New vet greets community at holiday open house

December 19, 2018

The Bar S Veterinary Clinic showcased its newest employee to the public during its Dec. 12 annual Holiday Open House.

The clinic has hosted the event since 2009 with the goal of making connections with area community members and clients.

Dr. Keirsten Morris in May joined the clinic from Ohio to serve as the newest associate veterinarian, a position that’s been vacant for the past five years. Dr. Randy Schawang of the clinic said she’s been a great addition to the team.

“I didn’t realize how old I was since she came,” Schawang said. “It’s really great to have a young person here who has all sorts of information and new ideas.”

Schawang has operated the clinic at 595 S. Fourth St. in David City since 1994. Morris started work there earlier this year. This will be her first job out of vet school. She came to David City because she said she wanted to work somewhere near Lincoln where her husband is a Ph.D. student at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

“Moving hasn’t been the adjustment, being a vet instead of a vet student is a little bit of an adjustment,” Morris said. “That’s been a little bit of a challenge, but it hasn’t been too bad.”

Schawang said he was able to manage without an associate veterinarian but really struggled after Dr. Francis Ekstein retired and closed down his veterinary clinic in Ulysses about a year ago. He said he’s learned some new techniques from Morris since the two started working together, adding he hopes she’s learned a lot from him, too.

“I’ve learned a lot from the six months since she’s been here, drugs that I didn’t know existed, things that weren’t around when I was in vet school,” Schawang said. “And I hope that she benefits some from me as I’ve been benefited from her new knowledge and information.”

Schawang said he’s currently in the process of purchasing Ekstein’s vet facility at 140 S. Third St. in Ulysses. He said he plans to have it open two days a week. Morris said their clinic attracts clients from as far as Lincoln. She said the personalized care is a huge draw for people.

“It’s more affordable, they also get more personalized care,” she said about the David City clinic.“The more people consider their pets as family, the more they don’t appreciate being treated as a number.”

Eric Schucht is a reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at eric.schucht@lee.net.

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