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The North Country Veterinary Clinic Story

North Country Veterinary Clinic has an exciting and interesting history. In 1984, Dr. John Howe moved to the Grand Rapids, Minnesota area and established North Country Equine and Large Animal Medical Center . Previously, Dr. Howe had a full service small and large animal veterinary clinic in central Minnesota and had visited Grand Rapids to attend horse shows. During those visits, he came to enjoy the area and its people. He and his wife, Diane, decided this was where they wanted to “put down roots." Thus, they moved to the area and established the Clinic. It was not long, however, until small animal services were added and the name was changed to North Country Veterinary Clinic.

Initially, the Clinic was a solo practice operated at Dr. Howe’s home. The emphasis was on customer service and quality care and the practice grew. In 1994, the move was made to our present location. Two additional doctors and their support staff were added. Continuing the desire for quality medicine and care of patients, additional services were added—ultrasound, dentistry, orthopedic surgery. A large addition to the building followed and growth continued. Presently, there are four dedicated veterinarians, along with highly qualified veterinary technicians and caring staff who provide services to a diverse clientele.

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North Country Veterinary Clinic is a full service facility. We care for companion animals, equine and large animals, exotics, avian and aquatic species. We are committed to providing quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet. Our services and facilities are designed to assist in routine preventive care for young, healthy pets; to provide early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages and to offer complete medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her lifetime. We also understand the special role of food animals and are dedicated to becoming your partner in their health care.

Our facility is well staffed and equipped. We offer abdominal ultrasound, anesthetic monitors (EKG, BP, O2), in-house laboratory, small and large animal surgery, orthopedic surgery and digital x-ray, including digital dental x-ray. At North Country Veterinary Clinic, we combine progressive veterinary technology, compassionate care and preventive medicine to ensure your pet leads a happy, full life. We aim to provide the most comprehensive veterinary care possible for your small and large animal friends. 

We look forward to taking care of your pet’s needs. Please call us for an appointment or to discuss your concerns.