John Howe, DVM

Dr. John HoweDistrict VII AVMA Board of Directors Representative

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Biographical Sketch

Dr. John Howe is a 1977 graduate of the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduation, Dr. Howe started a solo mixed-animal practice in North Branch, Minn.  In 1984, he sold the practice and moved to Grand Rapids, Minn.  There he established North Country Equine and Large Animal Medical Center, which evolved into North Country Veterinary Clinic, a four-doctor mixed-animal practice treating large and small animals, birds, exotics, cervidae, aquaculture and some large cats.  In addition to wellness programs, services provided include orthopedics, laser surgery, dentistry and ultrasound.  North Country Veterinary Clinic became a part of National Veterinary Associates in 2008 and Dr. Howe currently manages the practice.

Dr. Howe has been an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).  He served as vice chair of the AVMA Council on Veterinary Services and vice chair of the Governance Performance Review Committee. 
In addition, he is a member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), American Association of Equine Practitioners and the World Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Association. Dr. Howe served as president of the MVMA in 2007 and received the MVMA Veterinarian of the Year award in 2012. His active role in the MVMA has included membership on the Governmental Affairs Committee and service as chairman of the MVMA Aquatic Livestock Committee. 
Between 1992 and 1999, he served two governor-appointed terms on the Minnesota Board of Animal Health and was president of the board from 1996–1999.  He is a fish health inspector for the state of Minnesota and is a past member of the Minnesota Veterinary Reserve Corps Advisory Committee. In addition, Dr. Howe ran for the office of Minnesota state representative in 1988 and in 1990. 
Dr. Howe is a member of his local chamber of commerce. He was extensively involved with the teen ministry at his local church, where he also serves as a deacon. He has been affiliated with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as a bow hunter safety education instructor and an archery instructor for the Cub Scouts. He has also served as board chairman for the Minnesota Shooting Sports Education Center, which has served as a training center for the U.S. Biathlon and Junior Olympic shooters.
Dr. Howe, his wife, Diane, and their children raised and showed Appaloosa horses. John’s hobbies include scuba diving, fishing, hunting, shooting sports competitions, and snowmobiling. Dr. Howe has been married to his wife, Diane, for over 40 years and they have three children and five grandchildren.