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Buffalo Mountain Animal Hospital

Where Compassion Meets Expertise

Nestled in the heart of Summit County since 2004, Buffalo Mountain Animal Hospital (BMAH), founded by Dr. Mark Cowan, has been the go-to destination for pet owners seeking exceptional veterinary care.

But what makes BMAH truly exceptional? It’s the unwavering dedication of the two brilliant minds behind this small business: Cowan and Dr. Christy Murphy.

Cowan, with 29 years as a veterinarian, boasts a degree from Kansas State University in 1992 and an undergraduate education in animal science from Colorado State University in 1983. His superpower? Compassion.

Murphy, a Summit County resident since 1998, brings 28 years of veterinary expertise to BMAH. Her journey began with a degree in natural resources from the University of Michigan in 1989, followed by a graduation from Michigan State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in 1995. 

Her diverse background includes stints with the U.S. Forest Service in Colorado and the National Zoo and Breeding Center. She joined BMAH as a partner in 2012.

What sets BMAH apart is their commitment to treating clients and patients as family, combined with excellent state-of-the-art technology.

“We strive to provide a spectrum of care that compassionately addresses every pet’s needs while considering the family’s circumstances,” said Murphy. “My love for animals and a drive to help people led me into this profession.”

“Compassion is our guiding force, every pet is like family to us.” Dr. Christy Murphy and Dr. Mark Cowan, Buffalo Mountain Animal Hospital

Both veterinarians share a profound love for animals, and their motivations are clear. 

“My goal has always been to help animals and their owners,” said Cowan.

Beyond their profession, they cherish their community involvement. Murphy explained that supporting the community and the animals of Summit County, including visitors, in the best way possible is their mission.

Both doctors emphasize the importance of nurturing the human-animal bond. But why Summit County? Murphy explained, “It’s a small community where accountability matters, and, of course, the mountains are a bonus!” 

Cowan added, “The smaller community and outdoor activities perfectly align with our interests.”

For those seeking top-notch veterinary care and a warm, family-like atmosphere, Buffalo Mountain Animal Hospital is the place to be. Visit their website at to learn more about their services and the incredible team dedicated to the well-being of your pets.

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