Mobile large-animal veterinarian Bruce Figger, DVM, goes out in all kinds of weather to assist rural Kansas farmers and ranchers with animal care. He is a welcome sight in Stafford and Pratt counties, his typical service-based area.
No matter what the weather, animals have to be cared for, and Bruce Figger DVM, local mobile vet service, is on speed-dial for many area farmers and ranchers, even when it’s cold and windy outside.
Lately, Figger has been making the rounds in his mobile vet truck, doing pregnancy checks on cows and heifers on herds in Stafford and Pratt counties as part of his South Wind Animal Health practice.
“The herd owner runs them through the chute and I do a rectal palpitation to check the stage of pregnancy to determine how far along the pregnancy is,” Figger said.
He then inputs the data into a spreadsheet to produce a calving book for the rancher.
“It helps the rancher in making preparations for delivery,” Figger said.
Along with pregnancy checks, Dr. Figger treats whatever ailments might need attention, from lameness, lacerations, respiratory and eye infections, abscesses and parasite treatment.
Figger, a native of Hudson and member of St. John High School Class of 2008, said his years in 4-H were one of the motivating factors in his decision to become a licensed veterinarian.
“I also knew there was a shortage of vets and a demand in the rural areas,” Figger said. “I have a strong interest in chemistry as well, so it seemed a good fit.”
Figger was called earlier this year by Stafford County ranchers Brad and Betty Eisenhour to their place north of Stafford to treat their wounded horse.
“Love South Wind Animal Health,” Betty wrote in a Facebook post. “Dr. Figger met us early to help set up a care plan to clean up and heal a wound our horse has. His patience and thoroughness in every call are amazing!! He allows our children to be part of every call and often asks questions to help them learn more about the problem we are working on. So happy to have an amazing hometown vet around.”
Figger attended Fort Hays State University before advancing to veterinary school at Kansas State University, Manhattan, where he graduated in 2016.
His wife, Megan, is also a veterinarian and practices at Central Kansas Veterinary Center in Hutchinson.
He works out of his mobile veterinarian unit, making it convenient for the animal owners when he gets a call.
In the spring, Figger will be kept busy delivering calves and is able to perform c-sections if needed. He also does vaccinations of calves as they are weaning.
In addition to livestock, Dr. Figger treats domestic animals, whether for an injury or illness. He works as a relief veterinarian on Wednesdays for Hi-Plains Veterinary Services in Pratt.
Figger said he also offers 24-hour emergency services.
“Sometimes, things just can’t wait,” he said. “Call when your animal needs immediate attention.”
Figger can be reached by phone at 620-617-7141 or through Facebook.com/southwindanimalhealth.
To keep his animal-loving followers amused, Dr. Figger posts a humorous video weekly on Facebook.