Meet The Staff


Dr. Stuart Gower has been a practicing veterinarian since 1983, specializing in cats and dogs. For the past 15 years, Dr. Gower has been the owner and sole practitioner of the Woods Avenue Animal Clinic in Oceanside, N.Y. He moved his busy 20 year practice from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, in 2003, in order to be closer to home where he along with his wife Valerie, is the proud father of 6 children and adoring grandfather of one new grandbaby!


Rev Valerie Gower, is the Hospital Supervisor at the Woods Avenue Animal Clinic, and is Dr. Gower’s wife and partner for 27 years. Together, they are the proud parents of 6 beautiful children and 1 adorable new grandson! Valerie has worked as a medical transcriptionist, proofreader/editor and liaison for 25 years in the field of radiology, cardiology, orthopaedics and ambulatory surgery in addition to her 25 years experience as an ordained Interfaith Minister and psychotherapist. Her portfolio allows her to act as a wonderful bridge in helping maintain awareness in all communications and interpersonal relationships, as well as creativity in ongoing marketing.


Steven, our Office Manager, has been a wonderful addition to our team, He has focused on hiring new staff which have been efficiently screened to best serve our clients. Steven has effectively been overseeing client/hospital communications, daily operations, implementing & researching applicable business technology, mobile client access of pet information and mobile apps for our office & appointment scheduling, as well as implementing internal protocols for hospital patient care & external protocols for outpatient visits. Steven has been communicating with our VGP associate hospital managers to gain valuable information about vendors; software, equipment, employee oversight, patient care, e.t.c


Anooshqa is currently attending college hoping to get into a future career in animal healthcare.Her dream is to one day become a veterinarian. When she’s not at school or work, she enjoys volunteering at her local animal shelters to show the animals there a little extra TLC.


Julia is kind, alternative and compassionate.
She has been running the front desk for 2 years and knows how to make all of our clients feel welcome. After many years of having Dr.Gower take care of her two yorkies, Ruby and Tiara, she has decided to join our team.