Bowman Animal Hospital

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8308 Creedmoor Rd., 8308 Creedmoor Road
Raleigh, NC 27613

Driving Directions

(919) 847-6216


  • Hours:
  • Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 8:00pm
  • Sat: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Sun: 12:00pm - 6:00pm
  • After Hrs ER. Please call Veterinary Specialty Hospital at (919) 233-4911

Bowman Animal Hospital in Raleigh, NC is a full service companion animal hospital committed to providing quality integrative veterinary care throughout the life of your pet. Our services & facilities are designed to provide routine preventative care for young, healthy pets, early education and treatment of disease as your pet ages and complete medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime. We understand the special role that your pet plays in your family and are dedicated to becoming your partner in your pet's health care. We hold our staff to the highest standards & they are committed to treating your pets as they would their own. Our goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion and an emphasis on client education.

Bowman Animal Hospital Services

  • Acupuncture
  • Anesthesia
  • Bathing
  • Behavioral Medicine
  • Birds (Avian Medicine)
  • Boarding
  • Dental Care
  • Emergency and Critical Care
  • Fully Stocked Pharmacy
  • Grooming
  • Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies
  • Holistic Medicine
  • Hospice and Euthanasia Services
  • House Calls
  • Internal Medicine
  • Laboratory
  • Laser Therapy
  • Microchipping
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Orthopedic Manipulation
  • Pain Management
  • Parasite Prevention and Control
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Puppy and Kitten Care
  • Rabbits and Small Mammals
  • Radiology (X-Rays)
  • Reptiles
  • Senior Care
  • Surgery
  • Ultrasound
  • Vaccinations
  • Wellness Exams

Bowman Animal Hospital Staff Profiles

Julie Merriman, DVM

Dr. Julie Merriman joined the Bowman veterinary team in 2007.  Born in North Carolina, she grew up in Rockville, MD and returned to North Carolina to attend NCSU for her undergraduate degree.  After a “break” spent skiing in Vail for a year, she came back down the mountain to attend Oklahoma State Veterinary School.

After receiving her DVM, Dr. Merriman moved to Dallas, TX where she practiced in a small animal hospital about the size of Bowman.  She developed a strong interest in geriatric and internal medicine, as well as dermatology, while there.  Once again, though, she decided to return to her roots.

Dr. Merriman is now happily settled in Raleigh with her husband (also a veterinarian), her twins, two dogs and one cat.  Both she and her husband love to travel and recently have taken up scuba diving. 
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Diane Deresienski, VMD

Medical Director
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Diane Deresienski has been with Bowman since 1993. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at NCSU, where she teaches students about exotic animal practice. Dr. Deresienski has always had an interest in wildlife conservation and was a founding board member of the Piedmont Wildlife Center in Durham.

In 2011, Dr. D. (as she is affectionately called) was appointed as Bowman Animal Hospital's Medical Director. Her duties include ensuring our medical protocols meet the highest standards. She enjoys surgery, and has been trained in Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis, a surgery to help prevent hip dysplasia in dogs. In 2007, she received her PennHip Certification, qualifying her to perform the unique testing methods that can identify dogs at risk for hip dysplasia while they are only 4 months old.

As an exotic animal veterinarian, Dr. D treats a variety of pets ranging from birds and reptiles, to small mammals such as rats, rabbits and guinea pigs.

Dr. D lives in Raleigh with her husband and a Cornish Rex named Looney Tunes, a shaggy mutt named Zubulon and a 35 year old ball python snake. When not working or teaching, Dr. D enjoys yoga, sprint triathlon training, getting away to the coast and her season tickets to the North Carolina Ballet.
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University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Gale Bowman, DVM, MS

Dr. Gale Bowman, owner of Bowman Animal Hospital, received her DVM from Michigan state University in 1976.  She continued on to Auburn University where she obtained a Master’s degree in Small Animal Surgery and Medicine, and completed a three year residency in Veterinary Opthamology.

In 1985, Dr. Bowman opened a single doctor practice across the street from our current location.  Dr. Bowman received the President’s Award from the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association, and in 1995 was named North Carolina Veterinarian of the Year.  From 1999-2003 Dr. Bowman served on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Foundation.

Not only has the practice grown over time, Dr. Bowman has become an innovator by building a hospital dedicated to the integration of Eastern and Western veterinary care.  As an acupuncturist, she currently integrates a variety of modalities along with herbal and homeopathic medicine for both preventative and curative small animal medicine.

Dr. Bowman lives in Raleigh with her family, her beautiful Maine Coon cats and her dog, Smoochie.
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Michigan State

Holistic Medicine