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Baumgarder earns DVM
By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
“Personally, I have always felt the best doctor in the world is the veterinarian. He can’t ask his patients what is the matter … he’s just got to know” —Will Rogers
WELLINGTON — Wellington native Caleb Baumgardner’s patients might tell him their what ails them, but he does not understand their language.
The May 2020 graduate of Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Baumgardner recently joined the Lazy 3 Animal Care family located in Cisco in July 2020.
Caleb’s mother, Melanie, said he’s always loved animals, but never expressed interest in being a veterinarian until he changed his college major from accounting to animal science.
“He was so close to his accounting degree he decided to finish it, too,” Melanie said.
Born in Childress and raised in Wellington, Caleb grew up in Collingsworth County working with the family business, Baumgardner Farms. He is the son of Joe and Melanie Baumgarder and the grandson of the late David M. and Bettye Baumgarder and the late Charlie and Tommie Watts.
Caleb attended Texas Tech University where he received a BS degree in animal science and a BBA in accounting.
Caleb said he enjoys working with all species of animals and is happy to be working in a great mixed animal practice.
A full-service animal veterinary medical facility, Lazy 3 Animal Care is located between Cisco and Eastland on Highway 6. The clinic provides routine large and small animal health care as well as emergency and critical care for its patients.
The Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program at the Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine is a four-year program with three years of pre-clinical classroom instruction followed by one year of clinical training in the Veterinary Health Center.
Caleb was among more than 3,370 students from 102 Kansas counties, 47 states and 47 countries to graduate during the 2020 KSU spring graduation in Manhattan, Kan. The university awarded 2,517 bachelor’s degrees, 663 master’s degrees, 196 doctorates – 107 of which are Doctor of Veterinary Medicine including Caleb, and 12 associate degrees.
In his spare time, Caleb enjoys outdoor activities, spending time with family and friends and watching/attending any Texas Tech athletic events.