Dr. Joe Howell is a companion animal practitioner and co-owner of the Britton Road Veterinary Clinic in Oklahoma City. A graduate of the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine, he has practiced veterinary medicine in Oklahoma City for his entire veterinary career. He also consulted 5 years for Hill’s Pet Nutrition and a large group of veterinary hospitals in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Howell served as president, vice president, and secretary of the Oklahoma County Veterinary Medical Association. He has served on the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association Executive Board and received the OVMA President’s Award in 1990. In addition, Dr. Howell has served on the Oklahoma State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners including 3 years as its president. Nationally, prior to serving as the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) 2002-2003 president, Dr. Howell served on the AVMA Executive Board and was the AVMA Executive Board Chairman while serving as the immediate past president. He also served as the alternate delegate in the AVMA House of Delegates representing Oklahoma. While serving in leadership capacities with the AVMA, Dr. Howell gave presentations to the veterinary associations of almost all 50 states, several international veterinary associations, and many of the allied associations. He has also interacted with the Center for Disease Control and several government agencies dealing with potential bioterrorist activities involving animal disease being used to target humans or animals. Dr. Howell also chaired the AVMA President’s Roundtable in Washington, DC, interacting with government and military veterinarians and the deans of US veterinary colleges. Dr. Howell is an active alumnus of Oklahoma State University, chairing the CVM’s “Bring Dreams to Life” campaign that raised over $26 million for the veterinary school. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Committee, and the Board of Governors of the OSU Foundation. Active in community and civic affairs, Dr. Howell belongs to many organizations, including the Oklahoma City Museum of Art as a trustee and past president, Leadership Oklahoma City, and Leadership Oklahoma. He also serves as a trustee and vice president of the Kirkpatrick Foundation, which is the largest benefactor to animal welfare causes as well as education and the arts in Oklahoma City. Dr. Howell has received the Oklahoma City Art Museum’s Outstanding Trustee Award and its Development Award. He was honored with Leadership Oklahoma City’s Paragon Award for Leadership Skills and the Paragon Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Howell and his wife, Jayme, have two children, Sumrall Jane and Martin Joseph.