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Vet on the move

March 28, 2011
By Cindy Votruba

MARSHALL - When local veterinarian Dr. Cindy Purvis moved to Marshall two years ago, she was able to bring her job with her.

For the last 12 years, Purvis has been doing a mobile veterinary service, bringing her unit to small towns. She currently serves Cottonwood, Clarkfield, Wabasso, Fulda and Renville.

And in the last week, she started doing house calls in the Marshall area.

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Dr. Cindy Purvis, shown here with her dog, Larry, has run a mobile veterinarian unit for more than 12 years; she moved to Marshall two years ago. Purvis serves the towns of Cottonwood, Clarkfield, Wabasso, Fulda and Renville and recently started doing appointments in Marshall.

"I've been getting quite a few requests around town," Purvis said. "So I thought there was a need that the community might have. When people call and need something done, I'll work around my schedule."

Purvis has been a veterinarian for 16 years. She decided to go mobile in her previous location.

"I started out in northern Idaho where I'm from," Purvis said.

She said there were a lot of little towns in the area that didn't have easy access to veterinary service. She would bring her mobile clinic to the people and their animals. For people who are busy, they don't have to pack up and load everything in their car to bring their pet to the veterinarian, she would come to them.

While she was in Idaho, Purvis also offered grooming, which was done by her mother.

"As a groomer, we worked together every day," Purvis said.

The furthest Purvis drove to see an animal patient in Idaho was 80 miles, even getting into Montana and Washington state. In this area, 50 miles is the longest distance.

"What I try to concentrate here is the routine procedures because it's a long way into the towns - vaccines, spays neuters," Purvis said. "I also offer dental cleanings."

Purvis has a surgery unit in back of the mobile vehicle and a bathtub for animals that may have to be sedated.

She said the mobile service is ideal for people whose cats hate to travel or those who don't have a car.

She'll also treat the occasional minor illness.

"I'll do my best to work with other clinics in town to get them (the animals) treated," Purvis said.

Purvis said she's doing lot of spring vaccination clinics for dogs and cats, coming to such communities as Hanley Falls, Belview and Echo. She also stresses the importance of getting a rabies vaccination.

"Rabies is on the rise," she said.



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