All of our veterinarians have been active in local, state, and national professional organizations, including the Dallas County Veterinary Medical Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, and American Animal Hospital Association. Our doctors feel that participation in organized veterinary medicine is an important responsibility and have all strived to participate as committee members or officers when possible. We also believe strongly in community involvement; our doctors participate in educational programs at local schools and colleges and are involved with many local charity events for pets and animals in the Rowlett, Rockwall, Garland, Mesquite, and Heath communities.
Dr. Downes joined the practice in 1990 and became a partner in 1994. She is a 1989 graduate of Texas A&M University. She has extensive training and interest in Veterinary dentistry. Other interests include all aspects of feline medicine, oncology (cancer) and endocrinology. Dr. Downes is a Fear Free Certified Professional
Dr. Downes and her husband have one son. Their extended family includes two kittens named "Jessie" and "Woody", "Maggie" the terrier/Lhasa mix, and "Stone" the career-change Guide Dog for the Blind. They are also raising their sixth dog, "Krister" for Guide Dogs for the Blind with hopes of him one day becoming a guide dog.
Dr. Downes is a native Texan born in Temple, Texas. She counts working at McDonald's and Piggly Wiggly among her first jobs. When not at the animal hospital, you might find Dr. Downes toiling in her garden or poring over interior decorating magazines. Her first dog as a child was named Mac.
Dr. Clary joined the staff in 1993 after graduation from Texas A&M University. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners which means she made a choice to undergo a long and difficult process of additional studies and examination to become a board certified specialist recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). This process takes a minimum of three years to complete and the motivation behind it is, very simply, excellence. She has proven knowledge and expertise above and beyond what is required to practice veterinary medicine. Beyond that, she has earned the privilege to specialize in the treatment of one or more categories of animals. Dr. Clary has extended ultrasound training and her interests include dermatology (allergic skin disease), oncology, emergency and critical care.
She and her husband Mike have an extensive pet family. The zoo consists of two horses, 4 cats and a dog named Sheldon (named after the character on the Big Bang Theory). Dr. Clary enjoys horseback riding, reading and volleyball.
Dr Clary dislikes the color yellow, so naturally, each year the staff gets her a yellow birthday card, a yellow cake, decorates her car with yellow balloons, and even encourages her clients to wear yellow.
Dr. Carter graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2006. She graduated magna cum laude in 2002 from Southeast Missouri State University with a BS degree in biology. She worked as an associate at Banfield Animal Hospitals from 2006-2009. Her interests include ophthalmology and soft tissue surgery. Dr. Carter is a Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist and is now offering Veterinary Medical Accupuncture services to patients in the Rowlett, Rockwall, Mesquite, Garland, Dallas, and surrounding areas.
Dr. Carter lived in Colorado and Missouri before moving to Texas in 2006. She has one kitty named Shiga. In her spare time Dr. Carter enjoys traveling, art, spectator sports, and can often be found on weekends running in marathons and obstacle courses.
Dr. Hurley graduated from Texas A&M University. She graduated magna cum laude in 2010 from Texas A&M Commerce with a BS in Animal Science. Dr. Hurley started with the Animal Hospital of Rowlett as a technician in 2009 and completed her veterinary externship with us in 2013. Her interests include feline medicine and dentistry.
Dr. Hurley was born and raised in Texas. She and her husband Josh have a rat terrier named Molly and two (sometimes more) cats.
When not at work, Dr. Hurley can be found at the beach or in her garden.
Dr. Erica Watson, DVM
Dr. Amber Wawak, DVM
Dr. Brian J. Huber, DVM, ABVP
Dr. Huber started the Animal Hospital of Rowlett in 1988. He is a 1986 graduate of Kansas State University. He has extensive training in ultrasound and endoscopy. He has been a certified diplomate of The American Board of Veterinary practitioners since 1994, recently re-certifying for the 3rd time as a diplomate. This requires rigorous study and testing by the board. We are very proud of his achievement. His interests are gastrointestinal disease, cardiology and oncology.
Dr. Huber and his wife Jennifer have three children, Curran, Caroline, and Callahan. The family pets consist of three felines (Bonnie, Stevie and Mikey) and one dog, Sparky.
Dr. Huber was born in Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, loves the Dallas Cowboys, Golden Retrievers, Border Collies and cats. He hopes to learn skydiving. He enjoys his vacation time with family.
Dr. Huber may not be here seeing patients, but he has been and currently is, involved in the business of veterinary medicine over many years. The entrepreneurial ventures he has started and continue to be involved with, have led to many exciting opportunities for advancing patient care in veterinary medicine. From regenerative medicine, to oncology, to dental therapies, to ultrasound diagnostics and telemedicine, he is extremely involved in improving outcomes for all pet patients. He may not be here physically, but he is helping AHR bring new therapies and technologies into the global veterinary market.