Meet Our Doctors

The Doctors at Polk County Animal Hospital

The veterinarians at Polk County Animal Hospital welcome you to our practice. Our goal is to provide individualized care by responding to the particular needs of your pet. We offer information and services that will provide for the long-term health and happiness of your pet.

Our caring, knowledgeable, and professional staff is dedicated to your pet's health care and we treat your pet as we would our own. Our goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion and an emphasis on client education.

Kecia D. Howell, DVM

Dr. Howell has been in private practice since graduating from Auburn University in 1984. She founded Polk County Animal Hospital in 1988. Her undeniable love for all animals can be seen with each patient she attends to. Dr. Howell's career choice has allowed her to complement her lifelong love for animals."I so enjoy being able to do what I do for a living; being able to come to work and help my patients."

When she's not working, Dr. Howell spends her time taking care of her many dogs, and cats at home. Additionally, she enjoys spending time with her family. Her hobbies include gardening, sewing and reading.

Amy Adler, DVM

Dr. Adler graduated from the New York State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1992. After working in mixed practice in Pennsylvania and New York, she settled in Buffalo. While there, she taught in the Veterinary Technology program at Medaille College for 7 years and practiced small animal medicine for 17 years.

Dr. Adler has raised three Labrador Retrievers who went on to be active guide dogs for visually impaired individuals. Her family now includes Kahlua, a puppy she raised who retired after working as a guide dog in New York City.

She moved to Lakeland with her two and four legged family in the summer of 2013. She enjoys caring for them, exploring the outdoors with them and volunteering in the community when she is not working.