The Woods Avenue Animal Clinic Staff


Dr. Gower has been licensed since 1983 in the veterinary field. After having worked at his clinic in Brooklyn for the past 20 years, he is pleased to return to Oceanside, the town where he graduated from high school, and open the Woods Avenue Animal Clinic. Dr. Gower is actively involved in continuing education on local, national web conferences and maintains deep professional commitment to ongoing research and education of small animal diseases.  He and his wife, Valerie, love spending time with their six children who are an enormous part of their lives and an ongoing source of joy! 


Jon has been an employee at the Woods Avenue Animal Clinic for five years. He attended Nassau Community College and now works part time at South Nassau hospital in Manhasset.  He is very knowledgeable in all aspects of the clinic and is very handy. When he is not at the clinic, he enjoys exercising and playing with his cat Gino.


Margaret has been running the front desk for over six years and knows how to make all of our clients feel welcome.  Her wit and compassion truly make her an asset to the clinic. 


Angela comes to us after moving back from California's central coast where she worked on a wild horse sanctuary.  She moved there shortly after graduating Johnson & Wales University with a B.S. in Equine Business Management.  When she isn't working at the clinic she's writing articles for an equine magazine.

Adriana is a veterinary student at the University of Glasgow in Scotland.  She began working at the clinic three years ago as an assistant and receptionist.  When she's not in school or working Adriana enjoys spending time with her two cats, Simon and Sylvester.  She also devotes her time to traveling the world and was recently exploring Paris, Italy and London. 
We are proud to announce that Rob is well into his first semester as a Cornell Veterinary Student and although the work load is intense and demanding he is in his element and loving it. Throughout his life, Rob has always had plenty of pets growing up and treats every animal with the care and compassion he would his own.  He really enjoys working with Dr. Gower and the staff at the clinic and is always willing to lend a helping hand. 
Erin came to the clinic for a part time summer job and has become a valuable member of the team. Erin enjoys swimming and is a certified lifeguard. Erin is attending SUNY at Buffalo and remains at the clinic on limited basis on vacation and breaks from school. Erin is studying Biomedical Sciences and we look forward to having her assist whenever possible. 

Matt K started working at Woods Ave Animal Clinic this winter and has already stepped up to help Dr. Gower handling pets and speaking with clients.  After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Oneonta Matt worked as a Camp Supervisor at School 2 with Department of Community Activities. Matt spent part of his summer studying and successfully completing NYS EMT training certification and has accepted a full time position at a local hospital. Matt will still be with us on a limited part time basis, and his additional studies are an added asset to our services and he continues to train new staff members.

Vianna started working at Woods Avenue Animal Clinic this summer and had no idea it would have such a great impact in her life. She currently attends Queens College as a sophomore and hopes to attend Veterinarian school. When she’s not working at the clinic or studying at school, she spends most of her time with her pets, Candy and Cookie.

Matthew G. started volunteering at Woods Avenue Animal Clinic this summer and has grown to love all the animals that arrive at the clinic every day. He has become a valuable member of the team. He currently attends Oceanside High School as a junior and hopes to pursue a career in veterinary studies.

Matt T. started working at Woods Avenue Animal Clinic in September due to his love for animals. He is currently attending Nassau Community College; and hopes to gain experience so he can one day open up his own business. Matt's hobbies are playing soccer with his friends and studying.

Taylor is a new member to the Woods Avenue family. She joined not long after graduating from Adelphi University with a Studio Art Degree. Taylor is currently taking a year off before pursuing her graduate degree, but in the meantime will be spending as much time as she can with our patients.


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