Dr. Carl Meyer
Oskaloosa Animal Clinic
By Audrey Hambright
As a rural practitioner, Dr. Carl Meyer said sharing similar interests with those he serves is one of the best parts of his job.
Meyer grew up on a farm and ranch near Osage City, Kansas where he spent most of his time. Whenever the need for a veterinarian arose, he was often there to assist and over time became intrigued. His interaction with his family’s local veterinarian as well as the knowledge gained from experienced instructors in school, gave him the confidence to continue his path in the profession.
Along with his wife and business partner, Dr. Shera Chaloupka, Meyer built and opened Oskaloosa Animal Clinic near Oskaloosa, Kansas in April of 1997. Both graduates of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University, they split duties at the clinic. Meyer focuses on the large animal side while Chaloupka sees to the small animals. While the clinic serves almost an even ratio of large to small animals each year, Meyer is proud to work alongside his wife everyday.
“No one knows more about what your day was like on either side and it’s always good to have someone to bounce ideas off of,” he said.
Meyer noted the changes in the industry have pointed toward becoming more educated in applied technology to help cattle producers with reproductive efficiency, utilizing benchmarking and standardized performance analysis. This is especially significant, he said, as less and less people go into food animal medicine.
When looking forward for challenges and opportunities facing the profession, Meyer believes the upcoming changes to the Veterinary Feed Directive will have a significant impact. His main concern is that the changes aren’t properly placed in order to meet the goal – decreasing antibiotic resistance. However, he does welcome the increased interaction between veterinarian and producer that the change will bring about.
Over his years as a practitioner, Meyer has been a member of KVMA, AVMA, AABP and AVC. He is also a Diplomat of American Board of Veterinary Practitioners where he is certified in beef cattle practice.
His advice for veterinary students is straightforward, yet encouraging.
“Every day is a learning process,” he said. “You’ve been given the knowledge, now put it into practical application. It’s going to take some time, but that’s why they call it practice. None of us leave school as good as we’re ever going to be.”