Chowan Animal Hospital Joins the Innovetive Petcare Family

Innovetive Petcare is excited to introduce a new partnership in the Carolinas, located on North Carolina’s Inner Banks Region! We welcome Drs. Ruston Howell and Christian Ford, and their amazing team at Chowan Animal Hospital and Paradise Pet Resort, located in the heart of Chowan County.

“Chowan” comes from a Native American word meaning “People of the South” and originated in 1668, when the county was divided into precincts. The quaint town of Edenton, NC is a hidden gem located at the head of the Albemarle Sound on Edenton Bay. It was named “The South’s Prettiest Small Town” by Forbes Magazine and “America’s 20 Best Towns” by Smithsonian Magazine. From its extensive historical district, 18th century architecture, waterfront and downtown to its culture, art, and cuisine, Edenton exudes character, charm, and southern hospitality. A stay at the Inner Banks Inn to be greeted with a complimentary three course farm-to-table breakfast, is a must on your getaway to-do list. Chowan Animal Hospital is no exception to the charming and cultural ambience of this community.

Chowan Animal Hospital is a full-service, three doctor medical facility founded in 1941. It was purchased almost 20 years ago by Drs. Howell and Ford. Renovations and expansions have continued through the years, including the sophisticated boarding facility with luxury suites established in 2015. They have developed a reputation for top-notch pet care and facilities, so much so that clients commute from the Outer Banks areas of Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Duck, Kill Devil Hills, Grandy, Southern Shores, and Corolla.

It has been a delight getting to know both Dr. Howell and Dr. Ford over the last year. A friendship was forged through their receptive engagement and open dialogue, which is what ultimately led to this collaborative partnership. There were several people who impacted their decision to choose Innovetive Petcare as a partner. Hats off to one of our tenured partners, Dr. Brent Glenn of Faulkner Animal Hospital, for making a warm introduction to this newly celebrated partner.

“Terri Lambe was a great representative of IPC throughout the process. She was always available and attentive to any of our questions or concerns. We also really enjoyed working with Paul over the last several months. We appreciated his honesty and integrity during this time. It is rare to be able to speak directly with the cofounder of a company on multiple occasions. This gave us further assurance that IPC was the right choice for our practice.”

— Dr. Ruston Howell, Chowan Animal Hospital

Although Drs. Howell and Ford plan to continue practicing for years to come, they desired a partner with integrity to support their future vision for the practice. Their decision to partner with IPC was ultimately built upon the confidence and financial resources needed to secure a fruitful future for their practice, maintaining their same high quality of medicine, continuing their current schedules conducive to work/life balance, and gainful opportunities for growth/expansion.

About Innovetive Petcare: Innovetive Petcare, based in Austin, TX, provides best-in-class service to its growing network of 52 veterinary hospitals and pet boarding facilities across the country. Believing that excellent pet care comes from exceptional teams, Innovetive Petcare’s clinics benefit from tools, resources, and a supportive team dedicated to helping veterinary practices prosper, grow, and provide quality animal healthcare. Learn more at


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