Our Veterinarians

Dr. Nancy Cowardin
Owner, Veterinarian
One of Dr. Nancy Cowardin’s earliest memories involves a deep love of animals—she recalls going to pick out a new kitten when she was only three years old. Hurricane quickly became her best friend in the world, and the pair grew up together until Dr. Cowardin headed off to college. By the time she had started her studies in science and biology, she knew that she wanted to use her skills to foster the same kinds of relationships that she shared with her beloved cat! Now, Dr. Cowardin gets to do just that every day as the owner of Companions Animal Hospital.

Dr. Cowardin is originally from Jamestown, North Dakota and graduated with honors from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Next, she attended veterinary school at Colorado State University in Fort Collins to earn her Doctorate in 1992. From there, Dr. Cowardin spent a year working at a fast-paced, 24-hour-a-day veterinary practice in Michigan before moving to Texas and continuing her career at a clinic in Amarillo.

Dr. Cowardin and her family moved back to Minnesota in 1997, and she purchased and began practicing as a veterinarian at what was then called Clearwater Road Pet Hospital. Dr. Cowardin has now been serving St. Cloud’s pets and animal parents as the owner and veterinarian of Companions Animal Hospital for nearly 20 years. Medically, she has a special passion for surgery and internal medicine cases, but her favorite part of the job is getting to talk directly with loving pet owners on a daily basis.

At home, Dr. Cowardin and her family share their lives with several pets. Mickey is a mixed-breed dog who has visited many schools in the area to help teach children about responsible pet care; Esox the Labrador lives up to his namesake with his incessant desire to retrieve; and two frisky cats named Tres and Quatro round out the furry side of the family.

In her free time, Dr. Cowardin likes to read and especially enjoys swapping good books with her son, Braden. She’s also an avid hockey fan, and loves supporting Braden at his games. She’s enjoys exercising through CrossFit, which has helped her own hockey game immensely!