Dr. Jennifer Goetz started working in the veterinary field as a kennel technician in high school 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, nine cats, and five dogs.

Her adopted fur children also include Typhoon, AHBC’s 18-year-old clinic cat and regal mascot, and our 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 both Biology and Chemistry, from the University of Delaware. She graduated from North Carolina State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.

Dr. Goetz graduated in the top 5 percent of both her undergrad and vet 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 seven 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 place where staff, clients, and pets were treated like family.

Dr. Goetz founded AHBC as a place to practice state-of-the-art veterinary medicine, with the best equipment, techniques, and treatments available, and where pet parents receive all the education, help, and patience they need and deserve. The highest standards of care—plus honesty and kindness—are our core values.

Dr. Goetz also wanted a hospital where animals get extra love, attention, and spoiling.

Family & Hobbies

Dr. Goetz’s family includes Celeste, her husband, Kevin Smith, and, of course, her very large family at AHBC: staff, 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.