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Providing Compassionate Pet Care Since 1979

Our Staff

Our Team 

Elizabeth Settles DVM,  JD,  Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine
Dr. Elizabeth Settles attended the University of Kentucky from 1982-1986 where she studied Microbiology and Music Performance. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Auburn University in 1990 and completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at the University of Missouri from 1990-1991. Dr. Settles then completed a dual residency in Cardiology and Internal Medicine at Missouri from 1991-1994. She became board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in Small Animal Internal Medicine. She has also completed advanced training in Immunology and Vaccinology.  She is also certified to provide Veterinary Stem Cell therapy.
 She moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1994 where she practiced cardiology, internal medicine and emergency medicine in private practice for 10 years. During that time she was also the Medical Director of both an independent emergency practice and a 24 hour specialty referral hospital.  From 2004-2006 she worked full-time as an internal medicine consultant with Phoenix Central Laboratory, a large regional veterinary diagnostic laboratory, and continues to provide consulting services for them to general practitioners in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.  She also worked at Pfizer Animal Health ( now Zoetis ) from 2006 to 2014 providing training in veterinary internal medicine, cardiology, ultrasound, endoscopy and infectious diseases, as well as consulting with the R&D department on pharmaceutical and biologic products for small and large animals globally.
Dr. Settles other professional degree is in law.  In 1999 she began attending the University of San Francisco School of Law. She graduated with her JD and a certificate in Intellectual Property and Internet Technology Law in 2002.  She was associate editor of the American Veterinary Medical Law Association Newsletter for many years and a member of the board of the AVMLA. She is a Past-President of the AVMLA as well as the ACVIM Foundation Board. Dr. Settles has spoken at national meetings on internal medicine and legal topics.
In 2014 Dr. Settles decided to return to her first love, which is hands-on veterinary practice.  She created a business model for veterinary practices of integrative therapy with an emphasis on palliative care.  Her practices provide advanced diagnostics as well as advanced western therapeutic approaches coupled with appropriate eastern medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation.  Dr. Settles owns and practices at Bowman Veterinary Hospital in Auburn, CA and Sangre de Cristo Animal Hospital in Santa Fe, NM.

Lauren La Rue, DVM
Dr. Lauren La Rue earned her veterinary degree from UC Davis in 1986. Her lengthy career in private practice has given her extensive surgical experience, as well as great depth in emergency, exotic animal, small animal and even large animal medicine.  Dr. La Rue teaches in the UC Davis Community Surgery Service.  Dr. La Rue’s teaching emphasis is to empower DVM students to tackle challenges, and to provide students the skills necessary to succeed in private practice.  Dr. La Rue practices at Bowman 1-2 days per week providing surgery and medical services.  She owns horses and chickens, as well as raises Boston Terriers.  She provides reproductive services for breeders at Bowman.

Ramona Simko DVM​
Dr. Ramona Simko DVM graduated from UC Davis Veterinary School in 1992 and entered mixed animal practice for 2 years then western small animal practice for 15 years. After several years of an avid interest in the healing powers of herbs and natural organic foods, she studied Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2005 at the Chi Institute and recently worked with Dr. Beebe in Northern California. Her practice philosophy revolves around the healing powers of whole foods and natural plant medicines to restore the body's natural internal regulatory functions and healing capacity. The healing intent of the human-animal bond is integral to the healing process and she strongly encourages people caring for their pets to take responsibility for their companion's care. Dr. Simko has tremendous sensitivity to the emotional landscape of the human animal bond. Her goal is to help animal lovers make informed choices about their pet's care based upon the knowledge that there are many paths to healing and compliance with treatment requires the freedom to choose which path to take. Her special interests are food therapy and preventative medicine and she also enjoys the challenge of internal medicine and cancer cases. In her spare time, she hikes with her children, studies jazz and classical guitar, enjoys organic gardening and cares for many cats.

Jade - Receptionist
Kelley - Vet Technician      
Haley - Receptionist    
Christine - Veterinary Assistant        

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Bowman Veterinary Hospital

100 Old Airport Road
Auburn, California 95603

Phone: 530-823-6306
Fax: 530-823-7149

Daytime Emergencies Only

Business Hours: 
8 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


100 Old Airport Rd
Auburn, CA 95603

In Business Since 1979

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