Dr. Stan Perry
East Emporia Veterinary Clinic, Emporia, Kansas
by Lisa Henderson
Dr. Stan Perry is a rural practitioner at the East Emporia Veterinary Clinic in Emporia, Kansas. He graduated from Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 and enjoys the variety his job provides. He works with both companion and food animals and in a diagnostic lab he developed.
A native of Chapman, Kansas, Perry received his bachelors degree in environmental biology in 1985 from Emporia State University. During his senior year his cousin, a surgeon, tried to persuade him to go into human medicine. After that conversation, however, Perry decided veterinary medicine was a much better fit for him and he pursued a DVM and has been practicing in Emporia since.
Perry said the primary emphasis of his food animal practice is working with stocker cattle with some cow-calf clients.
“A large part of our practice is devoted to developing programs for our clients to start light weight, high risk cattle from the southeastern part of the U.S.,” he said. This part of the industry presents a constantly changing set of health and production challenges.”
Perry said the variety in a mixed animal practice is his favorite part of his job and that “no two days are alike.” He also enjoys the problem-solving aspect and using diagnostic tools to help his clients and patients.
“My former partners taught me the value of confirming suspicions with lab testing early in my career,” he said. This, along with my years as a student worker in the K-State diagnostic laboratory, led me to starting a BVD PI testing lab in addition to my practice.”
Perry believes as society moves further away from the farm, those still in agriculture need to remember “we are all ambassadors for our industry and should do nothing to shed a bad light on it.” He said the development of the BCI has been one of the best outreach programs K-State has had in recent times.
“We need to be proactive in answering the critics of what we do, and help keep people informed with accurate information,” Perry said. “The materials and people provided by the BCI are valuable educational tools for this challenge.”