Dr. Kleal Hill
Growing up on the family farm near Mackay, Dr. Hill always had a keen interest in animals. He attended veterinary school at Washington State University after which he established Lost River Veterinary Clinic in Arco in 1978. Since that time he has been in a one-vet private practice for 40 years, operating the clinic with his wife Susan.
Dr. Hill’s work has improved the lives of many animals and helped his clients to stay in business. His clients include large and small commercial cattle, sheep and equine operations, some hogs, plus some smaller animals such as dogs and cats.
He works daily with owners who have to face emotional and economic decisions about animal care and he’s known to have discounted the cost of medication or services to encourage an owner to follow through with treatment. It has been reported, Dr. Hill is in business for the animals, not the money or even the individual.
Dr. Hill has avoided the limelight throughout his career. Most of his “awards” have been a heartfelt thanks received at a set of corrals or in a barn. He has been honored by both the Butte and Custer County FFA Chapters for providing education on animal husbandry and reproduction.
Being on call 24/7 for 40 years, Dr. Hill has had a limited amount of time or organizational activities, but has supported several local ag related groups such as over 35 years of service on the Butte County Fair Board, several terms as President of the Central Idaho Futurity and later the Central Idaho Reined Cow Horse Association. He has also served as a director and president of the Mountain Valley Horseman’s Association and as a director of the East Idaho Horseman’s Hall of Fame.
He and Susan are the parents of three children.