Meet the Team
Dr. Bobbi Kopel
I was born and raised in Williston, ND, attended NDSU in Fargo (GO BISON!!) to obtain my pre-veterinary degree, and then went to Oregon State University for veterinary school. After graduation, I worked in an all feline clinic in Vancouver, WA for 7 years. Missing the Midwest, I took a job at a small animal clinic in Bemidji, MN, where I literally felt “thrown to the dogs”, after only doing cats for 7 years! Fortunately, all my canine medicine quickly came back to me. I met my husband-to-be from Olivia, so after moving here I commuted to Little Falls, Sauk Centre, and finally Willmar in order to be closer to Olivia. In October of 2011 I purchased the clinic here in Olivia, changing the name from Veterinary Clinic of Olivia to Olivia Pet Clinic to stress the fact that I only see pets, and have been very glad that I have done so.
I am a strong believer that pets are not a luxury-we don’t just “get” to have them. Pets are a responsibility, and we are blessed to be their caretakers-for their entire life, not just for what is convenient for us. I rely on wellness and preventive care to keep your pets healthy-regular physical exams, routine blood screens, and probably most of all-comprehensive dental care. Why wait for disease to occur and try to treat it when there is so much we can do to prevent disease in the first place? My first “family” of pets is now gone, but they deserve special mention as they were with me before, during, and after my veterinary training, and they helped me so much. Aly was a feisty black and white medium-haired cat who I lost when she was almost 20-she was and will always be my soul mate; Arthur, a beige and white tabby who died suddenly at the age of 14 ½ and through his death helped me to know what clients go through when they lose a pet-probably the most valuable thing a veterinarian can learn…and Rikki, a beautiful brindle Plott Hound, who beat cancer and chronic liver disease , and left me at the too young age of 14 1/2. I am first and foremost a cat person, but she was MY dog. I was blessed with a crazy pug named Aimee Francine, who left me too suddenly at the age of only 2. I currently have Noah, a handsome 16 year-old grey and white long-haired cat who has chronic dental issues, has been treated for hyperthyroidism with radioactive iodine therapy, has had skin cancer, and most recently has been diagnosed with intestinal lymphoma; Hank is a 13 1/2 year-old brown tabby who is a great lap-warmer, and Arnold is a 6 1/2 year-old, long haired black and white cat that I rescued and raised from the time he was about 2 weeks old. He is an amazing fetcher, and no paper scrap or paper money is safe from him! Ike, Isabella, Beau, and Herman are cats that have chosen to live outside on my property, and let me feed and take care of them. I have also lost outside cats: Edgar, Jimmy, Harriet, Steven, Sally, Gwen, Luke, Leon, And Strange Orange Cat-who came into my life for a time and gave me so much pleasure- I miss them all, wherever they are. I also have Murphy, a 17 year-old chocolate lab that came with my husband, Zeke is a lab-coonhound cross that I rescued -he is probably about 8 years old, and Sonny, who is a 10-year-old pug that I acquired from a rescue group. He had been moved around a fair amount in his life, but he has his forever home with us now.
I am married to Tim, who farms in Olivia with his brothers, raising crops and steers. We have a son named, Edgar, who has surpassed my pets as the light of my life!! In my spare time (of which I have very little!) I enjoy reading, hiking, scrapbooking, 80’s music, concerts, and shopping.