"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France
“Why haven’t you retired yet, Dr. Powell?” The simple answer is: I love my profession and enjoy working with a wonderful animal medical health care team. I wanted to be a veterinarian as a young farm boy; and I’ve been blessed to achieve that goal, so why stop? My professional interests include veterinary hospital management, internal medicine, dermatology, and wellness care.
Rita (my wife for 50+ years) is my #1 personal interest followed by church, tennis, singing, NCAA basketball, and our pets down thru the years.
Raised on a farm in southern Delaware, I was surrounded by many types of animals. The two that really grabbed my heart were a rat terrier named Nicky that I received on my 6th birthday and a Chincoteague pony named Jiffy that my parents gave to me when I was 10. Nicky was about 15 lbs.—loyal, with the “heart” of a lion. Jiffy lived up to her name in speed (I always rode her bareback). If she was alive today and I jumped on her back, she would arch her neck and prance with pride.
My 20 years of formal education included obtaining a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry at the University of Delaware, and my DVM at Cornell University. I was fortunate (because of scholarships) to attend both of these fine institutions of higher learning.