After new clinic opens, West River Vet hopes to leave long lasting impression

With the opening of a brand new building, the West River Veterinary Clinic is hoping to make sure the old one isn’t quickly forgotten. Doctor Ethan Andress said that they are in the process of forming a foundation, in hopes of remembering its history, and encouraging its future.

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During the planning stages of the new building, the staff at West River Veterinary Clinic wanted to make sure that the past is not forgotten, and that the future is always embraced. They have dedicated the ‘Legacy Room’ to the history, and a foundation is in the early stages of beginning operation, with the hopes of helping the community. (Photo by Cole Benz/Adams County Record)

By COLE BENZ
Record Editor

With the opening of a brand new building, the West River Veterinary Clinic is hoping to make sure the old one isn’t quickly forgotten. Doctor Ethan Andress said that they are in the process of forming a foundation, in hopes of remembering its history, and encouraging its future.

“In the process of moving to the new building, we wanted to figure out a way to bring that history along with us, and create something that would create a memorial to the old clinic,” Andress said.

Legacy Room (RGB)Andress said that they are in the early stages of forming the board for what will be called the West River Veterinary Clinic Legacy Foundation. Legacy, a big part of the title and a big part of what Andress is hoping to achieve.

“Where the legacy comes from is we want the legacy of the past clinic and bring that legacy into the present clinic,” Andress said. “Because they created something that was very special.”

Four people, at this point, will be asked to sit on the board, and the necessary paperwork is about to be filed. Andress told the Record that the inaugural board meeting will probably take place within the next month.

During the planning stages of the new clinic, they decided to dedicate one room to the history, which first filed corporate papers in the late 1960s. As things develop, the history will be documented and put on display in the ‘Legacy Room,’ which is just to the left when you walk in the new building.

The room will serve a few purposes. Along with dog training, it was previously reported to the Record that various groups such as 4H, and FFA would be able to utilize it for events.

While it is important to remember the past, planning for the future is pertinent to the success of any organization. So part of the Legacy Foundation will be to encourage, and support the youth of the community.

“It’s kind of been a goal to create something that’s bigger, and longer lasting,” Andress said.

Andress said the hope is to get the Legacy Foundation to a point where they can supply students in veterinary medicine and agricultural related fields with grants and scholarships. He also wants to be able to supply current students with grants that would allow them to come to West River Vet and do internships. The underlying hope there is to attract more and more vets to come and practice in Hettinger.

Doctor Jenna Innes is a prime example of how experience attracts. She came to Hettinger late in her education, and is now employed as a full-time veterinarian with the clinic.

“It seemed like a perfect fit to bring history to the future, and it’s always been planned to be directed towards our kids, towards the youth, towards the future of the community,” Andress said.

When asked if the hope was to allow others to leave endowments to this foundation, Andress said yes. He also added that he would like to create a scholarship, or multiple scholarships, in honor of someone.

In speaking about the possibilities, Andress was very excited of what this organization could turn into, and how it could help the area the clinic serves.

“What excites me is, you always want something that is going to do some good for the community,” Andress said. “It’s hopefully something that our community finds interesting, it’s something the community can see value in”

Community members interested in helping with the foundation can contact Dr. Ethan Andress at the West River Veterinary Clinic at 701-567-4333.







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