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Dr. Mara Howard

MCAH team member since 2012

Why did you become a veterinarian?

I started telling my parents that I wanted to be a veterinarian when I was five years old – after I realized my ballerina princess dream sadly was not going to pan out.  While many people outgrow their dream of becoming an “animal doctor,” there has never been anything else that I wanted to be.  Taking care of animals (and their owners!) is one of the best things I get to do every day.

What is your goal with every patient visit?

With every visit, I want animals and their owners to feel happy and comfortable in my care. I truly believe that veterinarians are advocates and cheerleaders for our patients. During each appointment, I strive to meet the patient’s medical needs, while having an open dialogue with owners about their pets’ care and any concerns or questions, whether it is a sick visit or “routine” wellness exam.

Advice to pet parents?

Find a veterinarian and hospital where you feel safe, comfortable, and valued.  A large part of our job as veterinarians is helping you through some of the most difficult decisions you will make as a pet parent. One of the most important things you can do for your pet is to build a relationship with a professional you trust, who discusses your pet’s needs with you, and who helps you come to decisions about your pet’s care.  While it is our job to care for your pet medically, it is also our job to care for you, the pet parent, and make sure we are meeting your needs.

Who makes up your family?

I spend time at home with my husband Chip and our son Sam.  When not chasing around the two-legged child, I spend the rest of my day running around after the four-legged ones: a miniature dachshund named Lola, and a Pembroke welsh corgi named Zoey.

Fun fact about you? Your pet?

I am an avid college sports fan. In the fall, you’ll find me sporting UGA red and black, and in March, it’s Duke blue all the way!

When discussing specialty surgery, I can very much relate to our pet owners.  My corgi Zoey has torn two ACL’s, had both repaired, and had a portion of her thyroid removed due to a cancerous growth. She’s doing great and I’m always happy to discuss my experiences with owners who are nervous about similar situations!

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