click image to zoomBob Larson, DVM (left) and Bob Coffey, DVM, believe that keeping detailed records of services provided as well as great communications with veterinarians and staff at the practice are some of their keys to success. What was the worst thing to some clients about Overton Veterinary Services (OVS), Lexington, Neb., building a new facility? That it was maybe a few miles further away from their farms. What was the best thing? Just about everything, including a much larger, modern practice with cattle working facilities, the addition of several veterinarians and staff, a building housing an inventory of custom mineral mixes, and the addition of a beef nutritionist.
The almost-50-year-old practice was started in 1964 by Larry Hauptmeier, DVM, in Overton, Neb. Bob Larson, DVM, who has been with the practice since 1974, says a group of local businessmen and farmers/ranchers urged Hauptmeier to begin his career in Overton where he initially practiced from his garage.
“Dr. Hauptmeier built a clinic in 1966 with an addition in 1973,” Larson says. “Dr. Hauptmeier’s animal health knowledge, common sense and work ethic laid the foundation for a strong foodanimal practice.” A very physical practice which thrives today with five veterinarians and a beef cattle nutritionist.
Roy Gehrt, DVM, joined the practice in 1992 and serves as CEO. He says one of the strengths of the practice is that each veterinarian has a different personality, capabilities and areas of interest. “It’s a place where we work well together, bounce questions off of each other and provide the best service we can. One of the mainstays to our practice is that we try to offer anything that is needed in community for our clients. We’ve built relationships with clients and have been welcomed into their homes. That has been an important aspect to this profession that I’ve enjoyed.”
Lance Kizer, DVM, joined the practice in 1994 and spends most of his time doing cow-calf work, including reproductive ultrasound and embryo transfer. John Lawton, DVM, joined in 2006 and he focuses on cow-calf work, reproductive ultrasound and small animal medicine. Jared Walahoski, DVM, came aboard in 2008 and spends the majority of his time doing feedlot consulting and cow-calf medicine. Gehrt enjoys cow-calf and equine work which extends to the practice’s contract services for the Bureau of Land Management wild horse and burro facility in Elm Creek, Neb., which houses about 400 animals. Gehrt makes a visit there twice a week to look over the horses and burros and provides veterinary care when needed.