Our Team

Chowan Animal Hospital takes pride in the knowledge and compassion of our veterinary staff and support team. Take a look at our exceptional team below!

Dr. Ruston Howell-Medical Director

Ruston Howell, DVM  |  Medical Director

Dr. Ruston Howell has been with Chowan Animal Hospital since September of 2000. He graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1999. He was elected to the Society of Phi Zeta in his junior year honoring veterinary medical students who are ranked in the top 10 percent of their class. After graduating, he completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery in Coral Springs, Florida. He is a member of the North Carolina and American Veterinary Medical Associations.

Dr. Chris Ford- Medical Director

Christian Ford, DVM  |  Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Ford has been with Chowan Animal Hospital since his graduation from NCSU-CVM in 2000. He is a member of the North Carolina and American Veterinary Medical Associations and volunteers with HSUS Veterinary Field Services at spay and neuter clinics on Native American reservations. Dr. Ford also provides veterinary services to the Red Wolf Project at the Alligator Wildlife Preserve.

Dr. Kelley Duruman

Kelley Duruman, DVM  |  Associate Veterinarian

Kelley Duruman joined Chowan Animal Hospital in October of 2009. She graduated from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She has practiced in Richmond, VA and Wilmington, NC.

Our Veterinary Support Team

Ashley Swayne, RVT Practice Manager-Head Technician

Ashley Swayne, RVT

Practice Manager/Head Technician

Ashley joined our staff in 2003. She graduated from the Central Carolina Community College Veterinary Technician program in 2003. Ashley is our Practice Manager and Head Technician. She has been published in Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Technician magazines.

Anita Davenport, Office Manager

Anita Davenport

Office Manager

Anita has been with Chowan Animal Hospital since 1992 and Office Manager since 2002.

Lauren Smith, RVT

Lauren Smith, RVT

Veterinary Technician

Lauren joined our staff in 2020 after graduating from the Veterinary Medical Technology program at Central Carolina Community College.

Anna Eure, RVT

Anna Eure, RVT

Veterinary Technician

Anna joined our staff in 2019 after graduating from the Central Carolina Community College Veterinary Technician Program.

Meghann Crandall- Vet Asst

Meghann Crandall

Veterinary Assistant

Meghann has been a member of our staff since 2008.

Audrey Eley-Reception

Audrey Eley

Receptionist

Audrey joined our staff in 2008 in the Pet Care role. She transitioned into the receptionist position in 2019.

Samantha Kotel- Vet Asst

Samantha Kotel

Veterinary Assistant/Pet Care

Samantha joined our team in 2020. She began taking courses toward becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2022.

Madison Midgett- Vet Asst

Madison Midgett

Veterinary Assistant/Pet Care

Madison has been a member of our staff since 2016. She started in a Pet Care position and has transitioned to a Veterinary Assistant position. She began taking courses toward becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician in 2022.

Michaela Fitzgerald- Pet Care

Michaela Fitzgerald

Pet Care

Michaela joined our staff in 2021. She was promoted to Kennel Manager in 2022.

Gretchen Stymiest-Reception

Gretchen Stymiest

Receptionist

Gretchen joined our team in 2021.

Allie Wilson- Reception-Pet Care

Allie Wilson

Pet Care

Allie joined our staff 2021. She works in the Pet Care and receptionist roles.

Kennedy Francis-Pet Care

Kennedy Francis

Pet Care

Kennedy joined our team in 2022.