Jefferson City Veterinarians

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Greg Boyer, DVM, Owner/Veterinarian

Dr. Greg Boyer is the owner and medical director of Animal Medical Center of Jefferson City. A veterinarian with a wide range of interests, he is skilled in orthopedic surgery, dermatology, soft tissue surgery, dentistry, oral surgery and preventive medicine. Dr. Boyer has been with the hospital since 1998 and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, the East Central Veterinary Medical Association, the Small Animal Advisory Committee to the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, and the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

Dr. Boyer grew up in Jefferson City and graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1989. He went on to study biology with a minor in chemistry at DePauw University, graduating in 1993. While at DePauw, Dr. Boyer was a member of Phi Gamma Delta as well as the Commodore of the sailing team. After college, he earned his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.

At home, Dr. Boyer, his wife Kristin and his children have a Labrador retriever named Wyatt, a basset hound named Truman, a beagle named Charlie, and five cats named Olive, Pongo, Fatty, Yellow and Fluffers. He volunteers with Ducks Unlimited, Jefferson City Animal Shelter Advisory Board and the Heart of Missouri Humane Society, where he serves as president. In his free time, Dr. Boyer enjoys fly fishing, camping and boating.

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Kayla Terry, DVM, Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Kayla Terry was raised in a small town in southwest Missouri. After three years studying biological sciences at the University of Missouri, she was accepted into the school's College of Veterinary Medicine. A member of Phi Zeta—the honor society of Veterinary Medicine—she completed her veterinary degree in 2010.

"I wanted to be a vet from a very young age," she says. "Growing up on a farm, I had many pets including a blind, bottle-raised calf named Ferdinand, who would follow me around, grazing on the lawn, and Jodie, a pygmy goat who enjoyed escaping from her pen to get into trouble. She was once found standing on the highest peak of our neighbor's roof top."

Dr. Terry's love of animals was solidified into a career path when she took a weekend job at a veterinary clinic at the age of 17. The veterinarian there, Dr. Kammerlohr, quickly became a mentor and friend.

Dr. Terry joined the team at Animal Medical Center of Jefferson City as an associate veterinarian in July 2011. Her veterinary interests include dentistry, pediatrics, small exotics and feline medicine. She is a member of the American, Missouri, and East Central Missouri Veterinary Medical Associations, the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, the Missouri Academy of Veterinary Practice, and the Veterinary Information Network.

Dr. Terry understands what it is like for a beloved pet to receive a concerning diagnosis. Her eight-year-old Bulldog, Zoie, had a serious run-in with cancer when she was in her third year of veterinary practice. By working with Dr. Boyer, Zoie was able to avoid having a complete front leg amputation and went on to live two-years cancer-free after surgery and chemotherapy administered by Dr. Terry.

"Releasing a patient to return home with family after a difficult battle with an illness is the most satisfying part of being a veterinarian," she says. "Having a beloved pet diagnosed with cancer is devastating, but advancements in modern medicine provide more treatment options, allowing us to keep our furry friends with us longer without compromising their quality of life."

Dr. Terry has four dogs named Annie, Lizzy, Sassy, and Rita; four cats named Henry, Edgar, Smudge, and Marvin; two Conures—small to medium sized parrots—named Franklin and Roosevelt; and two rabbits named Penelope and Petunia. She is a member of Friends of Jefferson City Animal Shelter and the Mid-Missouri Master Gardeners. In her free time, Dr. Terry enjoys running, cycling, fishing, gardening and crocheting.

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James Howard, DVM, Relief Veterinarian

Relief Veterinarian Dr. James P. Howard joined the hospital in 1983. He says the most satisfying part of being a veterinarian is "being trusted to care for one of the most valuable relationships that man has."

Growing up, Dr. Howard wanted to explore space, but his brother nixed the idea by telling him that "four-eyes can't become astronauts." He decided then that he'd become a veterinarian instead. Throughout high school, Dr. Howard worked as a kennel assistant for the hospital.

After high school, Dr. Howard earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from Central Missouri State University in 1979. He then went on to earn his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 1983 from University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine. As a practicing veterinarian, Dr. Howard is a member of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association and the California Veterinary Medical Association.

At home, Dr. Howard has a Potcake dog named Wally that he rescued from the Turks and Caicos Islands. His wife, Valerie Wiebe Howard, is a veterinary pharmacist at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Howard has two children named Jennifer and Bradley. In his free time, Dr. Howard enjoys boating, fishing and scuba diving.