Dr. Jennifer Goetz started working in the veterinary field in high school as a kennel technician and loved every minute of it. She has had a profound love of animals, and people who love animals, her whole life. Dr. Goetz lives in Pittsboro with her two humans, six dogs, and nine cats.
Her adopted fur babies also include our amazing AHBC mascots: Typhoon, beloved 19-year-old clinic cat and regal leader, and honorary office manager, Rosie the wonderful Pekinese.
Education and Experience
In 1992, Dr. Goetz earned her undergraduate degree in Animal Science with Distinction (a research/thesis degree), with minors in Biology and Chemistry, from the University of Delaware. She graduated from North Carolina State University’s esteemed College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.
Dr. Goetz graduated in the top 5 percent of both her undergraduate and veterinary classes, and proudly served for a year as president of NCSU’s Student Chapter of the American Association of Feline Practitioners.
In 1998, Dr. Goetz completed a rewarding internship in Small Animal Surgery and Internal Medicine at Metroplex Veterinary Hospital in Irving, Texas. Her work included rigorous training in emergency medicine; complex internal medicine cases (cardiology, nephrology, neurology, gastroenterology); radiology; routine and complex surgical cases; and dermatology and ophthalmology rotations.
After her internship, Dr. Goetz came back to the Raleigh area and worked as a relief veterinarian. She soon came to Bowman Animal Hospital, where she worked full time for 7 years.
‘Where Pets Are Family’
Dr. Goetz’s two life ambitions—to have a baby and start her own veterinary practice—came true almost at the same time!
In 2005, she had a beautiful daughter, Celeste, and in 2007 Animal Hospital at Brier Creek was born. Her vision was to create a hometown business where pets, pet parents, and team members are all treated like family.
Dr. Goetz practices fear-free veterinary medicine, and is committed to the best care, technology, and treatments available. She believes pet parents deserve compassion and respect. She believes fur babies deserve spoiling. In between her busy schedule of visits, surgeries, and continuing education, she will still happily give a patient a bath.
Under her leadership, AHBC has grown into an amazing family. Patient care, education, honesty, and kindness are our Core Values.
Family and Hobbies
Dr. Goetz’s family includes Celeste, her husband, Kevin Smith, and, of course, her very large family at AHBC: team members, pet parents, and pets!
Her hobbies include gardening, making jewelry, sewing, and taking care of her little zoo of cats and dogs. Her husband is an electrical engineer for Schneider Electric and enjoys gardening, working with computers, and taking care of his fish tanks and fish ponds.
Dr. Goetz volunteers with her daughter’s Girl Scout troop and enthusiastically participates in the annual cookie drive. Celeste, an honorary AHBC team member, often helps out in our hospital.