The management and staff of Walker Animal Hospital announce the presentation of a 40-year certificate of achievement to Dr. Steven Ekholm, DVM, by his colleagues at the American Veterinarian Medical Association (AVMA.)
The award is presented for extraordinary service and dedication to the profession of veterinary medicine, as authorized by Janet Donlin, DVM, Executive Vice President and CEO of CAE AVMA, and Douglass D. Kratt, DVM and president of the AVMA.
Simultaneously, Dr Ekholm received a letter of congratulations and thanks from Lara Marie Rasmussen, DVM, MS of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons at Lakeland, as well as the owner of the animal “Bullet’s” for the participation of the staff at Walker Animal Hospital for Emergency Care. of “a dog actively dying from respiratory disease compromised by laryngeal paralysis.” The actions of the staff preserved Bullet’s life until the transport took place and the operation could be completed.
This letter is just one of hundreds of letters of gratitude received by Dr Ekholm during his 40 years of service. Not least was his insight into diagnosing blastomycosis in a pet, a condition that also affected the owner.
By protecting the health of pets, Dr. Ekholm and his team have protected the families of pet owners as well as the community.
“Our thanks to Dr Ekholm and his team for shaping excellence and living up to Walker Animal Hospital’s mission statement to clients:” We are committed and guarantee that we will: allow God to us guide, always doing our best to serve you, providing your pets with the care they deserve, ”the letter said.
The mission statement was achieved by the professional goals set forth in the hospital’s procedural manual and personnel policy “to treat our clients as well as we would treat our own families, and to treat our clients’ pets with. the same respect, dignity and compassion that we would want for our own pets. “
Sharing the mission statement and professional goals of Walker Animal Hospital, Dr Ekholm was assisted for approximately 25 years by his longtime friend and colleague Dr Ann Burrell before retiring in 2018. Dr Burrell drove from Moorhead, staying with his brother and sister-in-law, to practice veterinary medicine at Walker Animal Hospital, according to the standards of care set out in the mission statement and goals.
Dr Ekholm is grateful to all staff over the past 40 years of practice, especially the services of Lisa Van Vickle, whose friendly face has welcomed pets and pet owners for 27 of the 40 years of service to Walker and the surrounding community. .
When asked for a reaction to the honor he received, Dr Ekholm laughed: “All that fun, and I get paid too!”
Submitted by Pastor Jane Ekholm, Vice President, Walker Animal Hospital.