Coffee Memorial welcomes Terra Bowles
By Kelly Paul
La Center - The newest addition to Coffee Memorial Animal Clinic in La Center is a familiar face. Ballard County native Terra Bowles has joined the clinic as a part-time veterinarian to help meet the needs of Ballard County's animals.
Terra Bowles grew up in Hinkleville and graduated from Ballard Memorial High School in 2000. Her mom is Cindy Dunn. Terra headed off to Murray State with her high school sweetheart, Nathan Bowles, and then made her way to Auburn University where she studied Veterinary Medicine and graduated in 2008. She got married shortly thereafter.
After graduating, Terra practiced veterinary medicine at Banfield Pet Hospital in Louisville and taught for Brown Mackie College as a lead professor for the Vet-Tech associate degree program. Nathan was working on his Oral Surgery residency at Heine & Heine in Paducah.
Wanting to start a family, Terra decided to stay at home and take a break from Veterinary Medicine. With a 2-year old at home and another baby on the way, Dr. Greg Rogers talked to her about coming on board at Coffee Memorial. Dr. Cunningham had just started getting sick when she got back in the area. Terra had grown up going to church with Dr. Rogers.
"It has been an adjustment moving back here, but I love it," Terra said. "I get out of the house just enough for me to feel like I'm still in it."
Terra works at the clinic on Tuesdays and enjoys what she does as every day brings something different. "I never know what I'm going to get into," she said. Terra's focus is on small animals, but she works on large animals and exotic animals as well. She says practicing veterinary medicine in Louisville was a bit different than practicing in La Center. In Louisville, she saw a lot of chronic diseases such as diabetes.
Since working at Coffee Memorial, Terra has seen animals that have been bitten by snakes or ones that have been hit by cars. She says that ninety percent of her day is spent on client education, which includes providing information about issues such as Parvo prevention as well as Heartworm prevention.
Terra is excited about what is happening at Coffee Memorial. They are working toward generating a bigger social media presence. She says they want to make Coffee Memorial a "one-stop-shop for everything animals."