Xander, a black Lab mix, and Merry (short for Meriadoc, like the hobbit from The Lord of the Rings trilogy), a Standard Poodle. When she’s not working, she enjoys writing fiction, watching scary movies, and volunteering at the local animal shelter. Her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird.

S. Kate Thompson DVM


Bowman Animal Hospital & Cat Clinic

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