John Howe, DVM

​AVMA President 2019-2020 

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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, Minnesota. In 1984, he sold the practice and moved to Grand Rapids, Minnesota. There he established North Country Equine and Large Animal Medical Center, which evolved into North Country Veterinary Clinic, a five-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 2007 and Dr. Howe currently manages the practice.

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 past member of the Minnesota Veterinary Reserve Corps Advisory Committee. He is a past Secretary, Treasurer, and President of the Arrowhead Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Howe served as an Executive Board member and Vice President of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) and in 2007, served as President. He received the MVMA Veterinarian of the Year award in 2011 and the MVMA Distinguished Veterinary Service award in 2015. His active role in the MVMA has included membership on the Governmental Affairs Committee and he served as Chairman of the MVMA Aquatic Livestock Committee.

Dr. Howe has been an active member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). In addition, he is a member of the Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA), American Association of Equine Practitioners, the World Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Association and the American Association of Fish Veterinarians.

He served as Vice Chair of the AVMA Council on Veterinary Services and Vice Chair of the Governance Performance Review Committee. He has filled in as Delegate or Alternate whenever someone was unable to attend the meeting from Minnesota. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the AVMA for the 2012-2018 term from District VII.

During his service on the Board he has served as Chair of the State Advocacy Committee (2014-2017), the Diversity and Inclusion Committee and served as Board liaison to the Council on Veterinary Service, Governance Performance Review Committee, Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee, Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues, the Insurance Liaison Committee, Council on Biologic and Therapeutic agents, Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee, AVMA/NAVTA Joint Committee, Nominations Committee, Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine, Food Safety Advisory Committee, Board Sub Committee on AVMA Compensation, Budget, Finance and Review Committee, Advocacy and Public Policy Review Committee, Board Liaison to American Association of Equine Practitioners and American Association of Swine Veterinarians.

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 47 years and they have three children (one of whom died during surgery in 2015) and five grandchildren.