Meet Our Clinic Staff


Dr. Howden was raised in the north state and graduated from Fall River High School in 1995. After graduation she attained her Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Once graduated, she became a Registered Veterinary Technician and worked as such at a local veterinary hospital for three years. In 2003 she moved to southern California to attend Veterinary School at Western University of Health Science, College of Veterinary Medicine. Upon program completion Dr. Howden moved back to the Redding area where she began work at Haven in July of 2007. Since then she has enjoyed ten years of amazing staff, adopters, animal rescue and a rigorous surgical load. Dr. Howden and her husband have two daughters, and a son as well as 2 dogs, and a cat. In her spare time she enjoys being a mom, baking, jewelry design, and serving on the Board of Governors for the California Veterinary Medical Association.


Leanna has worked at Haven since 2012 as a Veterinary Technician. She started working in the Veterinary field at 18, and has enjoyed every moment of her experience. When she is not at work she enjoys hiking, bike rides, camping and other outdoor activities. Her main passion besides animals is art, which motivates her to draw and paint in her spare time. Although she has many “favorites” at work, her heart belongs to her three year old Pug/Boston, named Myrtle, adopted from Haven, and her 6 year old Chihuahua named Lolita. She graduated Anderson High school in 2008 and has almost completed her studies to be a Registered Veterinary Technician.

Genevieve grew up in Sonoma County, California, with two brothers who were allergic to animals.  Because she could never have any of her own, she could often be found at the neighbor's house playing with their three dogs, Mitzi, Annie, and Candy.  She started pet-sitting at the age of 9 and was a farmhand by age 12.  When she turned 15, she was old enough to volunteer at a small animal veterinary hospital, which eventually became a full-time position for her.  In her free time, she also volunteered with a local wildlife rescue center.  After graduating high school, she worked for an emergency/specialty veterinary hospital and obtained her RVT license in 2000.  In 2016, she moved to Shasta County with her daughter, dog, 2 cats and a handful of chickens and joined Haven Humane Society.  Genevieve loves the outdoors, spending time on the lake, off-roading in the mountains, and enjoying the warm weather in Northern California.