On the first day of June 1990, an aspiring veterinarian moved his young family to Ashland, Kansas, to assume ownership of a struggling veterinary clinic. The rural Clark County practice, geographically located in an area where cattle far outnumber people, spelled opportunity for Dr. Randall Spare.
Fast forward a quarter century and the Ashland Veterinary Center’s (AVC) five veterinarians offer extensive services in a four state area. The clinic provides small and large animal services with the majority of AVC’s work being large animal, including cow-calf, stocker and feedlot.
Herd health management, nutritional consulting, disease prevention and testing, genomic and reproductive services, equine reproduction and acupuncture are all services offered by the AVC team. The AVC bovine viral diarrhea (BVD) lab tests more than 30,000 samples each year in an effort to eradicate one of the most costly illnesses in beef production. In addition, AVC veterinarians and support staff are responsible for managing the requirements of international exports for cattle shipments to Russia, Canada, Mexico, Egypt and Kazakhstan.
Access to genomic information and a bullish economic environment for cow-calf producers has resulted in the growth of artificial insemination and the use of genomic technology. Today, AVC provides complete reproductive services, including synchronization, artificial insemination, genomic testing and semen sales on more than 5,000 head of cattle, for commercial and registered beef producers, each year.
Modern best practice veterinary medicine recognizes the importance of overall wellness and animal welfare, including pain management. The AVC team is sensitive to pain management and includes a certified veterinary acupuncturist for large and small animal treatment to administer alternative treatment as a therapeutic option. Cold laser therapy is relatively new technology used to promote healing and pain management.
As good citizens and responsible veterinarians, the AVC team works closely with area rescue groups and through social media to rescue and rehome abandoned and unwanted pets. All rescue and rehoming cases are given wellness examinations, tested for parasites and vaccinated. To date, many unwanted pets have found “furever” homes thanks to the AVC team and an extensive network dedicated to small animal welfare and rescue.
When asked to comment on the 25 years of progress at AVC, Randall Spare responded, “All businesses are a collection of people. Successful businesses are typically the result of extraordinary people. The growth and progress at AVC is directly connected to our loyal staff. The AVC team works diligently to provide any service necessary for all our clients. Our mission is to develop long term relationships built on trust. We strive daily to reassure them we care. After all, we aren’t just a business. Our entire team is part of a wonderful community in southwest Kansas. We are so grateful for the opportunity to serve and the trust our customers have placed in us for 25 years.”
Ashland Veterinary Center is located in Ashland, Kansas. For more information contact: AVC, W. Highway 160, Ashland, Kansas 67831 or call (620) 635-2641 or www.AshlandVetCenter.net.