2017 Veterinarian of the Year – Dr. J.V. Bollar


Dr. J.V. Bollar was presented with the 2017 IVMA Veterinarian of the Year Award. Pictured (left) Dr. Les Stone, Chairman of the Veterinarian of the Year Committee, presents Dr. Bollar with his award.

J.V. grew up in rural Idaho on a “migratory” sheep and cattle ranch sharing his years as a youth between Rupert and Soda Springs, Idaho. Born to a Basque immigrant father and young Idaho native mother, JV’s life began surrounded by sheep, horses, cattle, goats, and of course, dogs and cats. Life never existed without animals. There is the story of his childhood dog getting run over and breaking a leg.  His Dad took the dog off to a veterinarian and he didn’t think he would see it anymore.  A few days later his Dad brings it back home – three legged, but happy and still able to be a baby sitter.  From that point on, he wanted to be able to help someone else keep their favorite animal alive and with them.

J.V. earned his DVM from Colorado State in 1978. After graduating from veterinary school in 1978, JV returned to Soda Springs and started thefirst veterinary clinic in town. He practiced small animal medicine in the downstairs basement of his apartment, as well as ambulatory large animal medicine from his vet truck. He purchased an old motorcycle shop on Highway 30 in 1979, thus beginning its conversion into a veterinary clinic. He sold the “practice” in 1980, returning to Rupert as he worked as an associate veterinarian for Kelley Chamberlain, DVM in a mixed animal practice for 6 years. In 1986, he had the opportunity to return to Soda Springs, where he once again could own and operate the Soda Springs Animal Clinic. Dr. Bollar still practices there today.

JV has been a strong supporter of the veterinary community. He has been an active member of the EIVMA, IVMA and AVMA retaining memberships throughout his career. He has served on the House of Delegates as Idaho’s delegate and alternate delegate for the AVMA for nine years. He served on the House Advisory Committee representing private mixed animal practices for two years and is currently serving as IVMA treasurer. J.V. is a valued member of IVMA.



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