A Day in the Life of a Country Vet

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A Day in the Life of a Country Vet

by Dr. Fred Newschwander DVM (aka “Dr. Fred”), with illustrations by Maggie German

“Mostly True Stories and Anecdotes About Animals and People from the Life and Career of a Retired Mixed Animal Veterinarian”

Dr. Fred Newschwander and Piper. Photo by Valerie Chapman.

“If Kittitas County has a Dr. Doolittle, it would have to be Dr. Fred Newschwander. The longtime veterinarian has long had a healing hand in most areas of animal health and welfare in the valley. If it has fur, fins, feathers, or skin, Dr. Fred has probably treated it. ”                                                                       Excerpt from the Valerie Chapman review in the May 10, 2018 NKC Tribune entitled “Dr. Fred, animal whisperer and ‘Force of Nature’”

Dr. Fred was born in Ellensburg, WA in 1943 in the Safeway Grocery Store parking lot (it was not a Safeway then) and attended local public schools. In 1961 he left for university intending to become a PhD mathematician. After a period of uncertainty, military service, and nine years of post-high school education he eventually became a mixed practice veterinarian. In the summer of 1974 he treated his first animal patient as a licensed DVM. He co-owned Mission Veterinary Clinic in BC, Canada for 6 years and then returned to Ellensburg just in time to be downwind from the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980. He established and owned Mt. Stuart Animal Hospital until 2011 when he retired after a career of 37 years. The practice is now owned by his step-daughter, Val Hedrick DVM, who continues as a small animal practitioner. “How many people can say that given another chance to go back and choose a different career path, they would make the same choice again? I have been this fortunate. The livestock, pets, clients, staff, friends, and fellow veterinarians have enriched my life and given me countless experiences and memories. In this book I hope to relate some of these to the reader: the highs, the lows, the good, and the bad. These were the days in the life a country vet.”


  • Introduction
  • Tommy
  • Soft and Warm
  • What’s for Dinner
  • Sonny
  • The Night Visitor
  • Hey Doc Can You Cut My Horse
  • A Long Walk Home
  • Eye See You
  • Mother’s Last Ride
  • Gone Fishin’
  • The Hunt
  • Nice Kitty
  • Good Stew
  • Do You Believe in Miracles
  • Nice Mommy Cow
  • Has Anyone Seen My Horse
  • Free Puppy
  • You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down
  • The Princess
  • He Did What
  • What Took You So Long
  • Here Kitty Kitty
  • Hercules
  • Doc
  • Mister Rogers Neighborhood
  • Bedtime Story
  • No Hitchhiking Allowed
  • The Welded Cow
  • Phone Home
  • The Old Swimming Hole
  • In the Berries
  • Carpet Bag Kid
  • Bad Stuff Sometimes Happens (to Veterinarians)
  • Vignettes
  • A “Mostly True” Story
  • Popcorn Turkey
  • How the Angel Got on Top of the Christmas Tree
  • Africa Horse Safari
  • The Fable of the Coyote’s Tale
  • Planked Carp Recipe
  • Acknowledgements


  • author: Dr. Fred Newschwander, DVM
  • pub date: Feb. 24, 2018
  • publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • ISBN: 9781982080372
  • Condition: brand new
  • soft cover
  • 170 pages
  • over 60 images, including illustrations by Maggie German

About the Author:

Fred Newschwander is a retired “country veterinarian” after a career of 37 years as a mixed animal practitioner. He graduated with a DVM from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1974 and owned practices in Mission, BC, Canada (Mission Veterinary Hospital) and Cle Elum and Ellensburg, WA (Mt. Stuart Animal Hospital). He has been a horseman most of his life and continues as an active trail rider in Central Washington and the Cascade Mountains.


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