Mill Creek Veterinary Clinic is set to open on January 16, 2023.
The building at 13th Street and National Avenue is owned Dr. Amanda Brown-Goltra, 33.
“Mill Creek Veterinary Clinic will be a mixed animal practice with a focus on medicine and wellness,” Brown-Goltra said. “We will be able to see small animals in the clinic and large animals on the (clients) farm.”
“Our hospital motto is ‘Where your family is our family too,'” she said. “We plan to do this by offering in-house/cutting edge diagnostics that are cost-effective, thorough examinations, and client education to encourage the best care plan for our patients. We will always strive to convey a ‘we appreciate you and your time’ attitude so that clients feel comfortable and heard during their clinic experience and seek us for future veterinary care.”
Brown-Goltra is a 2008 Fort Scott High School graduate with a bachelors degree from Kansas State University in 2013. She earned her doctorate from Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2015.
She was highly involved in 4-H during her teen years and gives “a lot of credit to that program for getting me to where I am today.”
“I became a veterinarian to help people and their pets live their longest, healthiest life,” she said. ” As a child, I wanted to help every animal I possibly could and I failed a lot, which in turn encouraged a great passion in me to be able to help sick animals when I was older. As my career has continued, it has transformed into furthering education of owners to give their pet the best medical care.”
“I worked at Animal Care Center here in Fort Scott right after graduation for over five years and I worked at a busy, fast paced clinic in Webb City for two years after that,” she said. “I have over seven years combined as a veterinarian and almost 20 years in the veterinary field.”
For her, the best part of her job is “when I get to send home a healthy pet,” she said. “Puppies and kittens are cute and I enjoy cuddling them, but nothing brings me more joy than a pet being able to go home after being ill.”
“The biggest challenge I face is the money aspect and time aspect of my job,” she said. “First is the fact that money is required to keep my lights on and pay my staff, while I would love to be able to help for free, that is just not realistic. I do, however, understand everyone has a budget and I try to be very understanding and respectful of that budget. Time is the second challenge, I am a wife, mother, and daughter, and I have realized over the years that my family deserves my undivided attention and time, which means that for my best work life balance that will not allow for me to take after hours calls and be the best for my family.”
The clinic address is 6 E. 13th Street, Fort Scott, KS 66701
The hours of operation: Monday-Wednesday, Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday hours are to be determined “Our open date will be January 16, 2023,” she said. This follows her maternity leave to give birth to a new son.
She and her husband, Eric, have sons: “Gordon (almost 3 years old), Gideon (almost 1 year old), and Gannon will be born in December,” she said. Her Mom and Dad are Karen and Charlie Brown.
In the community, she is currently a mentor for students at Fort Scott High School.