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.