FERDINAND Dr. Elizabeth Bolan’s parents may have never expected their daughter to end up in Idaho, but that dream was in her head long ago.
“I always wanted to live in the mountains,” she smiled.
Bolan is the newest member of the Ferdinand Veterinary Clinic.
Born in Tampa, Fla., to a U.S. Air Force family, Bolan grew up in Florida and Virginia before settling with her parents and younger siblings in Germany.
“I guess my parents are to blame for my love of animals – they took us to the Tampa zoo and Busch Gardens a lot when we lived in Florida,” she smiled.
Upon graduation from high school, Bolan returned to the U.S. and settled near relatives in Kansas. She attended Kansas State University where she studied animal science, immunology and music, as well as earned her equine certificate. She then went on to the university’s veterinary school for four years.
Following completion of her DVM, she worked at a clinic in Johnson, Kan., prior to its closing. She began seeking a job and found out about Dr. Virgil Frei’s clinic in Ferdinand.
“My family would have liked for me to perhaps move a little more toward the Eastern part of the U.S.” she laughed. “But I had completed an externship in Driggs and I really liked Idaho.”
So, she flew out for an interview, was offered the job, and moved to Idaho County this summer. Making the move with her were her pet bird she inherited from the closing clinic in Kansas, and her 12-year-old horse, Lightning.
And the Idaho air has been good for her.
“People in Kansas always said I looked about 16 – but here it’s been 12,” she laughed. “I’m getting younger and younger.”
Now, Bolan is at the clinic Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
“I treat all animals,” she said, “But I especially like the exotics, as well as horses and cattle. I really love birds of all kinds, too.”
She said she has been expanding her skills and “learning a lot.”
When she isn’t working she enjoys English Saddle riding, hiking and music. She currently plays piano for Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Grangeville, and also plays clarinet.
Dr. Bolan can be reached at the clinic at 208-962-3300.