Meet Our Hospital 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 these 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 graduated from Anderson High School in 2008 and has worked at Haven since 2012 starting as a Veterinary Technician.  She is currently a Registered Vet Tech and the clinic manager. 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. 

Erin was born and raised in Nevada.  Since she was very young, she has enjoyed the company of animals. Erin graduated from Enterprise High School in Redding and Linn Benton College in Albany, Oregon, with an Associates degree in Veterinary Technology.  She has been working as a veterinary technician for Haven Humane since 2016. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her dogs, Queen Tesla the Whippet, King Tubby the Pug and Oswald Cobblepot the Great Dane mix.  Her hobbies include drawing, painting, gardening and exotic animal husbandry.


Bridget has been with Haven Humane Society since 2013 and has worked in multiple departments of the organization ultimately landing at the clinic as a technician. She enjoys running a small zoo out of her home between her own animals, a rotation of foster babies, and her side project of animal rehabilitation. When her nose isn't buried in a book you can usually find her going to a local event, playing board games with friends, or finding something new and fun to do with her family. 

Christine (not pictured) was born in Sacramento, but raised in Shasta County since the age of 7.  She graduated Enterprise High School and pursued her education to be a licensed pharmacy technician, which she did for 25 years.  She decided to try something new career-wise and came to be a part of the Haven family in August of 2016 as a receptionist at our clinic.  In her spare time she enjoys going to concerts with her husband, spending time with her kids and grandkids, and living it up at the lake and camping.  Christine loves her pack of flat faced dogs-- two English Bulldogs, Winston and Peaches, and Otis, the Boston terrier.

Jennifer was fortunate to grow up surrounded by different kinds of animals. Her love for animals turned into wanting to care for them and after high school she started working for a veterinary clinic in Redding. Over the years she has had various jobs but has always wanted to return to helping the animals. She is happy to now be at Haven as a technician at the clinic!  She and her husband enjoy life with their dairy cows, cats, and chickens. They have adopted a few cats from the shelter and share how much happiness the cats bring them and that they truly touched their hearts.  Jen enjoys being outdoors and traveling. She loves the ocean, scuba diving, and spending time with family.

I'm Sir Julius. I came to the clinic in 2017 as a very scared, withdrawn cat in a trap and the clinic staff made me family. I am now a very important member of the staff, helping everyone with their daily tasks; some would say I am the mascot at the clinic. My hobbies include keeping seats warm, standing on paperwork, and trying to play with in-use pens. I absolutely adore meeting new people, pushing items off desks, eating treats and receiving pets, so if you see me do not be afraid to say hello!