Meet Our Team

Dr. Rebecca Hart, DVM

Originally from Cleveland, Dr. Rebecca Hart has worked at Hart’s Animal Hospital since 1997 when she purchased the practice. She earned her BS and DVM degrees from The Ohio State University and has been in the industry since 1988. She has a special interest in surgery and oncology and has helped many cancer patients live long lives in remission. Dr. Hart has five cats and one dog who she loves very much. Her hobbies include shopping, home repairs, gardening, and taking long walks with her dog, Eilish.


Dr. John L. Owen, DVM

Dr. Owen, a native of the Akron, Ohio area, joined the US Army after high school. He proudly served in Desert Storm, winning the National Defense Service ribbon. Once honorably discharged, he graduated from The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine and started practicing with his father, Dr. Terry Owen. In 2007, he opened the doors to Howland Community Animal Hospital. This practice has a keen appreciation for orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, including knee and upper-airway surgery for canines and felines.


Dr. Caires

Originally from Rhode Island, in 2001, Dr. Caires obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture at Purdue University, along with a minor in Biology and Animal Science.  He attended Ross University where he completed his veterinary degree in 2005. He completed his clinical studies at the University of Georgia.

Married in 2008, Dr. Caires lives with his wife, Jaclyn, their daughters Eva, Kyla, Cora and along with their cat Pandora and dog Kelly.

Dr. Caires main interest is in surgery, dentistry, ultrasound and laproscopy surgery. He is one of our doctors that travels to all our locations to assist in surgery and in doing dentals and dental procedures. Dr. Caires also will do ultrasounds at our hospitals to aid in diagnostics. We hope that you get to meet him soon.

His other interests include the outdoors and working on his home.


Dr. Vance

Dr. Vance

A 1988 graduate of THE Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr.Vance was a classmate of Dr. Rebecca Hart.  He has practiced canine and feline medicine and surgery as a general practitioner in both Florida and Ohio for over 3 decades. In addition, he has been a board certified Specialist in Canine and Feline practice as a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners for over 20 years. Dr.Vance has special interests in dermatology, tick-borne disease, corrective soft tissue surgery, gastroenterology, preventative medicine, and wound care. He is proudly owned by a formerly feral cat (rescued from rural Lorain Co.) and is content to be the primate caretaker of his benign feline overlord.  His favorite leisure pursuits are catch-and- release sustainable fishing, American history, and accumulation of trivia.


They are awesome! My dog Merlin knows who his groomer is and runs to the door every time. He doesn't even look back or kiss me goodbye.

- Karyn P.   

My dogs look great! The best part is they had a great time.

- Barb C.   

Laura is always so friendly and gives Phoebe a beautiful hair do! The rest of the staff is also very friendly and professional!

- Echo K.   

Tucker loves going to Brunswick Animal Hospital! They make him feel special and give him lots of attention.

– Beth K.   

From seeing our dog Tango through skin & thyroid issues, and then ACL repairs on both his legs the Doctors and staff have been awesome.

- Nickole K.   

Loved that Dr. Willard got all the way down on the floor with Lucy! I don't recall seeing that happen with any of my dogs' office visit. Thank you so much Dr. Willard, for your heart and time with Lucy.

– Pamela K.   

Thank you to Dr. Hart and his staff for taking great care of our Dobie today. All of our questions were answered, Jax was well cared for, and the bill was very reasonable.

– Erin T.   

Top notch vets, Dr. Hart and Dr. Lang, they genuinely care about our pets and that's priceless to us.

– Vikki D.   

We love Harts animal hospital our furry family has been going there for years.

– Chris N.   

Excellent care! Dr. Miller and staff are awesome!

– Barbara W.   

Go above and beyond! So thankful for everything they did while caring for my dog.

– Taylor C.   

Great service! They're so sweet to my dog and very reasonable with prices.

– Autumn B.   

The vets and staff here are amazing. I appreciate every single one of you and the treatment you provide to my pets.

– Leah D.   

Countless times I have gone to them with healthy or sick pets that mean the world to me. And every time they have given them all the very best care I could ever have asked for. And then some.

– Mary M.   

It is very apparent that owners made their expectations to the staff perfectly clear, because EVERY employee we encountered during our visits are happy, outgoing, compassionate, and friendly.

– John H.