Dr. James Takacs has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1987. He is a graduate of St. Francis University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and is the owner and founder of Ebensburg Animal Hospital. Ebensburg Animal Hospital’s ethos over the past three decades is to provide caring, comprehensive, quality and affordable veterinary care to our community and beyond.
Dr. James Takacs is passionate about veterinary medicine and enjoys meeting new clients and their pets. He has dedicated his life to helping animals and improving the quality of life for his well loved patients. He enjoys gardening, cooking, beekeeping and spending time with his wife Mary Jo, his children and grandchildren.
Annie Howell, VMD
Dr. Annie Howell was born and raised in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania. She attended Bishop Carroll High School, and grew up working with her family at Ebensburg Animal Hospital as a receptionist and vet tech. She moved back to the Area in Spring 2022 with her husband, young daughter, Pomeranian, and cat.
She received her undergraduate degree in Biology and Hispanic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Annie went on to practice as a small animal veterinarian for four years in Philadelphia, focusing on small animal medicine, surgery, and dentistry.
Dr. Howell is Fear Free certified, and vows to make your pet feel comfortable and safe while in her care. Her personal hobbies include staying active with sports and golf, playing the piano, and spending time with her family.
Joel Takacs, VMD, DACVS-SA
Veterinarian, Board Certified in Veterinary Small Animal Surgery
Dr. Joel Takacs graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Pennsylvania State University in 2009. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013, completed a rotating internship at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 and completed a surgical residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 2017. Dr Joel Takacs attained board certification from the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (ACVS) in February 2018.
Dr. Joel performs a variety of advanced orthopedic, soft tissue, oncologic, neurologic and minimally invasive surgeries. His special interests include stifle/knee surgeries, TPLO for cranial cruciate ligament/ACL repair, fracture reconstruction, and neurologic/spinal surgery.
Some surgical conditions are complex, and Dr. Joel particularly enjoys educating clients and students. He was awarded resident of the year 2017 at Penn Vet for his dedication to student teaching and learning, and he continues to prioritize educating and preparing his clients and veterinary students for expectations before, during and after surgeries.
Chiaramonte A, Anglin E, Takacs JD, Spinelli M, Clarke DL, Aronson LR. Transpelvic urethrostomy in a female dog with congenital vestibulovaginal and urethral stenosis: A case report. Veterinary Surgery. 2022; 1-7. doi:10.1111/vsu.13769
Reineke EL, Cooper ES, Takacs JD, Suran JN, Drobatz KJ. Multicenter evaluation of decompressive cystocentesis in the treatment of cats with urethral obstruction. JAVMA. March 2021; 258(5):483-492. Doi: 10.2460/javma.258.5.483
Takacs JD, Singh A, Case JB, Mayhew PD, Giuffrida MA, Caceres AV, Fox-Alvarez WA, Runge JJ. Total laparoscopic gastropexy using one simple continuous barbed suture line in 63 dogs. Vet Surg. 2017 Feb;46 (2):233-241. doi: 10.1111/vsu.12601. Epub 2016 Dec 19.
Wavreille V, Boston SE, Souza C, Ham K, Chanoit G, Rossetti D, Takacs JD, Milner R. Outcome After Pneumonectomy in 17 Dogs and 10 Cats: A Veterinary Society of Surgical Oncology Case Series. Vet Surg. 2016 Aug;45 (6):782-9. doi: 10.1111/vsu.12517. Epub 2016 Jul 11.
Davis EC, Takacs JD, et al. Comparison of Surgically Treated Large Versus Small Intestinal Volvulus (2009-2014). Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association. Ref.: Ms. No. JAAHA-MS-6412R1
Dishowitz MI, Mutyaba PL, Takacs JD, et al. Systemic inhibition of canonical Notch signaling results in sustained callus inflammation and alters multiple phases of fracture healing. PLoS One 2013 Jul 3; Vol. 8 (Issue 7).
Michael Takacs, VMD
Dr Michael Takacs received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. His interests include: soft tissue surgery, dentistry, and small animal internal medicine. He enjoys managing a balance of both surgical and medical cases as well as educating clients, students and staff.
Dr. Michael Takacs focuses on preventive healthcare for his patients. He emphasizes client education to help ensure a rational and thorough understanding of animal health and wellness. Dedicated to his community, Dr. Michael Takacs works with local animal shelters and rescue groups providing spay and neutering services. He also enjoys speaking at local schools about careers in veterinary medicine.
When he isn’t working, he loves spending time with his wife and small zoo of children and pets.
Alexis Mountain, DVM
Dr. Mountain grew up in Blue Knob, PA where her love for animals began very early in her life. Growing up she cared for a variety of animals from guinea pigs to horses and everything in between. She received a bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences and a minor in chemistry from the University of Findlay and veterinary degree from the Virginia Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mountain has a special interest in canine theriogenology/reproductive medicine.
At home Dr. Mountain and her husband Glenn have two German Shepherd Dogs (Kato and Gator), a Golden Retriever (Toby), a chihuahua (Winnie), two horses (Mia and Ginger), a pygmy goat (Max) and four chickens (Sophia, Dorothy, Blanche, and Rose). In her free time she enjoys photography, hiking, and training and competing her dogs in Schutzhund.
Grace Takacs, VMD
Dr. Grace Takacs grew up in Ebensburg. With her father a veterinarian and mother a nurse, her childhood was naturally surrounded by animals and medicine. She could often be found bottle feeding orphaned kittens or playing with her beloved dog Chip.
Dr. Grace attended Bishop Carroll High School, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and joined Ebensburg Animal Hospital in 2015 as a veterinarian. She is dedicated to educating clients and empowering them to help their pets live healthy lives. Dr. Grace Takacs believes that annual wellness exams, vaccinations and routine diagnostics are vital for all pets. Her special interests include geriatric and hospice care, internal medicine, and dermatology.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, three rambunctious dogs: Hank, Wrigley, and Heidi, and a cat named Davey.