Our Owners & Veterinary Team in Raleigh, NC

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

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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Katie Taylor (previously Koehler) DVM

Dr. Taylor earned her undergraduate degree in Biology & Psychology from Virginia Tech in 2006. She then went on to accomplish her Doctorate in Veterinary medicine from Western University of Health Sciences in 2010. As a child, Dr. Taylor grew up in New Hampshire and New Jersey where she developed a love for animals with her numerous pets and knew at a very young age that she wanted to become a veterinarian. Dr. Taylor loves getting to know her clients and their beloved pets and has a special interest in Dermatology, Dentistry and Internal Medicine. She is also certified to perform PennHIP radiographs and the JPS procedure on dogs that are predisposed to Hip dysplasia.

Dr. Taylor's family includes her husband Rodney, daughter Shaelynn, and sons Christian, Nick, Evan and Nate. She also has an Irish Wolfhound named Nessie, a Ragdoll cat named Mufasa and her daughter's Holland Lop bunny named Snowy. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, skiing, traveling to new places, and most of all-spending time with her family!

Kate Taylor DVM

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Relief Staff

Kelly Pordon DVM

Dr. Pordon has been filling in with us since October of 2019 and will be continuing that partnership. She attended veterinary school at Kansas State University and has been a practicing veterinarian for 13 years. Outside of BAH, she volunteers her time at several rescue organizations.

Emily Hunt DVM

Dr. Hunt is rejoining the BAH team on a temporary basis. She previously practiced with us for 13 years as a full-time associate. She received her veterinary degree from North Carolina State University and has almost 20 years in the field. Her experience and expertise have been focused on small animal general practice, exotic medicine, and veterinary acupuncture.