Point Rider Foundation Board Member Sally+Nowland

Dr. Sally Nowland, DVM

Board Member

Sally grew up in El Paso, Texas in a Catholic family of six. She planned to become a veterinarian as far back as she can remember. Sally’s dream came true upon graduation from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, where met her future husband, Dan. Both graduated as Doctors of Veterinary Medicine 1984.

After graduation, Sally undertook further studies, becoming a Diplomate with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dan and Sally had three daughters, Jennifer, Kelly, and Janie. Kelly was born in 1990 with Down syndrome and a serious heart defect and died at five months of age following the operation to repair it.

Dan and Sally got to know Jerry and Judy Horton through the Down syndrome network.  The Hortons welcomed them into their lives and the world of Down Home Ranch, recently begun. Dan and Sally’s families built the beautiful wooden gazebo as a memorial to their love for their baby Kelly in Sara’s Garden, the memorial garden at Down Home Ranch.

Dan and Sally moved to San Marcos and established an award-winning, successful small animal practice, Springtown Veterinary Hospital. After a few years, they opened a second practice in nearby Kyle. Both have volunteered at Down Home Ranch, donating their services to generations of dogs, cats, goats, horses, and a few pigs, and maintaining the gazebo. 

Following their daughters’ graduation from college, Sally began looking for new professional challenges. She currently utilizes her advanced training as a Diplomate to greatest advantage by working solely in veterinary emergency/critical care.  

Sally serves on the Board of Directors of the Point Rider Foundation to honor Kelly’s memory through serving others with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities.

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