Beaver Valley Animal Clinic has been in operation since 1988, when it was originally called the All Kootenay Equine Veterinary Service and was created out of an arising need in the West Kootenay area for equine and large animal veterinary care. The clinic offers the only large animal ambulatory services from Creston to Grand Forks to Meadow Creek and all the communities in between. When equine numbers in the area began to decline over the last decade, Dr. Kramer didn’t let it stop her. Rather, she sought updating and additional training, and worked as a locum and expanded her business. Kramer has successfully expanded her business to include small animal treatment as well as continued equine services. The practice added an associate veterinarian in 2012 to offset the increasing work load with much success.
Originally from Colville, WA, Kramer enjoys the Kootenays’ affordability, strong community, and temperate climate. In addition, the close proximity of other businesses in a small town makes it easy to complete errands in between jobs, and Kramer likes meeting clients and familiar faces on the streets, and is always pleased to catch up on how their animals are doing.
While Beaver Valley Animal Clinic’s success is attributed to their ability to listen to their clients’ and patients’ needs, they also recognize the support of fellow community organizations. In particular, KSCU has been innovative in helping finance small businesses, as well as Community Futures.